About the team

Who's behind Oneka Technologies?

Dragan Tutic, P. Eng.

CEO & Founder

Visionary and result-driven entrepreneur, devoted to have a long-lasting impact on humanity by combining his problem-solving skills, business development sense and leadership which mobilizes people and capital. Mechanical engineer by training, with great capacity to develop and bring an innovation to commercial-ready product with optimized market fit.

Michael Fasold, P. Eng.


With more than 25 years of experience, Michael has extensive expertise internationally in product commercialization, technical marketing and project management in industrial process plants, systems and machinery. Prior to joining the team, he consulted in the cleantech and renewable sectors.

Christine Newton

Fractional CFO

25 years of experience as Auditor, Controller, and Director of Finance. Her background lies mainly in manufacturing but have been specializing over the past years, working with small, high-growth startup companies in the tech field.

Joël Dion, P. Eng, PhD

Lead Mechanical Engineer

Research and development background mechanical engineer with a PhD degree and 10 years of experience. He is a highly skilled engineer that solves extremely complex problems having dynamic systems with high degrees of freedom like the Oneka’s technology.

Jean Luc Michaud, P. Eng.

Test Engineer

Jean-Luc is a professional mechanical engineer with 5 years in production and product development and testing. He was the lead test engineers for three desalination buoys.

Gilbert Perron, P. Eng.

Project Coordinator & Mechanical Design

Mechanical engineer graduated in 2014, with a background in equipment management and maintenance planning. He is a great team builder and structured engineer with a great planning capabilities.

Elliot Charron, Jr. Eng.

Lead Ocean Modelling

Elliot is a sailor since the age of 6 and has graduated in Ocean engineering from France. Among his endless skills, he is very knowledgable in hydrodynamic modelling and system simulation.

Alexandre Savard, CEP

Lead Production & Cost Control

Passionate for sustainability, Alexandre has a bachelor's degree in engineering. Devoted for the future of the planet, he worked in plastics elimination and recycling for 5 years. He is now working on making the supply chain of Oneka the most cost effective and sustainable as possible.

Yannick Caron, Jr. Eng.

R&D Mechanical Designer

Yannick has a bachelor's degree in engineering with a background in R&D. He developed diversified products during his past experiences.

Emeric Robert

Mechanical Designer

Emeric has a bachelor's degree in engineering. He is a diver and lived 4 years on a sailboat. He has experience with hydraulics, plastics, composites and electronics.

Daniel O'Brien

Mechanical Designer

In addition to his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Daniel holds a bachelor's degree in geography. In recent years, he has gained valuable experience working in the ocean technology sector in Nova Scotia.

Katie Brodersen

Mechanical Designer - Energetic Efficiency

Katie has graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. Coming from the United States, her passion to solve water scarcity brings her to Québec. With experience in energy-efficient desalination and marine energy data analytics, Katie is currently working to enhance the efficiency of Oneka's wave-powered process plant.

Paskal Magier

Mechanical Designer & Buoy Operator

Paskal is in his final year at the École Centrale de Nantes and is currently undertaking an internship at Oneka. He specialized in ocean engineering and materials mechanics.

Serena Gonzalez

Mechanical Designer

Serena studies at the École Centrale de Nantes. As part of her internship-studies program, she is currently undertaking an internship at Oneka.This allows her to use her design knowledge through various projects.

Adrien Vin, Jr. Eng.

Electronic Instrumentation Specialist

Adrien gratuated and started his career in the automative industry in France. His five years of experience allows him to add value to the onboard electronic systems of Oneka's buoys.

Juliette Laurent

Maritime Designer

After two years of preparatory classes, Juliette joined the École Centrale de Nantes. In second year, she decided to specialize in ocean engineering. She joined us as an intern.

Vincent Blanchard, CEP

Systems Designer & Operator

Holder of a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Vincent has 7 years of experience as a designer, including in urban agriculture. Being passionate about sustainable development, he has a great interest in future technologies that would allow our society to become carbon neutral.

Yu Hou, Jr. Eng.

Mechanical Systems Designer & Analyst

Yu holds two master's degrees, one from INSA in Lyon and the other from the École Polytechnique de Montréal. During an internship, she gained experience in the aerospace industry. Specialized in mechanical engineering, she shows a great interest in the innovation of ecological systems.

Sana Gassara, PhD

Desalination Expert

Sana has a PhD in chemistry in separative technologies with 10 years of experience in desalination. She synthesized her own membranes and is very knowledgable of the science behind desalination and pretreatment.

Camille St-Pierre, BBA

Marketing, Communication & Business Intelligence Manager

Camille graduated in marketing and entrepreneurship. She is passionate about brand management and business development. Versatile, she is able to undertake various projects within Oneka.

Support team

Jonathan Bouchard

M. Sc. Engineering

Electronic engineering and manufacturing

William Lemaire

M. Sc. Engineering

Programming and data collection

Arnaud Samson

M Sc. Engineering

Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Advising team

Alain-Olivier Desbois

Board Member - Impact & Financing Advisor

Impact investors, advisor and business coach with more than 20 years experiences in the fields of Cleantech venture capital and impact investing. Alain-Olivier provides a hands-on coaching approach to entrepreneurs and managers for the creation, strategic development and the financing of start-ups and private impact funds. Alain-Olivier is passionate of designing and developing new business models and investment tools that integrate impact, sustainability, system change and life cycle thinking.

Shawn Meyer Steele

Advisor - Water Desalination Market Business Development

Advisor, partner, founder and investor in businesses related to equipment, systems and services in the water treatment and reuse technology and renewable energy sectors. Shawn is providing support to entities seeking to enter new markets and to existing entities that wish to introduce new products into our conservative industry. Over the course of 27 years of experience, he brought hundreds of projects to successful completion in over 55 countries.

Serge Laporte

Board Member - HR Committee Lead

Business executive with over 30 years of experience in business development, strategic planning in technology and service industries. Lead numerous strategic initiatives in business planning, IT transformation and leadership.

Jan Kral

Advisor - Sales and Marketing

Specialized in commercialization of new products and services in both start-up and growth stage companies with an emphasis on clean-tech / engineering and bio-technology, Jan Kral has over 30 years in sales & product development.

Colin Ryan

Board Member - Technical Committee Lead & Advisor

A mechanical engineer by training, Colin Ryan started his career in heavy industries including oil refining, metals processing and pollution abattement technologies as operator and global marketing and sales executive. He has been involved as investor, director and senior executive of early stage technology ventures active in the Cleantech industry.

Mark Lambert

Advisor - Desalination Market and Project Financing

Mark is actively involved in the water industry community. Mark is a senior executive with extensive experience in the Water and Environmental industries. Mark specializes in strategic planning, growth capital fund raising, transactional and acquisition support services in the water, clean energy and infrastructure markets serving developed and developing markets.

Pierre Côté

Advisor - Water Treatment and Desalination Technical

Specialized in water treatment, membrane and wastewater, Pierre holds a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, a Master's from Polytechnique as well as a Ph.D from McMaster University in chemical Engineering. He has over 25 years of expertise in the sector.
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