The Global View

Who’s who? Jim Balcom – CEO of PolyFuel

jim62-custom.jpgMeet Jim Balcom.


His company, PolyFuel, is making serious headway in the development of fuel cell membranes. These are essentially the technology that enables hydrogen fuel cells to work properly, but in the past have been troublesome to make work.

PolyFuel says:

“These technologies have the potential to change the economics and performance of fuel cells for both the mobile and automotive markets.”

Jim joined PolyFuel in 2002 from Chrysalix, an energy-focused venture capital firm, where he was entrepreneur-in-residence.

Previously, Balcom spent four years with Ballard Power Systems in senior fuel cell development engineering and fuel cell manufacturing management positions.

He was one of five senior fuel cell development engineers responsible for the design and development of the record breaking Mk700 automotive fuel cell stacks delivered to Daimler Benz. 

Jim also spent four years with a technology start-up in various VP positions developing and commercializing a flat panel speaker technology licensed from the University of British Columbia’s laboratories. 

He has a Systems Design Engineering Degree from the University of Waterloo, and an MBA from Harvard.