Aurea was founded in December of 2016, although the technology has been in development since six months prior. Aurea was founded to address the need for sustainable energy production in urban areas in an effort to minimize the impacts of climate change. According to the World Green Building Council, all the world’s buildings will have to be ‘net zero carbon’ by 2050 in order to prevent the Earth heating up more than two degrees Celsius – which is the goal the Paris Agreement set in December, 2015. Aurea’s patent-pending technology aims to revolutionize the construction and energy industries, while producing returns of five to ten years for customers.
Cat Adalay – CEO
Cat went to Queen’s University for mechanical engineering. Although she did not graduate, having concluded she did not wish to be an engineer, Adalay learned enough to start her career as an inventor and innovator. She founded her own 3D printing and prototyping company and got involved in many emerging companies and initiatives. Adalay also worked at Dalhousie’s Norman Newman Center for Entrepreneurship where she taught physical prototyping to student startups.
Hilary Sears – Engineering Advisor
Hilary Sears is currently an R&D Design Engineer at Spring Loaded Technology; an innovative startup creating the world’s first bionic knee brace. She has also worked for a cutting-edge company focused on creating patient-specific orthopaedic implants using 3D printing technology. A Dalhousie University alumnus, Hilary was a Sexton Scholar and four-time Academic All-Canadian while playing volleyball for the Tigers.
Ashley Greene – Business Development Advisor
Ashley Greene is a growth advisor trusted by both brands and startups alike, and is the founder of Instratify. She acts as a mentor to early-stage startups, serves as in-house growth advisor at Volta, and speaks on growth marketing, process, and customer intelligence. Prior to Instratify, Ashley consulted on marketing with projects ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and received her law degree from the Schulich School of Law (Dalhousie University).