Dr. Martin Ordonez, Canada Research Chair & UBC Professor, Joins VoltSafe’s Advisory Board

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA – (July 18, 2022) – VoltSafe Inc. is thrilled to announce the addition of Dr. Martin Ordonez to its Advisory Board. Dr. Ordonez is renowned in the field of power electronics and renewable energy and is a Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He is the holder of the Fred Kaiser Professorship on Power Conversion and Sustainability at UBC and was also a professor at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Ordonez sits on several IEEE committees and participates in panels and evaluation groups for NSERC, NSF, United Nations Canada, MITACS, and works with NSERC.

As the Canada Research Chair of Power Converters for Renewable Energy Systems, Dr. Ordonez is helping to optimize the use of renewable energy resources and developing methods to store and deploy renewable energy. Dr. Ordonez is a decorated and established scholar with many research achievements under his belt, including the development of high-performance power conversion architectures, power electronic topologies, and advanced control schemes. The Canada Research Chair program stands to make Canada one of the world’s top countries in R&D. It invests ~$311 million per year to attract and retain a diverse cadre of world-class researchers, to reinforce academic research and training excellence in Canadian post secondary institutions.

As a Professor at UBC, Dr. Ordonez leads an active research program that works with partners, collaborating to accelerate R&D and adoption in the power and renewable energy industry. Additional focus areas include: Advanced Controllers, EV Battery Chargers, and Magnetics. Dr. Ordonez is a prolific thinker and his introduction to VoltSafe’s patented technology caught his attention. As a UBC Professor, he works hard to develop the potential of his students, one of whom is now VoltSafe’s resident CTO, Sanad Aridah. Sanad is more than familiar with the experience and teachings of Dr. Ordonez, having both studied and graduated from his UBC engineering program. Their common interests in electrification and advancing the acceleration of renewable technology makes this a harmonious working relationship and will mutually benefit both parties.

Dr. Ordonez commented, “Effective R&D is a result of collaboration. Working together in partnership is the most effective way to develop and advance new technologies that address the global challenge of climate change. It fosters key learning and accelerates progress. Through shared ideas and innovation, we strengthen our collective sense of social and environmental responsibility. VoltSafe is bringing innovative engineering ideas to becoming a global reality and I am thrilled to be joining the company’s Advisory Board.”

The addition of Dr. Ordonez to VoltSafe’s Advisory Board further validates the palpable impact the company’s patented technology will have on the world, while also shining a spotlight on the growing attention VoltSafe is receiving throughout the industry, from residential to commercial and industrial product applications.

VoltSafe CTO, Sanad Aridah echoed Dr. Ordonez’s excitement and added, “Adding someone with the experience that Martin possesses showcases that VoltSafe is committed to environmental sustainability and governance. The electrical grid of the very near future will undoubtedly become further strained, especially as EV adoption rises towards its peak and tackling these problems will require adoption of smarter and more efficient electrical infrastructure. Martin and VoltSafe share a mutual vision of smart, efficient global electrification and VoltSafe technology will advance expeditiously as a result of this collaboration. I’m beyond excited to collaborate with Martin and share ideas, concepts and solutions that will bring global impact.”

VoltSafe has extended its community-focused, equity crowdfunding campaign to further accelerate its commercialization and licensing goals. For a limited time, the raise is open to all investors through frontfundr.com/voltsafe or contact VoltSafe’s CFO directly, Scott Carlson, at invest@voltsafe.com. 


About VoltSafe Inc.

Fearless creators, obsessed with progress, VoltSafe Inc. is changing the way people connect to power. Headquartered in Vancouver, BC, the Canadian tech startup has reinvented the electrical plug by eliminating prongs, adding magnets and an “electrical fingerprint”. Using patented technology, VoltSafe has created the world’s safest, simplest, and smartest plug design since electricity came into homes more than 140 years ago. In 2018, VoltSafe successfully pitched on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, receiving three offers above ask and won the BC Cleantech Newcomer award at GLOBE Cleantech 2020 along with other accolades to date. The company’s first certified product to market, VoltSafe Winter (a magnetic extension cord for engine block heaters), is on store shelves in numerous big box retailers across Canada and the USA. The company’s product pipeline includes magnetic plug replacement solutions for household, commercial, industrial, marine, electric and autonomous vehicles, emergency services, data centres and more.