Our Team

Who We Are

At Project Canary, we’re working to alter the course of climate change. We believe in the power of science, the importance of transparency and that accurate, independently collected data is critical to driving a clean energy future. Our commitment to these ideals means that our climate data can be trusted by partners, investors and the general public.


Leadership Team

Caroline Dunn

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.

VP of Product

William Foiles

William Foiles

Will Foiles is Project Canary's Co-CEO. 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 The University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.

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Co-CEO & Co-Founder

Brian Miller

Brian Miller

A 30-year energy sector veteran, Brian is responsible for developing markets for Project Canary and our customers. Brian leads our state and federal public policy development programs, which seek to enable and expand markets for differentiated energy products, both domestically and abroad. Brian also plays a lead role in assisting our customers across the energy supply chain, by developing comprehensive solutions that align with their business, operational and environmental objectives.

Brian’s energy sector and government experience includes Noble Energy (now Chevron), BP, and the US House of Representatives. Throughout his career he has worked at the intersection of business and policy development, enabling win-win solutions that encourage energy production, environmental protection, and economic prosperity.

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

Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Growth

Ray Mistry

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.

Chief Technology Officer

Michael Oh

Michael Oh

Michael Oh is the VP of People & Culture 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.

VP of People & Culture

Joshua Roer

Joshua Roer

Josh Roer is the VP of Growth and Strategy, responsible for business development, corporate strategy and financial analysis.

Before joining our team, Josh worked at Barclays in the Power & Utilities coverage team advising clients on M&A transactions. Prior to investment banking, Josh worked as a management consultant at Kaiser Associates in Washington, DC.

Josh holds an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a BA from Bowdoin College.

VP of Growth and Strategy

Tim Romer

Tim Romer

Tim Romer is Project Canary's Co-CEO. He brings over 35 years of experience working in US infrastructure markets to help build critical assets that promote economic growth with a long-standing focus on technology, ESG, and sustainability. Working at the intersection of the private and public sectors, Tim has been an early market leader developing innovative solutions to complex problems with a proven track record of executing a variety of deals and partnerships. Tim brings critical expertise to the Project Canary team with over $75 billion of M&A advisory and financing transactions covering a broad range of assets in transportation, water, power, renewables, social, sustainable, digital, and other sustainable infrastructure sectors.

Before joining Project Canary, Tim worked as a Goldman Sachs Investment Banker and a software company CFO. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from The Wharton School.

Co-CEO

Chris Romer

Chris Romer

Chris Romer is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman 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.

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Executive Chairman & Co-Founder

Colin Routledge

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.

VP of Finance

Jessie Schiavone

Jessie Schiavone

Jessie Schiavone is Project Canary's SVP of Sales & Operations. She is responsible for building and leading high performance teams to help energy companies measure and reduce GHG emissions on their systems. She believes the future power grid (and the future of our planet) will require proven, tech-enabled decarbonization – measured and verified impact, not estimates. She joined Project Canary to help utilities embrace the use of real time monitoring and leak detection in order to meet increasing demands from PUCs and legislators for improved environmental stewardship. She now leads the Sales and Operations teams for Project Canary's core business and looks to drive emissions reduction across the full natural gas supply chain, from well to gate station.

Before joining our team, Jessie spent 15 years in the gas and electric utility sector deploying hardware, software and analytics solutions to drive energy efficiency, demand response, customer engagement, and operational improvements for many of the largest utilities in the US. Now, as a seasoned startup executive, she has expertise in all major business areas - sales, marketing, operations, product, finance and customer success – and seriously enjoys the challenge of bringing order to chaos to scale good ideas.

Jessie holds a BS from the US Naval Academy, an MBA from Boston University, and an executive certificate from MIT in Artificial Intelligence & Business Strategy. She is also the executive sponsor for the Women of Project Canary and occasionally still flies planes with her former US Navy colleagues. She's a fierce, combat-decorated veteran and we're stoked to have her on our team. 💪

SVP Sales & Operations

Masoud Sharifi

Masoud Sharifi

Masoud Sharifi is the VP of Technology, responsible for the technology roadmap and implementation at Project Canary. Masoud launched his career as co-founder of a startup company and has since worked in several small to large-sized companies in varying capacities from a software engineer and platform architect to a technology leader. Most recently, he worked for Schwab Charitable, a non-profit organization that streamlines charitable giving in the U.S.

Masoud brings over 20 years of experience in designing, building, and leading enterprise software solutions. In addition, Masoud has a background in Software Engineering and Algorithms and holds a degree from the University of Colorado in Computer Science and Engineering.

VP of Technology

Adam Smoot

Adam Smoot

Adam Smoot is the Vice President of Customer Success, responsible for providing cross-functional support across the company to drive usage and adoption of Project Canary's technology and deliver customer value.

Before joining our team, Adam worked at Amazon Web Services (AWS) and GE in customer facing and program management roles. Adam started his career in the U.S. Army, where he served as a helicopter pilot for eight years.

Adam holds an MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business and a B.S. degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

VP of Customer Success

Elizabeth Stolpe

Elizabeth Stolpe

Elizabeth Stolpe is the VP, US and International Government Affairs, responsible for leading Project Canary's strategic engagements with international and US federal governments, legislatures, and associated stakeholders.

Elizabeth brings over 30 years of experience, previously serving in the White House, at Royal Dutch Shell, and most recently working with the Bipartisan Policy Center.

VP, US and International Government Affairs

Miles Tolbert

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.

General Counsel

Caroline Dunn

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.

VP of Product

William Foiles

William Foiles

Will Foiles is Project Canary's Co-CEO. 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 The University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.

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Co-CEO & Co-Founder

Brian Miller

Brian Miller

A 30-year energy sector veteran, Brian is responsible for developing markets for Project Canary and our customers. Brian leads our state and federal public policy development programs, which seek to enable and expand markets for differentiated energy products, both domestically and abroad. Brian also plays a lead role in assisting our customers across the energy supply chain, by developing comprehensive solutions that align with their business, operational and environmental objectives.

Brian’s energy sector and government experience includes Noble Energy (now Chevron), BP, and the US House of Representatives. Throughout his career he has worked at the intersection of business and policy development, enabling win-win solutions that encourage energy production, environmental protection, and economic prosperity.

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

Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Growth

Ray Mistry

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.

Chief Technology Officer

Michael Oh

Michael Oh

Michael Oh is the VP of People & Culture 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.

VP of People & Culture

Joshua Roer

Joshua Roer

Josh Roer is the VP of Growth and Strategy, responsible for business development, corporate strategy and financial analysis.

Before joining our team, Josh worked at Barclays in the Power & Utilities coverage team advising clients on M&A transactions. Prior to investment banking, Josh worked as a management consultant at Kaiser Associates in Washington, DC.

Josh holds an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a BA from Bowdoin College.

VP of Growth and Strategy

Tim Romer

Tim Romer

Tim Romer is Project Canary's Co-CEO. He brings over 35 years of experience working in US infrastructure markets to help build critical assets that promote economic growth with a long-standing focus on technology, ESG, and sustainability. Working at the intersection of the private and public sectors, Tim has been an early market leader developing innovative solutions to complex problems with a proven track record of executing a variety of deals and partnerships. Tim brings critical expertise to the Project Canary team with over $75 billion of M&A advisory and financing transactions covering a broad range of assets in transportation, water, power, renewables, social, sustainable, digital, and other sustainable infrastructure sectors.

Before joining Project Canary, Tim worked as a Goldman Sachs Investment Banker and a software company CFO. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from The Wharton School.

Co-CEO

Chris Romer

Chris Romer

Chris Romer is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman 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.

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Executive Chairman & Co-Founder

Colin Routledge

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.

VP of Finance

Jessie Schiavone

Jessie Schiavone

Jessie Schiavone is Project Canary's SVP of Sales & Operations. She is responsible for building and leading high performance teams to help energy companies measure and reduce GHG emissions on their systems. She believes the future power grid (and the future of our planet) will require proven, tech-enabled decarbonization – measured and verified impact, not estimates. She joined Project Canary to help utilities embrace the use of real time monitoring and leak detection in order to meet increasing demands from PUCs and legislators for improved environmental stewardship. She now leads the Sales and Operations teams for Project Canary's core business and looks to drive emissions reduction across the full natural gas supply chain, from well to gate station.

Before joining our team, Jessie spent 15 years in the gas and electric utility sector deploying hardware, software and analytics solutions to drive energy efficiency, demand response, customer engagement, and operational improvements for many of the largest utilities in the US. Now, as a seasoned startup executive, she has expertise in all major business areas - sales, marketing, operations, product, finance and customer success – and seriously enjoys the challenge of bringing order to chaos to scale good ideas.

Jessie holds a BS from the US Naval Academy, an MBA from Boston University, and an executive certificate from MIT in Artificial Intelligence & Business Strategy. She is also the executive sponsor for the Women of Project Canary and occasionally still flies planes with her former US Navy colleagues. She's a fierce, combat-decorated veteran and we're stoked to have her on our team. 💪

SVP Sales & Operations

Masoud Sharifi

Masoud Sharifi

Masoud Sharifi is the VP of Technology, responsible for the technology roadmap and implementation at Project Canary. Masoud launched his career as co-founder of a startup company and has since worked in several small to large-sized companies in varying capacities from a software engineer and platform architect to a technology leader. Most recently, he worked for Schwab Charitable, a non-profit organization that streamlines charitable giving in the U.S.

Masoud brings over 20 years of experience in designing, building, and leading enterprise software solutions. In addition, Masoud has a background in Software Engineering and Algorithms and holds a degree from the University of Colorado in Computer Science and Engineering.

VP of Technology

Adam Smoot

Adam Smoot

Adam Smoot is the Vice President of Customer Success, responsible for providing cross-functional support across the company to drive usage and adoption of Project Canary's technology and deliver customer value.

Before joining our team, Adam worked at Amazon Web Services (AWS) and GE in customer facing and program management roles. Adam started his career in the U.S. Army, where he served as a helicopter pilot for eight years.

Adam holds an MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business and a B.S. degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

VP of Customer Success

Elizabeth Stolpe

Elizabeth Stolpe

Elizabeth Stolpe is the VP, US and International Government Affairs, responsible for leading Project Canary's strategic engagements with international and US federal governments, legislatures, and associated stakeholders.

Elizabeth brings over 30 years of experience, previously serving in the White House, at Royal Dutch Shell, and most recently working with the Bipartisan Policy Center.

VP, US and International Government Affairs

Miles Tolbert

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.

General Counsel



Board of Directors

Jeffrey Harris

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.

Chris Romer

Chris Romer

Chris Romer is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman 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.

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Executive Chairman & Co-Founder

Max Wolff

Max Wolff

Max Wolff is a Principal on the investment team at Insight Partners, a global software-focused private equity and venture capital firm with $90B in assets under management. Insight specializes in helping emerging technology leaders scale up and build long-term sustainable businesses.

Max joined Insight in 2014 and has made investments into 20+ high-growth technology companies like Commercetools, Pipedrive, Workato, Devo, Sysdig, and Aviatrix. Prior to joining Insight, Max started an education technology company and worked at Oppenheimer and Co.

Max graduated summa cum laude from the Huntsman Program at the University of Pennsylvania, with a BS in Economics with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School of Business and a BA in International Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Jane Woodward

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.


Advisory Board

Lord John Browne

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.

Dr. Kenneth Carlson, Ph.D

Dr. Kenneth Carlson, Ph.D

Dr. Kenneth Carlson is the Director of the Center for Energy Water Sustainability (CEWS) and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. He has over 30 years of experience in addressing water related issues; especially optimizing the synergies between water and energy and has championed efforts to increase the sustainability of water use in the oil and gas industry for over 10 years.

CEWS employs scientists, engineers and researchers working on various energy-water sustainability initiatives. Past initiatives have included optimizing water transportation systems, reducing the cost of produced water recycle treatment technologies, researching the viability of various beneficial reuse opportunities and policy limitations, a first of its kind public facing real-time continuous ground water monitoring framework in oil and gas fields, and GIS-based Decision Support Tool development for managing water and wastewater in spatially diverse oil and gas operations. On-going efforts include developing and deploying industry’s first standardized freshwater reporting framework and metrics that would assess and certify oil and gas operators on their water stewardship program and thereby enable and encourage operator efforts towards freshwater stewardship, an important component of a responsibly sourced gas (RSG) certification program. Dr. Carlson has a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, MS in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado.

Steve Melzer

Steve Melzer

Steve Melzer is a consulting engineer in Midland, Texas specializing in CO2 injection projects, enhanced oil recovery (EOR), reservoir properties, secure geologic storage, and horizontal well reservoir depressuring projects. He also provides engineering and business planning services for a variety of U.S. and International commercial clients in the oil and gas, industrial gas, coal and power sectors as well as advising policy makers and non-governmental organizations on the subject of CO2 EOR and carbon capture and storage. He has also originated and operated many exploration and production projects in the oil and gas sector. His landmark work on the origin and distribution of residual oil zones (ROZ) has led to their commercial exploitation through the use of both CO2 EOR and horizontal wells and coming utilization in carbon capture and storage. The ROZ work has also led to a team of folks currently documenting a new contribution and science-based explanation of mixed- and oil-wettability in carbonates and certain clastic reservoir rocks.

He has been the director of the 28 years of the annual CO2 Flooding Conference and assists in organizing the EOR Carbon Management Workshop, both held each year in December in Midland, Texas. He has served on the Governor of Texas’ FutureGen Board, as a past Director of The University of Texas of the Permian Basin’s Petroleum Industry Alliance, Plains CO2 Reduction’s and Wyoming’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute technical advisory board, and continues to serve on several other out of state and local Advisory Boards and Councils.

Steve resides in Midland, TX. He has a BS in geological engineering from Texas A&M and a MS degree in Engineering (Rock Mechanics) from Purdue University.

C. Michael Ming

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.

Mr. Ming is co-chair of Project Canary's Science Advisory Council.

Dr. David Victor, Ph.D

Dr. David Victor, Ph.D

David Victor is a professor of innovation and public policy at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego. He co-directs the campus-wide Deep Decarbonization Initiative, an effort to understand how quickly the world can eliminate emissions of warming gases. He is adjunct professor in Climate, Atmospheric Science & Physical Oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a professor (by courtesy) in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Prior to joining the faculty at UC San Diego, Victor was a professor at Stanford Law School where he taught energy and environmental law. He has been heavily involved in many different climate- and energy-policy initiatives, including as convening lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations-sanctioned international body with 195 country members that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

His Ph.D. is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and A.B. from Harvard University.

Fmr. Governor Bill Ritter

Fmr. Governor Bill Ritter

Former Governor Bill Ritter was elected Colorado's 41st governor in 2006 and was the District Attorney of Denver from 1993-2005. During his four-year term as Governor, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy by building a New Energy Economy. After leaving the Governor’s Office, Ritter founded the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University, which works with state and federal policymakers to create clean energy policy throughout the country. Governor Ritter has authored a book that was published in 2016 entitled, Powering Forward – What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution.

Former Governor Ritter was formerly the chair of the Board of Directors of the Energy Foundation and currently serves on the board of The Climate Group American and the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy. Ritter is a member of Blackhorn Venture Capital and serves as an advisor to Green Alpha and Millennium Bridge, among others. Ritter earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado State University (1978) and his law degree from the University of Colorado (1981). With his wife Jeannie, he operated a food distribution and nutrition center in Zambia. He then served as Denver’s district attorney from 1993 to January 2005.

Kyle Simpson

Kyle Simpson

Kyle Simpson has decades of experience working in the energy industry and government on energy and environmental policy, laws, and regulations, and developing projects. Mitigating climate change, education, community engagement and increasing value are forefront in his work on clean energy system integration and project development. Kyle offers insight from multiple vantage points and understands challenges and opportunities from diverse perspectives in the fields of energy, environment, politics, and project development with corporations; federal, state, and local governments; philanthropic organizations; and research and development companies. He works to connect public policy with business objectives to enhance value as large energy, social and economic systems transition to a decarbonized future.

Kyle has managed his own companies, lead the energy and environment consulting practice in several law and policy firms, and held executive positions in large energy and construction companies. While serving at the U.S. Department of Energy as Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Associate Deputy Secretary for Energy Programs, Kyle developed and managed domestic and international energy policy. He was responsible for the energy R&D programs for natural gas, renewable energy, nuclear energy, and energy efficiency and oversaw the management of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and the power marketing administrations. He has helped to create and worked on major U.S. and international environmental and energy initiatives to increase resource and product value, minimize the environmental impact of energy production and use, integrate systems for the use of renewable and natural gas resources and technologies, and make the production, delivery, and use of energy more efficient. Kyle is a graduate of Brown University and studied politics and history at Bath University in England.

Tom Tyree

Tom Tyree

Mr. Tyree serves as Chairman of Northwoods Energy, which he founded in January 2018 with members of Apollo Global Management. Northwoods owns and operates oil and gas properties in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming.

Mr. Tyree also serves as a director of Antero Resources and was a director of Bonanza Creek Energy from 2017-2020.

Until recently, Mr. Tyree was Chief Executive Officer of Extraction Oil & Gas, where he led the company's restructuring and strategic efforts, which culminated in several merger transactions and the formation of Civitas Resources.

Prior to Extraction, Mr. Tyree was co-founder, president, chief financial officer and director of Vantage Energy, a private equity-backed exploration and production company which was sold to Rice Energy (now EQT Corporation) for $2.7 billion in late 2016.

From 2003-2006, Mr. Tyree served as Chief Financial Officer of Bill Barrett Corporation, leading its initial public offering in 2004. Prior to Bill Barrett, from 1989-2003, he was an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co., serving as Managing Director in the Energy Group.

Mr. Tyree holds a B.A. from Colgate University, where he currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees, and he earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Tyree has been married for 30 years and has three adult children. He enjoys skiing, golf, and time with family and friends.

Patricia Vega

Patricia Vega

Patricia is the founder and CEO of Quantum New Energy (QNE), a ClimateTech Company based in Houston helping companies advance sustainability strategy and deliver ESG results. QNE’s AI-driven sustainability software helps deliver Net-Zero goals by leveraging data to operationalize targets, enabling near real-time tracking and proactive management. Aided by curated recommendations, users can set up cost-optimized carbon reduction pathways to deliver their GHG targets, reduce costs, and streamline reporting. The platform also enables a smart energy prosumer network to foster sustainability culture programs and to generate an aggregated pool of localized carbon offsets.
Ms. Vega is also a Digital and Energy Transition Leader with 25 years of experience developing and executing value-creation strategies that balance financial performance with enterprise risk management, governance, and fiduciary responsibility. Her multi-disciplinary experience spans from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups. Preceding her entrepreneurial venture with QNE, Patricia worked for GE serving as President & CEO of the Global Evaluation & Optimization business. Prior to that, she was President & CEO of GE Oil & Gas Latin America. Before joining GE, Patricia worked for Halliburton and Baker Hughes. Patricia started her career as a field engineer with BP and Schlumberger.
Patricia’s education includes studies in Corporate Sustainability Strategy from Yale University, a certificate in Energy Innovation from Stanford University, an M.B.A. from Thunderbird, an M.S. in Technology and Engineering Management from Oklahoma State University, OSU, and a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering. She currently serves as an advisory board member for OSU’s college of Technology and Engineering and as a volunteer leading the Equity Working group for Houston’s Climate Action Plan.
Vega is a recipient of Baker Hughes’ chairman award in recognition of her Diversity & Inclusion advocacy and her service in founding the company Women’s Network. She is a servant leader and a lifelong learner that strives to stay human, humble, and curious. She is happily married and the proud mother of two talented & strong daughters with careers in STEM.

Dr. Mark Zoback

Dr. Mark 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 a 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 approximately 400 technical papers. His most recent book, Unconventional Reservoir Geomechanics, was written with Arjun Kohli, and published in 2019 by Cambridge University Press. His online course, Reservoir Geomechanics, has been completed by over 12,000 people around the world. Dr. Zoback has received a number of awards and honors including election to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2011, he was awarded an Einstein Chair Professorship of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2013 and received 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 and 2021 Honorary Lecturer for the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. https://earth.stanford.edu/people/mark-zoback

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