Meet our Team.

Founder, President & CEO
Brian Alford

Brian has founded and created value for five successful public and private companies, one of which includes raising over $200M to fund growth through acquisitions and capital projects, achieving a peak market capitalization of $700M.  He has 28 years of experience in the roles of President & CEO, director, management, and engineering.  Brian is a “big-picture” thinker who leads by example and has an innate ability to secure and motivate talent, bridge gaps between organizational disciplines, and continuously seek out opportunities to create value for stakeholders.  Some of the companies he has worked for include Murphy Oil, Bronco Energy, Sproule Associates, and Axiom Oil and Gas.  Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University.

balford@innovahydrogen.com

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Founder, VP Finance & CFO
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Kamelia (Kami) Giles

Kami is a McGill business graduate with over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience in the areas of corporate finance, accounting, marketing, and business development. She has been involved in the creation and development of both private entities and publicly listed companies in Canada and the US.  Kami’s forte is in strategic relationships, capital raising and deployment, financial planning, budgeting, forecasting and tight cost controls. Kami is also known for her strong interpersonal relationship skills. Her passion lies in working with like-minded team players driven to not only create value for stakeholders but to make a positive environmental impact.

 

kgiles@innovahydrogen.com

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Founder & CTO
Dr. Norman Arrison

Norman is a passionate scientist, engineer, and inventor who brings nearly 50 years of expertise to the team, with a focus on creating innovative solutions to environmental concerns. His illustrious career includes being appointed by Prime Ministers Brian Mulroney and Pierre Trudeau to serve two separate terms on the Science Council of Canada, being appointed Design Officer in charge of safety systems for the 600 MW CANDU Nuclear Reactor for Atomic Energy of Canada, Director of Research at Global Thermoelectric Power Systems Ltd., and working with the Canadian Armed Forces, IBM and others. Norman holds numerous patents to inventions currently in use world-wide and has an extensive list of published papers. He holds a PhD, MSc and BSc in Chemical Engineering and is a member of The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta and The American Chemical Society.

 

narrison@innovahydrogen.com

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Founder & COO
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Donny Bobocel

Donny is an Engineering Technologist with almost 40 years of technical experience in both field and management roles. A seasoned energy professional, Donny brings expertise in project planning and execution, field optimization and the management of safe, efficient, low-cost operations. His broad career background from being a founder in energy production and service start-ups to various operational roles within larger energy companies provides the in-depth and diverse skill set required for the development, execution, and commercialization of Innova’s technologies.

 

dbobocel@innovahydrogen.com

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Founder & COE
Matt Desroches

Matt brings over 11 years of engineering experience in the planning and execution of highly capitalized development projects in Alberta and British Columbia.  His expertise in decision analysis, risk mitigation and economic modelling within the energy sector provides the perfect skill set necessary for the transition of Canada’s oil and gas industry to becoming net carbon neutral.  Matt has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Montana Tech and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the province of Alberta.

mdesroches@innovahydrogen.com

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Technology Development Engineer
James Tatum
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James earned his MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta, specializing in methane pyrolysis, and is the proud winner of the Indigenous Graduate Award and A Metis Scholars’ Award. He completed his BSc in Mechanical Engineering at the U of A as well, winning multiple awards including the ‘Indspire” Post-Secondary Education Award, Indigenous Careers Award, Metis Nation of Alberta Undergraduate Award, and the Jason Lang Scholarship. He joins Innova with two years of prior industry experience at Shell, CNRL and Syncrude, with expertise in project management, CAD design, and research and development. He has taken on a leading role in the design and execution of Innova’s proprietary technology and is the principal investigator of the technology’s products. James has been a registered Engineer-in-Training with APEGA since 2018.

jtatum@innovahydrogen.com

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Technical Advisor
Dr. Jason Olfert

Jason is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. He obtained his PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, and MSc and BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta. His research is focused on developing novel aerosol instruments, characterizing particulate emissions from combustion sources, including those from methane pyrolysis, internal combustion engines, gas turbine engines, flares, and burners, and understanding how aerosols affect global climate. He has worked on the development of the centrifugal particle mass analyzer, aerodynamic aerosol classifier and the miniature inverted soot generator, which are all commercially available instruments. Jason serves as an editor for the journal Aerosol Science and Technology, has over 90 peer-reviewed journal publications, and has received several awards including the University of Alberta, Faculty of Engineering Teaching Award, Mechanical Engineering Club: Award for Teaching Excellence, Sheldon K. Friedlander Award, Masao Horiba Award and Fissan-Pui-TSI Award for his contributions to aerosol science. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the province of Alberta and founder of Argonaut Scientific Corporation.

 

jolfert@ualberta.ca

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Technical Advisor
Dr. Marc Secanell
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Marc is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta and the Director of the Energy Systems Design Laboratory. He received his PhD and MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria, and his BEng from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (BarcelonaTech). In 2008, Marc was an Assistant Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada, Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation in Vancouver, Canada and in 2015-16, was a visiting research scholar in the Energy Conversion Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, US. His research interests are in the areas of: a) analysis and computational design of energy systems, such as polymer electrolyte fuel cells, polymer electrolyzers, flywheels and cooling towers; b) fabrication and characterization of polymer electrolyte fuel cells and electrolyzers; c) finite element analysis; and, d) multidisciplinary design optimization. His current research projects include the development of the open-source Fuel Cell Simulation Toolbox (OpenFCST), an open-source framework to analyze fuel cells, the development of mathematical models and optimization strategies for cooling towers, methane pyrolysis reactors and high-speed composite flywheels, and the fabrication and characterization of low loading polymer electrolyte fuel cells and electrolyzers. Marc has authored over 50 journal articles, 30 conference proceedings and two book chapters receiving over 3,000 citations (h-index: 33 in Google Scholar). He has been an invited speaker at prestigious conferences such as the Electrochemical Society Meeting and the Gordon Research Conference in Fuel Cells and has received several awards including the University of Alberta, Faculty of Engineering Teaching Award, Excellence in Engineering Research Award, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) Early Accomplishment Award, and a Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Canada Scholarship. Marc is also the Co-Chair of the 2022 GRC Fuel Cell Conference.

 

secanell@ualberta.ca

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