At Best Startup Canada we track over 100,000 Canadian startups and over 500,000 people who hold key positions in these companies. We use this directory of startups to highlight top employees, founders and board members we think deserve more appreciation than they are currently getting.
This list showcases the top British Columbia based CEO’ operating in the Oil and Gas space. If you think a CEO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected].
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
President & CEO of Ballard Power Systems
Mr. MacEwen has been the President & CEO and a member of the board of directors of Ballard since October 2014. He has held executive roles in clean energy companies for over 15 years, including in fuel cells and solar. From 2009 to 2014, Mr. MacEwen was Founder and Managing Director of NextCleanTech LLC, a cleantech consulting firm. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. MacEwen served as President & CEO of Solar Integrated Technologies, Inc., a commercial rooftop solar company. From 2001 to 2005, he served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development of Stuart Energy Systems Corporation, a leading supplier hydrogen generation systems. Mr. MacEwen began his career as a corporate associate at Torys LLP, a leading business law firm, where he specialized in M&A and corporate finance from 1995 to 2001. Mr. MacEwen holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hon) degree from York University and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Western Ontario.
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About Ballard Power Systems: Ballard Power Systems develops and sells hydrogen fuel cell products primarily in United States, Canada, Japan and Germany.
Director, CEO & President of Pinedale Energy
Brad Windt is a former investment advisor with Canaccord Capital and was a founder and financier of Ultra Petroleum Corp and Pennaco Energy Inc. Mr. Windt brings 30 years of capital market experience with a focus on the U.S. energy markets.
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About Pinedale Energy: Pinedale Energy is a junior oil and gas company focused on the development of its long-life natural gas reserves.
CEO of DarkVision Technologies
Stephen Robinson founded ClearVision in 2005 at UBC and grew it to 25 people before it was successfully acquired by its largest US competitor in 2011. ClearVision developed imaging technologies for consumer packaging with sales across the US and Europe, eventually inspecting all the boxes for P&G, Molson, Kimberly Clark etc. Robinson became a BIV 40 under 40 in 2013 for his role in leading ClearVision from start to finish.
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About DarkVision Technologies: New ultrasound-based imaging technology for delivering ultra-high resolution 3D models of oil and gas wells.
Co-founder & CEO of Aimsio
Afshin is a passionate computer scientist and researcher with focus on innovation where science and technology meet. He has years of experience in implementing heuristic optimizations and highly interactive multi-agent systems. As a Principal Researcher at the University of Calgary, he lead a team of developers in creating state of art visualizations. As an entrepreneur he was involved in development of a recommendation system for a small startup company where he pursued lean startup concepts. In 2013, Afshin co-founded InVistaWare.
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About Aimsio: Aimsio improves managerial, operational, and financial processes by strengthening communications between the office and the job site.
CEO and Cofounder of Ideon Technologies
Gary Agnew is CEO and Co-founder of Vancouver, BC-based cosmic-ray muon tomography pioneer Ideon Technologies. Since joining Ideon in March 2020, he has positioned the company on a growth trajectory and secured $1.3M in seed funding. Gary is a global executive, with 25+ years in industrial B2B markets, developing and commercializing innovative new products and solutions while building teams that deliver extraordinary results. Prior to joining Ideon, Gary founded the strategy and global digital division at Finning International Inc., scaling revenue to $500M in 3 years, delivering profitability in less than 24 months.
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About Ideon Technologies: Ideon Technologies is a world pioneer in the application of cosmic-ray muon tomography.
President, CEO, Director of Panoro Minerals
Mr. Shaheen has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters degree in Business Administration. He has over 22 years of experience in the international mining sector with over 17 years dedicated to the development of mineral projects in Peru and Latin America. Mr. Shaheen resided in Peru from 1996 until 2001, is fluent in Spanish and English, very knowledgeable of the Peruvian mining sector and the social, environmental and business issues of this important mineral producing nation.
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About Panoro Minerals: Panoro Minerals Ltd. is a Canadian mineral exploration company with a strategic focus on exploring and advancing.