Founded in 2012, e-Zinc is a Toronto, Canada, based corporation that has developed a breakthrough electrochemical technology for storing energy in zinc metal. This low-cost, flexible, and long-duration energy storage solution will provide the platform for the world’s energy markets to be fully powered by renewable energy, enabling a zero-carbon energy future.


Access to affordable, clean and reliable energy for all


To develop the world’s most affordable, safe, and reliable long-duration energy storage product. We create energy storage for the world’s harshest environments and most critical applications, while using ubiquitous and recyclable materials. Through candid collaboration with our customers, we seek to improve environments and lives, and to enable growth and energy security.

Core Values


An honest and authentic assessment of ourselves, as well as our customers’ needs. Complete transparency between one another. Complete candor with our customers.


A relentless pursuit of our objectives. Proactively troubleshooting problems with a curious and creative mind. Maintaining a sense of urgency while taking calculated risks.


An open and trusting workplace where we empower, support, and depend on one another, while holding each other accountable. Comfort with challenging our assumptions and ideas.


A tenacious commitment to domain expertise, underpinned by a passionate work ethic and dedication to learning and self-improvement


A deep-rooted responsibility to create the most value with our financial, time and human resources


Dr. Gregory Zhang (10/22/1956 – 8/06/2021) PhD


Dr. Zhang is a visionary and seasoned technology developer. He founded e-Zinc in 2012 and was the CEO until July 2018. As the inventor of e-Zinc’s technology, Dr. Zhang led the development from conception to the successful demonstration of a fully integrated energy storage system for solar power. Prior to founding e-Zinc, Dr. Zhang worked […]

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Executive Team

James Larsen P.Eng, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

James has over 2 decades of business leadership and engineering experience spanning cleantech and startups, strategy and operations, and design and engineering. James is also a Director with Energy Storage Canada, an association acting as the voice of the energy storage industry in Canada. Most recently, James was a Director with the Advanced Energy Centre […]

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Nicole Ballestrin CPA, CA

Chief Financial Officer

Nicole has over 15 years of financial leadership experience across a wide variety of industries at businesses both large and small.  Nicole currently supports several early and growth stage companies as CFO leveraging the financial expertise she has gained over the years. Most recently, Nicole was CFO at SkyPower Global, a global solar power developer […]

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Pieter de Koning P.Eng, MBA

VP Engineering

Pieter de Koning has 25 years of experience in technology development, global manufacturing and business development. Most recently, Pieter was the Director of Production for Temporal Power. On sale of their flywheel technology to a foreign buyer, he was hired to lead knowledge transfer, design a new factory layout, conduct supplier due diligence and develop […]

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Tyler Schon PhD

VP of Technology Development

Dr. Tyler Schon is a PhD materials scientist and technical leader with over 10 years of experience in research and development, specializing in battery chemistry. Prior to joining e-Zinc, Tyler co-founded Pliant Power while still completing his PhD to commercialize lightweight lithium-ion battery materials. As CEO, Tyler led the team in technical and business development, […]

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Laura Strickler MBA

VP People & Culture

Laura is a business-oriented Human Resources professional with over 15 years experience leading people and culture in different industries. She is respected for collaborative leadership, building trust and partnering at all levels from executive to front-line employees. Laura previously worked at ADP Inc., a leading global provider of human resources management software and services where […]

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Vikram Bhatia MBA

Chief of Staff

Vikram has over 8 years of experience across engineering, operations, and strategy, in start-up, corporate, and consulting environments. Prior to joining e-Zinc, Vikram was a management consultant with Bain & Company, where he worked in a variety of industries including telecom, utilities, mining, IT, and private equity due diligence. Before joining Bain & Company, Vikram […]

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Board members

Robert van Beers MPA


Robert van Beers is an accredited corporate director with over thirty years’ experience growing, financing and leading energy companies around the world. Today as CEO of RvB Capital Projects Inc., he leads a private global business corporation focused on financing and developing renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Robert has been founder, CEO and director […]

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James Larsen P.Eng, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

James has over 15 years of business leadership and engineering experience spanning cleantech and startups, strategy and operations, and design and engineering. Most recently, James was a Director with the Advanced Energy Centre (part of MaRS Discovery District) where he built a novel Products & Services business line. Within 2 years, he grew this business […]

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Sara Chamberlain Managing Director, Energy Foundry

Sara Chamberlain has worked in the energy and environment sector for nearly a decade, with a core focus on helping energy startups develop commercialization strategies. Working at the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship is a personal passion. She currently leads Energy Foundry’s investment activity and maintains an active role with each of the firm’s portfolio […]

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David Michael Managing Partner, Anzu Partners

David Michael is an investor and advisor with nearly 30 years of international business experience. He co-founded Anzu Partners and developed the firm’s focus on breakthrough industrial technologies that shape and enable tomorrow’s industries. He has pioneered the financing and growth of several Anzu portfolio companies. These include the life sciences tools companies TeraPore Technologies […]

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Ron Dizy Managing Director at Red Jar Capital

Ron is co-Founder and Managing Director at Red Jar Capital with over 25 years of experience as both an operator and investor in the technology and advanced energy sectors. Ron’s role is to manage the day to day operations and the investment process at Red Jar, lead investments and find ways to consistently add value […]

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