Management

Cielo’s market ready technology will produce clean, sustainable fuel from wood by-products, offering environmental, social, and economic benefits. We do all of this without depending on a food source for our feedstock.

Ryan JacksonChief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer

Ryan Jackson

Ryan Jackson is an award-winning executive and results-based leader whose career spans over 25 years and features a successful track record of building, growing and enhancing a broad range of businesses across a variety of industries. With an entrepreneurial and pragmatic approach to strategic planning, operations management, and organizational development, Ryan brings to Cielo multi-disciplinary expertise and hands-on acumen in human resources, business development, marketing, financial management, project management, strategic planning, divestitures, re-financing and operations.

Prior to assuming the role of CEO at Cielo, for whom he also serves as a board member since May of 2021, he was CEO and a Director of Renewable U Energy Inc., a renewable energy focused partnership model with interests in renewable fuels, lithium extraction and other arrangements. Ryan is a spirited entrepreneur with great vision, intuition and insight and since 2006, has overseen RAMECO Group of Companies, an investment firm holding interests in diverse opportunities across the renewable energy, cleantech, real estate development, aerospace and other high-growth sectors.

With an extensive professional network and track record of quantifiable success across industries, Ryan has received multiple prestigious awards throughout his career, including the Medicine Hat College Business Person of the Year, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Business Development Bank of Canada’s Canadian Mentorship Award. Ryan also previously sat on the Board of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance as the Secretary/Treasurer and earned his Certified Management Consultant designation in 2011.

Chief Financial Officer

Jasdeep K. Dhaliwal

Jasdeep brings a unique and specialized background based in finance and risk management, with nearly 20 years of experience focused on establishing core foundations for businesses, including risk assessment, capital raising and key partnerships. Her wealth of experience growing and advising public and private entities, and ensuring appropriate risk management, represent critical skillsets that will be integral to support Cielo through the next phase of its journey.

Jasdeep has earned both the Canadian Risk Management designation, and the Institute of Corporate Directors designation, in addition to being a CA, CPA. This strong academic background supplements her extensive knowledge and ability to assess, mitigate and manage risk. In addition to driving operational strategies and navigating corporate governance matters, she has provided risk consulting services, conducted risk-related research in the public and private sectors, and instructed various business courses at several post secondary education institutions. She currently teaches with the CPA Professional Education Program as a Session Leader.

With this distinct background and skillset, Jasdeep strives to capitalize on synergies and achieve corporate-wide collaboration. Jasdeep is guided in her work by a passion for clean energy, a foundational belief in caring for the environment, and creating a last impact for future generations.

Board of Directors

Board Chair

Sheila A. Leggett

Sheila A. Leggett currently serves on the advisory board for Nutana Power and chairs the technical committee responsible for the International Standards Organization (ISO) environmental management systems standards (14000 series). Ms. Leggett is a strategic leader, has extensive expertise as it concerns corporate governance, and a background in sustainable resource development.
Director

Larry Schafran

Larry Schafran is a private investor with interests in “disruptive” technologies. He recently co-founded a new oil/gas recovery company, Legacy Oil, Inc. Thereafter Mr. Schafran served as a Director and Member of the Strategic Planning and Finance Committee at COMSAT Corporation, where he promoted the merger of COMSAT into Lockheed Martin. Mr. Schafran has served as director and chair on numerous boards.
Director

James Ross

James H. Ross, B. Sc., C. Dir., is Executive Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, as well as shareholder, of Expander, was Chief Executive Officer from 2010 to 2018, and has been a director of Expander since 2009. Mr. Ross has 40 years of capital markets experience. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Rocky Mountain Clean Fuels Inc., and remains a director of Rocky Mountain Clean Fuels Inc. Mr. Ross is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Alberta Clean Technologies (VCC) Ltd. His past experience includes director of C-Free Power Corp., director of Platinum Communication Corp. and director of Glenbriar Technologies Inc.
Director

Ryan Jackson

Ryan Jackson is an award-winning executive and results-based leader whose career spans over 25 years and features a successful track record of building, growing and enhancing a broad range of businesses across a variety of industries. With an entrepreneurial and pragmatic approach to strategic planning, operations management, and organizational development, Ryan brings to Cielo multi-disciplinary expertise and hands-on acumen in human resources, business development, marketing, financial management, project management, strategic planning, divestitures, re-financing and operations.

Prior to assuming the role of CEO at Cielo, for whom he also serves as a board member since May of 2021, he was CEO and a Director of Renewable U Energy Inc., a renewable energy focused partnership model with interests in renewable fuels, lithium extraction and other arrangements. Ryan is a spirited entrepreneur with great vision, intuition and insight and since 2006, has overseen RAMECO Group of Companies, an investment firm holding interests in diverse opportunities across the renewable energy, cleantech, real estate development, aerospace and other high-growth sectors.

With an extensive professional network and track record of quantifiable success across industries, Ryan has received multiple prestigious awards throughout his career, including the Medicine Hat College Business Person of the Year, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Business Development Bank of Canada’s Canadian Mentorship Award. Ryan also previously sat on the Board of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance as the Secretary/Treasurer and earned his Certified Management Consultant designation in 2011.

Director

Peter MacKay

The Honorable Peter MacKay will be providing strategic advice and invaluable guidance on government and public services, industry practice, infrastructure, and economic development. Mr. MacKay will be representing the company as a catalyst to Cielo’s growth.