Our Team

Ryan Arsenault

Founder & CEO

For the past two decades, Ryan Arsenault has provided project management expertise and innovative software solutions to resolve complex project management, information management and workflow challenges for global energy companies.

Ryan is the founder and CEO of Lukla, an intelligent content management system developed to manage complex enterprise information. Lukla’s cloud-based solution has been used for major oil and gas refineries, environmental compliance projects, field operations, offshore marine construction, and corporate compliance records in more than 20 countries across four continents. Since 2010, Ryan has been a director at Drakken, a leading provider of world-class project management, engineering, integration, automation and instrumentation services to energy companies globally.

In September 2020, Ryan founded CarbonAI, a Calgary-based company offering customized software solutions for the detection, measurement and reporting of methane emissions in oil and gas operations. CarbonAI’s solutions also support the quantification and monetization of large-scale international emission reductions projects.

Ryan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, majoring in Project Management, and serves on several volunteer boards. His mission is to help people do great things.

Yvan Champagne

Chief Carbon Officer

Yvan has an extensive background in the financing, development and execution of large-scale emission reduction projects and most recently served as Founder and President of Bluesource Methane, responsible for executing an award-winning methane reduction program involving 40 oil & gas producers across Alberta, Canada.

Prior to the founding of Bluesource Methane, Yvan spent eight years overseeing project sourcing, carbon credit sales and brokerage, and advisory services for the Canadian market at Bluesource. Prior to Bluesource, his experience includes environmental strategy and program advisory, government and public affairs, and growing early-stage technology companies. Yvan holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University and earned an MBA through a joint international program of the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern) and Schulich School of Business (York). Yvan is also a board member/advisor to Planetary Hydrogen and Noble Mineral Exploration and serves as a national co-chair for the Canadian working group for IETA, the International Emissions Trading Association.

Ben Watts

Director, Operations MENA

A well-versed Program and Project Management Professional, PMP certified with a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) focused in Electronics Engineering Technology, Ben Watts is the CEO of the highly-reputed Drakken; a company that prides itself on being a one-stop-shop for electrical, automation, and instrumentation services in both the energy and utilities sectors.

With over a decade and a half working within the oil & energy industry, Watts has a proven skill set in engineering management, expediting, fast tracking, project mobilization, and financial controls. Watts has worked his way to the top at Drakken over the past 10 years, and together they have amassed a substantial and proven track record in project management, automation, and control systems, product development, integrated services, project design, engineering, construction management, global procurement solutions, and electrical and instrumentation services for the oil, gas and utilities industries.

Yoeri Geerits

Head of Growth

Yoeri Geerits has more than 20 years’ experience in the international field of marketing, finance, business development and strategy. His career in investment banking, financial markets and marketing has taken him to Europe, Asia and North America. More recently, Yoeri spearheaded Nielsen’s Sports division drive to become a trusted partner to brands and rights holders in Canada. Yoeri is recognized for his creative and strategic thinking, combined with strong analytical skills. Yoeri holds a Masters in Finance from the University of Brussels, Belgium.

Chad Kapatch

Head of Development

With a decade of cloud orientated software design experience, Chad has been responsible for the design, implementation, testing, rollout and maintenance of online web applications in various industries, including engineering and law. Chad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Calgary as well as technical certificates and accolades including the ITIL certification.

Dave Nighbor

Consultant, Graphic Design & Branding

Dave is a graphic designer and web developer who specializes in corporate brand design. He is the owner of 9 Lives Design, an award-winning agency achieving recognition from the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) and Graphic Designers of Canada. His company won Northern Ontario Company of the Year in 2018 for its achievements in business, design, and community involvement. Prior to transitioning into marketing, Dave cross-country skied for Team Canada in eight world championships. While building his business, he earned a Bachelor of Design from York University and Sheridan College in Toronto with formal training in fine arts, graphic design, and interactive media.