Wal van Lierop is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, and an industrial technology veteran with unique industry insight gained through deep operational experience as a venture capitalist, corporate executive, top international consultant and a university professor.

Prior to founding Chrysalix EVC, Wal spent six years as the Vice President of Strategic Planning at Westcoast Energy, and also advised energy, chemicals and financial services blue chip companies on innovation and change management while working for more than seven years with McKinsey & Company.

Before joining the corporate world, Wal worked for almost a decade as an Associate Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam doing research in economics, econometrics and the environment. He has founded or co-founded clean energy organizations including New Ventures BC and SET Ventures in Amsterdam, and is a long standing member of the Cleantech Group’s Advisory Board, leader of the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance, 2014 Canadian “Clean16” honoree, and frequent political advisor.

Wal holds a PhD in Economics from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has completed executive training in Change Management from MIT.