Dr. V.I. Lakshmanan is an internationally renowned scientist, innovator, entrepreneur and teacher in the area of technologies for sustainable development. He has more than 40 years of hands-on experience in technology development and commercialization, having successfully guided process technologies from concept through development and demonstration to commercialization for energy (including renewable energy), resources and chemical (including specialty chemical) industries. Dr. Lakshmanan has consistently identified and developed innovative applications in technology commercialization.
Born and educated in India, Dr. Lakshmanan obtained his Ph.D in Chemistry from Bombay University and moved to Canada in 1974 after serving as Lecturer in Minerals Engineering at the University of Birmingham, UK. His corporate experience includes roles in Noranda, Eldorado Nuclear, ORTECH Corporation and Process Research ORTECH, the last of which he founded and guided to become a global leader in sustainable process technologies through its laboratory and pilot plant. He has extensive client contacts and relationships at senior levels with major international corporations, as well as academic and government sectors globally. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto. Dr. Lakshmanan is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and Fellow, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum and holds numerous patents.
Ph.D., FCAE., FIMM., FCIM
Chairman of Process Research
CEO of Process Research
Mr. Chen obtained both his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Applied Science from the University of Toronto, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and has a core background in pyrometallurgical processes, specifically in the processing of iron and steel. Extensive experience in the laboratory and pilot plants at Process Research ORTECH as a Metallurgist has exposed Mr. Chen to a wide range of processing technologies for the recovery of many elements in the periodic table. Mr. Chen has helped develop processes which have been patented and has published papers in various metallurgical journals and conferences. Mr. Chen has managed projects for over 5 years and overseen multimillion dollar projects working with an international clientele.
Dr. Abdul Halim has over 15 years of experience in developing, simplifying and optimizing the innovative and sustainable process flow-sheets for critical metals including lithium, cobalt, nickel; base metals; PGMs; gold; and rare earths through bench, pilot and demonstration plant operations. He has authored more than 50 scientific and technical papers, 5 US patents and a number of book chapters in these areas. He worked at different organizations, including, SGS Lakefield, Canada; FLSmidth, Salt Lake City, USA; National University of Singapore; and Kyushu University of Japan. Dr. Halim has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the Kyushu University of Japan; Master of Philosophy in Inorganic Chemistry from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET); and Master and Bachelor degrees in Chemistry from the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. He also received postdoctoral awards from NSERC of Canada and JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences) of Japan.
CTO of Process Research ORTECH Inc.
Dipl-Ing., P. Eng.
VP Business Dev
Mr. NdoutouMvé holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dortmund (Germany), with specializations in Environmental Engineering and Particles Technologies. He was a research associate at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto, and R&D scientist in Water Research Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (US). He is a member of the Association of German Engineers (VDI), PMI and PEO.
Mr. NdoutouMve is a strategic leader and outside thinker, an Agile Project Manager that advocates and promotes responsible transfer of knowledge, Appropriate Technology and (localized) innovation. Jacques has been involved in multimillion USD projects in Africa, Europe and North America, Asia in energy, infrastructure, mining.
Mr. NdoutouMvé is a trisector athlete with 17 years of experience, engagement, and collaboration across the private, public, and social sectors, resulting in creating strong partnerships and impactful projects.
He also serves as Vice-President of the Canada Africa Chamber of Business and Chairman of the SSAHI (US). Native French and Fang (spoken in 5 central African countries) with bilingual proficiency in English, Jacques is also fluent in German, Farsi, with limited working proficiency in Spanish.
Sankar is an entrepreneur and an award-winning scientist with over 50 US patents who is passionate on the urgency to reduce the effects of Climate Change. He has been a member of many committees including the White House Committee on Energy & Environment, chaired by then Vice- President Al Gore. Recently he was an Advisor to the Indian PM on Climate Change and Energy Transformation. A founder charter member of TIE-Toronto and is a frequently invited speaker at conferences and universities worldwide. Sankar received his doctorate from Imperial College, London and is a graduate of Presidency College, Calcutta. He serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Toronto.
Advisory Board Member
Passionate about breaking conventional industry paradigms through value creation and transformational change driven by intelligence and creativity. He combines technology and innovation with talented people to generate tangible solutions for the industry’s most pressing challenges. Respect and the engagement of the environment and communities as partners is paramount to the success of this philosophy. Value creation is at the forefront.
Peter’s career has been devoted in transforming organizations through innovation and delivering highly effective technology solutions within Barrick Gold, Inco (Vale) and Noranda (Glencore). The ability to adjust to working environments and work in teams, while creating long term roadmaps foster value creation in a sustainable way.
B. S, P. Eng
Senior Process Engineer
Mineral processing technologist