Meet the Carbon Engineering Team | Carbon Engineering (2022)

Carbon Engineering (CE) is a leading provider of Direct Air Capture technology that captures carbon dioxide (CO2) directly from the atmosphere. CE is focused on the global deployment of megaton-scale Direct Air Capture technology so it can have the greatest impact on the huge climate challenge. This technology can help any company, country or individual achieve critical net zero targets by delivering solutions for permanent carbon removal and low carbon intensity fuels.

Supported by leading investors in the climate and energy space, top-tier government agencies, as well as three of the world’s largest energy companies – Occidental, BHP, and Chevron – our team is uniquely positioned to deliver commercial Direct Air Capture solutions that are feasible, affordable, and scalable.

We’ve built a world-class team of industry and thought-leaders to design, engineer, and optimize our Direct Air Capture technology. This team includes experts in engineering, economics, physics, chemical processes, technology development and commercialization, and more.

We believe transparency is paramount, and our team has publicly published multiple papers, patents and publications on our processes and technologies. Our work has also grabbed the attention of global media, regularly featuring in leading publications worldwide.

The CE business model is to license our technologies to local plant developers and energy industry partners around the world to enable rapid and widespread deployment of Direct Air Capture technology. We’ve purposely chosen this model because it gives us the ability to deploy our solutions as quickly and broadly as possible, and to start making a meaningful impact on the climate challenge.

Daniel Friedmann

P.Eng., MASc., Chief Executive Officer

Daniel Friedmann serves as CE’s CEO and Board Chair. Dan assumed the role of CEO in January, 2022, having served on CE’s board for the previous five years, four of which as Board Chair. Dan brings a wealth of executive experience and success managing high growth to CE’s team. He led Canadian aero-space company MDA as CEO for 20 years, during which time the company’s revenue grew 19-fold and market capitalization increased 35-fold. Dan was named Brendan Wood TopGun CEO in Canada in 2015-2016, a designation awarded as an expression of the highest level of confidence in a CEO, as voted by key investors and stakeholders.

Kerri L. Fox

A.B., J.D., Chief Financial Officer

Kerri brings more than 20 years of finance and corporate growth experience to CE’s team, stemming from previous roles as a project finance banker, financial advisor, board member and lawyer. Kerri previously built and ran project finance businesses from New York for Fortis Bank and BBVA, and acted as Chief Financial Advisor for Steelhead LNG in Vancouver. Most recently, she was Market Manager and Managing Director for Silicon Valley Bank’s clean-tech focused project finance business. Kerri has also served on the boards of Alterra Power Corp. and TerraForm Power, and she began her career as an attorney at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy. Kerri holds an A.B. in International Relations and Russian Studies from Brown University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Susan Koch

B.A. and CPA, CA, CPA (Illinois), Chief Operating Officer & VP Accounting

Susan is a finance veteran in pre-commercial alternate energy / clean technology companies. She is a chartered professional accountant (CPA, CA) with more than 30 years’ experience. Prior to joining Carbon Engineering, she held positions of CFO at General Fusion and Vaperma, and VP Finance and CFO at Cellex Power Products. From Cellex through to General Fusion, Susan was a core team member on equity financings totaling $130M, raising funds from North American, European and International investors, in addition to accessing a broad range of non-dilutive funding.

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Lori Guetre

B.Eng, M.Eng, VP and Head of Business Development

Lori brings more than 25 years of engineering, business development, and finance experience to CE’s team, stemming from previous roles in technology and aerospace sectors. Lori most recently served on the MDA Corporate Finance and Strategy teams as Senior Director, Strategic Business Development. At MDA, Lori held a variety of senior executive positions including General Management and VP Business Development. Lori holds a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering from RMC and a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University.

Amy Ruddock

Ph.D., VP Europe and Middle East

Prior to Carbon Engineering, Amy was VP Corporate Development and Sustainability at Virgin Atlantic where she was accountable for setting and delivering carbon strategy, securing expansion at London’s Heathrow Airport, corporate strategy and government affairs. In 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic she co-led recapitalization and solvent restructuring of the airline. Amy previously spent 10 years at BCG in the Consumer Practice Area, leading projects on topics ranging from strategy to transformation; operations to commercial, working across Europe and the USA. Amy’s Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge “Novel sensors for the selective detection of hydrocarbons” combined the disciplines of solid-state electrochemistry, materials and surface science.

Marcus Temke

VP Engineering & Projects

Marcus has 30+ years of experience in the development, construction and operation of industrial plants in the power, petrochemical, chemical, pharmaceutical, and mining industries. He has previously worked in Germany, Switzerland, and Brazil for Degussa/Evonik, Sandoz/Clariant, Rio Polimeros, Eneva/Eon, and Bolognesi. Marcus’ experience has been on the Owner’s side, where he’s managed multi-billion dollar EPC contracts and set up and managed operations of an Ethylene and Polyethylene Petrochemical Complex, as well as several coal and gas fired power plants.

John Bruce

B.A.Sc., M.Eng., VP Strategic Development

John brings more than 20 years experience in building, managing and investing in clean tech based ventures. John’s focus has been on product strategy and management, as VP Business Development and Product Management at Cellex Power, and more recently as an Executive in Residence at Foresight Cleantech Acceleration Centre.

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Doug Rae

B.Eng., VP Business Development

Doug leads CE’s international business development activities, creating partnerships with plant developers, investors, and off-takers around the world. Doug brings more than 20 years of international business development experience to CE, having previously served as VP, Business Development for MDA, a leading Canadian technology firm. At MDA, Doug held a variety of executive positions covering general management, business development, and strategy, and led the capture of a wide variety of large-scale projects and new business creation activities.

Anna Stukas

P.Eng., VP Business Development

Anna is a professional engineer with over 15 years’ experience bridging the gap between technology and business to overcome barriers to cleantech commercialization. Anna previously worked with Angstrom Power and BIC developing hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, where her responsibilities spanned IP and licensing strategy, product safety, and international regulatory development. She currently leads a variety of CE’s partnering and strategic business development efforts, and previously led CE initiatives ranging from strategic projects to government programs. Anna’s work has been recognized by the Minerva Foundation’s Women In™ Energy Award for Philanthropy and Business in Vancouver’s Forty Under 40 Award.

Grant Boyle

J.D., M.A., Senior Director, Legal

Grant has over twelve years of experience as a business lawyer, working both inhouse and in private practice in the infrastructure and natural resources sectors. Prior to joining CE, he was senior legal counsel at SNC-Lavalin where he negotiated and advised on multi-billion dollar project contracts and joint venture agreements. Before practicing law, Grant worked in energy and environmental policy development internationally at the United Nations University in Tokyo and held consulting roles with the Asian Development Bank and Vestas Wind Systems. He holds an M.A. from the University of British Columbia and a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Kenton Heidel

P.Eng. B.Sc., Director, Engineering

Kenton worked as an engineer-in-training at both oil-and-gas EPC firms and manufacturers, in both cases assisting in new product development. After graduating in 2008 from the University of Calgary with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, he was hired by David Keith to assist with the air capture project that was presented on the Discovery Channel program, Project Earth. Kenton now leads CE’s engineering efforts, overseeing design and development of processes, equipment, and AIR&nbspTO&nbspFUELSTM plants.

Geoffrey Holmes

M.Sc., Business Development

Geoff has worked on Direct Air Capture of CO2 since 2008, both in an academic capacity and at Carbon Engineering. Geoff has led much of CE’s air contactor research and design, has been involved with several generations of prototyping and testing, and has published on air contactor design and general techno-economics of DAC and fuel synthesis. Geoff now leads CE’s Regulatory Engagement and public outreach efforts.

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Jenny McCahill

Ph.D., Director, Projects

Jenny joined CE in 2014 with more than 10 years’ experience on the development of chemical processes for industrial applications. Jenny was a key contributor during the commissioning and early stage operations of the DAC and AIR&nbspTO&nbspFUELSTM pilot facilities, and led optimization work of current technology and investigations of next generation technologies for process integration. Jenny is now the project manager for the development of CE’s first industrial-scale plant – a facility that will capture one million tons of CO2 from the air each year.

Jane Ritchie

M.Sc., P.Eng., Director, Intellectual Property

Jane is a professional engineer with a master’s in chemical engineering. Prior to joining CE, Jane worked in the EPC industry, gaining more than 5 years’ experience across process engineering design, upgrading, and SAGD projects, as well as production engineering and field operation. Jane started at CE as a Senior Process Engineer in 2011, and led the design, construction, and commissioning of the pilot plant pellet reactor. She also moved into the role of Manager, Intellectual Property and has been an active contributor to CE’s patents.

Hollie Roberts

B.Ed., CPHR, Manager, Human Resources

Hollie has been with Carbon Engineering since its inception in 2009. As the company’s Human Resources Manager, Hollie leads CE’s HR strategy and planning activities, and manages all HR programs and policies as they apply to employee engagement, recruitment, performance management, benefits, and salary. Hollie also oversees the office management and ensures the health and happiness of our team on a daily basis. Hollie holds a BEd in Business Education from the University of Lethbridge and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR).

Toby Stedham

M.Eng. PMP, Director, Operations

Toby brings 10+ years of experience in technical project management and operations delivery. As a former Royal Air Force Engineer Officer he held leadership roles across bomb disposal, explosive safety, battlefield helicopter and VIP/air transport operations. Having led technical teams across the UK and a range of international deployments, he is now focused on applying his experience to the cleantech arena. Toby joined CE in 2018 and now leads the operation and maintenance of CE’s Pilot Plant.

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Todd Wilke

Ph.D., Director, Advanced Development

Todd brings more than 25 years of technology development and commercialization experience to CE’s team, stemming from previous roles in semiconductor manufacturing, fuel cells and industrial sensors sectors. Todd previously held the positions of VP of Technology for Photon Control R&D where he led the development of optical measurement products, and R&D manager for Ballard Power where he developed and executed fuel cell technology development programs. Todd began his career in technology development at Intel.

Rick Callahan

Board Member

Rick Callahan is the President and General Manager of Oxy’s Low Carbon Ventures business. Rick has 35 years industry experience and joined Oxy 14 years ago. He has held a variety of senior management positions, including roles in the United States, Abu Dhabi and Libya. Most recently, he served as EVP Midstream Operations & Development, overseeing the company’s midstream infrastructure development and operations of the Centurion pipeline system and Ingleside export terminal. Prior roles included SVP Development in Abu Dhabi overseeing the development and startup of the Shah sour gas field (Al Hosn Gas), and prior to that as President & GM of the Libyan business unit. Mr. Callahan received a Bachelors degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Business Administration from Duke University.

Elias Cababie Daniel

Board Member

Elias has more than 35 years of experience in various commercial sectors worldwide, such as real estate, technology, entertainment, food and the fashion industry, among others. He is an entrepreneur, constantly and actively looking at new business opportunities and ventures in order to continue innovating and expanding his family’s portfolio. He is a founder of GICSA, a dynamic real estate developer in Mexico, as well as GICSA’s Chairman of the Board. Elias is also Chairman of the Board of GlobalLab Corp, with three different consumer product divisions in the safety, health and wellness industries.

Gayle Gibson

Board Member

Gayle J. Gibson is currently a principal with Accordant Advisors, who work with organizations to create cultures of inclusion and stakeholder engagement. She is a Fellow in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a Trustee of their Foundation. Gayle retired from DuPont at the end of 2017 as head of Engineering. Over 34 years, she held a variety of roles across multiple businesses that included chief of staff for the Chair of the Board and CEO, Growth Champion, product manager, manufacturing manager and R&D engineer. Her contributions spanned revamping innovation practices, product & process development, market development, business strategy, supply chain improvement, lean manufacturing, process engineering, research & development and diversity & inclusion.

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FAQs

Who is Steve Oldham? ›

Steve Oldham serves as CE's CEO. Steve brings more than 20 years of executive experience to CE's team, stemming from previous roles in technology, robotics, and aerospace sectors. Steve served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Business Development for MDA, a leading Canadian technology firm.

What is the difference between CCS and DAC? ›

Direct air capture and storage (DAC+S) removes CO₂ directly from ambient air. In contrast, carbon capture and storage (CCS) captures CO₂ from point sources of carbon dioxide, such as the smokestacks of iron and steel factories. It then transports the captured CO₂ to a storage site, where it is sequestered.

How much does DAC cost? ›

The range of costs for DAC vary between $250 and $600 today depending on the technology choice, low-carbon energy source, and the scale of their deployment; for comparison, most reforestation costs less than $50/tonne.

How many plants does carbon engineering have? ›

The three plants the company currently has in the works are taking years to design and build. Carbon Engineering will start taking a manufacturing-and-assembly approach, Friedmann said, meaning it will manufacture standardized components that can be assembled on site.

Can carbon engineers buy stock? ›

Yes, there are. You can invest in carbon capture companies like Aker, FuelCell Energy, Delta Cleantech, Equinor ASA, and Occidental Petroleum stocks. Carbon capture stocks are a great way to invest in the future of energy and the environment.

What is direct ocean capture? ›

The removal of CO2 from oceanwater and other natural waters, or direct ocean capture (DOC), is one method of capturing dispersed CO2.

Is using a DAC worth it? ›

In most cases, the answer is no.

Unless your audio is suffering from jittering or hissing, a DAC isn't going to do much for you. It's generally better to invest the extra money you'd otherwise spend on a DAC into getting better headphones.

Can you hear the difference with a DAC? ›

There is a difference between DACs, but that difference can only be perceived through high-end sources and speakers. The answer to the question “does a DAC make music sound better” is a definite yes; it's just that “better” is subjective, depending on your own opinion and personal taste.

Is a DAC worth it for speakers? ›

In short, DACs play a large part in making digital music worthwhile. The biggest problem is the DAC circuits used in many devices are just not efficient enough to do justice to the original recording, so a DAC upgrade can be the simplest way to improve your digital music and really get the most from your system.

Is it worth getting a DAC for gaming? ›

A DAC can help make the sounds more clean and help with problems such as hissing and unwanted noise. If the impedance of your headset is lower than 100 ohms, there is no need to buy any external device.

How much does it cost to remove 1 ton of CO2? ›

The most promising direct air carbon capture technology costs nearly $100 per ton of captured CO2.

Do I need a DAC for my amplifier? ›

You need both a DAC and an amp to get the best listening experience. A DAC converts stored audio signals from digital to analog form, making it possible to listen to sounds, while an amp powers your speakers, making the signals audible. Therefore, you can't enjoy quality music without either.

Is DAC a form of CCS? ›

DAC is not an alternative to traditional, point-source carbon capture and storage (CCS), but can be used to recapture some emissions from distributed sources, such as some rocket launches. When combined with long-term storage of CO 2, DAC is known as direct air carbon capture and storage (DACCS or DACS).

What are the disadvantages of CCS? ›

Carbon capture and storage is expensive, energy-intensive, and unproven at scale, and it does not reduce carbon in the atmosphere. CCS technology entrenches reliance on fossil fuels rather than accelerating the needed transition to cheaper and cleaner renewable energy.

What does a DAC actually do? ›

So what is a DAC? A DAC, or digital to analogue converter, is the device that translates digitally stored information from a laptop, iPod or other such device into the analogue sound that we can hear.

What are the pros and cons of CCS? ›

Advantages of CCS
  • CCS Can Reduce Emissions at the Source.
  • CO2 Is Easier to Remove at Point Sources.
  • Other Pollutants Can Be Removed at the Same Time.
  • CCS Could Reduce the Social Cost of Carbon.
  • The Cost of CCS Is High.
  • Using CCS for Oil Recovery Could Defeat Its Purpose.
  • Long-Term Storage Capacity for CO2 Is Uncertain.

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