Dr. Patrick O’Brien
Dr. Patrick O’Brien
Financial Advisor

Dr. Patrick O’Brien is Chartered Investment Manager and financial planner with RBC Dominion Securities providing a full financial advocacy for his clients. He helps them reduce taxes, effectively manage investments/insurance and plan for retirement or independent incomes, estate and business sales or succession. He holds designations for options, financial planning (FMA), and insurance. He writes articles on financial topics for…

Dr. Saad Dara
Dr. Saad Dara
Grant Advisor - PH.D.

Saad Dara is CEO of Mangrove Water Technologies Ltd., a start-up company that spun out of the University of British Columbia in 2017. Saad holds a PhD (2020), MASc (2012) and BASc (2010) in Chemical and Biological Engineering from UBC and was recognized as a UBC Applied Science Rising Star in 2017. Saad is an entrepreneur with a track record…

Dr. Robert Legros
Dr. Robert Legros
Grant Advisor - ing., PH.D., FCAE

Professor Robert Legros, ing., Ph.D., FCAE Chair Holder / Research Chair on Advanced Waste Recovery Department of Chemical Engineering Polytechnique Montreal Professor Robert Legros is a Chemical Engineering professor at Polytechnique Montreal with a long experience in industrial process development. He is the Chair holder of the Research Chair on Advanced Waste recovery. He is a well-recognized expert in the…

Dr. Michael Groves
Dr. Michael Groves
Grant Advisor - PH.D.

Michael Groves is an Assistant Professor in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the California State University Fullerton.  He holds a PhD (2012) in Chemical and Material Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada, an MSc in Physics (2007) from Queen’s University, and a BSc in Physics (2004) from the University of British…

Dr. Naoko Ellis
Dr. Naoko Ellis
Grant Advisor - Ph.D., PEng

Naoko Ellis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She holds a Ph.D. (2003) in Chemical Engineering from UBC; M.E.Sc. (1993) in Chemical Engineering from the Western University; and a B.Sc. in Chemistry (Honours) in 1991 from the University of Waterloo. She is a member of the Association…

Emily King
Emily King
Member at Large

Emily grew up in Maple Ridge BC, and has known the Prindle-Lewis family since 2010. She graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2020 with a Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA), Sustainable Business joint major. While earning her degree, Emily gained valuable experience while assistant teaching business communications and was involved in multiple sustainability-related committees and initiatives. She has also worked…

Emily Pledge
Emily Pledge
Member at Large

Emily and Tyler became friends during high school in Maple Ridge. They bonded over music, athletics, nature, humour and often spent time together at Harrison Lake, star gazing and swimming. Following graduation Emily moved to Vancouver where she earned a Diploma in Professional Photo Imaging. She is a Professional Photographer and published artist who has been working in the photo…

Carl McBeath
Carl McBeath
Member at Large

Born in Maple Ridge, Carl attended Maple Ridge Secondary School where he became friends with Tyler. After graduating, Carl graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.Sc. as well as from BCIT with an Associates Degree  is graphic design. In 2011 Carl, his brother Sean, and Tyler started the Rain City Riders cycling team to fundraise for charity.…

Sean McBeath
Sean McBeath
Member at Large

Sean was born and raised in Maple Ridge BC, where he got to know Tyler through his brother Carl. Sean graduated with a Bachelors of Applied Science degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia with the support, mentorship and friendship of Tyler. More recently, Sean has received his Masters of Applied Science at UBC, researching…

Laura Stark
Laura Stark
Director

Laura grew up in Saskatchewan, and after several years in Alberta and Minnesota she moved to B.C. with her husband, Michael, in 1985. Her career experience spans over 30 years, in telecommunications senior management, and customer service. Now semi-retired, she enjoys part-time employment at a local gift gallery, and pursues her two passions – spending time with family, and creating…