Dr. Benedek has held the role of CEO since founding Anaergiain 2007. He received his engineering degree (chemical) from McGill University in Montreal, Québec in 1966. By 1970, he had obtained a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington with a focus on wastewater treatment. Dr. Benedek then accepted a professorship at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario where he taught and conducted research to find ways of improving water quality. In 1980, Dr. Benedek founded ZENON with the purpose of developing cost effective membrane technologies for recycling wastewater. Under his leadership, ZENON invented, developed and commercialized many of the key membrane technologies used for water and wastewater treatment and became a global leader in this field. Dr. Benedek continued to be the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ZENON until its June 2006 sale to General Electric Company for $790 million. At the time of the sale, the company employed over 1,500 people. After the sale of ZENON, Dr. Benedek worked at the Scripps Institute of Technology (“Scripps”) in San Diego, California where he became interested in helping to find solutions to climate change. In furtherance of this new interest, he left Scripps and founded Anaergia. Dr. Benedek has received many awards, including honorary doctorates from universities and awards for entrepreneurship and for his contributions toward solving global environmental problems. In 2008, he was chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Lee Kwan Yew Prize, a prestigious award for contributions to solving water problems.
Dr. Scherson is Anaergia’s Chief Operating Officer, a position he’s held since 2021. Dr. Scherson joined Anaergia in 2014 as the Managing Director for the Western United States and managed applications and process engineering globally, developing technical tools, modeling and standards while supporting global projects in concept, financial modeling and process design. As Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Scherson is responsible for overseeing all business line sales, project development, contracting and negotiation, project execution and operations, and project financing. He also spearheads Anaergia’s market outreach and regulatory engagement strategy in California. Dr. Scherson holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, where he was also a Postdoctoral Scholar in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer andholds a Contractors A licence in California. Dr. Scherson was listed as a rising star in the energy sector in Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2012.
Mr. Kaissi is Anaergia’s Chief Financial Officer, a position he’s held since 2019. Mr. Kaissi joined Anaergia in 2010 and has over 25 years’ experience in the water and waste industries. He started his career with the engineering and project management of large-scale infrastructure projects, and has held senior operations, strategy, corporate development, M&A, and finance positions at ZENON and General Electric Company. Mr. Kaissi has a unique expertise in integrating operations, finance and strategy. He is a past board member of Anaergia and currently serves on the Board of Directors of several of Anaergia’s subsidiaries. Mr. Kaissi has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the American University of Beirut and holds a Master’s of Business Administration from McGill University.
Mr. Erickson is the General Counsel of the Company, a position he has held since 2018. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Erickson delivered strategic guidance and legal solutions for private-equity-controlled portfolio companies engaged in the development of critical water, energy and telecommunications infrastructure in the U.S. and abroad for government and multinational clients. He was most recently the Vice President, General Counsel of FDH Velocitel, Inc. Mr. Erickson has over 24 years of legal and project management experience and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional – International (CCEP-I). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maine School of Law.
Dr. Benedek has held the role of CEO since founding Anaergia in 2007. He received his engineering degree (chemical) from McGill University in Montreal, Québec in 1966. By 1970, he had obtained a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington with a focus on wastewater treatment. Dr. Benedek then accepted a professorship at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario where he taught and conducted research to find ways of improving water quality. In 1980, Dr. Benedek founded ZENON with the purpose of developing cost effective membrane technologies for recycling wastewater. Under his leadership, ZENON invented, developed and commercialized many of the key membrane technologies used for water and wastewater treatment and became a global leader in this field.
Dr. Mourato Benedek has been a director of Anaergia since the company was founded in 2007. Dr. Mourato Benedek has a PhD and a Master’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Québec. She is a pioneer in the development and commercialization of immersed membranes and membrane bioreactors in the field of municipal wastewater and drinking water treatment. Dr. Mourato Benedek was formerly a Senior Vice President at ZENON, responsible for North and South American and international operations. She has extensive experience in environmental sciences as head of the ZENON municipal business, which she founded and grew in five years to be the largest commercial division of ZENON while maintaining profitability year after year. She is also a former Vice President, Site Remediation at SNC Lavalin. Dr. Mourato Benedek is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Fibracast and is directly responsible for research and development and the continuous improvement of technology within the company. She was formerly the Chief Operating Officer of Anaergia and is currently a Managing Director of many of its international subsidiaries.
Mr. Gross has been a director with Anaergia since 2019. He is a three-time water entrepreneur, having started and grown domestic and international companies, a water/wastewater technology inventor with 10 patents covering treatment technologies, a board member on various water/wastewater companies, consultant and investor. Mr. Gross brings his experience doing business with enterprises ranging from small local entities to large governmental organizations in 88 countries around the world. His experience also includes supporting the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. State Department with water/wastewater treatment systems in some of the most challenging areas of the world. Since July 2016, Mr. Gross has been Chief Executive Officer of SURGE International, LLC where he guides start-up water/wastewater technology companies to achieve global success. As a consultant to Emerson Collective, LLC, Mr. Gross provides strategic water guidance while providing governance to portfolio companies through board participation.
Mr. McKenna has held the position of director with Anaergia since 2020. Mr. McKenna is currently the Deputy Chair, Wholesale of TD Bank Group, a financial institution, a position he has held since 2006. He is also the Chair of the board of directors of Brookfield Asset Management Inc., a global asset manager with approximately US$600 billion of assets under management, and the Chair of the compensation committee of the board of the directors of Canadian Natural Resources Limited. Mr. McKenna is a former Ambassador of Canada to the United States and was elected as Premier of the Province of New Brunswick from 1987 until 1997. Mr. McKenna is a Queen’s Counsel, a Member of the Queen’s Privy Council, a Member of the Order of New Brunswick and a Member of the Order of Canada. Mr. McKenna is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University, Queen’s University and the University of New Brunswick Law School and is also the recipient of 15 honorary degrees.
Mr. Parkhill has been a director with Anaergia since 2019. He serves as a non-executive director on corporate boards and provides advisory services to corporations and institutional investors. He is currently the Managing Director & Head, Strategic Advisory of Clariti Strategic Advisors Inc. and he was the Managing Director of Parkhill Advisory from February 2016 until December 2019. Mr. Parkhill was previously the Chief Executive Officer of CIBC First Caribbean International Bank from September 2011 to December 2015. During this period, he was responsible for the development and execution of a multi-faceted plan that resulted in the turnaround of the bank’s operating and financial performance. He joined Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (“CIBC”) in 2008 as Managing Director, Head of Cash Equities. During his tenure, CIBC became recognized as a Canadian leader in equity trading and equity capital markets. Prior to joining CIBC, Mr. Parkhill held several senior executive positions with the TMX Group Limited, including President and Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer. He was instrumental in the successful expansion of TSX Group’s business outside of Canada. Mr. Parkhill has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, including managing banks, brokerage firms and exchanges. He is a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
Mr. Viterbi has been a director with Anaergia since 2019. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Liquid Environmental Solutions (“LES”) in 2002, serving as Chief Executive Officer from inception though 2019, as Chief Financial Officer from inception through 2009 and as Executive Chairman from 2019 through 2020. With 54 collection branches and 24 wastewater recycling plants servicing customers in all 50 states, LES collects, treats and beneficially recovers materials from a wide variety of wastewater sources, including grease traps, oil water separators, industrial and manufacturing processes and used cooking oil. Mr. Viterbi was previously a co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of U.S. Public Technologies, a North American market leader in traffic photo enforcement, from its inception through to the sale of the business to Lockheed Martin, where he then served as Vice President of Photo Enforcement. Prior to entering the private sector, Mr. Viterbi was the Mayor of West Hollywood, California and a member of the first city council after incorporation from 1984 to 1988. He has also served on various public agency boards, including as a member of the California Export Finance Board, and in a number of leadership roles in various community organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, including graduate coursework in accounting, from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Fellowship with the Coro Foundation.
Mr. Wooten has been a director of Anaergia since 2019. He is currently a Partner and Chair of the Sustainability Committee with SER Capital Partners. Prior to joining SER Capital Partners, Mr. Wooten was an Executive Vice President of Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc. Mr. Wooten retired in 2018 with over 30 years of energy industry experience in infrastructure project development, commodity trading/risk management and structured/project finance. Mr. Wooten previously held executive management positions at Duke Energy (President of IPP unit), Duke/Louis Dreyfus (Managing Director, Origination and Operations), Merchant Energy Group of the Americas (President), Pradium, Inc. (President and Chief Executive Officer) and Allied Syngas Corporation (President). Mr. Wooten received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with honors from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.