TRION’s Leadership Team

TRION’s proprietary technology is being advanced by highly qualified scientists. TRION’s four PhD scientists are supported and governed by a dedicated Management Team, Board of Directors and Advisory Board.

Board of Directors & Management

Eric M. Leslie

Managing Director / Co-Founder

  • Extensive experience with start-ups & growing businesses 
  • 26 years experience in VC funding Entrepreneur In Residence – South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
  • BA in Economics from Western University



  • Calgary, Alberta based entrepreneur
  • Experienced innovator and businessman
  • Prominent real estate developer
  • Former principal of Canada’s first national Apple Dealership



  • CEO/ Founder Coulometrics, an advanced energy storage consulting and battery production/testing business based in Chattanooga, TN
  • 26 years of experience in development materials & energy storage devices including lithium ion batteries, supercapacitors, NiMH batteries & lead acid batteries
  • Former CTO of Axion Power & Ioxus
  • Extensive connections with battery manufacturers, OEMs, material companies and U.S. government agencies.

Mark R. Smith

  • CEO Surmont Energy Ltd. & CEO Strategic Lithium Mining Corporation
  • International experience including; cross-border transactions, strategic alliance partnerships, commodity trading arrangements and regulatory matters
  • Former Partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP
  • LL.B and B.Comm degrees from University of Alberta

Thomas R. Zwaska

Director & Corporate Secretary
  • Electronics Engineer with BSEE degree from Drexel University
  • 30+ years of expertise in embedded computer systems and systems architecture
  • Broad expertise used in advancing TRION’s battery management system

Jeffrey Milne


  •  Head of Global Capacity Planning at Amazon
  • Former Director of Global Supply Chain Management at Duracell
  • 20+ years of Supply Chain experience with P&G
  • Proven track record of delivering outstanding product supply and business results
  • Extensive experience in mfg. ops and financial management

Gary Rodney, CPA


  • Principal & Founder of ProLianze Group, LLC
  • Over 20 years experience with advisory services, accounting, SEC filings & compliance
  • MBA from Barry University, Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in Florida

Advisory Board

GEORGE LANE, PhD Electrolyte Scientist

  • Developed fluorine free lithium battery
  • Research Director at Ioxus spearheaded scientific development & commercialization of TITAN™ Cell technology
  • Extensive experience in electrolyte chemistry
  • Research has yielded key patents for lithium batteries, magnesium batteries and ultracapacitor electrolytes
  • Author of numerous highly cited academic publications

Brian Humphry

  • Extensive experience as Founding Partner in multiple startup companies
  • 20+ years experience as an entrepreneur  Experienced board member, with extensive board audit committee experience


  • Director JOG Capital Inc.
  • Former President & CEO GLJ Petroleum Consultants
  • Broad understanding of traditional and renewable energy sector
  • Extensive senior management and board experience, including being a current member of AltaGas Ltd.’s board

Darren Haar

  • Business Turnarounds, Leadership, Product Development, Cross-functional Team Leadership, and Entrepreneurship
  • Former Global Business Director Microcircuit Materials for DuPont


  • Electrical Engineering
  • President Emeritus of; South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (“SDSM&T), Dakota State University and the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers Foundation (“IEEE”), the World’s largest professional association for advancement of technology with 450,000 members in 160 countries
  • Former President (1984) of the IEEE
  • Former President of SDSM&T (1987-2003)

Louis Carbonneau

  • IP Attorney
  • Founder & CEO of Tangible IP, LLC, a patent brokering & IP advisory firm
  • Renowned expert in intellectual property law with 30 years International experience
  • 15 years at Microsoft Corporation as General Manager of International IP & Licensing

Scientific Team


  • Polymer & Fiber Physics
  • Scientific Team Leader - Joint Collaboration Project TRION / SDSM&T Director, Composite and Nanocomposite  Advanced Manufacturing Center at SDSM&T


  • Material Science
  • Electrochemistry Lead Extensive Battery Expertise


  • NanoScience & NanoEngineering
  • Synthesis Lead  Materials Formulation

TRION Energy Solutions

TRION Energy Solutions Corp. is a private Delaware corporation, incorporated in August of 2013. To date TRION has raised over $6.7 million to advance the Company’s goal of delivering a cost-effective way to improve energy density storage capacity in multiple different devices. TRION is commencing a $2.8 million Extended Series A Offering. Proceeds will be used to advance the commercialization of TRION’s proprietary silicon modified graphite anode materials (“SiMoGraph™”) that are engineered to improve Lithium-Ion battery performance by about 35%. Utilization of SiMoGraph™ by Lithium Ion battery cell manufacturers will not require them to change out their legacy equipment or radically change their manufacturing processes.