Executive Team

Jason Goldsworthy, Executive Director, COAST

Jason Goldsworthy – Executive Director

Jason Goldsworthy, P.Eng. joined the COAST team as Executive Director  in April, 2023.

With over 20 years of international experience in managing engineering businesses and projects, Jason brings leadership, technical and commercial aptitude to the team.  His experience spans multiple industries including renewable energy, urban development, environmental consulting, mining, and commercial and infrastructure construction.

He has worked with large multinational corporations as well as being involved in several startups.  He has acted on several corporate boards in both Canada and Australia.

Jason holds a PHD in Engineering from the University of Adelaide, Australia, and is a member of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.

Kieran Buggy

Kieran Buggy, Director of Operations

Kieran utilizes his strong interpersonal skills from years of experience in the tourism and hotel industry. He recently completed his Bachelor of Business Management, co-majoring in Tourism and Marketing and has a passion for destination management and the growth of our region. Kieran has substantial experience working with local governments and a keen interest in business development.

Amanda Wilson

Amanda Wilson, Manager, Events & Sponsorship

Amanda’s varied career encompasses journalism, public relations, advertising and sponsorship sales and event management. Most notably, she’s worked with Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, marketing numerous events for the non-profit arts organization, for CTV Vancouver Island in various roles including events and sponsorship manager, creative producer, on-air host and advertising sales and for South Island Prosperity Partnership, providing event management, sponsorship coordination and communication support.

Ashutosh Sharma – Ocean Ecosystem Navigator

Dr. Ashutosh Sharma is the Ocean Ecosystem Navigator for the Ocean Startup Project, in partnership with COAST. In this role, he will help create partnerships and opportunities to build and enhance Canada’s robust ocean startup ecosystem, so that ocean-based technology companies can thrive and grow in our country and scale globally.

He holds a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering, with the majority of his work focusing on the impact of marine environments on concrete structures. He has worked extensively in the construction industry primarily with design and project management teams.  He came to Canada from India in 2020 to work at the University of Victoria as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. He worked at the Facility for Innovative Materials and Infrastructure management (UVic) and worked towards developing smart technologies including crack-free smart sensing pavements and other water treatment strategies. He is also a board member at the Project Management Institute Vancouver Island Chapter (PMI-VI) and serves as the volunteer director since 2021.

Neil Dobson

Neil Dobson – COAST Advisor

Neil grew up in the UK, and after completing an Economics and Business Management degree, he started his career in the finance industry in London, England. After five years Neil pivoted and spent the next decade in the sports marketing industry, working with brands, events and teams negotiating and implementing sponsorship deals for the likes of the British Government, General Motors, Nivea and British Gas. In 2010 Neil established Sow Consulting, to help companies, sports organizations and event owners maximize the value of sustainability in their marketing and their own operations.

Having moved to Canada in 2012, Neil joined FortisBC to support their renewable natural gas offering and then energy efficiency and conservation programs. In 2015 Neil joined the BC Government, most recently filling the role as Executive Director, CleanBC Implementation and leading the work to develop the BC Governments GHG reduction strategy – CleanBC. Since leaving government Neil has worked with Foresight – Canada’s leading cleantech accelerator and Hydrogen Naturally where his role encompasses corporate planning, ESG, carbon markets, climate policy and external relations.

David Ferran

David Ferran – COAST Advisor

David Ferran is the CEO of Torrey Project in San Diego, a non-profit organization that mentors first-time founders on building businesses that create wealth for shareholders, while simultaneously creating value for all other stakeholders.

The entrepreneur opened his first business, an electronics company, with his father. In the years since he’s become known as a public company turnaround specialist, M+A advisor and serial entrepreneur. In 2015 he negotiated the acquisition of the San Diego division of Reno Sub-Systems and, with the financial support of Sumitomo Heavy Industries (SHI), created Ferran Technology.

In 2018, SHI exercised its option to acquire Ferran Technology, and he became an advocate for Stakeholder Capitalism, environmental protection, and a more inclusive and equitable approach to the allocation of early-stage investment capital in North America.

David is a member of the University of New Hampshire Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, the ASBN Climate and Energy task force and is a member of the UNH Sustainability Institute’s advisory board.

Michael Meehan

Michael Meehan – COAST Advisor

Michael has over 20 years of experience in ESG finance, sustainability, and impact. He is a senior advisor and thought leader to funds, companies, investors and governments around the world. He is former Chairman of the UK Sustainable Investment & Finance Association and sits on the advisory boards for funds in the EU, US, Canada and Asia. Michael is also the current CEO of Canoe Carbon and former CEO of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the largest sustainability standard in the world.

Previously, Michael has also served as vice chair of the Natural Capital Coalition, CEO of Carbonetworks, and is adjunct professor of Sustainable Finance for Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria, Canada.  Throughout his career, Michael has worked with the White House, the UN, the World Economic Forum, and many other organizations in his mission to improve the state of the world through sustainable finance.

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