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Clare Hall Tech Talks: Critical Career Lessons - Joe Tondu
Tue 9 May 2017, 18:30 – 20:00 BST
Clare Hall is pleased to host a talk by Joe Tondu, President of the Tondu Corporation as part of its Tech Talks series. Clare Hall Tech Talks is series of regular talks, featuring speakers with experiences of innovation or creating new enterprises, who are willing to share their personal and professional insights; the mistakes and lessons learnt as well as the successes.
Joe's talk is entitled: 'Critical Career Lessons'
His talk will be preceded by drinks and networking at 6:30 until 7pm.
A light buffet supper and drinks will be served during more networking time after the talk.
Places are limited so booking is essential, upon booking you will be emailed a ticket to present at entrance.
'Critical lessons I learned during my career as an entrepreneur and project developer in the energy, oil and gas, electric utility, iron and steel, mining, biotech, pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, and venture capital industries.'
Mr. Tondu is the President and sole shareholder of Tondu Corporation. He is primarily responsible for identifying new business opportunities, marketing, and coordinating the various project development efforts. Mr. Tondu began his career at Getty Oil Company where he worked as a staff geologist for three years. During this period, he was responsible for monitoring oil and gas development drilling activities throughout the Texas Gulf Coast. In 1978, Mr. Tondu created the predecessor to Tondu Corporation and began actively developing oil and gas exploration and development ventures. This involved identifying and leasing drilling prospects, raising investment capital, and managing the drilling and production of oil and gas wells.
In early 1982, Mr. Tondu sold the oil and gas leasehold interest of the Company and expanded into industrial project development. Mr. Tondu identified the independent power business in 1984 as a new emerging industry and focused the Company’s activities on this new industry. Mr. Tondu was responsible for identifying the Filer City and Williams Lake Projects, assembling the respective project development teams, and formulating many of the development strategies that led to their success.
During the development of the Filer City Project, Mr. Tondu led the negotiations for the key contracts and was instrumental in organizing the political lobbying effort in the state of Michigan resulting in the enactment of Public Act 81. This law created much of the legal framework that supported the development of the independent power plant business in the state of Michigan. In the Williams Lake Project, Mr. Tondu led the negotiations for the power purchase agreement. Mr. Tondu received a B.S. in geology from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan and a M.A. in geology from the University of Texas at Austin.
This talk will take place at the Richard Eden Suite, West Court Herschel Road, Cambridge, CB3 9AG - View Map (NB. West Court is at the very far west end of Herschel Road, beyond Sylvester Rd).