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The Team

Meet the team of people behind Clean Valley and their drive for success in sustainability and the environment.


Nicholas, an environmental technician with eight years of experience in air monitoring, noticed progress in reducing air emissions but little focus on water pollution.


He pursued entrepreneurship at Dalhousie University and conceptualized Clean Valley CIC during a study abroad program in the Netherlands.

Embracing inclusivity, the company aimed to create innovative, nature-inspired solutions.


Nicholas's profound understanding of the link between humanity and water drove his commitment to ensure clean water accessibility for all, involving stakeholders in building a sustainable future.

Nicholas LaValle

Founder & CEO

Hunter Bishop

Co-Founder & CTO

Hunter, an Environmental Engineer Graduate, spent nearly a decade working on emissions compliance and biochar refinement.


Joining the Clean Valley project, he led the development of the Poseidon's Biofilter, evolving it into the advanced Mark 9 design. Hunter also co-designed hatchery models for Clean Valley's upcoming initiatives in 2023 and 2024.


Currently, he seeks to expand his expertise with ongoing education, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Engineering alongside his CET in Mechanical Engineering. His dedication to sustainable solutions drives Clean Valley's success and innovation.


Santino Spahiu

Water Engineer

Ph.D. Cand. in Hydrology and Water Resources

Santino is a water engineer and university lecturer at the Polytechnic University of Tirana, specialised in hydrology and hydraulic systems. Throughout his career, he has worked on water/wastewater treatment plants, sewage systems, and hydropower plants, providing technical consultancy for projects in the feasibility and execution phase. He has been involved in projects across the EU region, optimizing existing wastewater treatment plants and modernizing wastewater collection systems. Santino has been working alongside Clean Valley since 2022 as a biofilter development researcher.


George Boyd

Green Engineer in Training

Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, 2022,
Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS

George is a Green Engineer in training with multiple years of laboratory and design experience in chemical processes.

George takes a key role in the technical development and testing of our algae biofilter, as well as leading Clean Valley's novel research into algae polycultures in waste treatment. George is the project manager for Clean Valley's overseas trial in Portugal, demoing our biofilter.

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