Ridding the world of toxic organics in wastewater

Our Story

Each year industrial manufacturing operations worldwide in virtually every market generate billions of gallons of wastewater contaminated with toxic, non-biodegradable organic pollutants. Much of this wastewater can’t be effectively treated on-site with conventional treatment technology and must be trucked off-site for incineration. It’s a complex, multi-billion dollar pain point with significant long-term risks to industry, communities, human health and the environment.

Axine was created to solve this problem and establish a new industry standard that delivers exceptional performance, flexibility and value compared to incumbents. Today, we’re achieving this goal with an incredibly talented and entrepreneurial team who are passionate about delivering solutions that disrupt the market and deliver the highest value to customers.

From modest beginnings, Axine has grown from concept to scale-up and commercial deployment with multinational customers. We’re incredibly fortunate to be supported by a global network of world-class research agencies, suppliers, advisors, partners and investors in one of the world’s top cleantech ecosystems. We’re proud of our accomplishments and we’re just getting started. Join us as we continue this journey.

Leadership

Greg Peet

Executive Chair / Acting CEO

Greg Peet 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 medical image management market.   Greg was recognized as Ernst & Young’s “Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year” (2002), B.C. Technology Industry Association. “Person of the Year” (2007) and NACO Canadian “Angel Investor of the Year” (2013).

Greg’s community service also includes appointments to the British Columbia Premier’s Technology Counsel (2002 – 2016 / Chairman from 2006),  governor of the University of British Columbia (2012 – 2016 / Chairman, Finance from 2014).  He has assisted BC Technology Social Venture Partners (director), a charitable foundation created by members of BC’s technology community to support innovative non-profit groups serving children, women at risk and BC Science World (Chairman’s counsel). He was the founder of the Student Inspiration Foundation, a charitable enterprise having the mission of funding exceptional educator proposals for innovative teaching projects in the secondary school system in BC.  Greg was a founding donor for the Entrepreneurship@UBC Seed Fund and serves as Chairman of the fund’s management company.

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Goran Sparica, P.Eng.

SVP, Engineering and Operations

With 20 years in mechanical engineering, Goran has a proven track record in industrial technology commercialization, project execution and delivery. In his role with Axine, Goran has executive responsibility for all aspects of engineering and product development including R&D, system design, testing and pilots, project execution, automation, procurement, service and maintenance.

Prior to joining Axine, he was Vice President of Projects for Nexterra Systems Corp. where he led the design, engineering, automation, procurement, logistics, and customer service teams. While at Nexterra, Goran was instrumental in the project management, supply chain development, equipment fabrication, and commissioning of the waste-to-energy systems for projects value up to $50 million. He also played a key role in Nexterra’s product commercialization and integration strategy. Prior to Nexterra, he was a senior engineer with Glass Inc. International where he worked on engineering services and machinery for the glass industry including design, build and delivery of glass manufacturing plants in Canada, the U.S., Europe, and China. Prior to Glass Inc. he held senior positions in a European ship building and manufacturing facility.

Goran holds a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Belgrade. He is a Professional Engineer and member of the Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia.

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Victor Leung, Ph.D.

VP, Technology

In his role with Axine, Victor is responsible for product verification and validation, and oversees lab and field testing activities. Victor’s team works closely with Axine’s product development, engineering and business development teams to ensure alignment between customer requirements, technology performance and service delivery.

Prior to joining Axine, Victor held several industrial and academic product development positions, developing advanced materials and specialty chemical additives for construction, pulp & paper, and medical industries. In these roles, Victor was involved in product conceptualization, prototype design, lab and field testing, scale-up production from lab to pilot and full commercial scales, and customer application support.

Victor holds a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from The University of British Columbia, is a co-inventor in three patents and patent applications, and an author of several academic publications.

 

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Krista Ramirez

Director of Sales, Americas

Krista Ramirez leads Axine’s pharmaceutical market business in the Americas including working directly with pharma manufacturing plants to develop and implement on-site wastewater treatment solutions. She has extensive background and experience in industrial wastewater including the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, petrochemical, pulp and paper and chemical industries where she brings a pragmatic approach to complex problems. Krista has spent much of her career working in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru, and other Latin American countries as well as Southeast Asia and Europe, she is fluent in English and Spanish. She served on the Minnesota District Export Council, the WWEMA (Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association) Board of Directors and has been an active participant in the Minnesota Water Technology Roundtable for years. Krista studied business at the Tecnológico de Monterrey and Universidad de Guanajuato in Guanajuato, Mexico and holds a BS in International Business and a BA in Spanish from Minnesota State University – Mankato.

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Larry Lemasters

Director of US Service Operations

Larry Lemasters – Director of US Service Operations is responsible for the operation and performance of all Axine installations and customer relationships. With over 20 years of service and operations experience, Larry has a proven track record in Field Service, Customer Service, Operations and Sales. Prior to joining Axine, Larry held several positions at De Nora Water Technologies (previously MIOX) the leader in On-site electrochemically generated Mixed Oxidant and Sodium Hypochlorite chemistries. With installations in over 50 countries Larry managed the field service group and service providers for all installations before moving into a Business Development role for the Industrial and Municipal markets in North American territories as well as Central America, South America and parts of Asia. In these roles Larry has stayed closely connected to the customer service side of the business and acknowledges it as one of the greatest and most critical relationship of any business.

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Greg Peet

Executive Chair / Acting CEO

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Goran Sparica, P.Eng.

SVP, Engineering and Operations

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Victor Leung, Ph.D.

VP, Technology

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Krista Ramirez

Director of Sales, Americas

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Larry Lemasters

Director of US Service Operations

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Board

Chris Morrison

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Greg Peet

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Roger A. Strauch

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Dr. Wal Van Lierop

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Mark Trevitt

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Chris Morrison

Chris Morrison is a recognized sustainable water technology executive and team-builder with an extraordinary history operating from the trenches to the boardroom. A transformational leader with a proven track International record of digging into impactful technologies, extracting maximum value, building high powered teams, and driving process improvements. 30 year plus record of success with water treatment global leadership roles in North America, Asia Pacific and Europe.

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Greg Peet

Greg Peet 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 medical image management market.   Greg was recognized as Ernst & Young’s “Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year” (2002), B.C. Technology Industry Association. “Person of the Year” (2007) and NACO Canadian “Angel Investor of the Year” (2013).

Greg’s community service also includes appointments to the British Columbia Premier’s Technology Counsel (2002 – 2016 / Chairman from 2006),  governor of the University of British Columbia (2012 – 2016 / Chairman, Finance from 2014).  He has assisted BC Technology Social Venture Partners (director), a charitable foundation created by members of BC’s technology community to support innovative non-profit groups serving children, women at risk and BC Science World (Chairman’s counsel). He was the founder of the Student Inspiration Foundation, a charitable enterprise having the mission of funding exceptional educator proposals for innovative teaching projects in the secondary school system in BC.  Greg was a founding donor for the Entrepreneurship@UBC Seed Fund and serves as Chairman of the fund’s management company.

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Roger A. Strauch

Roger Strauch is Chair of The Roda Group, an early stage venture capital group, based in Berkeley, California. The firm, co-founded in 1997 with Dan Miller, is focused on investment opportunities that address the consequences of climate change, stress on the Earth’s natural resources and the increased demand for low carbon energy. They are lead investors in Inventys, which has developed a post-combustion CO2 capture technology for power plants; Gridtential Energy, Inc., which has developed an advanced lead acid battery that incorporates semiconductor wafers inside the battery to greatly increase performance in energy storage and automotive applications; and Axine Water Technologies, which has developed a low cost and chemical-free solution for treating industrial wastewater.

Roger is an investor in and advisor to PicsArt and SoloLearn – mobile apps developed in Armenia.  With over 100 million monthly users, PicsArt is a mobile suite of creative picture editing tools and a community of artistic content creators.  SoloLearn is a mobile based code learning application, with millions of monthly users, providing programming language courses.

Roger is Chair of the Board of Directors of Cool Systems, the manufacturer of Game Ready, a medical physical therapy system. He was the first CEO and former chair of Ask Jeeves (now Ask.com), a leading search engine on the web. Mr. Strauch was a board member and former CEO of Symmetricom, a public telecommunications equipment manufacturer.  He co-founded TCSI Corp., a telecom software company. As TCSI’s Chair and CEO, Mr. Strauch led the company from a start-up to a successful IPO and secondary public offering.

Mr. Strauch is a member of the Engineering Dean’s College Advisory Board of the University of California at Berkeley. He is the recipient of the Wheeler Oak Meritorious Award from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Strauch and his wife Dr. Julie Kulhanjian have been named and honored as “Builders of Berkeley.” He is Chair of the Board of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and is an executive member of the  Berkeley Repertory Theatre Board.  He is a Life Trustee of the Armenian Assembly of America. Mr. Strauch is a member of the Madison Council, a philanthropic advisory board to the Librarian of Congress. He is also on the Board of Trustees of the Northside Center for Child Development, a mental health social services agency in Harlem, New York City.  Mr. Strauch is the Founder and Chair of The Paros Foundation, which supports and implements humanitarian projects in Armenia focused on education, development and culture.

Mr. Strauch endowed the Roger A. Strauch Chair in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and co-founded the William Saroyan Endowment for Armenian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Mr. Strauch earned a Bachelor of Science degree, with distinction, from Cornell University and Master of Science degree from Stanford University, both in electrical engineering. He holds two patents in the area of wireless communications.

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Dr. Wal Van Lierop

Dr. Wal Van Lierop is an award-winning business leader and visionary in innovation, sustainability and cleantech, with unique industry insights gained through deep operational experience as a venture capitalist, corporate executive, international consultant and university professor.

Wal founded Chrysalix Venture Capital, one of the earliest and most recognised private equity firms focused on industrial innovation, where he has helped raise more than $250M and participated in more than $1B in venture capital funding. He has sourced, invested in and advised numerous startups, assisting them in building breakthrough solutions for the new world economy while working hand-in-hand with large multinational companies on their innovation strategies. Currently Wal is a member of the Board of Directors at Chrysalix portfolio companies General Fusion, Inventys and Axine Water Technologies.

Wal is a longstanding contributor to the tech community in British Columbia and abroad as the founder of New Ventures BC, a founding member of the BC CEO Alliance and Evok Innovations, contributor to various Vancouver greenest city projects, Advisory Board member of the Cleantech Group and judge of the Cleantech 100. He has been an adjunct professor at both SFU’s Beedie School and UBC’s Sauder School of Business, and is a frequent speaker at events like GLOBE Series, Oil & Money, the BCTECH Summit, Energy for Tomorrow and the Cleantech Forum.

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Mark Trevitt is a Partner in BDC Capital’s Industrial, Clean and Energy Technology Venture Fund. Mark partners with entrepreneurs building the future. He is an operator at heart with a passion for company building and believes in the power of technology to solve the problems of our time. He empowers and guides entrepreneurs to achieve this potential.

Mark is focused on data-driven and emerging technology businesses transforming massive industries and the enterprise by harnessing data, AI/ML, cloud computing, SaaS, DevOps, platforms, IoT/Infrastructure and frontier tech.

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Investors

Asahi Kasei

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BDC Capital

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The Roda Group

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Chrysalix

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SDTC

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Asahi Kasei is an equity partner in Axine and is a globally active diversified company with operations in the Material, Homes and Health Care businesses. The Material division encompasses fibers & textiles, petrochemicals, performance polymers, performance materials, consumables, battery separators, and electronic devices. The Homes division provides housing and construction materials. The Health Care division includes pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and acute critical care devices and systems. With approximately 34,000 employees around the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries.

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BDC Capital is an equity partner in Axine through its Industrial, Clean and Energy Technology (ICE) Venture Fund. Our ICE Venture Fund tailors its investments towards capital-efficient and scalable businesses enhancing resource productivity with the potential to operate across a global market. BDC Capital is the investment arm of BDC – Canada’s only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. With $3 billion under management, BDC Capital serves as a strategic partner to the country’s most innovative firms with 700 investee companies. It offers a full spectrum of risk capital, from seed investments to transition capital, supporting Canadian entrepreneurs who wish to scale their businesses into global champions.  BDC’s venture arm does direct and indirect investments as well as support Canada’s venture capital ecosystem.

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The Roda Group is an equity partner in Axine and provides entrepreneurs the resources, environment and guidance to launch and grow their high technology businesses. The Roda Group is a venture capital group focusing on large market based and opportunities that address the consequences of climate change, stress on the Earth’s natural resources and the increased demand for low carbon energy.

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Chrysalix EVC is an equity partner in Axine and is a venture capital firm investing in technologies that will drive the new energy economy. The Firm provides early-stage financing, hands-on assistance and strategic connections to innovative companies confronting the world’s most important energy and environmental issues. For the past two years, the Firm has ranked the most active clean energy technology venture capital firm in the world. The Chrysalix team has an exceptional track record in this emerging industry. Collectively, it has over 120 years of experience in the energy industry and over 120 years in the venture capital business. The Firm is backed by a strong group of international blue-chip industrial and financial Limited Partners, and is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is an arm’s‐length foundation created by the Government of Canada to support innovative and entrepreneurial clean technology projects. Our portfolio of companies develop and demonstrate new technologies that address issues related to climate change, air quality, clean water and soil.

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NRC-IRAP

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WED CANADA

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Innovate BC

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National Research Council-Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) is Canada’s premier innovation assistance program for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It is a vital component of the NRC, a cornerstone in Canada’s innovation system, regarded world-wide as one of the best programs of its kind.

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Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is a Canadian federal department that works towards building strong, competitive and innovative businesses and communities in Western Canada. Their main priorities focus on community economic development; trade and investment; innovation; and business development.

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Innovate BC is a one stop service centre to connect innovators — large and small — with BC government funding, tools, resources and support. They help innovators in BC access funding, launch their ideas and connect with the experts they need to build great companies.

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