Decarbonizing hydrogen production in the energy sector and other industries.

We can’t decarbonize quickly by thinking about either/or solutions. We must believe in and.

There’s more than one path to net zero.

EkonaTM Power’s net-zero path is in partnership with the energy sector and heavy industry. Together, we’re utilizing abundant, low-cost hydrocarbon resources in cleaner, better ways.

Ekona has created a way for our industrial partners to produce clean hydrogen: a pragmatic, economic, and near-term solution to meet growing global demand for hydrogen, decarbonized natural gas, and greenhouse gas reductions at the scale and timing necessary to combat climate change.

OUR TEAM

Our team has a proven track record taking clean-tech companies from early-stage development to commercialization, and a burning desire to solve hard-tech, high-impact challenges.

Leadership

Chris Reid

CEO

Chris is a technology and business leader with 30 years’ experience developing energy and hardware ventures. His focus at Ekona is on strategic innovation, technology development, business models, and venture development. He has a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba and a M.A.Sc from the University of Victoria. In his spare time, you can find Chris in the great outdoors, skiing, golfing, or biking, depending on the season!

Jackie Hesketh

CFO
Jackie is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience in corporate finance, business valuations, strategic analysis, and leadership. A seasoned professional with proven track record with high growth public corporations and start-ups, Jackie has a B.A. in International Relations from the University of British Columbia and is registered as a Chartered Accountant with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Her focus at Ekona is on finance, accounting and treasury, strategic planning and analysis, and HR. Her interests are tennis, skiing, and goldendoodles.

Dejan Sparica

COO

Dejan is a Professional Engineer and business leader with more than 30 years’ experience developing and deploying clean and renewable energy technologies in Canada, the US, and the UK. Dejan’s focus is on managing day-to-day operations at Ekona, working with the team to continue building Ekona into a leading cleantech organization. He has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Belgrade. When he’s not working, Dejan enjoys paddleboarding, pickleball, walks with his ‘grand-dog,’ Bailey, and a round of Catan.

Donald Kendrick
CTO
Donald has 30 years’ experience in the clean combustion technology, power generation, renewable energy, and product development and commercialization fields. He has a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia; his M.Sc and PhD from Caltech (Mechanical Engineering); and postdocs from CalTech (high-speed gas dynamics) and Ecole Centrale Paris (rocket propulsion). His focus at Ekona is on combustion and high-speed fluid dynamics. In his spare time, Donald enjoys woodworking, classic cars, hiking, and hockey.
David Leboe
VP Product Development

David is a Professional Engineer with more than 25 years’ technical and management experience in clean energy platforms, including renewable power systems and smart grid technology. He has his B.Eng. from the University of Victoria and his focus at Ekona is on innovation and technology development. David’s interests include cycling, music, problem solving, and pursuing adventure!

Gary Schubak
VP Business Development & Government Relations
Gary is a Professional Engineer with 30 years’ experience developing and commercializing clean energy, hydrogen, and fuel cell technology, in market development, customer engagement, and sales roles. Gary’s focus at Ekona is on program management, sales, and marketing. He has a M.A.Sc. from the University of Victoria and a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of British Columbia. When he’s not working, you’ll find Gary golfing or pursing musical interests, including playing the drums and the piano.