Maherab Walji-Founder, President, and
Maherab Walji, President, is the founder of WalAm Energy
Inc., as of 2007.
Born in East Africa, Maherab graduated as an Aeronautical
Engineer from City and Guilds of London Institute, United
Kingdom in 1971. He then immigrated to Canada in 1974.
Mr. Walji commenced his management career in 1978 with
various North American financial services companies, and
subsequently built a successful financial services brokerage
with multi-million dollar in sales and managing 14 in-house
staff and 50 independent brokers.
Since 1996, he has consulted for numerous
early-stage, start-up companies, raising seed capital,
advisory services; financial positioning and assisting
companies achieve public company listing. He has successfully
negotiated on behalf of client companies, numerous international
oil and gas Production Sharing Agreements (contracts) for
oil and gas exploration and power project development.
Mr. Walji’s business activities have led to building
strong and effective relationships across Canada, U.S.A.,
U.K., China and East Africa.
Sandy Laing-Chief Technical Officer
Sandy has over 35 years of experience as a geologist,
manager and entrepreneur in the oil and gas, minerals,
water and geothermal energy industries.
Sandy began his career exploring for gold
and copper in British Columbia. When mineral prices receded
in the late
70s Sandy began consulting to municipalities and small
towns providing groundwater based solutions for their growing
water consumption needs as well as de-watering of open
pit mines in northern Saskatchewan. He worked for 23 years
in oil and gas in Alberta, Canada’s arctic and east
Africa and is currently the Chief Technical Officer of
WalAm Energy Inc. Sandy is a founding investor and shareholder
in the company, with his vision to contribute to affordable,
renewable energy for today’s demanding marketplace.
Don Falcone, CPA, CFO
Mr. Falcone was a founder of Geothermal Resource International
Inc. (GRI, 1971 to 1987) - a power developer in California
which played a significant role in building a viable
U.S. geothermal industry. Mr. Falcone in the position
of Senior Vice President - Finance with GRI has an
extensive background in geothermal project finance,
and business development, and a broad knowledge of
the independent power and energy industries.
As president and principal of Domenic J. Falcone Associates
Inc. from 1991 to 1997, he provided project financing and
financial services to the independent power, co-generation,
solid waste and wastewater industries; he participated
in arranging financing for resource and power development
projects in excess of $200 million.
He was Chief Financial Officer and Vice
President of PG & E
Energy Services during the start-up period and President
of Creston Financial Group (1991-1997). Mr. Falcone is
currently an independent financial consultant. Mr. Falcone
received the Joseph W. Aidlin Award in 1991 from the Geothermal
Resources Council, recognizing his outstanding contribution
to the development of geothermal resources. Mr. Falcone
is a long-standing member of the Geothermal Resources Council.
Tim A. Dixon, P.Eng. Senior Manager - Projects
Tim began his carrer 22 years ago in the oil and gas
industry, with projects including design and project
for oil, gas and CO2 production, compression, and transmission
projects. Tim's latest position was pipeline department
lead for a prominent engineering
In recent years, Tim developed a vision for a cleaner,
sustainable future, which led to detailed desktop and field
studies of wind
power generation. Recently, Tim provided consulting and
project management services for a premier "green" utility
district located in Sacramento, Califormia. Tim also provided
front end engineering and cost estimation for the hot water
pipeline that would be needed for district heating in Ft.
MacMurray, Alberta. Supplemental studies have included
geothermal and run-of-the river technologies.
Tim brings a passion for renewable energy with methodical
proven project management skills to Walam Energy.
Drolet, Power Sector Consultant
Mr. Thomas Drolet is living in Englewood, Florida and
is currently working as a consultant to various
Mr. Drolet spent 26 years with Ontario Hydro, the largest,
fully integrated electrical utility in North America serving
customers with hydroelectric, coal and nuclear power plants.
Tom was active in various engineering, research and operating
In 1982 he formed Canada’s research
and development program into Fusion engineering and technology
and then moved into International commercial work with
Ontario Hydro International, a spin-off unit of the world's
fourth largest electrical utility, where he was named President
and CEO in 1993. His duties included all aspects of marketing,
project management, and operations with electrical utilities
in over 40 countries worldwide.
From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Drolet was Managing Director of
American Electric Power Canada, and President of Canadian
Energy Opportunities, Inc. where he was involved in mergers,
acquisitions and other consulting activities in the Canadian
and US power sectors.
He then joined DTE Energy Technologies in May 2000. As
VP, International Business, he was responsible for developing
international markets, partners and sales for DTE Energy
Technologies extensive distributed generation product portfolio.
Most recently (2007-2010), Tom was involved in the burgeoning
Renwable Power industry. He was appointed as President
and CEO of Western GeoPower Inc (USA) and CEO of WGP SpA
(Chile) wherein he worked to develop large Geothermal Projects
in the USA, Peru, Nicaraugua and Chile.
Tom is currently on the Board of Directors of Ember Resources
Inc, a Natural Gas production Company active in Alberta
Canada. He will soon join other Boards in the North American
Mr. Drolet has a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering
from Royal Military College in Canada, a Masters of Science
degree in Chemical Engineering and DIC from Imperial College,
University of London, England. Tom also obtained a certificate
from the University of Western Ontario (late 80's) in International
Tom is currently writing a fictional novel centered on
the energy industry.
Jay Park, Q.C. is a former Partner and Chair of the Global
Resources Practice Group with Macleod Dixon LLP,
where he has practiced
energy law since 1980. Based in Calgary, Jay lead a
team of over 40 energy lawyers in Macleod Dixon's
Calgary, Toronto, Moscow, Almaty, Bogota, Caracas and
Rio de Janeiro. Presently, Jay runs his own practice, Park Energy Law, a global energy law firm.
In over thirty years of practice, Jay has
conducted energy transactions and joint ventures, and
and provided advice in respect of numerous energy agreements
and laws, in Albania, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Brazil,
Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Chad, China, Colombia, Congo
(Republic), Congo (Democratic Republic), Cote d'Ivoire,
Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, France, India, Indonesia,
Ireland, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon,
Libya, Mexico, Mongolia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan,
Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Thailand, Trinidad,
Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States
of America, Vietnam, Venezuela and Yemen. Jay has represented
oil & gas companies, state oil companies, governments
and multilateral agencies such as the World Bank.
Jay has been recognized by Who's Who Legal,
the independent research partner of the International
as the world's leading oil & gas lawyer in 2006 and
2007. Legal Media Guide's "World's Leading Lawyers
- Best of the Best" has listed Jay among the top 25
energy lawyers in the world from 2006 through 2010. Jay
is listed as a Band 1 practitioner for energy and natural
resources law in the Chambers Global publication, The World's
Leading Lawyers, 2010, a position he has held since Chambers
first published its global review in 2001. He is rated "most
highly recommended" by LEXPERT, the Canadian legal
rating organization, and is listed in the LEXPERT/American
Lawyer publication, Guide to the Top 500 Lawyers in Canada.
Jay has also been named to the LEXPERT list of "Canada's
100 Most Creative Lawyers.
Michal Moore: Bsc, Msc, PhD
Michal Moore is Professor of Energy Economics, Senior
Fellow at the School for Public Policy and the
Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy at the
University of Calgary. He is a research fellow
at the Cornell Center
for a Sustainable Environment where his work is focused
on cross-border regulatory issues and risk affecting
the energy industry. He lectures in microeconomics
and energy policy at both universities. He formerly
as Chief Economist at the National Renewable Energy
Laboratory in Golden, Colorado and is a former
regulator in the
energy industry in California. A native Californian,
he was born in 1947 and maintains a home in rural Mendocino
County and in Calgary, Alberta. He holds a current
private pilot's license and is a former SCCA-trained
He is an active mountaineer and writes and illustrates