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.
Grant Smith CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer
Grant Smith is Aurora’s Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Smith is the senior partner with Clearline, a firm of chartered accountants with offices in Vancouver, North Vancouver and White Rock. Mr. Smith serves as the CFO for Canadian TSX Venture companies with operations in Canada, the USA and Mexico. Mr. Smith worked at PWC prior to taking his roll with clearline and has spent many years in the mineral sector. His experience also includes extensive experience in both private client services and the not-for-profit sector. Mr. Smith is also actively serving his community where supports the arts and the social services by acting on various boards.
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