Anders Kruus, Strategic Finance Advisor
Anders is a versatile financial professional, cash flow-driven and detail-oriented with experience and talents that have produced significant results for a variety of enterprises, both large and small. With more than 20 years of finance, sales & leadership success in banking, capital markets, SaaS startups and commercial real estate companies, Anders excels at: establishing collaborative teams and productive partnerships; streamlining existing processes & leveraging technology; managing & forecasting cash flow; structuring financial transactions & exposure management programs; and deepening banking relationships & raising capital.
Anders’ notable achievements include: spearheading a cross-border C$100mm REIT IPO; sourcing the capital to support a developer’s asset expansion from $90mm to $230mm in 18 months; re-energizing a multi-center private bank team to 20% revenue growth; turning around a stagnant FX sales team to 40% growth; and leading a cross-functional team to secure a $100mm+ minors trust mandate.
Anders has an MBA in Finance from the University of Toronto, and a BA Honours in Economics from Carleton University. He has held Series 7 & 65 licenses and an SFDR designation in the U.K, as well as a PCA certification from Bank of America. Anders speaks four languages, holds Canadian & EU citizenships and has lived & worked in four countries.
BC Lee, Director of Asia-Pacific Initiatives
B.C. is an accomplished marketing professional specializing in business development, marketing communications, public & media relations and internal communications. He is experienced in all aspects of media and public relations projects with emphasis in planning and implementation. He is actively involved in various segments of the multi-ethnic communities and facilitates relationships amongst these communities.
Born in Macau, he was raised and completed graduate studies with a Masters Degree in Political Science. BC further completed another Masters Degree in public administration from New York University and started as a Public Relations Manager for one of New Torks largets law firms. BC then moved to Vancouver in 1992 and was elected to City Council in 2005.
BC is fluent in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Taiwanese. His masterful language skill and profound knowledge in cultural etiquettes enables him to bridge cultural gaps, create understanding, and develop business and community relationships. He supports the China-Canada Business Association, sits as a board member with the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and the Taiwan Chamber of Commerce in BC. BC also have a long history of service with the United Chinese Canadian Enrichment Social Society (SUCCESS) and the Canadian Society for Asian Art.
Colin Doylend, Director of Business Development
Colin Doylend leads engagement and business partnership efforts for businesses and First Nations governments and is certified as a Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer. Over the last ten years, Colin has obtained extensive experience and knowledge in relation to all levels of government and First Nation communities. As the former Chief of Staff to Provincial Ministers, senior communications advisor with BC Hydro and board member for several community and professional organizations, he understands the value of strong and strategic partnerships. Colin has lead and facilitated over fifty business agreements and negotiations with First Nation communities, government and industry over the last two years. As an example, Colin has been working with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in North Vancouver and facilitated the Nation’s support for Seaspan’s successful bid on the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. Colin also brokered the $2 million investment for the Nation in Endurance Wind Power – Canada’s largest wind turbine manufacturer.
Jay Worthing, Director of Environmental Design
As a Greenest City Scholar for Building Design and Construction for the City of Vancouver in collaboration with the UBC Sustainability Initiative, Jay’s work has focused on key regulation affecting building energy performance. He is a LEED accredited professional and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography, Master of Environmental Studies, and a Master of Architecture.
Nigel Seale, Director of Social Capital
Nigel was one of the original Greenpeacers and went on to co-found Victoria’s local recycling center in 1972. He also founded and chaired Earth Day Canada and was worldwide Chairman of Earth Day International in 1991 and 1992. Nigel is particularly proud of that accomplishment, as it went truly global with a half a billion participants in 141 countries.
He has been a developer-builder and has enjoyed building all sorts of buildings from residential to commercial, specializing in low energy housing and passive solar structures. Nigel has taken his experience and enjoyed acting as a consultant to a number of major ‘green developments’. And for the for the last 27 years, Nigel has been one of BC’s most trusted Investment Advisors, specializing in Socially Responsible Investing.
Patrick Lucas, Director of Community and Land Use Planning
Patrick leads community planning for Rain City. Patrick is a professional registered planner with eight years of experience working with communities throughout western Canada and Asia. Patrick specializes in assisting communities to undertake initiatives to enhance their environmental and social sustainability. His expertise includes community planning, community consultation, business planning, feasibility studies, and proposal writing and fundraising. Patrick has worked on a number of environmental and energy projects with communities throughout BC.
Ray Frank, Director of International Business
Ray is a businessman, legal professional and entrepreneur and one of the few people who can claim to be truly global. Born in Dubai, raised in Toronto and after being called to the bar in India in 2011, Ray sat in on some of India’s biggest energy sector ventures and worked with both the government and private entities to arbitrate tax issues to reach mutually agreeable solutions. Among his clients is the largest fisheries company in India who he helped expand into Japan during the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 to leverage the need for imported food.
Tyson Atleo, Director of Partnerships
Tyson Chakwasikmeek Atleo is a 27th generation Hereditary Chief of the Ahousaht First Nation of the Nuu-chah-nulth people from the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. He has been raised as a Hereditary leader to respect Heshook-ish Tsawalk, a Nuu-chah-nulth worldview meaning, “everything is one,” and the 4 pillars of Nuu-chah-nulth life, “respect one another, care for one another, love one another and teach one another.” He volunteers his time as a member of the Aboriginal Opportunities Committee with the Vancouver Board of Trade. Also, the members of Ahousaht First Nation recently elected Tyson to the band’s governing Chief and Council. He is the youngest elected official in Ahousaht’s history. Passionate about supporting the spiritual, social and economic well-being of indigenous peoples Tyson recognizes that the future is with the youth and that we hold the responsibility to work towards a new legacy based on our ancestor’s guidance that is filled with optimism, opportunity and self-determination.
Julia Simone, Research and Policy
Julia Simone is a Management and Industrial Relations student at McGill University. Her passion for renewable energy has led her to accomplish various research positions with the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA), the McGill Energy Project, DEEP Earth, and Rain City Consulting. At McGill, she completed an independent research report titled The Potential Role for Geothermal Energy in the Canadian Economy, while volunteering with the Green Business Awards. Julia is looking to better understand our energy systems and the potential of renewable energy solutions and commence entrepreneurial projects that will transform the industry.
Ran Chen, Energy and Water Sustainability
Ran Chen is a new graduate from Rice University in Houston, Texas. She double majored in Environmental Engineering and Energy Policy Studies. At Rice, she engaged in research on various energy and environment related topics, such as the treatment of oil residue from Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the observation and modeling of particulate matter in ambient air. Her strong interest and passion in sustainable development have also motivated her to take on the minor Energy & Water Sustainability, and has led to her internship with the American Council On Renewable Energy and the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. Ran appreciates her living and studying experience in Asia and Europe, which endows her an interdisciplinary and international perspective on the concept of sustainability. Ran is working to get a better understanding of Canadian environmental issues and green initiatives, as well as the potential to integrate clean technologies into people’s daily life.