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Strategic Catalysts Inc.
Strategic and Financial Advisors to Technology Companies
David W. Rowat has been Founder and CEO of a tech start-up and previously been CEO, CFO, and COO of public and private companies, both as a full-time employee and on contract through Strategic Catalysts Inc.
David has managed finance, operations, administration, and marketing, raised public and private financing, negotiated M&A deals, and managed Boards as Corporate Secretary.
Most importantly, he has been chief strategic advisor and sounding board to many CEOs.
Full Résumé | Director's Profile
- TBF Environmental Technology Inc.
- Develops, manufacturers and markets environmentally friendly petrochemical solvents which contain zero or minimal volatile organic compounds, allowing manufacturers of coatings, adhesives, polymers, etc. to reduce toxic emissions and comply with ever-tightening environmental regulations.
2013-2016. Chief Executive Officer. Co-founded company, oversaw the development and commercialization of six new solvents, secured 2 patents, oversaw development of sales and distribution networks which captured over 30 companies and built a multi-million dollar pipeline including several world wide brands. Built and managed supply networks in South Asia. Raised several rounds of angel financing, and achieved these milestones over 3 years spending $1.5M Cdn in equity and using $800K US in debt.
"David was instrumental in the launch and early commercialization of TBF. He founded the company, raised several rounds of equity and debt, developed the international raw material and blending supply chain, and oversaw the sales to early adopters. His strategic thinking in market positioning, finance, operations, and all other aspects guided the company in its fledgling years. He handed to me a company with all the bases covered. I hope we can work together again in the future." – Mike McLean, CEO
- Clevest Solutions Inc.
- Software company developing, implementing and servicing solutions to simplify Smart Grid deployments for utilities.
2010-2012. Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary. Managed finance, treasury, accounting, legal, acquisitions, MIS and administration functions. Initiated and led strategic review to position company for rapid growth. Led acquisition of highly profitable business unit adding 40% to revenues.
"David brings a wealth of wisdom and experience which is helping me to transition the company from a founder-driven start-up to a professional and rapidly-growing company." – Thomas Ligocki, co-Founder and CEO.
- HyPoD Systems Inc.
- Premium hydrogen start-up opportunity.
2007. Wrote business plan to spin-out and commercialize a nascent technology for the generation of high-purity hydrogen for small fuel-cell applications. One of 3 co-founders of company attempting to negotiate technology license agreement on terms acceptable to investors.
- Circon Systems Corporation (now Efficient Building Automation)
- Building energy management.
2007-2008. Performed strategic analysis predicting significant shifts in building energy management industry in response to climate change. Interviewed industry players, researched extensively and drafted business plan.
"David's leadership in thoroughly analyzing the imminent change in our industry allowed Circon to position itself as a first mover in the trend to energy management. It is a major step forward." - John Diack, former CEO.
- Questor Industries Inc. (acquired by Xebec)
- Developer and manufacturer of gas separation and purification systems.
1996-1998. Wrote business plan and negotiated a $5 million equity financing in 3 stages involving two venture capital investors and a multi-billion dollar strategic partner. Served as part-time CFO through transition to fully-functional company.
"David's experience and dogged determination over many months was critical in completing this complex venture financing and strategic partnership. David spared no effort." - Carl Hunter, co-Founder.