About Project Canary

Project Canary delivers trusted and reliable, independent Energy ESG data. We are the leaders in the certification of responsible operations throughout the energy value chain and provide measurement-based emission profiles via continuous monitoring technology. Our technology services help identify the most responsible energy supply chain operators. Analyzing more than 600 operational data points, TrustWell by Project Canary is the most comprehensive well-pad and mid-stream certification program available. Project Canary is the recognized badge of high standards. Formed as a Public Benefit Corporation, Project Canary’s team of scientists, engineers, and seasoned industry operators have earned recognition for their uncompromising standards, including being named “Best for the World 2021″ B Corp.

Leadership Team

Chris Romer

Chief Executive Officer

Chris Romer

Chris Romer is the CEO of one of the fastest-growing companies in ClimateTech, Project Canary. His history of public service, economics, and leadership in energy have all combined for his role at this Public Benefit Corporation focused on altering the course of climate change.

Chris spent 24 years developing energy infrastructure and public-private partnerships with investment banks, including JPMorgan & Citibank and was a leader in energy policy as a Colorado State Senator from 2006 – 2010. 

He is also a co-founder and senior advisor at Guild Education, Denver’s top unicorn-status SaaS startup. At Guild, Chris helped Fortune 500 companies partner with leading universities to offer education as a benefit to increase employee satisfaction and retention. His background in energy, education, policymaking, B-Corp capital formation, and entrepreneurship is instrumental in achieving Project Canary’s mission-driven growth goals and customer service objectives.

Chris holds a BA in Economics from Stanford University. He can be found mountain biking in the Colorado mountains or doing yoga in a local studio when he’s not enjoying a Broncos game or spending time with his wife, children, or his grandchildren.
Will Foiles

Chief Operating Officer

William Foiles

Will Foiles is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations, including supply chain management, field monitoring systems, new product development, growth strategy, partnership building, financial modeling, clean gas market development, operations, and long-term data projects. He plays a key role in coordinating company resources to fulfill the Project Canary brand promise and ensure customer success as the company grows.  His background in energy finance and work developing data acquisition technologies is vital to Canary’s long-term technology goals.

Will holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, an MS in Environment and Resources from Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, an MS in Finance from Villanova’s School of Business, and an BBA in Real Estate from University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.

Anna Scott

Chief Science Officer

Dr. Anna Scott, Ph.D.

Dr. Anna Scott is an atmospheric scientist, an entrepreneur, and the Chief Science Officer of Project Canary.

She received her PhD in the Earth and Planetary Science Department at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from University of Chicago, a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), and a Master of Arts and Sciences in Earth Science from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Scott has installed sensor networks and led field campaigns in Birmingham, Alabama, Nairobi (Kenya), and Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Scott founded the Baltimore Open Air project, a community-based air quality monitoring project that designed, built, and deployed air monitors in the Greater Baltimore region.

As a scientist, she’s worked on projects around the world with the Red Cross/Red Crescent’s International Climate Center, NASA, The World Bank, and numerous local governments.

Chief Marketing Officer

Rachael Shayne

Rachael Shayne spends her days standing in the stream of consumer culture so she can apply unique insights about brands, marketing, customer experience, culture, and behaviors. Her passion for trend-insights and experience strategy helps her articulate a vision for success demonstrated by a proven track record of leading in high-change environments. She is passionate about solving for innovation and growth.
Rachael built her leadership experience in startups, ad agencies, and global corporations. Throughout her career, she has helped guide some of the world’s leading brands, including Procter & Gamble, Nestlé, Alibaba.com, The North Face, Zayo, Sephora, L’Oréal, REI, Manna Tree private equity, Axon, VMP/Vinyl Me Please, Colorado Tourism, and more. She is a mentor at Techstars Sustainability, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, and a Board Member Emerita of the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business. 
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General Counsel

Miles Tolbert

Miles Tolbert serves as General Counsel for Project Canary. Before joining our team, Miles practiced law extensively in the energy and environment sectors, heading the environmental practice group at Crowe & Dunlevy in Oklahoma City and serving as Vice-President and Associate General Counsel at Chesapeake Energy. Before entering the private sector, Miles had a distinguished public career that included service as the Secretary of the Environment for the State of Oklahoma. Miles holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Political Science and Classics from Stanford University.

Ray Mistry

Chief Technology Officer

Ray Mistry

Ray Mistry is an Engineer, Scientist, and Startup veteran. He has managed and grown teams from the ground up. He is responsible for the technology and product roadmap as well as technical guidance at Project Canary.

Ray gained startup and energy sector experience at Energy Acuity, a firm in the Energy Intelligence space. He was the original Software Engineer/Architect and grew the company as their Chief Technology Officer until acquired by Enverus in 2021. Ray has been part of large software and hardware teams at companies like Oracle and Zoll Medical and brings more than 20 years of experience in Software Development, IT Management, Hardware Engineering, and Executive Leadership. In addition, Ray has a background in Software Engineering, Algorithm Science, and Bio-Software Engineering. He holds a degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from the University of Colorado.

Advisory Board

Lord John Browne

Lord John Browne joined BP in 1966 as a university apprentice, between 1969 and 1983 had a variety of exploration and production posts in North America and the UK, and in 1984 became Group Treasurer and Chief Executive of BP Finance International. He served as BP Group Chief Executive for 12 years and retired from that role in 2007. He was voted Most Admired CEO by Management Today, a United Kingdom business publication, every year between 1999 and 2002. He has also held board positions with a wealth of corporations and other organizations.

Pier LaFarge

Pier is an experienced entrepreneur and changemaker. He is the co-founder and CEO of Sparkfund, a platform to enable leading brands to deliver on their behind-the-meter strategies, capture new revenue from customers and do so with a cohesive customer experience. Sparkfund’s mission is to combat climate change through healthier buildings. He serves as a Trustee at The Nature Conservancy’s Maryland and DC chapter. Previously, while at ICF International, he co-founded a service offering focused on energy efficiency finance strategy. Pier also has experience in financial analysis, working on a major evaluation of loan financing modalities employed by the World Bank under its Climate Investment Fund program. In 2010, he founded Race to Replace, a statewide clean energy focused voter registration campaign in Vermont in partnership with League of Conservation Voters.

Jane Woodward

Jane Woodward is a Founder and Managing Partner of MAP Energy. MAP is one of the longest-standing private energy investment fund management firms in the U.S. MAP began investing in natural gas mineral rights in 1987, wind energy in 2004, utility scale solar in 2015 and energy storage in 2017. In December 2020, MAP sold its renewable energy and energy storage assets under management to Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). Ms. Woodward is an adjunct professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University and has over 30 years of experience developing and teaching energy classes at Stanford University. Ms. Woodward serves on the Precourt Institute for Energy Advisory Council and the School of Earth Advisory Council at Stanford University and on the boards of Fervo Energy and Stem.  Ms Woodward has a longstanding interest in methane emission management and was a founding member of Stanford’s Natural Gas Initiative and an early investor in IES the assets of which were acquired by Project Canary. Prior to founding MAP and teaching at Stanford, Ms. Woodward worked as an exploration geologist with ARCO Exploration Company and later as a petroleum engineering consultant to Stanford University’s endowment. Ms. Woodward received her B.A. in Geological Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and holds a Master’s degree in Applied Earth Science and M.B.A. from Stanford University.

Anthony Kinslow II, Ph.D.

Anthony Kinslow II, Ph.D. primary focus is accelerating the U.S. transition to a clean energy economy. Anthony argues that without prioritizing the engagement and education of marginalized communities the transition will be slow, expensive, and inequitable. He has spent the last decade working toward this goal through researching, implementing, and educating on energy efficiency. Anthony is the Founder & CEO of Gemini Energy Solutions, which provides investment-grade energy audits to the underserved small commercial sector. As well as a Lecturer at Stanford University where he teaches two courses Racial Equity in Energy and Quest for an Inclusive Clean Energy Economy.

Born in Nashville, TN and raised in Baltimore, MD; Anthony holds a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) from North Carolina A&T State University and a PhD in CEE from Stanford University. His expertise is in sustainable design and construction, and energy efficiency analytics. In addition, Anthony is a certified energy manager and has worked and lived in the United Arab Emirates and Australia.

Anthony is committed to improving the quality of life of those most disadvantaged. His active involvement in understanding wage theft in the construction industry, was recognized by the City of San Jose. Moreover, his active participation in the design and implementation of Stanford’s workforce program has introduced the concept of environmental justice to hundreds of high school students. When Anthony is not spending time with his wife, Maria and son, Marcus, he enjoys mentoring high school and college students. Anthony’s favorite quote also reflects the way he lives his life,

“life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”

~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Kenneth H. Carlson, Ph.D

Dr. Kenneth Carlson is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University with over 25 years of experience addressing water and wastewater related issues. He is director of the Center for Energy Water Sustainability (CEWS) and in this role directs research related to optimizing the synergies between water and energy. Current projects include reducing the cost of produced water recycle treatment technologies, real-time ground water monitoring in oil and gas fields, and GIS-based Decision Support Tool development for managing water and wastewater in spatially diverse oil and gas operations. In addition, the CEWS is conducting research on using treated produced water for agricultural irrigation, a project that is using produced water with different levels of treatment to grow biofuel crops and analyzing impacts to soil, crop productivity and plant tissue chemical uptake. Additional CEWS research includes developing climate change adaptation strategies for military installations around the world. He has a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, MS in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado — Boulder.

Dan Kelly

Mr. Kelly has 35+ years of experience in the oil and gas industry with a focus on the development of energy assets throughout the western United States. Dan spent 13 years in various capacities with Noble Energy, Inc., including the Vice President of Strategy and Planning. Mr. Kelly was also a Director for SRC Energy prior to their merger with PDC Energy, which is based in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Kelly received his Bsc. in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

 

C. Michael Ming

Michael Ming is the President and Founder of Ming Energy Partners, LLC. He retired in 2018 as the VP – Executive Liaison for Marketing & Technology for Baker Hughes, a GE Company. Formerly, Mike served as the original General Manager of General Electric’s Global Research O&G Technology Center in Oklahoma City. Mike previously served as the Oklahoma Secretary of Energy under Governor Mary Fallin, the President of the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA), and as an independent natural gas producer as a Managing Member and principal of K. Stewart Energy Group and K. Stewart Petroleum Corp.  He holds a BS degree with distinction in Petroleum Engineering and an MS degree in Engineering Management, both from Stanford University, and is a registered professional engineer in Oklahoma. At Stanford Mr. Ming is an emeritus member and past Chairman of the Petroleum Investments Committee and co-sponsored the MAP/Ming Visiting Professorship on Energy and the Environment. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma and currently teaches in the Executive MBA in Energy program.  He also serves on several boards including the Central Oklahoma United Way BoD, chairman of Riversport OKC (formerly the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation), Global Innovation Platform, Duncan Oil, and university industry advisory boards at Stanford, the University of Texas BEG, and OU.  He authored the “Oklahoma First Energy Plan”, Oklahoma’s first formal energy plan in 2011.  He is a frequent speaker in the U.S., in addition to dozens of countries around the world as a Society of Petroleum Engineers 2011-12 Distinguished Lecturer, on energy and energy systems.  He also co-chaired the 2019 Oklahoma Academy Energy Townhall, served on the MIT Future of Natural Gas Study, and as a strategic planning advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Jeffrey Harris

Jeffrey Harris founded Global Reserve Group, LLC (www.globalreservegroup.com) in 2012 an investment and advisory firm focused on the intersection of the technology and energy industries.  Also, in 2012 he became a Venture Partner of Quantum Energy Partners, LLC, an energy-focused private equity firm, where he sits on the Investment Committee.  Global Reserve and Quantum have a joint venture that invests in early stage companies.

Previously, he had been at Warburg Pincus since 1983 where he was a senior partner of the firm and head of its Energy Group. Currently, he is a director of Knoll, Chargepoint and several private companies.  He has served on the Board of Directors of nearly fifty companies including fourteen publicly-listed corporations. 

During his tenure at Warburg Pincus Mr. Harris advised companies around the world and directly oversaw over $4 billion of equity investment.  He has significant experience investing in and working with companies in the software, consumer/industrial, telecoms, and energy industries.   

Mr. Harris is a member of the Board of Trustees of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the Cranbrook Educational Community, and Friends of The High Line in New York.  In addition, he was an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business from 2005 through 2017 where he taught courses on venture capital, innovation and entrepreneurship.  In 2001 he served as Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association where he had been a Board member for six years.  He received a B.S. in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Dr. Mark D. Zoback

Dr. Mark D. Zoback is the Benjamin M. Page Professor of Geophysics, Emeritus at Stanford University, where he was also the Director of the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative and Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity and the Stanford Center for Carbon Storage and Senior Fellow in the Precourt Institute for Energy.  Dr. Zoback conducts research on in situ stress, fault mechanics, and reservoir geomechanics with an emphasis on shale gas, tight gas and tight oil production as well as CO2 sequestration. Dr. Zoback served on the Secretary of Energy Subcommittee on shale gas development and the National Academy of Engineering Committee that investigated the Deepwater Horizon accident. He is the author of two textbooks and the author/co-author of about 400 technical papers. His most recent book, Unconventional Reservoir Geomechanics, was written with Arjun Kohli, and published in 2019 by Cambridge University Press.  Dr. Zoback has received a number of awards and honors including election to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2011 and the Robert R. Berg Outstanding Research Award of the AAPG in 2015. He was the 2020 chair of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Technical Committee on Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage.

Jory Caulkins

Jory Caulkins is an entrepreneur and investor with a background in business strategy, growth and finance. He serves on multiple for-profit and non-profit boards, including IES, Enduring, GridHawk, and Kimmeridge (a $2.75B private equity fund focused on the energy sector). He was directly and indirectly involved in building and growing multiple companies which addressed major problems across a spectrum of industries. He worked for Bain Capital as an investment professional in their flagship North American Private Equity group, Morgan Stanley in the Mergers & Acquisitions investment banking group, and was the Founder and CEO of Nexodex. Mr. Caulkins received a BS in Biology (Genetics) from Georgetown University, where he graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and was the valedictorian for BS recipients. He received an MBA from Stanford University. He lives with his wife and son in Texas, is an outdoor enthusiast and an avid fly-fisherman.

Carrie Hudak

Ms. Hudak joined our Board in October 2019. Ms. Hudak served as Anadarko Petroleum Corporation’s Vice President, DJ Basin Development, from May 2017 to September 2019. Before that, Ms. Hudak served in various management positions at Anadarko, including General Manager, DJ Basin Development and Execution from March 2016 to May 2017, and Director, Rockies Business Development from November 2014 to March 2016. Ms. Hudak previously served the non-profit organization, Coloradoans for Responsible Energy Development as its Chairperson from 2018 to 2019 and as a Board Member from 2017 to 2018. Ms. Hudak also served as Treasurer and Executive Board Member for the Colorado Oil and Gas Association from 2017 to 2019. Ms. Hudak received her Master’s Degree in Geology from Duke University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from Miami University.

Denise M. O’Leary

Denise M. O’Leary

Ms. O’Leary has been a private venture capital investor and a corporate director since 1996. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Medtronic, Inc., US Airways Group, Inc., and Calpine Corporation, where she currently chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee. She was previously the Chair of the Audit Committee at both Medtronic and USAir. She has also served on the boards of ALZA Corporation, Chiron Corporation, Del Monte Foods Company and numerous private companies.

O’Leary was elected to the Board of Trustees of the University of Denver in early 2013 and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation as well as the Board of Directors of The Denver Foundation and the Corporation for Supportive Housing, where she recently stepped down as Chair. She previously was a member of the Board of Directors of Stanford Hospital and Clinics, where she served as Chair of the Board, and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. She was a member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees for 15 years, during which time she was Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Committee on the Medical Center. She was a member of the Presidential Search Committee at Stanford in 2000 and was awarded the Stanford Medal for distinguished volunteer leadership in 2008.

A graduate of Stanford University (BS, Industrial Engineering) and Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (MBA), O’Leary was a General Partner at Menlo Ventures in Menlo Park, CA for 15 years.

Team

Vice President of Growth & Policy

Brian Miller

Brian is responsible for building revenue growth, including business development, solution design, project management and customer success. He plays a lead role in assisting customers develop comprehensive solutions to achieve their business and environmental objectives, including the establishment of Project Canary as an expert resource for enhanced environmental performance.

Brian has over 20 years of experience working in the energy sector with Noble Energy (now Chevron) and BP.  Throughout his career he has worked at the intersection of business and policy, developing win-win solutions that enable both energy production and environmental protection.   

Brian holds an MBA and has undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Communications from James Madison University.

Vice President of Operations

Caroline Dunn

Caroline Dunn is responsible for managing operations, business development, and internal finance. She ensures coordination among the company’s core functions to meet customer needs and fulfill Project Canary’s mission.

She spent her early career with ExxonMobil as an engineer implementing downstream projects, transitioning to leading structured finance transactions with NY Green Bank to invest in projects reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

Caroline holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Michael Oh

VP of People

Michael Oh

Michael Oh is the VP of People at Project Canary, responsible for recruiting, onboarding, DEI, culture engagement, performance management, organizational design, total rewards, and learning and development.

He brings 17 years of People (HR) experience with 6 years of experience working in an early-stage startup having grown and scaled companies throughout his career. With an emphasis on B2B SaaS startups, prior companies held verticals in real estate, local municipality, education, financial services, culture engagement, logistics and supply chain, and non-profit.

In his spare time, he consults individuals and organizations regarding career development and meditation coaching. and is an Ambassador Council of TEDxMileHigh, and an Advisory Committee at CU Boulder.

He holds a BA from the University of California, Irvine.

Chief Economist

Colin Routledge

Colin is responsible for Project Canary’s economic strategy and forecasting. His previous experience includes investment banking, private equity, corporate development and small business entrepreneurship.

Colin holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BComm in Finance from the University of Calgary.

Wade Leach

Director of Growth

Wade Leach

Wade Leach is Director of Growth, concentrating on refining, coordinating, and executing Project Canary’s customer acquisition plans.

He’s lived in central Houston for most of his life. Wade earned 17 years of experience across the energy sector in leadership, operations, business development, sales, marketing, project management, consulting, and field-lab services. The last five years focused on environmental monitoring.

Diana Kaul

Director of Marketing

Diana Kaul

Diana Kaul is our Director of Marketing, responsible for managing content strategy, the Project Canary community, and partner marketing. She plays a crucial role in driving our brand voice across the web, digital platforms, and traditional media.

Before joining Project Canary, Diana worked in marketing and communications, both agency side and in-house, for clients across industries, including energy, technology, healthcare, and agriculture. She earned her BA from New York University and a MA in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Steve Kemp

Senior Director of Customer Success

Steve Kemp

Steve Kemp is responsible for the ongoing success of Project Canary partnerships through consistent value creation and alignment with Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) targets and goals. By understanding the unique needs and objectives of each client, region, or industry, he develops mutually beneficial relationships through careful coordination between Customer Success and additional strategic Project Canary experts and teams.

Before joining the company, Steve worked in a variety of field, sales, management, and financial roles for an oilfield services company (OFS) with operations in all major US oil and gas basins. He began his career as an exploration geologist working on precious metal deposits in Central America and the Western US. Steve graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in Geosciences and a minor in Economics.

David Stewart

Vice President of Environmental Solutions and Regulatory Affairs

David Stewart

David Stewart is Vice President of Environmental Solutions and Regulatory Affairs, responsible for developing strategic relationships with external clients to develop environmental solutions to enable customers’ ESG performance. Additionally, we will partner with the customer success, operations teams, and others to provide meaningful feedback for continuous improvement in our products. Before joining our team, David worked at Crestone Peak Resources and several other oil and gas exploration and development companies working as an executive leader in environmental, health safety, and regulatory areas. Before these experiences, David worked in environmental consulting specializing in air quality management. David holds an undergraduate degree in History and Biology focus from Coe College and a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver.  

Chief of Staff, Senior Director of Partnerships

Charlie Losche

Charlie Losche is responsible for establishing and leading Project Canary’s Customer Success strategy, as well as developing field operations.

Prior to joining Project Canary, Charlie served the Colorado Governor’s office lead transition staffer focused on economic development and workforce. In this role, Charlie coordinated the selection of the Executive Directors for Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment, and the Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

Charlie holds a BA in International Affairs from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Alex Ballasiotes

Director of Operations

Alex Ballasiotes

Alex Ballasiotes is Project Canary’s Director of Operations, where he leads and provides cross-functional support for the company’s business analytics & processes, supply chain, and product development & strategy. Alex comes from a background in consulting, where he worked with large corporations on projects ranging from financial M&A in industrial products to process analysis and improvement in Big Tech. He also has experience with VC and PE in the climate tech space and launching an impact investing fund on Chicago’s West Side. He holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and undergraduate degrees in Economics, Management Information Systems, and International Business from the University of Georgia.

Principal Engineer

Nathan Eichenlaub

Nathan Eichenlaub is the Lead Software Engineer at Project Canary, responsible for design, architecture, development, and maintenance of all of the company’s software, data acquisition and analytics systems.

He brings more than 10 years of experience working as a software and electrical engineer in the oil & gas, utility and transportation industries, specializing in data visualization and analytics, SCADA system design, and cloud architecture.

Nathan holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University.  

Lorena Wiant

Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist

Lorena Wiant

Lorena Wiant is a Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist responsible for full-cycle recruiting supporting all teams. Before joining our team, Lorena worked at a large Denver law firm focusing on Talent Acquisition and developing and implementing culture, DE&I, and facilities programs & processes. Lorena holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Colorado Mesa University.

Market Development Advisor

Steve Wilson

Steve Wilson is the coordinator of Market/Customer Outreach for Project Canary. In this role, Steve provides oversight and coordination to support natural gas transactions, and contract structure for TrustWell Certified natural gas. Steve was instrumental in the early development of this market in his previous job in the northeast region of the US beginning in 2018.

Steve began his career as a Petroleum Engineer in drilling and production offshore operations in the Gulf of Mexico for Tenneco Oil Company. He transitioned through multiple roles of increasing responsibility where he managed term natural gas transactions and coordinated the transition of long-term sales agreements under FERC Order 636. Steve joined Dynegy in 1996, where he served as Vice President of Gas & Power Origination for multiple US regions. He coordinated long-term power capacity, energy sales, and derivative structured natural gas transactions in this role. In 2003 Steve joined Chevron, serving as Vice President of Natural Gas Origination, coordinating Chevron’s US natural gas marketing business. Steve’s most recent role before Project Canary was the Director of Origination at Southwestern Energy, where he coordinated economic evaluation and execution of term natural gas transactions, including the first-ever TrustWell Certified Gas transaction in the US.

Steve has enjoyed being a mentor throughout his career and was nominated and awarded Chevron’s two highest honors, Global Mentor of the Year, and Chevron’s Chairman’s Award. Steve is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and now resides in The Woodlands, TX.

Senior Manager of Environmental Solutions

Erika Tokarz

Erika Tokarz is responsible for managing customer success through technical support and regulatory compliance assistance.

Erika brings more than 10 years of oil and gas regulatory and environmental experience working for UP Energy/Ultra Petroleum. 

Erika holds a BS in Biomathematics from the University of Scranton and an MS in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering from Villanova University.

Senior Environmental Field Technician

Jason Clark

Jason Clark is responsible for the installation and maintenance of operational devices, communication with customer field staff, improving data platform functionality, maintaining midpoint inventory locations, hardware assembly and management of field technicians.

Jason brings over nine years of oilfield experience working with CalFrac Well Services and two other local oilfield service companies.  Jason’s knowledge of energy field operations and crew management expertise are vital to ensuring functioning devices over a wide area.

Max Goff

Certification Engineer

Max Goff

Max brings nearly a decade of upstream oil and gas engineering experience to Project Canary, where he works with the TrustWell team to provide rigor to the certification process.

Before joining Project Canary, he served in various office and field positions with Chesapeake Energy, including the world-class Marcellus Shale asset, which produced over 3.4Bcf/day. Max accomplished key production optimization, well abandonment, annular gas remediation, asset level planning, and logistics projects.

Max holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he won a Rowing National Championship.

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Finance Specialist

Nina Bernardin

Nina Bernardin is a Finance Specialist responsible for financial strategy, forecasting, process improvement, and overall data integrity. Before joining our team, Nina worked in Finance and Program Management at Baker Hughes, SOCAP Global, Conscious Company, and General Electric. Nina holds a B.A. in International Development and Business Management from Indiana University and is a graduate of General Electric’s rigorous Financial Leadership Program.

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Head of Energy Transitions

Edward Lush

Edward Lush is a Head of Energy Transitions, responsible for midstream strategy, business development, and revenue growth. Before joining our team, Edward worked for MarkWest Energy Partners, LP, a publicly-traded midstream natural gas company, and then for MPLX, L.P., a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation, following MPLX’s acquisition of MarkWest. During his time at MPLX, Edward held various commercial roles and most recently led business development efforts for all of MPLX’s gathering, processing, and fractionation assets in the Marcellus and Utica shales. Edward holds a J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis and an M.A. in Geography and International Relations from the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom.

Melissa Yuan

Midstream Certification Engineer

Melissa Yuan

Melissa Yuan is a Midstream Certification Engineer responsible for designing, developing, and executing the midstream TrustWell certification. Before joining our team, Melissa worked across multiple U.S. Onshore oil and gas regions, responsible for large-scale development and operations of facilities ranging from gas processing plants to well-site facilities. Melissa holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University.

Mikaela Currier

Software Engineer

Mikaela Currier

Mikaela Currier is a software engineer, responsible for maintaining, developing, and designing internal and external tools. Before joining our team, Mikaela worked at Wayfair and Broadcom. She holds a BA in Psychology from Colorado State University and graduated from Lambda School’s Full Stack Web Development course.

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Energy Solutions Specialist

Lydia Breitenstein

Lydia Breitenstein is an Energy Solutions Specialist responsible for developing customer solutions to help manage ESG performance and provide technical support to enhance customer success further. Before joining our team, Lydia worked in technical sales and as a project manager for a mechanical systems engineering firm. Lydia holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

Operations Analyst

Kaitlin Cahalane

Kaitlin is an Operations Analyst responsible for business analytics, process development, and cross-functional relationships within the Business Development, Operations, and Marketing teams. Before joining our team, Kaitlin worked in the oil & gas industry, responsible for asset loss prevention analysis. Kaitlin graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, as an Evans Scholar and holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing.

Head of Certifications

Josh Zier

 Josh is a graduate of Montana Tech with over 11 years in the Oil and Gas industry.  HIs career experience centers around drilling activities and project management.  Josh is an avid outdoorsman, with a special affinity for hunting and mountain biking.

Jeremiah White

IT Support Technician

Jeremiah White

Jeremiah White is an IT Support Technician, working to improve Information Technology systems for the company.  Before joining our team, Jeremiah worked in a variety of IT roles for large and small corporations across industries.

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DevOps Engineer

Blake Cannon

Blake Cannon is a DevOps Engineer responsible for automating cloud infrastructure as code and providing continuous integration/delivery of software. Before joining our team, Blake worked at a large corporation transitioning from on-premises data centers to the cloud and maintaining secure cloud infrastructure. Blake holds an MSc in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado’s Business School and an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Kelsey Pate
Product Manager

Kelsey Pate

Kelsey Pate is a Product Manager responsible for defining the product strategy & roadmap, leading customer discovery, and prioritizing product enhancements across the organization. Before joining our team, Kelsey worked at an oilfield technology startup creating software products to analyze and store hydraulic fracturing data. Kelsey holds an M.S. in Information and Communication Technology from the University of Denver and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Baylor University.

Petra Sikorski

Energy Business Development Analyst

Petra Sikorski

Petra Sikorski is an Energy Business Development Analyst responsible for research, analysis, and business intelligence support. Before joining our team, Petra worked in an early stage, high-growth Ag-Tech startup where she was responsible for leading business development strategy and establishing operational processes. Petra holds a B.A. in Political Science and Sustainability from Pepperdine University.
John Bunkie Westerheide

Senior Director of Customer Solutions

John “Bunkie” Westerheide

John brings over 14 years of deep energy industry experience to the Project Canary team. Through his time at General Electric (G.E.), then Baker Hughes, John led highly technical teams on cross-enterprise initiatives often focused on developing and activating new products or markets. Before departing Baker Hughes as the Director – Innovation at the Energy Innovation Center in Oklahoma City, John helped conceptualize and lead advanced R&D programs around oil and gas challenges. A tacit understanding of pragmatically balancing economics and energy industry sustainability fuels John’s passion for openly collaborating with partners to deliver market-changing solutions. John earned a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma with a double major in Marketing and Economics; and an MBA from the University of Oklahoma with a specialization in Energy.
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Marketing & Communications Project Manager

Sabrina Medellin

Sabrina Medellin is our Marketing & Communications Project Manager, responsible for managing projects initiated by our Marketing team. Before joining Project Canary, Sabrina worked in marketing & brand — for global corporations, SMBs & start-ups that specialize in tech. Originally from Singapore, and recently moved from Texas, Sabrina is a new Denverite who loves the outdoors and volunteering for her new community. Aside from giving climate change the bird — she is an advocate for mental wellness, DEI & promotes inclusive culture in the workplace. Sabrina is also an American Marketing Association mentor & alumni at University of North Texas.
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Certification Engineer

Jonathan Lefor, P.E.

Jonathan Lefor is a Certification Engineer responsible for TrustWell certifications to verify responsibly sourced gas (RSG) through drilling, completions, and operations data analysis. Before joining our team, Jonathan worked for 15+ years in oil and gas production and operations throughout the Rocky Mountain region and Texas. Jonathan holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and is a licensed Professional Petroleum Engineer in the state of Colorado.

Junior Certification Engineer

Luna Lee

Luna Lee is Project Canary’s Junior Certification Engineer, responsible for executing the TrustWell certification by evaluating well pad design and equipment. Before joining our team, Luna worked at/in Halliburton as a drilling fluids engineer. Luna holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

Software Development Manager

Kieran Lynn

Kieran Lynn is a Software Development Manager, responsible for overseeing and contributing to the design, development, and maintenance of Project Canary’s software applications. Before joining our team, Kieran worked in Fintech and Cannatech. Kieran holds a BS in Computer Science from Drexel University.

Nick Hansen

Systems Engineering Manager

Nick Hansen

Nick Hansen is a System Engineering Manager responsible for Embedded Engineering, Systems Integration, and Firmware Development on Project Canary’s continuous monitoring devices. Before joining our team, Nick worked with teams in the medical device industry, creating consumer products and robotic systems, including data storage solutions. Nick holds a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Oregon State University.

Junior Certification Engineer

Shayna Sims

Shayna Sims is Project Canary’s Junior Certification Engineer, responsible for analyzing oil and gas operational documentation and evaluating well pad design for the TrustWell Certification process. Before joining our team, Shayna worked onsite as a Field Engineer to supervise daily oil & gas operations and support engineering design, execution, and evaluation in the Permian and Delaware Basin. Shayna holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and certification in Data Analysis & Visualization from The University of Texas at Austin.

Junior Field Technician

Trevor Richmeier

As a Jr Field Technician, Trevor has extensive experience in oil and gas, from working with drill pipe and casing to Class A CDL operations and logistics within the field. Trevor is responsible for maintaining proper operation of the in-field devices. Trevor handles the Colorado Regulatory Summa program, and operations and maintenance in the front range business unit.

Latifat Karenson

Junior Certification Engineer

Latifat Karenson

Latifat Karenson is Project Canary’s Junior Certification Engineer, responsible for analyzing operational data, equipment, and well pads for the certification process. Latifat holds a graduate and undergraduate degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Ramon Yu

Junior Certification Engineer

Ramon Yu

Ramon Yu is Project Canary’s Junior Certification Engineer, responsible for Trustwell Certification. Before joining our team, Ramon worked primarily in completions operations, performing hydraulic fracturing.

Ramon holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Ramon Yu

Junior Certification Engineer

Annie Walbridge

Annie Walbridge is one of Project Canary’s Junior Certification Engineers, responsible for evaluating procedural data, validating operational detail, and certifying oil and gas operations. Before joining our team, Annie worked in environmental consulting focusing on air permitting and regulation. Annie holds a bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Micah Feigelson

Operations Associate

Micah Feigelson

Micah Feigelson is an Operations Associate, responsible for scaling analytics, processes, supply chains, and product development. Micah served with the Peace Corps in Mali and Benin, coordinated operations for a solar energy startup, and consulted with organizations on ESG metrics and conflict mineral sourcing. Micah holds an MBA focused on Sustainability and Supply Chain from the University of Denver and a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University.

Oliver Reinecke

Operations Associate

Oliver Reinecke

Oliver Reinecke is Project Canary’s Operations Associate, responsible for coordinating and scaling Project Canary’s supply chain processes, business operations, and data analytics. Before joining Project Canary, Oliver worked at a logistics technology startup focused on driving supply chain efficiencies and implementing process & data improvement projects. Oliver holds a B.A. in Global Commerce from Denison University.

Scott Greenlee

Field Technician

Scott Greenlee

Scott Greenlee is a Field Technician responsible for installing and maintaining Canary monitors in the Appalachian regions of P.A. and W.V. Before joining our team, Scott worked in hydraulic fracturing in several U.S. basins and pipeline support in the N.E. region and W Texas. Scott holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

Chris Flynn

Hardware Engineer

Chris Flynn

Chris Flynn is a hardware engineer responsible for electronic hardware development and oversight. Before joining our team, Chris worked in aviation as a design engineer, systems engineer, and engineering manager. He specialized in instrumentation and measurement for aircraft-based weather observations and led hardware and software development efforts. He has experience working for startups and large corporations. He has collaborated on projects and committees with various government and international organizations such as NASA, NOAA, the U.K. Met Office, and the World Meteorological Organization. Chris holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado Denver.

Merry Tesfu

Junior Certification Engineer

Merry Tesfu

Merry Tesfu is a Junior Certification Engineer responsible for analyzing drilling, completion, and operation data for TrustWell certification. Before joining our team, Merry worked as a Reservoir Engineer for Energy and Environmental Research Center, Grand Forks, North Dakota, and a Petroleum Engineer for Neset Consulting Service, Tioga, North Dakota. Merry holds an M.S. degree in Energy Systems Engineering from the University of North Dakota (UND) and a B.S. degree in Geological Engineering and Petroleum Engineering from UND.

Our story

Independent, Reliable, Trusted Energy ESG Data

Increasingly, investors, regulators and communities are expecting companies to do more to mitigate their impact on climate change. Emissions of methane and other Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are under heavy scrutiny, since methane is 84 times more potent of a greenhouse gas than CO2.

Leading oil and gas producers and utilities need independent data to demonstrate their work to mitigate emissions and reduce the impact of energy development on climate change. Until now, most environmental reporting was based on estimates instead of actual, real-time trusted data.

With so much at stake, estimates are not good enough. Project Canary’s environmental reporting solutions benefit companies by providing them with opportunities to capitalize on new markets for natural gas, generate operational efficiencies, decrease the cost of capital and attract increasingly wary investors.

We are a mission-driven B-Corp dedicated to solving climate change, and we’ll give companies the trusted data they need to join us on our mission.

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Project Canary Impact

Our Purpose Is Our Promise–and Our Competitive Edge

To become a B-Corp, you go through a rigorous assessment process – sound familiar? Yep, like our customers, we also measure what matters. We measure and track our impact on workers, community, environment, governance, and customers. Impact requires focus and persistence. Our Project Canary: Impact program is designed to put our expertise, mission-driven leadership, and philanthropic dollars to work.

The Triple Promise.

Planet

Since the birth of the Industrial Revolution, large corporations have contributed a staggering amount of pollution to the environment, which has been a key driver of climate change. While businesses have historically been the greatest contributors to climate change, they also hold the keys to driving positive change. Many business leaders are now recognizing their responsibility to do so.

People

This is a business’s societal impact or its commitment to people who are either shareholders or stakeholders. Without each other, our communities, our customers, and our investors, there wouldn’t be 50 people thinking about how to measure and mitigate emissions to help heal our planet from Project Canary HQ every day.

Profit

Encourage and support purpose-driven leaders to effect positive change in the world without hampering financial performance. In fact, most innovation comes from high-velocity for-profit enterprises. Sustainability-minded innovation is here to stay.

The Civitas x Project Canary: Impact

P&A for Orphaned Wells:

Orphaned wells that are left unplugged or improperly plugged can emit dangerous greenhouse gases, such as methane and VOCs in perpetuity. These wells have a significant impact on the climate and produce no energy. According to the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), Colorado has approximately 410 total orphaned wells. Plugging abandoned wells is one of many important ways to accelerate Colorado’s commitment to reducing statewide greenhouse gas pollution by 26% by 2025, 50% by 2030, and 90% by 2050 vs. 2005 levels.

These wells represent a quick win for the environment – they produce no energy, they benefit no one. As part of our commitment to driving real, measurable, and practical solutions to climate change, Project Canary has partnered with Civitas to help voluntarily plug 42 wells around the state of Colorado. We’ll be providing TrustWell engineering services to these 42 wells and installing continuous monitoring devices to establish the emissions profiles of the wells. Once proper P&A activities are complete, our devices will remain on-site to ensure that emissions stay in the ground.

Responsible environmental stewardship requires action. This is just a first step in a process that will require hard work, dedication, and partnership between the industry and the state. There’s more to come, watch this space for updates.

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About Project Canary

Project Canary is the data-driven foundation of the energy ESG marketplace. We accelerate progress to net-zero with continuous monitoring and uncompromising certification technology.

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