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Robert Niven, MSC

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Robert is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of cleantech developer CarbonCure Technologies. Robert is a cleantech entrepreneur inspired to find profitable, sustainable and scalable solutions for the cement and concrete sectors. He is part of the global race to develop affordable carbon-negative concrete at scale. Robert has earned a reputation of uncovering innovative ways to raise profits, lower greenhouse gases and improve the material performance of the world’s most abundant man-made material – concrete. Robert has received countless international awards recognizing his leadership in sustainability, innovation and technology development including the Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, the 2016 Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award, and the Cleantech Group’s Top 100 Global Cleantech Companies. He holds an MSc in Environmental Engineering from McGill University and a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Victoria. In his spare time, Robert is an avid outdoors enthusiast and devotes his time to nature conservation and environmental community events.  

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Kevin Cail, PEng

Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer, Kevin makes the link between science, innovation and commercialization. Kevin is responsible for all aspects of CarbonCure’s technology development and intellectual property. He also guides the collaborative process with external researchers, industry partners, associations, and codes and standards organizations. Kevin was formerly the Director of Sustainability and Commercial Innovation at Lafarge North America. In his previous positions he was responsible for commercial development, management and policy development of various innovation projects and product changes. Kevin has served on the board of directors for the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the Strategic Development Council of the American Concrete Institute, working on industry issues related to sustainability. Kevin is a native of Eastern Canada and a graduate of the University of New Brunswick in Civil Engineering. 

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Jennifer Wagner, MSc, MBA

Executive Vice President of Corporate Development

As Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at CarbonCure Technologies, Jennifer oversees the management and operations of the company to ensure the team meets its ambitious growth targets. Jennifer helps guide the team in developing new technologies to meet the growing demand for products made with carbon dioxide, which is expected to be worth $1 trillion by the year 2030. Jennifer is a CSA-Certified Greenhouse Gas Inventory Quantifier, and has been involved in many boards and committees including the HPDC Board of Directors, USGBC Supply Chain Optimization Working Group, Canada Green Building Council and Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Management. Jennifer holds a Bachelors in Science from McGill University, a Masters in Chemistry and an MBA from Dalhousie University.  

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Sean Monkman, PhD, PEng

Vice President of Technology Development

Sean directs CarbonCure’s technical development and intellectual property activities. His focus is on the scientific and materials performance aspects of the company’s offerings. He has held concrete materials research positions at the University of Toronto and Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. His past work, study and research positions have spanned various concrete-related topics, including the chemistry of cement hydration and cement and slag carbonation. Sean’s expertise also lies in quantifying carbon emissions associated with cement and concrete. Sean holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from McGill University, an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a BSc in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering from Queen’s University. When not consumed by research, Sean enjoys recreational running, reading, cooking and reading cookbooks. 

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Dean Forgeron, PhD, PEng

Vice President of Engineering

As a concrete innovator, Dean is responsible for the engineering and product development activities at CarbonCure. Along with industry partners, Dean has successfully developed and commercialized technologies for the concrete sector that have been adopted in international markets. His background includes development of concrete macro-synthetic fiber reinforcement, material characterization of fiber reinforced concrete, self consolidating and self leveling fiber reinforced concrete, and green concrete technologies. Dean completed his BEng at TUNS in Halifax before completing his PhD at Dalhousie University. Outside of work, Dean enjoys traveling, outdoor activities and motor sports. 

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Ted Jones, PE

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Ted brings a wealth of experience as a sales and marketing lead with Oldcastle Precast, Contech Engineered Solutions, and The Fort Miller Co., Inc. As Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Ted is responsible for accelerating CarbonCure’s continued growth. Ted completed his BSc in civil engineering at Ohio University, MSc in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and an MBA from The University of Texas at Dallas. 

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Jack Holley

Vice President of Concrete Performance

Jack is a Technical Executive with 40 plus years of experience in concrete technology, quality assurance and new product development. He has a proven cross functional expertise with implementation of best practices, processes for mix evaluation, optimization and performance concretes. Prior to CarbonCure, Jack consulted for Icrete, W.R. Grace and others. Jack was Vice President Quality Assurance and New Product Development for Lafarge North America, Business Performance. Before joining Lafarge, Jack worked for Acres International and held various positions of increasing responsibility, from Laboratory Supervisor to Senior Concrete Advisor on major hydroelectric projects in Canada, Africa and India. 

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William C. Holden

Chairman of the Industry Advisory Council

As Chairman of the Industry Advisory Council, Bill helps guide CarbonCure on the issues that matter most to today's concrete producers. Bill possesses over thirty years of executive and general management construction materials experience in aggregates, ready mix, masonry and landscape products, and building materials. He served as the President of Block USA, one of the leading concrete masonry producers in the country, and as President of Couch USA, a major producer of ready mix, block and building materials serving the southeast U.S. Bill has been an active participant in several leading industry associations. He was formerly Chairman of the Board of the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) and Alabama Concrete Industries Association, and Chairman of the NCMA’s Long Range Planning Committee. He was also an active board member of the Florida and Mississippi Concrete Associations. Bill currently serves as a board member of The Concrete Industry Management Program. 

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