Founders Named to Canada’s Clean50 for Cleantech Innovation

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Company recognized for research and development of the VeloxoTherm™ carbon capture process.

The founders of Svante (formerly Inventys Thermal Technologies) are sporting a new green glow, prompted by their recent inclusion in Canada’s Clean50, a national award that recognizes the contributions of its recipients toward clean capitalism and sustainable development across 16 diverse categories. André Boulet, Brett Henkel, Soheil Khiavi & Darryl Wolanski were recognized in the research and development category for their development of the VeloxoTherm™ carbon dioxide (CO2) capture process.

“It is an honour to be selected as one of Canada’s Clean50 and to join this powerful group of leaders advocating for clean capitalism,” says (former) Svante CEO and Chairman André Boulet. “We believe our carbon capture technology can help bridge the gap between fossil fuel use and environmental sustainability, paving the way to a low-carbon economy.”

blog-img-Clean50_2016The Canada’s Clean50 Honour is awarded annually by Delta Management Group to the 50 individual leaders and small teams who have contributed the most to enhancing sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the prior two years. Now in its fifth year, nearly 300 remarkable individuals have been recognized for their significant accomplishments and leadership. Winners were chosen from more than 500 nominations.

André participated in the Clean50 Summit 5.0 on September 23, 2015 where he received the plaque on behalf of the company’s founders. This year’s plaques are cut from the Canada’s “Maple Leaf Forever” tree, the silver maple that inspired Alexander Muir’s ‘The Maple Leaf Forever’ poem/song. After the tree toppled in a storm in July 2013, the city of Toronto gained stewardship of the tree and offered up chunks of wood to groups across Canada for public and private projects.

For the complete list of Canada’s Clean50 honourees for 2016, please visit:

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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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