Wal Van Lierop
Wal is the President & CEO at Chrysalix EVC. Since co-founding Chrysalix in 2001, Wal has sourced, invested in and advised numerous startups building innovative solutions for the new energy economy – often while working hand-in-hand with large multinational companies on their sustainable innovation strategies. Wal is a specialist in maximizing returns from bringing innovative solutions to energy intensive industries that are in transition including: oil and gas, power and utilities, mining and metals, chemicals and materials, and automation and manufacturing.
Prior to founding Chrysalix, Wal spent six years as the Vice President of Strategic Planning at Westcoast Energy (at the time one of the largest Canadian energy companies) with a strong focus on innovation and venturing. He also advised energy, chemicals and financial services blue chip companies on innovation and change management while working for more than seven years with McKinsey & Company. Before officially joining the corporate world, Wal worked for almost a decade as an Associate Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam doing research in economics, econometrics and the environment, and consulting with businesses, governments and major international institutions including the World Bank and European Union. He has an extensive teaching background in venture capital and entrepreneurial finance, and change management through associate professorships at the University of British Columbia (2000-2008) and Simon Fraser University (1995 – 2002).
With a long standing passion for clean energy innovation, Wal has founded or co-founded several new ventures and clean energy organizations including New Ventures BC and SET Ventures in Amsterdam as part of the Chrysalix Global Network, which he assisted GRC from China in joining as well. He is a long standing member of the Cleantech Group’s Advisory Board, leader of the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance, 2014 Canadian “Clean16” honoree, co-founder of the BC 2030 Tech-Hub initiative, member of the regional sustainability council and a member of the Vancouver “Renewable City Action Team”, and frequent political advisor.
Wal holds a PhD in Economics from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has completed executive training in Change Management from MIT.
Tony Van Bommel
Tony is the Managing Partner in the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Energy/Cleantech Venture Fund. He has been with BDC Venture Capital since 2001. Prior to that, he spent four years as Senior Investment Manager with Innovacorp, a General Partner for the Nova Scotia First Fund, an early-stage knowledge-based venture fund. For ten years prior to this, he worked as a lawyer and Partner in the business law firm, Little & Wright, in London, Ontario. He has held multiple directorships in both public and private emerging growth companies across Canada.
Tony earned the Dalhousie Governor General’s Gold Medal for the top graduate student chosen from all faculties at Dalhousie University and the gold medal from the Dalhousie University MBA program. He received his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the University of Western Ontario where he won the Pitney Bowes Award for the top graduating Law Student in Ontario who combined academics, athletics, and service to the community. He is a past Chairman of Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia and “Volunteer of the Year” for the same organization.
Daniel H. Miller
Dan is a Manager Director with The Roda Group, an early-stage venture capital group focused on clean technology. Dan co-founded the firm with Roger Strauch in 1997. Dan is on the Board of Directors of the four most recent Roda Group investments - mOasis, Inventys, Gridtential, and Axine. The Roda Group believes that mOasis, Inventys, Gridtential, and Axine will fundamentally advance the way we grow food, produce energy, store energy, and clean industrial wastewater, respectively.
Dan was previously the president and member of the board of Ask Jeeves, Inc. (now Ask.com), a former Roda Group affiliate. He has served on the boards of other former affiliates including PolyServe (now owned by HP), SightSpeed (which was acquired by Logitech), and Solazyme (IPO May, 2011). Prior to The Roda Group, Dan was Executive Vice President of TCSI Corporation, a company he co-founded. TCSI (now owned by Rocket Software) is a leading provider of integrated software products and services for the global telecommunications industry. Prior to TCSI, Dan was a systems engineer at Hughes Aircraft's (now Boeing) Space and Communications Group where he was responsible for designing communications payloads for commercial communications satellites.
Dan is a member of Cornell University's Faculty Computing and Information Science and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Boards. He is also an advisor to the PRIME Coalition and the XPrize Environment and Energy Prize Committee.
Greg is an accomplished business leader, entrepreneur, angel investor, and corporate director specifically with technology companies. He specializes in creating customer-centric and operationally-focused corporate cultures transforming early-stage companies from R&D organizations to viable commercial enterprises. While CEO at A.L.I. Technologies, he grew the business from 14 to 400 employees and over $100 million in annual revenues resulting in a sale to McKesson Corp. in 2002 for $526 million in cash, marking one of the most important transactions in the image management market. After joining McKesson to head their Medical Imaging Group, he grew annual revenues 200% over two years to $100 million, entirely through internally-generated growth. In 2002, Greg was recognized as Ernst & Young's Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year and in 2007, appointed "Person of the Year" by the B.C. Technology Industry Association.
Jonathan Rhone, President & CEO
Jonathan is an award-winning cleantech entrepreneur, founder and former President & CEO of Nexterra Systems Corp., an internationally recognized leader in biomass gasification heat, power, and syngas systems. While leading Nexterra, he grew the company from product concept to commercialization, sales, manufacturing, and servicing of multi-million dollar energy systems. He also established strategic alliances with multi-nationals including GE and Johnson Controls. He has an extensive track record with energy and technology businesses including Dome Petroleum, Amoco Canada, and The Delphi Group. Jonathan chairs the B.C. Cleantech CEO Alliance and is a member of the B.C. Premier’s Technology Council. In 2009, he was honoured by the technology community as “B.C.’s Technology Industry Person of the Year”. Jonathan is a graduate of the University of British Columbia.