Nico Duursema

Nico Duursema

President & CTO, Cerilon

Nico is the founder, President and CEO of Cerilon and subsidiaries with more than 25 years of energy, petrochemical and resource experience in various executive roles. Founded in 2009, Cerilon was designed to create the future strategic operations, project solutions and services for petrochemical, chemical and energy needs with a focus on medium scale Gas to Liquids (GTL), Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), Gas to chemicals and gas to power and alternative energy areas.

Cerilon brings to market global expertise in project management, business development, operational, business and support services providing a platform to develop, incubate, and bring to market strategic innovative solutions. The company’s integration of the latest cost-effective technologies, Critical Integrated Project Execution (CIPE), blockchain systems, financing and risk structures provides world class solutions to the industry.

Experience in North and South America, Africa, Middle and Far East within the chemical, petrochemical, transportation, mining, and oil and gas industries.

Nico has a BSc Eng (Industrial) from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, Honors in Business, MBA (Cum Lauda) from Stellenbosch in South Africa and an Executive Leadership Development Program from Daniels College of Business, Denver.
Nico act as advisor, serves on company and NGO boards in various roles.

   

Daniel Schulten

Daniel Schulten

LaunchPad Director, MDA

Daniel Schulten is MDA’s LaunchPad director based in Ottawa, ON. LaunchPad is MDA’s new initiative to accelerate and grow partnership s with innovative SMBs and Academia in Canada. Companies and academia that interested in collaborating with MDA are encouraged to contact the LaunchPad team.

Prior to LaunchPad Daniel has been responsible for business development of several space programs both at MDA and Space Systems Loral (SSL) in the US. Before joining MDA in 2001, Daniel worked on the European Robotic Arm (ERA) Program for Fokker Space in the Netherlands. In 1998, Daniel attended the International Space University Summer Session in Cleveland, Ohio and has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering of the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

      

Eric Fournier

Eric Fournier

Director General (Science & Technology), Department of National Defence

Mr. Fournier is presently the Director General (Science & Technology) for Strategic Decision Support. He is a Scientific Advisor to the Department of National Defence and to the Canadian Armed Forces. His role is to provide analysis support on policy and strategy, and enterprise resource management to the department.

Eric began his career with Defence Research & Development Canada (DRDC) as a Defence Scientist in the Flight Mechanics Group of the Precision Weapons Section at the Valcartier laboratory in August 1992. He spent most of his scientific career in that establishment, where he held a number of positions in the Weapons field of study. He also spent one year at the United Kingdom DERA Fort Halstead laboratory as an exchange scientist in the late nineties.

In May 2006, he was appointed Director, Science & Technology Air, in Ottawa, where he managed the Air Force S&T Program portfolio. As part of his duties, he also served as National Representative on the Aerospace Systems group (AER) in The Technical Cooperation Program. From September 2008 to July 2009, he moved to the Canadian Forces College in Toronto where he completed the National Security Program 1 (NSP-1).

Upon his return to Ottawa, he was appointed Director of Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Operational Research and Analysis (CORA), and was responsible for the delivery of a Science and Technology program in the areas of operational research, strategic analysis, and scientific and technical intelligence.

Upon returning to Canada in July 2017, he was appointed DG for Strategic Decision Support, and also selected to develop and lead the implementation of the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) initiative.

      

Simon Foxcroft

Simon Foxcroft

Partner, Bennett Jones LLP

Simon provides advice with respect to occupational health and safety related matters throughout Western Canada. In particular, he is involved in the auditing, reviewing and drafting of construction and project contracts to ensure conformity with both provincial and federal health and safety obligations, and with providing advice in relation to large energy construction projects. He also advises clients on all aspects of incident response and management. He acts for various safety organizations and for both owners and contractors.

Simon is intimately familiar with all aspects of a mining business including: the negotiation and preparation of international and domestic purchase and sale agreements; the loading, storage, railing and shipping of commodities; the day to day operations of a working mine; and the negotiation and preparation of equipment supply and purchase agreements. Simon has extensive involvement in mine expansions and reserve development including the negotiated resolution of competing mineral and resource stake holders. He acts for clients in relation to the leasing of rail cars and has been extensively involved in the legal and regulatory issues arising from the railing of crude oil and coal.

Simon regularly advises clients on construction related matters and has been involved in a wide variety of construction projects including: gas plants; pipelines; power generation facilities; underground gas storage facilities; tank farms; food production plants; transloading facilities; light rail lines; coal mine infrastructure; an activated carbon plant; and the extensive construction and upgrading of various electrical distribution and transmission facilities.