Our Team

The Waterfall Group team has over 30 years of collective experience in renewable fuels, carbon offsets and sustainability certification schemes. We have unparalleled expertise in the Canadian renewable diesel and advanced biofuels sectors.

Doug Hooper

Doug is a Partner of Waterfall Group and over 25 years of experience in corporate and industry development. Doug has a range of senior management and board governance experience in public, private and not-for-profit enterprises. Doug was a founder of Canadian Bioenergy Corporation and served as Chief Executive Officer and Chair from 2005 – 2011. During this time, he was responsible for the overall strategic planning, business development, capital project evaluation and execution, corporate finance, legal affairs, shareholder relations, and management of the company. Prior to Canadian Bioenergy, Doug founded and was the former President of TelSoft Mobile Data Inc. (now MDSI Mobile Data Solutions Inc.), which became a global leader in the wireless data communications industry through growth, mergers and acquisitions. Doug is a registered Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.), a Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada (FGAC), and a LEED Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). He is a former chair and board member of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, a former board member of the Canola Council of Canada, and was an elected municipal councillor from 2008-2011.

Key Specialties:

  • Environmental policy
  • Strategic planning
  • Business strategy
  • Government relations
  • Industry development

Ian Thomson

Ian Thomson is a Partner of Waterfall Group. Ian has 25 years’ experience in strategic change, operations and industry development, with expertise in policy implementation, strategic planning, market development and sustainability. Ian was a founder of Canadian Bioenergy Corporation, and as its President 2005-2011 operated a nation-wide biofuel import and distribution business and led a number of first and second generation biofuel and bioenergy project development efforts. In Waterfall, his research projects have related to biofuel and bioenergy feasibility, markets, trade and policy. During 2013-2014, Ian has worked extensively with NGOs, regulators and elected officials in a coordinating role to connect the BC clean fuels industry to activities in the Pacific Coast that support emerging clean fuels regulations in the state of Washington and Oregon in the Pacific Coast Collaborative. Prior to Canadian Bioenergy, Ian was a principal in a sustainability consultancy for local energy and sustainability initiatives, and for a decade, a strategy and change management lead for a global Chicago-based consultancy. Ian is also a former Chartered Accountant. He has founded several biofuel industry associations, serving since 2006 as the President of the Western Canada Biodiesel Association

Key Specialties:

  • Policy implementation
  • Strategic planning
  • Industry and market development
  • Sustainability standards
  • Research and assessment

Fred Ghatala

Fred Ghatala is a partner of Waterfall Group. From 2005 – 2011 Fred was the Director of Government Affairs for Canadian Bioenergy Corporation which operated a nation-wide biodiesel distribution business and developed first and second generation biofuel and bioenergy projects, including a co-venture with Archer Daniels Midland to construct Canada’s largest biodiesel facility (70MGY) in Alberta which commissioned in 2013. Fred is the Head of Delegation for Canada to ISO 13065 (Sustainability Criteria for Bioenergy). He was the co-convenor of ISO Working Group 4 on Indirect Effects under Project Committee 248. This Working Group was responsible for developing a consensus report assessing the state of science on indirect effects (e.g. ILUC). Fred is past chair of the Industry-Provincial Offsets Group’s Working Group 12 on the development of a biofuels carbon emission reduction quantification protocol for the use in Canada. He is also the director of research for a Transport Canada funded project assessing the potential for developing a biojet supply chain in Canada. Fred has 13 years of relevant experience in climate change policy and services, including sustainability standards development, environmental management system assurance, developing emission quantification protocols, fuel LCA models, and Corporate Social Responsibility report verification. Prior to Canadian Bioenergy, Fred worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Mexico City (2002-2004) and also the Aga Khan Foundation in Washington DC (1999-2002). Fred received a Bachelor degree in finance from the George Washington University and a Master of Science from the University of British Columbia where his research focused on implementation of sustainability criteria within the Clean Development Mechanism. Fred has travelled to 40 countries and is fluent in Spanish.

Key Specialties:

  • Climate Change Policy
  • Financial Analysis
  • Standards/Certifications
  • GHG Quantification
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Carbon Markets
  • Environmental Economics
  • Grantsmanship


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