FCP technology originates from research and development work done at the Nuclear Research Institute in Belgium at the beginning of the 1970s. In 2004, Mr. Jef Spaepen took over all assets and continued the development and commercialization of FCP technology.
Mr. Jef Spaepen has worked continuously since 1997 in the development and commercialization of alkaline fuel cell technology. He has held a position of business development and managing director for a research and development facility of 35 people in Belgium and France and vice-president for a United States start-up company. After that, in 2004, he acquired all relevant assets related to alkaline fuel cell technology including production equipment and started his own business in developing and commercializing the technology. Mr. Spaepen has overseen the development from scratch of a 6kW Micro-CHP system based on alkaline fuel cell technology including the process for CE marking.
Mr. Gerard Sauer has extensive experience in the Hydrogen Fuel Cell and battery field, having created a number of fuel cell systems and balance of plant associated with applications in Static Generation, Automotive, Industrial applications. Mr. Sauer is a founding father of AFC Energy, an AIM stock market quoted Alkaline Fuel Cell manufacturer in the United Kingdom and was its CEO from 2005 until 2010.
Mr. Jo Verstappen has shifted his focus and experience towards hydrogen and fuel cell technology over the last 5 years because of the huge market potential and opportunities. He has vast experience in production methodology, organization, and business development for new products. His experience is key to structure the Company and personnel, as well as making sure the Company will have a sizeable footprint in the hydrogen market.
Joel Dumaresq has 30 years of experience in the financial sector, and for the last 12 years he has been the Managing Director of the Vancouver-based private equity firm, Matrix Partners Inc. Mr. Dumaresq also has Oil and Gas executive management experience in United Kingdom, East Africa and Asia, and has been instrumental in raising over $100M for Oil and Gas ventures from public markets and industry farm-downs. He has extensive expertise in mergers and acquisitions and previously worked in a financial and investment banking role with RBC Dominion Securities. He is also the Corporate Secretary, CFO and Director of the Company.
Mr. Anthony Durkacz has served as a director and the Executive Vice-President of First Republic Capital Corporation (“FRCC”) since 2014. Prior to co-founding FRCC, Mr. Durkacz was President of Capital Ideas Investor Relations. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer and a director of Snipp Interactive Inc., a global marketing solutions company that provides a modular software-as-a-service technology suite. Mr. Durkacz was instrumental in the financing and public listing of Snipp Interactive Inc. with operations in Canada, the United States of America, Mexico, and India. From 2006 to 2009, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of MKU Canada Inc. and engaged in mergers and acquisitions of companies around the world. Mr. Durkacz also served as the Chief Financial Officer and a director of Astris Energi Inc., a dual-listed public company in the United States and Canada, which was acquired by an international conglomerate. Mr. Durkacz began his career at TD Securities Inc. on the capital markets’ trading floor. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Brock University with a major in both accounting and finance.
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