TEAM

The Kanin Energy team was purpose-built to combine the optimal blend of big facility experience, deep project finance knowledge, electricity market expertise, and entrepreneurial savvy.

Janice Tran
CEO

Janice provides the leadership and financing strategy for Kanin Energy. Prior to Kanin, Janice was an early employee and Director at Generate Capital, a project finance investment firm that focused on investing in renewable energy projects. There she built North America's largest portfolio of anaerobic digestions assets. Her role spanned across deal execution, origination, market development and asset management. Prior to Generate Capital, Janice worked at NRG, one of America’s largest power producers, to start their renewable microgrids business line. Janice also co-founded Student Energy, a nonprofit which is today’s largest global charity dedicated to educating and uniting post-secondary students on energy issues.

Janice is a licensed Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) in Canada. She also has a Masters of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, where she received an Earth Institute Fellowship. Janice also has a Masters in Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan, and double majored with a BA in Philosophy and BComm in Accounting from the University of Calgary. 

Rod Frey
President

Rod is committed to providing operational excellence and helping Kanin achieve world-class execution of our projects. Before joining Kanin, Rod was Chief Technology Officer for Terrapin Geothermics, an Alberta based geothermal energy company. At Terrapin Rod helped steer technological strategy as well as selecting and negotiating with the best-in-class technology providers from around the world.

 

Prior to Terrapin Rod founded and built a broad range of companies, including Guild Eyewear, a mass-customization eyewear manufacturer; Attassa, a dev-tools software company acquired by YouSendIt; and CareerID, a psychometric and aptitude testing SAAS company. In addition, Rod served as Entrepreneur in Residence for the Samsung Technologies, a San Francisco based technology accelerator, and as Director of Engineering and later Director of Product for SAFLINK, a Seattle based, NASDAQ listed biometric authentication company. At SAFLINK Rod grew the engineering team from 8 developers to 65 engineers in four offices.

 

Rod obtained his B.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Alberta after graduate studies in Political Science convinced him an academic career was ill-advised.

Dan Fipke
Managing Director

Dan provides strategic leadership navigating electricity markets, commercial agreements, regulatory approvals and energy policy development. Prior to joining Kanin Dan was the Vice President of Commercial and Regulatory for Terrapin Geothermics, an Alberta based geothermal energy company. At Terrapin Dan helped drive provincial and federal policy and funding support for the geothermal industry. 

 

Before Terrapin, Dan spent a decade between the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) and Alberta Energy. At the AESO, Dan held various roles, including procurement of ancillary services, energy storage integration, distributed energy resource review committee, and forecasting. At Alberta Energy, Dan provided technical and regulatory expertise in market design restructuring, agency regulatory governance, and was a member of the Indigenous Electricity Technical Working Group.

 

Dan holds a Masters in Environmental Management from Royal Roads University and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Calgary.

Jake Bainbridge
CTO

Jake provides technical leadership in assessing potential projects and technologies and ensuring seamless integration of new equipment with any existing infrastructure.  Having overseen projects from feasibility to commissioning, Jake brings relevant industry experience to all aspects of project execution. 

As a Professional Engineer with over 12 years of experience in the Alberta energy sector, Jake has worked on projects in in-situ oil, conventional oil, gas production and distribution, water treatment and renewable power generation.

Prior to Kanin, Jake was the Director of Engineering at Terrapin Geothermics - leading in-house technology development, creating tools to assess and qualify waste heat resources at industrial facilities, and developing project execution and integration strategies.  Jake has also spent time at Wood Group Mustang as a Project Engineer and Lead Mechanical Engineer for clients including Shell and Cenovus, and was on-site Senior Project Engineer for the construction, commissioning and start-up of Husky’s $2.7Bn Sunrise SAGD facility.   

Jake has a Master of Engineering in Aeronautics from the University of Durham, UK.

ADVISORS

Karl Johannson 
Advisor 

Mr. Johannson has extensive commercial and operational experience in the Upstream and Midstream Energy market segments, including Natural Gas and Energy Pipelines as well as in Electricity generation and specialty chemicals. 

 

Since joining TransCanada in 1994, Mr. Johannson has held various leadership roles, as Senior Vice President, Power Commercial; Senior Vice President, Canadian Power; Senior Vice President, Canada and US Northeast Pipeline; President, Natural Gas Pipelines; and most recently as Executive Vice President & President, Canadian and Mexico Gas Pipelines and Energy. Until 2018, Mr. Johannson was the Chairman of TC Pipelines L.P., a NYSE listed Limited Partnership.

Mr. Johannson is currently a member of the Board of Directors of ClearStream Energy Services Inc., a TSX listed company, a member of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) and a member of the Mount Royal University (MRU) Board of Governors. Besides ClearStream, AESO, MRU and TC PipeLines L.P., Mr. Johannson has served on the Board of Directors of several companies and associations, namely Bruce Power LLP., Chairman of Cancarb Limited, a specialty chemical company producing primarily thermal carbon black, Director of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA), Canadian Gas Association (CGA), and the Canadian Electric Association (CEA).

Mr. Johannson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Calgary. He is also a graduate from Harvard Business School’s General Management Program.

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