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.
Joerg has lead the development of electrodes and separators at Litarion since 2010 and has held various positions within the previous organization within technical marketing, application technology and R&D. Joerg was awarded his Ph.D. degree in Inorganic Chemistry by the University of Muenster/Germany in 1997 and followed that with a post-doctoral position at the Pennsylvania State University. Joerg became CTO of Litarion in July 2016.
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.
Alex has over 20 years experience in managing engineering teams and currently leads Electrovaya’s systems engineering team. He is an electronics designer with expertise from cost-sensitive, high volume consumer electronics to highly complex industrial/special application systems requiring the ultimate reliability in harsh conditions with unique feature sets and novel non-standard approaches. Alex is a Professional Engineer with a Masters in Electrical Engineering.
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.
Thomas leads the European sales and marketing initiatives for Electrovaya and Litarion. He has more than 20 years leadership experience in sales management, national account sales, financing and restructuring in various industries like forklift, servomotors and printing machines . In previous roles he was instrumental in acquiring numerous national corporate accounts and developing new business opportunities. Thomas graduated in 1993 as a master of constructional engineering.
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.
Dalton McGuinty served as Ontario’s 24th Premier from 2003 until 2013.
The McGuinty government took the lead in creating a cleaner environment for Ontarians by closing Ontario’s coal plants, making the province the first jurisdiction in North America to fully eliminate coal as a source of electricity generation. The government’s green energy and clean water initiatives helped create over 28,000 jobs.
Along with making clean technology and innovation a priority, Mr. McGuinty created Canada’s first Ministry of Research and Innovation with himself as Minister. He also created the Greater Toronto Area Greenbelt which, at nearly 2 million acres, is the world’s largest permanently protected green space in an urban setting.
To strengthen the Ontario economy, the McGuinty government made record investments in infrastructure and cut taxes on new business investment in half – helping create 565,000 net new jobs. Mr. McGuinty also led trade missions to China, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Israel, the West Bank and Lebanon, generating over $1.5 billion in agreements.
Since leaving politics, Mr. McGuinty has served as a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He is presently on the Board of Directors of Innergex Renewable Energy as well as Pomerleau Inc. He serves as Special Advisor to the CEO of D2L Corporation. Mr. McGuinty is currently a Senior Fellow at the University of Toronto School of Public Policy and Governance, and he sits on the Board of Directors of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.
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.