Project Development Director
Mr. Helferty is an engineering technologist with more than 10 years of experience working for various multinational corporations in Canada and around the world. He provides project and system support for domestic and international firms undertaking engineering projects and activities related to research, development and deployment (RD&D). Mr. Helferty has a solid background and experience undertaking various aspects of field commissioning, sales support, pre-planning and site preparation, pre-shipment and post-shipment testing.
Mr. Helferty is acknowledged to be one of Canada’s pioneer leaders in the development of the Biochar industry and his expertise includes professional Engineering Support Services to assist engineering and R&D teams as they undertake projects and deploy these technologies. He strives to integrate Biochar into the new Green economy and make the Biochar industry the gold standard of innovation, technology, job creation and growth within this emerging industry.
Mr. Helferty is the industry leading expert in the use of biochar for turning communities and environmental process into carbon negative solutions while generating additional revenue streams. He provides professional Engineering Support Services to assist engineering and R&D teams undertake projects that deploy sustainable biochar technologies within one of Canada’s leading bioremediation companies. PRSI specializes in the use of rhizoremediation and phytoremediation solutions that help deal with pollution challenges, and result in the recapture of property values and help to create ongoing revenue streams.”
His professional associations include project management training and experience co-managing an online community(the Carbon War Room, a Sustainable Ag Group), coordinator of the Steering Committee of the Canadian Biochar Initiative, Advisory Committee Member of the International Biochar Initiative, President of the non-Profit Environmental Industry Association,(Biochar Ontario), and “Chair” on the Board of Directors of the Community Sustainability (CoSWoG) working group of Science for Peace .
Mr. Helferty is also a trained Engineering Technologist — someone who focuses on the dissemination of the innovative results produced by scientists and engineers.
In that capacity he takes the best ideas of the engineers and scientists and applies them to real world solutions. He has an extensive background in electronics, soil science and project management, and statistical analysis. He also has a strong interest and knowledge in chemistry, biology (ecosystems and environmental management), and a variety of other earth sciences.
More recently Mr. Helferty has been an advocate for the smart and sustainable use of technology, energy conservation and efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable land use, soil and nature conservation, good community design, and the re-naturalization of our towns and cities. Mr. Helferty has been involved in supporting the development of the biochar industry and projects in Canada as well as in other jurisdictions such as Mexico, Haiti, Africa, China, Taiwan, Japan and Nepal, and is working toward the creation of a Biochar educational centre in the Toronto area.
Promotions Manager – Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN)
December 2014 – Present (1 year 2 months) Global
CSAYN is a Global Network that is based out of Yaoundé, Cameroon (Africa), and is part of the United Nations Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture, which launched at the UN General Assembly in September 2014. The purpose of the Youth Network is for “empowering and educating youth and people with disabilities” in Climate Smart Agriculture.
CSAYN is a network member of the United Nations “Zero Hunger Challenge” and the UN International Decade for Action ’Water for Life’ 2005-2015.
The Global Alliance is a coalition formed by 14 governments and 32 organizations will aim to enable 500 million farmers around the world to practice climate-smart agriculture, and was launched during the Climate Summit, on 23 September 2014. The Alliance held its first meeting on 24 September in New York, US.
Sustainable BioChar Expert – Passive Remediation Systems Ltd. (PRSI)
August 2014 – Present (1 year 6 months) Markham, Ontario, Canada
Mr Helferty is the industry leading expert in the use of biochar for turning communities and environmental process into carbon negative solutions while generating additional revenue streams.
Mr. Helferty provides professional Engineering Support Services to assist engineering and R&D teams undertake projects that deploy sustainable biochar technologies within one of Canada’s leading bioremediation companies. PRSI specializes in the use of rhizoremediation and phytoremediation solutions that help deal with pollution challenges, and result in the recapture of property values and help to create ongoing revenue streams.
Principal – Biochar Consulting
2009 – Present (7 years) Markham, Ontario
Biochar Consulting (Canada) provides technical services to clients who wish to undertake projects utilizing Agricultural Biocarbon (Charcoal), also known as “Biochar”, in order to achieve specific goals, whether they are related to energy generation or energy security, environmental goals related to climate change, water issues, soil carbon management, issues related to soil and crop health and robustness (environmental stress) or issues related to contaminated soils, site remediation, fertilizer use, nutrient retention and the effects of soil and land management.
Advisory Committee Member – International Biochar Initiative
November 2009 – Present (6 years 3 months)
The IBI is a registered non-profit organization supporting researchers, commercial entities, policy makers, development agents, farmers and gardeners, and others committed to supporting sustainable biochar production and utilization systems that remove carbon from the atmosphere and enhance the earth’s soils.
IBI supports biochar production and utilization systems that reduce net greenhouse (GHG) emissions on a full GHG lifecycle analysis, that improve soils, do not contribute to deleterious direct or indirect land use changes, and that are supported by indigenous peoples and stakeholders.
Co-founder – Biochar-Ontario
June 2008 – Present (7 years 8 months)
Biochar Ontario is a group of individuals with a strong interest in Biochar applications in Ontario. Biochar is charcoal derived from biomass used for agriculture, and can significantly increase soil fertility, reduce fertilizer run-off, reduce NOx emissions, and is a stable long-term carbon sink.
Steering Committee Member – Canadian Biochar Initiative
December 2008 – Present (7 years 2 months)
Undertaking tasks related to the startup of operations for the Canadian Biochar Initiative.
Biochar Offsets Group (BOG)
2010 – Present (6 years) Online
The Biochar Offsets Group promotes the development of a biochar offset protocol, to make biochar cost-effective for agriculture and environmental remediation projects.
January 2011 – Present (5 years 1 month) Toronto, Canada Area
Engineering technologist with more than 10 years of experience
Capable of providing project and system support for domestic and international firms undertaking engineering projects and activities related to research, development and deployment (RD&D).
Expertise and experience working within engineering, project management, sales and marketing teams while undertaking various aspects of field commissioning, sales support, pre-planning and site preparation, pre-shipment and post-shipment testing.
Has worked for various multinational corporations in Canada and around the world, including in North America, Asia, Latin America and Europe.
Provided project and system support for domestic and international firms seeking to undertake engineering and research & development (R&D) projects.
Founder – Ontario Quasiturbine Application Promotion Association (OQAPA)
May 2006 – Present (9 years 9 months) Ontario, Canada
Created the organizational network, website and demonstrated the technology to various engineering groups at Universities in Ontario
Apprentice – Biomass Energy Foundation
2010 – 2011 (1 year) United States
BEF sponsors Stove Camps that provide training in design and fabrication of small-scale cook stoves, while studying the characteristics of the burn units to use in cooking, heating, illumination and bio-char. These camps are held globally.
The camps are conducted by BEF certified trainers who are well-prepared to address the cultural, social, environmental and scientific aspects of micro-gasification and its benefits economically and practically in developing communities.
Co-ordinator – Thornhill Solar Initiative
August 2008 – November 2010 (2 years 4 months)
Coordinated a Community Solar initiative by undertaking awareness and education programmes for community members through a series of public workshops.
Presenter – Climate Change Conference
2010 – 2010 (less than a year)
Delivered a 30 min. presentation with 30 min. of Q&A talking about the issues of Deforestation and Health, and how Biochar can deliver significant solutions to both problems while potentially sequestering hundreds of millions of tonnes of carbon into soils, improving crop growth and food security. improving health outcomes through improved indoor air quality, and providing much needed energy to communities in the global south.
Coordinator | Animator – Thornhill Solar Initiative
2009 – 2010 (1 year)
Coordinated a series of information workshops for residents of Thornhill, Ontario regarding the new FIT Programme (Standard Offer Contract) for residential Solar, with the assistance of the Town of Markham’s Environmental Sustainability Fund.
Affiliate – Conservation Council of Ontario (CCO)
2009 – 2010 (1 year)
Provide input to the CCO on local environmental issues a Naturalist who was writing the newsletter for the Richmond Hill Naturalists.
Member – Markham Environmental Advisory Committee
2008 – 2010 (2 years)
Attended regular MEAC meetings and discussed various local environmental issues as well as volunteering at various local events in and around Markham on behalf of the Markham town council.
Member – Ontario Sustainable Energy Association
2006 – 2009 (3 years)
Provided input and feedback on the development of the organization and the industry in Ontario, leading up to the implementation of the “Green Energy Act” in the Province.
Newsletter Editor – Richmond Hill Naturalists
2002 – 2009 (7 years)
Edited the “Bulletin” newsletter for the Richmond Hill Naturalists from 2002 until 2009.
Support Technologist – Epson
January 2008 – September 2008 (9 months)
Provided fully-integrated testing services for their automated software division.
Member – Toronto Peak Oil
2002 – 2008 (6 years)
Attended various meetings, discussions and events and developed some of the groundwork for the ongoing work that is being done in Toronto around sustainability and re-localization.
Engineering Technologist – Dr. Sharaf Green Plug
2006 – 2007 (1 year)
Studied the technology and presented it to various potential partners in the GTA as a possible patentable technology for a startup company to develop and market/sell.
Thornhill Representative – Green Party of Ontario
2006 – 2007 (1 year)
Research and Innovation Issue Advocate
Central Regional Representative
Medical Devices Technologist – Engineering prototype support – ENSIL Canada Ltd.
January 2006 – June 2006 (6 months) Markham, Ontario
Providing project management, research, documentation, design, assembly, prototyping, field integration, coordination of lab and field testing & writing technical reports, verification, customer and system support, ISO certification, repair and upgrade of lab and field equipment for proprietary (military-grade) medical apparatus.
Thornhill Representative – Green Party of Canada
2004 – 2006 (2 years)
Represented the people of Thornhill who wished to vote for the Green Party of Canada.
Engineering Support Specialist – Photon Dynamics
1995 – 2006 (11 years)
- Coordinated field integration (engineers, project managers, system integration & field commissioning teams) for on-site customer installations
- Managed & integrated a ‘knowledge base’ to increase the efficiency of team members
- Verified the overall system and procedural designs and suggested improvements to engineering and project management teams
- Ensured customer requirements were met, resulting in faster acceptance times
- Developed comprehensive Acceptance Test Procedures to accelerate system approvals
- Provided on-demand training, support, test and verification services where required