The NEXE Team

Darren Footz

CEO & Director

Darren is a serial entrepreneur and the creative force behind our organization, having invented the BPI compostable, single-serve NEXE Pod. Given his expertise and industry knowledge, Darren leads the innovation, R&D, and driving the IP/trade secrets strategy. Darren has also been leading the charge for implementing the end-to-end manufacturing capabilities and scaling the operations at the Windsor Facility. Before co-founding NEXE, Darren was Granville Island Coffee’s President, which grew from a small artisan roaster to a nationally recognized brand within five years.

Ash Guglani

PreSIDENT & Director

Ash is responsible for the overall strategy, including capital markets and media, and is also part of the team that oversees operations and innovation. Ash has played an instrumental role in raising capital, with over $80 million raised to date. Before co-founding NEXE, Ash worked in capital markets at a national investment bank for over 12 years.

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 and Development with Cloud9 Secure Digital Services.

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.