BC Bioenergy Network

Partnering for a Greener Future


Dave Schick Director

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.