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The Team

Kairama was co-founded by two technology executives passionate about clean energy and experienced in commercializing technology. We’re bringing together our experience in early-stage startups and in two of Vancouver’s most innovative later-stage companies.

Mike Jackson

Mike led a worldwide team of 250 at Creo/Kodak, developing precision pre-press equipment for the printing industry, supporting a $350M business unit. Before that he co-founded Galian Photonics which raised $13M in venture and angel funding from Ventures West, Intel Capital and others. Mike holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Caltech.

Don Gayton

Don was the Senior VP of R&D and CTO at Glenayre Electronics where he led a team of 250 supporting a $250M business unit, eventually moving to Silicon Valley to lead integration of a newly-acquired startup. After that he was VP R&D at Triant Technologies, which specialized in fault detection in semiconductor process equipment; Triant was sold to PDF Solutions. Don holds an M.Eng. in Clean Energy Engineering from UBC.

The Mission

Kairama is redesigning the conventional gas compressor.  Our key breakthrough innovation allows us to build compressors that are more energy efficient, simple, robust and significantly cheaper to manufacture than current state-of-the-art compressors.


Our initial market focus is refueling equipment for compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, targeting the segment of medium-duty and light-duty return to base vehicle fleets. Future markets include industrial gas compression, oil&gas, compressed air energy storage (CAES), waste heat recovery (WHR) and HVAC/refrigeration systems. Our total addressable market is over $1B.



Kairama is a privately held company. If you are a qualified investor interested in finding out more, please contact us.

Other Stuff

Kairama is a UBC-affiliated company. In March 2014 Rocket Builders recognized Kairama as one of the top Technology companies in BC, including us in their “2014 Cleantech Emerging Rockets” (link)

Join Us

We’re a UBC-affiliated company based in the Vancouver area. We’re looking for a few hands-on people to help us build a great company. Interested? Send us your resume.

Contact Us


Tel: 604.916.8116

Linked-in: Mike Jackson

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