Our Team

Dave Richardson

Founder & Chairman

Dave Richardson is a global leader in innovation and entrepreneurship with over 50 patents and significant investment stakes in multiple clean, environmental technologies. He is the owner and founder of Octaform Systems, which designs and markets a novel stay-in-place concrete forming alternative that improves energy efficiencies and adds to the longevity and sustainability of concrete structures, and has since founded and owns CarbonIP Technologies, developing a circular economy alternative to traditional battery material components.  Dave is an early investor and Director of GreenPower Motor Company, which produces battery-electric vehicles, as well as ZS2 Technologies, a made-in-Canada developer and manufacturer of green building materials.  Dave is also committed to giving back to the community through his support of many charities, including co-founding the Stigma Free Society to educate and provide peer supports around mental health and other stigmas.

Technical Team

Jin

Tak

Jin Tak is a chemical process engineer with Degree in Chemical Engineering, from Kyungil University, South Korea.  Since 2004 Jin has been a project leader at InnoTech Alberta focusing on R&D projects within the Thermochemical Processing area.  Jin currently leads research in the development of activated carbon from various precursors and the development of lignin sulphur batteries and other associated technologies.  Previously Jin has specialized in research surrounding the utilization of combustion ash, pyrolyzed biomass, hydro-thermal carbonization, biochar-based filter media, and fertilizer. As a team member, Jin provides design, capital cost estimation, and technical support for various processes with a focus on carbonization.

Before joining InnoTech Alberta, Jin was responsible for laboratory research of all major environmental air pollution control projects at the Research Institute of Industrial Science & Technology (RIST) in South Korea. Responsibilities included: budgeting and controlling costs for all assigned projects, developing a cost-effective adsorbent for removal of chlorinated organic compounds (dioxins and furans) from municipal incinerators, and performing laboratory audit experiments to verify the validity of testing results.

Earl

Jenson

Earl is the Director of InnoTech Alberta’s Bio Industrial Services Division and is a mechanical engineer with a diverse background in R&D and pilot and full-scale plant design and development.  His well-rounded experience extends from the laboratory to full scale industrial deployment of process systems and equipment.  Currently Earl oversees the R&D division at InnoTech Alberta with 47 staff that includes specialists and services ranging from agricultural crops and greenhouses, to fermentation facilities, pulp and paper and engineered composite wood product production, anaerobic digestion and biogas processes, thermo mechanical treatments including fibre processing and material agglomeration, and advanced biomaterials including advanced carbons and carbonization of biomaterials.

Victor

Mokgakala

Victor Mokgakala, has a Diploma in Chemical laboratory Techniques from Humber College, in Toronto, where he studied, Lab instrumentation, and analytical chemistry, and a Certificate in Programmable Logic Controller, from George Brown College, in Toronto.  He has over 15 years of experience in research and development, in thin film Spin coating, electrode screen printing, photo-lithographic, dielectric paste, and colour filters, and qualifying raw and process material, using instrumentations, such as, UV/visible spectrophotometer, Karl Fisher, Refractive Index, Thermal gravimetric analyser, and Viscometer.

He also has an extensive experience in heat treatment processes, with various furnaces, such as vacuum furnaces, rotary furnaces, pusher furnaces and belt furnaces.

Market Development and Technical Guidance

Frank

Lev

Frank Lev, President, Tavrima, is a hands-on engineer and entrepreneur who was former Director of R&D at Axion Power. Tavrima Canada Ltd is a developer and producer of energy storage devices such as supercapacitors (ultracapacitors).  Tavrima & Frank’s successes include development of 300-volt aqueous electrolyte bipolar super-capacitors for EV, HEV and UPS systems and the invention of the AIC bipolar lead acid battery technology.  As well, cooperating with the NASA Glenn Research Center, Frank also helped develop the first of its kind hybrid electric transit bus with super-capacitors in collaboration with TACOM, Marine Corps, AM General and Oshkosh Truck.   In Canada, Frank worked as senior engineer at General Motors Canada, participated in Magna’s EV project to develop an electric van, managed the joint venture between Magna International of Canada and AvtoZAZ of Ukraine and supplied supercapacitors to the Ontario-based ZTR for high efficiency locomotive diesel engines.  Frank has an MS in Mechanical Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer of Ontario, Canada.

Tavrima Canada Ltd is a developer and producer of energy storage devices such as supercapacitors (ultracapacitors). The electrodes of Tavrima supercapacitors are made with imported activated carbon that is derived from lignin.  Carbon characteristics play a dominant role in the ability of the supercapacitors to compete on the market, and as an end user Tavrima is ultimately interested in having the most viable carbon for its products to support product sales and improve marketability and market share.  Additionally, because Tavrima is well known in the supercapacitor industry it is anticipated that Tavrima is well positioned to become a distributor of the lignin-based carbon associated with this project and will develop additional markets for the carbon.  Tavrima will also function as a technical resource for evaluating the carbon performance.  Tavrima currently utilizes Supercapacitor production overseas as this manufacturing capacity no longer exists in Canada.   Production of this high grade activated carbon could result in a new manufacturing industry in the Ontario area.  Existing manufacturing technology of super capacitors does exist within the US and will be pursued early on as part of the go to market strategy.