Dr. Wal van Lierop

Dr. Wal van Lierop

Founder & Managing Partner

Wal is an award-winning 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 co-founded Chrysalix in 2001, building it to one of the most recognized venture capital firms focused on industrial innovation. He has sourced, invested in and advised numerous startups, assisting them in building breakthrough solutions for the new world economy while working with large multinational companies on their innovation strategies. Currently Wal is a member of the Board of Directors at Chrysalix portfolio companies General Fusion, Inventys and Axine Water Technologies.

Wal is an Advisory Board member of the Cleantech Group, a judge of the Cleantech 100 Awards and is a frequent speaker at events like GLOBE Series, Oil & Money, the BCTECH Summit, Energy for Tomorrow and the Cleantech Forum. He has been a longstanding contributor to the tech community in British Columbia and abroad as the founder of New Ventures BC, a founding member of the BC CEO Alliance and Evok Innovations, and contributor to various Vancouver greenest city projects.

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

Wal holds a PhD in Economics from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has completed courses at MIT in probability modeling and executive training in 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

Founder & Managing 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

Vice President

Alfred is a Vice President based in Vancouver. 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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DANIELE MOLTENI

ASSOCIATE

Daniele is an Associate based in the United Kingdom. He is responsible for developing investment theses and deal sourcing. He has a special interest for companies working in the area of Data Analytics and Machine Learning.

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Alicia Lenis

ASSOCIATE

Alicia is an Associate based in Vancouver where she develops investment theses, sources deals, conducts due diligence and manages investment portfolios. Alicia has more than 10 years of experience working in and advising industrial technology companies.

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