Richard is a highly successful entrepreneur, business leader, university professor and former CEO of start up companies. He joined Chrysalix as Managing Partner in 2007 and has been instrumental in refining Chrysalix’s strategy for investing in intelligent systems, cleantech and smart mining technologies for resource intensive industries.
All three of Richard’s start up companies combined advanced intelligent systems with enabling hardware to become world leaders in their fields. From raising $57 million in venture capital financing and growing a company of two to 100 people, to successfully positioning a start-up for acquisition that resulted in annualized investor returns of 45% to 60%, Richard is a powerhouse of business acumen and knowledge gained from 30 years of industry and VC experience in the energy technology sector. Over the years, he has built strong strategic relationships with large corporations including GE, Honeywell, Mitsubishi, three of Canada’s largest utilities and three larger utilities in the United States, that provide him with unparalleled industry insights.
Richard’s expertise includes identifying and commercializing intelligent systems based innovation for energy companies. He sits on the boards of Chrysalix portfolio companies GlassPoint Solar and MineSense Technologies and is an observer on the board of NanoSteel.
Richard has a Metallurgy Degree from Sheffield University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.