Meet the Team Behind Annelida
Chief Executive Officer
Michael Launer has been involved in equipment manufacturing and the Energy Conservation sector since 1999. With a background in industrial heating and ventilation, he holds his Red Seal tickets in industrial steam and 2nd class gas.
Michael’s knowledge and expertise led him to found and develop Enershield Industries Ltd. He led this company to become one of the most recognized manufacturers’ in the Air Barrier Industry with additional manufacturing facilities in Europe.
Michael sold Enershield in 2016 to Senneca Holdings Inc. and has since started a new company, Your Energy Smart Solutions Inc., which offers energy saving technologies.
Shawn Brown has 25+ years senior management and Board governance experience in all aspects of sales and marketing, operations, finance, and venture capital related initiatives. Key to his initial learning and success was 20 years developing and honing strategic skills in the highly competitive consumer packaged goods industry. Leading numerous teams in the Western Canadian launch of many of today’s most recognizable consumer brands, Shawn’s success was immediate and significant. Accepting positions in key transportation and logistics initiatives led to the position of General Manager of Shred-it International’s Edmonton branch in which he turned the lowest performing branch into the company’s number one performing branch worldwide, in less than 2 years.
Shawn’s career was further punctuated as co-developer, and Senior Managing Partner of WebbCo International Inc., an Edmonton, Alberta based company specializing in assisting new companies develop and launch in the Alberta and Western Canadian/Canadian markets. The business morphed into a dynamic real estate venture capital firm, as described by Ernst and Young.
In addition to founding Forest For the Trees, a boutique business advisory services company headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Shawn was also Managing Partner of Ecologix Canada, a global water management firm specializing in waste water applications for the Oil and Gas sectors. Most recently, he has assisted with corporate turnaround of an Alberta based environmental remediation and reclamation firm.
Shawn has far-reaching international business alliances and relationships that span the continental Canadian and U.S. borders, to Europe and the Gulf Coast Region. Most recently he has developed a key strategic alliance headquartered in Perth, Western Australia. With this experience and geographic reach, Shawn brings a unique experience and focus to his team and clients.
Benefiting from his extensive international travels and partnerships, often involving various levels of government interaction and negotiations, Shawn has assisted two colleagues with their respective Canadian provincial and federal election campaigns.
Shawn has written a series of business columns for Troy Media, based on his extensive business experience. Titled Rules of Behavior, it is currently being edited for a book of the same name.
Director of Operations
B.Sc., Managing Director
Marshall graduated from the University of Alberta with a specialization in Cellular Biotechnology and a minor in Psychology. After receiving honours, Marshall began working beneath Research Professors conducting research at the University of Alberta. From there he went on to work in food microbiology labs with Alberta Agriculture. He then started conducting studies on food borne pathogens and rapid test developments under his research scientists.
Through a series of events he relocated to Calgary where he worked in Parmalat’s lab testing section. With the change in the economy came a change to entrepreneurial business development. He went on to create two simultaneous companies, one a personal training and life coaching company and the other a general contracting and consulting firm.
Over the next 15 years he was successful in his unconventional sales and marketing where he was able to generate millions of capital for customers and clients through his consulting services. The personal training, dieting and life coaching allowed him to expand his abilities to comfortably engage in talking with people, networking and bringing people together. He also brought three of his clients to first, fourth and seventh at the Canadian Nationals and had successful top five placement for other clients in both provincial and national competition.
Utilizing that skill set, he was able to not only raise a large sum of money from the private sector for Terrapin Geothermal, but it was this connecting of people that eventually formed the partnership within Annelida Investment Group’s four partners. His passion for Annelida is infectious and he desires to revolutionize the wormery business. He also wants to make the biggest possible green impact to our Earth’s soil he can to help drive Annelida and its investors into an entirely new space.
P.Eng., Chief Technology Officer
Hai Le obtained the degree of Master of Science in Electro – Mechanical Engingeering in 1995, from the Odessa State Maritime University of Ukraine. He started his engineering career at Petrovietnam Gas Corporation in 1998 and contributed in the company as Operation Maintenance Lead Engineer until he left there in 2003. He then worked offshore as Maintenance & Reliability Supervisor, for a Joint Operating Company of ConocoPhillips and PetroVietnam during 2003 – 2009. He wanted to gain more knowledge in another field and moved to work in the health, safety and environment section as a Senior HSE Officer in 2009 and stayed there until 2013. During this time, in his onshore days-off, he had also been actively working on a number of CNG and LNG projects, such as: Land-based CNG Feasibility Study for establishing CNG VN JSC; Marine-based CNG FEED Study for gathering flare gas in Dai Hung Field, for TransCNG International (TCI), a partnership of TransCanada and OSG for the period of 2008 – 2011; Technical Director of Viet LNG Ltd. Company in 2011, in charge of penetrating “CNG to LNG” technology from Russia to Vietnam; Project Manager of LNG Import Terminal Project for LMG Marin AS of Norway during 2011 – 2013.
Hai Le and his family immigrated to Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada in Sep 2013 and established VNB Enterprises Inc. to pursue his several innovative engineering – based business ideas. He is an active member of APEGA and APEGNB. He used to work as Engineer Lead for RJ Oil in Edmonton for a year from August 2017. He decided to move his family to Edmonton in 2018 and joined the Annelida team.
B.Sc., Chief Operating Officer
Shannon Bosvik is an adaptable, fair minded and creative business asset. He has a BSc. Microbiology with Specialization, from the University of Alberta. As Annelida’s COO, Shannon is working with Hai Le and Len Stahn to develop Alberta’s most efficient and productive commercial Vermiculture operation.
Shannon brings 14 Years of manufacturing and managerial experience as the Production Manager with Enershield Industries. This multifunction position provided Shannon exposure to the complexity and variability of custom manufacturing. Shannon’s capacity to take on new responsibilities and roles, his dedication to provide top quality products, service and customer driven solutions, helped develop Canada’s most successful Air Barrier manufacturer. He was responsible for the design, development and certification of new product lines, and custom built Air Barriers.
Shannon was instrumental in establishing CPA Engineered Solutions, as Enershield’s satellite Air Barrier manufacturer in Scotland, whose success continues today throughout Europe.
Previous to his role with Enershield, Shannon owned and operated his own successful business laying the foundation for, and erecting steel Grain Bins.
Shannon lives in Morinville, Alberta, and enjoys kayaking, camping and snowmobiling.
B.Edu., Investor Relations
Ryan Maxwell is best described as a “serial entrepreneur”. He has owned and managed several privately held companies primarily in Alternative Energy, Oil & Gas, Water, and Real Estate. Ryan also is a Founding Partner in Terrapin Geothermics Inc (www.terrapingeo.com), a waste heat and geothermal power company headquartered in Alberta.
Through his business ventures, Ryan has raised over $100 million in equity and debt for real estate developments, business acquisitions and start up ventures. Ryan has raised capital in Canada, the United States, Europe, and the Middle East and prides himself on retaining strong relationships with investors, PE, and conventional/secondary lenders.
Ryan is also active in local and federal politics, having served as campaign manager for a current Federal MP and VP youth for a Provincial MLA. In addition, Ryan served 5 years on the Strathcona Minor Hockey Association Board, 4 years of those as VP Operations on the Executive.
Technical Services Manager
Len obtained his Power Engineering Technology certification at S.A.I.T (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) and is the Founder of PROcess Innovations, a production waste management company, and co-founder of Canadian Waste Management Services.
Len specializes in producing conceptual designs, P&IDs and electrical cause and effects matrix’s for mobile slop oil processing units and production waste management processes. Developing new optimization opportunities within processes has been a skill he has developed throughout his career path.
He has 20 years experience in Oil & Gas Process Operations and 15 years experience managing Production Waste Management projects. Len’s innovative imagination has added to the vision of the Annelida Group.