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 treated on-site and is trucked off-site for incineration or deep well injection. 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

Jonathan Rhone

President & CEO

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Goran Sparica, P.Eng.

SVP, Engineering and Operations

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Paris Neofotistos

VP Sales

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James Yates

Director, Wastewater solutions

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Victor Leung, Ph.D.

Director, Technical Services

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Jonathan Rhone

President & CEO

Jonathan is an award-winning, serial cleantech entrepreneur. In his current role as CEO of Axine Water Technologies, he’s focused on scaling-up the company to revolutionize industrial wastewater treatment. He’s also a founder and director of Evok Innovations, a $100 million cleantech venture fund with a mission to transform the energy value chain. He’s also founder and former CEO of Nexterra Systems a global supplier of waste-to-energy systems. While leading Nexterra, he grew the company from concept to commercialization, sales and manufacturing of multi-million dollar energy systems including partnerships with Johnson Controls, General Electric and US Dept. of Energy. Prior to Nexterra he held leadership positions with a NASDAQ listed cleantech company and the Delphi Group and international consultancy. He began his career in oil and gas with Amoco Canada.

Jonathan chairs the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance and is on the Advisory Boards of e@ubc and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. From 1998 to 2008, he was a board member of Vancity Capital, the venture financing subsidiary of Vancity, the largest credit union in Canada with assets of over $25 billion. He is a past member of the BC Premier’s Technology Council. In 2009, he was recognized as Technology Industry Person of the Year by the British Columbia Technology Industry Association.

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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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Paris Neofotistos

VP Sales

Paris is an experienced leader with more than 24 years’ industry experience with the last 20 years specifically focused on the Municipal and Industrial water and wastewater treatment markets. Paris has a proven track record in sales & marketing, product management, engineering and general management roles with specific expertise in developing and commercializing new technologies. In his current role as VP Sales, Paris is responsible for leading and building the commercial organization to deliver Axine’s turnkey treatment solutions to the market.

Prior to joining Axine, he spent the last 14 years in various leadership roles at USP Technologies (Danaher subsidiary), an environmental services company specializing in turnkey technology programs solving a broad range of complex water treatment problems. While at USP Technologies, Paris was instrumental in developing scalable sales and service structures and introducing processes to drive efficiency, customer satisfaction and profitable growth. Before USP Technologies, he worked at Infilco Degremont (Suez subsidiary) in applications, product development and sales & marketing roles for their Ultraviolet Disinfection product lines. He began his career at Tesa Tape and Technit in engineering and product management roles. He has worked with many industries helping solve their process and wastewater challenges including refining, oil & gas, steel, food & beverage, pulp & paper, chemical manufacturing and power.

Paris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech. Paris is a co-inventor in two patents and an author of many technical papers throughout his career.

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James Yates

Director, Wastewater solutions

James is a chemical engineer with over 25 years of experience in wastewater treatment. In his role as Director of Wastewater Solutions, James plays a crucial role introducing Axine’s services and technologies into target vertical markets.  He works directly with industrial customers to evaluate their wastewater challenges and pain points and to develop solutions that reduce their cost and risk.

James has a proven track record of providing performance driven treatment solutions across multiple industries, including oil & gas, food & beverage, semiconductor, chemical and refining. Prior to Axine, James worked with leading water and wastewater companies USP Technologies and US Filter in a range of technical and commercial roles. He has also operated and managed water and wastewater systems in the semiconductor industry with Advanced Micro Devices. He is a leader in developing new wastewater technologies working with membrane systems, advanced oxidation processes and biological treatment systems.

James has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Idaho

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Victor Leung, Ph.D.

Director, Technical Services

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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Board

Chris Morrison

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Greg Peet

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Jonathan Rhone

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Roger A. Strauch

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Tony Van Bommel

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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, AsiaPac 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 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.

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Jonathan Rhone

Jonathan Rhone is an award-winning, serial cleantech entrepreneur. In his role as CEO of Axine Water Technologies, he’s focused on scaling-up the company to revolutionize industrial wastewater treatment. He’s also a founder and director of Evok Innovations, a $100 million cleantech venture fund with a mission to transform the energy value chain. He’s also founder and former CEO of Nexterra Systems a global supplier of waste-to-energy systems. While leading Nexterra, he grew the company from concept to commercialization, sales and manufacturing of multi-million dollar energy systems including partnerships with Johnson Controls, General Electric and US Dept. of Energy. Prior to Nexterra he held leadership positions with a NASDAQ-listed cleantech company and the Delphi Group an international consultancy. He began his career in oil and gas with Amoco Canada.

Jonathan chairs the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance and is on the Advisory Boards of e@ubc and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. From 1998 to 2008, he was a board member of Vancity Capital, the venture financing subsidiary of Vancity, the largest credit union in Canada with assets of over $25 billion. He is a past member of the BC Premier’s Technology Council. In 2009, he was recognized as Technology Industry Person of the Year by the British Columbia Technology Industry Association.

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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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Tony Van Bommel

Tony Van Bommel is the Senior Managing Partner of the Industrial, Clean and Energy (ICE) Technology Venture Fund for BDC Capital investing exclusively in Canadian companies and is located in the Toronto, Ontario office.  A champion of the Industrial/Cleantech sector since 2003, Tony shapes BDC Capital’s investment direction in software, hardware, electronics and material in these sectors. He oversees the $287M ICE Fund for BDC Capital. Tony has been with BDC Capital since 2001 and held positions in the Halifax, Nova Scotia and Vancouver, British Colombia offices. He holds or has held numerous Board of Directors seats in emerging Canadian Venture backed companies. Tony was also recognized in 2015 as one of Canada’s CLEAN50 and as one of the World’s most influential environmental investors by the Journal of Environmental Investing.

Prior to joining BDC, he spent four years at InNOVAcorp, a General Partner for the Nova Scotia First Fund, an early stage knowledge-based venture fund, where he helped implement a venture capital program and provided assistance to emerging technology companies.  While at InNOVAcorp he completed two secondments to Ocean Nutrition – completing a market map and market strategy – and to Dalhousie University – teaching courses in business strategy, building innovative companies and market strategy. For 10 years prior to this, he worked as a lawyer and partner in the business law firm, Little & Wright in London, Ontario. Tony has held multiple directorships in both public and private emerging growth companies across Canada and holds the CVCA “VC Deal of the Year award” for the funds exit in the sale Q1 Labs to IBM in 2012. In 2016, Tony was involved in the exit of Bit Stew to GE for $207M, the largest Venture backed exit in Canada that year which deal also won the 2016 CVCA “VC Deal of the Year” award. Finally, he was instrumental in bringing Radian6 to BDC Capital, the CVCA “VC Deal of the Year Award” winner in 2011 for the sale to Salesforce.com.

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 (LLB) 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 that organization.

BDC Capital is one of the most active Industrial, Clean and Energy technology investors solely focused on investing in Canadian companies. The BDC ICE Fund tailors its investments towards capital-efficient and scalable businesses with the potential to reach and operate across a global market. With $287M under management they invest in early and development stage companies use our experience in materials, electronics and ICT to build global companies to be commercial successes.

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Dr. Wal Van Lierop

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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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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

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

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

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

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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SDTC

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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BC Innovation Council

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NRC-IRAP

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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WED CANADA

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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BC Innovation Council

BC Innovation Council (BCIC) Ignite provides funding to accelerate the commercialization of new technologies and innovations in the natural resources and applied sciences sectors in British Columbia.

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