Executive Team

Douglas Horne |

Founder & CEO

A corporate development specialist with over 20 years of experience building successful teams and businesses in many industries. He has taken many companies public, raised millions of dollars in financings, and is well versed in regulatory and public affairs. Doug was the British Columbia MLA for Coquitlam Burke Mountain from 2009-2015. He was Deputy Speaker from 2013-2015and Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier from 2011-2013. He has also served on the Provincial Treasury Board and the Legislative Review Committee, was Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, and was Deputy Chair of the Select Standing Committee for Public Accounts. He was also Co-Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. Council of State Governments West.

Patrick Wang |

Executive Vice President

Patrick has over 25 years of experience in marketing, business development, managing large sales teams, and large business management. His experience spans across the sectors of public health, medicine, food and education. He was the head of the OTC division of Kunming Pharmaceutical Group and Group Marketing Director of Wuhan Jianmin Pharmaceutical Group; the two companies merged, under his leadership to become HuaLi Global Corp., a leader in the pharmaceutical sector in China.
His extensive experience covers the entire product line system management and development, from research and development, to market analysis of the entire process, consumer behaviour research, advertising promotion, public relations, as well as budgeting and the preparation of annual financial reports.
Patrick Wang graduated from the Faculty of Environmental Medicine at Bethune Medical University and worked for CFDA in Beijing for five years before completing his MBA at CUBU China. His interpersonal skills, including personality and management style, have been instrumental in building and managing a team of 3,000 employees for Juneng Limited. The team achieved a 20-fold increase in sales in four years, with revenues of 1 billion yuan ($200 million) in 2002, making Juneng as the second fastest growing company in China’s Health Food industry.
Patrick founded Canada Bethune Management Corp in 2006 and has built a strong business network focused on investment, cultural exchange and international education. Patrick developed student exchange programs between China and Canada. He also encourages people with an international perspective to invest in related projects so that they can share the resources of mainstream Canadian society.

Jeffrey Steiner |

Corporate Secretary

Jeffrey Steiner who has been with the company since the early stages and sat on the company subsidiary board, has taken a role with the parent company as a Corporate Secretary and director. Jeffrey is a senior executive, experienced board director & lawyer involved with international trade, the film & TV industry, real estate, the mining sector and early-stage angel investment.

Scott Duddy |

Chief Operating Officer

Scott Duddy has over 15+ years of international business experience in finance, operations, sales, and business development in large, medium-sized, and small organizations. As a results-oriented leader, Scott has successfully driven growth strategies internationally within the packaging industry over the last 8+ years. Scott holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Business with an Accounting Focus and a Masters in Business Management from Seton Hill University.

Gerry Lalonde |


Gerry Lalonde, CPA, CGA, is the Chief Financial Officer for Evanesce Packaging, and is responsible for the financial health and resources of the company and providing  direction and ensuring that the company has access to the financial resources necessary to execute its strategic plan.

Gerry brings a broad breadth of experience to the company, through his formal training in finance and accounting and over fourty years of business experience, both nationally and internationally, in such diverse roles as Chief Financial Officer for a Fortune 500 corporation’s New Zealand subsidiary, Chief Information Officer for its Canadian operation, Chief Operating Officer for a national telecommunications provider, Chief Executive Officer for an international software company and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer for an international alternative energy company.

Gerry is a graduate of the University of Ottawa were he obtained a Bachelors in Administration degree. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants Association of Canada, past Chairman of the Ottawa Chapter of the Certified General Accountants of Ontario, past member of the Advisory Board of CGA International Business Research Centre at Queen’s University and a mentor with Futurpreneur Canada.

Dr. Karl Tiefenbacher |

Chief Product Development & Research Officer

Karl Tiefenbacher headed Franz Haas’s (see below) R&D team for over 25 years. He has been working with Haas on the development of Evanesce’s packaging material and recently retired from Haas. He is the author of “The Technology of Wafers and Waffles” (ISBN: 9780128094389) and is regarded as a global expert in mass production of moulded food products.

Natasha Chawla |

VP, Marketing

Natasha Chawla is a senior marketing executive with over 25 years of progressive marketing, e-commerce and business growth experience across large, medium sized and small organizations. A results oriented leader; her experience spans across product marketing, digital strategy, market research, brand management, e-commerce growth and P&L management across various sectors. Natasha brings both client and agency-side experience and has been successful in driving revenues for companies like Unilever, Coca Cola, ECO Canada, ENMAX, Omantel (leading telecom operator in Middle East), BPL Mobile, and LG Electronics. Natasha’s commitment to developing insightful marketing strategies and integrating omni-channel strategies has resulted in ongoing and measurable success. She has been consistently recognized for visionary leadership and innovation in integrating corporate, digital and customer strategy to enhance brand value.

Natasha is also an entrepreneur and is currently working on developing a line of vegan and plant-protein based sauces.


Brett Featherston |

VP Sales

Brett has over 20 years of experience leading sales and marketing teams in CPG, data analytics and retail loyalty. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington and has been a results-oriented leader with Keurig/Dr Pepper, Catalina, Symphony EYC and TCC Global.

David Chaplin Jr. |

Plant Manager

David Chaplin Jr. is an innovative manufacturing leader adept at building and coaching high performance teams in a LEAN / Continuous Improvement manner. He spent 25 years with Dayco Products in roles of increasing responsibility. His multi-dimensional experience and expertise is uniquely suited to the Evanesce project. In his initial role, he will finalize the structure of HR and the contract services associated with it. This will include aspects such as Employment, Compensation, Labor Relations, Benefits, Safety, Training and Employee Services. After this and after assuming the responsibilities of Plant Manager, he will oversee all daily production and support operations to the plant to ensure all policies and procedures are followed, while increasing production and revenue in a cost-effective manner by providing leadership and developing strategic plans using both LEAN and Six Sigma techniques.

Dr. Mark Soberman |

Research and Development Engineer

Dr. Mark Soberman recently obtained his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto where he was enrolled in a collaborative specialization in environmental science. His doctoral research was focused on the development of novel polymeric materials for water purification. He also holds a Bachelor of Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University. Over the course of his studies, he developed a deep understanding of the tremendous environmental challenges facing our planet, and is motivated to apply his technical skills towards addressing these issues. Mark has publications on various other subjects including water treatment and membrane development. Mark’s strong background in chemistry and engineering make him uniquely suited towards advancing materials development, with a special focus on coating technology.

Advisory Board

Dr. Steven Funk

Dr. Steven Funk, over the course of his career, built operating interests in three countries to market leadership positions. Today, alongside a 53,000-acre rainforest eco-estate in Central America, and the development of the most majestic private residential sporting fly-in community near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Dr. Funk focuses on philanthropic endeavours and private investments. Dr. Funk is a founding director of Unitus, and founding funder of Unitus Capital, now the largest boutique investment banking group in the micro enterprise space which recently surpassed $1 billion in funding initiatives. Dr. Funk serves on the Innovations Board of the XPrize Foundation, and is the appointed Special Envoy to British Columbia for Film and Digital Media. Dr. Funk is a sponsor of TED, now basing its annual international event in his hometown of Vancouver, B.C. He also provides an annual college scholarship to members of his high school alma mater in Iowa, and supports numerous other caring organizations.

Hector Mackay Dunn

Hector has over 25 years of practice experience in a broad range of industry sectors, advising on corporate and general matters, complex domestic and cross-border public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, tender offers and international partnering and licensing transactions. Hector provides general and strategic advice to both senior and emerging public companies as well as early to later stage private companies, investment banks, and investors in public and private domestic and cross border equity and debt financings, mergers, tender offers, corporate reorganizations, and advises boards of directors and independent board committees on corporate governance.

Commercialization Partner

Haas/Buhler | www.buhlergroup.com

Evanesce is working with a world-renowned expert in food processing equipment to commercialize its proprietary technology. Haas/Buhler is more than 1500 employees globally and is headquartered in Austria with corporate offices in North America, South America and Asia, and representatives throughout the world. Haas/Buhler is well known for creating innovative solutions to mass production of molded products.