Dalton L. Larson, Director
Mr. Larson is a former partner of a major Vancouver Law firm, now McMillan LLP and currently maintains a private practice along with a successful investment business. As an expert in alternate dispute resolution, Dalton has extensive experience as a professional arbitrator and mediator. He holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of London, England.
He has considerable business and finance experience, including serving more than 25 years as a director of several investment funds managed by the CW Funds group of companies, affiliated with Ventures West Management Inc. which at the time was one of the largest venture capital firms in Canada, where he participated in the investment and management of some $130 million in venture capital funds. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of a Philippine ethanol company and was a founding shareholder and first Chairman of the Board of Directors of the First Coal Corporation, which started operations in 2004 raising in excess of $65 million in equity to finance its development activities. This company was sold to Xstrata in 2011 for in excess of $150 million.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Energizer Resources Inc., a publically traded mineral exploration and mining company that is developing it’s 100% owned flagship Molo Graphite Project in southern Madagascar. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of a private education company and most recently was appointed a member of the Board of Directors of Smartcool Systems Inc., which provides cutting edge energy efficient and energy cost reduction solutions for businesses around the world.
Theodore H. Konyi, Director
Mr. Konyi has over 30 years experience as a financial entrepreneur. As founder of the Maxwell group of companies, he has been involved in the startup and growth phases of 15 corporations primarily in the energy and technology industries. The primary operating company in the group, Maxwell Mercantile Inc., has completed in excess of $140 million in private and public financings. From 1988 through 1998, Mr. Konyi was responsible for forming and financing 17 Limited Partnerships that invested successfully in the energy sector. This involved the acquisition of ~$120 million of producing oil and gas assets in Alberta and managing the cash flow for over 1500 limited partners. From 1994 to the present, Mr. Konyi has been involved as a director or senior officer in 12 publicly listed companies. Mr Konyi was founder of Magnum Energy Inc., a startup publicly listed oil and gas exploration company and founder of SmartCool Systems Inc., a publicly listed energy conservation technology firm and Co-founder of Digital Caddies Inc., a startup tablet based golf course GPS management tool. Maxwell Mercantile Inc was responsible for the successful $25mm financing of Primeline Energy (PEH: TSXV) having raised the profile of the company and broadened its shareholder base. Ted was also co-founder of First Coal Corporation, a private metallurgical coal exploration company, which raised $65mm privately and was sold in 2011 to Xstrata Mining for $149mm. Ted is supported in Maxwell Mercantile by a competent group of financial professionals.
Malcolm Bruce Leggett brings 40 years of successful business management to the Smartcool Board. Malcolm was co-founder (1987) President & CEO of NSC Minerals Ltd (formerly NU SALT CORP) a salt company in Western Canada, and distributing to Western Canada and the Mid Western United States with its large fleet of rail cars. Malcolm has recently retired from day to day operations at NSC Minerals Ltd. Prior to Nu Salt Corporation Malcolm held extensive senior Management positions in the Heavy Construction industry.
Haiwen (Helen) Qian
Haiwen Qian was educated at Tianjin University of China with an Electronic Engineering degree. During her 20 Years in various business ventures in Canada, she has founded and operated successful business in Manufacturing, Educational training and International Trading. She is an independent investor and a business consultant. She has been involved in numerous business development projects for North American companies. She has extensive experience in assisting North American companies to become established, funded and to set up operations in China