Rui Resendes graduated from the University of Toronto with a PhD in chemistry and a specialization in advanced materials. He began his career with Bayer Material Science as a senior research chemist. Resendes has filled numerous leadership roles in research and business development with Bayer MaterialScience and LANXESS. In 2007, Resendes assumed the role of director of commercial development, chemistry and materials, at Queen’s University’s Technology Transfer Office, PARTEQ Innovations where he led the creation of GreenCentre Canada – the world’s first Green Chemistry commercialization centre. As the centre’s founding executive director Resendes founded and financed three spin-off companies: Switchable Solutions, Forward Water Technologies, and Precision Molecular Design.

In 2015, Resendes was appointed Chief Operating Officer at Fielding Chemical Technologies Inc. – a global leader in resource recovery that puts Green Chemistry into practice.

Currently, Resendes serves as President and CEO for FireRein Inc. – a Canadian clean technology company providing sustainable and nontoxic firefighting solutions to the global firefighting community.

In 2013, Resendes was announced as one of Canada’s 2013 Clean50honorees, an award given to individuals who have made the greatest contributions to sustainable development in Canada.