Board Of Directors


Manoj Singh

Manoj has over 17 years of leadership experience in commercializing clean technologies in North America and South Asia. His most recent assignment, as Senior Director for market and partnership development, was to commercialize Westport technologies in South Asian markets and establish Westport’s India office. Manoj has also held senior leadership positions at Tata Motors and Magenn Power. His expertise includes technology commercialization, market and partnership development, product development, project management and supply chain management. 

Manoj holds an MBA in Strategic Management from the University of British Columbia and a Masters in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology.



Fariborz Taghipour

Fariborz is a Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at the University of British Columbia. He has over 15 years of experience in industry and academia in the development of UV reactors. Fariborz is currently leading a research program on the development of UV-LED photoreactors for water purification.



Todd Farrell

Todd has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur & venture capitalist with Vancity Community Capital, Growth Works Capital & New Ventures BC. He is currently the President of entrepreneurship@UBC, a strategic initiative to encourage and support the creation of new and innovative companies at the University of British Columbia.



Mike Walsh

Mike is Executive VP – Business Development with Ardenton Capital Corporation, a Vancouver-based private equity group.  Ardenton is a small business private equity firm dedicated to transforming local and regional companies into powerful multi-national organizations.

Prior to joining Ardenton, Mike served for over 18 years as the Chief Financial Officer for Burnaby-based Creation Technologies.  Creation’s business is to build other companies’ electronics products for them, including products ranging from computers to military defence products to medical, dental, laboratory devices to wireless parking meters and coin and currency counting machines.  Creation has grown into the 25th largest outsource electronics manufacturer in the world, with over 3,000 employees operating 10 manufacturing facilities in four different countries and generating revenues of over $800 million a year.



Rick VanSant

Rick is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. Rick is Board Chair and a Director of WaterTAP Ontario, the province of Ontario’s water technology accelerator, a Director and Chair of the Governance/HR Committee of Acuva Technologies, a Vancouver based advanced UV-LED water technology company, and a partner with Toronto based 1440 Capital.

From 2002 to 2018 he was President and founding CEO of UV Pure Technologies, a Canadian environmental technology company that develops and manufactures advanced UV water disinfection technology. It has an installed base of over 19,000 applications in North America, LATAM and ASEAN countries, and the EU. 

Prior to UV Pure, Rick founded several public and private companies and was a member and Director of the Young Presidents’ Organization, in Toronto.

He has a degree in Astro-geophysics from Colgate University, a Masters of Education from St. Lawrence University, and is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business’ Institute of Corporate Directors program.



Eric Kettleson

Eric Kettleson is the CFO of Interwest Enterprises Ltd., a private family office company. He has over 35 years experience working at Bay and Wall Street.


Strategic Advisors


Anupam Agrawal

Anupam is an associate professor at Texas A&M University and a recognized expert in the area of supply chain management. He has significant knowledge and experience in procurement, supplier development and new product development through his work with ITW Signode Inc, Procter & Gamble and Tata Motors. In addition to his work as a professor, he currently acts as an advisor to a number of startups and to the Government of India.