Dr. Wal van Lierop

Dr. Wal van Lierop

Executive Chairman & Founding Partner

Wal is an award-winning venture capitalist, business leader and visionary in innovation, sustainability and cleantech, with unique industry insights gained through deep operational experience as a venture capitalist, corporate executive, international consultant and university professor.

Wal founded Chrysalix in 2001, and shaped it into one of the most respected venture capital firms globally for cleantech and industrial innovation. He built the strong foundation of large international corporations and financial institutions that form Chrysalix’s traditional LP support base. He has sourced, invested in and advised numerous companies, assisting them from the start-up phase to scaling up their breakthrough solutions for the new “post-fossil fuels” economy, while engaging them with large multinational companies for their innovation strategies. Currently, Wal is a member of the Boards of Chrysalix portfolio companies General Fusion, Svante, Axine Water Technologies and Enbala, while also assisting various other Chrysalix companies.

Wal is an Advisory Board member of the Cleantech Group, a judge of the Cleantech 100 Awards, a Canadian Clean50 and Clean16 award winner for outstanding contribution to Clean Capitalism, a regular contributor to Forbes, and a frequent speaker at events like the GLOBE Series, Oil & Money, the BCTECH Summit, Energy for Tomorrow and the Cleantech Forum. Wal has been a longstanding contributor to the tech community in British Columbia and abroad as the founder and Chairman of New Ventures BC, co-founder of SET-ventures in Amsterdam and Evok ventures in BC/Alberta, a founding member of the BC CEO Alliance, contributor to various Vancouver greenest city projects and advisor to the BC Cleantech Cluster initiative CORE amongst others.

Prior to Chrysalix, Wal was the VP of Strategy at Westcoast Energy, at the time one of Canada’s largest energy companies. Earlier, he advised energy, chemicals and financial services blue-chip companies on strategy, innovation and change management while working with McKinsey & Company for more than seven years. Prior to this, Wal was an Associate Professor in economics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and consultant to the World Bank and European Union. He has also been an adjunct professor at Vancouver’s SFU Beedie School, teaching Change Management and International Business, and at UBC’s Sauder School of Business teaching Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital.

Wal holds a PhD in Economics from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has completed courses at MIT in probability modeling and Change Management.

Team

Fred van Beuningen

Managing Partner

Fred is a Managing Partner based in the Netherlands. His industry expertise spans C-level, Executive Board and CEO positions in oil & gas, chemicals, logistics, innovation and sustainability, and scaling up ventures.

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Richard MacKellar

Managing Partner

Richard is a Managing Partner based in Vancouver. He is an entrepreneur and startup CEO with industry expertise in electric power, material science, mining and metals.

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Dr. Wal van Lierop

Executive Chairman & Founding Partner

Wal is the Founder of Chrysalix and a Managing Partner based in Vancouver. He launched Chrysalix in 2001 and is recognised for his expertise and thought leadership in industrial innovation, energy and cleantech.

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Dr. Charles Haythornthwaite

Senior Partner

Charlie is a Senior Partner based in the United Kingdom. He leads the opportunity recognition and investment selection process in the Chrysalix RoboValley Fund and has a special interest in mining innovation. 

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Dr. Alfred Lam

Partner

Alfred is a Partner based in the Netherlands. He has incubated and launched ventures from academia and is involved in the development of investment theses, deal sourcing and due diligence with a special interest in energy and resource productivity. 

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Wendy Leong

Vice President, Finance

Wendy is the Vice President of Finance based in Vancouver. She has nearly 25 years of experience in private equity investment management and works closely with the investment team on valuation and finance matters.

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Alicia Lenis

ASSOCIATE

Alicia is an Associate based in Vancouver. She works on investment theses development, deal sourcing, due diligence and portfolio management. Alicia has close to 15 years of industrial technology sector experience.

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Nicholas Andruschak

Associate

Nicholas is an Associate based in Vancouver. He is responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence, and developing investment theses. Nicholas is particularly interested in companies developing sensor systems and intelligent systems to facilitate Industry 4.0.

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