The Nexe Team

Darren Footz

CEO & Director

A serial entrepreneur, Darren is the past President of Granville Island Coffee, a company he built in 5 years from a small artisan roaster to a national brand. He is the innovative mind behind the plant-based and fully compostable NEXE POD. His expertise, dedication and pioneering ideas are the backbone of our organization.

Ash Guglani

PRESIDENT, DIRECTOR​

Ash spent 12 years in capital markets with a national investment bank in Vancouver. As an original founder of NEXE, he plays an integral role in helping NEXE in all capacities across financing (public, private and government), operations, and marketing.

Zac Hudson, B.Sc., Ph.D.

CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER

Dr. Hudson is the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Chemistry at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Hudson holds a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Queen’s University and has held research fellowships at top universities in Japan, China, the US and UK. His Ph.D. thesis was named the top chemistry Ph.D. in all of Canada, as well as the top Ph.D. at Queen’s in any field. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers, including six in Science or Nature journals, and holds 3 patents. He currently leads a team of 12 researchers at UBC developing new polymeric materials for sustainable technologies.

Ed Duda, BBA, CPA, CMA

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Mr. Duda has over 30 years of public and private company experience in a wide range of finance and business functions within various industries, holding a number of senior positions, is managing director of Delmac Pacific Management Inc., a private company specializing in financial reporting, risk management, regulatory compliance, junior company development and corporate governance. Mr. Duda holds a BBA from Simon Fraser University and a CPA, CMA designation from the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia. In addition, he holds several certifications from the Canadian Securities Institute. Mr. Duda has extensive board and executive committee experience and currently sits on the board of several public and private organizations as well as being an advisory board member.

Board of Directors

Haytham Hodaly

Mr. Hodaly is an engineer with a B.A.Sc. in Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering and a Master of Engineering, specializing in Mineral Economics. Mr. Hodaly is currently Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. (“Wheaton”) and has been involved with more than US$7.0 billion worth of transactions since joining in 2012.  Prior to joining Wheaton, Mr. Hodaly spent 16 years in the North American securities industry, holding the titles of Director and Mining Analyst, Global Mining Research at RBC Capital Markets (“RBC”) and prior to that, holding the position of Co-Director of Research and Senior Mining Analyst at Salman Partners Inc., in addition to holding the titles of Vice President and Director of the firm. Mr. Hodaly’s extensive experience in the investment industry brings a wealth of analytical, technical and corporate expertise.  Mr. Hodaly is also an Independent Director of GoldSource Mines Inc., a position he has held since 2017 and a Director of the Denver Gold Group since 2019.

Graham Gilley

Mr. Gilley is Director of Enterprise Risk Management and Data Protection at Mulgrave School – The International School of Vancouver. For the past 15 years, he has been responsible for the leadership, innovation, governance, and management of the school’s operational, financial, and strategic risks. By developing tools, practices, and policies that analyze and report enterprise risks, he has created an enterprise risk management framework guided by strategic priorities. Previously, Graham was Executive Director of Ideation & Development with Cloud9 Secure Digital Services, where he drove the creation of applications to help power mobile online banking in the Canadian market.

Killian Ruby

Mr. Ruby is the President and CEO of Malaspina Consultants Inc. in Vancouver, specializing in financial management and public company reporting. Prior to joining Malaspina, Mr. Ruby was an assurance partner at Wolrige Mahon LLP (now Baker Tilly Canada) working predominantly with junior public companies. He also previously served as senior manager with KPMG LLP working with a range of public companies and reporting issuers.

Advisors

Rob Smith

Rob has been an investor and advisor to technology and growth related businesses for the past 25 years. Part of NEXE’s (formerly G-PAK) founding team, Rob brings a unique perspective in the areas of financing, marketing and brand development. Currently a partner in Sociable Ventures,  advisor to Altus Capital and Director of Hemptown Organics Corp.

Anthony Rosenfeld

Anthony holds 20 years of experience in marketing, strategy and business development. He joined Vega where he built a 50-member team that developed a leading marketing program overseeing consumer, trade, PR, creative and digital marketing.

Jason Fediuk

Jason is currently Principal of Swordfish Capital Inc., a boutique financial advisory firm specializing in capital markets planning for both public and private corporations looking to raise growth capital.

Mark Betteridge

For 25 years, Mark has been involved in both real estate and technology as CEO of Discovery Parks and Discovery Foundation in Vancouver. The Discovery Group created two million square feet of labs, offices and space to support and grow early-stage technology companies.

John Hemeon

John spent 25 years with Sysco Food Service learning everything about the food, packaging and service needs of restaurants. He then joined Tim Hortons for seven years as Executive Vice President, Supply Chain where he learned all things coffee.

Neil Madden

Neil’s heart is in sales. His passion for solving customer needs led him to create his own company, which morphed from a vending machine business in 1997 to a multi-channel retail, e-commerce and distribution company servicing Canada with a focus on single-serve coffee.

Paul Bhogal, MBA

Paul has over 20 years of manufacturing and automation experience. He grew a small family Hamilton-based machine shop into a Tier 1 & 2 automotive production machining/assembly/testing facility with two locations in Ontario and one in Saltillo, Mexico. Paul will be focused on defining, sourcing and implementing manufacturing capacity at G-PAK to ensure fulfilment of customer requirements in a timely, cost-effective, and quality sensitive manner.