TriCore Team & Board
CEO & CEO of Carbon Credit Solutions Inc
Ed is passionate about spreading the message that environmental and financial sustainability can – and must – coexist. Ed understands deeply that unless people and organizations are incentivized to participate in the green economy, to meet immediate needs they’ll continue to do as they’ve always done.
It’s why, under Ed’s guidance, Climate Smart Group is leading the way with the best MRV system in the world that allows everyone from small to large scale operators participate in the green, carbon credit economy; why they’re revolutionizing farming in the Amazon; and why they’re experts in the creation and implementation of regulatory frameworks and management emissions plans for the aviation industry. Change happens when education, inspiration and economic viability come together.
Best known for the founding and expansion of Rent-a-Wreck in the 1980’s, Ed is a hands-on, serial entrepreneur with more than 30 years experience growing companies in Canada, the US and UK. Ed co-wrote the Amazon best-seller The Only Business Book You’ll Ever Need, published in 2012, and in 2013 was a featured speaker at TedX, a talk viewed nearly 3,000 times.
With an outstanding track record of corporate strategic leadership, efficient growth and environmental consciousness across multiple industries, Ed is committed to realizing his vision to make Carbon Credit Solutions and Climate Smart Group the foremost authority in MRV and climate change mitigation strategies in the world.
Awarded numerous business and environmental accolades throughout Canada, the US and the UK including the prestigious Crescordia award in the SW US and most recently the 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Ed lectures on entrepreneurship at universities and was a case study for multiple MBA and commerce programs.
Al Duerr, MBA, ICD.D
Founder and CEO of General Magnetic International Inc.
Al Duerr has a history of investment and leadership in environmental technologies. He is Founder and CEO of General Magnetic International Inc., developing and manufacturing energy efficient and GHG reducing permanent magnet motor products for the energy industry. General Magnetic products have been widely deployed internationally throughout North and South America, the Middle East and South East Asia with operations in Canada and China. Prior to General Magnetic, Mr. Duerr was the CEO of the International Projects Group for a Swiss based international finance company.
Mr. Duerr also served as the Mayor of Calgary for 12 years from 1989 to 2001, obtaining the highest public support in successive elections of any Mayor in Calgary’s history. In 1986 he co-founded and was President of a water and wastewater treatment company in Malaysia that he led until his election as Mayor in 1989. Prior to this he was a District Manager of an Alberta based land development company after serving as a Development Planner for the City of Calgary Planning Department. Mr. Duerr earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Urban Geography from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters of Business Administration (Beta Gamma Sigma) from the Haskayne Business School at the University of Calgary. He holds an ICD.D, the professional director designation of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Mr. Duerr has served on numerous corporate and not-for-profit boards. Mr. Duerr has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellowship and the Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award for his work in building bridges between aboriginal and non-aboriginal cultures.
President and CEO of Trido Industries Inc.
Over the last 20 years Russ Graham has founded and co-founded a number of companies in the technology, energy, and mining spaces. Taking products concept stage to market introduction and full commercialization. Currently he is President and CEO of Trido Industries Inc. Trido was started to develop products to reduce methane emissions and improve operations in the oil and gas industry. To date Trido has deployed over 3,000 systems in Canada, the United States and worldwide. Russ has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Calgary.
Director and President of Carbon Credit Solutions
Alastair Handley is Founder and President of Alberta-based companies Climate Smart Group (CSG) and Carbon Credit Solutions Inc, (CCSI). His recent appointment to the World Bank Advisory Group for Operationalizing Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, recognizes Alastair as a leader and authority on Environment Markets worldwide, and especially carbon markets.
In response to the Paris Agreement, the Advisory Group’s purpose is to establish market-based facilities and associated instruments to support the development of carbon markets internationally. This reflects Alastair’s personal mission in recent years, to help national and sub-national governments implement essential environmental market frameworks that stimulate green innovation, create employment opportunities and result in lasting reductions in Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
A pioneer in the environmental market space, Alastair designed and developed one of the first software platforms in the world to aggregate and quantify large-scale emission reductions. Leveraging his prior experience with geographic information systems and software design, Alastair created a world-class Measure-Report-Verify (MRV) system that in the past decade has generated $40 million dollars in documented carbon credits for farmers in Alberta; saved emitters $30 million; and created excess of $30 million in company equity for CCSI.
Alastair’s MRV System was created in 2007, in response to Alberta developing the first carbon market in North America. A global leader, the province’s environmental foresight is the foundation on which Alastair built his companies. The success of CSG and CCSI domestically and internationally exemplifies how emission reduction markets can build wealth, generate jobs, create export opportunities and protect the environment for future generations at once.
Chief Financial Officer
Rob has held senior leadership roles in oil and gas, engineering, procurement and construction and transportation companies. He has international experience including three years in Qatar working on multi-billion-dollar LNG capital projects and two years in the Caribbean working on energy projects. Rob’s focus has been on strategic solutions that involve creativity, adaptability and scalability in the areas of strategy, governance, operations, financing, mergers and acquisitions. His depth of experience includes small start-ups, major multi-nationals, public and private companies. He also currently sits on a variety of boards and committees in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Director ‑ Business Development
Working with EuroMoney out of the UK Andy worked throughout SE Asia providing deployment leadership and commercialization services for mixed use real estate and infrastructure projects including resorts in Bali, Singapore airport and Jakarta convention centre. Directing diverse teams from the UK and Canada through manufacturing and international development projects Andy also led a sustainable real estate development in the Caribbean. He was vice-president of development at Waste to Energy Canada, leading scale-up of the renewable energy business into new markets, and vice-president at a venture capital firm working in renewables and sustainable technology.
Now, leveraging the power of carbon credit markets to promote and deploy clean technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Andy guides our sales team to succeed while removing barriers to their success. An avid outdoor enthusiast living in Canmore, AB, Andy is also a board member of Spirit North, a non-profit organization serving over 50 communities in Western Canada that empowers Indigenous youth with physical activity and lifelong wellness.
Chief Operating Officer
Saj Shapiro has been a world-class growth leader for more than two decades. His impressive skill in strategic planning, capital budgeting, mergers and acquisitions, hands-on operational management and building exceptional teams makes him an exciting and valuable addition to the Carbon Credit Solutions group of companies. As COO Saj will direct operations and lead the company’s financial and administrative functions. Prior to joining CCSI Saj was CEO and president of DrillGear Oilfield Solutions Corp. and CalgaRIG Corporation. Over 6 years there, he developed new market and international sales strategies and sold services to some of the largest oilfield companies in the world. This success led to him being named a finalist for the 2017 Alberta Export Awards. Prior to DrillGear, Saj was CEO and President of Columbia Industries, where in two years he led the company to unprecedented growth in size, sales, revenues and quality. As VP of Technical and Business Development at Nabors Canada, over 5 years he led negotiations for manufacturing capacity in China and restructured and implemented operational efficiencies throughout the company. One of the divisions Saj managed at Nabors experienced 50% year over year growth under his leadership. Saj earned a Bachelor of Commerce in finance from the Haskayne School of Business, and an MBA from the University of Calgary.