Whit Genoway


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My name is Whit Genoway and I was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. I moved alone at the age of 17 to Montreal, Quebec, to pursue an athletic career in water polo. 

I was fortunate to represent Canada for nearly a decade as an athlete. I played with the Canadian National Water Polo team in over 100 international games. Having been an athlete for most of my life, I’ve always been competitive, driven, and I love challenges. My experience as an elite athlete has shaped many of the values that I pride myself on in my professional life: respect, integrity, teamwork, resilience, and passion. 

Since retiring from sport, I graduated from McGill University with a degree in Materials Engineering in 2015. In 2014, joined a forensic engineering firm, working primarily on mechanical failures and corrosion and chemical interactions in HVAC systems. With my arrival, I initiated our services in metallurgical and materials engineering. In the past 5 years, I have acquired significant experience in microbial and galvanic corrosion in HVAC systems, non-destructive testing, failure analysis, metallurgy, and fire investigation. 

My affinity for social innovation and being a former elite athlete led me to create Athlete-Pro Lynx (APL) in 2017. APL is a community platform to help bridge the gap for elite athletes transitioning from high-level sport into a professional career. With the intent to educate about how valuable the athlete mindset can be to an organization, Athlete-Pro Lynx is dedicated to providing opportunities for athletes to leverage their mindset and to step foot into a professional space.

​More recently, I graduated from the Master of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship program from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Growing up in Saskatchewan as a member of the Métis community, I’ve always been sensitive to Indigenous issues within Canada. I am passionate about climate change, building strong relationships, as well being a positive leader in my community.


Thomas Wood

BSc, MSc, PhD

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An entrepreneurial innovator in the cleantech and carbon utilization field, he looks to make a positive difference by addressing issues with climate change. He has over 9 years of experience researching clean energy technologies, including fuel cells, carbon capture and utilization, sustainable fuels, hydrogen production, and photocatalysis.


As a founding chemical engineer in the Solar Fuels group at the University of Toronto, he designed and built a photocatalyst screening lab which lead to the discovery and now patented class of photocatalysts. In 2011 he earned an MASc in the field of Chemical Engineering at U of T studying solid oxide fuel cells. In 2017 he graduated with his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and went on to spearhead the Ontario Solar Fuels group to commercialize his patented CO2 utilization technology.

Thomas is also a life-long learner and a proponent on leadership development. While in graduate school, he co-chaired iLead Graduate (formerly Leaders of Tomorrow) where he organized social entrepreneurship case competitions, and he also volunteered with GMCA’s volunteer consulting group. During this time, he learned the value and importance of pursuing projects that make a positive impact.


Chip McCrimmon

BA, MMIE, NEXT 36 (2020)

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My name is Chipewyan "Chip" McCrimmon (nunï) and I was born in Toronto, raised throughout Saskatchewan, and went to Bloomington, Indiana (USA) to play high school lacrosse. I then moved to St. Catharines, Ontario where I completed my Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Brock University, played for the Men's Lacrosse team, as well as the Welland Generals Jr. B Box Lacrosse team.

I have recently moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia after completing the Masters of Management, Innovation & Entrepreneurship program from the Smith School of Business at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. As a second-time founder, I am currently working on Falc0n-X in hopes of combatting and solving the world's biggest problem - climate change.

I have also recently graduated from NEXT Canada's NEXT 36 program, which is comprised of the 36 most promising entrepreneurial undergraduate & graduate students, as well as recent grads from across Canada; who they believe have what it takes to build Canada’s next narwal
(Narwhal - Canadian billion-dollar
 company ex. Shopify).

I am Dené and a Treaty 8 band member of Deninu K'ue First Nation. My home community is located in Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories on the Eastern shore of the Great Slave Lake. Although I have recently completed a Bachelor's & Master's degree - my traditional teachings have come from hunting, fishing, and trapping in the bush of Northern Saskatchewan where I was also influenced by Woodland Cree culture as well.

I am very proud of my Indigenous heritage and I strive to be a great representative of my family and my people.