AHREN BRITTON, M.A.Sc., P.Eng.
Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Britton has over 17 years of experience in environmental engineering, with a focus on the wastewater treatment industry. He is a co-inventor of Ostara’s technology and developed the first prototype during his research at the University of British Columbia. His professional experience includes roles in engineering consulting, municipal utilities and heavy industry both in North America and in Australasia.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. DeBerry has more than 20 years of experience managing and helping to increase efficiencies at large operations. Before arriving at Ostara in 2013, he was General Manager at the Fairmont facility at Resolute Forest Products for eight years. Prior to that, he ran his own gas and oil drilling services business for four years, DeBerry Enterprises, Inc. Mr. DeBerry is a graduate of Fairmont State College with a Bachelor of Science in Safety Engineering Technology.
KOERT VANDENENDEN, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. VandenEnden is a Finance Executive leader with more than 18 years experience managing high growth, innovative companies in the biotech and technology sectors. Prior to joining Ostara, Mr. VandenEnden played a key leadership role as Interim Chief Financial Officer and acting Chief Accounting Officer of a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company, Arbutus Biopharma Corporation (NASDAQ: ABUS). Here he successfully led the Finance and Information Technology functions through strategic growth and continuous operational improvements. Mr. VandenEnden previously held financial leadership roles at Global Relay Communications Inc. and KPMG. He holds a Bachelor of Finance degree with honors from the University of British Columbia, and a CPA (CA) Designation from BC Institute of Chartered Accountants.
RON RESTUM, BBA
Chief Revenue Officer
Mr. Restum is a 40-year veteran of the agriculture industry, with extensive experience in agricultural inputs, especially specialty fertilizer, micronutrients, nitrogen stabilizers, and biological products. Working for Agrium (Nutrien) for over 30 years in all three business units: retail, wholesale, and specialty fertilizer products, he managed operations and led sales of their North American agricultural specialty fertilizer and micronutrient product portfolios. In 2013 Mr. Restum transitioned to Koch Agronomic Services as Vice President, Sales North America where he directed sales for the company’s nitrogen stabilizer and specialty fertilizer portfolio. Mr. Restum also spent 3 years leading the global commercial efforts with a leader in the agricultural biostimulant market. Mr. Restum is a Certified Crop Advisor and received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Western Michigan University. Mr. Restum is a past chair of the Michigan Agri-Business Association and a charter member of the Micronutrient Manufacturers Assn.
Vice President, Projects
Mr. Dharas has over 30 years of extensive engineering experience in the design, development, management and commissioning of industrial plants. His professional experience includes the management of design teams as well as external engineering and contracting companies. While at Ostara, Mr. Dharas has provided oversight of the design, construction and commissioning of multiple Nutrient Recovery facilities in North America and Europe. Prior to joining Ostara, Mr. Dharas held management positions with Greenway Automation Ltd, Brainium Technologies Inc, and Proton International Engineering Corp, of which he was a co-founder.
MATTHEW KUZMA, BAS
Vice President, Nutrient Recovery Solutions
Mr. Kuzma has more than 20 years of water and wastewater management experience ranging from large multinational corporations to venture capital funded technology start-ups, including five years with Ostara as Managing Director, Nutrient Recovery. Prior to re-joining Ostara as Vice President, Nutrient Recovery Solutions, Matt held management positions with Anaergia, Organica Water, and US Filter/Siemens Water Technologies (now Evoqua). With specific expertise in nutrient recovery, anaerobic digestion, biological treatment of industrial and municipal wastewater, and membrane separation processes for water and wastewater, Mr. Kuzma is a seasoned expert in sustainable resource recovery solutions. Mr. Kuzma is a professional engineer and holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Engineering from Miami University. Mr. Kuzma is also an active member of several industry organizations including International Water Association, Water Environment Federation, Water Environment Research Foundation, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and the California Water Environment Association.
Vice President, Operations
Mr. Baylor brings more than 20 years of fertilizer operations experience to Ostara. Leading teams at The Mosaic Company, Cargill, and most recently, as Global Fertilizer Marketing Manager for ArrMaz. Mr. Baylor has successfully led and managed innovative operations, business processes, and go-to-market strategies globally, capitalizing on emerging market trends with increased earnings growth. Formally trained as a Six Sigma Black Belt, and as an instructor for Green Belt training courses, Mr. Baylor also holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois.
“The strength of an organization is based upon the quality of its people and their ability to work towards a common vision with passion and a relentless pursuit of excellence. With clear direction, focus and a desire to excel, extraordinary results are attainable on a recurring basis.“
Ostara President & CEO