Paul Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Paul Ferguson brings considerable marketing expertise to NovoCarbon from serving in technical and executive positions for a number of high tech and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software companies. At Epsilon Data Management, Paul was responsible for providing technical support to the Thinking Machines CM-5 supercomputer complex that was used as a development platform for an American Express cardmember database.
As an active investor in early stage companies, Paul has drawn on his experience to assist several startup companies with business plan and brand development, marketing strategy and information technology, including taking on advisory or even full time responsibilities.
Mr. Ferguson received his Bachelor of Arts in Social Thought and Political Economy, Cum Laude degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1981. Mr. Ferguson is a founding shareholder of the Company and serves on the Great Lakes Graphite Board of Directors.
Michael Coscia, Sr. VP of Sales
Michael Coscia has over 30 years’ experience in the chemicals and minerals industries. He brings extensive experience in sales, marketing, technology and product development to NovoCarbon. Prior to joining the Company, Mike has served as Sales Director at SGL Carbon, as Senior Account Manager for Cabot Corporation, as VP of Sales and Marketing for Ontario Graphite and as VP of Sales at Bayer Chemical.
Michael’s experience coupled with his background in chemical engineering and material science make him uniquely well-suited to work closely with our customers on technical issues that relate to their graphite requirements.
Mike holds BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University.
Dr. Gershon Borovsky, Chief Science Officer
Chief Science Officer Dr. Borovsky earned his Ph.D. in applied electrochemistry from the Institute of Electrochemistry, Academy of Sciences in Moscow and has worked as a professional electrochemist for the past few decades, specializing in the use of carbon materials for energy-related applications. Dr. Borovsky is responsible for the Company’s research and development efforts and Quality Control.
Our product development efforts are guided by his uniquely deep understanding of carbon materials and informed by Dr. Borovsky’s many years of working with customers to commercialize battery, fuel cell and energy storage technologies.
Dr. Borovsky completed his postdoctoral work under a grant from the British Coal Corporation on “Electrochemical Analysis of Coal-Derived Liquids”. His areas of expertise include production, development and testing of batteries, fuel cells and fuel cell stacks; materials and non-metal catalysts for fuel cells, electrochemical sensors, batteries and super-capacitors; engineering of electrodes and MEAs for fuel cells and stacks; testing and characterization of materials by electrochemical and analytical techniques.
In addition to these areas of expertise, Dr. Borovsky specializes in electrochemical and structural methods of analysis, including electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), ISE, cyclic voltammetry, amperometric, potentiometric, BET, Hg and “Test” porosimetry.
Positions held by Dr. Borovsky include Senior Scientist for nanoMaterials Discovery Corporation where he worked on the development and production of liquid alkaline fuel cells and non-metal catalysts for the cathode processes; and as Senior Research Scientist for BCS Fuel Cells, Inc., performing research and development on the behavior of PEM fuel cells under sub-zero temperatures.
Rob Suttie, CFO
Rob Suttie currently works with Marrelli Support Services as its senior manager of financial reporting and compliance, possessing more than sixteen years of experience, ten of which were in public accounting prior to his tenure with the Marrelli company. Mr. Suttie specializes in management advisory services, accounting and the financial disclosure needs of the Marrelli group’s public client base.
In addition to NovoCarbon Corporation, Mr. Suttie also serves as Chief Financial Officer for a number of other junior mining companies listed on the TSX and TSX-V, leveraging his skills and experience to become integral to the reporting issuers. Mr. Suttie graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a BA.
Richard Baxter, Independent Director
Following a career in investment banking, Richard Baxter spent 20 years in the energy storage industry. Mr. Baxter works with senior executives to craft corporate strategy, including partnerships, raising capital, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.
Richard works with clients to help them develop achievable corporate and division goals through market and regulatory assessment, financial and economic analysis, and competitive positioning.
Richard is currently consulting for the US Department of Energy to produce market research on pricing of alternative energy generation and storage systems.
Richard is the author of “Energy Storage: A Nontechnical Guide”, PennWell Publishing and a frequent speaker at industry conferences, including Energy Storage North America (ESNA), the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology (NY-BEST) Consortium and The Battery Show.
Bruce Reading, Independent Director
Bruce Reading brings nearly 30 years of experience building teams and creating business value in a variety of strategic roles including sales, marketing, asset management, mergers & acquisitions and operations to NovoCarbon. Mr. Reading said, “NovoCarbon is a customer-centric, quality driven, technology company that is operating in the graphite sector. The ecosystem of partnerships they have built has positioned the company for scale and success during a very exciting time for the industry. I believe that my background is ideally suited to be able to assist NovoCarbon through its’ next chapter of growth and I am delighted to become a member of the Board of Directors.”
Bruce is Chairman and CEO of Pica9 and has founded and built multiple successful businesses. Before joining Pica9, Bruce was CEO of VoltDB, a venture-capital backed enterprise software company. Bruce also served as senior vice president and general manager for Compuware Corporation. Prior to Compuware, he spent six years as president, chief operating officer and senior vice president at Gomez, Inc. Bruce has also served in senior management capacities at Access International, Cayman Systems and Dictaphone Corporation. A native Canadian, Bruce maintains an active role in the startup community as a seed investor and board member to several early stage companies, is a father to four great kids and an avid hockey fan. Bruce received his BS in Economics from McMaster University.
Brett Clark, Independent Director
Mr. Clark has spent the past twenty-five years working in the mining and energy sectors in funding, operations, and advisory. He has extensive leadership experience from the numerous board director and CEO/CFO positions held at medium-large multinational public companies.