Who We Are

Meet The Clir Team
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The Board
Jenny Yang
Board Member

Jenny is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. She was co-founder/CEO of two AI companies, Aida (acquired by Vision Critical) and Metafor Software (acquired by Splunk). Previously, Jenny was a Partner at BDC Capital where she led investments in technology startups. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, she was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Co. Jenny began her career as an engineer at Telus and Nortel. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from UBC and an MBA from INSEAD.

Ian Irvine
Board Member

Ian has over three decades of experience in the renewable energy industry, beginning his career with a wind turbine design company in the mid-80s. He founded award-winning renewable energy consultancy SgurrEnergy, later sold to Wood. Throughout his career, Ian has shown his desire to push the industry forward and was involved in many industry firsts and some of the world’s largest renewable energy projects.

Gareth Brown
CEO & Board Member

Gareth has over a decade of experience leading identification, development, construction, financing and operation of renewable energy assets for a world leading renewable energy technical consultancy. He is an entrepreneur, chartered engineer with the IMechE, and has degrees in mathematics and mechanical engineering.

The Executive Team
Gareth Brown
Chief Executive Officer

Gareth has over a decade of experience leading identification, development, construction, financing and operation of renewable energy assets for a world leading renewable energy technical consultancy. He is an entrepreneur, chartered engineer with the IMechE, and has degrees in mathematics and mechanical engineering.

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Myra Ayre
Director of Finance & Operations

Myra is an accountant who worked in the KPMG public assurance practice primarily with clients in the technology sector.  She worked in private practice with a cloud-based customer intelligence company closely with the executive finance team for North America, European and Asian subsidiary operations. Myra holds a Bachelors of Commerce from UBC and a CPA, CA designation.

Craig McCall
Chief Revenue Officer

Craig has over eight years experience in the renewable energy industry and most recently led a world-leading renewable energy technical consultants Optimization and Control service line. To date, Craig has been involved in more than 100 wind farm optimization projects across Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Louisa Thue
Chief Technology Officer

Louisa has over 15 years' experience in technology, data analytics, product management, and scaling Software-as-a-Service products. Specialties include building and leading engineering and data teams, driving business insights and direction through data, product management, agile software development, and business and data analysis. Big believer in culture, diverse teams, teamwork and being forthright.

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The Business Development Team
Dmitri Kotliarov
Director - Americas

Dmitri has been in the renewable energy industry for over 13 years. Prior to joining Clir Renewables, his focus was on development and financing of wind, solar and hydro projects across North America.

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David O'Hare
Director - Europe

David has several years’ experience within the renewable energy, smart grid, and software development industries, and has previously been responsible for the management of key accounts across renewable energy, utility, banking, and government sectors. Having worked internationally with clients spanning Europe, East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa, David has been involved in the delivery of product roll-out, software development, organisational digital transformation, and data-driven consultancy services.

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Katie Applebaum
Business Development Manager

Katie is a business development specialist who has been with Clir through the company's growth and has an advanced understanding of the product's capabilities. Katie has expertise in connecting with people and crafting strategic partnerships.

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Didier Frávega
Director - Latin America

Didier has over ten years of renewable energy industry experience in multinational wind turbine manufacturer organizations. He holds an MSc in Renewable energy specializing in wind power. He has worked as a product manager in Brazil and Argentina, with experience in project development, and insight into all stages of the wind farm life cycle.

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The Customer Success Team
Erin Quon
Regional Manager - Americas

Erin's experience ranges from engineering design and numerical modeling to business and project management in construction, mining, renewable energy, and transportation industries. She has managed a wave energy startup, exploration programs, and construction projects, and has a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering.

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Ian McDonald
Principal Manager

Ian is a seasoned renewable energy expert with almost a decade of technical and commercial experience in the wind and solar industry. He has contributed to the inception and successful operations of hundreds of projects across the globe. Ian previously led the advisory services group for a major renewables consultancy firm where he managed risk assessment and risk mitigation in project financing for some of the worlds largest global investment banks. His broad exposure across the life cycle of renewable energy assets provide Ian with holistic tools to drive innovation, issue resolution and opportunity identification.

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Barry O'Donnell
Project Analyst

Barry joined Clir after working in Project Management roles on a number of large IT projects with the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) in Ireland. Barry’s experience and education is energy and IT focused, with a Bachelor’s degree in Energy Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Information Systems.

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Adrian Carnegie
Principal Engineer

Adrian has eight years of global wind experience having held senior roles in both the consultancy and wind turbine manufacturer environments. His time in the industry has resulted in a broad skillset, with expertise in wind data analysis, wind flow/wake modelling, wind turbine acoustics and propagation, site suitability assessments, IEC 61400 power curve and sound testing, contractual warranty negotiations and asset yield optimisation/lifetime extension analysis.

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Marco Bianchini
Project Engineer

Marco has over four years of experience in the wind energy industry and holds an MSc in Renewable Energy Technologies (Loughborough, UK) and an MSc in Environmental Engineering (Turin, Italy). He previously worked as Project Engineer within an Irish wind developer and a major renewable energy investment company from China. In both experiences, he was primarily involved in wind asset management activities for a newly developed onshore wind portfolio (250MW) on the island of Ireland.

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Darren McCafferty
Technical Project Support

Darren graduated from the University of Glasgow with a BSC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Wanting to pursue a career in the renewables sector, he joined Alstom Wind as a Service Technician at the UK's largest onshore wind farm. Later Darren transitioned to GE Renewable Energy, where for over four years, he was Lead Technician and Site Supervisor at a Scottish wind farm.

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The Data Science Team
Andrew Brunskill
Director of Data Science

Andrew is a PEng from a major global consultancy and has taken on a wide variety of roles during his career including project engineer, energy analyst, modeling specialist and project manager. In recent times he has undertaken performance analytics across Vestas, Siemens, GE, Suzlon and Siemens wind turbine technology.

Rebecka Klinstrom
Renewables Science Team Leader

Rebecka has many years' experience working in the wind industry, both as a consultant and for a utility. She has worked in all phases of a wind project, from pre-construction flow modeling, met mast installations and noise modeling to operational analysis, icing loss modeling, and optimizations, as well as managed research projects and project portfolios. She's been at Clir from the start and has worked with most turbine technologies, as well as starting up and heading Clir's Inclusion and Diversity initiative.

Shane Butler
Principal Data Scientist

Shane is a recognized industry expert in the application of data science skills to real-world problems to enable and support informed decision making. For the past five years, Shane has been applying his big data analytics skill set within the domain of wind farm operations, performance analytics, and predictive maintenance. Expert user of Matlab, Python, Tableau, and Cloud-based computing platforms.

Andrew Cameron
Senior Data Scientist

Andrew has a masters degree in mechanical engineering and over ten years' experience in the wind energy industry. His expertise includes both pre-construction analyses as well as operational analyses for a wide variety of wind regimes, turbine technologies, data collection techniques, and analysis goals.

Peter Kim
Senior Data Engineer

Peter has been developing enterprise software for the last 20 years, working for companies such as RSA Security, Infoblox, Wurldtech Security, and Splunk. Always striving to build robust, secure, and scalable software by following the best software practices, Peter still enjoys solving challenging problems with awesome colleagues.

Sampoorna Biswas
Data Engineer

Sampoorna is a data expert with expertise in analyzing large datasets. She holds a Master of Science (Computer Science) degree from UBC and has several years of experience designing machine learning systems as well as designing experiments to test machine learning systems. Expertise with Matlab, Python and general data science and programming.

Matthew Lynn
Renewables Engineer

Matthew is a versatile and experienced renewables engineer and manager with 15 years' experience in the industry in a variety of technical line and project management roles. Matthew holds masters' degrees in Renewable Energy Systems Technology and Physics from the Universities of Loughborough and Manchester in the UK.

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Aram Bernardos
Renewable Energy Data Analyst

Aram is a trained researcher in molecular biology and behavioral neurogenetics (MSc), with experience in scientific journal operations. He uses narrative insights drawn from cognitive science to tell stories that people can understand, engage with, and relate to. Aram is interested in how new technologies can reconceptualize old scientific questions.

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Maggie Campbell
Renewable Energy Data Analyst

Maggie has a masters degree in atmospheric sciences and over 5 years of experience working with environmental data in the context of power transmission and renewable energy. She is highly skilled in data analysis and communicating meaningful information to the end-user.

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Luke Cunningham
Renewable Energy Data Analyst

Luke joins Clir having previously worked in for a reputable wind resource assessment consultancy in Ireland. Luke holds a Master’s degree in Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering from Trinity College Dublin, where he developed expertise in aero-elastic modeling of wind turbines and the design of floating foundations for use in the wind energy industry. He is highly skilled in the areas of data analytics and Python development.

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The Product Team
Neil Salmond
Product Manager

Neil is a Product Manager, working most closely with the development teams for Customer Experience and Onboarding. He joined Clir in 2018, as the 14th employee, as head of the newly created Customer Success team.

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Selena Farris
Product Manager Data Science

Selena has over ten years of renewable energy industry experience with a masters degree specializing in wind energy. Working as a developer, consultant, and utility has given her experience and insight into all stages of the wind farm life cycle. She has managed multiple project portfolios and met campaigns, advising on the most financially responsible development path.

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Ispana Bishsash
Product Analyst

Ispana has over five years of experience working in the renewable energy industry in a variety of engineering and performance analytics roles, now specializing in Product analysis and management. She has a master's degree in Sustainable Energy Systems from New York, USA and a bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from London, UK.

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The Software Team
Nick Shaw
Principal Developer

Nick is a software expert with over seven years’ experience across all levels of software development, from hands-on coding in the current software stacks, through systems architecture. He has extensive experience integrating data across multiple platforms including industrial SCADA systems, as well as experience using machine learning algorithms to glean insight from large datasets.

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Michael Reid
Senior Software Architect

Michael has a background in the development of large-scale cloud software solutions, including Amazon RDS, Splunk, and Hootsuite, and also previously founded a startup providing cloud-based privacy-preserving machine learning. His expertise is architecting and building software that is scalable, reliable, and secure.

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Jon Jeffrey
Senior Software Development Manager

Jon is an experienced software leader with a passion for building high-performing collaborative software teams. He is a lifelong learner, with a background in Computer Science, Molecular Biology, and Education, and has a particular interest in the intersections of software and traditionally non-digital industries.  

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Simon Droscher
Senior Developer

Simon has a strong background in software architecture and development and is passionate about driving improvements in best practices for software quality and technical leadership. He provides a practical and thoughtful application of those principles to designing and implementing solutions to complex business needs.

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Changjoo Jeon
Senior Developer

Changjoo has experience as a SCADA engineer, project coordinator, and asset manager. In addition to being a crack software developer, Changjoo is also an electrical engineering graduate with a specialty in Energy Systems.

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Mason Yang
Software Developer

Mason has a wide variety of experience from computer science research in robotics and graphics to computer software development. He is committed to creating software applications that can bring positive impacts to society. He loves to engage in learning new technologies
and scientific research.

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Johanna Fulda
Senior Developer

Johanna has a thing for information visualization and data journalism. She got her MSc from the University of Munich, spent time in Aarhus, Denmark and came to Vancouver 4 years ago to work on her thesis on visualization and Natural Language Processing. She’s also organizing Vancouver’s Data Visualization Meetup.

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Kristin Vidi
Data Scientist

Kristin is a data scientist at Clir, who leverages data to drive both wind farm analytics and decision making for the business. Following a degree in mechanical engineering, she joined a renewable energy owner/operator, relocated to Texas to work in wind farm development, and later transitioned to monitoring the performance of wind assets from Vancouver. Kristin now leads the analytical team responsible for developing Clir's exploratory analytical tools and internal data strategy.

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Melissa Bernstein
Software Developer, Co-op

Melissa is a software developer co-op working on one of our back-end teams. She is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Computer Science at UBC in Vancouver. She has strong interests in both renewable energies and software development.

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