Dr. John Shen is Palcan's founder. Dr. Shen received a B.Sc. in Engineering in 1982 from East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai, China and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1992 from Laval University, Quebec in the field of Catalysis. Dr. Shen is an acknowledged expert in the area of fuel cell technology, with over 20 years experience in catalysis and fuel cell research. Dr. Shen has been a chief designer of various PEM fuel cell units ranging from 100W to 5 KW.
He was formerly a Research Fellow with the National Institute of Materials and Chemical Research, Science and Technology Agency of Japan located in Tsukuba during 1993 and 1994 and a Research Associate with Simon Fraser University, British Columbia from 1994 to 1995. From 1995 to 1998, Dr. Shen was founder and Chief Engineer of Nexcel Power Systems Corp., which was involved in PEM fuel cell research and development. He was a member of the National Research Council fuel cell program advisory board and is currently a board member of Fuel Cell Canada. He also sits on the International Standards Organization (ISO) committee forming codes and standards for hydrogen.He was the winner of the 2003 New Canadian Entrepreneur Award. He has been named as one of the " Fuel Cell 30" recognized by Fuel Cell Management in 2004.