Corporate

Board of Directors & Management

Nelson M. Skalbania, B.Ap.Sc., M.Sc., P.Eng.
Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder

Mr. Skalbania is responsible for the overall operations of Mag One Products Inc. and its subsidiaries.    A professional engineer and graduate from UBC and the California Institute of Technology (CalTech), he began his career as a Consulting Structural Engineer and formed McKenzie Snowball & Skalbania engineering firm.  For almost twenty years Mr. Skalbania was president and majority owner of this successful firm and grew the company to over 100 staff in four locations.  Mr. Skalbania then expanded into an extensive and highly successful real estate career where he owned and operated properties all over North America.  In addition, he has been an owner of 10 different professional sports teams and involved in over 100 businesses including technology, mining, manufacturing, and oil services to name a few. 

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James G. Blencoe, Ph.D
Chief Technology Officer, Co-Chairman & Co-Founder

Blencoe earned a B.S. degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1968, and a Ph.D. degree in Geology from Stanford University in 1974. He has more than 40 years of experience designing, constructing, operating and maintaining specialized equipment for advanced chemical production. He is an expert on the thermophysical properties and phase relations of solids, liquids and gases, and he has developed numerous techniques for the precise and accurate control and measurement of chemical composition in actively-reacting open and closed systems. Prior to entering the private sector in 2007 as Founder, President and CEO of Orion Laboratories, LLC, Blencoe spent 24 years working at the reknowned Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and 9 years working at The Pennsylvania State University. Blencoe has been inventing advanced processing techniques for magnesium production for more than a decade. He has published more than 50 articles and reports in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals and technical magazines, and he is the lead author of three U.S. patents on magnesium production and developed the patented and patents-pending technologies Mag One now owns.

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Sonny Janda
Director

Mr. Janda holds a independent directorial position with Mag One Products Inc. 

Mr. Janda's currently serves as General Manager of the Janda Group, a family owned business, developing  various types of real estate assets including commercial, office, industrial, mixed-use, residential and agricultural. His work ranges from Operational to Financial Management of Commercial and Residential Assets and as well as Business Developer for future investments. He also holds notable board positions on Lucky Minerals Inc., Desert Gold Ventures Inc., Grenville Gold Corp. and Acana Capital Corp. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University.

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Charn Deol
Director

Charn Deol has over 35 years of experience in the financial markets. Mr Deol currently serves on both private and public company boards as a director or in a management capacity. His past and current experience includes providing management and consulting services to companies, project analysis, investor relations, technical market analysis and the financing of international projects. Mr. Deol has extensive experience in international business development having previously been a senior partner in a Futures trading firm (Evergreen Futures) with operations in Canada and Asia and negotiating mining projects internationally.

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Gillian Holcroft, B. Eng., M. Eng.
President & CEO of Mag One Operations Inc. (wholly-owned subsidiary of Mag One Products Inc.)

Ms. Holcroft, a bilingual executive chemical engineer with 25 years of experience, is responsible for all aspects of the development, engineering, construction and operation of Mag One’s initial magnesium processing facilities in Quebec, Canada.  

Mag One Products Inc. will benefit from her vast experience which includes Mining and Metallurgical process development and operations (including magnesium metal production), the commercialization of advanced technology, green field EPC project management, US Department of Defence as well as International Trade.  She is recognized for her strong planning abilities as demonstrated by negotiating and directing large and extremely complex projects.  As a senior executive and board member in a market leading environmental technology company she provided leadership and strategic direction and was recognized for her excellent communication skills and vision in opening up new markets. She played a vital role in taking a private company public through financing efforts in Canada and Europe.  

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Jagmohan Singh, Ph.D
Consultant

Experienced geochemist with more than 14 years experience in field and laboratory research in geological sciences including experimental work on thermodynamic properties of binary mixtures of H2O-CO2-CH4-N2 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN, USA, field and laboratory research on mineralogy of Ni-Cu-Co deposit of Labrador, Canada (at University of Toronto), experimental mineralogy and petrology at University of Hannover, Germany and field and laboratory research on deformation of sulfides in low grade metamorphic rocks of Lesser Himalaya (Panjab University, India). Research findings published in internationally acclaimed peer reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences. More than 10 years experience in information technology: managed projects with combined budgets of millions of dollars.

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Jared Scharf
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Scharf is a director of Desert Gold Ventures Inc. and has been CFO of the Company since 2009.  His background is in corporate finance and financial accounting. Over the last ten years Mr. Scharf held senior finance and accounting positions in the alternative energy, mining and technology sectors. Mr. Scharf is also a Director Orfino Minerals, a CSE listed mineral exploration company.

From 2005 to 2009 Mr. Scharf held the position of senior associate at ITM Corporation, a Toronto-based asset management firm, where he worked with a variety of development companies ranging from Geothermal projects in Latin America to oil and gas projects in Eastern Europe. Mr. Scharf holds an Honours Commerce degree in Finance from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa as well as a Bachelors of Administration also from the University of Ottawa.

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Advisory Team

David Dreisinger, Ph.D
Advisor

David Dreisinger holds the position of Professor and Chairholder of the Industrial Research Chair in Hydrometallurgy at the University of British Columbia (UBC).  At UBC, Dr. Dreisinger supervises a wide ranging program of research and development in pressure leaching of ores and concentrates, solution purification and use of electrochemical methods for metal recovery.  Dr. Dreisinger has published extensively and has received (with co-workers) 19 U.S. patents for work in areas such as pressure leaching, ion exchange removal of impurities from process solutions and use of thiosulfate as an alternative to cyanide in gold leaching.  Dr. Dreisinger has received a number of awards including the Sherritt Hydrometallurgy Award (1993), the Metal Chemistry Award from CMSC (2001), the Extraction and Processing Division Science Award from the TMS (2005) and the INCO Medal (2008).  Dr. Dreisinger has been named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum.  Dr. Dreisinger has been actively teaching short courses around the globe through the Industrial Research Chair in Hydrometallurgy.  The Chair is sponsored by 18 international companies with an interest in Hydrometallurgy.  Dr. Dreisinger is a director of PolyMet Mining and Search Minerals and an officer of Baja Mining and Tri Metals Mining.

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Uri Z. Ben-Noon
Advisor

Mr. Uri Z. Ben-Noon, an economics graduate with over 40 years of professional experience, will act as a strategic advisor to Mag One.  Mr. Ben-Noon was formerly CEO of Dead Sea Works Ltd (a division of ICL) which manufactures a broad range of chemical products including magnesium chloride flakes and operates a 35,000 tonne per year Magnesium metal production facility. He was the CEO of the Israel Electric Company and the Chairman of “Orta,” a Mg die casting company, as well as the Chairman of several environmental and energy technology companies, and non-profit institutions. He published a book on his magnesium plant venture and 3 books on "Jewish law philosophy".

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Donald A. Palmer, Ph.D
Technical Advisor

Donald Palmer, a bilingual (English/German) research scientist, earned a B.S. Honours degree and a Ph.D. in physical inorganic chemistry from The University of Western Australia.  Prior to working at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Dr. Palmer spent 10 years as a researcher at three major universities: the Australian National University, the New York State University, and the University of Frankfurt.  He retired from ORNL in 2007 after 27 years of service.  Among many other research activities during his career, he measured the solubility of Mg(OH)2 and the hydrolysis of Mg2+ to high temperatures. Palmer was also Editor in Chief of the Journal of Solution Chemistry from 2003 to 2009. He is currently a member of two working groups within the Nuclear Energy Agency in Paris charged with the responsibility of evaluating thermodynamic data related to nuclear waste storage. He has published more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and has written numerous technical reports for various sponsors. He is a co-author of two U.S. patents with Mag One’s COO and co-founder Dr. James Blencoe.

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