Board of Directors
Ian Pearce | Chair, Non-Executive Director (Public and Private), Toronto
Ian has worked for over 35 years at the most senior levels in the field of mining and metallurgy.
Chair and Non-Executive Director at MineSense; Non-Executive Director and on the Audit and Risk Committee at Outotec Oyj.; Chair of the Board and Chair of the Compensation Committee and on the Health, Safety, Environment and CSR Committee at New Gold; and Chair of Nevsun Resources Ltd., and on the Governance and Special Project Committee.
Dr. John Thompson | Director and past-Chair, Canadian Mining Innovation Council | Current Chair, Geoscience BC
John divides his time between Cornell University, where he is the Wold Professor of Environmental Balance for Human Sustainability, and Vancouver, BC where his consulting company provides strategic analysis and advice related to mineral exploration, mining and sustainability.
John has over 35 years of experience with the minerals industry including roles in global exploration with a number of companies, industry-related research as Director of MDRU at the University of British Columbia, and executive roles in exploration, technology and business development with Teck Corporation
Victor Aguilera | Managing Director, Aurus Investments
Victor is an investment professional with 20+ years experience in global technology commercialization, corporate venturing and venture capital investments across different industries. He designed and is the main responsible of Aurus’s third VC-Fund focused on industrial technologies, which is currently the largest VC-Fund in Chile, having institutional LPs such as Codelco (Chile’s largest corporation), Mitsui & Co. (one of Japan’s largest business conglomerates) and multilateral banks such MIF-IDB and CAF, besides some of the most important family offices in Chile.
Richard MacKellar | Managing Partner, Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital
Richard joined Chrysalix after successfully exiting his third startup company in 2007. As a Managing Partner at the firm, he has a deep technical expertise and understanding of what it is like to be in the shoes of a startup CEO, having lived that world for many years where he built and ran several award winning venture-backed start-up companies. He sits on the boards of Chrysalix portfolio companies GlassPoint Solar, Enbala Power Networks and NanoSteel.
Richard has been instrumental in refining Chrysalix’s strategy for investing in the energy companies that benefit the environment in which we live. In addition to contributions at leading conferences and forums, Richard periodically teaches Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Finance as an Adjunct Professor in the MBA and IMBA programs at the University of British Columbia.
Joseph Regan, Managing Partner, BDC’s Industrial Innovation Venture Fund, Toronto
Joseph (Joe) Regan is Managing Partner for BDC’s Industrial Innovation Venture Fund. In this role, Joe leads the $250 million Fund, which focuses on addressing key underserved, yet high potential industrial sectors in Canada, such as ag/food tech, resource tech and advanced manufacturing.
Joe has directly invested several hundred million dollars and served as a member of the Board of Directors of over thirty private and public companies. Those investees have subsequently raised over $1 Billion, resulting in multiple IPOs and numerous successful exits. Joe has an Honours B.Sc. (with Distinction) from the University of Guelph and an MBA from McMaster University.
Shirley Speakman | Partner, Cycle Capital
Shirley Speakman joined Cycle Capital as a Partner and is based in their Toronto office. Shirley was the Director of Investments for the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF) a $40M+ venture capital fund established by the Ontario government to invest in seed and early stage technology oriented companies based in Ontario.
Tim Woodward | Managing Director, Prelude Ventures LLCl
Tim Woodward joined Prelude Ventures in 2013 as a Managing Director with 25 years of venture capital investing experience. Having grown up in Silicon Valley, Tim has a long history of working with talented entrepreneurs who want to change the world. Prior to Prelude Ventures, Tim was a Managing Director for 15 years with Nth Power where he led investments in companies involved in renewable energy, demand response, advanced materials and outsourced utility customer management.
Jeff More | President & CEO
As President & Chief Executive Officer, Jeff is responsible for the strategic and overall leadership of MineSense. A seasoned CEO with a proven track record of delivering results in both large companies and entrepreneurial environments, he brings broad functional expertise in business development, marketing strategy, operational efficiency and new process creation to Minesense, coupled with extensive expertise in global markets, specifically South America, Asia and Africa.