Board of Directors
Michael served as the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BVT from 2012 to August 2016 and continues as the Chairman of the Board. He was responsible for encouraging BVT’s growth from an R&D initiative to a commercial opportunity. He has over five years of experience working with the Advisory Board and agricultural experts to realize grower demand and BVT potential. Michael has more than 35 years of international manufacturing, marketing and sales management experience in North America, Asia and Europe. He was previously an executive at Teknion in business development during an intense period of revenue growth from $40 million to $1 billion, and ultimately through to their becoming a public company. Michael is the previous owner-operator of a 320 person manufacturing company that sold internationally.
Claude has over 30 years of experience in the global agriculture industry, particularly in crop protection, as both a commercial and technical leader. Currently, he is the Principal at Flueckiger Consulting. Previously, he was the Global R&D Leader for Lawn & Garden Controls at Syngenta AG. Previous roles in the USA included Senior New Solutions Marketing Manager and Director of Agribusiness leading the development of Syngenta’s first global strategic direction in fruits and vegetables. He also served as Director of Crop Management at Novartis and as a Global Product Management Leader for Insecticides at Ciba. Claude also led the global development and initial commercialization of Syngenta’s largest blockbuster insecticide and implemented innovative go-to-market strategies. Claude earned his PhD in Entomology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and has completed various Executive Education Programs at the Harvard Business School.
Michael is a 14 year venture capital veteran and Certified Public Accountant, and has more than 20 years of experience in clean energy technology companies. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of TIMIA Capital Corp, a publicly listed revenue finance company. He was formerly a Managing Director of Fronterra Ventures Ltd. and Chrysalix Venture Capital, both of which were private venture capital funds. His previous roles have included Product Manager of Ballard Power Systems and Manager of PWC. Michael has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Venture Capital Association and holds a B.Comm. in Finance from the University of British Columbia.
Director & Corporate Secretary
For more than 30 years, James has worked with clients in a variety of industries in both the public and private sectors, delivering the assurance services needed to make informed decisions. He has experience with Canadian and U.S. reporting issuers as well as with large private concerns. As a Partner with MNP’s Assurance group, James provides expert knowledge on tax planning, effective corporate structuring, and all aspects of institutional financing. He completed his Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) and Master of Business Administration degrees at the University of Windsor, and received his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Accountant (CA) designation in 1984. He is also a Licensed Public Accountant (LPA).
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