Who we are

Core Team
Kinetica Ventures retains a core team led by Michael Singleton and Kevin Frankowski with in-depth experience in project management, technology scouting, market analysis, business strategy and commercialization planning.

The Kinetica Ventures program was founded and is supported by key members of the Innovate Calgary Executive Team.

Extended Team
Kinetica’s Extended Team includes over 50 individuals with significant technical, industry and business knowledge in one or more of Kinetica’s focus areas who bring real world experience to Kinetica’s technology developer clients. These individuals work with Kinetica’s core team and Kinetica clients on a volunteer basis or for short term mentoring assignments.

 

Core Team

Executive Director

A successful business executive, owner and co-founder, Kevin has accumulated almost 20 years of experience in a blend of both entrepreneurial and large corporate settings.  This allows him to harness the best of both worlds.  His focus is on ‘getting the right things done’ through pragmatic strategic insights, effective collaboration and trusting relationships with key decision makers.

With a career focused on energy technologies, and the related environmental aspects, and a history in technology commercialization and project development, especially in the energy sector, Kevin has mastered a proven de-risking process that has yielded excellent results over the years.  He has a strong passion for leading teams to success.

Previously Kevin has been Vice-President of Projects for WADE Canada, with a focus on energy technology commercialization; Vice-President, Exploration and Development of C-Free Power Corp, an energy tech start-up; and a Business Unit Manager for Golder Associates, a global engineering consultancy.  Kevin has a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Ecology from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Applied Science in Environmental (Civil) Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

Executive Advisor

Michael is primarily responsible for developing Kinetica’s relationships with the energy industry.

Michael brings over 40 years of senior management and engineering experience to Kinetica Ventures. Michael gained much of his experience with Suncor Energy.  With Suncor, one of his key roles was assessing and managing the integration of new technologies within the company’s operations including leading the Technical Integration aspects during the construction of Suncor’s Millennium oil sands project. He also managed Suncor’s venture capital investments in Alternate Energy.

Michael served as Chairman of the Board for PTAC and as chair of the Upgrading Group for CONRAD, a predecessor organization to COSIA. Since retiring from Suncor, Michael has been engaged in various independent consulting projects.

Michael graduated with honours from the University of Bradford in Chemical Engineering and, prior to joining Suncor in Fort McMurray, served in engineering and management roles on mining projects in Western Canada and Africa.

Director, Technology & Market Intelligence

Wally leads a sector-focused team that combines technical assessment and product development guidance with market validation and company creation expertise. The team’s mission is to help energy researchers and inventors commercialize their technologies faster and more cost-effectively. Focusing on pre-company technology development and de-risking, Wally and his team work alongside innovators to help them progress from applied research through proof of concept and compelling prototype demonstrations towards defining and developing market-validated offerings ready for commercialization.

Wally brings over 26 years of engineering, product, and technology development expertise to the Kinetica Ventures team. Previously, he worked as Advanced Technology Integration Leader and Director of Engineering at BW Technologies by Honeywell, a global provider of portable life safety gas detection equipment. Prior to Honeywell, Wally served in a number of senior R&D and program management roles at Global Thermoelectric and Nortel Networks. Having led many technology-intensive product development programs from initial concept through to successful market launch, Wally has a deep understanding of the end to end design and commercialization process, and is able to help Kinetica clients develop comprehensive execution strategies.  

Successful product development requires vision, teamwork, and insightful understanding of both technology constraints and customer needs. Innovators often face the additional challenge of breaking trails in territory where neither their technology’s capability nor the market requirements are fully developed. Bringing a balanced approach towards technical rigor, pragmatic risk management and an entrepreneurial mindset, Wally and his team help innovators explore the opportunity landscape, set clear direction, and move quickly towards commercial readiness.

Wally holds a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta.

Manager, Extended Team

Dayla has more than 25 years of diverse experience within the energy industry including oil sands development, gas and power marketing, and new technology development. Her skill set includes full-life cycle project implementation, GHG assessments and submissions, and Angel/mentor relations. 

As Manager of the Kinetica Ventures Extended Team, Dayla recruits accomplished and knowledgeable individuals from every sector of the energy industry to facilitate the commercialization and adoption of new technology within industry.

She co-authored A Guide to Traumatic Brain Injury: The Intensive Care Unit with Dr. David Hwang, MD and presented that work at various conferences including the annual Neurocritical Care Society conference. Dayla has worked with various levels of government and contributed to numerous councils, boards and committees.  

Dayla was invited to present at a United Nations (UN) conference, “Visionary Leadership that Makes a Difference at the UN” in NYC focused on capacity building and decision making in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Her formal education includes a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Commerce.  Dayla was also awarded an Honourary Master’s Degree from Sociedad Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva (SOBRATI – The Brazilian Society of Critical Care). 

Dayla is an avid sailor, scuba diver and chef.
 

Commercialization Manager

Bilal has a passion for new technologies and innovation. As a Commercialization Manager, Kinetica, Bilal’s key role is to organize the people and resources required to help Kinetica’s clients achieve their commercialization goals.

Bilal’s career spans over 10 years of developing and commercializing technologies and integrative solutions. Through various roles at Innovate Calgary, Bilal has helped clients with company creation, market opportunity assessments, financial modeling, and strategic business planning. Prior to his time at Innovate Calgary, Bilal worked within the satellite network industry in systems engineering and business development roles, providing key telecommunication integration solutions to clients in a wide array of industries, including oil and gas, government, military, cellular, and the financial sector. 

Bilal holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and an MBA degree from the University of Calgary. 
 

Commercialization Manager

As Commercialization Manager, Aatif works with technology developers through Kinetica's commercialization process to assess and develop a company's fitness to succeed in the market with new innovations.

Prior to joining Innovate Calgary and Kinetica, Aatif led the United Kingdom's Science & Innovation Network in the Prairies where he focused on clean energy, carbon capture, utilization & storage, and antimicrobial resistance. He has experience in multiple engineering, science policy, and social development organizations across Canada, the UK and Sierra Leone.  

Aatif holds currently holds a B.Eng. Electrical Engineering and Master of Technology Management from Memorial University and a M.Sc. Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Business Development, Northern Region

Lorena enjoys working with advanced technology companies—so being able to meet with amazing energy related technology companies every day is the perfect job! Lorena is able to bring to bear her network, experience and insights from the last 20 years. She has worked with early stage technology companies, entrepreneurs and inventors in various positions with different Alberta innovation support organizations such as TEC Edmonton and the former Alberta Research Council (now Alberta Innovates Technology Futures). In addition, Lorena has direct experience in business operations in both the private and public sectors.  

She is a past board member of the Alberta Clean Technology Industry Association (ACTia) and past Co-Chair of the Licensing Executive Society Edmonton chapter.  She is currently an active volunteer mentor for Futurpreneur and more recently the University of Alberta's Alumni Venture Mentoring Service.

Responsible for business development in Northern Alberta, she is a window into Kinetica for companies, technology end users, collaborators and partners. If you want to find out more, call her to chat or set up a meeting in the greater Edmonton area.

Client Services Manager

As Client Services Manager, David ensures that projects undertaken by Kinetica are successfully executed, and achieve or exceed the expectation of our Technology Developer clients. David brings together all the resources Kinetica has to offer clients including expert Mentors from the Extended Team, services of Kinetica’s Associate Members, and industry end users to accelerate clients towards success. He draws from his extensive project management experience to build efficient, effective project delivery systems and processes, and leverages his leadership and management experience to align the project team to achieve results.  

David has over 18 years of leadership experience in environmental, project, and business unit management in several sectors, including mining, power, real estate, and oilsands sectors, most recently with Suncor, Imperial Oil and Syncrude. He has been involved in developing collaborative strategies and plans for innovative technology implementation in the areas of industrial water management, tailings management and closure & reclamation, through both the Canadian Oilsands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) and internally. Previously, as an environmental consultant at Golder Associates Ltd., David held leadership, management, project management, and environmental specialist roles, during which time he focused on business unit performance and growth and improving project and business management systems.  

David completed an MBA degree with a Global Energy Management and Sustainable Development specialization, focusing on sustainability strategy in the energy industry and carbon management.  He also holds a Master’s of Environmental Design (Environmental Science) and a Bachelor’s of Science in biology, all from the University of Calgary.  
 

Market Intelligence Analyst

Siamak Khorrami has obtained a solid understanding of both global and local clean energy challenges through six years of consulting experiences with the Iranian Ministry of Energy, and multiple Canadian and Iranian research institutes and associations in Canada.

With his background in decentralized energy, renewables and the oil and gas sector, Siamak brings broad experience, contacts, and knowledge to his role as a Commercialization Manager and Market Intelligence Analyst for the Kinetica Ventures team. He has strong research and analytical skills, and is able to develop informed insights into system opportunities using evidence-based approaches.

Siamak’s main cause is to support Iranian youth on less emphasized skills by the formal education system, such as system thinking and sexual health.

Manager, Business Development & Technology Collaboration 

As a Manager, Business Development & Technology Collaboration with the Kinetica Ventures Team, Carrie works with industry clients to understand their challenges and scouts new technologies to meet those needs.

Carrie has a broad career and brings over 14 years of technology development, water treatment, market intelligence, bioprocessing and environmental engineering expertise to our team. She has previously worked as Technology Development Engineer at Devon Canada Corporation where she led field and bench scale pilots in SAGD water treatment and steam generation.  She also spent one year as Market Intelligence Professional at Devon, and prior to that she worked as Water Approvals Engineer at Alberta Environment, and held roles in Process Development and Operations with startup and commercial agri-food processing companies.  Carrie is also a passionate entrepreneur who has run several small businesses. 

Carrie holds a B.Sc. in Biological Engineering from the University of Guelph. 

Analyst / Technology Scout

Kristine likes a challenge! As a Market Analyst and Tech Scout with Kinetica Ventures, she works with energy industry clients to understand their challenges and scouts new technologies to meet those needs.

She has previously worked with a number of private manufacturing firms, including Michelin North America and Curtiss-Wright Controls. Additionally, she has worked with several companies within the energy sector, including Suncor and Nalcor Energy. During this time her experiences ranged from project and change management to regulatory affairs and environmental systems. 

Kristine holds a Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Masters of Applied Science, with a focus in energy efficiency and applied sustainability, from Queen’s University.  
 

Intake Coordinator & Commercialization Analyst

Sunny Kullar assists clients as they progress through our commercialization mentoring process, as well as assists with accelerating the development and commercial success of energy technology ventures.

Sunny has entrepreneurial experience, helping his family to build and successfully operate several businesses. Additionally, he has experience working for the Alberta Government in the office of a cabinet minister where his work included stakeholder engagement, consultation, and regulatory policy analysis. He has also worked as a financial intern for AXA Advisors in New York, consulting high net worth individuals on financial and risk management strategies.   

Sunny holds a B.Comm. in Finance from the University of Calgary and a Master’s in Public Policy, with a focus on energy policy, from the University of Calgary.  
 

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