Meet the team behind Carbon Removal Canada

We are committed to supporting carbon removal practices that create social, economic, and climate benefits to help Canada, and the world, reach its climate goals by 2050.

Our vision

Carbon Removal Canada envisions a future where Canada fully leverages its strategic advantages as a carbon removal leader to support the world in meeting global climate targets.

Our mission

Carbon Removal Canada shapes policies that enable Canada to rapidly and responsibly scale carbon dioxide removal (CDR) to meet national climate goals while catalyzing a net-negative emissions world this century.

Our vision

Carbon Removal Canada envisions a future where Canada fully leverages its strategic advantages as a carbon removal leader to support the world in meeting global climate targets.

Our mission

Carbon Removal Canada shapes policies that enable Canada to rapidly and responsibly scale carbon dioxide removal (CDR) to meet national climate goals while catalyzing a net-negative emissions world this century.

Our values

Entrepreneurial

Whether we’re working collaboratively or independently, we get things done in a way that is lean, smart, and fast. We disrupt the status quo and embrace change, progress, and innovation.

Curious

Everything we do is grounded in the best available evidence and we are always open to learning more. We view obstacles and setbacks as valuable opportunities to grow and advance our expertise.

Mission-driven

Our motivation for excellence is strengthened by the positive impact that we believe carbon removal can have on the world. We are focused on realizing the economic, social and climate benefits through our collective work.

Community-focused

We believe Canada can lead by example and champion an inclusive carbon removal agenda that elevates voices from the communities and countries most impacted by climate change.

Generous

We operate with generosity and trust at the forefront. We are kind, respectful, and inclusive – supporting our colleagues through challenges, helping our partners achieve their goals, and putting the public good above all.

Meet our team

Na’im is passionate about the potential for carbon removal to meet climate goals while driving economic and social change. He previously founded Carbon Curve, a consulting practice focused on equitably scaling up carbon removal working with organizations including Carbon180, Clean Air Task Force, ClimateWorks Foundation, and CarbonPlan. Na’im brings 10+ years of leadership experience in non-profits that expanded access to health innovations around the world.

Na’im Merchant

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Tim has a background in climate science and has worked extensively across the field of carbon management. His research has focused on mitigation strategies for the difficult-to-abate sectors and carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere. Prior to joining our team, he was a Senior Science Analyst at Carbon Direct and a Senior Analyst at Energy Futures Initiative. He is committed to applying his passion, knowledge, and skills toward the advancement of innovative climate and clean energy solutions.

Timothy Bushman

Director of Policy & Research

Daniel specializes in bringing policy and politics together, resulting in advocacy strategies that build relationships and deliver results. Daniel has previously worked for Members of Parliament as well as hard-to-decarbonize industries like fertilizer and steel. He has played a key role in improving multiple industries’ reach with the federal government while also successfully negotiating policy frameworks that improve competitiveness.

Daniel Kelter

Director of Government Relations

Natasha is passionate about the integration of equity and inclusivity aspects in the design and implementation of climate policies and practices to drive improved environmental, economic and social outcomes. Prior to joining our team, Natasha was an Impact Officer at FinDev Canada, Canada’s Development Finance institution, where she assisted portfolio companies to set and achieve positive impact objectives related to climate change mitigation and adaptation and women’s economic empowerment.

Natasha Bernardi

Manager of Strategy and Operations

Amanda is mission-driven and holds a passion for a more equitable and sustainable future for all. This led her to pursue a master’s degree in Sociology at University College Cork (UCC), where her thesis focused on Education for Sustainable Development as per the UN SDGs of 2030. She also has extensive professional experience in a variety of support and operational roles at organizations such as Bain & Company. She is thrilled to contribute her passion and skill set within the carbon removal and climate tech space here in Canada and globally.

Amanda Shoemaker

Operations Associate

Francesca works with CRC through the Elemental Excelerator policy fellowship we are involved in. In her previous role at The Climate Group, she worked to advance state and regional climate action through stakeholder engagement and program development. Francesca will be helping build our understanding of community engagement through research as it relates to deploying carbon removal projects in Canada. She is completing an MS in environmental behaviour, education, and communication at the University of Michigan.

Francesca Levethan

Community Engagement Fellow

Meet our advisory board

Michael is the executive director of Clean Prosperity, a Canadian non-profit that works toward practical climate solutions that reduce emissions and grow the economy. He serves on the C.D. Howe Institute’s Energy Policy Council, as a member of the Public Policy Forum’s Energy Future Forum, and as a MaRS Cleantech Volunteer Advisor.

Michael Bernstein

Co-Founder & Advisory Board Chair

Stacy is the Head of Sustainability at Shopify. She leads Shopify’s Sustainability Fund, which has committed more than $33 million to date across 28 companies, to accelerate carbon removal solutions globally. She was behind Shopify’s decision to co-launch Frontier, an advance market commitment to buy $925M of permanent carbon removal alongside key partners. Stacy also serves on the advisory board of the Carbon Management Research Initiative (CaMRI) at Columbia University.

Stacy Kauk

Advisory Board Member
Frances is the Associate Director for Carbon Dioxide Removal at ClimateWorks Foundation. She leads a multi-million dollar philanthropic initiative to remove excess CO2 from the atmosphere and the ocean using catalytic innovations and policy. Frances also serves in an advisory capacity on several projects including the University of California Santa Cruz, the GHG Protocol, and Frontier Climate.

Frances Wang

Advisory Board Member

Marcius is the Chief Climate Solutions Officer at TIME CO2. He previously served as Chief Scientist and Executive Vice President for Climate and Energy at XPRIZE Foundation where he led the launch of the $100M XPRIZE Carbon Removal. He has held roles at the University of Toronto, U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, Ontario Power Generation, Nortel Networks, and holds a PhD in quantum physics. He is a 2019 VERGE Vanguard Fellow, an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, Board Member at the U.S. National Academies of Science Energy & Environment Systems.

Marcius Extavour, Ph.D.

Advisory Board Member

Geoff has worked exclusively on carbon dioxide removal since 2008, both within academia and industry, holding a number of roles related to technology development, media engagement, and public policy. Geoff was a part of the core team which grew leading Canadian direct air capture firm Carbon Engineering from start-up stage to 150+ employees, and which matured the technology from lab-scale to mega-tonne commercial scale projects. Geoff joined CRC to help Canada seize the opportunity – both economic, and environmental – in this important field.

Geoff Holmes

Advisory Board Member

Darrell Brown is a Cree business owner based in Winnipeg and a founding member, past chair of the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce based in Manitoba. He holds an Advanced Diploma in International Business from Red River College, a Certificate of Indigenous Leadership, Governance and Management Excellence from the Banff Centre, a designation of ICD.D from Rotman through The Institute for Corporate Directors and a certificate in the 20/20 Catalyst program focused on the Indigenous Renewable Energy Sector. He is also past chair of the Indigenous Clean Energy Network.

Darrell Brown

Advisory Board Member

Ugbaad leads Carbon180’s environmental justice program, ensuring equity and justice are at the forefront of the organization’s work. Ugbaad holds a dual MS in forest sciences and renewable resource management from the University of Alberta and the University of Freiburg and a BS from Carleton University. She grew up in Ottawa, Canada and now lives in Washington, DC.

Ugbaad Kosar

Advisory Board Member

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