Sankar is a serial entrepreneur and an award-winning scientist with over 50 US patents who is passionate on the urgency to reduce the effects of Climate Change. He has been a member of many committees including the White House Committee on Energy & Environment, chaired by then Vice- President Al Gore. He is a founder charter member of TIE-Toronto and is a frequent invited speaker at preeminent conferences and universities worldwide. Sankar received his doctorate from Imperial College, London and is a graduate of Presidency College, Calcutta. He serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Toronto
Richard specialises in leading high-tech companies during periods of rapid growth. Mr. Halka has previously acted in a number of executive roles within public and private companies, including companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”), NASDAQ, and the American Stock Exchange. Richard joined Electrovaya to help guide the company through its planned rapid growth strategy.
Gitanjali is passionate about the ability of innovation in science and technology to be an engine for dramatic economic growth. She previously grew the Clean Transportation Division at Electrovaya, which under her leadership included partnerships with Chrysler, Tata Motors and others. Today, she is head of operations at Electrovaya where she is setting the organization for scale. Gitanjali holds a M.S. in Management from Stanford University, an M.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University and a Hons. B.Sc. from the University of Toronto.
Raj has worked with Electrovaya previously as Director of Research and later as Vice President of Energy Storage. Raj is responsible for managing and increasing Electrovaya’s sales for both its stationary and automotive energy storage systems, as well as developing Electrovaya’s strategy for technology licensing and business partnerships. Raj attended Imperial College, London; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and the University of Cambridge, where he received his Doctorate in Materials Science.
With over three hundred technical publications and six books Professor McLean is recognized as one of the world’s most distinguished scientist in the field of material science. He has served / serves as Senior Fellow at Tenaris University in Buenos Aires, Adjunct Professor at Chiba Institute of Technology, Invited Professor at Kyoto University, Consulting Professor for Wuhan Iron and Steel in China, Visiting Professor at MIT and Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto. He is the former President of the Iron and Steel Society. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and also the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Dr. MacLean has a B.Sc. degree in Applied Chemistry (1958) and a Ph.D. in Metallurgy (1963) from the University of Glasgow
Dr. Bejoy DasGupta has more than 25 years experience in advising major financial institutions including commercial and investment banks, asset managers, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds, central banks and development banks. He is Chief Economist, Asia/Pacific Division of the Institute of International Finance, a global association of the financial industry with close to 500 members from 70 countries. Dr. Bejoy DasGupta has a Doctorate in Economics from Oxford University and an undergraduate from the London School of Economics
Professor Carolyn Hansson CM, FCAE, FRSC has a long and distinguished career in industries such as Lockheed Martin (Martin Marietta), Danish Corrosion Labs and Bell Labs as well in academia (Waterloo, Queens, Columbia & SUNY) and was earlier a member of the Board of a TSX and NASDAQ listed Alternate Energy Company (Hydrogenics). A Professor of Materials Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Hansson is the recipient of many awards including the Order of Canada and is a member of several influential committees within North America and Europe.
During her tenure as Vice President of Research at Waterloo University Professor Hansson drove innovation across all disciplines of the University. She has wide connections within innovation circles in Canada, USA and Europe having lived and worked on both sides of the Atlantic.
Ralph E. Lean, QC, is one of Canada’s most influential business strategists, lawyers and financiers. Over the last few decades Ralph Lean has been at the forefront as a strategic advisor to major corporations and has led financing for Canadian growth companies and public charities in his role as a lawyer and board member. Ralph Lean has developed an extensive network of contacts across Canada and around the world, and has been strategic counsel in the areas of energy, infrastructure, public-private partnerships, aerospace, healthcare, real estate, telecommunications and government relations. Mr. Lean, counsel at Gowlings, has served and continues to serve on the boards of a range of Canadian public and private companies, charities, foundations, and civic groups. Mr. Lean is also honorary consul to the Kingdom of Morocco and distinguished counsel in residence at Ryerson University.