SWITCH Materials was founded in 2007 out of Simon Fraser University’s advanced materials research centre, 4D Labs. SWITCH raised an initial investment of $3.1 million in 2007 from Vancouver-based venture capital firms Pangea Ventures, Growthworks Capital, and Five Corners Capital. In 2010 SWITCH raised an additional $7.5 million in ‘B’ round venture capital investment led by BDC Venture Capital, with participation from existing venture partners. SWITCH currently employs over 25 professional full-time staff in chemistry and engineering at SWITCH’s research and development facility in Vancouver, Canada.
SWITCH’s core competencies in synthetic and polymer chemistry research and applications engineering are focussed on developing its proprietary technology into an automotive glazing product. By working closely with automotive manufacturers and supply chain partners SWITCH is able to integrate the demanding requirements of the automotive industry into the product development process. Future applications for SWITCH’s technology include transportation and architectural glazing markets, sports eyewear, and others.
Doug has over 25 years of experience in high technology start-ups including executive and senior functional roles in operations management, product development, product management, marketing, customer service and sales. Doug was a member of the management team at Fulcrum Technologies during its IPO on NASDAQ, and as VP Product Development led the technical due diligence during the acquisition of NCompass Labs by Microsoft. Doug holds an MSc degree from Queen’s University.
CTO & Founder
Dr. Neil Branda is one of Canada’s leading scientists and a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Materials Science at Simon Fraser University. Neil has also previously served as executive director of 4D Labs at SFU, a $40 million research centre for advanced materials. Neil received his PhD from MIT.
Megan McGinley is a Chartered Accountant with 25 years of financial management and M&A experience in corporate accounting, finance, treasury and tax at MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates, Hudson Resources and West Coast Energy. Megan holds a BCom from the University of Calgary and an MBA from the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Jonathan Sargent
VP Technology & Business Development
Dr. Sargent has over 17 years of experience developing and marketing cutting-edge materials for the automotive sector. Jonathan developed a number of disruptive products at GE Plastics, SABIC-IP, and Exatec LLC. He also worked in technology transfer at GreenCentre Canada, and as a consultant for the venture capital and materials industries. Jonathan received a PhD in chemistry from USC, an MBA from York University and is a trained GE Six Sigma Black Belt.
Duhane Lam, P.Eng
VP Product Development
Duhane Lam has over 16 years of experience in product development, engineering, and product design, and led the product development and engineering efforts at Angstrom Power, a startup company developing state-of-the-art micro fuel cells. Duhane has also served as a faculty member at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Duhane received his MASc and MBA from Simon Fraser University.
Dr. Jeremy Finden
Director of R&D
Since joining SWITCH 8 years ago Jeremy has contributed to major projects including design and synthesis of hybrid photo- and electrochromic materials and weathering durability optimization. Jeremy has over 20 patents and patent applications. Jeremy conducted post-doctoral research in optoelectronic materials at Simon Fraser University and received a PhD in chemistry from Queen’s University where he studied liquid crystals.