Board of Directors

Grzegorz (Greg) Ombach, Ph.D
Grzegorz (Greg) Ombach, Ph.DChairman

Greg Ombach is a seasoned international senior executive with 25+ years of experience in technology, power systems, strategy, innovation and technology licensing. As the Chairman of AdvEn’s Board of Directors, he brings a range of expertise that he earned as Senior Vice President and Head of Disruptive Research and Technology for Airbus where he is responsible for global research, development and innovation. Greg was also the former Executive Vice President for Draexlmaier Group (revenue EUR 5 billion, 75,000 employees) where he was head of strategy & innovation and head of a battery systems business unit. Earlier, he worked at Qualcomm as a Global Vice President and General Manager in technology licensing business. Greg is a member of the Forbes Technology Council.

John Meekison, CPA, CMA, CIM, PL
John Meekison, CPA, CMA, CIM, PLDirector & Audit Committee Chair

John Meekison has extensive experience as a CFO and has worked with a range of public and private sector organizations including as an investment banker raising investment capital. John is a CPA, Certified Management Accountant, Certified Investment Manager, and Professional Logistician, and holds a BA from the University of British Columbia. John is currently also acting as the CFO of Exro Technologies Inc. (TSX: EXRO; OTCQB: EXROF).

Philip Chong
Philip ChongDirector

Philip Chong is a business entrepreneur with more than 33 years of international business experience in various industries, including financial investment, property development, manufacturing, clean energy, internet, life science and food industry. He spent the first 10 years of his career in the banking industry in both Hong Kong and Toronto with responsibilities in project finance, corporate finance, trade finance, M&A and investment banking. He has served on several public and private company boards.

Dr. Yanguang Yuan (“YY”), P.Eng., P.Geol.
Dr. Yanguang Yuan (“YY”), P.Eng., P.Geol.Director of Government Relations

Dr. Yanguang Yuan (affectionately known around the office as “YY”) brings more than 35 years of experience in the field of geological sciences, as well as engineering in academics, research and the upstream oil/gas industry to his role at AdvEn. Passionate about making positive change in the world, YY has deep expertise in technology development and commercialization. He provides a rare blend of scientific knowledge, industry insight, creativity and business acumen to his leadership role – and is always ready to support, encourage and mentor the more junior team members. Prior to AdvEn, YY founded BitCan Geosciences & Engineering Inc. and has grown it into a world-renowned, independent, integrated technology and service company that specializes in geomechanics.

Leadership Team

Dr. Weixing Chen

As the founder of AdvEn Inc. and co-inventor of the core ASAC and ESAC technologies, Dr. Weixing Chen provides technical leadership in material innovation and process optimization. His role is to steer the team to ensure that ASAC technology and products are positioned to transform the activated carbon industry. An expert on material degradation for oil and gas, as well as petrochemical infrastructure, Weixing is a respected professional in those industries. He brings more than 25 years of experience in material engineering research and development to his role at AdvEn and has been at the forefront of several industrial innovations. He is a tenured professor with the University of Alberta, has published more than 200 technical papers and co-authored two books, and has given more than 100 technical keynote talks and presentations. Weixing holds a Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from the University of Manitoba and an M.S. and B.S. in physical metallurgy from the Dalian University of Technology in China.

Michael Steele is a seasoned business leader with expertise in strategy, finance and marketing communications. He has developed global teams (Americas, Europe, Asia and Caribbean), acting as a senior executive, financial advisor and entrepreneur. He has been actively developing and executing strategy and has been growing and financing businesses for more than 20 years. Mike has participated in transactions ranging from under $2 million to more than $750 million, including several structured exits and public offerings. Mike currently volunteers as Director and Treasurer for the Alberta Society of Artists.

R. Michael Steele
Elval Rogers

With more than 30 years of experience, Elval Rogers is an expert in the heavy industrial construction and fabrication industries. His diverse array of skills, including steel fabrication, pipe fabrication, modular construction and field install, has led to Elval being involved in some of Alberta’s largest industrial construction projects – totalling more than $400 million in Canada and the U.S.