The Bast Team
Experienced, innovative, and passionate about fibre.
Jim PosaPresident and CEO
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Guy PrevostDirector Global Supply Chain
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Board of Directors
Mr. Ahlström is the Investment Director of Ahlström Capital, one of Finland’s largest investment companies with holdings in the nonwovens and sustainable fibre industries.
Mr. Ahlström has extensive board experience, having served on the board of several global, ESG companies in the energy recycling, biogas, roadside safety, and sustainable nonwovens industries. He is the Vice-Chair of Suominen Corporation and brings with him considerable expertise in value creation, strategy formulation, and execution.
Phil ChristopherBoard Member
Mr. Christopher is a 30+ year veteran in financial services having held senior-level positions at Merrill Lynch and Scotiabank in institutional fixed income. Mr. Christopher is currently VP and Director of Montrose Development Ltd, a family-owned company involved in commercial real estate, public and private equities and is also a board director for Creatus Biosciences and TBF Environmental Technology.
Mr. Christopher is also a Founding Partner of The Creative Destruction Lab at The UBC Sauder School of Business and currently serves as Chair for the Mary and Gordon Christopher Foundation.
Noel HallExecutive Chairman
Mr Hall is a serial entrepreneur and impact investor. He brings extensive experience in the technology, biotechnology and cleantech sectors, with particular expertise in deal-making, strategic planning, and market development and commercialization. Known as a visionary who sees a clear path to success, Mr. Hall has proven the ability to drive research-based technology into profitable commercialization.
As a serial entrepreneur, Mr. Hall was co-founder and president of Aspreva Pharmaceuticals, taking the company from start-up to profitability and over a billion-dollar market cap in seven years. He is also the co-founder and board chair of Creatus Biosciences and Melio Peptide systems, co-founder and board director of Arius Technology, and former board director for Zymeworks and former founder and Exec Chair of Vitaeris Bio.
Mr. Hall is currently co-director of Machall Investments, a family office focused on the Healthcare, Technology and Cleantech sectors with a particular interest in sustainability. He is also a Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) mentor focusing on advising startup ag-tech companies.
Ken HallatBoard Member
Mr. Hallat is the founder of M-chem Technologies (now Project Clean) and serves as its chairman and CEO. Project Clean is a manufacturer of chemical cleaners and sanitizers for industry, as well as a number of related chemical specialty products.
Mr. Hallat also serves as chairman and CEO of Novas Capital Corporation and has previously been a director of Sleeman Breweries and Sun Rype Products Ltd., as well as several other public companies and non-profit organizations. In addition, Mr. Hallat serves on the advisory boards of several family-owned businesses in the technology, specialty wood manufacturing and cleaning products industries in North America.
George P. MurphyBoard Member
Mr. Murphy has over 30 years of senior leadership experience with companies serving nonwovens markets, including Scott Paper and Kimberly-Clark. He served for 8 years as president and CEO of Technical Concepts Worldwide, (acquired by Newell Brands).
For the past 13 years, he has invested in, advised, or served on the Board of several Private Equity Portfolio Companies, including Atlas Paper Mills, and Altitude Medical, where he was elected Chairman.
Mr. Murphy also serves on the National Board of the Spitzer Centre for Visionary Leadership, and on the National Governing Board of The Catholic Leadership Institute.
He received his Bachelor and Masters Degrees from USC.