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Our Board & Advisors

David Blades – Director, Board Chairman

As a Senior Management Director in municipal government, David provides key leadership to an Alberta municipality and has worked within the municipal government sector since 1986, David brings seasoned government and public relations communications and contract knowledge and experience to GLC.

In addition, David has 5 and a half years’ experience as a Director of a Canadian junior mining company, involving executive support to the planning stages and funding of the mining operation and assisted with the processes for guiding of the mine’s initiatives. David brings his mining and government relations expertise to the GLC Team and has focused his efforts to securing graphite resources in our development of liquid dispersion graphene as well as investor and government relations.

Enrolled in an MBA Program in Community Economic Development, David has achieved an Applied Degree from Lethbridge College in Environmental Science –Physical Geology and Biology. In 2002, David received accreditation in the Local Government and Applied Land Use Planning Programs at the University of Alberta and was responsible for the development and promotion of the Applied Land Use Planning program at the University of Alberta. David is a member of the Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists as a Certified Technologist (C. Tech).

Donna Mandau, Director

In combination with 30+ years of experience in executive management, senior leadership, finance, investor relations, operations, business development for private and public companies, Donna brings strategic direction and vision to the organization and offers business management expertise.  Donna is currently working to complete an Executive Management MBA and has achieved a degree from the University of Alberta.

Donna’s entrepreneurial leadership and passion is responsible for the business development of a clean technology company, its operations initiatives, development of strategic partnerships and stakeholder relationships, investor relations and supporting the overall marketing and advertising platforms in elevating the company’s business model and vision.  Her prior work as an entrepreneur was working with a technology and engineering team where Donna came to realize graphene as a valuable solution to that market sector.  Conducting further research into graphene, Donna realized the immense potential and business opportunity to exploit the properties of graphene and formed a team of like-minded individuals looking for technology solutions utilizing graphene for applications solutions to serve Alberta and Canada that would support global initiatives.

Donna’s vision in founding GLC is to develop graphene innovative solutions to serve global markets and enable technological, environmental and economic advancement for Canada; to provide opportunities worldwide for humanitarian advancement through stewardship that embodies responsible planning and management of our environment to serve our planet.

Donna serves as a Director and Officer President and CEO in GLC.

John Andrew- Director

John holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies from York University, 1977 and has been a professional planner in Alberta for 30 years. Having worked for the City of Edmonton, the Yellowhead Regional Planning Commission, the provincial government, and for three private consulting firms, John was until recently a Principal of Scheffer Andrew, an independent professional engineering and planning consulting firm. 

In 1995, John started an independent planning consulting practice which he combined with Scheffer Consultants in 1999 to form Scheffer Andrew Ltd. John has extensive experience in senior business management, leadership development and strategic planning and has a successful track record in directing the growth of corporate companies. John taught the program for planning technicians at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and as well taught a course on Planning & Zoning for the Edmonton Real Estate Board. 

John brings to GLC a strength in corporate governance and leadership with a keen interest through his research in graphene innovations. With a strong background working with various sectors in industry and government, John will provide sound knowledge and experience in navigating GLC towards success in the emerging graphene industry.

Norman Hanson, P. Eng. – Director

A graduate of the U of A’s Faculty of Engineering (Department of Mining and Metallurgy) in 1980, Norm Hanson has worked ever since in companies that operate within the energy sector in western Canada and internationally. In 1991, Norm Hanson formed Thermex Metal Treating Ltd., the result of the amalgamation of a local steel heat treating business together with a similar business that he acquired in the Vancouver area. The Edmonton branch was moved to a larger facility in 1992, and since then has seen its revenues grow by more than 650%. Around the same time, an agreement was reached with the founder of Metal Supermarkets in Ontario, to open a branch in Edmonton under a simple “franchise” agreement. That location has grown to be consistently amongst the top 5 revenue earners in the network, which now includes more than 70 locations across North America.

A lifelong Albertan and Edmontonian, Norm Hanson remains committed to the economic growth and success of the province and its citizens, convinced of the significant opportunities that exist, and the willingness and capacity of Albertans to seize those opportunities and transform them into winning enterprises that generate great working lives and prosperity for those who put in the work.

John McDougall, P. Eng. – Board Advisor

John McDougall is President of Dalcor Innoventures Ltd and has 50 years of experience in the natural resource, IT, manufacturing, consulting, real estate and investment industries as well as research and development and academia. He served as President of the National Research Council of Canada from 2010 – 2016, was CEO of the Alberta Research Council from 1997 – 2009 and the inaugural Chair in Management for Engineers in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta from 1991-97. Through John’s initiative, Innoventures Canada Inc. was created in 2006 by leading Canadian research and technology organizations providing technology development, demonstration and deployment services as Canada’s centres of excellence for commercialization and research.

He spent 44 years with McDougall & Secord, Limited, Edmonton’s oldest privately owned business active in real estate, investment and development initially as Director and Secretary-Treasurer, then as President from 1982 to 2010.  From 1967-1975 with Imperial Oil Limited, John participated in oil sands, heavy oil, economics, frontier exploration and logistics, system development and oil and gas production.  He founded DALCOR in 1975. Dalcor companies provided project management, technology development, labour market analysis and planning, economics and economic development, financial and business planning, data processing and custom software development, natural gas brokerage and technology investment for a wide range of global organizations ranging from multi-national resource companies to SME’s.  He was appointed a Director of DB Robinson and Associates in 1992, became Chairman of the Board and guided the firm through its acquisition by Schlumberger in 2002.  In 1999, he led the acquisition of C-FER Technologies by ARC and as Chair oversaw its growth from $3 million to $13 million in annual sales by 2010.

Mr. McDougall has presented keynote addresses, courses, workshops and seminars in Canada, the US, Mexico, Panama, Hungary, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Poland, India, Bangladesh, South Africa, Qatar, Taiwan, Korea, Israel, Singapore, Japan and China as well as to the OECD in Paris.

Jim McKillop, FCA, ICD.D,  – Board Advisor

Jim is a seasoned Financial Executive with nearly 35 years of unique corporate experience in the areas of corporate governance, major systems development and integration, strategic planning, merger management, procurement & outsourcing, regulation and all areas of financial management in the financial services, telecommunications and mining industries. Jim’s most recent executive role was as Chief Financial Officer of ATB Financial from 2004 – 2015.

Jim currently supports small and medium businesses in Alberta through his own consulting business and his role as Executive Business Advisor for Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF).    He is also very involved with governance through his role as Chair of the Governance Committee for the Edmonton Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors and his role on the Boards of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Varscona Theater Alliance (Chair of the Board), uDigit Systems and as a member of the Audit and Finance Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta. Through the business presentations held by Graphene Leaders Canada, Jim recognized the significant opportunity and growth potential of GLC and has offered to support GLC in Financial guidance and business advice as to assist in the future development of the Company.

Kenneth McKinnon QC ICD.D – Board Advisor

Mr. McKinnon is a senior executive skilled at providing finance, strategic and legal services in the public and private marketplace. He has successfully worked with small management teams and entrepreneurs to grow organizations into significant business, and he provides a well-rounded business solution approach to problem solving. As a director, his skills in corporate governance, business strategy and financial insight, have assisted various management teams in substantial high growth environments. Mr. McKinnon has also served as a director on various private or government boards including Critical Mass Inc. and Alberta Innovate Technology Futures.

Mr. McKinnon is the Past President of the University of Calgary Alumni Association and sits on the Management Advisory Committee of the Haskayne School of Business. He recently stepped down as a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary, where he sat on various Committees including Vice-Chair of the HR and Governance and Chair of Budget. Mr. McKinnon is the recipient in 2014 of the Order of the University of Calgary and the 2007 Management Alumni Excellence (MAX) Award from the University of Calgary – Haskayne School of Business. Mr. McKinnon obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary majoring in accounting in 1980, his LLB from Queen’s University in 1983 and was admitted to the Alberta Law Society in 1984, and the Law Society of England and Wales in 1994.