Owen Ward, PhD – Founder & Consultant
With over 35 years industrial and academic experience in bio-process research and development, Dr. Ward’s research is widely cited by the international scientific community. Dr. Ward is a recipient of the Distinguished Teachers Award from the University of Waterloo and a former President of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists. He is co-inventor on over a dozen patents or patent applications and provides patenting expertise related to preparation and review. He is passionately committed to the commercialization of sustainable, environmental technologies and job creation. Many of his former students have been appointed to positions in technology, research and business in North America and Europe. Dr. Ward has founded two other Ontario based venture-backed advanced bio-remediation technology companies, one of which is a public company.
Ajay Singh, PhD – Co-Founder & Technical Director
Dr. Singh has over 25 years of international experience in managing industrial operations and R & D with a background in applied and environmental microbiology and bioprocessing technology. He was one of the original founders of Lystek. Dr. Singh has developed numerous bioreactor-based processes related to water environment, fermentation, and food industries. He has 20 patents, over 200 peer-reviewed papers, reviews and book chapters to his credit, and co-authored 10 books in the areas of biotechnology, bioresource recovery and bioremediation. He is Lystek’s primary, technical representative on WERF LIFT research initiatives, is an active member of the Water and Environment Association of Ontario’s Residuals & Biosolids Committee, and North East Biosolids & Residual Association’s Research Committee.
Michael Beswick, PEng, MASc – Executive Vice President
Mr. Beswick is a Professional Engineer whose career has focused on the development of environmental engineering technologies in the wastewater, water, and waste management sectors. Michael holds a Master’s of Applied Science in Environmental Systems Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Engineering from the University of Guelph. He has been instrumental in designing and managing both in-plant deployments, and Lystek-owned merchant facilities. Michael is currently tasked with leading initiatives related to the on-going improvement of core Lystek technologies, as well as the development of new applications for the process. He also plays a key role in the development and delivery of customer-centric solutions for new project opportunities.
James Dunbar, PE, MBA – GM/Business Development Manager
Mr. Dunbar is a Professional Engineer (in six US states) with more than 25 years’ experience in the management of solid waste and treatment of liquid wastes in the United States and Europe. He earned his engineering degree (civil and environmental) from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s in business (finance) from St. Xavier University. Jim has worked within the regulatory levels at the federal, state and local levels dealing with permitting and environmental compliance. His professional experience includes design, construction and operations of solid waste management facilities, including several years of management and technology transfer in Europe. Prior to joining Lystek, he served as district manager for wastewater operations in southern California and operations manager for a solid waste facility in northern California. Jim is an active member in the California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA) and serves as a local Planning Commissioner.
Sarah Mason-Renton, BSc, PhD – Business Development Manager
Dr. Mason-Renton has over eight years experience working with interdisciplinary technical teams that include private and public sector partners in the biosolids management and resource recovery sectors. Dr. Mason-Renton completed her Doctorate in Geography, Environment, and Sustainability at Western University. Her dissertation examined the public perceptions of facility siting processes and the beneficial use of biosolids in Ontario, Canada. She also has an Honors BSc in Cellular Biology and 15 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Mason-Renton has led or been involved in various consultation and engagement processes related to community development projects or broader policy changes and has managed interdisciplinary projects with seven-figure budgets. She is the Chair of the Water Environment Association of Ontario Residuals and Biosolids Committee and an active member on the Canadian Biosolids Network Steering Committee and Southern Ontario Water Consortium Biosolids Working Group.
Simon Meulendyk, BES, PAg – Plant Manager
Mr. Meulendyk is a Professional Agrologist with a strong passion for agriculture related businesses and experience in biosolids beneficial use management. Simon’s experience with agriculture is rooted in his family’s award-winning dairy farm in Badjeros, ON. He continues to play an active role in the farm to this day. Simon completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo in Environmental Studies and he is a member of the Ontario Institute of Agrologists and the Grey County Soil and Crop Association. As Manager of the Southgate OMRC, he oversees all research & development initiatives, environmental and regulatory compliance, health and safety considerations, and training and coaching of center staff. Simon develops Lystek’s business in the region by working with generators to provide cost-effective solutions for biosolids management and beneficial use. He also oversees communications initiatives with local stakeholders and manages all marketing, sales and best management practices of the LysteGro biofertilizer product in the local, agricultural community.
Samantha Halloran, MSc, PAg – Product Manager
Ms. Halloran is a Professional Agrologist, with a background in agriculture and environmental compliance. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Dalhousie University, and a Master of Science from Trent University. Her masters research assessed nutrient availability, and examined the fate of emerging contaminants in alkaline stabilized biosolids. Samantha has a passion for environmental stewardship, with a specific interest in nutrient recycling and soil health. She oversees product management at Lystek, which includes new product and new market development, fertilizer registrations, land application and agricultural research projects. Samantha has served on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Atlantic Biosolids Association and the Ontario Institute of Agrologists, and is an active member on the Young Professionals Committee for the Water Environment Association of Ontario.
Raj Nandakumar, BSc, PEng – Senior Engineer, Project Manager
Mr. Nandakumar is a Professional Engineer with over 17 years of technical and management experience across environmental consulting, manufacturing, and automation fields. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph in Environmental Engineering. He has designed, lead, and implemented environmental solutions at the single facility, national, and global level. In his role at Lystek, Mr. Nandakumar is responsible for significant capital and new technology deployments. This has included the design and project management of Lystek’s largest and most advanced Organic Material Recovery Center (OMRC) in Fairfield, California and our recent installation in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Alex West, MASc, PEng – Senior Engineer, Project Manager
Alex is a Professional Engineer with over 10 years of process engineering experience in the industrial wastewater treatment and oil and gas sectors. He has experience throughout the life cycle of a project, from full-scale industrial installations to mobile pilot applications. Additionally, he also has extensive technology development experience. He holds a Masters of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia. In his role at Lystek, he is a senior engineer and project manager and has led or collaborated on various projects such as recent installations in Goleta, California and Innisfil, Ontario.
Michael Dougherty, MSc, CCA 4R NMS, PAg – Product Management Consultant
Michael is a Professional Agrologist with experience managing beneficial use of biosolids projects in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. These projects have included spent aggregate pit reclamation, forestry and range land fertilization as well as agronomic agricultural applications. Mr. Dougherty holds a Masters of Science in Environmental Biology from the University of Guelph, is a member of the Ontario Institute of Agrologists, Canadian Society of Soil Science and Grey County Soil and Crop Improvement Association. Prior to his current capacity as a Product Management Consultant, Michael was the Manager of Fertilizer Production & Distribution at the Southgate Organic Material Recovery Centre (OMRC). In this role, he helped to build and manage the operations team at the OMRC while working with local producers and the agricultural sector to form strategic partnerships and a strong, ever growing customer base of users for the LysteGro product.