The AquaGen Management Team
AquaGen Executive Management Team
David Gilbert: CEO, VP Sales Europe, Australia
Based in the UK. David has professionally been involved with marketing and communications over the last 25 years. David Gilbert is an accomplished journalist and producer in broadcast television.
He has produced high quality communications packages for world leading brands. He has also launched new TV channels for major clients including SKY’s top rated B2B television channel. He has produced broadcast documentaries for more than 25 years, specializing in technology and renewable energy.
David developed and produced a series on “Virgin Galactic ” – securing exclusive access for the BBC and National Geographic Channel around the development and launch of the world’s first commercial spaceliner pioneered by Burt Rutan, after winning the X-Prize with Space Ship One, as well as producing “Formula E”, a branded content feature documentary that followed the launch of the world’s first all-electric motor racing championship.
Gilbert has produced for the world’s most prestigious channels: Channel 4 TV, BBC TV , Channel 5, ITV, The Discovery Channel and National Geographic Channel. He has also produced engineering-based series Megastructures, Engineering Connections and Industrial Revelations for the Discovery Channel and National Geographic Channel.
Gilbert went onto produce the highly successful prime time series for the Discovery Channel, “Future Weapons”, which enjoyed its highest ever premiere for a show, and became one of its top three series.
Mac Brown: Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, VP of Sales
Based in Ottawa, Canada. Mac has closed over $1 Billion dollars in profitable revenue with companies he has owned or worked for and products he has represented into the USA, Canadian & Asia Marketplaces. An experienced Technology CEO; Sales, Marketing & Business Development Executive; Entrepreneur; Start-up Expert and experience in Fund Raising.
Mac is presently President of MarkerTest Distribution (delivering the URCODE solution helping to combat the Opioid Crisis in Florida).
Mac was also a Founder, CEO of Magenn Power, a high altitude wind energy turbine featured on Discovery Channels, Project Earth’s TV series called “Seven Ways to Save the Planet” the Infinite Winds episode that first aired in August 2008.
Founder and CEO of Rebel.com; achieved revenues of $100M per year; (25% owned by Corel Corp., the NetWinder Office Server was the custom award winning software/hardware product of Rebel.com).
Founder, CEO of Hardware Canada Computer; a computer and networking Value Added Reseller. Hardware Canada was a major supplier of the Axil Sparc Solaris Unix workstations & servers into the Canadian Government. Hardware Canada later went on to build their own Sparc / Solaris based computer & servers under the Horizon Brand. (components were purchased from a division of Sun Microsystems).
Hardware Canada was also an OEM Switch manufacturer for Nortel Networks & Newbridge Networks. Hardware Canada achieved revenues of $40M per year while achieving 54 straight quarters of profitability.
Shezad Abedi: VP Sales Africa and Asia
Based in UK. Shezad has been involved in energy hedging, energy finance and restructuring for over 25 years. Shezad began his career in commodities in 1994 at Bankers Trust, a global investment bank that specialized derivatives, as a risk analyst on the commodity derivatives desk. He then was asked to join Enron where he helped build a strategy for Enron going into Italy as well as the restructuring of their major European power asset, Teesside.
Shezad founded, was a shareholder and Group Commercial Director of Welsh Power Group, MD trading for Uskmouth Power Ltd CEO of its trading subsidiary Carron Energy, one of the UK's first private-equity backed power companies, Sold in 2010, Welsh Power, at that time backed by Deutsche Bank, Strategic Value Partners and Trafalgar Asset Management, had grown to £1bn value with two operating power plants, one financed new 850MW gas power plant , a trading division and a supply business.
Prior to Welsh Power Shezad was Head of UK and Scandinavian Structured Products at EdF Trading. Shezad has worked as Managing Director of European Electricity at Prebon Yamane, and at various senior positions. Shezad has also worked extensively in banking and advisory institutions. Shezad was MD, Power Energy and Commodities TAIB investment bank, Bahrain, Board Member of TAIB YatirimBank, and Chairman of PDF Kurumsal (corporate finance boutique). Shezad has acquired, managed and turned around businesses for himself and for his employers. Shezad holds a Masters Degree in Management and a Bachelors Degree in Physics from Imperial College, London University.
Mike Doiron: Engineering, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Advisor
Based in Austin Texas, Mike has over 33 years of experience as a top notch executive in companies like Amazon, Celestica, IBM, Flex (Flextronics), JDSUniphase, and Newbridge Networks .
Mike has experience leading very large teams (tens of thousands) in advanced engineering, business services, facilities management, LEAN manufacturing, mergers, operations, product packaging, procurement, quality control, safety, start-up building launches & strategic relationships.
Mike for the last 6 years has been at Flex where he is now the CTO of Global Operations which included the Advanced manufacturing Engineering, Lean Business Excellence & Corp Quality plus 1,000 engineers in India for central services for Flex Worldwide. Flex has its head office in Singapore with over 175,000 employees worldwide with 106 manufacturing facilities (over 50 million square feet) in 36 countries.
Prior to Flex, Mike was VP NA Operations & Engineering, in charge of 60+ Amazon Fulfillment Centers with 30,000 employees throughout North America and his team managed a Capex yearly budget of $1 Billion.
Prior to Amazon, Mike was with Flex for 8 years as VP of Operations for Manufacturing & Service sites in Canada, US, and Mexico, in the Industrial & Emerging Technologies + Special Business Solutions Group Segments.
Read more of Mikes experience and education here:
Dr. Eric Bibeau: Hydro-Kinetic Systems Advisor
Eric has 144 Publications See here:
Based in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada, Dr. Eric Bibeau, Associate Professor at University of Manitoba, is the Director of the Canadian Hydrokinetic Turbine Test Centre (CHTTC). Eric has more than 20 years experience in the field of innovative renewable energy technologies to increase the renewable energy ratio of communities. He held the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada NSERC/Manitoba Hydro Industrial Research Chair in Alternative Energy for 10 years.
The main objective of the Canadian Hydrokinetic Turbine Test Centre (CHTTC) is to create a national hydrokinetic turbine testing location that allows companies to test hydrokinetic turbine systems. The center is located on the Winnipeg River in the rural community of Seven Sister Falls, Manitoba. The CHTTC assists in accelerating Canada’s development of hydrokinetic turbine technologies and helps address the identified pre-commercialization needs contained in the Canadian Marine Renewable Energy Technology Roadmap.
The CHTTC provides an opportunity to better understand the operational effects of hydrokinetic devices on the environment and provides information to help inform regulatory decisions for future projects. The center provides significant cost savings to stakeholders by reducing the time and cost to market for developers and by providing a framework for the industry to develop standards, protocols and safety procedures. The CHTTC allows technology developers to save time, cost and effort when installing and field-testing their turbines.
In addition to the testing of hydrokinetic turbines, the CHTTC is pushing forward with novel resource characterization techniques. Researchers at the CHTTC have developed multiple flow measurement procedures that allow for the complete assessment of the hydrokinetic resource in a particular marine environment. This is a service offered by the CHTTC. Any person interested in operating hydrokinetic turbines may contact the CHTTC, and we will be happy to meet and discuss the potential. CHTTC personnel have acquired experience in working with communities to improve their energy portfolio by relying less on expensive fossil fuels and moving to producing their own renewable energy, creating local jobs and community independence. CHTTC personnel can meet and discuss our capabilities and the steps needed in order to install a hydrokinetic turbine, as well as introduce you to the nation’s leading hydrokinetic turbine developers.
The CHTTC address key areas of technology development which include:
Validating the operation and performance of hydrokinetic turbines and operation in cold climates
Field test hydrokinetic turbines integrated onto the grid
Reduce installation, deployment, and retrieval costs
Develop safety protocols for operators
Field test new foundations for turbines: installation, deployment, retrieval and maintenance operations in remote locations
Investigate the effect of scouring on turbine components: erosion on rotating components.
Test the system reliability and availability
Perform resource assessment in any area with hydrokinetic potential to identify local resources
Communicate with local communities and assist in the move from fossil fuels to renewable technology
Design solutions for local communities, given available resources, to install hydrokinetic turbines
Eric Bibeau's Current Research Work at University of Manitoba:
Kinetic Turbines: High kinetic water turbines for distributed small hydro run-of-river applications
Anaerobic Digesters: Modeling of swine anaerobic digesters and the development of low costs distributed systems
Wind Icing: Icing of wind turbine blades to mitigate its effect on wind farms operating in cold weather climates
BioPower and Waste Heat: New biomass and waste heat conversion technologies for distributed generation using advanced cycles tailored for the distributed biopower market
PHEV: Dynamic modeling of PHEV
District Energy Systems: District heating and cooling from biomass, solar and geotherm