Our Board of Directors have extensive knowledge of the Cleantech sector and experience in the areas of strategic planning, management, accounting and finance, risk management, and public company leadership and oversight.
William White - Chairman & Director
William White retired as the President of DuPont Canada in 2008 after 34 years with the EI duPont de Nemours and Company. He joined Woodland Biofuels as COO in 2012. He is a director with Thermal Energy Corp. He was a past Chairman and director of Afexa Life Sciences, Helix BioPharma Corp. and director with Progressive Waste Management Solutions. He chairs the advisory board for the Schulich Center of Excellence for Responsible Business, a director with BioIndustrial Innovation Canada and a past Director of MaRS Discovery District. He received his Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) certification in 2012. He is a graduate of Purdue University with a BSME where he chairs the Advisory Board of Mechanical Engineering.
James Sbrolla - Director
James Sbrolla is a veteran of the financial and environmental industries. His career has been focused primarily on public and private companies in the clean-technology sector. He is Chairman of Environmental Business Consultant and serves on other boards including Actual Media and HR Logic. James is also an Entrepreneur in Residence in the Business Accelerator Program at RIC Centre and MaRS. In this mentorship role, he coaches entrepreneurs and technology developers through the process of commercialization. He also is a qualified expert for the Investment Accelerator Fund and sits on the Ontario Centres of Excellence funding panel as a Cleantech domain expert. He has conducted due diligence for institutional investors and other organizations. A widely-published and often quoted journalist in business media, James has written on a variety of topics including a multi-national study on finance, the environment and sustainable development. James is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and Wilfrid Laurier University (“WLU”) and in 2011 graduated from the Institute of Corporate Director’s Program at the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto. He is also past faculty at WLU.
Nik Nanos – Director
Nik is the Chief Data Scientist and Founder of Nanos Research which is one of Canada’s top research organizations. For over 30 years he has provided strategic counsel and business advice to a diversity of organizations ranging from Staples Business Depot through to Bell Canada and SaskPower. He is a recognized expert in corporate expansions, marketing and reputation management and has significant experience in environmental and energy issues. Nik is the Chair of the Advisory Committee of the University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy Initiative, a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC specializing in Canada-US energy/environmental policy and a research professor at the State University of New York in Buffalo. Nik also recently completed his term as the Chair of the Board of Governors of Carleton University in Ottawa. Nik has studied at both Queen’s University in Canada and Nottingham University in the UK. He holds a BA (Honours) and a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University. His academic studies also include PhD level research at the University of Nottingham. Professionally, Nik is a Certified Management Consultant, a Certified Analytics and Insights Professional and a Fellow of the Canadian Research and Insights Council.
Hugh Cleland – Director
Hugh is co-founder and principal at Roadmap Capital, a venture capital investment platform he co-founded in 2013 that was designed to connect ultra high net worth investors with opportunities to invest in companies that have developed disruptive technologies. Roadmap and its investors have invested more than $180M in VC-stage tech companies. Sectors include semiconductors, cybersecurity, material sciences, and medical devices. Mr. Cleland is a member of the Board of Directors of Ubilite Inc, Perimeter Medical Imaging AI (PINK on the TSXv), MMB and Corsa Security, and is an observer on the Board of Peraso Technologies (PRSO on NASDSAQ). He was founding portfolio manager at Northern Rivers Capital Management, where he managed the Northern Rivers Innovation Fund from May of 2001 until Northern Rivers was acquired by BluMont Capital in February of 2010. Mr. Cleland has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours, 1992/97) from Harvard University and earned his CFA designation in 2001.