Our leaders champion every aspect of Ballard’s business, from technology innovation and product manufacturing to customer service, financials, and our workforce.
Randall MacEwen, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. MacEwen has been the President & CEO and a member of the board of directors of Ballard since October 2014. He has held executive roles in clean energy companies for over 15 years, including in fuel cells and solar.
From 2009 to 2014, Mr. MacEwen was Founder and Managing Director of NextCleanTech LLC, a cleantech consulting firm. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. MacEwen served as President & CEO of Solar Integrated Technologies, Inc., a commercial rooftop solar company. From 2001 to 2005, he served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development of Stuart Energy Systems Corporation, a leading supplier hydrogen generation systems.
Mr. MacEwen began his career as a corporate associate at Torys LLP, a leading business law firm, where he specialized in M&A and corporate finance from 1995 to 2001. Mr. MacEwen holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hon) degree from York University and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Rob Campbell, Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
Rob Campbell was appointed Chief Commercial Officer at Ballard Power Systems in May 2017. Mr. Campbell’s responsibilities include global business development, sales, marketing, product line management and after-sales service activities in the Company’s key Power Products markets of Heavy Duty Motive, Material Handling and Back-up Power.
Rob has considerable experience in global business development for technology based products in China, Japan, India, Europe and the United States. He has deep knowledge of high-growth markets and engineering-based capital equipment sales to sophisticated customers.
Mr Campbell was most recently President and CEO of SoloPower Systems Inc., Prior to SoloPower his career included: SVP of Business Development at Energy Conversion Devices and Solar Integrated Technologies in the US., EVP of Sales and Marketing at Hydrogenics in Ontario, Canada and senior leadership roles at several construction and power generation companies in Ontario, Canada.
Mr. Campbell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering at Queen’s University and an MBA in Finance and Marketing at York University’s Schulich School of Business. He is a licensed Professional Engineer with the Professional Engineers Association of Ontario.
Kevin Colbow, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Kevin Colbow was appointed Chief Technology Officer in March 2019. Dr. Colbow’s responsibilities include Research, Product Engineering and Program Management. He also provides leadership of the Company’s Technology Solutions business segment, including Engineering Services and Intellectual Property licensing.
Dr. Colbow joined Ballard in 1994 and his areas of responsibilities have included research and development, product development, technology portfolio management and product management. He was Director of Research and Development until March 2010, when he was appointed Director of Product Management & Solutions Engineering with responsibility for fuel cell stack products. Dr. Colbow joined the Ballard Executive Team in February 2014 and served as Vice President, Technology Solutions. Most recently, from February 2016 to March 2019, he served as Vice President, Technology and Product Development.
Following receipt of a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Physics from Simon Fraser University in 1986, Dr. Colbow completed a Master of Science in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries at the University of British Columbia and, in 1992, completed a Ph.D. in photoelectron and soft x-ray spectroscopy on semiconductor surfaces. Dr. Colbow has also completed the Certificate Program for Technology Management at the California Institute of Technology and has 23 patents in the area of PEM fuel cells.
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 Information Services Corporation (where he also serves as Chair of the Audit Committee), as well as a number of private companies.
Jan Laishley, Vice President, Human Resources
Jan Laishley was appointed Vice President, Human Resources in March 2019. Ms. Laishley’s responsibilities include Executive leadership of the Global Human Resources function (including: Organizational Design and Effectiveness, Leadership and Talent Development, Employee Engagement, Talent Retention and Acquisition and Compensation and Benefits).
Ms. Laishley joined Ballard in 2003 and key focus areas during her tenure have included talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, leadership development, employee engagement, immigration and expatriate management. Ms. Laishley served as an HR Manager from 2010 to 2017 and joined the Ballard Executive Team as the Director of Human Resources in 2017.
Ms. Laishley began her HR career at a global software company during a time of high growth and rapid expansion. She earned a Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership and a Certificate in Evidence Based Coaching at Fielding Graduate University in 2015. She also completed a Certificate in Human Resources Management from British Columbia Institute of Technology, followed by a Bachelor of General Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2010. Ms. Laishley serves as the Chair of the Board of the HR Tech Group, an association representing HR professionals from more than 150 diverse technology companies.
Sarbjot (Jyoti) Sidhu, Vice President, Operations
Sarbjot (Jyoti) Sidhu was appointed Vice President, Operations in December 2018. Ms. Sidhu has global leadership responsibility for Operations, including EH&S, Quality, Supply Chain, Production, Maintenance and Facilities.
Ms. Sidhu joined Ballard in 2000. Most recently she served as Director, Quality since 2014. She previously held positions in Production Management, EH&S and Production Planning. Ms. Sidhu has led significant projects during her tenure at Ballard, including company-wide training on lean Six Sigma, leadership of Ballard’s continuous improvement program and an ERP implementation in the areas of Procure to Pay, Supply Chain and Manufacturing. In addition, Ms. Sidhu serves on Oracle’s Supply chain advisory board.
Ms. Sidhu earned a Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University in 2013 as well as a certificate in Operations Management from British Columbia Institute of Technology in 2008.