Growing clean energy ideas

Zen Clean Energy Solutions is a Boutique consulting firm with more than 50 years of combined experience in the clean energy sector.

Zen’s mission is to commercially advance and deploy clean energy solutions and technologies that promote sustainability, by working with organizations and developing projects.

Zen is uniquely positioned to guide complex projects from inception to implementation given the team’s range of backgrounds including government relations, business and corporate development, and engineering and technology development, complemented with a strong backbone in project management.

Deep technical expertise and broad network in hydrogen and fuel cell sector

Commercial expertise in automotive, bus, material handling (forklift), and specialty vehicle markets including business development and market analysis

Government relations experience and an understanding of policy and public sector objectives for clean technology sectors

Product Development expertise for drivetrain components, subsystems, and complete turnkey solutions

Jeff Grant

PRINCIPAL

Jeff has a passion for the electrification of the transportation industry.  His understanding of the needs of government and private sector partners enable him to deliver contracts and successful projects that are “win -win” for all stakeholders. Jeff leads the commercial and government business development activities at Zen and has a knack for putting together all of the necessary ingredients for an effective enterprise, including funding, technology, partner match-making, integration, operations and project management.

Jeff spent 15 years at Ballard Power Systems in several key business development roles, including the commercial lead for the North American bus market, and account manager for Ballard’s largest customer at the time, Plug Power. Jeff also led several key external relations activities at Ballard.

Key roles include:
Chair, Canadian Transportation Fuel Cell Alliance Working Group
Chair, Canadian Sub-Committee to IEC TC/105
Chair, California Fuel Cell Partnership Bus Team

In his spare time Jeff watches college basketball games with his wife and coaches his two sons in the art of the jump shot.

604-315-5965
jeff@zenenergysolutions.com

Sabina Russell

PRINCIPAL, B.A.SC., P.ENG.

Sabina holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of British Columbia, and an Executive Certificate in Strategy & Innovation from MIT Sloan.  She has over twenty years experience working in the clean energy sector spanning a range of roles from technology and product development, to product management and corporate development.

Sabina specializes in helping clients where combined technical knowledge and hands-on commercial experience are an asset. Sabina leads Zen’s project management branch, with a focus on consortium based projects deploying clean and zero emission technologies. She also enjoys working with small companies developing new cleantech products, where her extensive product development and new market development expertise help clients mature and commercialize their technology.

Prior to joining Zen, Sabina was with Ballard Power Systems where she held a range of technical and commercial roles, including Director of Product Engineering, where she led an organization of over 95 engineers and scientists.

As a mother of two daughters, Sabina thinks a lot about the legacy we leave to our children, and is passionate about playing a role in both developing and deploying technologies that will lead to a more sustainable future.

604-723-0040
sabina@zenenergysolutions.com

Tim Murray

ASSOCIATE, MSc., EIT

Tim specializes in technical analysis, project management, and market assessment at Zen. He helps companies develop and deploy clean technologies and works with clients to reduce their carbon footprint in the most impactful and cost-effective way possible. Tim creates analytical models to answer complex questions and conducts literature reviews that help clients strategize for the future.

Before joining Zen, Tim worked as a consultant in the clean energy sector with the Cadmus Group and as a Sole Proprietor. He served as the primary technical consultant for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) InnovateMass Program, which provided grants up to $250,000 to clean energy start-ups. The program supported a wide range of technologies including hydrogen generation, energy storage, and renewable power generation. His duties included reviewing grant applications, monitoring the progress of awardees, and reporting progress directly to the MassCEC.

Tim holds a bachelor’s degree from McGill University and a master’s degree from MIT in Mechanical Engineering. As a graduate student, his research focused on light- and heavy-duty vehicle exhaust filtration systems with the goal of reducing emissions and improving fuel economy.

604-612-7133
tim@zenenergysolutions.com

Jon Haley

ASSOCIATE, MBA, P.Eng. (Non-practising)

Jon handles project management, business consulting and proposal development at Zen. He works with companies to deliver clean technology demonstration projects and helps clients secure funding to scale their impact. His interests cover power-to-gas, electrolysis, energy storage and demand response.

Before joining Zen, Jon worked as a strategy consultant in Nigeria and South Africa with Bain & Company. Prior to that he spent 3 years in Ghana with Engineers Without Borders Canada as a agribusiness consultant developing growth-stage agro-processing companies. He started his career as an electrical engineer in Vancouver working on building, energy and transportation projects.

Jon has an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from UBC in Vancouver and an MBA from Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.

604-499-8189
jon@zenenergysolutions.com

Mary Fry

ASSOCIATE, BASc., MBA

Mary combines technical and business knowledge along with project management skills to assist clients in developing technology in the clean-tech sector.  She specializes in working with innovative early-stage companies to develop project plans that secure funding from a variety of sources.  By helping with market research through literature reviews and expert consultation, she also assists clients with strategic decisions on their direction and growth.

Prior to joining Zen, Mary worked in the Logistics Division at Canadian Tire Corporation’s head office in Toronto where she managed various teams and projects supporting both vendors and store owners.  Her work included developing project plans, managing the business side of new IT development, implementing new processes, and developing and delivering training material.

Mary has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at Western University in London, Ontario.

Mary is a married mother of two, with a passion for skiing, hiking, and time on the Sunshine Coast with family.

Cleone Bio

Cleone Robinson

JUNIOR ENGINEER, BASc.

Cleone performs a diverse number of tasks such as data analysis, market analysis, and graphical representation of information. She has a unique ability to display data and information in a visual format.

Cleone is extremely passionate about the environment, and is determined to help businesses and others transition to more environmentally friendly operations.

Prior to joining Zen, Cleone graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. While at Queen’s she took part in projects focused on clean energy including designing and prototyping a micro-wind turbine, water turbine, and passive solar building. Cleone worked alongside QSBRi as a part of the Northern Communities Project to design an interface-module between a district loop and homes in the remote community of Nibinamik, Ontario. During the project she created a transient 3D thermal model to be used as an engineering tool to help select parameters of the district loop.

In her free time, Cleone enjoys singing, playing the piano and guitar, playing sports, walking her two dogs, and watching basketball and hockey.

604-838-7472
cleone@zenenergysolutions.com

Jim Shen

ASSOCIATE, BASc., P.Eng.

Jim specializes in process modelling, project management, and technical analysis at Zen. He helps clients evaluate, develop, and manage complex projects such as hydrogen infrastructure deployment and zero-emission fleet transition for public transit agencies.

Before joining Zen, Jim worked as a Process Engineer in the bio-renewables sector where he developed and commercialized novel processes to convert waste biomass streams into consumer grade products. These include a process to convert a waste extract stream from a Canadian pulp mill into food-grade xylitol and a process to synthesize high purity propylene and ethylene glycols from wheat straw. His experience includes plant design, process development, and equipment specification.

Jim has a degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

In his free time, Jim enjoys training jiu jitsu and kickboxing, and stargazing.

604-561-6997

jim@zenenergysolutions.com