Chief Executive Officer
Janice provides the leadership and financing strategy for Kanin Energy. Prior to Kanin, Janice was an early employee and Director at Generate Capital, a project finance investment firm that focused on investing in renewable energy projects. There she built North America’s largest portfolio of anaerobic digestions assets. Her role spanned across deal execution, origination, market development and asset management. Prior to Generate Capital, Janice worked at NRG, one of America’s largest power producers, to start their renewable microgrids business line. Janice also co-founded Student Energy, a nonprofit which is today’s largest global charity dedicated to educating and uniting post-secondary students on energy issues.
Janice is a licensed Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) in Canada. She also has a Masters of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University in New York, where she received an Earth Institute Fellowship. Janice also has a Masters in Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan, and double majored with a BA in Philosophy and BComm in Accounting from the University of Calgary.
Chief Development Officer
Dan provides strategic leadership navigating electricity markets, commercial agreements, regulatory approvals and energy policy development. Prior to joining Kanin, Dan was the Vice President of Commercial and Regulatory for Terrapin Geothermics, an Alberta based geothermal energy company.
Dan spent a decade between the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) and Alberta Energy. At the AESO, Dan held various roles including ancillary services procurement (i.e. Operating Reserves, OR Conscription, Transmission Must-Run), energy storage integration, distributed energy resource review committee, and generation forecasting. At Alberta Energy, Dan was seconded to provide technical and regulatory expertise in market design restructuring, agency regulatory governance, and was a member of the Indigenous Electricity Technical Working Group.
Dan holds a Masters in Environmental Management from Royal Roads University and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Calgary.
Chief Technology Officer
Jake provides technical leadership in assessing potential projects and technologies and ensuring seamless integration of new equipment with any existing infrastructure. Having overseen projects from feasibility to commissioning, Jake brings relevant industry experience to all aspects of project execution.
As a Professional Engineer with over 12 years of experience in the energy sector, Jake has worked on projects in in-situ oil, conventional oil, gas production and distribution, water treatment and renewable power generation.
Prior to Kanin, Jake was the Director of Engineering at Terrapin Geothermics – leading in-house research and development into a novel ultra-low temperature Stirling engine, creating tools to assess and qualify waste heat resources at industrial facilities, and developing project execution and integration strategies. Jake has also spent time at Wood Group Mustang as a Project Engineer and Lead Mechanical Engineer for clients including Shell and Cenovus, and was on-site Senior Project Engineer for the construction, commissioning and start-up of Husky’s $2.7Bn Sunrise SAGD facility.
Jake has a Master of Engineering in Aeronautics from the University of Durham, UK.
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Director of Engineering
Grant has over 20 years of energy project design and development. Grant has led project engineering teams through initial development stages through to final plant commissioning on waste heat to power projects in Canada and the USA. Grant has designed the largest biomass ORC project in Canada and has overseen over 1.5 million MWh of deployed ORC systems in North America.
Grant holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia.
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Project Development Lead
Randy brings extensive experience driving growth within new and evolving renewable energy markets, combining strong commercial and engineering aptitude to efficiently build lasting stakeholder relationships within dynamic and complex development environments.
Prior to joining Kanin, Randy served as a Developer-In-Residence at Generate Capital, a leading clean energy infrastructure investment firm, and has spent over 15 years in renewable fuels and waste-to-energy. During this time, he has driven value across the entire spectrum of commercialization and project development including feedstock procurement, logistics, manufacturing, compliance and offtake. Randy brings deep experience building supply chains for large-scale waste-to-energy projects across North America, initiating and managing highly profitable biofuel distribution agreements, developing markets for value-added co-products, evaluating new M&A opportunities, and liaising between investors and entrepreneurs within the tech transfer office at NREL.
Randy holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Dartmouth College and an MS in Civil Engineering and MBA from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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Director of Business Development
Dan works with Kanin’s partners to identify opportunities, structure commercial agreements and navigate financing. With 11 years of experience in energy finance and renewable development, he brings a broad understanding of project origination, capital allocation and transaction execution.
Prior to joining Kanin, Dan was a member of the Power Business Development team at Enbridge, North America’s largest energy infrastructure company. Prior thereto, he worked as member of TransAlta Corporation’s Growth team evaluating the commercial viability of renewable energy development and acquisition opportunities.
Before moving into development, Dan spent eight years in capital markets working with energy companies and their investors. At CIBC Capital Markets, Dan was a member of the Institutional Equity Research and Investment Banking teams. He started his career on FirstEnergy Capital’s Sales and Trading desk.
Dan has a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Calgary where he was a member of the Calgary Portfolio Management Trust.
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Director of Commercial Development
Grant brings deep expertise and leadership in the valuation of power systems, power markets, utilities, and environmental markets to the Kanin team. As a professional economist, Grant has experience in all areas of power markets including market design, market analytics, market forecasting, utility rate design, resource adequacy, transmission planning, generation investment, and energy transition.
Prior to joining Kanin, Grant worked at the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) in the forecasting and corporate economics groups, including roles in load forecasting, resource adequacy modelling, transmission system and connection planning, and market rule design. Grant also spent time at the Alberta Utilities Consumer Advocate (UCA) involved in transmission and distribution rate making and other market rules. Most recently Grant performed as the lead economist for TransAlta Corporation creating power market outlooks, and long-term portfolio management. Grant has studied environmental policy and electricity market policy, serving as a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary, teaching intermediate economics courses in financial economics and electricity markets.
Grant holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics from the University of Calgary.
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Director of Projects
Kyle brings substantial experience leading diverse teams of subject matter experts to scope and execute energy projects. As a Professional Engineer with over 12 years of experience in the energy industry, Kyle has managed projects ranging from small detailed technical programs to large capital equipment installations.
Prior to Kanin, Kyle served as a Senior Opportunity Engineer at Cenovus Energy executing complex risk-mitigation and optimization projects at Foster Creek and Christina Lake SAGD facilities. Kyle brings experience from a diversity of roles in project management, facilities engineering, reliability engineering, and facilities strategy. He played a key role in the $100M+ Foster Creek brackish water equipment replacement program, in many risk-mitigation driven operations projects, and in developing a project management office.
Kyle holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary, an MBA from at Colorado State University, and is a certified Project Management Professional.
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Sr. Project Engineer
As a professional engineer with over a dozen years of experience working in the energy industry, Julian has been successful working with various company clients, field personnel, and contractors ensuring projects are completed by their established milestones.
Prior to Kanin, Julian was a Project Engineer at TNT Engineering Ltd. where he executed projects ranging from conventional oil & gas pipeline installations to complex facility construction projects for a variety of clients including ARC Resources and Whitecap. In addition, Julian has also managed assets in the Crossfield and Suffield areas as a Facilities Engineer with Harvest Operations Corp.
Julian holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary.
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Joshua brings extensive experience related to the intersection of mechanical and electrical energy systems. He brings over a decade of experience working with cross-disciplinary teams on the design of holistic programs and project designs for a range of industry sectors, including agriculture, food, forestry, oil and gas, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.
Before joining Kanin, Joshua worked at an electrical engineering design firm specializing in industrial control system design, low-voltage power distribution and protection, and system commissioning. Joshua then worked for New Energy Corporation on developing, testing, and installing hydrokinetic power generators. He worked with utilities and clients to complete system control system design, safety systems, and interconnection. Most recently, Joshua worked with ICF on designing and implementing energy efficiency programs across North America and worked with their advisory group to study the impacts of beneficial electrification, focusing on electric vehicle adoption scenarios and grid impacts for Canada and the United States.
Joshua holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s (M. Eng.) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta and an MBA with a Finance Specialization from the University of Calgary.
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Technical Evaluations Lead
Juan is a mechanical engineer-in-training coming from Colombia with a passion for working in clean energy. He previously worked as a research assistant at the University of Alberta in diverse topics such as heat exchangers, fluid dynamics, and microfluidics. Juan is a lifelong learner that constantly looks for new technologies to learn about and ways to implement them to attain a more sustainable future. Juan holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Los Andes and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta.
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Kareem is an Engineering Intern from the University of Calgary (UofC) that possesses an unwavering commitment to advancing sustainable and renewable energy solutions. Currently pursuing a Bachelors’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Digital Engineering, Kareem’s lifelong passion drives his dedication to this field.
Kareem actively engages with the university community, seeking opportunities to foster discussions and involvement in sustainable energy topics. As the co-founder and president of the Student Energy UofC Chapter, Kareem spearheads initiatives to provide professional development opportunities for students aspiring to pursue careers in the energy sector. Additionally, he actively supports the Student Success Centre’s mission of guiding fellow students towards academic success.
Kareem continuously seeks learning opportunities, and firmly believes in the long-term potential of his contributions to Kanin Energy’s development.
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Marketing and Communications Analyst
Stanley is a computer scientist, specialized in digital marketing, web analytics, and SEO.
After graduation, Stanley took up key roles at the National Institute for Policy and strategic studies, NIPSS Kuru – Nigeria’s foremost policy and strategy think tank. Here he developed exceptional leadership and strategic skills. His rare integrity, and drive for results earned him roles of increasing responsibility there, which culminated in co-launching a pioneer Center at the National Institute.
Stanley is eager to join the quest for a climate-stable planet. He seeks to do this by utilizing his digital communication skills in clean energy.
He got his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Benin.
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Business Development Analyst
Savini brings a wide range of experiences ranging from waste, agriculture, and sustainable development to allow her to use creative problem-solving skills to bring forth positive change. Prior to Kanin, Savini worked at Reclay StewardEdge, a global environmental consultancy agency. There she used her background of data analysis and education to facilitate the Schools Program to promote education for Recycle Everywhere, and the Audit Program for Recycle Everywhere to understand trends which enable increased recovery rates across Manitoba. Additionally, Savini previously worked at Strategic Systems Engineering, a climate mitigation engineering start-up where she spearheaded the company’s brand reposition, managed stakeholder relations and operations.
Savini holds a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science from the University of Manitoba and is eager to work towards a just energy transition.
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Tammy brings a wealth of experience in both business administration and executive support. Having worked in both the public and private sector, she has assisted teams in workflow process improvements and operational efficiencies. Prior to Kanin, Tammy worked in healthcare administration, and as plant administrator at the TransAlta Cogeneration facility in Windsor, Ontario. There she played an integral role in asset optimization of the PPA contract, assisted with day ahead market strategies for incremental power generation and operating reserve, and administered the operation and maintenance agreement for the thermal host site.
Tammy holds a diploma in Executive Office Administration and earned a university certificate in Business Management from Athabasca University.
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Mr. Johannson has extensive commercial and operational experience in the Upstream and Midstream Energy market segments, including Natural Gas and Energy Pipelines as well as in Electricity generation and specialty chemicals.
Since joining TransCanada in 1994, Mr. Johannson has held various leadership roles, as Senior Vice President, Power Commercial; Senior Vice President, Canadian Power; Senior Vice President, Canada and US Northeast Pipeline; President, Natural Gas Pipelines; and most recently as Executive Vice President & President, Canadian and Mexico Gas Pipelines and Energy. Until 2018, Mr. Johannson was the Chairman of TC Pipelines L.P., a NYSE listed Limited Partnership.
Mr. Johannson is currently a member of the Board of Directors of ClearStream Energy Services Inc., a TSX listed company, a member of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) and a member of the Mount Royal University (MRU) Board of Governors. Besides ClearStream, AESO, MRU and TC PipeLines L.P., Mr. Johannson has served on the Board of Directors of several companies and associations, namely Bruce Power LLP., Chairman of Cancarb Limited, a specialty chemical company producing primarily thermal carbon black, Director of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA), Canadian Gas Association (CGA), and the Canadian Electric Association (CEA).
Mr. Johannson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Calgary. He is also a graduate from Harvard Business School’s General Management Program.
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A senior operations and finance executive, Claire Broido Johnson has a proven track record in creating and managing successful businesses and driving operations: including as founder of SunEdison and program executive at the Department of Energy during the Obama Administration. At DOE, Claire guided the deployment of $11 billion in economic stimulus funds in 2009-2010 to improve the economy through the deployment of energy and energy efficiency technologies.
A bottom-line focused innovator, Claire also runs CBJ Energy where she developed an energy efficiency financing product for Serious Energy, launched new products and new states for Next Step Living, and managed energy projects and research for Katerra. Recognized for financial and operational expertise, she currently serves on the boards of BlocPower.io, the National Sierra Club Foundation and Living Classrooms. Claire is also on the advisory board of Upsurge Baltimore, a Baltimore-based incubator, and a member of the Blu Ventures network of early-stage DC/Baltimore investors.
Claire earned a B.A. in environmental science and public policy from Harvard College, where she helped to create that major, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
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Chelsey is a builder—energy networks, high-performing teams, and purposeful businesses. Drawing on her vast industry experience, from field execution to business operations, Chelsey oversees the business planning, strategic pursuits, and day-to-day efforts of the Oil and Gas group at Stantec, a globally ranked top ten engineering design firm. Previously, Chelsey led a privately held manufacturing company specialized in construction geosynthetics and corrosion protection equipment. Chelsey’s leadership experience includes a rare combination of key roles, including strategic planning lead, operations management, international business development, and risk management. Chelsey holds an MBA from Queen’s University and a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta.
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Mr. Dannan serves as Principal leading the organic waste team at Generate Capital. He has over fifteen years of financial market experience, including ten years of lending and asset management experience in the energy and infrastructure sector.
Prior to joining Generate Capital, Mr. Dannan founded Energy & Infrastructure Capital LLC (“EIC”), a Stamford based asset manager focussed on debt investments. During this time, EIC invested approximately $200 Million in US Energy and Infrastructure debt on behalf of US and International Investors.
Prior to EIC, Mr. Dannan served as Vice President at Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management where he was responsible for investment strategy, capital raising and transaction execution. Prior to Deutsche, Mr. Dannan worked at Aladdin Capital Management’s Infrastructure Debt Business, Dresdner Kleinworth’s infrastructure financing, M&A, and loan workout teams. Mr. Dannan received a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Economics with Accounting from Lougborough University, England
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Mihir Desu has served in numerous roles across the clean energy industry. His expertise expands across topics such as infrastructure planning for transportation electrification, renewable and energy storage policy and development, grid and resource planning, electric rate design, and wholesale market design with the intent of accurately valuing and compensating distributed energy resources (DER) for the benefit of all electric consumers.
He has previously served as a consultant with Strategen guiding efforts to advance clean energy policy and projects for corporate, utility, and government clients across the U.S. and the globe. Prior to Strategen, Mihir worked for Portland General Electric, an investor-owned electric utility in Oregon, where he managed policy proceedings related to distributed energy resources such as solar, energy storage, demand response, and electric vehicles. He has also worked as a consultant for The Cadmus Group evaluating demand-side management programs for utilities and government organizations. He started his career analyzing energy markets for traders and developers with EnergyGPS.
Mihir currently serves on the board of directors for Student Energy. He graduated magna cum laude from Binghamton University in New York with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics.
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