Industry Leaders with World Class Expertise in Green Energy Technology

Steeper Energy was created in 2011 based on the experience and vision of its two founders, Perry Toms, and Dr. Steen Iversen.  Together Perry and Steen have five decades of experience in advanced science and business related to biowaste conversion technologies combined with utility experience in management and implementation of major projects. Over the years Steeper has grown where today it engages a team of scientists, engineers, and support staff advancing Steeper’s core technologies and supporting the build-out of commercial projects.  Steeper has locations in Denmark and Canada.

TOM Capital became an investor in Steeper in 2012 and today is the majority owner and is an active partner in the business.

Executive Team

Bevan May

President

Dr. Steen Iversen

CTO, Founder

Perry Toms

Founder, Ambassador

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Paul Sibanda

Vice President, Finance

TOM CAPITAL

TOM Capital owns businesses in Canada and the US spanning manufacturing, technology, consumer products, real estate development, retail real estate, and financial services. TOM’s founders have been involved in creating businesses, including oil and gas production, that in a number of instances have become highly valued public companies. TOM Capital has a long-term investment horizon with a focus on driving significant enterprise value appreciation over time. The team at TOM Capital is focused on the most strategic dimensions of its portfolio companies including capital allocation, tax planning, strategy, leadership development, organizational and operating effectiveness, and governance. The resources at TOM have senior level experience in Legal, Finance, Engineering, Project Management, and Operations. TOM is actively engaged in its businesses alongside senior management and often TOM team members are seconded into management positions. TOM provides assistance wherever it can help.

Bevan May

President

Bevan May is a Computer Engineer and has an MBA from Queen’s School of Business. Bevan has served in advancing technical and senior business leadership roles across a number of industries over 30 years including tenures at Hewlett Packard, ATCO, and Honeywell. For 8 years he owned and grew a regional plastics manufacturing and recycling business based in Calgary before divesting it in 2009. For the past decade, Bevan has served in a senior advisory and leadership role with Calgary-based private equity firm TOM Capital, providing direct leadership and supervision of many of the portfolio of businesses under the TOM umbrella.

Bevan has directly led strategic growth initiatives, M&A activity, and has been directly involved in all operational aspects of senior corporate leadership. Bevan’s focus has been helping companies navigate strategic planning and execution work, organizational effectiveness, cost-containment, and the development of financial and operational controls.

Dr. Steen Iversen

CTO, Founder

Dr. Steen Brummerstedt Iversen co-founded Steeper Energy, and is the company’s Chief Technical Officer (CTO). With a PhD in Chemical Engineering, he is responsible for all technological activities within the company.

Steen has broad managerial, technical and business strategical experience in developing new, cutting-edge technologies, from concept to commercialization in the renewable energy and nanotechnology sectors.

He has over 25 years experience in the energy, renewables and environmental industries including the conversion of biomass and waste to energy by combustion, gasification, pyrolysis, and liquefaction.

Steen also has 20 years’ experience in the development and commercialization of supercritical and hydrothermal technologies, including two of the most significant new commercial applications of supercritical fluids within the last 20 years: Superwood and DIAM cork stoppers. He is also the inventor of 60+ patent families and has authored approximately 50 papers presented in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences.

Perry Toms

Founder, Ambassador

Perry Toms co-founded Steeper Energy in January 2011, and served as its CEO and/or President until March 2022. Today, Perry serves as the company’s Goodwill Ambassador. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business, he has held various executive management positions related to corporate and business development within the conventional and renewable energy industries.
Perry has over 25 years of senior executive strategic experience with a number of companies in the energy space.

His recent career has focused on corporate and business development services to the emerging renewable energy and clean-tech sectors located in North America, Australasia and Europe. This includes non-conventional technology project development and commercialization, including natural gas cogeneration, wind, biomass, gasification, bio-diesel, hydrothermal upgrading and carbon offset projects.

Paul Sibanda

Vice President, Finance

Paul Sibanda currently holds the position of Vice President, Finance and is responsible for providing an effective financial governance framework for the company and leading the ongoing finance operations.

Paul is a Chartered Professional Accountant with extensive experience in leading and managing finance operations across a broad range of industries including investment management, real estate development, commercial leasing, technology and manufacturing. Paul’s experience includes over 10 years of progressive leadership roles with various public accounting firms, including KPMG, where he provided assurance, tax and advisory services.

Paul has also served in a senior financial leadership role with Calgary-based private equity firm – TOM Capital, providing leadership and supervision of the finance and tax functions while working closely with TOM Capital’s executive team in developing strategy to drive growth and steward-sound financial management of the company as it pursues its short- and long-term financial objectives.

Mikael T. Christensen

Vice President, Corporate

Mikael T. Christensen is the company’s Vice President, Corporate. Mikael is a master graduate from the Technical University of Denmark within the area of energy technology and further holds an authorization as European Patent Attorney.

Mikael has worked intensively in the business strategy area in a number of internationally operating Danish blue chip companies and has a broad managerial, technical and business strategical experience including developing intellectual property portfolios, from concept to commercialization.

He has over 25 years of business experience and has worked within energy, renewables and environmental industries as well as within the area of medical technology.