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Jeffrey M. Jacobs President &Chief Executive Officer Mr. Jacobs was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Ensyn Corporation in 2015 and subsequently was elected to its Board of Directors. Jacobs was also appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of Envergent Technologies LLC, Ensyn’s joint venture with Honeywell UOP.Read More

Jeffrey M. Jacobs President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Jacobs was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Ensyn Corporation in 2015 and subsequently was elected to its Board of Directors. Jacobs was also appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of Envergent Technologies LLC, Ensyn’s joint venture with Honeywell UOP.

Previously, Jacobs was Vice President of Chevron Technology Ventures. In this capacity he identified, sponsored and demonstrated emerging technologies and championed their integration into Chevron. Jacobs led strategic collaborations for developing advanced biofuels and acquiring primary carbon emission offset credits that enabled the enterprise to economically meet its compliance obligations. In this capacity Jacobs led the formation of Catchlight Energy LLC, Chevron’s joint venture with Weyerhaeuser launched in 2008 to develop advanced biofuels from forest-based biomass. Jacobs served as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Jacobs was previously responsible for leading Chevron’s activities in distributed hydrogen production, evaluating technologies and business models to enable its use as a transportation fuel. Earlier, he led a team responsible for the design, sale and delivery of integrated power systems throughout the United States.

Jacobs’ experience in the unregulated energy industry has also included management and executive roles within Pennzoil and PG&E. In these positions he led teams in all aspects of the energy value chain, analyzed and developed new markets and business models while directing energy and commercial operations. Jacobs began his professional career as a geologist with Texaco, working in the Gulf of Mexico and later on Alaska’s North Slope.

Jacobs is currently Chairman of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s BioEnergy Technical Review Panel. In addition, he serves as the Chairman of the Commercial Advisory Board for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership centered at Arizona State University. Until his recent retirement from Chevron, Jacobs was a member of the Executive Steering Group for the Department of Energy’s U.S. Drive Initiative. Jacobs was previously a member of the Board of Directors of the National Hydrogen Association and Fuel Cells Canada.

Jacobs holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in biology/geology from Amherst College, a Master of Science from the College of Marine Studies at the University of Delaware, and an MBA in finance and economics from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.

Robert Pirraglia Managing Director, Commercial Mr. Pirraglia has worked with Ensyn over the last 18 years, serving in various senior management roles and serving as a member of the Board of Directors.Read More

Robert Pirraglia Managing Director, Commercial Mr. Pirraglia has worked with Ensyn over the last 18 years, serving in various senior management roles and as a member of the Board of Directors. Bob’s focus at Ensyn includes strategic planning, corporate development and contracts.

Bob is an engineer and lawyer, and has over 30 years of project development and management experience in the waste and energy sectors, as well as extensive experience in financing and mergers and acquisitions related to these sectors. He has served as COO of a waste to energy business, growing this business from zero to $100 million annual sales in 4 years by developing, financing, constructing and operating processing plants. During that period, Bob was responsible for five power and/or steam facilities with a combined feedstock capacity in excess of 4,000 tons per day. Bob has been a member of the Board of Directors of various public and private companies.

Bob received his BE in Electrical Engineering from New York University and a JD from Fordham University School of Law.

Robert F. Doherty Chief Financial Officer Robert (Bob) Doherty has over 20 years of senior investment banking experience, heading groups at JP Morgan, UBS, and Merrill Lynch responsible for infrastructure, securitization, structured products and municipal project finance. Read More

Robert F. Doherty Chief Financial Officer

Robert (Bob) Doherty has over 20 years of senior investment banking experience, heading groups at JP Morgan, UBS, and Merrill Lynch responsible for infrastructure, securitization, structured products and municipal project finance. At JP Morgan, Bob directed banking services provided to state and local governments. At UBS, Bob managed their industry-leading National Infrastructure Group, providing financing solutions to a broad range of governmental sectors. Overall, Bob has structured or advised on over $25 billion of infrastructure and municipal transactions.

Bob joined Ensyn as CFO in May 2013 from Renova Capital Partners, a Denver-based investment firm founded in 2007 to develop, own and aggregate clean energy infrastructure assets. One of Renova’s lead investments is Main Street Power Company, Inc., one of the fastest-growing commercial solar developers and owner/operators in the US. Bob serves on the Board of Directors of Main Street Power.

Bob has a BSFS from Georgetown University, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business Chicago.

Barry Freel Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer Mr. Freel has worked with Dr. Graham continuously since 1982 in the development of the RTP™ Technology.Read More

Barry Freel Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer Mr. Freel has worked with Dr. Graham continuously since 1982 in the development of the RTP™ Technology and the development of Ensyn as a commercial enterprise. He initiated his association with Dr. Graham while working as a research contractor to Dr. Bergougnou in 1982 at the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Freel is responsible for the advancement of the technology and as well as ensuring the technology is implemented effectively. Mr. Freel has been granted numerous patents and has published over 40 articles in professional magazines and journals, and has spoken at a number of North American and European environmental conferences. He holds a B.E.Sc. from the University of Western Ontario.

David Boulard Executive Vice President Mr. Boulard is responsible for Ensyn’s Canadian operations. Read More

David Boulard Executive Vice President Mr. Boulard is responsible for Ensyn’s Canadian operations. David has held the position of Chief Financial Officer for the majority of his tenure with Ensyn, while also being responsible for managing Ensyn’s operational activities including food chemicals and technology support for project development initiatives. In carrying out his role, David serves as President of Ensyn Technologies the corporate entity encompassing the majority of the Canadian operations. Prior to joining Ensyn David held senior management positions at BCE Inc., Canada’s largest telecom company, where he focused on corporate structuring, international tax and financing, as well as PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was a Principal specializing in international transactions and cross-border issues. David is a former Chairman of the Canadian Federal Government’s Technology Roadmap on Bio-Products and is a member of the Chartered Accountants of Ontario.

Ian Barnett Executive Vice President, Finance and Corporate Development Mr. Barnett has been on the board of various Ensyn companies since 1996.Read More

Ian Barnett Executive Vice President, Finance and Corporate Development Mr. Barnett has been on the Board of Ensyn Corporation since 1996 and has been actively involved with Ensyn over this period in a range of activities including strategic planning, finance and business development. In April 2011 Mr. Barnett joined Ensyn’s senior management team on a full-time basis. Mr. Barnett has over 25 years of experience in venture and development capital for growth companies. He has served as a Board member of several investment and growth companies including public companies. He initiated his career with the Toronto Dominion Bank (now TD Bank) in Latin America and followed this with five years of investment banking experience with UBS in London with a focus on the Nordic countries. In 1990 Mr. Barnett co-founded Heptagon Investments Ltd., a private equity business specializing in early and mid-stage growth companies. Mr. Barnett holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario, and an MBA from INSEAD, in Fontainebleau, France.

Raymond T. Pirraglia Executive Vice President & General Counsel Mr. Pirraglia has provided legal services for over 30 years, including as a consultant to Ensyn from 1995 until he assumed his current position in October 2011.Read More

Raymond T. Pirraglia Senior Vice President & General Counsel Mr. Pirraglia has provided legal services for over 30 years, including as a consultant to Ensyn from 1995 until he assumed his current position in October 2011. Mr. Pirraglia has been an equity participant, director and officer of various companies, including energy, information technology and project development firms, with his responsibilities including management and control over legal and financial affairs. Mr. Pirraglia initiated his professional career at Deloitte & Touche, and later practiced with the law firm of Seward & Kissel in NYC. His previous experience also includes serving as Senior Tax Counsel of AmBase Corporation, a $14 billion NYSE-listed insurance and financial services holding company. Mr. Pirraglia holds a BS, cum laude, in Accounting from New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business, a JD from New York University School of Law and an LLM in Taxation from New York University Graduate School of Law.

Lee Torrens Senior Vice President Lee is responsible for RFO marketing, sales and distribution. In this capacity Lee serves as President of Ensyn Fuels, LLC.Read More

Lee Torrens Senior Vice President Lee is responsible for RFO marketing, sales and distribution. In this capacity Lee serves as President of Ensyn Fuels, LLC. Lee joined Ensyn’s senior management team in 2010 after leaving his position of Director of Western Development position at Adage, a joint venture between Duke Energy and Areva, where he was responsible for the development of large scale biomass projects. Prior to this, Lee spent 40 years in project development in the biomass and waste to energy industries where he has held several senior management and executive roles. Over the course of his career, Lee has commissioned over $900 million worth of biomass and waste to energy assets and has helped grow several private and publicly listed companies to achieve several millions of dollars in revenue. Through this work, Lee has acquired an extensive network of project development stakeholders including fiber supply owners, EPC specialists, offtake providers, project finance banks, utilities, , regulatory agencies, local state, and federal legislators, and partner equity parties. Lee received both his Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Masters of Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska.

Geoff Hopkins Senior Vice President, Technology Mr. Hopkins joined Ensyn in 1994 as Project Engineer to assist in the design, construction, and commissioning of RTP® plants.Read More

Geoff Hopkins Senior Vice President, Technology Mr. Hopkins joined Ensyn in 1994 as Project Engineer to assist in the design, construction, and commissioning of RTP® plants. With over twenty years of fast pyrolysis experience he has been instrumental in the application of Ensyn’s technology in several industries, including renewable chemicals, fuels, and heavy oil upgrading. Today, Geoff has a leadership role in Ensyn’s projects and he continues to work closely with UOP, Ensyn’s partner in the Envergent joint venture. Mr. Hopkins, a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario, holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University at Kingston. He has co-authored several patents related to RTP and its products.

Stefan Müller Senior Vice President, Project Engineering Mr. Müller has been employed by Ensyn since 2007, initially as SVP R&D and currently as SVP Project Engineering.Read More

Stefan Muller Senior Vice President, Project Engineering Mr. Müller has been employed by Ensyn since 2007, initially as SVP R&D and currently as SVP Project Engineering. In his current role, Mr. Müller is actively involved in the technical aspects of the RFO production projects Ensyn is rolling out. Prior to joining Ensyn, Stefan had 11 years of experience in the chemical industry, three of which were in the syngas industry and the other eight years in the bio-products and forestry industry. Stefan has held various roles in plant operation, ranging from engineering to plant management and has also held various roles in senior management, including engineering, business development and research and development. Stefan is a chemical engineer and received his BEng and M.Eng in Chemical Engineering from McGill University.

 

Graeme Johnston Manager Corporate Development Graeme joined Ensyn’s management team in 2011 to help with corporate development initiatives with a focus on corporate and project finance, research, organizational planning and business development. Prior to joining Ensyn, Graeme was an Associate at the Pacific Carbon Trust, where he was responsible for economic modeling of fuel switching and energy efficiency project across the oil and gas, forestry and mining sectors, while also leading the organization’s risk and portfolio management strategies. Before joining Pacific Carbon Trust, Graeme was a management consultant for Stantec’s Corporate Sustainability and Climate Advisory practices. Graeme received his B.Com in Finance from McGill University in 2007 and his Masters in Environmental Management from Harvard University in 2009.

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