Management

Randall MacEwen, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. MacEwen has extensive executive-level experience leading a range of clean energy organizations, including involvement in the hydrogen and fuel cell sector. He possesses strengths in a broad range of key areas, including: corporate governance, international B-to-B sales, product development, manufacturing, engineering services, M&A and corporate finance.

Mr. MacEwen was Founder and Managing Director of NextCleanTech LLC, a cleantech consulting firm. He provided strategic planning, interim/consultant CEO, corporate finance advisory and M&A advisory services to clean technology companies. Mr. MacEwen previously served as President & CEO of Solar Integrated Technologies, Inc., a commercial rooftop solar company, and was Executive Vice President, Corporate Development of Stuart Energy Systems Corporation, a supplier of hydrogen generation systems. Mr. MacEwen began his career as an associate at Torys LLP, a leading business law firm, specializing in corporate finance and M&A.

Mr. MacEwen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University, a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Western Ontario and was called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1997.             

 

Paul Cass, Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

Paul Cass was appointed Vice President, and Chief Operations Officer in March 2009. Mr. Cass’ responsibilities include leadership for Production, Supply Chain, Manufacturing Engineering, Quality Assurance, LEDS, Maintenance, Facilities, Physical Security, and Environmental, Health and Safety.

Mr. Cass joined Ballard in 1997 and his areas of responsibilities have included mechanical engineering, engineering management, product development, customer service, and market development. In January 2003, he was appointed Director, Customer Service & Applications Engineering. In August 2006, Mr. Cass took on the additional role of Director, Bus Market Segment. In February 2008 he was also assigned leadership responsibility for the Material Handling Market Segment.

Prior to joining Ballard, Mr. Cass had previous experience in project management, heavy equipment design and manufacturing, forestry equipment design and manufacturing, and shipbuilding. Mr. Cass is a registered Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of British Columbia. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from Simon Fraser University.


 

Tony Guglielmin, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Tony Guglielmin joined Ballard as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in June 2010.

Mr. Guglielmin previously served as SVP Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Canada Line Rapid Transit Inc. (CLCO), a $2 billion rapid transit project connecting the Vancouver International Airport, City of Richmond and downtown Vancouver. Prior to joining CLCO, Mr. Guglielmin held senior management roles in treasury, investor relations, corporate development and strategic planning at Finning International Inc. in Vancouver; was Corporate Treasurer of British Columbia Hydro; and held various management positions with The Bank of Nova Scotia in Toronto.

Mr. Guglielmin holds a BA in Economics and Political Science and an MBA from McGill University. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and belongs to a number of professional organizations including the Financial Executives Institute. He serves on the Board of a number of private companies as well as the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation (where he also serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Investment, Finance and Audit Committee).

 


  

Christopher Guzy, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Christopher Guzy joined Ballard as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in February 2005. Dr. Guzy’s areas of responsibility include product development and technology research and development.

Prior to joining Ballard, Dr. Guzy was General Manager of GE Healthcare’s product development and supply chain operations in Hungary. During his 17 years at General Electric in the United States and Europe, he also held a number of other senior technology and product development leadership positions including Global General Manager of Linear Fluorescent Technology and Vice President and Director of Quality and Technology, Europe for GE Lighting. Prior to joining GE, he led a process development section at Nestlé in Switzerland.

Dr. Guzy began his career as Station Director of the School of Chemical Engineering Practice and Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1983 to 1986. He holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and a Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Mexico.




      

Steven W. Karaffa, Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer

Steven W. Karaffa joined Ballard as Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer in March 2014. Mr. Karaffa’s responsibilities include leadership of the Corporate Sales, Marketing & Product Management functions at Ballard.

Mr. Karaffa joined Ballard following a long and successful career at Corning Incorporated, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President, Global Carrier Network Sales & Marketing at Corning Telecommunications. Other significant positions at Corning included President & CEO of Corning Gilbert and Vice President of Cable Product Line Management at Corning Cable Systems.

Mr. Karaffa holds a BA and MBA from the University of Notre Dame and completed an international business certification, Tuck 20/20, through Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.

      

Karim Kassam, Vice President, Business & Corporate Development

Karim Kassam was appointed Vice President, Business and Corporate Development at Ballard Power Systems in January 2013. Since joining Ballard in 2008, Mr. Kassam’s responsibilities have included leadership of the Company’s strategic initiatives in business and corporate development, as well as formation of strategic alliances and key industry partnerships.
 
His work includes growing Ballard’s presence in developing market segments and building relationships with strategic partners in markets such as Asia and Africa. Mr. Kassam has extensive international experience, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, across a range of sectors, including commercial real estate, government and retail.

Mr. Kassam sits on the Boards of both the Chrysalix Energy Limited Partnership I and the Women’s Health Research Institute at the BC Provincial Health Services Authority. Previously, Mr. Kassam was a member of the Vancouver Economic Development Commission. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, an MBA from Queens University, and is a designated CMA. He has also completed the Executive Leadership Development program at Harvard Business School.


      

Larry Stapleton, Vice President Sales


Larry Stapleton joined Ballard as Vice President of Sales in May of 2010.

Mr. Stapleton is responsible for all fuel cell product sales generation activities, including new customer acquisition, account management and sales-related programs. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Stapleton spent more than 25 years in sales, engineering and product development roles in technology companies. This included time at several Fortune 100 companies, as well as start-up’s in the battery power and telecom space. More recently, Mr. Stapleton served as Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Marketing at Bsquare Corporation in Seattle, WA where he led the expansion of product sales, licensing and engineering services worldwide, penetrating further into Europe and Asia with hardware and software offerings for OEM’s that included Ford, HP, Hyundai, Microsoft, Motorola, RIM and Siemens.

Mr. Stapleton’s education includes a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State and an MBA from the University of Washington