Doug Wiggin, CEO
Doug Wiggin has an extensive track record of success in start-up companies. His educational background in scientific research underlies more than 25 years of technical and operations experience in high technology. Doug has held executive and senior functional roles in operations management, product development, product management marketing, customer service and sales, and includes several years of international experience in Europe, Australia, and the Far East. Among his exits, 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 when NCompass Labs was acquired by Microsoft. Doug received BSc and MSc degrees from Queen’s University.
Neil Branda, CTO
Dr. Neil Branda, one of Canada's leading materials scientists, is a 2006 Canada's Top 40 Under 40 recipient, a 2005 NSERC Steacie Fellowship winner and a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Materials Science. He is also the executive director of 4D Labs at Simon Fraser University, a $40 million research centre for advanced materials. His expertise lies at the interface of organic chemistry and materials science with a focus on designing and synthesizing molecular switches - molecules that change their structure and function when triggered with light, electricity or other stimuli. Neil received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Duhane Lam, VP Product Development
Duhane Lam has over 14 years of experience in product development, engineering, and product design. He was most recently at Angstrom Power Inc. in North Vancouver BC where he led the product development and engineering efforts for a startup company developing state-of-the-art micro fuel cells. Previously, Duhane was a faculty member at BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology) and designed cutting edge mountain bikes at Rocky Mountain Bicycles, an internationally known bicycle manufacturer. Duhane received a Masters of Applied Science in Engineering Science and a MBA from Simon Fraser University. Duhane holds eight issued US patents in the areas of fuel cells, bicycle design, and stress and strain analysis, and has another eight patents currently pending.
Megan McGinley, CFO
Megan McGinley brings 25 years of financial management and M&A experience to SWITCH. Previously, Megan was responsible for corporate accounting, finance, treasury and tax at the Decision Insight Information Group following the acquisition of MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates property information business. Her prior work experience includes senior financial roles at Hudson Resources and West Coast Energy. Megan is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary and an MBA from the University of British Columbia.
Jonathan Sargent, VP Research and Development
Jonathan Sargent is a polymer chemist with over fifteen years of experience in developing, and marketing cutting-edge materials. While working for General Electric Plastics, SABIC-IP, and Exatec LLC, Jonathan developed a number of coating, sealant, and disruptive glazing products. He also worked previously in technology transfer in the green tech field for GreenCentre Canada, and as a consultant for the venture capital and materials industry. In addition, Jonathan has extensive application development and marketing experience in the automotive sector and is a trained GE Six Sigma Black Belt. Jonathan has a BSc in chemistry from McGill University, a MA and PhD in chemistry from the University of Southern California, and a MBA from Schulich School of Business at York University.