Our Team

Leadership

  • Donna Mandau, BA

    Founder, President & CEO

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

  • Imran Ally, BCom., CPA, CA

    Vice President & CFO

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

  • Leah Coumont, PhD

    Director of Research

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

Donna Mandau, BA

Founder, President & CEO

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

Vice President & CFO

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.

Leah Coumont, PhD

Director of Research

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.

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

    Director

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

  • Imran Ally, BCom., CPA, CA

    Director

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

  • Kasey Kozicky

    Director

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

  • 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

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

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.

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.

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

    Director of Research

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

  • Ushula Tefashe, PhD

    Director, Science & Technology

    Dr. Ushula Tefashe earned a doctorate (PhD), with great distinction (magna cum laude), in Chemistry…

  • Mikolai Vajda, BSc

    Research Associate

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

  • Brad Krueckl

    Senior Lab Technician

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

  • Josh Genereux

    Senior Lab Technician

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

Leah Coumont, PhD

Director of Research

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.

Ushula Tefashe, PhD

Director, Science & Technology

Dr. Ushula Tefashe earned a doctorate (PhD), with great distinction (magna cum laude), in Chemistry from Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (Germany) in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Gunther Wittstock. From 2012-2015, Dr. Tefashe was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Laboratory for Electrochemical Reactive Imaging and Detection of Biological Systems at McGill University in the Research Group of Prof. Janine Mauzeroll. In April 2015, Dr. Tefashe joined the Research Group of Prof. Richard McCreery in the Department of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Alberta as a Postdoctoral Researcher, and later rose to the position of a Research Associate.

Dr. Tefashe is a co-inventor of one Patent and has co-authored at least 40 peer-reviewed journal articles in international journals. His research interest is the field of electrochemistry, corrosion, biosensors, electrochemiluminescence, molecular electronics, and energy storage and conversion systems. He is serving as a reviewer of several international reputed journals.

Mikolai Vajda, BSc

Research Associate

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 Lab Technician

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.

Josh Genereux

Senior Lab Technician

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.

Advisors

  • Michael Smith

    Board Advisor, Business Development

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

  • Melissa Faichuk, PhD

    Board Advisor, Technical

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

  • Pierre Mercier

    Board Advisor, Manufacturing

    Pierre Mercier has extensive experience in the ideation, development, project management, and commercialization of products. …

  • Kenneth McKinnon, QC ICD.D

    Board Advisor, Legal

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

Michael Smith

Board Advisor, Business Development

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.

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.

Pierre Mercier

Board Advisor, Manufacturing

Pierre Mercier has extensive experience in the ideation, development, project management, and commercialization of products.  In his career he has successfully commercialized many products and is a known to have a strong ability to bring projects to completion given his high level thought processes,  creativity,  leadership skills, and his ability to garner and incorporate diverse resources .  He is a natural entrepreneur, innovator, and leader with 30 years in senior executive roles.  He also has an innate sense of market trends. Over the years he has cultivated an extensive network of contacts in business including television, retail, and manufacturing.

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.

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