Propel Energy Tech

The PROPEL Energy Tech Forum’s presenting companies are competitively selected with the participation of our Industry Advisory Board members, including:

2018 Conference Co-Chairs

Jean-Michel Gires

Former President & CEO, Total E&P Canada

Jean-Michel has a distinguished 30 year career in energy and sustainable development.  He is Chief Executive Officer of his new company NextTier Energy Solutions, developing and launching a portfolio of breakthrough Solutions for the energy sector.
Recently, he has served as Venture Partner at Chrysalix EVC, and board member of several Canadian companies, Inventys, Axine and Questor. His career at Total also included the senior roles of President & CEO of Total E&P Canada, Total EVP Sustainable Development and Environment, and President Total Venezuela.

Bryan Helfenbaum

Manager, Technology & New Ventures, Devon Energy

Bryan Helfenbaum is currently the Manager of Technology Development at Devon Canada, responsible for ideation, evaluation, and execution of incremental and radical innovation in oil sands.  Through his 18 years in the energy industry, Bryan has demonstrated a passion for innovation and collaboration in a variety of roles, including development engineering, business development, and corporate planning.

In his role at Devon, Bryan serves on the Shareholder Steering Committee of COSIA and is involved in a wide variety of external initiatives.  Bryan has an Environmental Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the University of Calgary, where he currently teaches a course on innovation.

2018 Board Members

Kemal Anbarci

Managing Venture Executive

Ricardo Angel

Managing Director

J.P. Bauman


Alex Beliaev

Director Global Trade & Investments

Chris Buckman

Vice President

Iain Cooper

Manager, Corporate Venture Capital

Kevin Frankowski

Executive Director

Jeremy Gilman


Jason Green


Björn Heinz

Investment Manager

Wayne Karpoff

Board Memember

Anamika Mukherjee

Specialist, Technology Collaboration

Johanna Schmidtke

Investment Director

Mark Trevitt

Principal, Industrial, Clean and Energy Technology Venture Fund

Charles Vaslet


James Wells

Director of Investments & Venture Creation

Tyler Williams

Venture Principal