Under the leadership of Jared Lazerson, the Company’s Founder, President and CEO, MGX has rapidly positioned itself as an industry leader at the forefront of the new energy economy.
MGX’s award winning lithium brine extraction technology recovers previously unattainable lithium in produced water from hydraulic fracturing, conventional oil and oil sands (bitumen) production, geothermal brine and other lithium-rich wastewaters. The technology was recognized with a Base & Specialty Metals Industry Leadership Award at the 2018 Platts Global Metals Awards.
As a cutting-edge energy technology company, MGX is also driving innovations through deployment of wastewater purification systems to oil and gas operations and development of long-duration, zinc-air flow energy storage batteries. Combined, MGX is building a global portfolio of strategic investments and partnerships that will help shape the new energy landscape.
Jared Lazerson / President, CEO and Director
Jared Lazerson is the President, CEO and Director of both MGX Minerals and MGX Renewables. Mr. Lazerson has worked in the mining and technology industries for nearly 25 years and is responsible for the discovery and development of the $1.5 billion Driftwood Creek magnesium deposit in British Columbia. He is also considered a pioneer in developing the globally significant petrolithium business model and associated technological advancements to extract lithium and other valuable elements from oilfield produced waters and geothermal brines. Mr. Lazerson focuses on strategizing, funding and growing organizations that develop new battery technologies, extraction processes and other cleantech innovations that will lead the global transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. He holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael Reimann (Ph.D) / CFO and Director
Dr. Reimann graduated in Engineering Physics from the Royal Military College of Canada and obtained a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of British Columbia. He has over 45 years of experience in senior corporate management in both public and private companies. Most recently Mr. Reimann served as CFO of Skana Capital (TSX.V: SKN) and PNG Gold (TSX.V: PNG).
Randall Keller / VP of Business Development
Mr. Keller is a highly accomplished executive with over 35 years of global experience in the energy sector. He is formerly the Director of Business Development, Transmission and Land Assets, for Berkshire Hathaway Energy Renewables, a holding company controlled by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. At Berkshire, Mr. Keller was responsible for the development of large-scale renewable energy projects within the Berkshire holdings platform in southern California and managed a large team of engineers, geologists, chemists and scientists, overseeing budgets in excess of $1 billion.
Andris Kikauka (P. Geo) / VP of Exploration and Director
Mr. Kikauka is a geologist with over 30 year of experience. From 1996 to 2012 he was Project Geologist overseeing exploration programs at Goldrea Resources. Mr. Kikauka is Project Geologist for Rio Minerals as well as a director of American Manganese Inc. (TSX.V: AMY), which is focused on mineral properties and commodities used in the steel industry. He holds a B.Sc. in Structural Geology, Mineralogy & Petrology from Brock University.
Christopher Wolfenberg / Director
Mr. Wolfenberg is a Partner with the law firm of Fasken Martineau LLP. Prior to his current position he was a Partner with Norton Rose Fullbright. He provides practical advice to select clients active in the mining, technology and energy sectors and has acted as an officer and director of numerous public, private and non-profit entities. Mr. Wolfenberg holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor of Laws from Queen's University and a Master of Laws from Cornell Law School.
Lyndon Patrick (LLB) / Director
Mr. Patrick is a Vancouver-based, independently practicing lawyer. He has practiced in British Columbia since 2001 in the areas of litigation and real estate. He holds an LLB from the University of Alberta, and an MA and BA from the University of British Columbia. Mr. Patrick is an independent director of the Company.
The Lamar Corporation
The Lamar Corporation is led by Dr. Larry Marks, a 35-year industry veteran of the oil and gas sector. Dr. Marks spent 30 years in various executive roles for Shell Canada Ltd. and various Shell Group companies, including General Manager and Vice President of Marketing and Transportation for Shell Canada. He has experience in all facets of the oil and gas business, having worked extensively throughout Canada, Asia, Africa and the Middle East in his career. While at Shell Canada, Dr. Marks implemented strategies for marketing, sales and transportation of energy and co-products in excess of more than $3 billion in annual revenue.
Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC)
The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) is one of Canada’s leading providers of applied research, development and demonstration (RD&D) and technology commercialization. With more than 380 employees, $70 million in annual revenue and over 69 years of RD&D experience, SRC provides products and services to its 1,500 clients in 20 countries around the world.
ChemCognition LLC (Chemco)
Chemco provides strategic marketing and product development services for MGX. Chemco is spearheaded by Mr. Claudio Manissero who holds over 40 years of global experience in the chemical industry, including significant involvement in the mining, environmental and oilfield industries. Mr. Manissero also spent 21 years at FMC Corporation where he served as Sales and Marketing Manager. FMC is the second largest producer of lithium globally and the only mine-to-metal producer of lithium in the world.
Roy Eccles, P.Geo.
Mr. Eccles obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the universities of Manitoba and Alberta. He completed his thesis on The Petrogenesis of the Northern Alberta Kimberlite Province. Mr. Eccles is a practicing professional geologist with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. He has over 26 years of mineral exploration experience encompassing a wide range of geological processes and commodities. Mr. Eccles has published over 70 manuscripts and 75 oral presentations. He is internationally recognized for his research and knowledge of the geology and economic mineral potential of the Canadian Shield and the Western Sedimentary Basin.
Mr. Stonehouse has over 26 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in western Canada, including the identification and drilling of over 140 horizontal wells. In particular, his experience with Northern Blizzard Resources, involving the re-development of an existing oil pool thought to be previously exhausted, and grass roots development of the Montney gas/condensate exploration target for Storm Resources, currently producing 10,000 BOE/D, are highly relevant to the development of MGX’s lithium assets.
Mr. Maxwell is a professional Landman with over 36 years of industry experience in the Western Canadian basin, NWT, offshore Canada and the northern USA. He obtained a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Calgary before a career change into the oil and gas business. Mr. Maxwell began his Landman career at Petro-Canada and has held progressively more senior roles with General American Oils, Phillips Petroleum and EOG Resources. For the past 16 years Mr. Maxwell has worked in all aspects of Land as a Consulting Landman with more than 20 junior companies. He has been involved in the exploration, development and A&D of several significant properties. He currently continues to be involved in several operating management teams.
Andris Kikauka (P. Geo), NI 43-101 Qualified Person
Mr. Andris Kikauka, as an executive of MGX Minerals, is a Professional Geologist with over 30 years experience in the minerals mining, consulting, exploration and research industries. Mr. Kikauka acts as the Company's Qualified Person for technical disclosure per National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Kikauka has reviewed and approved the technical content of this website.
Mr. Kikauka is a graduate of Brock University, St. Catharines, Ont., with an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Geological Sciences, 1980. He is also a member of the Geological Association of Canada (F5717) and is registered in the Province of British Columbia as a Professional Geoscientist). He has practiced his profession for thirty years in precious and base metal exploration in the Cordilllera of Western Canada working for Anaconda Canada Exploration (1980-1984), Skyline Explorations, Inel Resources, Gulf International Minerals (1985-1989), in South America working for Carson Gold (1990), in Mexico and Guatemala working mineral exploration projects for Francisco Gold and Almaden Minerals (1996-2006) and for three years in uranium exploration in the Canadian Shield working for Rayrock Mines and Uran-Canada (1977-1979).