Dr. Vikramaditya Yadav
Chief Technology Officer
When he joined the University of Waterloo as an undergraduate student in chemical engineering, all that Vikram coveted was a career in Alberta’s burgeoning petrochemical sector. He interned at Imperial Oil during his first summer break, and upon returning to school, stumbled upon a copy of Juan Enríquez’s As the Future Catches You. He became instantly captivated with biological engineering.
His journey since has taken him to Sanofi Pasteur, where he worked on designing next-generation vaccine manufacturing processes; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his doctoral degree for a thesis on engineering enzymes and bacteria for synthesis of pharmaceuticals; and Harvard University, where he worked on biophysics and biological thermodynamics.
As an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, Vikram leads a group of researchers working on topics including metagenomics, bioenergy, bioremediation, drug discovery and manufacturing, and health. He has forged strong academic and industrial collaborations in each of these projects, raising over $1 million in research funds. Most recently, Vikram co-founded Metabolik Technologies to apply his expertise and experience to solving the most pressing environmental and economic challenges of the energy industry.
James Wells currently serves as the Director of Investments and Venture Creation at Evok Innovations. Previously, James worked as Vice President at Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, a sustainable innovation and alternative energy venture capital firm focusing on breakthrough innovations in the resource sector. At Chrysalix, James was involved in all aspects of fund management, including deal sourcing, due diligence, portfolio management, and fundraising. James was an active contributor to portfolio management teams related to industrial water treatment, CO2 capture and conversion and industrial big data analytics.
As a Vancouver native and active angel Investor, James has personally and professionally invested in 10 BC based technology companies and is passionate about contributing to BC’s cleantech and entrepreneurial community.
Prior to Chrysalix, James worked in numerous start-ups, university technology transfer offices and fee for service prototyping labs. James has a degree in Biochemistry from the University of British Columbia and is a graduate from Singularity’s University Executive Program and the Boulder Outdoor Survival School.
Chris Reid is a Distinguished Alumni with a Masters in Engineering from University of Victoria.
He is a seasoned businessman, participating at a senior level for various Vancouver-based technology firms. Previously, CEO of Cellex Power, Partner at General Exergy, Director at Acetech, and general manager of the motive power division at Plug Power.
Chris is currently a board member at the Working Opportunity Fund, chairman at Hydrexia, and an executive at Foresight Cleantech Accelerator.