Ishwinder Grewal, B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., P.Eng., President
Ish has over 20 years experience in the metallurgical and mineral processing industry, focused on research and development, mineral processing and hydrometallurgical separation and metal recovery systems.
He obtained his bachelors degree in Metals and Materials Engineering from The University of British Columbia (UBC). He went on to complete his master’s degree, also at UBC, specializing in hydrometallurgy with a focus on high pressure and temperature leaching systems.
After completing his graduate studies, he spent 4 years conducting hydrometallurgical research at UBC, in areas such as gold-cyanide and base metal leaching systems, high temperature/pressure leaching processes and various ion-exchange and solvent extraction methods. He then joined Placer Dome as a Research Metallurgist at their research and testing laboratory in Vancouver . His responsibilities included metallurgical testing for feasibility and pre-feasibility studies, operating complete grind-gravity-flotation and leaching pilot plants and testing cyanide destruction and recovery technologies.
In 1998, he joined Knelson Concentrators, where he built and managed the Knelson Research & Technology Centre. He coordinated research and development projects related to gravity concentration within Knelson as well as at various universities and research organizations around the world. He also developed a PC based mathematical model for understanding gravity gold recovery in grinding circuits.
In recent years, he devoted his expertise and knowledge in the metallurgical industry as an independent consultant, laying the foundation in 2006 for the start up of Met-Solve Laboratories Inc.
Alex Lum, P.Eng., Metallurgical Engineer
Alex has 17 years experience working in process development, research and conducting detailed laboratory test work. His most recent tenure in the industry was with Aker Kvaerner Chemetics at their Technology Centre in Burnaby, British Columbia.
He has extensive background in chemical systems, especially in the area of electrochemical processing and corrosions analysis. His experience in electrochemical field includes laboratory testing, analytical and site support for sodium chlorate, chloralkali and chlorine dioxide plants in Indonesia, Australia and Canada. His work in the corrosion field focused on sulfuric acid environments including investigations in accelerated electrochemical and microbiologically induced corrosion phenomenon.
His most recent work has focused on hydrometallurgical systems including leaching of ores under ambient and high temperature/pressure autoclave conditions.
Alex graduated from the The University of British Columbia (UBC) in Metals and Materials Engineering where he conducted his undergraduate work in Hydrometallurgy, studying the kinetics of solvent extraction of zinc from perchlorate solution using Di 2-ethyl-hexyl phosphoric acid (D2EHPA) under the supervision of Dr. David Dreisinger.
Jonathan Tan, P.Eng., Metallurgical Engineer and Lab Manager
Jonathan obtained his bachelor’s degree in Metals and Materials Engineering from The University of British Columbia (UBC). Prior to joining the Met-Solve team, Jonathan kicked-off his professional career in mineral beneficiation with Teck Resources and Vale Inco where he was involved in a pilot plant campaign as part of a pre-feasibility study, and conducting ore evaluation studies that were used to plan future production at Vale’s Sudbury mine.
As a process metallurgist and laboratory manager, he oversees all aspects of laboratory operation. He is also involved in research & development for Met-Solve Laboratories and Sepro Mineral Systems. His specializations include gravity concentration and leaching techniques.
Jonathan is also a Council Member on the UBC Materials Engineering Alumni Advisory Council that determines methods for improving undergraduate program curriculum and student development to ensure that new graduates are well aligned to the needs of the job market.