Management Team

Management and Advisory Board

 

Maherab Walji-Founder, President, and Acting CEO

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, providing management 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, ground 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, acquisitions 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 managment for oil, gas and CO2 production, compression, and transmission projects. Tim's latest position was pipeline department lead for a prominent engineering
consulting company.

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.

Tom Drolet, Power Sector Consultant

Mr. Thomas Drolet is living in Englewood, Florida and is currently working as a consultant to various energy industries worldwide.

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 functions.

In 1982 he formed Canada’s research and development program into Fusion engineering and technology (CFFTP) 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 energy industry.

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 Business.

Tom is currently writing a fictional novel centered on the energy industry.


Jay Park

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 offices in 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 negotiated, drafted 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 Bar Association, 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 Institute for 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 served 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 driver. He is an active mountaineer and writes and illustrates children's stories.


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About Renewables

Discover the value and healthy return on investment with Renewable Energy

Geothermal – harnessing the earth’s heat to create sustainable energy.

Run-of-the-River – Alternative energy that captures energy through this low impact energy source.

Wind – The clean, natural source of energy all across the world.

Worldwide
Renewable
Statistics

Geothermal occupies .3% of the worldwide energy use and is used in over 70 countries. Approximately 11 GW of electricity is generated worldwide.

Run-of-the-River and hydroelectric power produces 20% of the world’s energy. Current capacity is estimated at over 860 GW, the majority from large plants and the remainder from smaller installations.

Wind Power - Worldwide wind farm capacity reaches about 215,000 MW, representing an increase of 23 percent during the year and wind power supplied some 3% of global electricity demand.

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