Graham Carter, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Graham Carter, B. Eng., is an entrepreneurial executive specializing in construction, engineering, technology, and clean energy, distinguished as one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40. He currently works as a principal at Vertex Developments and Maven Consulting, two companies he co-founded. At Vertex, Graham’s project structuring skills and investment savvy enable the company to create imaginative multi-family homes for the red-hot Vancouver real estate market. At Maven, his utility engineering and construction consultancy serving utility partners on large-scale infrastructural projects made #70 on Maclean’s 2019 list (and others) due to its 5-year growth of 1,339%. Graham is a big-picture visionary and proven engineering consultant. He has been privileged to work around the world in a number of countries, giving him a unique insight into getting things done in challenging environments, dealing with a variety of people and completing projects often without the desired resources. While a lot of Graham’s career has been in the power industry including overseeing construction, maintenance and asset management of most power industry systems, Graham has also worked in the forestry and government industries. Maven is just one of multiple companies Graham has envisioned, built, and operated with annual triple-digit growth rates. His winning entrepreneurial record also includes Acclaro Management Corporation and Axia Software Corporation, where he provided strategic leadership in the mid to late 2000s, leading to private equity buyouts in both cases. At carboNZero Holdings, where he was the CEO in 2011/12, he successfully corporatized a government-owned scientific organization, imbuing it with a sales and customer-focused culture.