ABOUT US

We set out to make the most technologically advanced powders for industry and agriculture that actually help the environment. AND WE CRUSHED IT.

Progressive Planet is an emerging technology company dedicated to providing innovative solutions and earth-friendly micronized minerals that naturally unlock sustainability benefits across the construction and agriculture industries. Progressive Planet is developing and scaling a portfolio of proprietary solutions to help our customers build, grow, and operate more responsibly, and with greater success.

ESG

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria are a set of standards for a company’s operations that socially conscious investors use to screen potential investments. Progressive Planet recognizes the importance of developing these standards.

Sustainability is not just about greener products. As an emerging technology company dedicated to providing innovative solutions and earth-friendly micronized minerals that naturally unlock sustainability benefits across the construction and agriculture industries, Progressive Planet recognizes the importance of developing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reports as our roadmap from which to set goals and continuously improve.

To this end, we have set a goal of having our first ESG report completed by June 30, 2022.

TEAM

Progressive Planet boasts a world-class development team from a wide range of disciplines. This includes PhDs and engineers with specific expertise in carbon sequestration, and other industry leaders with specific areas of expertise relevant to the company’s mission.

Board of Directors

CEO and Chairman

Stephen Harpur, CPA, CGA

Stephen has extensive experience in project management including years with a corporate restructuring and insolvency firm. In the early 2000s, he built a scalable e-commerce platform in the early 2000’s and the backbone of this platform was acquired by Walgreens, one of largest pharmacy chains in USA. Steven has designed and built the first industrial plant in Western Canada to separate expired packaged food from packaging while recycling the packaging. He also oversaw two research projects in collaboration with UBC to make & test a potassium phosphate fertilizer through crop trials. Stephen has provided oversight on multiple research projects in last decade with co-funding from the National Research Council. He has a proven ability to work with academia and in applied research to commercialize new products. Most recently, he has designed, built and commissioned PLAN’s Comminution Plant integrating used and new equipment from many vendors.

Director

Dwayne Melrose, P. Geo

Dwayne is designated as a Qualified Person (QP) on the Board of Directors. He boasts over 30 years of experience in the mining industry where he advanced 3 significant exploration projects towards production. Dwayne has been responsible for the design, and evaluation of precious metals in deposits in Canada, United States, China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. He has also served on board of multi-jurisdictional publicly traded mining companies with interests in precious metals, base metals, and industrial minerals.

Director

Scott Jenkins,

CPA

Scott is the former President and Director of DIRTT Environmental Solutions, where he oversaw the growth of annual revenue at Dirrt from $20 million to $297 million. He then led DIRTT’s successful IPO on TSX in November 2013. Scott is also the former President MgO Systems Ltd, and former CFO Pure Technologies Ltd. (now Xylem).

Director

Edward Beggs,

M. Sc.

Edward has a deep background in agriculture, building product sales, & project management. He is the owner of a specialized building and renewable energy products company and has significant experience in new product development in the clean tech sector. Edward is the co-inventor of IP for pelleting of cannabis waste. He has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and an M.Sc. in Environment and Management from Royal Roads University, where he has been a member of the Associate Faculty for over a decade.

Director

Peter

Lacey

Peter grew a single John Deere dealership into a leading global company, Cervus Equipment. He was the Founder, Chairman, and largest shareholder of Cervus. Cervus operates 64 dealerships in 3 countries Annual revenue of $1.2 billion in 2020. Cervus was recently acquired by Brandt Tractor Ltd. for $19.50 per share in cash or ~$302 million valuation, creating one of the largest privately-held dealership groups in the world. He is passionate about sustainability and mitigation of climate change and possesses significant roll-up experience that is invaluable to PLANs growth strategy.

Advisory Board

Founder, Urban Impact

Nicole Stefenelli

Nicole is CEO and Founder of Urban Impact Recycling, a well-established recycling company serving customers in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland. Stefenelli brings three decades of experience in the field of finding solutions to the growing problem of corporate and institutional waste. In 2010 she won the Ernst & Young CEO of the Year in the Cleantech category. In 2012 she was awarded the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Entrepreneur category. Stefenelli served on the Board of Directors for the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Science World and has also served on the Board of the Recycling Council of British Columbia.

Founder Octoform / Philanthropist
David Richardson

David is a prolific inventor with over 20 patents. He is actively involved in ventures developing cutting edge technology in the green space, with a focus on building a better planet. David has been a Director for Ducks Unlimited Canada for 20 years. He is also Director of WWF Canada and co-founder of the StigmaFreeZone.com

Executive Creative Director, Saatchi & Saatchi

Brian Sheppard

Brian has over 25 years of experience at Canada’s leading advertising agencies, working on many of the country’s most powerful brands. Sheppard is currently the Executive Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi Canada. In addition to creating effective, award-wining advertising, he is also an instructor in the Advertising faculty of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCADU) in Toronto.

Advisor

Earl Jenson, P. Eng.

Earl has 20 years of experience in applied R&D, with a specific focus on product & process solutions for industrial and government clients. He currently leads a team at InnoTech Alberta Inc., an independent, but provincial government-owned applied R&D corporation in Alberta.

Advisor

Randy Gue

Randy has over 40 years of industrial work experience. The last 25 years of those years include hands-on work in the fields of landfill diversion to resource recovery, renewable energies, clean technologies and development of sustainability projects. Many of the initiatives have been focused on the construction materials sector and have led to the diverversion of over a million tonnes of materials away from landfills and into reuse applications. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree and an MBA.

Other Key People

Scientific Advisor

Dr. Chad Vecitis, PhD

Dr. Vecitis is the CTO and Co-Founder of Nth Cycle that is redefining the metal supply chain by developing novel metallurgic technologies.  He is also an Associate of Environmental Science & Engineering at the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences where his research focuses on environmental science and emerging nanotechnologies.  Dr. Vecitis is co-author of over eighty peer-reviewed papers and a number of patents, and has been invited to present his research around the world.

Scientific Advisor

Dr. Greg Silverberg, PhD

Greg earned his PhD in Materials Science at Harvard University and has an undergrad degree in Chemical Engineering from Brown University. Greg has a keen interest in developing sustainable building materials and will help guide Progressive Planet as it takes on related product development initiatives to decarbonize the production of cement.

Scientific Advisor

Dr. Doug Brown, PhD

Dr. Doug Brown is a Materials Scientist with over a decade of experience in the research and development of next-generation green technologies. He holds several patents, is the author of multiple peer-reviewed publications, and has received numerous academic, industry and research awards. Doug has worked with Carbon Engineering (CE) of Squamish, BC where he led significant research efforts relating to capturing carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere. Investors in CE include Bill Gates, Murray Edwards, Chevron Technology Ventures, and BHP. He has proven track record of attracting grant funding in the field of green building technologies and is a Board member of the Canadian Green Building Council (AB Chapter).

CFO

Chris Halsey-Brandt, CPA, CA, CBV

Chris is both a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Business Valuator (CBV). Chris currently owns and operates a successful food processing business. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Chris was a Partner at Blair Mackay Mynett Valuations Inc., a leading Vancouver-based business valuation firm.  During his time at BMM, Chris specialized in the valuation of public and private companies.  Chris obtained his CPA designation while articling at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Vancouver.

VP of Business Development

Ian Grant

Ian leads the business analysis and commercialization of new product initiatives for Progressive Planet in both a sales and operations capacity. Ian's background is as a senior executive in the cement and concrete industry, specifically focusing on driving green-innovation by bringing lower carbon alternatives to market.

VP of Research and Development

Roger Mah, PhD

Roger received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Calgary studying metal-organic framework (MOF) materials for carbon capture applications. This included assessing the implementation strengths, weaknesses, and barriers of MOF commercialization. He then joined Carbon Management Canada Research Institutes and the Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute as a Mitacs Accelerate Fellow. For two years, he assessed the innovation ecosystem for carbon capture utilization and storage including sequestration in the built environment with companies such as CarbonCure, Carbicrete, and Solidia. He evaluated gaps and barriers for technology developers taking their technologies from lab/bench towards commercialization and step-gates along the technology readiness level ladder. Roger was previously the CEO of ZoraMat Solutions where he led efforts in commercializing a MOF for carbon capture. He received accolades such as the 2018 Mitacs Change Agent Award, 2019 GreenSTEM fellowship, and a 2020 CleanTech Emerging Leader Award. He is the co-inventor on a technology from the University of Calgary that is currently being evaluated for commercialization at LafargeHolcim’s cement plant in Richmond, BC.

Contact Us

Give Us a Call

1.800.910.3072

Corporate Address

510-580 Hornby St.
Vancouver BC, V6C 3B6

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