BC Bioenergy Network

Partnering for a Greener Future

Board of Directors

Dave Schick Chairperson

Dave is the Director of Policy and External Relations for Parkland Fuel Corporation. He has worked in the downstream energy business for over 30 years, primarily for a major integrated oil company in a variety of government relations, marketing, systems development, planning and finance roles. Currently, Dave oversees Parkland Burnaby Refinery’s community affairs, stakeholder management and government and industry relations with a focus on policy development.
Dave is active in the development of environmental policy at the federal, provincial and local levels. He works with a variety of business organizations including several committees of the Canadian Fuels Association. Recent activities include technical development of the Clean Fuel Standard and evolving the B.C. Low Carbon Fuel Standard to meet CleanBC targets. He served as chair of the B.C. Used Oil Management Association for 11 years.

Dave’s educational background includes degrees in both economics and sociology from the University of Victoria.

Ged McLean Director

Ged McLean has been inventing, developing and commercializing new technologies for more than 30 years. His experience ranges from fundamental academic research, to startup company creation to new product innovation in large corporate settings. With first hand experience of what it takes to transition ideas into technology and technology into products he has developed an in depth understanding of organizational management including strategic planning, human resources & team building, finance and intellectual property management. Ged has concrete technical expertise in energy systems, renewable energy and hydrogen and fuel cell systems with more than 80 patented inventions. Positioned at the interface between ideas and implementation; problems and solutions, he likes to work where his drive to get things done can make a difference.

Ged received his Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Paul Austin Director

Paul is a Business and Corporate Development Executive in advanced technology enabled infrastructure projects, systems, products and services.

Paul has worked throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia in private and public sectors, as well as not-for-profit organizations. Building international commercial alliances and investment relationships has been his focus while working for the Federal Government of Canada and its affiliates, in addition to executive roles with several foreign multi-nationals and Canadian corporations, including Mitsubishi Corporation, Hughes Aircraft Company, Telus and MDSI Mobile Data Systems Inc. Currently, Paul is with Fort Capital Partners, a Vancouver based boutique investment bank serving clients’ advisory and capital raising needs across a broad spectrum of industries. Prior to joining Fort Capital, Paul served as Regional Director for Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), a $1B+ foundation created by the Government of Canada focusing upon demonstration of pre-commercial technologies to deliver cleaner air, water, soil and reduction in greenhouse gases. Paul maintains a global network of corporate strategic, institutional and family office venture capital investors and government agencies and connects investors with private Canadian companies seeking growth capital.

Paul graduated from Queens University in Economics and completed an executive marketing program at UCLA. He loves living and learning in Vancouver, a leading centre for knowledge-based industries that is coupled with unsurpassed variety and access to outdoor activities in the Pacific Northwest.

Vivian Kan Director

Vivian Kan is a Director in the Cleantech Practice at BDC Capital Inc. Vivian has over 15 years of experience in business development, structuring, risk analysis, and commercial and corporate finance. She has helped some of Canada’s top exporters and emerging global entrepreneurs in sectors ranging from cleantech, oil and gas, mining, transportation, infrastructure, light manufacturing, life sciences, aerospace, forestry pulp and paper, and consumer products. Vivian holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Calgary and has completed the Certificate in Carbon Finance from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Environment.