About us

About us

Our Team

Founded and developed in Nova Scotia by an environmental scientist and freshwater ecologist, our team of experts are dedicated to restoring rivers damaged by pollution to protect aquatic life.

Shannon Sterling, PhD
Founder, CSO

A distinguished hydrologist and esteemed educator.

She conceived the process, developed our intellectual property, and laid the foundation for our groundbreaking methodology.

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Edmund Halfyard, PhD
Co-Founder, CTO

A trailblazing freshwater ecologist with unparalleled expertise in process implementation and product development.

He played a pivotal role in co-developing our intellectual property and methodology.

Luke Connell
Co-Founder, CEO

A visionary entrepreneur and renowned leader in product development and commercialization.

His proven track record as a small-business founder and his exceptional skills in philanthropic team building fuel our drive for success.

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Martin Connell O.C.
Director

(Officer – Order of Canada): An entrepreneurial force and leading philanthropist. With over 50 years of Canadian business and philanthropic leadership, his wisdom and guidance are invaluable to our mission.

Baudouin Nizet
Advisor to the Board

Strategic guidance and establishing corporate relationships with suppliers and partners.

Recognized global management leader, previously CEO of global cement and building companies.

Colton Dirksen
Commercialization & Development

Spearheading CarbonRun’s development and commercialization efforts, Colton brings an impressive 25-year track record of delivering revenue and driving enterprise value for disruptive solutions in emerging markets.

Giancarlo Otani
Design & Communications Manager

A proficient Graphic Designer with a wealth of experience crafting compelling visuals that elevate brand identity, Giancarlo combines his professional skills with a creative communications mindset.

His passion for nature drives him forward on our mission.

Laura Baker
Director of Administration
& Human Resources

A results-driven strategic operations leader and advocate for corporate culture enhancement, she brings over two decades of dedicated expertise in driving business excellence. Specializing in orchestrating transformative strategies and process refinements, she has guided executives and organizations toward unparalleled success.

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Jakob Rønning
Europe Lead

A Ph.D. specializing in ocean & river alkalinity enhancement, Jakob focuses on nature-based carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies. With his background in business & innovation from Copenhagen Business School, he blends scientific expertise with a passion for practical solutions to tackle climate change.

Jakob is poised to make significant contributions to the field of climate change mitigation.

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Our Team

Founded and developed by an environmental scientist and freshwater ecologist, our team of global river science experts are dedicated to restoring rivers from pollution to protect aquatic life.

Shannon Sterling, PhD
Founder, CSO

A distinguished hydrologist and esteemed educator.

She conceived the process, developed our intellectual property, and laid the foundation for our groundbreaking methodology.

LinkedIn

Edmund Halfyard, PhD
Co-Founder, CTO

A trailblazing freshwater ecologist with unparalleled expertise in process implementation and product development.

He played a pivotal role in co-developing our intellectual property and methodology.

LinkedIn

Luke Connell
Co-Founder, CEO

A visionary entrepreneur and renowned leader in product development and commercialization.

His proven track record as a small-business founder and his exceptional skills in philanthropic team building fuel our drive for success.

LinkedIn

Martin Connell O.C.
Director

(Officer – Order of Canada): An entrepreneurial force and leading philanthropist. With over 50 years of Canadian business and philanthropic leadership, his wisdom and guidance are invaluable to our mission.

Baudouin Nizet
Advisor to the Board

Strategic guidance and establishing corporate relationships with suppliers and partners.

Recognized global management leader, previously CEO of global cement and building companies.

Colton Dirksen
Commercialization & Development

Spearheading CarbonRun’s development and commercialization efforts, Colton brings an impressive 25-year track record of delivering revenue and driving enterprise value for disruptive solutions in emerging markets.

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