Team

Kanin Energy is a purpose built team of industry professionals that blend optimal big facility experience, deep project finance knowledge, electricity market expertise, and entrepreneurial savvy.

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Kanin Energy CEO

Janice Tran, CPA, MSc.

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.

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Dan Fipke, MSc

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

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Jake Bainbridge, P.Eng.

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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Grant Lindsay, P.Eng

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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Randy Rutherford, MBA, M,Eng.

Vice President of Business Development

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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Colin Duncan

Director of Business Development

Colin brings diversity and experience in the renewable energy industry from both the developer and the utility perspectives.  He has a passion for making a positive global impact on climate change utilizing his expertise in a wide variety of renewable technologies including waste heat recovery, solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, hydroelectric, and fuel cells.

Colin’s skills include energy contract negotiations, feasibility evaluations, and contract administration.  Prior to Kanin, Colin served as Director Business Development at Ormat Technologies focused mainly on the origination of waste heat recovery projects in North America and other countries worldwide.  Prior to this, he was Manager of Power Contracts at NV Energy, an investor-owned utility in Nevada, where he held varied roles including contract development, system modeling, DG, demand side planning, regulatory and legal filings. He also sat for several years as an officer on the board of Sunrise Sustainable Resources Group in Nevada.

Colin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nevada – Reno with a major in electrical engineering and a minor in economics.

 

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Kyle Silbernagel, P.Eng, MBA, PMP

Senior Project Manager

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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Juan Marin, M.Eng, E.I.T

Project Engineer-in-Training

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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Stanley Egbobawaye

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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Savini Jayasinghe

Savini Jayasinghe

Business Development Analyst

Passionate about working in clean energy, Savini is excited to be a member of the team at Kanin Energy. Her range of experience in waste, agriculture, and sustainable development allow her to use her creative problem-solving skills to build meaningful solutions and bring forth positive change for all stakeholders. Savini holds a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science from the University of Manitoba.

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Karl Johannson

Karl Johannson

Advisor

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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Kathryn E. Coffey

Advisor

Kathy is President and Chief Operating Officer of ARB. ARB is an investment company that holds and manages a portfolio of private company, private equity fund and project equity investments in the environmental and renewable energy sectors.  She serves on the boards of 3Degrees, Natural Systems Utilities, and American Refining Group.  Kathy is also a member of the credit committee for Beneficial Returns, a social enterprise debt fund.    

Prior to joining ARB, Kathy was managing director with Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown’s investment banking group, a partner at Seven Hills LLC and a managing director at FTV Capital.

Kathy holds a BA in economics from Wellesley College and an MBA from The Darden School at the University of Virginia.  Kathy has attended Stanford Directors’ College and is a member of Women Corporate Directors. 

Kathy is a contributor to Great from the Start, How Conscious Corporations Attract Success (a business book for entrepreneurs) and an occasional panelist at events focused on family office and climate-related investing topics.  She has a self-published photography book, Lost.  Kathy is a long-time volunteer with the San Francisco SPCA’s Animal Assisted Therapy Program.

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Chelsey Reschke

Advisor

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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John Dannan

Advisor

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

Advisor

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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