Board of Directors
  • Dr. Rob Rennie, Ph.D.

    Advisory Board Chair

    As a senior advisor with over 25 years of experience in the international fertilizer and agribusiness industries, Dr. Rennie provides key input to the company specifically for its fertilizer product and international growth strategies. Dr. Rennie was formerly President and CEO of Spur Ventures, a publically traded TSX Venture Exchange company that operated a phosphate fertilizer business in China. Prior to that he held senior positions with Agrium, including VP International and VP Corporate Affairs, where he led the successful growth of the company's retail and wholesale investments in Argentina. Dr. Rennie began his fertilizer career leading research and development initiatives with Exxon.Prior to working in industry Dr. Rennie worked as a scientist for the United Nation's International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria and for the Research Branch of Agriculture Canada.

  • Carl Johnson, P.Eng.

    Board Member

    Carl brings a wealth of engineering and corporate oversight experience to the company at a key stage in its development. In 1982, Carl founded Gemini Engineering Ltd., the predecessor company to Gemini Corporation. He took his company public in 1999 and served as Gemini Corporation's President and Chief Executive Officer until 2010, after which he served as Chairman of the Board until November 2012. Carl has accumulated experience in engineering, design, project management, fabrication, construction, operations, and maintenance of heavy industrial facilities over the course of his 35-year career. Furthermore, over the past eleven years he acted as a senior advisor for the development of the BioRefinex thermal hydrolysis technology and engaged in several Alberta biogas initiatives.

  • Murray Hasinoff, M.Sc.

    Fertilizer Marketing Advisor

    Murray currently acts as a Senior Advisor to BioRefinex in helping to develop the market strategy for its core fertilizer products. Murray brings a wealth of knowledge from over 30 year’s of marketing, distribution and operations experience in the fertilizer industry. He held many senior positions with Imperial Oil and Agrium, including his last role as Director of New Product and Business Development at Agrium’s Advanced Technologies group. Murray played a key role in Agrium’s introduction of a new controlled release urea product, ESN®, into the North American commodity agriculture market in 2002. Murray also worked with an Alberta-based organic fertilizer manufacturer in 2009-2010 to help with the company’s marketing and distribution program in Canada and the United States.

  • Henry Gusse

    Board Member – Biosphere Technologies Inc.

    Henry is the Founder and CEO of Edmonton Exchanger Group of Companies, a North American leader in fabrication of large scale pressure vessel components and maintenance of petrochemical, refinery, power and fertilizer plants. Mr. Gusse has pioneered many innovations in forming and machining of large steel structures. His company has one of the world’s largest inventories of pressure vessel carbon steel plate. Mr. Gusse provides extensive investment and advisory experience in a wide range of industries.

  • Terry Freeman

    Board Member – Biosphere Technologies Inc.

    Terry brings tremendous financing and heavy industry experience to BTI and BioRefinex. Until recently he was Managing Director of Northern Plains Capital, an Alberta private equity fund. Mr. Freeman previously served 9 years as Chief Financial Officer of Flint Energy Services Ltd., a leading North American services company for the energy and resource industries. He currently is a Board Director for Flint Energy Services, Western Elite Camp Services, McCoy Corporation, Tarpon Energy Services, Grand Central Properties, Treadmark Properties and Hood Managing Partners.

  • Dr. Roger Ball

    Board Member - Biosphere Technologies Inc.

    Dr. Ball has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Alberta, and has extensive international R & D experience in emerging technologies. He served with CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) in Latin America in both University and industrial projects, including transforming agricultural feedstock into food products. From 1992 to 1998 he was President of GSR Laser Systems Inc. and subsequently Vice-President of Lacent Technologies Inc, companies which developed the world's leading automated laser cutting systems for the automotive, apparel and air-bag industries. He has served as a panel member of the National Science & Engineering Research Council of Canada, and as a member of many science and technology groups in Alberta.