THE SUMMIT NANOTECH TEAM
AMANDA HALL P. Geoph.
Co-Founder & CEO/CTO
Amanda Hall is a professional geophysicist with 11 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, 4 years in the mining industry and 4 years as a laboratory scientist. Amanda graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Biology and with minors in Physics and English. After moving west, she attended University of Calgary to obtain a second Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysics, while raising her three young daughters. Amanda is passionate about growing a humancentric company, employing innovative, resourceful people who feel responsible for rapidly creating the change that is needed in our industrial landscape using wisdom, technology and adaptive solutions.
AMIR AHMADIAN MSc
Amir Ahmadian holds an M.Sc. degree in Chemical and Petroleum engineering (E.I.T.) from the University of Calgary. His thesis was focused on conductive polymer blends and nanocomposites, which were the topics of his published journal papers. Amir holds a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering focusing on the Natural Gas industry, from the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in Iran. Before moving to Canada, he worked as a product engineer in an agricultural pesticide producer company. As a co-founder of an engineering consulting firm, he set up a pilot plant of a vermicomposting unit. Amir is passionate about putting into practice the knowledge and skills that he acquired during his extensive academic, work, and voluntary experiences, but he is also passionate about acquiring new ones.
SEAN GORMAN MSc
Lead Sustainability Scientist
Sean Gorman holds an MSc degree from the University of Calgary in Sustainable Energy Development (SEDV). His research was focused on studying liquid cooling of photovoltaic systems. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in Geoscience from the University of New Brunswick and has experience in the petroleum sector (G.I.T). With a background in sustainability, Sean is focused on developing creative and innovative solutions to problems which face our future generations. Hosting wide range of interests, Sean has experience in geoscience, material sciences, programming and equity trading and uses his unique insights to foster innovation.
Mechanical Engineering Intern
RYAN KRAFT BSc
Ryan Kraft is a recent graduate from the University of Alberta with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering (E.I.T). During his undergrad, his passion for design allowed him to compete at the 2018 CSME National Design Competition with a large-format 3D printer that he developed. He was later selected for the Wilson Sterling Memorial Book Prize for his academic achievements. Ryan has applied his passion to lithium battery technology through designing and manufacturing personal electric vehicles using rapid-prototyping techniques. Despite having a “mechanical” degree, Ryan has also developed an interest in software and hardware. He looks forward to learning from a multi-disciplinary team and working towards gaining experience for his Professional Engineer under APEGA.
DANIELLE TARDIF MEng, MBA
Danielle Tardif is a professional engineer and project manager with extensive experience in leading the execution of complex, multimillion-dollar projects in North America and internationally. Danielle’s experience spans mining, deep-sea offshore and oil sands industries. Her expertise includes finance, operations, project execution, and contract negotiation.
Danielle has a B.Eng. in mining engineering from Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal, an M.Eng. with specialization in project management from the University of Calgary, and an Executive MBA with finance specialization from the University of Calgary. Danielle is passionate about disruptive technologies and embraces technology solutions to drive efficiencies.
KELLY KRAHULIC PhD
Kelly Krahulic is a PhD chemist (University of Calgary) with broad expertise in catalyst design, air-sensitive synthetic chemistry, and technical communication. In addition to her deep technical knowledge, she has experience facilitating the smart growth of start-ups through grant discovery, strategic business development planning, product marketing, and management. Kelly is passionate about unlocking the potential of green technology to provide economic and environmental sustainability for current and future generations.
CLAIRE DIXON MEng, MA, MBA
Claire Dixon is COO of Neuraura, a medical device company that is unlocking the brain with novel microsensors. Prior to joining Neuraura Claire held a number of senior operational roles at the University of Calgary including Director of MBA Programs, Director of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and, most recently, Director of Operations of the Creative Destruction Lab – Rockies. She brings more than 20 years of business experience to this role including 15 years as a strategic consultant to technology- and capital- intensive industries. Claire’s key strengths include navigating technical complexity, strategy development and planning and financial and operational modelling. Claire brings world class academic credentials as she holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a MEng/MA (Cantab.) in Mechanical Engineering from Cambridge University.
CORY S. GOLDBERG BSc, MD, MASc, FRCS(C), FACS, MBA
Business Development Advisor
Dr. Cory S. Goldberg earned a Masters of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering while doing his Plastic Surgery residency at the University of Toronto where he is now an appointed Lecturer in both medicine and engineering faculties. Dr. Goldberg completed an executive MBA through Cornell and Queen’s schools of business. He has served as business development consultant for large pharmaceutical companies, including Valeant Canada, Galderma, and Johnson and Johnson. He has assisted several start-up biotech companies, including Tissue Regeneration Therapeutics, using stem cell technology, and Enhanced Plasmonic Imaging, which uses surface plasmon amplification.
HEATHER HERRING BASc Chem Eng, MBA
Heather Herring is a professional engineer and a proud alumna of the Haskayne School. She pinpoints the essential elements of the idea, the business, the challenge or the person and then uses her leadership, innovation, and management abilities to identify opportunities for excellence. She coaches client companies in business, communications and customer development. She is always the one to step up and apply her project management skills to ensure that the project is a success but her leadership shines brightest she concentrates on the intersection and cooperation, collaboration and competition to drive success for all parties.
Until recently she was Executive in Residence with Zone Startups Calgary. Previously, she worked in academia, private and public sector companies primarily with a focus on energy and sustainability. This spanned: securing research grants and VR and 3D printing research facilities for professors at the University of Calgary; focusing the R&D program, overseeing field pilots for new oil sands technologies, formulating the creation of COSIA at Total E&P Canada; and, exploring the emergence of the digital oil field while with Laricina. She is vice chair of Platform Calgary and past chair of Tecterra.
SUSAN MCLEAN BA, CFA, MSC
Susan is the Senior Director of Venture Advisory Services at MaRS, where she is responsible for operational effectiveness, client service orientation and the implementation of strategic priorities across the Venture Services team. Susan brings a wealth of experience in the innovation sector to her role, most recently with Ontario’s Ministry of Research and Innovation/Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (MRI/MEDEI) as Manager of Innovation Strategy and Programs for the Commercialization Branch. She was previously with Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), as Regional Director of Partnerships, and with TMX — leading their efforts in Cleantech Business Development and Strategic Initiatives. She is an active advocate of social finance and cleantech, and has held roles on the Advisory Board of SVX, at Corporate Knights and on the Board of Directors of the Access Community Capital Fund. Susan is currently on the Board of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund and is Toronto Chapter Chair of the Manning Innovation Awards. Her career began in finance and strategy roles, building on Susan’s McGill BA. She also earned a CFA and MSc in Economics from the University of London.
DAVID BOWDEN P. Eng., MBA
David studied industrial engineering at the University of Toronto and has an international MBA from the Rotman School of Management. He is a certified off-road motorcycle instructor and is comfortable working in Spanish and Italian. Together with his wife Anne and two children he has traveled and worked in more than 60 countries. David is a principal at the Osborne Group specializing in strategic growth management and has held executive roles as president of Sprint Canada Residential telecom, SVP at Direct Energy for commercial/residential and founding president of Empori.com. Prior management positions at Labatt, Canada Post, Bata Shoes and Warner Lambert included international postings in Europe, the US and Latin America. More recently, David has held interim executive roles for strategic business transformation at clients including Sears, CIM, IceGen and Cavet Technologies. An active community volunteer, David was a director and board chair of Habitat for Humanity Canada working with Habitat in Canada and overseas since 2002. He is a governor of the University of Toronto, a business advisor with MaRS Cleantech venture services and a director of the Bata Museum. In 2013, David completed the ICD (Institute for Corporate Directors) NFP Governance program.
ABOUT SUMMIT NANOTECH
Summit Nanotech is leveraging recent advances in nanotechnologies to create and implement solutions for industrial processes. Our solutions will reduce emissions, eliminate environmental contaminants and optimize inefficient processes.
Summit Nanotech is working to establish industrial and academic partnerships to develop optimal solutions based on cutting edge research in the nanotech field.
Our current focus is on improving processes for extracting lithium carbonate, uptaking and utilizing atmospheric CO2 in the process and recycling energy. Our main motivation is to manufacture modular commercial solutions.
Calgary is the Western Canadian energy hub, with tremendous potential, poised to take the lead in green innovative applications for the energy industry.