B.C. Clean-Tech Companies Taking Lead in Capturing the Growing Carbon Market

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In the Canadian carbon-capture space, Carbon Engineering has been grabbing most of the headlines lately.

The B.C. company recently closed a $90 million (US$68 million) equity financing round and is working to build its first commercial-scale direct-air capture plant. One of the products it can make with carbon captured from the air is a carbon-neutral jet fuel.

But another B.C. company, Svante Inc. (formerly Inventys), has also been landing some serious financing recently and inking multimillion-dollar partnerships with industry.


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“It is empowering to know, given my Alberta heritage, our technology can change the climate impacts of the Alberta oil sands regions and generate significant additional economic benefits.”

Brett Henkel

Co-Founder and Vice President Strategic Accounts & Government Affairs

Brett Henkel’s unabashed optimism tempered by his mechanical engineering background and gas separation experience combine to bring a rare perspective to his position on Svante’s executive team.

Transferring the company’s breakthrough CO2 capture technology to customers’ sites will rely heavily on Brett’s strengths for identifying and understanding the technical and business details and relating those details to partners’ teams, approving agencies, and stakeholders.

As co-founder, he was instrumental in creating the process and the hardware used to prove the technology’s effectiveness as well as mobilizing external support throughout the path to becoming a successful innovation. These experiences strengthened his knowledge of business development and program management priorities.

Prior to launching Svante, Mr. Henkel was the program manager for QuestAir Technologies’ compact hydrogen production system with its partner, ExxonMobil. He is credited with designing the world’s first solenoid-driven rapid pressure swing adsorption test station.

Brett received his Bachelor of Science in Physics, with distinction, and a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Victoria.

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