Strategic Development Team

Like most companies CryoLogistics started on a napkin, moved to the basement and then into the garage. Today we are established at the Vancouver Island Technology Park in Victoria, BC., where innovation is listed on the cafeteria’s lunch menu.  CryoLogistics was a top-ten finalist at the 2017 BCIC New Ventures Competition and received the International Scale-up Award. At the November 2017 Vancouver Angel Forum, CryoLogistics received the TSX Venture Exchange Best Presentation Award. Bootstrapped from day one, our first (seed) round launched in Q4/2017 and will close mid-Q1/2018. We will commercialize our product in Q4 2018.

Company Officers

Peter M. Evans, MA

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Cryologistics Refrigeration Technologies Ltd.

Peter was a career RCMP officer who upon retirement, was appointed Manager of Aviation Security and Emergency Preparedness at Vancouver International Airport, following which he joined GT Group Telecom Services Corp. in Toronto, ON as Director of Corporate Protection Services.  Peter migrated back to the west coast and became the Managing Principal of Security Management and Risk Engineering Services at Stantec Consulting Ltd.   Peter has co-founded two companies Visionary Digital Inc. and Enterprise Protection Associates Ltd. He is also sole proprietor of Charmwood Consulting. Peter has a Masters Degree in Disaster and Emergency Management and possesses extensive knowledge and experience in project team facilitation, policy and program design and crisis management.  Peter launched CryoLogistics in 2013 to develop and commercialize a natural refrigeration technology for the global cold chain industry.


Jennifer Thompson, BA, MA (ECON)

A/Director Corporate Development (Contract)

Jennifer is a seasoned start-up executive, angel investor and Board member with a focus on the development of hardware companies in the Vancouver tech sector. Jennifer is currently a business mentor at Foresight Cleantech Accelerator, SFU and UBC, and is an investor and/or Board member in Acuva Technologies, CuePath Innovations and Aspect Biosystems. She was on the founding management team of Enterra Feed Corp which uses the Black Soldier Fly to convert food waste into animal feed and natural fertilizer, and was VP Corp Dev & Corporate Secretary for TSX-Venture listed EnWave Corp, commercializing a high-speed, low-energy method for dehydrating food and pharmaceuticals. Jennifer has worked for Westport Innovations in Europe developing the market there for natural gas engines for buses and trucks, and was a Project Manager and software developer at Facet Decision Systems. She has been guiding CryoLogistic’s business development efforts since early 2017.  In the non-profit realm, Jennifer is the Board Chair of Urban Academy school in New Westminster, and working behind the scenes to establish a community Maker Space in New Westminster.


Will Spaulding, B.Sc., M.Sc., P.Eng

A/Director of Research & Development (Contract)

Will is a mechanical engineer who has been a clean technology aficionado most of his life, installing his first wind-power generator on a farm near Hamilton ON in 1979. He is an accomplished systems designer, team leader and project manager whose experience ranges from designing HVAC and transportation systems to high-tech training devices for Olympic level athletes. Will was instrumental in developing the mechanical engineering technology program in the Applied Technology Department at Camosun College. He has taught fluids dynamics, CAD, numerical analysis, controls systems, thermodynamics and heat transfer, and systems design and mentored post-secondary students for over two decades. Meanwhile, his company, Firefly Labs has been providing technical consulting and solution design services to startups and established companies alike across the technology spectrum. Will has been leading CryoLogistics’ research and development team since early 2017.

Advisory Board Members

Stuart Wyse, Ph.D

Dr. Wyse was a founding partner of Teranis Consulting Ltd., and AvisarSRED Advisors Inc., a firm that provides technical and financial advisory services to Canadian Companies engaged in business development. He also co-founded JumpstartUK.  Dr. Wyse has over 20 years of experience in process chemistry, environmental sciences and engineering projects and manufacturing processes.  He has extensive experience in the ecological affects caused by emissions from environmentally controlled chemicals and in the investigation and remediation of contaminated land.


Charlie Hodgins, CPA, CA

Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President

VIH Aviation Group

Charlie is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a former partner with Deloitte LLP. Charlie has 43 years of experience as a CPA in public practice, private equity and industry. He has served on several boards of directors and professional organizations. Charlie was currently a member of the Executive Council of the Board of Advisers of the University of Victoria Faculty of Business and is chairman of the Speakers’ Committee. He has been with VIH Aviation Group Ltd., an international helicopter company, for sixteen years and has been working in the aviation business for nineteen years. Charlie has held many positions in community organizations including president of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and The GYRO Club of Victoria.


Don Taylor

Senior Partner

Taylor INSIGHT Consulting

Don had a successful career with IBM Canada Ltd., culminating as the senior executive responsible for Application Management Services, specializing in business and relationship development, strategic planning, business practice management, and project delivery.  During his tenure with IBM Don successfully achieved a $200M+ sales target plus a 25% year over year growth in profit while extending market share.  He was the proposal manager, lead negotiator and project executive for a >$30M initiative which involved process improvement, cost control, global sourcing and strict international security standards. Taylor Insight Consulting provides strategic mentoring to entrepreneurs and business owners at all stages of development.  He has studied at Harvard University and the University of Alberta.


George Caird, B.Sc., P.Eng

Caird & Associates Consultants Inc.

George is a Professional Engineer with over 35 years’ experience in the design, manufacture, testing and marketing of commercial line-haul trailers, including 9 years as Director of Engineering for Utility Trailers and 4 years and Chief Engineer at Fruehauf.  Since 1989, he has been an independent consultant to the trailer industry and in litigation regarding truck and trailer accidents, including investigation, reconstruction, failure analysis and human factors.


Kelly Hawes

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Cold Star Solutions Inc.

Cold Star Solutions Inc. is a Victoria based grocery wholesaler and transport company that serves Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands with over 180 employees, 5 refrigerated warehouses and a fleet of high-tech HCAAP compliant trucks. ColdStar specializes in hauling and distributing high value perishable food product. Kelly was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Trucking food safe guidelines known as Trucking Food Safety Program which is compliant with the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and critical control points, which has been adopted throughout North America. Kelly was once a member of the Canadian Forces, has studied business at MIT, and served on the Board of the BC Trucking Association, been a member of Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization and TEC Canada and is the co-founder of The Community Food Project. In 2005, Kelly was named the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award runner-up and in 2009 the Business Examiner awarded the Vancouver Island Business of the Year Award to ColdStar.


Jim Dores

A 42-year business veteran, Jim has held many senior positions in marketing, merchandising, wholesale and retail operations.  From 2011 through 2015, Jim served as President and General Manager of Thrifty Foods, a division of Sobeys.  Prior to that Jim was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sobeys’ Franchise and Wholesale Business Division in Ontario, leading the 200 store IGA/Foodland grocery chain, as well as the wholesale Operations of Lumsden Brothers Ltd.  Jim’s professional experience includes marketing, merchandising, wholesale, distribution and operations management.


Dave Cutler

Dave is best known for his astonishing career with the fourteen-time Grey Cup Champion Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (1969 – 1984), where he established many league records and received several awards and honors, including the CFL Hall of Fame. Dave is also a gifted mentor and media communications strategist with a passion for community service.  He is an active supporter of several non-profit organizations, including YMCA, Big Brothers and the Parkinson’s Society..


Ross McFarlane, B.Eng,

Ross began his professional career in 1997 and a mechanical engineer with Power Measurement, now Schnieder Electric, responsible for product hardware and prototype design and project management. He entered the financial industry in 2007 as a tax, financial and insurance advisor and now specializes in designing corporate insurance and health insurance strategies for company shareholders, executives and employee groups. Ross was the President of the Sidney Business Association from 2010 to 2013.


Brian T. Digby B.Phys.Ed, MBA

Brian studied at the University of BC, and began his professional career in marketing with General Foods before moving into banking.  His banking career was with TD Bank, Surrey Credit Union, now Coast Capital and ATB Financial. Brian retired as EVP Marketing, responsible for retail, small business and agricultural banking at ATB Financial. Brian has held board positions with ATB Investment Services Inc., MasterCard Canada Inc., Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium and the Vancouver Golf Course.


Bob Skene, B.Comm, CA, CPA

Bob’s professional career spans nearly 6 decades as a senior executive in both public and private organizations. Bob co-founded and led the Vancouver Island Advanced Technology Sector (VIATEC), followed by a stint as CFO and SVP at WCG Inc. and President and Chancellor of Royal Roads University. He has held leadership positions on several non-profit Boards and has received the lifetime achieve award from the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, an Honorary Degree from Royal Roads University, Fellowship in the BC Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Annual Leadership Award from the Victoria Leadership Society.

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