CharTerra provides biocarbon product sales and consulting services to the bioenergy industry in western Canada. Previously known as AirTerra which was founded in 2009, CharTerra builds on the strengths of its seasoned professionals in the fields of bioenergy, biochar & blended soil amendments, oil & gas, pulp & paper, horticulture, and waste management. CharTerra is pleased to work with First Nations and Metis organizations to support environmentally and economically sustainable projects in their communities.
The CharTerra Mission is to provide compelling agricultural regenerative solutions through the sale of biocarbon products, carbon credits, and consulting services with a Vision of enhancing biological living soils for healthy plants, pure water, and nutritious food.
President & CEO
Don is a seasoned executive, professional engineer, project manager, and researcher in the fields of bioenergy, oil & gas, pulp & paper, and waste management. He has over 40 years experience through progressively responsible positions in industry and government research, and applies this knowledge to help clients achieve their goals in the bioenergy and biocarbon sector.
CharTerra has a strong team of advisors who are specialists and professionals in their fields. They have a passion for biochar and contribute greatly to the applications, markets, and development of safe environmentally friendly biochars.
Our advisors are also contributing authors for consulting services depending on specific client needs.
Product Development & Marketing
Rob is a Biochar Product Development and Marketing Specialist with over 10 years experience in biochar product applications. Rob founded AirTerra in 2009 and developed the Soil Matrix brand of biochars for regenerative agricultural applications and home gardeners. He has over 40 years of experience in the petroleum industry and specialized in carbon sequestration through injection of CO2 streams into geological reservoirs. Rob is passionate about biochar’s soil enhancing benefits and its ability to sequester carbon from the atmosphere.
Controlled Environment Agriculture Systems
Richard is a Vertical Farms and Greenhouse Specialist with over 30 years of agricultural experience in private, multi-national, and government organizations. He has held leadership roles in field research, enterprise architecture and information systems design, life science marketing, product, and business development.
Patty is an experienced horticultural resource highly skilled in the hands-on and technical aspects of horticultural crop production. She has worked in greenhouses, vertical farms and market gardens. Patty currently operates a greenhouse operation specializing in flower displays for commercial properties.
Project Engineering Associate
Patou is a seasoned project engineer with over 30 years experience in the petroleum and geothermal industries. Patou contributes to consulting studies, biochar related processes, and related bio-energy projects.
Product Sales and Quality Control
Preet focuses on Customer Sales of biochars and associated vinegars, blended biochar products, and biocarbons. She graduated from the University of Alberta in Chemical Engineering in 2020 and as team lead in her final year won the Ken Suri Memorial award for their project in mobile biochar quality control.
IT Architecture and Related Research
Collin is an Information Technology consultant with over 20 years of experience delivering IT advisory services to high value clients. He enables client strategic initiatives through technology.
Strategic Support for Studies and Communications
Scott is a former Canadian military officer who served at home and abroad in various operational and strategic roles for 20 years. He is an experienced public relations professional and community builder who has worked with local, provincial and federal governments, an airport authority, a utility company, and a science and technology organization.
Strategic Support for Studies and Marketing
Timothy Harfield, PhD is Sr. Director of Product Marketing and Strategy for Intelligent Automation at Pegasystems. He has graduate degrees in sociology and philosophy from the University of Alberta and Emory University. Timothy curates the Biochar Today newsfeed on Twitter and LinkedIn and operates a horse farm with his wife and two dogs in Ocala, Florida