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OUR TEAM

OUR TEAM

We understand tech companies are only as good as the people behind them. The only 
way to create breakthrough technology is with great employees who genuinely enjoy 
their jobs and share the same goals and passion.

At Ekona, we are creating an inclusive and collaborative work environment where your input counts. Our employees have diverse 

backgrounds, we take pride in our work and we truly want to grow an impactful and positive company.

Please meet the highly experienced and innovative people behind 
this ground-breaking technology:

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Chris Reid,

CEO

CEO

Chris Reid,

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Qualifications:
Technology and business leader with 25 years of experience developing energy and hardware technology ventures.
Education:
M.A.Sc., University of Victoria, IESVIc; B.Sc., University of Manitoba, Mechanical Engineering
Focus:
Innovation, technology development and business models, venture development
Interests:
Skiing, golfing, biking, writing and music

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Gary Schubak,

VP Business Development & Government Relations

Qualifications:
Professional mechanical engineer with over 25 years of experience developing and commercializing clean energy, hydrogen and fuel cell technology, with experience in market development, customer engagement and sales.
Education:
M.A.Sc., University of Victoria, B.A.Sc., University of British Columbia, Mechanical Engineering
Focus:
Program management, marketing, sales
Interests:
Golfing, playing drums and piano

VP Business Development & Government Relations

Gary Schubak,

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Ken Kratschmar,

Program Manager

Program Manager

Ken Kratschmar,

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Qualifications:
Professional engineer with 25 years of experience in mechanical and process engineering, product development and management.
Education:
M.A.Sc., University of Victoria, IESVIc; B.Sc., University of Manitoba, Mechanical Engineering
Focus:
Innovation, technology development
Interests:
Tennis, beach volleyvall, soccer (Go Whitecaps!), and dog walking

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David Leboe,

Product Development

Product Development

David Leboe,

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Qualifications:
Professional Engineer with more than 20 years of technical and management experience in clean energy platforms, including renewable power systems and smart grid technology.
Education:
B.Eng., University of Victoria
Focus:
Innovation, technology development
Interests:
Cycling, adventure, music and problem solving

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Heather Allen,

Director of Many Things

Qualifications:
20 years' experience in operations and administration from a variety of industries.
Education:
Degree in Media Studies-Public Relations (Hons), and in Business Management
Focus:
Operations, administration, finance and more
Interests:
Cycling, trailblazing, podcasts and puzzles

Director of Many Things

Heather Allen,

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Charles Li,

Technology, Analysis

Technology, Analysis

Charles Li,

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Qualifications:
Engineering analyst with automotive industry experience of over 18 years in the areas of computer modelling for engineering problems including heat transfer, fluid dynamics and mechanics.
Education:
PhD degrees in engineering, a B.S degree in computational mathematics from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China.
Focus:
Technology, analysis, computer simulation
Interests:
Gardening, reading

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Shawn Esquivel,

Process Engineer In Training

Qualifications:
Fresh out of the university and is eager to learn.
Education:
B.A.Sc., University of British Columbia, Chemical Engineering
Focus:
Process modelling, technology development
Interests:
Basketball, biking, reading, hiking

Process Engineer In Training

Shawn Esquivel,

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Nathan Barrett,

Systems Engineer

Qualifications:
Systems Engineer with 10 years of experience in developing emerging technology in the transportation and renewable energy industries.
Education:
B.A.Sc., University of British Columbia, Engineering Physics
Focus:
System design, technology and product development
Interests:
Skiing, running, cycling, hiking and getting lost (and found) outside

Systems Engineer

Nathan Barrett,

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Harold Burgess,

Accounting

Accounting

Harold Burgess,

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Qualifications:
A progressive finance executive with over 18 years in technology, hospitality, mining, legal, manufacturing and distribution industries.
Education:
Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA CMA), BA Simon Fraser University.
Focus:
Finance and operations
Interests:
Golf, squash, basketball, tennis and music

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Tim Coleman,

Lead Engineer - Reactor

Qualifications:
Professional Engineer with 18 years of experience in product design/technology development, most of which has been in the alternative energy sector. Designed cryogenic liquid natural gas/hydrogen fuel pumps, electronic marine throttle controls and water rides in amusement parks.
Education:
B.ASc Mechanical Engineering
Focus:
Technology and product development
Interests:
Mountain biking, racing cars, snowboarding and good food

Lead Engineer - Reactor

Tim Coleman,

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Brian Brittain,

Facilities & Test Infrastructure Specialist

Qualifications:
24 years R&D experience in a variety of industries, led multiple pilot plant projects from design through to operation, project management.
Education:
Bachelor of Science, Chemistry and Co-op Education Science.
Focus:
Facility management
Interests:
Mountain biking, snowboarding, soccer Dad

Facilities & Test Infrastructure Specialist

Brian Brittain,

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Brendan Cade,

Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineer

Brendan Cade,

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Qualifications:
P.Eng, B.Sc Mechanical Engineering
Education:
University of Manitoba
Focus:
Thermofluids and mechanical design
Interests:
Running, cycling, typical Vancouver things

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Wayne Lauschke,

Procurement

Qualifications:
20 years of Logistics & Supply Chain in the engineering industry.
Education:
Various Canadian Supply Chain and Logistics courses
Focus:
Purchasing and receiving
Interests:
Family, reading (factual stuff), biking, gardening

Procurement

Wayne Lauschke,

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Dana Mraz,

Process Engineer

Qualifications:
Experience in the sulphuric acid industry.
Education:
B.A.Sc., University of British Columbia, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Focus:
Process modelling, technology development
Interests:
Ultimate frisbee, hiking, snowboarding, reading

Process Engineer

Dana Mraz,

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Mike Elsinga,

Program Manager, Field Deployments

Program Manager, Field Deployments

Mike Elsinga,

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Qualifications:
Professional Engineer, B.C. and Alberta with 33 years experience in Heavy Industry with background in Process Control and Instrumentation.
Education:
B.Sc. UBC, Dipl Tech, BCIT
Focus:
Field scale deployment of demonstration plant
Interests:
Mountain biking, music production, Time Attack racing, cooking

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