|Appearances||Breakthrough (New World Episode 1.9)|
Howard Kanan is an inventor who was considered a genius in the many departments he worked in - including communications and medical imaging - and had a grudge against Evan Cross before discovering Evan's Anomaly operation.
Kanan spent twenty months working on a prototype device, when circa 2007, Evan Cross invented a superior version with the issues and errors in Kanan's version fixed. Kanan, believing that Evan had based his prototype off of the former's, sued Evan for product infringement, but the courts sided with Evan.
Kanan subsequently started working on new technologies in his home in rural Vancouver, largely shutting himself off from the outside world. He also did not let go of the belief that Evan had stolen his work, particularly when Evan stopped coming up with equally brilliant products afterwards. Five years after the court trials, when Evan Cross and Dylan Weir came to Kanan's home, Kanan confronted Evan about the past. Kanan later realised that Evan's secret project involved time travel when he saw him and Dylan try to contain a Triceratops, and was highly enthusiastic about helping.
After Evan explained the Anomalies and his research about them to Kanan, Kanan came up with a theory that the Anomalies were similar to harmonic spikes, and that this could be used to determine how long an Anomaly would stay open. Kanan then invented a device which allowed Evan's Anomaly detector to accurately calculate how much longer the Anomaly that Triceratops had come through would stay open.
Evan and Kanan then located the Anomaly, and Kanan was amazed by its appearance. Just after Dylan lured the Triceratops back through the Anomaly, Kanan took the Anomaly calculator from Evan, and went through the Anomaly into the Cretaceous at the last second before the Anomaly closed. It is unknown what happened to Kanan after he went through the Anomaly, but Dylan and Evan speculated that he would probably be killed in the Cretaceous, or worse.