Board of Directors

Gordon Deans

President & Chief Executive Officer

Gordon co-founded the Company and has extensive experience in building high-growth technology companies. At Omron Adept Technology, a leader in advanced industrial robotics, he served on the team that led Adept’s turnaround to growth and profitability. At Norsat International, a supplier of satellite ground station equipment and systems, he led business development for their commercial technology products, advancing the company’s market from components to systems. Mr. Deans also spent 17 years with Nortel Networks and Bell- Northern Research in positions in R&D, product marketing and business development. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and is a Registered Professional Engineer in British Columbia, Canada.

David Toyoda

David practices law in the corporate and securities area, focusing on companies listed on Canadian stock exchanges. He also teaches corporate governance and public financing at Simon Fraser University and the TSX Venture Exchange. He is the Past Chair of the Securities Law Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association (B.C. Branch) and was a member of the Securities Law Advisory Committee for the B.C. Securities Commission. David holds Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of British Columbia.

Kevin Dodds

Kevin is a Chartered Professional Accountant who brings 25 years of experience in finance and operations within multifaceted international businesses across diverse industries. Mr. Dodds is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Noram Engineering and Constructors, Ltd. and is a director and officer of its operating subsidiaries. He previously held financing positions with Export Development Canada and MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates.

David Robinson

Mr. Robinson brings over 35 years of experience to the Company, having founded and financed many junior resource and energy-related companies, successfully raising in excess of $400 million to launch or accelerate growth in these enterprises.   David is a founder and partner in Calgary-based GCP Global Capital Partners, which has established a new energy transition fund on behalf of clients of Zurich-based Canopus Capital AG.   David is currently Vice President of Business Development for Vancouver-based Columbia Capital Inc., which actively supports major Korean companies and investors, as they invest in the Canadian and global power and renewables sector. David has a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, and an MBA from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON.

Management Team

Gordon Deans

President & Chief Executive Officer

Gordon co-founded the Company and has extensive experience in building high-growth technology companies. At Omron Adept Technology, a leader in advanced industrial robotics, he served on the team that led Adept’s turnaround to growth and profitability. At Norsat International, a supplier of satellite ground station equipment and systems, he led business development for their commercial technology products, advancing the company’s market from components to systems. Mr. Deans also spent 17 years with Nortel Networks and Bell- Northern Research in positions in R&D, product marketing and business development. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and is a Registered Professional Engineer in British Columbia, Canada.

Johnson Wong

Director - Technology

Johnson received his PhD in Photovoltaic Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 2010, and has since been an active industry contributor in the field of solar cell characterization and analysis. Prior to Aurora, he was a research fellow and then the head of PV Characterization at the globally respected Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore, working on a variety of industry-driven projects including the commercialization of a screen printed IBC solar cell design. He also founded Griddler Solar, which developed and sells simulation, analysis and CAD tools for solar cells and modules, used widely by both the photovoltaic industry and the research community, with customers across the globe that include SpaceX, Sunpower, LONGi, Jinko, Runergy, and Tongwei. Johnson is passionate about all things solar and is excited to be front and centre in realizing smart manufacturing systems and products for the PV industry in his role at Aurora.
 
 

Wei Deng

General Manager, Asia Pacific

Wei Deng is the head of Aurora’s Asia Pacific Operations. He has 30 years of global management experience in high-tech industries such as information technology, commercial satellite communications and solar product manufacturing. Prior to Aurora, Mr. Deng was the Vice President at China Skyline (Hong Kong) Ltd., a Hong Kong based company specializing in e-commerce, and before that he served several senior management positions at Microsoft China, Librestream Technologies, a company specializing in portable teleconferencing and virtual collaboration systems, and Norsat International, a global satellite ground station technology company. At these companies he was responsible for marketing, sales and strategic planning, and investment.

Mr. Deng holds his Bachelor of Physics and Master of Applied Sciences from USTC, an MPA from Carleton University and an MBA from the University of Ottawa.

Tricia Pederson

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Tricia Pederson is a Chartered Professional Accountant who brings over 18 years of public and private company financial experience, having held several senior financial positions over a wide range of industries, with a focus on financial reporting, risk management, compliance, and corporate governance.  Ms. Pederson held the role of Senior Director, Finance and Operations for a U.S. domiciled beverage manufacturing and wholesale company, Manager, Operational Accounting with Amica Mature Lifestyles, a TSX listed company which was acquired by BayBridge Seniors Housing, and Financial Officer for Grieg Star Shipping and Squamish Terminals a privately owned subsidiary of a break-bulk owned vessel company and owner of a shipping terminal.  Additionally, during her career, Ms. Pederson was an independent financial consultant assisting several public TSXV listed companies predominately within the junior mining industry.