I develop solutions to fight climate change.
I consider myself a research capitalist – finding, co-investing, and developing the most impactful technologies to decarbonize our economy.
I am currently the Chief Carbon Scientist and Head of Engineering at Deep Sky, a state-backed carbon removals project developer focused on rapidly scaling and deploying direct air and direct ocean capture technologies in Canada. I lead our technology development, partnerships, and facility build out.
I was an Expert, Sustainability at McKinsey & Company and the first Canadian hire in the McKinsey Platform for Climate Technologies, where I helped investors, incumbents, and innovators develop, deploy, and invest in emerging carbontech. I served pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, airlines, CO2-to-fuels startups, and energy companies on the sustainable transition.
I was the youngest-ever Director at the National Research Council of Canada where I built and led a $57M collaborative research program on Canada-made transformative technologies to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. I oversaw a portfolio of >40 projects across four countries and supervised a team of >40 national lab scientists.
I am a Governor General Gold Medal-winning scientist, a member of the Royal Society of Canada, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto. My research on CO2 conversion and accelerated materials discovery has been published in high-impact journals like Science and Nature and I have been recognized as the top 0.01% in my field by Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers.
I serve as Chair on the Board of Directors of CMC Research Institutes (a carbontech non-profit). I was also a founding Mentor of the Matter and Climate Streams in Creative Destruction Lab, helping science-based startups bring advanced technology to market.
I was an entrepreneur and innovator having raised $2M in non-dilutive funding as a carbontech co-founder, Carbon XPRIZE Finalist (1 of 10 globally), an On Deck Climate Fellow, and a Forbes Top 30 Under 30.
I have worked with the OECD, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and as an Action Canada Fellow on impactful public policy. I ran to become a Member of Parliament for the Green Party of Canada in the 2021 Federal Election to bring more science to politics, raising the most money ever for my riding.
I’ve given hundreds of talks, interviews, podcasts, and commentaries on science, climate change, innovation, public policy, and increasing diversity in leadership positions.
My work has been published in high-impact scientific journals, in international policy reports, and in national newspapers and magazines. See below for a full list of my work.
I have been featured in mainstream media, on podcasts, documentaries, and more. I regularly speak on science and innovation, clean technology, and diversity.
I live, work, and play in the heart of Toronto.
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