About - Validere
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Meet Validere

We’re on a mission.

Validere is transforming the world’s largest supply chain to be commercially and environmentally efficient. We track each molecule from the ground through final delivery, providing a clear path to boost efficiency, improve margins, and lower carbon emissions.


Join a team whose potential matches yours.

With offices in Houston, Calgary, and Toronto, Validere was founded at Harvard and is backed by some of the world’s most notable investors to transform the industry that powers our world. Our team comes from diverse backgrounds and brings unique talents to the table, but we’re all here for the same reason: to solve complex challenges and make a profound impact with some of the brightest and kindest people we know.


Experts on a mission to transform the energy industry.

We’re scientists, industry veterans, AI experts, software developers – all on a mission to innovate Oil & Gas. Above all, we’re a team that cares deeply about solving real problems & helping people.


Nouman Ahmad

Co-Founder & CEO

An entrepreneur with a passion for solving complex problems, Nouman previously led operations for a successful Toronto fintech startup and worked in TD investment banking.


Dr. Ian Burgess

Co-Founder & President

Ian is the technical and innovation lead at Validere and has become one of the leading industry experts on commodity measurement, emissions and carbon sequestration measurement, and the emerging carbon markets.


Kayla Ball

Chief Product Officer

Kayla has spent her career bringing together the best of energy and tech industries to solve the world’s most critical problems. She brings 10+ years of product management experience.

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Dave Maffitt

GM, Phoenix Energy Commercial Services, a Validere company

Dave serves as General Manager of Phoenix Energy Commercial Services, a Validere company. His team provides guidance on natural gas, crude oil, natural gas liquids, sulfur, and electricity commercial concerns, transportation, and midstream issues.


Jana Shelford

VP, Talent & Culture

Jana has over 10 years of experience sourcing and managing human capital for high-powered teams. Before joining Validere she led talent at various technology and energy sector firms.


Tamar Epstein

General Counsel & VP, ESG

Tamar has 15 years of extensive in-house legal experience in the energy sector. As an ESG practitioner, Tamar is passionate about advancing innovation to help the industry meet sustainability goals.

Kevin Raymond

VP, Services

Kevin leads Validere’s Services team, bringing experience from over 50 client engagements across strategy and implementation at some of the world’s largest organizations


Corey Wood

VP, Emissions, Regulatory and Carbon Strategy

Corey leads a team of subject matter experts and software developers to provide a novel software-as-a-service solution to strategic air emissions management and reporting.

Board of Directors


Pierre Magnan


Pierre Magnan is the President of Parkland International. Prior to assuming this role, Pierre led Parkland’s Supply, Trading & Refining Business, the Corporate Development Team and the Legal Team.

Zach DeWitt


Zach DeWitt is a Partner at Wing. Prior to Wing, Zach was CEO and co-founder of Drop, Inc., which built two award-winning iPhone apps before selling its technology and intellectual property to Snapchat in 2016.

Kyle Bethancourt


Kyle Bethancourt is a Managing Director and co-founder of Sallyport Investments, LLC, (Sallyport) a private investment company that specializes in oilfield service, exploration and production, and pipeline transactions.

Dr. Joanna Aizenberg


Joanna is the Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science and Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University. She has been recognized with numerous prestigious awards.


Dr. Ian Burgess


With a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard, Ian is an interdisciplinary scientist whose inventions have been recognized with an R&D 100 Award and featured in Scientific American.


Nouman Ahmad


An entrepreneur with a passion to solve complex problems, Nouman previously led operations for a successful Toronto fintech startup and worked in TD investment banking.



George Whitesides


George is the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor at Harvard University, and co-founded numerous companies including Genzyme, GelTex, and Theravance. In 2011, he received the highest Hirsch index rating of all living chemists.


Doug Foshee


Doug is the founder and owner of Sallyport Investments. He previously served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of El Paso Corporation, and chaired the board of directors of The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch.


Bob Pritchard


In addition to his recent role as President of Wolf Midstream, Bob brings over forty years of industry experience through his leadership positions in Mistral Energy Inc, Taylor NGL Limited Partnership and Solex Energy Inc.


Mark Le Dain


Mark has significant experience advising energy and infrastructure companies as an investment banker with Barclays, successfully completing over $18 billion of M&A and $5 billion of capital market transactions.