Darren McKeage - President and Vice President of Design
Darren Mckeage is President and VP of Design at Motive. Darren holds a Masters with Distinction in Automotive Design from Coventry University in the UK and Bachelor of Design Degree from the Alberta College of Art and Design. Darren is a master of his craft and he is the visionary behind Motive’s designs.
Within Darren’s extensive background, he has designed many notable vehicles from scratch ranging from SUV’s, three wheelers, micro cars and electric vehiclse. Some of these include the Myers Motors Duo, Motive Switch, SoLo three-wheeled motorcycle, Motive Bio-composite car and the VPV. Darren has also been responsible for the re design of many existing vehicles, including the Epic Torq, Zap Alias and the K2 Capra from Karakoram Motors in Pakistan. Darren has received awards and recognition for his designs and design techniques and has also had the privilege of writing for various magazines reviewing the design attributes of upcoming vehicles.
“I’ve always found great joy in form and design. In my eyes automotive design is the perfect expression of sculptural form. The automobile is such a big part of our lives and I’m privileged to be able to contribute to something so many are passionate about and interact with everyday.”
Meagan McKeage is a Director, Vice President of Operations and a Co-Founder of Motive. Meagan holds a Bachelor of Management Degree from Athabasca University.
Prior to co-founding Motive, Meagan worked in the Private Equity and Investment sectors working at Simmons Financial Holdings; a small Calgary based Investment Company and ENTx Capital Corp, a private equity company focusing on investments in the energy sector. During her time at Simmons Meagan was involved in a number of financing deals including an IPO for an Oil and Gas Trust. She also assisted in qualifying new investments and working through new investment deals including a wind farm development company, a waste water equipment manufacturer and a green power provider.
Meagan has also previously served as Corporate Secretary on the Board of Deepwell Energy Services, a publicly traded company listed on the TSX and Pteragen Canada a wind farm developer.
“The transportation industry is fascinating. The automobile especially is something that has forever and will forever carry a significant weight for its purchasers. Consumers identify strongly with their vehicles, and as consumers change, vehicles must be prepared to change with them. The Mission statement for Motive is Driving Innovation; we wanted to create a company that was always one step ahead of the next advancement, and a company that was capable of producing the next generation of innovative vehicles for our clients.”
Nathan James Armstrong - Director
Nathan has over sixteen years of transportation design engineering experience, in both aerospace and automotive sectors. Prior to establishing Motive in 2004, Nathan worked for Boeing and Arrowhead Products on the International Space Station, Delta Rockets, and Joint Strike Fighter programs. In 1996 Nathan moved to automotive engineering working for Metalcrafters and Aria Group in Southern California where he managed the engineering and construction of a vast array of vehicle projects including over 30 production vehicles, over 100 concept vehicles, and close to 1000 clay models, interior models and scale models.
Starting off as Motive's President, he's since moved on to multiple new projects and activities, but is still actively contributing to the Motive team. Currently Nathan is a Technical Partner at Innua Holdings. member of the Lethbridge Technology Commercialization Centre Advisory Panel. He also holds the position of ‘Advisor for Advanced Manufacturing’ with the Alberta Space Program. Nathan also Co-Founded Project Eve, a nationwide Canadian consortium of technology companies, research centers and schools coming together to combine technologies and resources to develop Canada’s own line of advanced Electric Vehicles. He also co-founded The Super Designer Project with AACTI to promote the use of advanced design and engineering tools in Colleges throughout Alberta.
Nathan also taught Automotive Engineering at the prestigious Art Center in Pasadena and has taught Product Design at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, his current home town.
Nathan brings his wealth of knowledge, creativity and experience which provides a solid foundation and guidance for the future of Motive.
"I started Motive to demonstrate practical applications of recently developed highly sophisticated engineering tools and cutting-edge materials science. I believe we have succeeded in this task and look forward to continuing this exciting journey."