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. 


Ross Waters
Chairman

Ross Waters is currently Chairman and  the  past President of CGIS, a global supplier of the highest performance valves, controls, and automation. With more than 40 years of experience, Ross specializes in severe service applications and solutions. He is a voting member of ASTM on the G04 Gaseous Oxygen Committee and serves on the Manufacturers Standardization Society (MSS) as a task force member on C-114 Steel Valves and C-409 Knife Gates. Currently Ross is chair of the task force committed to publishing a new Standard on Severe Service Valves (SSVs).


Jon Park
Managing Director

Jon Park is at the helm of a new generation of game theorist innovator-entrepreneur, who prefer to be at the front and center of their risk constructs. He is responsible for capitalization of Ronin8’s extensive Intellectual Property portfolio. Jon was the Legislative Committee Chairman of the Canadian Taekwondo Federation, Canada’s national governing body’s representation at the IOC during its ascension to certification as official Olympic Sport.


Vasili Salouros
Chief Investment Officer

Vasili Salouros manages the investment strategies and portfolios for Ronin8. Key areas of expertise include private equities, enhancing stakeholder ROI, transaction effectiveness, and maximization of enterprise value. Spearheaded a publicly listed medical technology company as Director of Canadian Operations where he developed and implemented the organization’s tactical blueprint.


Lisa L. Deere
COO

Lisa has extensive background in metallurgical project Management and Technology implementation, planning process logistics from research to development team to operations engineers. Over the past years working closely with the principal scientists, Lisa has developed a unique comprehension of the inner workings of the IP portfolio and Ronin’s unique methodologies, and in being able to address technical metrics; proprietary schematics, flow sheets, matrices specific to each ore, initial scoping trials, batch to continuous pilots. She presently oversees essential components of design to implementation, gauging realistic milestones with extreme process performance thresholds in one of the most fiercely demanding and competitive of industries.


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.


Michaël Barcet
General Counsel

Michaël is Member of the Quebec Bar, practising in all areas of civil and commercial litigation, and Intellectual Property assertion & licensing. Me. Barcet has represented successfully before the various bodies, the Court of Quebec, the Quebec Superior Court, the Quebec Court of Appeal, as well as before administrative tribunals. He has Masters from University of Strasbourg as well as a Law degree from Université de Montréal.


Bryn Harris, Ph.D.
Chief Science Officer

Bryn Harris brings 45 years of unparalleled expertise in the treatment of metalliferous ores, metals refining and materials processing in the mining and refining industries.

His innovative design led to him leading the successful commissioning of the Gold Plant at CCR (Canadian Copper Refinery, now Glencore) in Montreal, heralding the modern era in gold refining technology. CCR recouped 100% of it’s costs within 5 weeks of its launch and is to date the most successful and environmentally sustainable gold refinery in the world, producing over one million ounces of gold annually.

Since 2002, he has been working on developing groundbreaking innovative processes where has authored or co-authored over 80 technical publications and is the holder of multitude of Patents.


Carl White
Chief Metallurgist, Advisor

Carl is widely acknowledged as a world leader in quantitative metallurgy. As technical advisor to Noranda R&D team , his fields of endeavor focused on extractive metallurgy, leaching/solid liquid separation circuits and brine purification units.

Carl’s present  activities are in developing novel disruptive pathways in the field of hydrometallurgy and analytical methodologies, specifically conceptual process flowsheets for recovery of precious & base metals and sustainable power.

In addition to being the driving force behind numerous patents and publications, he is universally recognized by his peers to be the ‘go to’ problem solver, celebrating his unequivocal unique talent and spirit.


Mike Dry, Ph. D.
Director –  Engineering

Dr. Dry s the preeminent metallurgical process expert in the world today specializing in mass energy balance and use of quantitative data reconciliation, critical to transition between Design-Build-Operate phases of a Mining Project. He is renowned for ability to engage in rigorous critical review and technical analysis of metallurgical processes.

Mike leads all engineering, development, and technical project execution of industrial waste remediation and value recovery applications. He has been past President of Argento Plata Metals Ltd, as well as being the Head of Hydrometallurgy at the world renowned Mintek. He is renowned for ability to engage in rigorous critical review and analysis of metallurgical processes and being able to amplify findings from experimental phases into optimized engineering feasibilities.


John Chao, Ph D.
Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Chao is the recent Vice-Chairman of CES [China Energy Storage Materials], past Director of Industry Studies at Rio Tinto, and present CTO of Ronin8 following a storied career as Chief Process Metallurgist at QIT [Quebec Iron & Titanium] and Senior Process Engineer at Falconbridge, now Glencore PLC.

CES has several subsidiaries in China – Guangxi China Energy Storage Materials, Hunan China Energy Storage Materials, and Dalian China Energy Storage Materials, and was formed and registered in Hong Kong to be a sister company of IRL [International Resource Ltd] in conjunction with its acquisition of Mapochs Mine and Evraz Highveld Steel Vanadium mining operation and steel mills at Mapochs, South Africa.


Shaq Kheder
Lead Software and Data Engineer

Shaq Kheder is a computer engineer with 15 years experience at top level IT, software development and hardware integration focused on building  solutions for major industries. In 2015, he spearheaded the troubleshooting team for the world’s leading concrete quality control, production analysis and engineering software, which then led to it being acquired in 2017 by GCP Applied Technologies, a publicly-traded company on NYSE.

Shaq and his team developed and implemented an IoT-enabled smart  automation software leveraging machine learning algorithms for data analysis and modeling. The team also oversees the design and construction of modular processing units for metals extraction.


Guillaume Babin-Tremblay
Network & Software Architecture

Guillaume is a serial entrepreneur and software developer with over 20 years of experience in quantitative finance, algorithmic trading, machine learning and engineering software. Over the course of his career, he has provided software development and trading automation consulting services to several well-known financial firms including Merrill Lynch (now part of Bank of America), Think or Swim (now part of TD Ameritrade) and Royal Bank of Scotland.


Board and Advisory


Ross Waters Chairman

Ross Waters is currently Chairman and  the  past President of CGIS, a global supplier of the highest performance valves, controls, and automation. With more than 40 years of experience, Ross specializes in severe service applications and solutions. He is a voting member of ASTM on the G04 Gaseous Oxygen Committee and serves on the Manufacturers Standardization Society (MSS) as a task force member on C-114 Steel Valves and C-409 Knife Gates. Currently Ross is chair of the task force committed to publishing a new Standard on Severe Service Valves (SSVs).


Bruce Sifton
Founder – Board observer and Advisor

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
Director

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
Board observer and Advisor

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
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.