James Dean enjoys the thrill turning innovative ideas into reality. James was first bitten with the entrepreneurial bug during his exposure to the fuel cell industry in 1998 as a partner in KPMG’s consulting practice in Vancouver. His success quickly grew after landing the global leader in fuel cell technology, Ballard Power Systems, as a client. In April of 2001 he and business partner David Chapman, joined Greenlight Power Technologies, a fuel cell test equipment company. They refocused the organization, moved it to Vancouver, grew sales from $3.3-million to $27-million and sold the company in January 2003 to its closest rival, Hydrogenics Corporation.
In 2004 James founded dPoint Technologies after identifying an opportunity to provide the fuel cell market with a compact, low cost humidification technology using a unique, polymer membrane technology. Since licensing the original humidifier design and materials from Ballard, James and the dPoint team have transformed it into one of the highest performing fuel cell humidifiers on the market. After the commercialization of several fuel cell products James recognized that the high heat and humidity transfer properties of the dPoint membrane could be employed in Building Energy Recovery. This lead to the birth of the dPoint ERV business, currently serving the HVAC industry’s growing demand for total energy recovery products.
James has an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a BASc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo.