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


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.


Sabina Russell


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.


Tim Murray

MSc., EIT – Project Engineer

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.