David W. Major, Ph.D., BCES
Dr. David Major has over 25 years of international experience in negotiating, managing and directing the development and deployment of cost-effective remediation strategies for challenging contaminated sites for Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense, and NASA. Dr. Major was inducted into the Space Hall of Fame® for helping NASA commercialize one of the “Products from Space Benefiting Planet Earth”. He has also been successful in commercializing intellectual property from the University of Waterloo, University of Tennessee, University of Toronto, Stanford University and DuPont for the treatment of contaminated groundwater, and biomolecular markers and genes in environmental samples. In 2007 he received a University of Waterloo, Faculty of Science Alumni of Honour Award in recognition of his professional accomplishments. He is currently an Associate Editor of Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation. Dr. Major has also served on the Board of Directors for Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., and for Kidsability.
Gavin P. Grant, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Gavin Grant, Ph.D., P.Eng. has more than 15 years of experience in the field of environmental remediation and the development and implementation of the Self-sustaining Treatment for Active Remediation (STAR) technology. He completed his Ph.D. studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, under the direction of Dr. Jason Gerhard – co-inventor of the STAR technology. Dr. Grant is the Operations lead for Savron and has been the primary project manager, director, or technical lead on all STAR and STARx-related projects to date, working with top-tier clients in the chemical manufacturing, oil and gas, and utility industries. Dr. Grant is also an Adjunct Professor at Western University, supervising numerous graduate students studying smoldering combustion for remediation. He continues to advance the state of the practice as a frequent presenter at events and lectures focused on soil contamination and organic waste disposal.
Grant Scholes, M.E.Sc., P.Eng.
Manager of Engineering
Mr. Scholes, Lead Engineer, has spent over 12 years in the environmental industry focusing on the design, operation and construction of remediation systems and development of new technologies.
Mr. Scholes has led the technical development of STAR and STARx from the initial pilot tests through to full scale designs of both the in situ and ex situ applications designing and optimizing customized equipment and developing operating procedures for field application.
Grant has been involved with the STAR technology since its inception and received his Masters of Engineering Science at the University of Western Ontario, under the supervision of Dr. Jason Gerhard, one the STAR inventors, where ignition method development and field implementation of STAR were the focus of his graduate work
His recent work has included design and implementation of in situ and ex situ pilot tests to demonstrate the STAR/STARx technology, including system design, data monitoring programs, and operational protocols.
Gabriel Sabadell, Ph.D., P.E.
Dr. Sabadell has 29 years’ experience as an environmental engineer and groundwater hydrologist with expertise in soil and groundwater contamination assessment, monitoring, and remediation. Prior to joining Savron Gabriel was the Program Director for Soil and Sediment Remediation Strategic Research at Chevron Energy Technology Company where he led a group of industry and university collaborators performing research focused largely on crude oil impacted soils and waste materials. His recent projects have included managing Chevron’s research and development program for remediation, which included utilizing the Hottpad configuration of STARx, leading to successful field demonstration of sludge and oil-impacted soil treatment. Gabriel is a technical expert focusing on ex situ applications for the oil and gas industry who will continue to develop opportunities to implement STARx technology.
Warren Ferguson, M.A.Sc., P.Eng.
Mr. Ferguson, Senior Engineer, joined Savron in 2014. His experience in professional services roles includes environmental consulting, engineering/procurement/construction management (EPCM) in the mining and oil & gas sectors, and operations optimization through advanced process control.
Warren is a Professional Engineer (Ontario), and completed a Masters of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering at University of Toronto. As a project manager, Warren oversees the delivery of the STAR/STARx technologies to clients worldwide, from conceptual-level design to detailed engineering, as well as construction management. In this role, Warren works closely with clients to understand their business needs, and will deliver the relevant STAR/STARx technology to meet that need.