We understand complementary leadership is what makes an effective and productive team. At Nexii, we aim to work with the best, bringing their genius to the table every day.
We understand complementary leadership is what makes an effective and productive team. At Nexii, we aim to work with the best, bringing their genius to the table every day.
Chief Executive Officer
Stephen is a serial entrepreneur who has founded companies in various industries—including in manufacturing, retail, real estate, investment banking, healthy restaurants (LYFE Kitchen) and CPG food brands (Luvo)—raising over a billion dollars in the process. He has been featured in business publications as an industry disrupter by Bloomberg, Fast Company, Fortune, NY Times, CNBC, and Huffington Post among others.
Stephen is committed to creating a greener, healthier planet for future generations. His current mission is to revolutionize the global construction industry, using Nexii’s building technology to create a brighter future for people and the planet.
Executive Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships
After leading the city of Vancouver as its longest serving Mayor, Gregor now focuses his work on positive solutions to the climate crisis, both with the Nexii leadership team and as Global Ambassador for the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. His vision for a greener, more inclusive Vancouver has led to record-setting years for new housing, job growth and the lowest carbon emissions per person for any major city in North America. The city now consistently ranks among the top five green and livable cities in the world.
Before serving as mayor, Gregor served in the BC Parliament, he co-founded and led Happy Planet Foods, and was an organic farmer.
Co-founder, Co-Inventor & Senior Vice President of Product Development
Ben has been a creative problem solver, innovator and inventor his whole life, with experience founding several ventures and bringing multiple products to market. He is the co-founder of Eneray Sustainable Structures Inc., a building research and development company based in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, which formed the basis and inspiration for the Nexii assembly system and Nexiite material.
As the VP of Business Development, he helped lead the company in developing numerous products and processes in the area of materials sciences and manufacturing that are revolutionizing the way buildings are constructed.
Co-founder, Co-Inventor & Senior Vice President of Building Technology
Michael is a prolific inventor and developer of building products and systems with a passion for sustainable structures and sustainable living. Most notably, Michael is the inventor behind the Nexii whole building solution. For over 40 years, he has designed and built projects from custom residential to multi-family, commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings. During that time, he also manufactured the structural steel and precast concrete for this wide range of buildings.
In addition to his numerous inventions, Michael’s creativity flourished with the notable accomplishment of the design and construction of Tunnels of Moose Jaw — a national award-winning tourist attraction that has boasted over 2 million tourists from around the world over the last 20 years.
Todd has 25 years experience working with a range of Fortune 500, public and private companies on the creation and implementation of business management processes and technology. Most recently, he has focused on assisting founders and families with start-ups through proof of concept and hyper growth in consumer products and technology sectors. Todd is a Managing Director of Equifaira and he currently serves on the boards of directors, and in various advisory capacities, with a number of companies and a non-profit organization.
Executive Vice President of Manufacturing
Brian is a senior executive with more than 25 years of industrial leadership experience. Prior to joining Nexii, Brian served as the President and CEO of Seaspan Shipyards, where he transformed the group of three shipyards into an industry leader and partner for Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy. Under Brian’s leadership, Seaspan Shipyards secured one of the largest public investments in construction of world-class vessels, creating thousands of jobs and over $500 million in annual shipbuilding and repair work.
Brian is committed to building a sustainable manufacturing system across Nexii, disrupting traditional industry methods and establishing the next generation of construction. Brian’s strategic approach, rooted in mentorship, collaboration, and employee growth will support Nexii in meeting its long-term vision of manufacturing and constructing high‑quality buildings.
Executive Vice President of NCM Development
Norm is an established leader in the construction industry, having provided leadership to 1,200 employees and up to 400 active construction sites in Canada and the U.S. as former President, COO, and co-Principal of one of Western Canada’s largest construction companies.
His industry-related experience also includes heading up a Construction & Engineering Law practice as a partner in a major Canadian law firm, chairing the Vancouver Regional Construction Association board, and acting as director of the B.C. Construction Association. Norm brings his unique insight into the needs and requirements of Nexii’s Certified Manufacturers (NCMs), as Nexii continues to expand its vision of sustainable buildings across North America and the world.
Chief Financial Officer
Mary Ellen Thorburn (“MET”) is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience leading companies through capital market transactions, acquisitions, tax planning initiatives, and financial transformations. She maintains an impressive track record of navigating world class, multinational organizations such as Barrick Gold, Eco Oro Minerals, and Great Panther Mining through challenging financial landscapes.
MET is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) whose areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: strategic planning and budgeting; treasury management and capital raising; business valuations and modelling; team building and leadership; and capital projects management.
Senior Vice President of Business Development
Nick’s extensive real estate experience includes large-scale sustainable developments such as major technology campuses, office developments, healthcare facilities, and data centres. Recently leading the Bentall Centre, a massive adaptive repositioning project, an asset owned by Blackstone in partnership with Hudson Pacific Properties. Nick’s keen industry experience uniquely positions him to grow Nexii’s position, driving strategy and growth. Some of his most notable projects include the award-winning E Division RCMP headquarters, a LEED Gold certification, and BOMA BEST Level 3 high-security P3 project, where he was Project Co. CEO.
A recognized leader in the construction industry known for his energetic personality and incredible ability to leverage innovations while consistently delivering successful capital investments, Nick also finds the time to contribute to social causes such as Covenant House Vancouver, the Breakfast Club of Canada, and Habitat for Humanity Halton. He will be supporting Nexii’s growth through leadership in client experience development and business development.
PHD, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP - Vice President, Sustainability
Zosia’s passion for shaping a future in which both people and natural systems thrive drives her position as Vice President of Sustainability with Nexii. Her notable roles include leading resource efficiency, zero waste, climate resilience, and a sustainability engagement platform as Head of Resource Conservation and Sustainability at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, WA and strategic sustainability-focused roles with both BuroHappold Consulting Engineers and SGS Group Management Ltd.
Zosia’s PhD in Resource Management Environmental Studies focused on green building performance and post-occupancy evaluation. She brings over 15 years’ experience in driving sustainable change and environmental policy in organizations across North America and Europe to our team. Zosia’s deep and consistent focus on the interface of humans, the natural world, and the built environment is at the heart of Nexii’s mission and operations.
Vice President of Business Optimization
David brings over 20 years’ experience in executive management roles to the Nexii team. Formerly Senior Vice President of Mitsui Home Canada and Executive Vice President of Mitsui Home America Construction (MHAC), David was instrumental in scaling the company’s Western Canada division to become the dominant prefabricating constructor in the region and subsequently responsible for leading the company’s expansion into California. An expert on panelized construction practices and systems, David has presented numerous papers on prefabricated building solutions across Canada.
As Vice President of Business Optimization & Execution at Nexii, David champions Nexii’s lean approach to construction, working closely with manufacturing and project management teams to continuously streamline and improve building efficiencies. Nexii is highly focused on “business execution,” and David’s role includes ensuring clear visibility on the company’s critical performance targets and related team performance metrics.
Vice President of Growth & Innovation
John describes himself as an Idea Farmer, planting ideas for new ways of thinking and adding intelligent ingredients to foster growth. With over 25 years of leadership experience in marketplace automation and process efficiency design at Hubbell Inc., John brings a uniquely organic approach of innovation and growth to Nexii. His Master’s degree in technology management lends to his understanding of innovations, processes, and technologies and leverages this knowledge to positively impact growth, while helping the planet.
John’s mantra, Where Technology Connects People, underpins his essential role at Nexii, inventing better ways of working toward our mission while cultivating healthy, people-first growth.
Vice President of Market Development
As a global business development expert, Morgan prides himself on his commitment to ethical and transparent business practices. Whether he’s negotiating contracts with multinationals or leading a project in one continent or another (the Americas or Africa), he is dedicated to thoughtful and proactive market development, innovative growth strategies, and integrating customer/partner needs.
Morgan brings years of experience in pre-fabricated construction and portable shelters for humanitarian/emergency and trade use in locations as diverse as the Canadian Arctic, Peru, Brazil, and West Africa to his role. His impressive communication skills and culturally-aware problem solving abilities make him a visionary leader at Nexii where he leads the charge in national and international relationships.
Senior Vice President of Engineering
Rob’s career spans four decades of structural design of some of Canada’s most unique and challenging building designs. Recent work with his firm Glotman Simpson include Vancouver House, Vancouver Convention Centre, Olympic Village, Richmond Speed Skating Oval, Whistler’s Peak to Peak Gondola and many more. Earthquake safety has long been a passion for Rob. First-hand experience from several weeks’ investigation of damaged structures in the 1994 California and 2010 Chile earthquakes lead to improvements in resilience of his building designs and to his subsequent work to improve Building Codes in Canada.
Rob Simpson retired from full time work with Glotman Simpson in 2016, intending to focus on family and his many personal passions in life including mentoring. Inspired by Nexii’s potential, Rob has left retirement to lead and advise Nexii’s design team.
Vice President of Architecture
Laurenz brings 30 years’ experience working as an architect, and was a Principal at Stantec Architecture Ltd where he practiced for over two decades. Notably, he was the Architect of Record for the Whistler Sliding Centre for the 2010 Olympics, lead architect for the complete refurbishment of BC Place Stadium, and from 2013 to 2017 was the Architect of Record for The Amazing Brentwood. Laurenz currently advises Shape Properties’ Development Team, and is Vice President of Architecture at Nexii. His goal is to assist in the development and evolution of Nexii’s innovative product, helping to bring the Nexii solution to market.
Vice President of Integrated Design
Mark typifies Nexii’s commitment to building a vibrant future for people and the planet. His work around sustainability and climate change is recognized by the award of Fellowship in the Institution of Structural Engineers and Engineers Canada. A champion of sustainability since the early days of his career, he has led and been part of cross-disciplinary structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering teams on award-winning and boundary-breaking projects. These include the Wood Innovation Centre in Prince George, the Cedar Valley Lodge accommodation village in Kitimat, and Heron Hall, a living building home on Bainbridge Island.
Mark brings a deep recognition of the essential value of prioritizing people in design and in leadership to his role of VP Integrated Design at Nexii, finding great motivation in investing in leadership development, mentorship, and serving with committees and code-development projects to advance sustainability in the built environment. He was the founding Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Group to Engineers Geoscientists BC, and also serves on Wood First Advisory Committee for the Forestry Innovation Investment Group as well as CSA Code Development Committees.
Vice President of Technology
John has senior leadership expertise in managing complex IT organizations across a diverse spectrum of portfolios and industries. A former Silicon Valley alumnus with over 20 years of practice in strategy execution, business transformation, and operational administration for both private organizations and Crown corporations, John has deployed distributed power and smart utility grids; implemented major business process outsourcing programs; erected million-square-feet manufacturing plants; and launched consumer packaged goods brands internationally. He also holds publication accolades in econometrics and public policy.
Deeply convinced in technology as a force multiplier, John is committed to implementing a digital strategy across all Nexii operations. He is keenly focussed on developing turnkey solutions for the NCM network, and on applying technology to industrialize business processes without loss of the human touch – altogether with the aim to commoditize Nexii as a household name.
Vice President of Finance
As a Chartered Financial Analyst with over 15 years of experience in the financial industry, Elliott’s background includes work in investment banking, financial modelling, mergers and acquisitions, and futures trading. Prior to joining Nexii, Elliott worked for Agentis Capital Partners—a boutique financial services company, which specialized in infrastructure finance.
Elliott’s expertise in construction and infrastructure finance means he is uniquely positioned to consult and advise Nexii as it looks to expand across North America and beyond. As Vice President of Finance, Elliott directs and oversees Nexii’s financial growth plans and strategies, as well as leads the company’s accountancy operations.
Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Christine brings over 25 years of marketing, brand and communications expertise to the team, acting as internal leadership or strategic consultant for TELUS, HSBC Bank, Best Buy, 2010 Olympic Games, Mercedes Benz, TransLink, and Rogers Communications. Chris has delivered award-winning strategies for private, public and non-profit organizations, as well as co-founding a software company, ePACT, in 2012.
For over 8 years as CEO, Chris was responsible for all aspects of ePACT’s marketing, sales and brand evolution, partnerships, IR, PR, and internal communications and culture. ePACT now supports millions of families and hundreds of organizations sharing critical data before, during or after an emergency. The company and Christine were routinely recognized with awards, government grants and media coverage.
Vice President of Business Development
Andrew brings over 30 years of experience working in the area of corporate sustainability integration. Andrew has been creating value at the intersection of commerce and sustainability as an entrepreneur, translator, educator and guide within a broad array of industries. Andrew’s past roles include Director of Sustainability at Volkswagen and National Liaison at Built Green Canada. Andrew was also a member of the Canadian National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy from 2009 until 2013, Board member of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association and practiced as a licensed Energy Advisor with NRCAN.
Director of Client Experience
Olivia brings deep experience in relationship development and sustainability leadership across the public and private sectors to the Nexii Client Experience team.
She has developed strategic partnerships with various Fortune Global 500 corporations in North America, Europe, and Asia including General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Mitsui. While working for the Province of British Columbia, Olivia led the development and launch of several sustainable strategies including the BC Energy Plan and Clean Energy Act. Her championing of corporate and social enterprises with a focus on human health and well-being illustrates her passion for people-focused collaboration, strategic innovation, and sustainable growth.
Director of Growth & Innovation
John finds satisfaction in bridging the needs and languages of business and technology, specializing in relationship building and innovation in transformative re-envisioning of processes and systems. He has succeeded in pushing the boundaries of what is possible to translate ideas into reality while giving leadership in the electrical and building hardware industries at top global companies.
John’s mission at Nexii is to cultivate innovation and growth by creating partnerships with Integrated Service Providers (ISPs) to align strategic goals, identify synergies, ensure smooth project execution, and create lasting relationships through honesty, positivity, and open communication.
Director of Supply Chain Management
Natalia is a Diplomat Engineer and Lean Six Sigma professional with over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of supply chain management. A passionate expert with broad experience in various industries, Natalia has held multiple positions with private and public organizations, in both Europe and North America. In her last role where she led both procurement and privacy for a government crown agency, Natalia established and set trends for innovative procurement practices, including processes to benefit Indigenous businesses across Canada for years to come. With a passion for social responsibility and love for challenging work, Natalia joined Nexii to set up and lead its growing sustainable supply chain.
Director of CRU Product Vertical
With over 30 years of experience in commercial retail, Darren’s extensive background includes development management roles at Starbucks, New York Fries, Pizza Pizza Ltd., and Second Cup. At Nexii, Darren is the go-to for commercial retail development, bringing his experience and knowledge to expand Nexii’s market in this sector. His drive and practical leadership is paired with genuine pleasure in creating and nurturing success in others. Nexii is proud to have Darren lead our Commercial Retail Unit projects after seeing firsthand the transformative power of our product in a commercial pilot project.
Director of Marketing
Nancy has developed and implemented strategic marketing and communications campaigns for green firms for over 15 years. Nancy excels at creating strategies for construction and engineering consultancies, and previously worked as the Marketing and Communications Director for Integral Group, a Vancouver-based green engineering firm. Nancy currently volunteers her time as the Director of Communications for the Living Future Vancouver Collaborative and joined the Communications Committee for Canadian Construction Women (CCW) in February 2020. Nancy also served as the 2019 CCW’s Director of Communications.
Director of Investor Relations and Certified Manufacturing
Justin joins Nexii as an award-winning industry entrepreneur and business executive. Prior to joining the team, Justin founded Marine Tree Inc., and served as the CEO of WinWin Academy. Notably, while serving as the founder and EVP of Blue Planet Water Solutions, Justin co-authored a policy paper on oil spill response for the White House, and developed oil spill management technology solutions for the U.S. Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Justin’s passion and advocacy for environmental stewardship and sustainability inspired him to join the Nexii team. He is a core driver of the investor relations team and continues to inspire clients with the Nexii vision and the company’s commitment to create sustainable, disaster-resilient, durable, and cost-efficient buildings.
Director of Accounting
Chad’s proven track record of entrepreneurial and “intrapreneurial” success in forward-thinking sustainable solutions is backed by thorough proficiency in finance, leadership, strategy, and innovation. In addition to decades of experience at one of the largest accounting firms, he cofounded a successful biomass start-up and transitioned Ledcor into having one of the largest LNG/CNG fleets in Canada.
Chad brings world-class knowledge and experience in sustainable growth, efficiency, responsible leadership, and next-generation innovation to the Nexii finance team.
Director of Health, Safety, and Environment
Lisa brings over 20 years of experience designing and implementing environmental, health, and safety procedures, programs, and management systems. An expert at mentoring and motivating individuals at all levels, Lisa ignites and promotes a positive safety culture to prevent injury and accidents.
She holds a Masters in Occupational Health and is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP). Lisa’s vast knowledge of health and safety management systems contributes to her goal of helping Nexii achieve a world class culture for Environment, Health, and Safety. Lisa’s role focuses on keeping Nexii employees safe while helping reduce Nexii’s impact on the planet.
Director of Plant Launch Team
Costel’s unique background as a decorated former naval officer, robotics specialist, and operations manager brings both technical aptitude and tested leadership capabilities to the Nexii team.
He has a proven track record of executing on influential projects in high-stakes, high-pressure environments from international NATO operations to robotics plant launches. In his role as the Director of the Plant Launch Team, Costel leads the delivery of Nexii Certified Manufacturing plants around the world.
Director of Planning
Lannie’s expertise in mission-driven planning and operational excellence is backed by considerable experience in Fortune 500, public, and private companies. With his ability to collaborate with teams and leaders from the CEO to the front line, Lannie excels at providing clarity on business objectives to ensure information and projects are delivered on-time, accurately, and completely.
As Director of Corporate Planning at Nexii, Lannie ensures the team is well-equipped to develop tools and processes to drive transparency into topline revenue, and bottom-line profit across the organization. Lannie brings leadership in operations, systems and strategic change to the Nexii planning team, ensuring clarity, quality, and continuous improvement of our operations while continuing to prioritize the well-being of people and our planet.