Mike Heaven chairs the Board of Directors and is the company's President and CEO. He is also a co-founder of the company.
Mike has had over 20 years experience in the development and application of measurement and control technology to a variety of industries. He has published extensively in the field of industrial measurement and process control and holds eleven patents in this area. His extensive in-depth experience in this field is particularly pertinent to the role Aurora is playing in the solar energy industry.
As General Manager for PT Papertech Inc. from 2003 to 2008, Mr. Heaven drove the development and delivery of innovative machine vision systems for in-line process monitoring and optimization in paper, tissue and steelmaking. Prior to Papertech, he was Chief Operating Officer of Norsat International Inc. (TSX: NII, NASDAQ: NSATF), a company providing ground station equipment for satellite communications. Before Norsat, Mike spent 13 years with Honeywell in various senior engineering and marketing roles. Prior to Honeywell, he spent five years in the steel industry, responsible for Dofasco's Hot Strip Flatness and Profile Control program.
Mr. Heaven holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Provinces of British Columbia and Ontario, Canada. He also holds an MBA from Queen's University.
Mr. Dodds was appointed to Aurora’s Board of Directors in October of 2016. He has over 20 years’ experience as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) specializing in project finance, international trade, and commercial matters within sophisticated multifaceted businesses across diverse industries. He has been a Financing Manager at Export Development Canada and is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Noram Engineering including, serving as a director and officer of its operating subsidiaries. Mr. Dodds brings extensive experience in structuring, financing and negotiating complex transactions, along with operations, engineering and construction understanding associated with implementing large capital projects and commercializing sustainable industrial technologies.
Mr. McNicol was formerly the President and Co-CEO of Enwave Corporation (TSX.V: ENW, FSE: E4U.F) where he helped build the company’s strategy, royalty revenue streams, licensing and collaboration agreements with leading global players. He raised more than $42 million in financing and improved the liquidity and market value from $8 million to $120 million. Before Enwave, Mr. McNicol held positions as President, COO and Director of Concert Industries Ltd. and Merfin International Inc, two leading airlaid non-wovens manufacturer's where he helped both companies arrange more than $400 million in financing to support capacity expansion in Canada, Europe and the United States and grew aggregate sales from less than $20 million to more than $200 million. Mr. McNicol was also with HSBC Securities, Pemberton Securities and LRJ Capital and has considerable experience in equity and investment banking.
David Toyoda is an associate at Boughton Law Corporation, and serves on Aurora’s Board of Directors.
David graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Law degree and a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Honours). He was called to the Bar in 1993. Mr. Toyoda practices in the corporate and securities law area, focusing on companies that list on Canadian stock exchanges. Mr. Toyoda teaches in the areas of corporate governance and public financing at Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Business Administration and the TSX Venture Exchange. He has also coordinated courses for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia. He is the Past Chair of the Securities Law Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association (B.C. Branch) and was a member of the Securities Law Advisory Committee for the B.C. Securities Commission.