Chair and Director
Alan Curleigh has a wealth of experience in international business, capital projects, and board governance. For many years a senior executive and Board member of TESSAG KSH (now KSH Solutions), a 100-year old global engineering contracting company serving the forestry products, energy, environmental and chemical industries, Mr. Curleigh subsequently served as a representative on multiple corporate boards and associations. Most notably, Mr. Curleigh was federally appointed by Canada’s International Trade Minister to Chair the Board of Directors of the Canadian Commercial Corporation, a crown corporation mandated to support the growth of international trade by helping Canadian exporters gain access to, and negotiate with, foreign government procurement markets – a role he held for 7 years. Additionally, Mr. Curleigh was Chair of the Audit Committee for Veterans Affairs Canada, was the Chair of the Board of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Canada’s largest industry association, was a board member and treasurer of the Canadian Exporters Association; and a Board Member for NorthStar Trade Finance. Mr. Curleigh has been a visiting Faculty Member at the Directors College, a joint initiative between The Conference Board of Canada and McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business and Canada’s premier school of governance, where he has lectured extensively on Board governance issues since the school’s inauguration. For his many contributions to leadership and business in Canada, Mr. Curleigh is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for dedicated service to peers and country in building a stronger export sector for Canada
P. Peter Pascali
President, Chief Executive Officer, Director
After graduating with an MBA from McGill University, Montreal in 1983, Mr. Pascali became an investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions and then public offerings. He initially worked for the Bank of Nova Scotia and then, in 1987, joined Westpac Banking Corporation. In 1989, he was recruited by DeGeorge Financial Corporation as a strategic advisor. Mr. Pascali joined the Corporation in 1992 where he has been responsible for developing the business strategy and marketing focus for commercializing the Corporation’s technologies and running the business. Mr. Pascali continues to develop the Corporation’s strategy and oversee the operational management as the President and Chief Executive Officer. In his leadership role, Mr. Pascali spearheads the Strategic Management Team which is responsible for the strategic planning and execution of the company’s business plans.
Andrew Abdalla, CPA
Chair of the Audit Committee, Member of the Compensation Committee, Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and Director
Mr. Abdalla, CPA, is a partner at MNP, a leading national accounting, tax and business consulting firm in Canada. Mr. Abdalla brings to the Board of Directors of the Company more than 20 years of strategic planning, and tax advice, with a specific focus on sales and income tax, acquisitions and divestitures, business valuations, corporate reorganizations and spinoffs. Mr. Abdalla received his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation in 1987. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a graduate diploma in public accounting from Concordia University in Montreal.
Robert M. Radin
Chair of the Compensation Committee, Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and Director
Mr. Radin has recently retired from the U.S. Army after serving for over 35 years and attaining the rank of Major General. His last assignment was as the U.S. Army Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, (Logistics), the Pentagon, Washington, DC. In this position he was responsible for policy development, strategic planning and budget programming for distribution, logistics force structure, readiness reporting, Army pre-positions stocks, contingency contracting and support of U.S. Army worldwide operations. Prior to joining the Army Staff, he served as the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command at Rock Island, Illinois. Other key assignments include: Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Logistics for the U.S. Army Materiel Command form 2005 to 2007; Commanding General of the Joint Munitions Command form 2004 to 2005; and from 2003 to 2004 was deployed to Kuwait as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command-SWA and was responsible for support of U.S. land forces in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and Djibouti. After retiring from the Army in June 2011, he founded Radin & Associates Consulting, LLC, a firm that assists clients with supply chain related issues. Mr. Radin has graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds postgraduate degrees from the Florida Institute of Technology and the National Defense University.
Dr. Virendra Jha
Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, Member of the Compensation Committee, and Director
Dr. Jha, Member of the order of Canada, has over 42 years of experience in the Canadian Space Program ranging from in-depth engineering work to senior management positions in both the Private and the Public Sectors. Dr. Jha began his space career in 1972 when he joined the Aerospace group of RCA Limited Montreal, which later became Spar Aerospace Limited. In 1988, he became the Director of Engineering at Spar Aerospace Limited. In 1991 Dr. Jha joined the Canadian Space Agency as Director of the Space Mechanics Group. In 1996, he was promoted to the position of Director General, Space Technologies Branch of the CSA. From 2003 till 2008, he was the Vice-President responsible for Science, Technology and Programs at the Canadian Space Agency. As Vice President, Dr. Jha provided strategic direction, vision and leadership to all core technical sectors of the Agency. From November 2005 until February 2006, Dr. Jha also served as the Acting President of the Canadian Space Agency. He was Chief Engineering Adviser at the Canadian Space Agency until his retirement in 2014.
Dr. Jha received his B. Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi India, his Master’s degree in Mechanical engineering from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, and his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada and the C.Dir. (Chartered Director) Degree from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. Dr. Jha’s technical contributions in Canadian Space Program as well as in International Space activities have been significant. His leadership and commitment to the profession is reflected by his recognition and active participation in many groups, committees and advisory boards.
Dr. Jha currently serves as a director on the Board of the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (“AECL”), a Canadian federal Crown Corporation and Canada’s largest nuclear science and technology laboratory.
Upon graduating from McGill University in 2009 (Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering), Ms. Kafal took on lead roles in process engineering at the Natural Gas Technologies Centre in Montreal, where she was responsible for managing a number of high level projects. Thereafter, she enrolled in a two-year graduate program in Industrial Engineering and Project Management at École Polytechnique de Montréal. Ms Kafal joined PyroGenesis with a strong background in process engineering, combined with practical experience in sales, promotional activities and business relations. Ms Kafal has been a member of PyroGenesis’ Strategic Management Group since 2016 where she has been instrumental in providing input into all aspects of PyroGenesis’ growth and represented the views of the investor community. As Vice President, Investor Relations and Strategic Business Development, Ms Kafal continues to oversee PyroGenesis’ complete investor relations program, while managing the Company’s marketing team.
Ben Naccarato, CPA, CMA
Member of the Audit Committee, Member of the Compensation Committee and Director
Mr. Naccarato, CPA, CMA, is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer at PermaFix Environmental Services Inc., a NASDAQ listed environmental services company, providing unique radioactive mixed and industrial waste management services. Mr. Naccarato brings to the Board of Directors of the Company more than 30 years of experience in senior financial positions in the environmental industry. Mr. Naccarato is a graduate from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce and Finance Degree as well as being a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Management Accountant (CPA, CMA).
Ms. Ramsey holds undergraduate degrees in Economics, Engineering and an MBA. She brings manufacturing experience from Caterpillar Tractor Company, J.I. Case and more recently served as the Site Manager and Associate Director of Engineering for Edgewood Chemical Biological Center’s site at the Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois. She was responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, engineering support and testing, quality assurance and information technology solutions to a variety of customers.