Founded in 2015 in Vancouver, BC

Equity funding to date of ~ CAD$10 million

Government grants of ~ CAD$1.6 million

Prototype Sonic Facility

Upgrading Facility in Richmond, BC,
fully commissioned in January 2016

Validation of the technology

Third-Party Validation of the technology completed by
SGS Canada Inc. in April 2017

Environmental benefits report completed

Successfully validated, in conjunction
with Offsetters Clean Technology Inc in June 2017


Ronin8’s innovative technology has garnered attention from industry organizations and government, earning several highly respected awards, including:

BC Technology Impact Award (BCTIA)

Recycling Council of BC (RCBC) Innovation Award

Innovation Award of the Year offered by Richmond Chamber of Commerce

Recognition of Ronin8’s receipt of Innovation Award of the Year
by the Government of Canada

Vision & Mission

Our vision is to be the world’s leader in creating a circular economy for the electronics industry.

Our Mission is to responsibly revitalize the maximum value from e‑feedstock by cultivating meaningful relationships and deploying innovative processes.

We believe that perfecting separation is a critical first step in moving towards a true closed loop system in the electronics industry.


  • Cultivating meaningful relationships
  • Always doing the right thing
  • Setting the world’s leading standards
  • Driving brand value for our partners
  • Committed to nimbleness and innovation

Leadership Team

It All Starts with Working Exceptionally Together

We each offer excellence in our specific roles, but our greatest impact is as a nimble team of global experts, drawn from different industries that would normally not intersect. Starting with our executive leadership, we place cultural fit as the first precursor to success, so that we can continue to innovate for the future.

Ed Desjardins

Chief Executive Officer

Ed Desjardins leads all operations for Ronin8. Ed has extensive mining industry experience and has held senior positions in management and operations at various world-class mining companies including Trevali, AngloGold Ashanti, Barrick, and Newmont. Recently, Ed is the former VP of Natural Resources for Uptake Technologies, Inc. Ed holds an MBA with a concentration on Executive Strategy and a diploma in Mining Engineering.

Steve Baker

VP Global Development

Steve Baker is responsible for developing strategic relationships and overseeing the relationship-aspects of the global rollout of our Regional Business Units. Steve has extensive experience overseeing regional operations across a wide territory and with thousands of staff and clients, and a proven track record of revenue generation while ensuring all budgetary resources are allocated efficiently. As former VP Operations for Shaw Communications, he was directly involved in a number of major projects including new product rollouts and various M&A activities.

Jim Madsen

Global Projects Deployment

Jim Madsen is responsible for overseeing the simultaneous build out of all our global facilities. Jim is a strategic executive leader known for transforming growing operations into high functioning organizations. He has 20 years of experience at the executive level in operations with large industrial companies such as Spectra Energy and TransCanada International. His most recent role at Spectra Energy was as General Manager of a world scale gas and liquids gathering and processing operation including 14 processing plants, an annual budget of $350 million and a workforce of over 500 employees. Jim holds a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alberta and is an active member of many professional engineering associations within Canada.

Francisco Tapia

Vice President, Latin America

Francisco Tapia is an entrepreneur and leader in the wellness industries, with a focus on organic agriculture and social impact. Francisco’s specific role at Ronin8 is to fulfill the roll out and operations of plants in Mexico and across Latin America, cultivating strategic alliances in a culturally diverse region to best benefit these communities. Beyond Ronin8, Francisco founded and directs Mexican conglomerate, Grupo Wellin, which aims to create sustainability through organic farming, financial literacy education, and social impact real estate investments. Francisco holds a BE in Industrial Engineering and is an active member in the business community.

Board of Directors

Bruce Sifton

Founder - Director

Bruce Sifton has founded several materiel technology companies. Over his nearly 25 year career, Bruce has a proven track record in creating value around diverse opportunities such as urban mining from electronic waste, carbon-based nanochemistry in power and metal applications, basalt fiber composites for military applications and specialty paints and coatings.

Bruce is currently the President of SonoAsh LLC and SonoAsh Engineered Materiels Ltd, focused on delivering unique environmental solution to the coal power industry globally.
He is currently on the board of directors of four companies, each involved in materiel technology development, creating value from waste, and delivering business model solution to the circular economy.

Bruce holds a BSc. (Chemistry) and Master of Engineering (Chemical) from the University of New Brunswick. Bruce is a register professional engineer in both British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

Dan Desjardins

Dan Desjardins


Dan Desjardins is a senior mining executive and current president of Kumtor Mining a wholly owned subsidiary of Centerra Gold Inc, of Toronto. Dan has extensive international mine operating experience (Canada, USA, Indonesia, Australia, DRC, ROC, Sierra Leone, Kyrgyzstan) and has served on the board of Newmont Mining Corporation’s subsidiary Boards in USA, Indonesia and Australia as well as the Australia Gold Refinery and KCGM in Kalgoorlie, Australia.

Dan has directed comprehensive activities, with focuses on Senior Management Leadership, commercial set up and negotiating activities, continuous improvement, financial reporting, cost control, continuous improvement, contract negotiations, Board membership, Board and Investor relations.

Herb Locke


Herb Locke is an entrepreneur, environmental consultant, real estate investor, philanthropist, and Angel investor. As owner and president of four companies ranging from environmental consulting (Canada Pacific Environmental Engineering, Omineca Environmental, and Tri-Arrow Industrial Recovery - later sold to US publicly listed Stericycle), to self-storage, and real estate development (Enkind Homes), Herb's ventures are triple bottom line focused (people, planet, profit TM). Herb holds a BASc in Chemical Engineering, with P. Eng designation from University of British Columbia and has over 25 years of experience in environmental hazardous waste management. He is an active member in the community and has served on municipal, trade and corporate boards including Ronin8 Technologies, City of Surrey, APEGBC, and British Columbia Environmental Industry Association, supporting environmental initiatives. Mr. Locke is also a Canadian best-selling author.
Brad Aelicks

Brad Aelicks

Board observer and advisor

Brad Aelicks has extensive finance experience and has served as Board Member and Senior Officer in 12+ public and private companies. He has managed companies and their subsidiaries in North America, South America, Africa, and Asia. Additionally, he founded Napier Environmental Technologies, an International Manufacturing and Distribution company with global sales. In 2004 Brad founded, B&D Capital Partners, and through Private Equity, Public Funding, Off-Take Agreements, and Development Partnerships, helped clients raise in excess of $600 Million.

Ulf Harring

Board observer and advisor

Ulf Harring is a Swedish national and spent most of his professional career working in a very international environment in different senior executive positions. He has a M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Chalmers University in Gothenburg Sweden. Ulf spent a majority of his career in Automotive working for Daimler mainly in executive production, supply chain and sourcing functions followed by 9 years in the white goods appliances business most recently 3 years as COO at BoschSiemens (Europe and South America) in Munich Germany and is since mid 2018 working as COO at Bridgestone (EMEA) at the headquarter in Brussels. Ulf has had many board assignments and is on Ronin8 Board since the beginning.