Richard is a successful entrepreneur and electric power industry veteran with deep technical expertise. He has spent more than 20 years in the energy technology sector where he has built and run several award winning venture-backed startup companies. Richard has worked with Chrysalix EVC team members since 1997 and is currently a director of the firm’s investments in GlassPoint, NanoSteel, and ENBALA Power Networks.
Prior to joining Chrysalix EVC in 2007, Richard was President & CEO of LED display technology company Brightside, which he successfully sold to Dolby Laboratories for annualized returns of 45% to 60%. Prior to that, he was President & CEO of NxtPhase where he raised $57 million in venture capital financing, grew the company from two to 100 people and built strategic relationships with large corporates including GE, Honeywell, Mitsubishi, three of Canada’s largest utilities, and three larger utilities in the United States.
Richard started his career as a metallurgist with NEI Parsons, a division of Rolls Royce that designed steam turbines and generators for power generation. He worked on Drax, the largest and cleanest coal fired power station in Europe, and Bruce, the largest nuclear generating station in the world. He continued working for Rolls Royce in Canada through their Ferranti Packard group, supplying high voltage electric power equipment to the electric utility industry.
Richard has a Metallurgy Degree from Sheffield University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.