About Equispheres

Headquartered in Canada and privately held, Equispheres is a materials science company focused on advanced technologies such as additive manufacturing and cold spray deposition.

Our vision is to unlock the potential of these technologies by engineering and  providing ultra-high-performance, mono-sized metal powders.

Equispheres’ patent-pending atomization technology produces free-flowing, consistently sized, agglomerate-free, spherical metal powders, designed to significantly improve the manufacturing process, quality and reliability of customers’ end use products.  Furthermore, Equispheres’ staff of researchers and metallurgists offer a range of services to assist customers in identifying the appropriate chemical composition of alloys required to meet demanding aerospace and medical component requirements.

Leadership Team

Management Team

Kevin G. Nicholds, MBA President, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

A graduate of Queen’s University and the University of Western Ontario, with a business pedigree in the Canadian printing industry, Kevin Nicholds brings management expertise in strategic thinking, change management, international business, and technology innovation to Equispheres. As President of Dollco Integrated Print Solutions Inc., Mr. Nicholds transformed the company through the adoption of digital technologies that provided new, high-growth sources of revenue. Under Mr. Nicholds’ leadership, Dollco grew from $12 Million to more than $50 million in revenue, employing more than 300 people.

Dr. Mark Gallerneault, P.Eng., PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons) – Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Mark Gallerneault is a distinguished scientist, engineer, named inventor, patent holder, lecturer, and an internationally recognized authority on metals solidification, materials processing, and the mathematical modeling of heat and fluid flow in metal systems. A NATO Science Fellowship at Oxford University and Post Doctoral Fellowship at Queen’s University are among Dr. Gallerneault’s numerous academic awards. Currently, Dr. Gallerneault, is an adjunct researcher in the Department of Materials and Metallurgy at Queen’s University. Dr. Gallerneault held various senior management and technical positions with Novelis Inc., a spinoff of aluminum producer Alcan Incorporated. His appointments included those of Technical & Site Director for Novelis’ Global Technology Centre in Kingston, Ontario, with responsibility for Novelis’ global R&D operations and programs with sister R&D sites in Korea, India, Switzerland, Germany, Canada and the United States. As a senior scientist with Alcan, Dr. Gallerneault oversaw Alcan’s R&D transition to Novelis and served in a variety of scientific and engineering capacities with Alcan between 1980 and 2004.

Dan Benoit, MBA, MSc, BSc – Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Dan Benoit has 15 years of business development and financing experience. Prior to joining Equispheres, Mr. Benoit was Chief Investment Officer for Brookfield Renewable’s $18 billion North American division. He was tasked with growing the company’s asset fleet and headed Business Development which included Project Development, M&A, and Market Research. Previously, he led the Capital Markets team that managed the financings of Brookfield’s power investments while supporting M&A and Business Development. Prior to Brookfield, Mr. Benoit was an Associate Director with Scotiabank’s Investment Banking and Equity Capital Markets groups. He holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School, as well as a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from McGill University.

Dr. David Buckley, BSc, PhD – Vice President Engineering

Dr. David Buckley is a seasoned senior manager with proficiency in managing and transitioning technology programs from development to volume manufacturing. Dr. Buckley’s management experience ranges from small entrepreneurial companies to large, mature multinational organizations. This includes over 6 years of start-up experience managing early-phase technology development and new product introduction, over 10 years of operations management in small-to-medium sized businesses and 13 years of program management at a large international corporation. Dr. Buckley received his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from University of Bath, England.  

Doug Brouse, BSc – Vice President, Strategic Partners and Alliances

Doug Brouse has a 20-year career in business development and executive management in the field of aerospace. Doug Brouse co-founded a technology company, Mxi Technologies, which focused on providing technology-intensive products and services to the aerospace industry.  His roles included Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales and subsequently CEO where he helped grow the company to $45 million in annual revenue and 250 employees worldwide.  After the successful sale of the company in 2011, Mr. Brouse assisted the National Research Council of Canada in developing and executing strategies to transfer innovative research conducted by the council to industry. Mr. Brouse holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science.

Board of Directors

Jeffrey York, CPA, CA Chairman of the Board

Jeffrey York is the Chief Executive Officer of Farm Boy Inc., an Ontario-based food store chain known for its quality products and fresh produce. A chartered accountant, Mr. York began his professional career with Ward Mallette, Chartered Accountants, before joining Giant Tiger Stores Ltd. During his 20 years with Giant Tiger, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company for 10 years. Mr. York graduated from Princeton University in 1986 with a degree in Economics and obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1989.

Kevin G. Nicholds, MBA President, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

A graduate of Queen’s University and the University of Western Ontario, with a business pedigree in the Canadian printing industry, Kevin Nicholds brings management expertise in strategic thinking, change management, international business, and technology innovation to Equispheres. As President of Dollco Integrated Print Solutions Inc., Mr. Nicholds transformed the company through the adoption of digital technologies that provided new, high-growth sources of revenue. Under Mr. Nicholds’ leadership, Dollco grew from $12 Million to more than $50 million in revenue, employing more than 300 people.

Mark Dance, B.Sc  Director

Mark Dance has spent the past 30 years in the high-tech community. For 11 of those years, he was at Creo Inc., a publicly traded company, where he played central roles in growing the company from USD$10 million in revenue to over USD$700 million in revenue, and from 100 to more than 4000 people world-wide. His roles at Creo included Vice President Product Development, President, COO, CFO and Board Member. Since Creo’s sale to Eastman Kodak in 2005 for USD$1 billion, Mr. Dance has worked with over 60 companies in corporate and IP management. Mr. Dance has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) degree in Mechanical Engineering from UBC and holds a number of patents for medical technologies.