Meet Our Team

Founded in 2012, MGX Renewables Inc. has assembled an experienced team of professional engineers, scientists and business managers to execute the development and commercialization of a dependable renewable energy source. With both environmental and efficiency factors in mind, MGX Renewables strives to meet the growing need for secure and reliable power.

The global rise in electricity generation from renewable sources has led to increased demand for advanced batteries that can be used to firm this intermittent supply. This requirement is particularly important in areas where grid connections may be tenuous, unreliable or even non-existent. Additional demand for advanced batteries is presented by grid applications such as peak-shifting and T&D (Transmission & Distribution) deferral. Demand for the more traditional battery backup application is also increasing for reasons such as the desire to replace diesel generators and the increasing reliance of business on a dependable energy source.

Jared Lazerson

President & CEO

Mr. Lazerson has worked in the mining and technology industries since 1994 with companies including Osprey Systems (GPS and Digital Mapping), United Helicopters, Copper Island Mines and Manto Resources. He holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also President and CEO of publicly traded MGX Minerals Inc.


John McLeod

VP Engineering

Mr. McLeod is an Electrical Engineer with over 40 years' experience in leading the development of successful commercial products. His product and project experience encompasses telecommunication systems, data processing systems and commercial building operations, among others. His career spans a diverse range of technologies including microwave propagation studies at British Telecom Research Labs (BTRL), software controlled switching systems at BTRL and Mitel, and USB protocol development at Icron Technologies. He is a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.). He holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of St. Andrews and an M.Sc. in Telecommunication Systems from the University of Essex.


Serge Drobatschewsky

VP Operations

Mr. Drobatschewsky was the head of Operations at Metallic Power Inc. (zinc air fuel cells) from the inception of that company, and established all functions of manufacturing, quality assurance, and facilities. He is intimately knowledgeable with the design, fabrication, materials sourcing, and testing of the proposed zinc-air fuel cell. He has extensive experience with new product introduction in high tech companies, as well as establishing worldwide manufacturing capabilities. He has been a significant contributor to the successful fast growth of several start-up or re-start-up high tech companies. Mr. Drobatschewsky has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s of Science in Systems Management. He has held positions as VP of Operations, and VP of Quality Assurance in several high tech companies that designed and produced computer systems, wide format color inkjet printers, and fuel cells.


Dr. Simon Fan

Principle Process Engineer

Dr. Fan is a Chemical Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in electrochemical system research and development and with extensive knowledge of electrochemical characterization and process engineering. As a process engineer, Dr. Fan was responsible for zinc regenerator development in particular and, more generally, for the characterization and development of components critical to the advancement of zinc-air energy storage technology. He also fulfills an invaluable role in bridging the knowledge gap between business requirements and technology capabilities. Following receipt of a B.A.Sc. in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2003, Dr. Fan completed a M.Eng degree specializing in Engineering Management, and in 2012, completed a Ph.D. from UBC, focusing on the performance characterization of electrochemical systems. Dr. Fan is also a registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng) in B.C.


Steve Edley

Senior Verification Engineer

Mr. Edley is an Electrical Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in uninterruptible power system development and test. His background includes VRLA battery and flywheel based energy storage systems and line interactive inverter and sharing control systems delivering up to 3.6MW with Active Power. He also developed inverters at Alpha Technologies and worked with the Canadian Standards Association. He also has extensive experience with UL, CE, CSA and VDE regulatory compliance projects for various unique products. His lab experience includes designing a multi-megawatt test facility and directing operations for all regulatory, performance and failure testing of UPS products. He holds a B.Eng in Electrical Engineering from the University of Victoria, BC.


Dr. Osam Ghazian

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Dr. Ghazian is a Mechanical Engineer with over 5 years’ experience of working in multidisciplinary areas modeling and developing commercial products. His project experience has centered on microfluidics systems, electro-hydrodynamics of droplets, thermo-fluids and fuel delivery systems. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) and the author of more than 10 technical papers. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tehran and a PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Western Ontario.


Tristan Sloan

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Mr. Sloan is a Mechanical Engineer with over 10 years of experience in R&D, product development and product manufacturing. His R&D and product development experience has been with hydrogen and metal air fuel cell technologies, for which he co-authored several patents. He is registered as a Professional Engineer in BC and holds a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria, a M.Sc. in Sustainable Energy Systems from Chalmers University of Technology, and an MBA from the Beedie School of Business.


Ron MacDonald


Mr. MacDonald has over 35 years of both public and private sector experience, ranging from international roles within the Parliament of Canada to serving on the boards of numerous publicly listed resource companies. From 1988 to 1997, he was the Member of Parliament for Halifax, Nova Scotia, during which time he was appointed by the Prime Minister of Canada as Parliamentary Secretary of International Trade. From 1997-2002, Mr. MacDonald was President and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries, a large lumber manufacturing, grading and marketing group, where he developed new markets in China, Korea, India and Japan. In recent years Mr. MacDonald has served as President of NRStor Remote Communities and Mines, a Canadian company focused on partnering with off-grid Indigenous communities and mines to develop renewable energy and energy storage projects.

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