Michael Heaven B.Sc. (Eng.), P.Eng., MBA
Chairman of the Board, President & CEO
Mike Heaven chairs the Board of Directors and is the company’s President and CEO. He is also a co-founder of the company.
Mike has had over 20 years experience in the development and application of measurement and control technology to a variety of industries. He has published extensively in the field of industrial measurement and process control and holds eleven patents in this area. His extensive in-depth experience in this field is particularly pertinent to the role Aurora is playing in the solar energy industry.
As General Manager for PT Papertech Inc. from 2003 to 2008, Mr. Heaven drove the development and delivery of innovative machine vision systems for in-line process monitoring and optimization in paper, tissue and steelmaking. Prior to Papertech, he was Chief Operating Officer of Norsat International Inc. (TSX: NII, NASDAQ: NSATF), a company providing ground station equipment for satellite communications. Before Norsat, Mike spent 13 years with Honeywell in various senior engineering and marketing roles. Prior to Honeywell, he spent five years in the steel industry, responsible for Dofasco’s Hot Strip Flatness and Profile Control program.
Mr. Heaven holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Provinces of British Columbia and Ontario, Canada. He also holds an MBA from Queen’s University.
Gordon Deans M. Eng., P.Eng.
Chief Operating Officer
Gordon Deans is Aurora’s Chief Operating Officer, and is one the company’s founders. Gordon chairs the company’s Scientific Advisory Committee.
Prior to founding Aurora, Gordon held leadership positions at a number of high-technology organizations. At Adept Technology, Inc. (ADEP: NASDAQ), a company specializing in advanced industrial robotics, he was an executive officer of the company, serving as corporate Vice President of Business Development and General Manager of its Canadian subsidiary. At Norsat International Inc. (NII:TSX, NSATF:NASDAQ), a company providing ground station equipment for satellite communications, he was an executive officer of the company, responsible for business development and sales and marketing for their commercial technology products. Gordon also spent 17 years with Nortel Networks and Bell-Northern Research in a number of increasingly responsible positions in research & development, product marketing, and business development.
Gordon holds a Master of Engineering degree from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia, Canada.
Steve Blaine B.A.Sc.
Product and technology advisor
Steve Blaine is a co-founder of the company, and led the design and development of Aurora’s Decima CD and PMC products. Mr. Blaine has over 30 years of experience in building and leading engineering teams in both start-up and established organizations, including strategic business planning, product delivery, budgets, schedules and cross-functional support for operations, sales, marketing and finance. He is currently Vice President of Engineering at Delta-Q Technologies, a provider of power management and power conversion solutions, and has held senior roles with a number of compaines including Sierra Wireless, Motorola, Glenayre Electronics, Starvision Multimedia, DBA Telecom and Mitel.
Mr. Blaine holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and is an AeA/Stanford Executive Institute graduate.
Kenneth Cadien Ph.D., P.Eng.
Dr. Ken Cadien is a member of Aurora’s Advisory Committee, providing scientific expertise and advice on photovoltaic materials, structures and measurement technology.
Ken is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. The University of Alberta is one of the largest research-oriented universities in Canada, rated 55th worldwide and 35th in North America in Newsweek’s 2006 Top 100 Global University rankings. He is a globally recognized expert in thin films and semiconductor fabrication, and holds the Canada Research Chair in Nanofabrication. Prior to the University of Alberta, Ken was Director of Innovative Technology at Intel, managing many exploratory projects in diverse technology areas. He also held prior positions at Kodak (in CCD imaging research and development) and academia (at Duke University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute),
Dr. Cadien is an Intel Fellow Emeritus. This is the most senior technical position at Intel Corporation and is recognition of outstanding technical contributions and leadership at the company. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). In 2007, he was appointed a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Nanofabrication and in 2009, he was named an Alberta Ingenuity Scholar in Nanofabrication.
Dr. Cadien holds B.Eng. and M. Eng. degrees from McGill University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, all in Metallurgy. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Alberta, Canada, and he has authored 33 patents, over 30 publications, and two book chapters.
Vinay Prasad Ph.D., P.Eng.
Dr. Vinay Prasad is a member of Aurora’s Advisory Committee, providing scientific expertise and advice on industrial process modeling, control, and optimization.
Vinay is an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. The University of Alberta is one of the largest research-oriented universities in Canada, rated 55th worldwide and 35th in North America in Newsweek’s 2006 Top 100 Global University rankings. His research is focused on process modeling, estimation, monitoring, control and optimization with applications in renewable and conventional energy technologies, and materials and biological applications. He has industrial experience in the fuel cell-related industry and prior academic experience in India and the USA. He has also served as the Chair of the Systems and Control Division of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE). He has also been a reviewer and editor for a variety of journals, including the Journal of Process Control, Control Engineering Practice, the AIChE Journal, Chemical Engineering Science, the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology and Semiconductor Manufacturing.
Vinay holds a Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, USA, a Master of Science degree from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS, USA and a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, all in Chemical Engineering. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Alberta, Canada, and a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering, and the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers.