Our Team

Leadership

  • Imran Ally, BCom., CPA, CA

    CFO, Corporate Development, Director

    Imran Ally has over 25 years of leadership experience in the areas of financial management,…

  • Donna Mandau, BA

    President & CEO, Director

    Donna Mandau is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Office of Graphene Leaders Canada (GLC)…

  • Leah Coumont, PhD

    Chief Science Officer (CSO)

    Dr. Coumont holds PhD in Chemistry from the University of Alberta for her work preparing…

  • Josh Genereux

    Director, Manufacturing (Graphene Production)

    Josh is a highly skilled Chemical Engineering Technologist with over 20+ years of Research, Engineering,…

Imran Ally, BCom., CPA, CA

CFO, Corporate Development, Director

Imran Ally has over 25 years of leadership experience in the areas of financial management, financing, business analysis, risk management, strategic planning, accounting, financial reporting, operational monitoring and reporting, information systems management, procurement, contracts, and corporate governance.

Prior to joining GLC, Imran was the CFO for the Canadian division of a publicly traded international engineering firm where, as a member of the leadership team, he provided strong financial oversight, strategic advice and inputs to key business decisions for Canadian/North American operations. During his tenure Imran led the company financially through periods of growth and periods of significant challenges. He possesses superior business sense, strong analytical skills and innovative thinking which he successfully applied to the financial management of Canadian operations. He was also responsible for ensuring adherence to governance requirements, controls, and reporting practices in various areas, in addition to stringent cash flow management.

Imran earned his Business degree from the University of Alberta which houses one of the top business schools in Canada. The University of Alberta is ranked as one of the top 100 universities in the world. His formative post-graduation professional years were spent with a big four firm where he developed a strong foundation in internal controls and processes, risk assessment, financial analysis, and business analysis, in addition to accounting, auditing, and tax. Imran also spent time in the business financing industry developing a solid understanding of the attributes and information required to obtain and maintain funding from lenders and investors.

During his career, he has managed through periods of start-up, growth, stability, and contraction, and has a strong understanding of strategies and actions required during such phases.

Donna Mandau, BA

President & CEO, Director

Donna Mandau is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Office of Graphene Leaders Canada (GLC) and is a member of the company’s board of directors. Donna founded GLC in 2013, bringing more than 25 years of industry leadership, operations, investor relations, business development and executive management experience to her role with the company. Donna is currently working to complete an Executive Management MBA and has achieved a degree from the University of Alberta.

Donna’s entrepreneurial leadership and passion is responsible for the business development of a clean technology company, its operations initiatives, development of strategic partnerships and stakeholder relationships, investor relations and supporting the overall marketing platforms in elevating the company’s business model and vision.  Her prior work as an entrepreneur was working with a technology and engineering team where Donna came to realize graphene as a valuable solution to that market sector.  Conducting further research into graphene, Donna realized the immense potential and business opportunity to exploit the properties of graphene and formed a team of like-minded individuals looking for technology solutions utilizing graphene for applications solutions to serve Alberta and Canada that would support global initiatives.

Donna’s vision in founding GLC is to develop graphene innovative solutions to serve global markets and enable technological, environmental and economic advancement for Canada; to provide opportunities worldwide for humanitarian advancement through stewardship that embodies responsible planning and management of our environment to serve our planet.

Leah Coumont, PhD

Chief Science Officer (CSO)

Dr. Coumont holds PhD in Chemistry from the University of Alberta for her work preparing functional organic polymers and self-assembled carbon nanomaterials. Over the course of her Undergraduate and Graduate degrees she has accumulated over 13+ years of experience in working with functional organic materials, with a focus on organic synthesis, polymer chemistry, materials characterization, nanomaterials research, and device preparation.

Driven by a strong desire to make a positive contribution to the scientific community, she has developed exceptional expertise in organic materials for electronic applications (polymer light emitting diodes and solar cells), and carbon-based nanomaterials for environmental applications (sensing and CO2 sequestration).

To continue to pursue her love of carbon-based materials and investigate their exciting future applications, Dr. Coumont has joined Graphene Leaders Canada to help develop safe and efficient graphene-based products to solve environmental problems. Dr. Coumont leads a team of 3 PhD’s focused in environment and coatings product development, and a team of 4 technical MSc-Chemistry and senior laboratory technologists.

Josh Genereux

Director, Manufacturing (Graphene Production)

Josh is a highly skilled Chemical Engineering Technologist with over 20+ years of Research, Engineering, and Management experience. After graduating from SAIT in 2001, he immediately started in the PVT lab at Core Laboratories Canada as a lab technologist and then PVT Lab Coordinator. In 2005 he started working with Schlumberger Canada, where he worked more than 11+ years and held positions as Fluid Analysis Specialist and Lab Supervisor, as well as Senior Technologist roles in both Research and Engineering. He acted as lead instructor on several fluid analysis training courses, both locally and internationally over the course of his time at SLB. Josh started working with Graphene Leaders Canada as a Senior Research Technologist more than 4 years ago and has been heavily involved in New Product Development in Coatings and Production of the material.  Josh has been an integral part of providing input within virtually all technical aspects of GLC, and most recently GLC Production (GLCP) Inc. Josh has more recently transitioned into Management as the Director of Manufacturing operating the Production division of the Company.

Board

  • David Blades, A.Sc.T., LGA

    Board Chairman, Director

    As a Senior Management Director in municipal government, David provides key leadership to an Alberta municipality and…

  • Donna Mandau, BA

    President & CEO, Director

    Donna Mandau is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Office of Graphene Leaders Canada (GLC)…

  • Imran Ally, BCom., CPA, CA

    CFO, Corporate Development, Director

    Imran Ally has over 25 years of leadership experience in the areas of financial management,…

  • John Andrew, MBA

    Director

    John holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies from York University, 1977 and has been…

  • Kasey Kozicky

    Director

    Kasey brings more than 37+ years of experience in public accounting responsible for all aspects…

  • Michael Smith

    Director

    Michael Smith brings more than 30 years of experience in business management and leadership and…

  • Steve Pugh, CST, PMP

    Director

    Steve is the Vice President of Strategic Growth and Senior Manager of Industrial Survey at…

David Blades, A.Sc.T., LGA

Board Chairman, Director

As a Senior Management Director in municipal government, David provides key leadership to an Alberta municipality and has been responsible for several key areas including planning, environmental, engineering, economic, development and quasi-judicial board settings within the municipal government sector since 1986. David brings seasoned government and public relations communications and contract knowledge and experience to GLC.

In addition, David has five years’ experience as a Director of a Canadian junior mining company, involving executive support to the planning stages and funding of the mining operation and assisted with the processes for guiding of the mine’s initiatives. David brings his mining and government relations expertise to the GLC Team and has focused his efforts to securing graphite resources in our development of liquid dispersion graphene as well as investor and government relations.

Enrolled in an MBA Program in Community Economic Development, David has achieved an Applied Degree from Lethbridge College in Environmental Science – Physical Geology and Biology. In 1999, David was responsible for the development and promotion of the Applied Land Use Planning program at the University of Alberta and in 2002, received accreditation in the Local Government and Applied Land Use Planning Programs at the University of Alberta.  David is also a member of the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta as a Certified Technologist (C. Tech.).

Donna Mandau, BA

President & CEO, Director

Donna Mandau is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Office of Graphene Leaders Canada (GLC) and is a member of the company’s board of directors. Donna founded GLC in 2013, bringing more than 25 years of industry leadership, operations, investor relations, business development and executive management experience to her role with the company. Donna is currently working to complete an Executive Management MBA and has achieved a degree from the University of Alberta.

Donna’s entrepreneurial leadership and passion is responsible for the business development of a clean technology company, its operations initiatives, development of strategic partnerships and stakeholder relationships, investor relations and supporting the overall marketing platforms in elevating the company’s business model and vision.  Her prior work as an entrepreneur was working with a technology and engineering team where Donna came to realize graphene as a valuable solution to that market sector.  Conducting further research into graphene, Donna realized the immense potential and business opportunity to exploit the properties of graphene and formed a team of like-minded individuals looking for technology solutions utilizing graphene for applications solutions to serve Alberta and Canada that would support global initiatives.

Donna’s vision in founding GLC is to develop graphene innovative solutions to serve global markets and enable technological, environmental and economic advancement for Canada; to provide opportunities worldwide for humanitarian advancement through stewardship that embodies responsible planning and management of our environment to serve our planet.

Imran Ally, BCom., CPA, CA

CFO, Corporate Development, Director

Imran Ally has over 25 years of leadership experience in the areas of financial management, financing, business analysis, risk management, strategic planning, accounting, financial reporting, operational monitoring and reporting, information systems management, procurement, contracts, and corporate governance.

Prior to joining GLC, Imran was the CFO for the Canadian division of a publicly traded international engineering firm where, as a member of the leadership team, he provided strong financial oversight, strategic advice and inputs to key business decisions for Canadian/North American operations. During his tenure Imran led the company financially through periods of growth and periods of significant challenges. He possesses superior business sense, strong analytical skills and innovative thinking which he successfully applied to the financial management of Canadian operations. He was also responsible for ensuring adherence to governance requirements, controls, and reporting practices in various areas, in addition to stringent cash flow management.

Imran earned his Business degree from the University of Alberta which houses one of the top business schools in Canada. The University of Alberta is ranked as one of the top 100 universities in the world. His formative post-graduation professional years were spent with a big four firm where he developed a strong foundation in internal controls and processes, risk assessment, financial analysis, and business analysis, in addition to accounting, auditing, and tax. Imran also spent time in the business financing industry developing a solid understanding of the attributes and information required to obtain and maintain funding from lenders and investors.

During his career, he has managed through periods of start-up, growth, stability, and contraction, and has a strong understanding of strategies and actions required during such phases.

John Andrew, MBA

Director

John holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies from York University, 1977 and has been a professional planner in Alberta for 30 years. Having worked for the City of Edmonton, the Yellowhead Regional Planning Commission, the provincial government, and for three private consulting firms, John was until recently a Principal of Scheffer Andrew, an independent professional engineering and planning consulting firm.

In 1995, John started an independent planning consulting practice which he combined with Scheffer Consultants in 1999 to form Scheffer Andrew Ltd. John has extensive experience in senior business management, leadership development and strategic planning and has a successful track record in directing the growth of corporate companies. John taught the program for planning technicians at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and as well taught a course on Planning & Zoning for the Edmonton Real Estate Board.

John brings to GLC a strength in corporate governance and leadership with a keen interest through his research in graphene innovations. With a strong background working with various sectors in industry and government, John will provide sound knowledge and experience in navigating GLC towards success in the emerging graphene industry.

Kasey Kozicky

Director

Kasey brings more than 37+ years of experience in public accounting responsible for all aspects of accounting, audit, income tax, deal structuring and negotiation along with other services rendered for major engagements. Kasey has been a partner since 1990 in Yaremchuk & Annicchiarico LLP, a Certified Public Accounting Firm, where he was directly involved in the operations of the firm and was responsible for providing direction and strategic planning. For the past year, Kasey has been involved in GLC as a financial advisor to the board and has valuable expertise to bring to GLC as we grow our technology.

Michael Smith

Director

Michael Smith brings more than 30 years of experience in business management and leadership and serves as the CEO of Benefit Consultants Inc. Michael Specializes in strategic planning, underwriting, negotiations, risk management, dispute resolution, industry trends, flex benefits, and global benefits. His
communication and people skills are very strong and support his work in building business relationships within organizations.

Having done extensive personal research into the graphene market, Michael recognized GLC’s incredible potential in that space and as such has dedicated significant time and resources into bringing the company’s products into commercialization. As a significant investor in Graphene Leaders Canada Michael
brings strategic guidance, investor relations and business development to the company.

Steve Pugh, CST, PMP

Director

Steve is the Vice President of Strategic Growth and Senior Manager of Industrial Survey at Opus Stewart Weir, a Geomatics and Engineering consultancy, with over 20 years of experience from technical to project management. Over his career, Steve has actively participated in the Alberta energy sector, oil sands mine and plant construction, oil & gas exploration and power transmission construction. Steve has been involved in the construction of several multi-billion dollar projects in the Athabasca Oil Sands and Alberta Industrial Heartland.

In addition to project work, Steve has been active in the leadership of Opus Stewart Weir since 2014 as part of the management team establishing strategic direction, policy and procedure development. Through 2015 and 2016 he managed the transition and merger of Opus Stewart Weir’s First Nations joint venture, Athabascan Resource Company, with Opus Stewart Weir’s Geomatics – Survey division and served as an advisor to the Board of Directors.

Steve is an active investor and advisor in two environmental start-up ventures that are currently in the commercialization and optimization phases of development, part owner in a start-up company in the biochemical sector, and shareholder of an Edmonton-based service and consulting business.

Scientific

  • Leah Coumont, PhD

    Chief Science Officer (CSO)

    Dr. Coumont holds PhD in Chemistry from the University of Alberta for her work preparing…

  • Ilya Utkin, PhD

    Research Associate

    Ilya holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus…

  • Thuy Nguyen, PHD

    Research Associate

    Ph.D. Candidate, University of Alberta -Electrochemistry/Bioanalytical Chemistry Thuy achieved a BSc degree with high distinction…

  • Mikolai Vajda, BSc

    Laboratory Technician

    Mikolai achieved a BSc degree as a chemistry major and biology minor from the University…

  • Brad Krueckl

    Senior Technologist

    Brad is a highly skilled Chemical Technologist with over 18+ years of Research, Engineering, and…

Leah Coumont, PhD

Chief Science Officer (CSO)

Dr. Coumont holds PhD in Chemistry from the University of Alberta for her work preparing functional organic polymers and self-assembled carbon nanomaterials. Over the course of her Undergraduate and Graduate degrees she has accumulated over 13+ years of experience in working with functional organic materials, with a focus on organic synthesis, polymer chemistry, materials characterization, nanomaterials research, and device preparation.

Driven by a strong desire to make a positive contribution to the scientific community, she has developed exceptional expertise in organic materials for electronic applications (polymer light emitting diodes and solar cells), and carbon-based nanomaterials for environmental applications (sensing and CO2 sequestration).

To continue to pursue her love of carbon-based materials and investigate their exciting future applications, Dr. Coumont has joined Graphene Leaders Canada to help develop safe and efficient graphene-based products to solve environmental problems. Dr. Coumont leads a team of 3 PhD’s focused in environment and coatings product development, and a team of 4 technical MSc-Chemistry and senior laboratory technologists.

Ilya Utkin, PhD

Research Associate

Ilya holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus followed by a Post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Alberta.

Ilya is a highly skilled researcher, specialized in optical science with extensive experience in developing sensors for biomedical and industry applications.

Critical areas in his research include the fields of Spectroscopy, Optical sensors, Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy, Non-linear Optics, Fiber-optics, Bio-optics, and Laser Micro-machining

Thuy Nguyen, PHD

Research Associate

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Alberta -Electrochemistry/Bioanalytical Chemistry

Thuy achieved a BSc degree with high distinction in Analytical Chemistry from The Vietnam National University in Hanoi and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from The University of Alberta. Thuy has gained valuable experience throughout the course of her graduate research, with a focus on novel applications of Nanoscale Carbon-on-Gold Films as Surface Plasmon Resonance Substrates. Thuy’s field of expertise with electrochemistry is electrode fabrication, electrode modification, cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry, and electrodeposition.

Mikolai Vajda, BSc

Laboratory Technician

Mikolai achieved a BSc degree as a chemistry major and biology minor from the University of Alberta in spring 2018. During the course of his degree, he gained relevant chemistry experience from spending a summer as an analytical chemistry lab assistant along with volunteering under a chemistry graduate student for two semesters in the lab of Prof. James Harynuk. While at the University of Alberta, Mikolai developed extensive in-lab chemistry skills which has been further advanced with his work in Graphene Leaders Canada. Working with all projects in the company, Mikolai has developed strong graphene knowledge and skills in both the coatings and water filtration platforms.

Brad Krueckl

Senior Technologist

Brad is a highly skilled Chemical Technologist with over 18+ years of Research, Engineering, and Management experience. After graduating from SAIT in 2000, he started working for Agriculture Canada on a 6-month contract moving to Core Laboratories as a lab technologist in their PVT lab. In 2003 he moved to Houston, Texas and joined Schlumberger in their Reservoir Fluids division. In 2012 he transferred back to Schlumberger Canada (DBR Technology Center) where he stayed until 2016. In his 13+ years with the company he held positions as Fluid Analysis Specialist, Lab Supervisor and Engineer in Charge, as well as Senior Technologist roles in both Research and Engineering. He was a part of Schlumberger’s Global standardization team and helped author many of the PVT Labs global operating procedures. The DBR Technology Center closed in October 2016, which allowed Brad the opportunity to start working with Graphene Leaders Canada as a Senior Research Technologist.

Advisors

  • John McDougall, P. Eng.

    Board Advisor, Technical

    John McDougall is President of Dalcor Innoventures Ltd and has 50 years of experience in…

  • Kenneth McKinnon, QC ICD.D

    Board Advisor, Legal

    Mr. McKinnon is a senior executive skilled at providing finance, strategic and legal services in…

  • Klaas Rodenburg, MA, C.Tech., LEED AP

    Board Advisor, Technology

    Klaas currently serves as the President of the Alberta Council of Technologies (ABCtech), Focused to…

  • Melissa Faichuk, PhD

    Board Advisor, Technical

    Dr. Faichuk holds a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario in Physical Chemistry for…

John McDougall, P. Eng.

Board Advisor, Technical

John McDougall is President of Dalcor Innoventures Ltd and has 50 years of experience in the natural resource, IT, manufacturing, consulting, real estate and investment industries as well as research and development and academia. He served as President of the National Research Council of Canada from 2010 – 2016, was CEO of the Alberta Research Council from 1997 – 2009 and the inaugural Chair in Management for Engineers in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta from 1991-97. Through John’s initiative, Innoventures Canada Inc. was created in 2006 by leading Canadian research and technology organizations providing technology development, demonstration and deployment services as Canada’s centres of excellence for commercialization and research.

He spent 44 years with McDougall & Secord, Limited, Edmonton’s oldest privately owned business active in real estate, investment and development initially as Director and Secretary-Treasurer, then as President from 1982 to 2010. From 1967-1975 with Imperial Oil Limited, John participated in oil sands, heavy oil, economics, frontier exploration and logistics, system development and oil and gas production. He founded DALCOR in 1975. Dalcor companies provided project management, technology development, labour market analysis and planning, economics and economic development, financial and business planning, data processing and custom software development, natural gas brokerage and technology investment for a wide range of global organizations ranging from multi-national resource companies to SME’s. He was appointed a Director of DB Robinson and Associates in 1992, became Chairman of the Board and guided the firm through its acquisition by Schlumberger in 2002. In 1999, he led the acquisition of C-FER Technologies by ARC and as Chair oversaw its growth from $3 million to $13 million in annual sales by 2010.

Mr. McDougall has presented keynote addresses, courses, workshops and seminars in Canada, the US, Mexico, Panama, Hungary, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Poland, India, Bangladesh, South Africa, Qatar, Taiwan, Korea, Israel, Singapore, Japan and China as well as to the OECD in Paris.

Kenneth McKinnon, QC ICD.D

Board Advisor, Legal

Mr. McKinnon is a senior executive skilled at providing finance, strategic and legal services in the public and private marketplace. He has successfully worked with small management teams and entrepreneurs to grow organizations into significant business, and he provides a well-rounded business solution approach to problem solving. As a director, his skills in corporate governance, business strategy and financial insight, have assisted various management teams in substantial high growth environments. Mr. McKinnon has also served as a director on various private or government boards including Critical Mass Inc. and Alberta Innovate Technology Futures.

Mr. McKinnon is the Past President of the University of Calgary Alumni Association and sits on the Management Advisory Committee of the Haskayne School of Business. He recently stepped down as a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary, where he sat on various Committees including Vice-Chair of the HR and Governance and Chair of Budget. Mr. McKinnon is the recipient in 2014 of the Order of the University of Calgary and the 2007 Management Alumni Excellence (MAX) Award from the University of Calgary – Haskayne School of Business. Mr. McKinnon obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary majoring in accounting in 1980, his LLB from Queen’s University in 1983 and was admitted to the Alberta Law Society in 1984, and the Law Society of England and Wales in 1994.

Klaas Rodenburg, MA, C.Tech., LEED AP

Board Advisor, Technology

Klaas currently serves as the President of the Alberta Council of Technologies (ABCtech), Focused to support Alberta’s technology leaders and entrepreneurs by developing alliances for emerging technology industries. Klaas also serves as Secretary of the Alberta/Canada Fusion Technology Alliance and is a member of the for emerging technology industries. of the City of Edmonton Energy Transition Advisory Committee (ETAC). He has taught sustainability courses at NAIT and U of A and has presented at a variety of Sustainability focused events. Klaas developed and currently teaches an online course for Lakeland College on sustainable building strategies. Klaas also acts as CEO of Clark Ecoscience and Sustainability, a company that grows local plants and designs local ecosystems for yards, commercial, municipal and industrial sites.

Klaas was the Sustainable Design Coordinator at Stantec before moving to Mammoet Canada Western (2014-2017) as a quality advisor where he was a member of the Sustainovation Steering Committee, a global initiative responsible for identifying and implementing innovative solutions to sustainability challenges faced by Mammoet and its sister companies. Klaas joined GLC as an Advisor summer of 2018 recognizing the immense potential and opportunity this technology offers in Diversifying Alberta’s economy through technology. The Alberta Council of Technologies (ABCtech) advocates for the commercialization of disruptive technologies that will place Alberta and Alberta companies at the forefront of emerging economies and offer global reach.

Melissa Faichuk, PhD

Board Advisor, Technical

Dr. Faichuk holds a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario in Physical Chemistry for her work investigating passive oxide coatings on alloys used as steam generator tubing in CANDU nuclear reactors, and developing methods to reduce their susceptibility to corrosion. The scope of her research utilized several physical and electrochemical techniques to examine oxide coating properties to further understand the corrosion behaviour of these materials. Surface modification techniques were also investigated as a method of influencing the oxide properties as a way to improve the corrosion resistance of these materials. In addition to her Ph.D. work, Dr. Faichuk has worked with multi-disciplinary teams at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories studying the corrosion behaviour of alloys used in CANDU nuclear reactors.

To continue to pursue her passion for developing materials with superior performance and function, Dr. Faichuk joined GLC aiming to develop coatings and materials for the pipeline and energy sector.

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