Meet the individuals on our board.
Mr. Banica is a serial entrepreneur who founded two successful technology ventures within the past two decades, and has significant expertise in hardware systems commercialization for the oil and gas vertical. The first venture, an oil and gas and space systems instrumentation company, was acquired by Belgium based Rhea Space Systems in 1999. His second venture, TSX Venture-listed Synodon Inc. (SYD), adapted a satellite based methane sensor into a helicopter deployed system called realSens and has successfully commercialized a service to oil and gas companies to map and quantify their greenhouse gas emissions. Mr. Banica has helped secure over $25 million in financing for the venture and led the company to its first profitable quarter in 2014. Currently he is advising a number of technology companies and is the Executive Chairman for Illusense Inc., a BC based pipeline inspection technology developer. Adrian is also a member of the A100 group.
Previously VP Pipelines at ShawCor Inc. Mark led teams of process and product design engineers along with a new plant management team in designing, developing, testing, manufacturing and commercializing a new product family of high-pressure/large-diameter composite pipe (‘FlexFlow’) in a new 200,000 sq. ft. plant. Following the FlexFlow commercialization, Mark led a global survey and analysis of pipeline leak detection technologies on behalf of ShawCor’s Integrity Management Group. Prior to ShawCor, Mark was the Office Managing Director for Western Management Consultants’ Calgary office. Mark currently leads HumanEdge Global’s Calgary office as Client Partner in a boutique, quality-first retained executive search firm. Mark also serves on two other private company boards and two not-for-profit Boards.
A highly experienced inclusive executive with over 25 years at a Senior Executive level in the International (EMEA and NA) Energy sector in a variety of disciplines including Business and Strategy development, full P&L responsibility for multi-million dollar (>$500 Million) operations at President, Senior Director, Vice President and General Manager levels covering Strategy, Commercial Business Development, Mergers and Acquisitions, Finance and Operations management. Starting with Deloitte (DH&S) Accountants, Andrew moved into the energy sector joining one of his audit clients and since then he has lived and worked internationally, throughout Europe, Africa, Middle East, Far East and North America, establishing / acquiring and developing businesses globally.
Dr. Simon Park
Dr. Simon Park is a professor at the Schulich School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Calgary. Dr. Park received his bachelor’s and master's degrees from the University of Toronto. He then continued his PhD work at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Park has formed the Micro Engineering, Dynamics, and Automation Laboratory (MEDAL) at the University of Calgary to investigate integration of methodologies that provide productivity, flexibility, and accuracy to the processing of complex components. His research interests include: sensors, micro-machining, nano-engineering, and CNT-based nanocomposites. Currently, Dr. Park supervises 20 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.