We’re not just passionate, we’re purpose-led

Our team is driven to find new ways to harness solar energy and make it useful unlike anything ever seen before—not just because we’re dedicated innovators, but because we believe solar is integral to a more sustainable future.

We’re not just passionate, we’re purpose-led

Our team is driven to find new ways to harness solar energy and make it useful unlike anything ever seen before—not just because we’re dedicated innovators, but because we believe solar is integral to a more sustainable future.

We see a brighter future with perovskite

Imagine lightweight, low-cost solar PV that rivals the efficiency of traditional solar technology—leveraging the power of the sun for cleaner energy, a healthier society, and a thriving environment. It’s why we founded Rayleigh.

Our History

2016

Dr. Sam March founds Rayleigh out of Dr. Ian Hill’s lab in Dalhousie as a continuation of his PhD research.

2018

The team expands with the addition of Dane George and Irina Valitova. Rayleigh’s first mini module is produced.

2019

Rayleigh’s scalable process is developed and the first manufacturing trials are conducted. Process patent applications are filed.

2021

Rayleigh commissions R&D and pilot manufacturing facility. Additional scientists and engineers are hired.

2022

Rayleigh passes IEC damp heat testing on a small cell,  and achieves a certified efficiency of 14.8% on a 15cm x 15cm module.

2023

Rayleigh engages in pilot projects and expands manufacturing facility. The team continues to grow.

Environmental, social and governance impact

At Rayleigh Solar Tech, we know that climate change is a serious threat. That’s why we’re dedicated to developing and commercializing a flexible, lightweight and scalable perovskite solar film that will support a clean transition to renewable energy. Our tech can be produced at far lower temperatures than traditional silicon solar technologies, and it can be applied in places where solar has never been practical before.

Since our founding in 2016, Rayleigh has grown from a single scientist in a lab, to a diverse and talented team working in a pilot manufacturing setting. As we continue to grow, we want to ensure that our company is operated in a way that aligns with our principles. That’s why we have created this strategy. We look forward to working with our partners and stakeholders to do our parts to achieve sustainable development.

Our ESG priority areas

Prioritizing Ethics & Transparency

Managing our Environmental Impact

Maintaining our Team’s Health & Wellbeing

Promoting Justice, Equity, Diversity, Decolonization & Inclusion

Our Team

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Paul Pynn, CEO

PEng, Memorial University, currently completing MA, International Development, SMU

Paul is an entrepreneur with over 22 years of experience building and scaling renewable energy companies. He was founder and president of One Wind Services, one of North America’s leading wind, solar, storage and EV infrastructure service providers. He also co-founded several renewable energy asset ownership companies and was integral in financing, constructing, and operating over $100 million in renewable energy projects.

Outside of work, Paul can be found playing guitar in his band, or spending time with his family at the cottage. He loves his work at Rayleigh, but is always on the lookout for opportunities to make it big with his band.

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Dr. Sam March, Co-founder, CTO

MSc Solar Energy Engineering, TU Delft & PhD Physics, Dalhousie University

Sam founded Rayleigh Solar Tech in 2016, building on work from his PhD research. He has been working with perovskite solar cell materials and fabrication techniques for more than six years. Sam also has over 10 years of experience in the solar industry and has worked on solar projects around the world. 

Outside of work, Sam can be found hiking, foraging, or riding his electric bike. He is rarely seen without his wool sweater (pictured above).

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Dr. Irina Valitova, CSO

PhD Condensed Matter Physics, MIET Moscow & PhD Materials Engineering, Polytechnique Montreal

Irina is an expert in thin film device design, fabrication, and optimization with more than 18 years of experience. She is a part time professor at Kazakh British Technical University teaching Photovoltaic courses for graduate students. She also specializes in organic electronic devices, and metal oxide electronics.

Outside of work, Irina can be found hiking, camping, or spending time with her two sons. She is usually the best dressed person in the office too.

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Dane George, Co-founder, COO

PEng, MSc Mechanical Engineering, Dalhousie University

Dane has been with Rayleigh since the beginning. He is a professional engineer with a diverse background in education, renewable energy project management and building energy management. Previously, Dane worked with the Applied Energy Lab at NSCC as a project lead doing product development research for industry partners.

Outside of work, Dane can be found playing music at the farmers’ market, teaching capoeira, and spending time with his children. He frequently treats his colleagues to tap dancing demonstrations.

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Marshall Quinn, Product Development Engineer

PEng, MSc Aerospace Engineering, TU Delft

Marshall is an engineer with several years of experience in designing and building electric vehicles. He holds a MSc in aerospace engineering from TU Delft, and a BASc in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University. He has a passion for renewable energy, advanced manufacturing, and aerospace.

Outside of work, he can be found skiing, rock climbing, playing volleyball, or riding his motorcycle. Marshall is always ready to defend his opinions on where to get the best pizza.

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Raha Khosravi, Product Validation Lead

BSc Azad University (Iran), MASc Dalhousie University

Raha joined the Rayleigh team after completing her MASc at Dalhousie University. Her Master’s research addressed the design, test, and development of optical sensors to monitor opaque materials. Before moving to Canada, Raha completed her BSc in Iran. She majored in electrical and computer engineering. She also has published more than 5 research articles in top-tier science and engineering journals.

Outside of work, Raha can be found spending time with friends, going to the gym, or hanging out with her beloved cats, Kevin and Coco. She can often be seen turning up the thermostat when Laura is not looking.

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Eric Bergmann, R&D and Operations Manager

BSc. Chemical Physics, University of Guelph, MSc. Applied Physics, Dalhousie University

Eric holds a MSc in applied physics from Dalhousie University. Before attending Dal, he completed his BSc in chemical physics at the University of Guelph. Eric has a wide range of experience in material and solar device science with a focus on characterization of electronic and structural properties of perovskite and organic solar cells.

Outside of work, he can be found camping, fishing, or playing sports. When someone brings baked goods to share with the office, Eric ensures none of it goes to waste.

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Dr. Marine Cuisinier, Director, Process Development

MSc Chemical Engineering and MSc Material Science, École nationale supérieure de chimie de Rennes, PhD Chemistry, University of Nantes. (France)

Marine is an experienced chemist who is passionate about clean technology. She holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Nantes in her home country of France. Before joining Rayleigh, Marine spent three and a half years doing research and development work at Salient Energy. She has also spent time working as a scientist in Qatar.

Outside of work, Marine can be found spending time with her young son, enjoying the outdoors, or baking something delicious. She also enjoys woodworking and likes to share that skill with others.

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Laura Moore, Communications and HR Lead

BA History, Acadia University, ADpPR, Nova Scotia Community College

Laura holds a BA from Acadia University. After completing her degree, she spent a year doing historical research for several indigenous communities in Nova Scotia. She has also worked in the automotive and tourism industries.  In 2020, she returned to school and completed her AdpPR at the Nova Scotia Community College. After graduating, she found her way to Rayleigh. Laura is passionate about sustainability and is glad to have landed in the climate tech sector. 

Outside of work, she can be found at choir rehearsal, the climbing gym, baking, or hanging out with her cat Belle. She is often seen turning down the thermostat when Raha is not looking.

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Dr. Ajan Ramachandran, Research Scientist/IP Lead

MSc Cochin University (India), PhD Dalhousie University

Ajan is an expert in optics, which he studied while completing his PhD. He then went on to do work on laser scribed perovskite solar modules as a postdoctoral researcher at Dalhousie university. Ajan also holds a MSc from Cochin University in India.

Outside of work he can be found practicing judo, working with computers, or spending time with his cat. Ajan can often be seen wearing mittens no matter the weather.  

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Brogan O'Brien, Business Analyst

 BBA, Acadia University

Brogan majored in entrepreneurship at Acadia University. He participated in the co-op program as part of his BBA. Brogan completed work terms at the Acadia Student Union, the Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre, and PBJ design, where he helped develop and implement placemaking projects around Nova Scotia. After completing his degree, he worked in marketing at Blomidon Nurseries.

Outside of work, Brogan can be found camping, backpacking, canoeing, or working on his jeep. He prides himself on being full of potentially useless (or useful!) information.

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Alex Russell, Director, Business Operations

BComm Carleton University, MBA Saint Mary’s University.

Alex has over 10 years of experience in finance and investment. He previously worked as a director at the Bank of Montreal. His position there focused on commercial real estate banking and managing a portfolio of clients. Prior to that, he  spent time working with Nova Scotia Business Inc. where he worked to attract investment and companies to Nova Scotia. Alex also has experience as an entrepreneur, co-founding a past landscaping business and has been active in real estate investment for the last number of years.

When he’s not at work, Alex can be found competing in triathlons, enjoying time outdoors camping, running, and playing sports, or spending time with his wife, daughters, and dog. 

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Seamus MacInnes, Jr Electrical Engineer

BSc Saint Mary’s University, BEng Dalhousie University.

Seamus holds two bachelors degrees: a BSc in Computing Science from Saint Mary’s University, and a BEng in Electrical Engineering from Dalhousie University. While completing his engineering degree, he participated in the co-op program. He completed his first co-op term at Innovasea, and his remaining terms were here at Rayleigh. The team was happy to welcome him back full-time when he finished his degree.

Outside of work, he can be found coaching baseball, playing hockey, snowboarding, or spending time with his dog. Despite not being very competitive, Seamus always seems to win any competitions going on in the office.

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Rodrigo Machado, Lab Manager

BEng, UFSC Santa Catarina (Brazil)

Rodrigo is an engineer from Brazil. He completed his degree at UFSC Santa Catarina before working as an electrical engineer on a project that aimed to develop a radio communication link between meteorological stations in Brazil.  After moving to Canada, he spent eight years working for Blue Ocean where he began as a frontline agent, then worked his way up to manager of Latin America operations, supporting daily operations for clients.  

Outside of work, Rodrigo can be found playing tabletop RPG games, doing archery, playing sports, or re-reading Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. Despite being a sport lover from Brazil, he does not play soccer!

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Michelle Pellerin, Optical Engineer

 BEng, Dalhousie University

Michelle majored in mechanical engineering while studying at Dalhousie.  She participated in the co-op program as part of her degree.  This gave her the opportunity to participate in a biomedical engineering research project at Dalhousie University. She has also done manufacturing engineering work at Proctor and Gamble, and optical engineering at Meta Materials Inc. Michelle has spent time in Italy teaching English as well.

Outside of work, Michelle enjoys hip hop dancing, painting, and spending time with friends and family.  She has spent time teaching dance lessons and hopes to add hip hop to Dane’s dance repertoire.

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Dr. Charlotte Clegg, Research Scientist

BSc, MSc, PhD Dalhousie University

Charlotte recently completed her PhD in Physics. Her thesis research focused on redox flow batteries. She has also gained valuable experience working with perovskite solar cells while earning her MSc. Charlotte worked at Rayleigh part-time while finishing her degree, and we are pleased to now have her full-time. 

Outside of work, Charlotte can be found cooking, playing board games, learning to knit, or spending time with her cat. She is also the most hydrated person on the team, as she is rarely seen without her giant water bottle. 

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Kiera Chang, R&D Engineer/Encapsulation Lead

BSc Saint Mary’s University, BEng Dalhousie University.

Kiera majored in mechanical engineering while studying at Dalhousie. She also participated in the co-op program, and gained experience working at The Government of Nova Scotia, and at the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment at Cape Breton University. Her third co-op term was right here at Rayleigh. The team was very keen to welcome her back full-time when she finished her degree.

Outside of work, Kiera does not let her cat allergy get in the way of spending time with her cat Jiang You (Chinese for Soy Sauce).  She also loves food…especially food that she didn’t have to cook herself.

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Kal Hendel, Jr. Design Engineer

BEng Minnesota State University, Mankato 

Kal completed his Bachelor of Integrated Engineering from Minnesota State University, Mankato, while working as a mechanical design engineer at a robotics contracting company during his two year co-op term. Kal has worked as a machinist, a handyman, a graphic designer, and more. His skillset is centered on electromechanical device design, rapid prototyping, and manufacturing.

Outside of work, Kal can be found cooking, swimming, or creating art. He often uses his top-notch graphic design skills to ensure Rayleigh’s workspaces remain visually interesting.

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Sathy Harshavardhan Reddy, Technology Development Manager

BSc, MSC IISER Thiruvananthapuram (India)

Originally from India, Reddy embarked on his academic journey culminating in a B.S-M.S degree with Physics (Major) and Chemistry (Minor) from IISER Thiruvananthapuram, India. Upon completing his studies, he worked as a project manager where he oversaw three simultaneous research projects that were dedicated to advancing perovskite single crystals for solar cell and X-ray scintillator applications. Subsequently, Reddy ventured to Italy, where he became an integral part of the research community within the prestigious Marie Curie program (MAESTRO) at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. While in Rome, his research focused on developing perovskite solar cells via industrially manufacturable techniques.

Outside of work, Reddy can be found travelling, trying new foods, playing sports or working on DIY projects.

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Sam Johnson, Jr. Engineer

BEng, Memorial University

Sam completed her degree in process engineering at MUN. While studying, she completed co-op terms at Cenovus Energy. She has also done quality testing at Irving Tissue, worked on organic LEDs at Avalon Holographics, and worked as a research assistant at Solid State Pharma. Sam has also been heavily involved in engineering outreach projects. She is currently an active member of the North American RoboGals team, which works to get young girls and gender diverse individuals interested in STEM.

Outside of work, Sam can be found hiking, camping, or at home with a good book. She is working hard to move up the ranks in Rayleigh’s ongoing push-up competition and will steal the champion title from Alex very soon.

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Luiza de Queiroz Correa, Production and Technology Transfer Director

BEng and MSc Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil)

Originally from Brazil, Luiza is an experienced chemical engineer. She has several years of experience working with photovoltaics including perovskite and organic solar cells. Luiza is currently earning a master’s degree in Sustainable Energy from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Much of her professional experience is with Oninn (formerly CSEM Brazil), where she gained valuable research and lab design experience.

Outside of work, she can be found travelling, gardening, or trekking to a waterfall. While much of Rayleigh is on “team cat” or “team dog”, Luiza is on “team houseplants”.

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Dr. Salma Zouhair, Research Scientist

BEng Abdelmalek Essaadi University, MSc Al Akhawayn University. PhD Abdelmalek Essaadi University (Morocco)

Salma is working with Rayleigh as a post-doctoral researcher in collaboration with Simon Fraser University. Originally from Morocco, Salma discovered the world of perovskite while completing an internship at Fraunhofer as part of her master’s degree in sustainable energy management. She went on to complete her PhD, focusing on assessment and reduction of performance losses in carbon electrode-based perovskite solar cells. While completing her education, she worked in several research assistant roles including at Fraunhofer and at IPCMS in France.

Outside of work, Salma can be found exploring her city by bike, working on a knitting project, or reading manga. In the great Rayleigh dogs vs. cats debate, Salma is proudly on team cat.

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Niresh Balasubramane, Manufacturing Plant Manager

BEng Anna University, Tamilnadu (India)

Niresh is a talented engineer with more than 15 years of experience working with facilities and equipment in the semiconductor industry. He has worked with various companies at different stages of growth, from small R&D facilities to mass manufacturing. Most recently, he worked with Meta Materials where he led the engineering team and oversaw the company’s facility and clean rooms. On top of his BEng, Niresh also holds a certificate in project management from the University of California.

Outside of work, Niresh can be found working on projects around the house, doing photography, or playing badminton. While many Rayleigh employees are avid cyclists, Niresh is the only one who rolls up to work on a bike that he built himself.

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Paul Pynn, CEO

PEng, Memorial University, currently completing MA, International Development, SMU

Paul is an entrepreneur with over 22 years of experience building and scaling renewable energy companies. He was founder and president of One Wind Services, one of North America’s leading wind, solar, storage and EV infrastructure service providers. He also co-founded several renewable energy asset ownership companies and was integral in financing, constructing, and operating over $100 million in renewable energy projects.

Outside of work, Paul can be found playing guitar in his band, or spending time with his family at the cottage. When Paul joined Rayleigh as CEO in 2021, he was excited to be in a position that required a WHMIS certification and wasted no time completing the certification course.

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Dr. Sam March, Co-founder, CTO

MSc Solar Energy Engineering, TU Delft & PhD Physics, Dalhousie University

Sam founded Rayleigh Solar Tech in 2016, building on work from his PhD research. He has been working with perovskite solar cell materials and fabrication techniques for more than six years. Sam also has over 10 years of experience in the solar industry and has worked on solar projects around the world. 

Outside of work, Sam can be found hiking, foraging, or riding his electric bike. He is rarely seen without his wool sweater (pictured above).

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Dr. Irina Valitova, CSO

MSc Condensed Matter Physics, MIET Moscow & PhD Materials Engineering, Polytechnique Montreal

Irina is an expert in thin film device design, fabrication, and optimization with more than 18 years of experience. She is a part time professor at Kazakh British Technical University teaching Photovoltaic courses for graduate students. She also specializes in organic electronic devices, and metal oxide electronics.

Outside of work, Irina can be found hiking, camping, or spending time with her two sons. She is usually the best dressed person in the office too.

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Dane George, Co-founder, COO

PEng, MSc Mechanical Engineering, Dalhousie University

Dane has been with Rayleigh since the beginning. He is a professional engineer with a diverse background in education, renewable energy project management and building energy management. Previously, Dane worked with the Applied Energy Lab at NSCC as a project lead doing product development research for industry partners.

Outside of work, Dane can be found playing music at the farmers’ market, teaching capoeira, and spending time with his children. He frequently treats his colleagues to tap dancing demonstrations.

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Marshall Quinn EIT, Product Development Engineer

BASc Mechanical Engineering, Queen’s University, MSc Aerospace Engineering, TU Delft

Marshall is an engineer with several years of experience in designing and building electric vehicles. He holds a MSc in aerospace engineering from TU Delft, and a BASc in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University. He has a passion for renewable energy, advanced manufacturing, and aerospace.

Outside of work, he can be found skiing, rock climbing, playing volleyball, or riding his motorcycle. Marshall is always ready to defend his opinions on where to get the best pizza.

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Rodrigo Machado, Lab Manager

BEng, UFSC Santa Catarina (Brazil)

Rodrigo is an engineer from Brazil. He completed his degree at UFSC Santa Catarina before working as an electrical engineer on a project that aimed to develop a radio communication link between meteorological stations in Brazil.  After moving to Canada, he spent eight years working for Blue Ocean where he began as a frontline agent, then worked his way up to manager of Latin America operations, supporting daily operations for clients.  

Outside of work, Rodrigo can be found playing tabletop RPG games, doing archery, playing sports, or re-reading Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. Despite being a sport lover from Brazil, he does not play soccer!

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Eric Bergmann, Research Scientist

BSc. Chemical Physics, University of Guelph, MSc. Applied Physics, Dalhousie University

Eric holds a MSc in applied physics from Dalhousie University. Before attending Dal, he completed his BSc in chemical physics at the University of Guelph. Eric has a wide range of experience in material and solar device science with a focus on characterization of electronic and structural properties of perovskite and organic solar cells.

Outside of work, he can be found camping, fishing, or playing sports. When someone brings baked goods to share with the office, Eric ensures none of it goes to waste.

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Raha Khosravi, Solar Research Engineer

BSc Azad University, MASc Dalhousie University

Raha joined the Rayleigh team after completing her MASc at Dalhousie University. Her Master’s research addressed the design, test, and development of optical sensors to monitor opaque materials. Before moving to Canada, Raha completed her BSc in Iran. She majored in electrical and computer engineering. She also has published more than 5 research articles in top-tier science and engineering journals.

Outside of work, Raha can be found spending time with friends, going to the gym, or hanging out with her beloved cats, Kevin and Coco. She can often be seen turning up the thermostat when Laura is not looking

 

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Laura Moore, Communications Coordinator

BA History, Acadia University, ADpPR, Nova Scotia Community College

Laura holds a BA from Acadia University, and an AdpPR from the Nova Scotia Community College. Before joining Rayleigh, she worked in the automotive industry, and with nonprofits. Laura has a passion for sustainability and is thrilled to have landed in the climate tech sector.

Outside of work, she can be found at choir rehearsal, the climbing gym, baking, or sewing clothes that have pockets. She is often seen turning down the thermostat when Raha is not looking.

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Ajan Ramachandran, Optics Research Scientist

MSc Cochin University, PhD Dalhousie University

Ajan is an expert in optics, which he studied while completing his PhD. He then went on to do work on laser scribed perovskite solar modules as a postdoctoral researcher at Dalhousie university. Ajan also holds a MSc from Cochin University in India.

Outside of work he can be found practicing judo, working with computers, or spending time with his cat. Ajan can often be seen wearing mittens no matter the weather. 

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Ziru Huang, Research Scientist

BSc Physics, Peking University, Beijing, China & PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto

Ziru has been doing research in the field of perovskites since he was an undergraduate student. Part of his undergraduate work included developing a technique to control real time carrier transport in perovskite diodes using surface dipoles. His PhD work focused on materials and device engineering for stable perovskite solar cells. Ziru has conducted extensive research in the realm of perovskites and has co-authored 16 peer reviewed papers.

Outside of work, Ziru enjoys cycling around as long as there is no snow on the road. When his colleagues are debating over the thermostat, he generally takes the side of whomever wants it warmer.

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Dr. Marine Cuisinier, Senior Manager Process Development

MSc Chemical Engineering and MSc Material Science, École nationale supérieure de chimie de Rennes, PhD Chemistry, University of Nantes.

Marine is an experienced chemist who is passionate about clean technology. She holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Nantes in her home country of France. Before joining Rayleigh, Marine spent three and a half years doing research and development work at Salient Energy. She has also spent time working as a scientist in Qatar.

Outside of work, Marine can be found spending time with her young son, enjoying the outdoors, or baking something delicious. She also enjoys woodworking and likes to share that skill with others.

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Seamus MacInnes, Jr Electrical Engineer

BSc Saint Mary’s University, BEng Dalhousie University.

Seamus holds two bachelors degrees: a BSc in Computing Science from Saint Mary’s University, and a BEng in Electrical Engineering from Dalhousie University. While completing his engineering degree, he participated in the co-op program. He completed his first co-op term at Innovasea, and his remaining terms were here at Rayleigh. The team was happy to welcome him back full-time when he finished his degree.

Outside of work, he can be found coaching baseball, playing hockey, snowboarding, or spending time with his dog. Despite not being very competitive, Seamus always seems to win any competitions going on in the office.

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Alex Russell, Director, Business Operations

BComm Carleton University, MBA Saint Mary’s University.

Alex has over 10 years of experience in finance and investment. He previously worked as a director at the Bank of Montreal. His position there focused on commercial real estate banking and managing a portfolio of clients. Prior to that, he  spent time working with Nova Scotia Business Inc. where he worked to attract investment and companies to Nova Scotia. Alex also has experience as an entrepreneur, co-founding a past landscaping business and has been active in real estate investment for the last number of years.

When he’s not at work, Alex can be found competing in triathlons, enjoying time outdoors camping, running, and playing sports, or spending time with his wife, daughter, and dog. 

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Salma Zouhair, Research Scientist

BEng Abdelmalek Essaadi University, MSc Al Akhawayn University. PhD Abdelmalek Essaadi University.

Salma is working with Rayleigh as a post-doctoral researcher in collaboration with Simon Fraser University. Originally from Morocco, Salma discovered the world of perovskite while completing an internship at Fraunhofer as part of her master’s degree in sustainable energy management. She went on to complete her PhD, focusing on assessment and reduction of performance losses in carbon electrode-based perovskite solar cells. While completing her education, she worked in several research assistant roles including at Fraunhofer and at IPCMS in France.  

Outside of work, Salma can be found exploring her city by bike, working on a knitting project, or reading manga. In the great Rayleigh dogs vs. cats debate, Salma is proudly on team cat.

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Luiza de Queiroz Correa, Production and Technology Transfer Director

BEng and MSc Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, 

Originally from Brazil, Luiza is an experienced chemical engineer. She has several years of experience working with photovoltaics including perovskite and organic solar cells. Luiza is currently earning a master’s degree in Sustainable Energy from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Much of her professional experience is with Oninn (formerly CSEM Brazil), where she gained valuable research and lab design experience.

Outside of work, she can be found travelling, gardening, or trekking to a waterfall. While much of Rayleigh is on “team cat” or “team dog”, Luiza is on “team houseplants”.

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Sathy Harshavardhan Reddy, Technology Development Manager

BSc, MSC IISER Thiruvananthapuram (India)

Originally from India, Reddy embarked on his academic journey culminating in a B.S-M.S degree with Physics (Major) and Chemistry (Minor) from IISER Thiruvananthapuram, India. Upon completing his studies, he worked as a project manager where he oversaw three simultaneous research projects that were dedicated to advancing perovskite single crystals for solar cell and X-ray scintillator applications. Subsequently, Reddy ventured to Italy, where he became an integral part of the research community within the prestigious Marie Curie program (MAESTRO) at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. While in Rome, his research focused on developing perovskite solar cells via industrially manufacturable techniques.

Outside of work, Reddy can be found travelling, trying new foods, playing sports or working on DIY projects.

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Michelle Pellerin, Optical Engineerer

BEng, Dalhousie University

Michelle majored in mechanical engineering while studying at Dalhousie.  She participated in the co-op program as part of her degree.  This gave her the opportunity to participate in a biomedical engineering research project at Dalhousie University. She has also done manufacturing engineering work at Proctor and Gamble, and optical engineering at Meta Materials Inc. Michelle has spent time in Italy teaching English as well.

Outside of work, Michelle enjoys hip hop dancing, painting, and spending time with friends and family.  She has spent time teaching dance lessons and hopes to add hip hop to Dane’s dance repertoire.

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Brogan O'Brien, Business Analyst

BBA, Acadia University

Brogan majored in entrepreneurship at Acadia University. He participated in the co-op program as part of his BBA. Brogan completed work terms at the Acadia Student Union, the Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre, and PBJ design, where he helped develop and implement placemaking projects around Nova Scotia. After completing his degree, he worked in marketing at Blomidon Nurseries.

Outside of work, Brogan can be found camping, backpacking, canoeing, or working on his jeep. He has the longest commute out of anyone on the Rayleigh team, but still manages to be the most punctual.

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Kiera Chang, Jr Solar Engineer

BSc Saint Mary’s University, BEng Dalhousie University.

Kiera majored in mechanical engineering while studying at Dalhousie. She also participated in the co-op program, and gained experience working at The Government of Nova Scotia, and at the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment at Cape Breton University. Her third co-op term was right here at Rayleigh. The team was very keen to welcome her back full-time when she finished her degree.

Outside of work, Kiera does not let her cat allergy get in the way of spending time with her cat Jiang You (Chinese for Soy Sauce).  She also loves food…especially food that she didn’t have to cook herself.

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Kal Hendel, Jr. Design Engineer

BEng Minnesota State University, Mankato 

Kal completed his Bachelor of Integrated Engineering from Minnesota State University, Mankato in December of 2021. While completing his degree he participated in a co-op program which gave him the opportunity to work as a mechanical design engineer at a robotics contracting company. Kal also worked as a machinist and technician prior to completing his degree.

Outside of work, Kal can be found cooking, swimming, or creating art. He often uses his top-notch graphic design skills to ensure Rayleigh’s workspaces remain visually interesting.

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Sam Johnson, Jr. Engineer

BEng, Memorial University

Sam completed her degree in process engineering at MUN. While studying, she completed co-op terms at Cenovus Energy. She has also done quality testing at Irving Tissue, worked on organic LEDs at Avalon Holographics, and worked as a research assistant at Solid State Pharma. Sam has also been heavily involved in engineering outreach projects. She is currently an active member of the North American RoboGals team, which works to get young girls and gender diverse individuals interested in STEM.

Outside of work, Sam can be found hiking, camping, or at home with a good book. She is working hard to move up the ranks in Rayleigh’s ongoing push-up competition and will steal the champion title from Alex very soon.

Our Board of Directors

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Jim Spatz

Jim Spatz is the Executive Chair of Southwest Properties Limited. He is a dedicated business leader and philanthropist and spent 13 years as a medical doctor. Jim serves on the Advisory Board for the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee and is a Life Director of Neptune Theatre. He was on the Board of Governors for Dalhousie University from 2001 to 2015, serving as Chair from 2008 to 2014, and continues as a member of the Dalhousie Advisory Council. In early 2021 Jim agreed to chair the fundraising campaign for the new home of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on the Halifax waterfront, which is projected to open in 2025.

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Wade Dawe

Wade K. Dawe is an Atlantic Canadian venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and skilled investor.  Fiercely independent throughout the entirety of his career, he achieved early success internationally in the resource sector and went on play a pivotal role in a number of companies as a financier and company founder. 

Wade has transformed and sold public and private companies across technology, medical services, mining, and oil & gas, completing transactions in excess of two billion dollars. Most recently, Torrent Capital, a fund he established, formed a partnership with the Port of Argentia which is destined to become a landmark national hub for green energy initiatives.

Born and raised in Kelligrews, a community in eastern Newfoundland, Wade is a strong believer in the potential of the Atlantic region to harbour success. He is an ongoing donor to the Faculty of Business at his alma mater, Memorial University, also serving on the President’s advisory committee.   Wade is a fellow of the Creative Destruction Lab, where he mentors young entrepreneurs, and has established a scholarship program for Black students in honor of his close friend, Senator Don Oliver.  Wade feels that investing in the next generation is the key to ensuring that the region reaches its full potential. 

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Karl Smith

Karl Smith was a long-time executive with Utility Holding Company, Fortis Inc. Positions held included CEO of Newfoundland Power, and CEO of Fortis Alberta. He is now retired as CFO of Fortis Inc. Mr. Smith’s volunteer and board experience includes: past Chair of Canadian Electricity Association, past Chair of Atlantic provinces Economic Council, past Chair of Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta, past Chair of Junior Achievement of Newfoundland and Labrador, past Chair Board of Governors Mount Royal University.

He currently serves on the Boards of Junior Achievement of Newfoundland and Labrador, Young Adult Cancer Canada, Team Broken Earth and Genesis Centre. He is Chair of the Advisory Board to the Faculty of Business at Memorial University of Newfoundland and is co-Chair of the 2025 Canada Games Host Society.

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Mark Dobbin

Mark Dobbin is the founder and President of Killick Capital Inc., a Newfoundland based family office.. Killick was created as a vehicle for Mark’s desire to invest in the aerospace sector as well as work and invest in Newfoundland and Labrador. From 2006 – 2008 Mark chaired CHC Helicopter Corporation, then the world’s largest helicopter company. From 1998 to 2003 he served as Chair and CEO of Vector Aerospace Corporation, Mark is Chair of Innovation and Business Investment Corporation and Co-Chair Business and Arts NL.

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Jim Spatz

Jim Spatz is the Executive Chair of Southwest Properties Limited. He is a dedicated business leader and philanthropist and spent 13 years as a medical doctor. Jim serves on the Advisory Board for the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee and is a Life Director of Neptune Theatre. He was on the Board of Governors for Dalhousie University from 2001 to 2015, serving as Chair from 2008 to 2014, and continues as a member of the Dalhousie Advisory Council. In early 2021 Jim agreed to chair the fundraising campaign for the new home of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on the Halifax waterfront, which is projected to open in 2025.

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Karl Smith

Karl Smith was a long-time executive with Utility Holding Company, Fortis Inc. Positions held included CEO of Newfoundland Power, and CEO of Fortis Alberta. He is now retired as CFO of Fortis Inc. Mr. Smith’s volunteer and board experience includes: past Chair of Canadian Electricity Association, past Chair of Atlantic provinces Economic Council, past Chair of Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta, past Chair of Junior Achievement of Newfoundland and Labrador, past Chair Board of Governors Mount Royal University.

He currently serves on the Boards of Junior Achievement of Newfoundland and Labrador, Young Adult Cancer Canada, Team Broken Earth and Genesis Centre. He is Chair of the Advisory Board to the Faculty of Business at Memorial University of Newfoundland and is co-Chair of the 2025 Canada Games Host Society.

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Mark Dobbin

BioMark Dobbin is the founder and President of Killick Capital Inc., a Newfoundland based family office.. Killick was created as a vehicle for Mark’s desire to invest in the aerospace sector as well as work and invest in Newfoundland and Labrador. From 2006 – 2008 Mark chaired CHC Helicopter Corporation, then the world’s largest helicopter company. From 1998 to 2003 he served as Chair and CEO of Vector Aerospace Corporation, Mark is Chair of Innovation and Business Investment Corporation and Co-Chair Business and Arts NL.

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Wade Dawe

Wade K. Dawe is an Atlantic Canadian venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and skilled investor.  Fiercely independent throughout the entirety of his career, he achieved early success internationally in the resource sector and went on play a pivotal role in a number of companies as a financier and company founder. 

Wade has transformed and sold public and private companies across technology, medical services, mining, and oil & gas, completing transactions in excess of two billion dollars. Most recently, Torrent Capital, a fund he established, formed a partnership with the Port of Argentia which is destined to become a landmark national hub for green energy initiatives.

Born and raised in Kelligrews, a community in eastern Newfoundland, Wade is a strong believer in the potential of the Atlantic region to harbour success. He is an ongoing donor to the Faculty of Business at his alma mater, Memorial University, also serving on the President’s advisory committee.   Wade is a fellow of the Creative Destruction Lab, where he mentors young entrepreneurs, and has established a scholarship program for Black students in honor of his close friend, Senator Don Oliver.  Wade feels that investing in the next generation is the key to ensuring that the region reaches its full potential. 

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