About

BQE Water is a water treatment company specializing in providing innovative wastewater treatment solutions to the global mining industry. Our solutions focus on reducing water treatment life cycle costs, value recovery from waste and reducing long-term liabilities. MoreLess

Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada with offices in Chile and China, the company was founded in 1997 on the premise that there had to be a more sustainable way of treating acid mine water than conventional lime treatment. This belief led to the development of the BioSulphide® process for water treatment, a sulphide precipitation technology that neutralizes acidic water with concurrent selective recovery of dissolved metals with appreciable value. In 2001, the company secured its first commercial contract at a zinc mine in New Brunswick.

Several larger mining companies took notice of the BioSulphide® plant, leading to further contracts with top mining companies, utility operators and regulators at sites in Canada, the US, Mexico, Australia, Turkey and China.

BQE Water continues to innovate and add to its portfolio of technologies to now include ChemSulphide®, Met-IX™, Sulf-IX™, Sulf-IXC™ and Selen-IX™. These technologies have been developed in response to the evolving regulatory environment and its increasingly strict discharge limits for constituents in mine water, the addition of new constituents to be regulated, and the need for mining companies to meet these regulations in an effective and cost-efficient manner.

Technical Leadership

Brent leads the engineering team and ensures the integrity of all design work from initial concepts to issued-for construction design documentation. He has been instrumental to the success of projects by making certain that treatment process designs are seamlessly integrated into discipline engineering and equipment procurement, and that our engineering team works closely with the lab and technology development team to translate new innovation into practical and cost-effective designs. With a degree in Metals & Materials Engineering, Brent is a registered Professional Engineer in BC with over 15 years of experience in the water treatment sector.

Daniel leads our global operations team and environmental health & safety across all company functions. In his role, Daniel is responsible for ensuring operations perform safely and according to expectations, and staffed with well trained personnel. Additionally, he oversees pre-commissioning and commissioning activities for smooth hand-overs from engineering and construction to operations. Daniel has 15+ years of experience in water treatment including process control and automation which enables him to provide valuable input into engineering designs from early project stages to Hazard and Operability studies that incorporate practical operations experience.

Randy is a global knowledge leader in cyanide destruction with more than 40 years of experience in the mining industry. He was one of the pioneers in the development and commercialization of the SO2/Air cyanide destruction technology and has been involved with the testing, design, commissioning and operation of more than 65 large scale cyanide destruction systems around the world.

HC leads our consultancy practice related to water management, treatment, risk assessments, permitting and engagement with local communities and regulatory agencies to arrive at practical solutions that do better for the environment. HC received his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his Masters in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and has more than 14 years of experience in environmental consulting with a special focus on water in mining.

Veneil is a chemical engineer who spent the early years of his career in mining operations with Teck Resources. Since joining the company in 2014, Veneil has demonstrated great initiative and has grown into the role of project lead for process engineering design and plant automation, becoming proficient in all aspects of process design, programming of plant PLC and HMIs, and field commissioning. A registered Professional Engineer in BC, Veneil also provides support to projects in the environmental assessment and permitting stages.

Frank is based in our Hangzhou office and oversees all project and plant operation activities in China. He is involved with pilot campaigns, engineering designs for local fabricators and constructors, procurement, commissioning and ongoing operations support. He is proficient in PLC/HMI programming and most recently led the commissioning of two SART plants. Having grown up in Vancouver and with a degree in Chemical & Biological Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Frank bridges the cultural differences to improve communication for China based projects.

Fabian is a chemical engineer who started his career in operations where he was responsible for optimization and improvements in hydrometallurgical and metal refining processes in Chile. Since joining the company 11+ years ago, Fabian has been instrumental in the engineering and commissioning of several SART plants, and lab and pilot demonstrations for selective metal recovery and sulphate removal from mining and metallurgical bleed streams in Chile and Peru. Currently, Fabian oversees all process design, testing programs and water studies for our Latin America projects.

Management

David Kratochvil

David rejoined the company in March 2014. He previously held the positions President & CTO and President & COO. Since first joining the company in 2001, David has been instrumental in the commercial development of BQE Water's process technologies and has overseen plant design, engineering and operations. David received his PhD from the Faculty of Chemical Engineering, BioEngineering from McGill University in Montreal and has 20+ years experience in wastewater treatment and chemical processing.

Heman oversees financial management, internal controls, financial reporting, investor relations and corporate administration for the company. He has 10 years of experience in both private and public companies in the environmental sector. Heman is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia and received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.

Jon is responsible for management of the engineering team and project execution. A registered Professional Engineer in BC, Jon holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has over 10 years of experience in the oil sands, gas processing, power generation and mining industries.

Songlin Ye

Songlin is responsible for the company’s operations and development projects in China. Songlin holds degrees in Environmental Engineering from universities in Canada and China, and has 20+ years experience in the environmental field.

Oscar Lopez

Oscar is responsible for BQE Water's business development and project management activities in Chile and South America. Oscar is a Chemical Engineer with 20+ years experience in the chemical and metallurgical industry.

Brent leads the engineering team and ensures the integrity of all design work from initial concepts to issued-for construction design documentation. He has been instrumental to the success of projects by making certain that treatment process designs are seamlessly integrated into discipline engineering and equipment procurement, and that our engineering team works closely with the lab and technology development team to translate new innovation into practical and cost-effective designs. With a degree in Metals & Materials Engineering, Brent is a registered Professional Engineer in BC with over 15 years of experience in the water treatment sector.

Daniel leads our global operations team and environmental health & safety across all company functions. In his role, Daniel is responsible for ensuring operations perform safely and according to expectations, and staffed with well trained personnel. Additionally, he oversees pre-commissioning and commissioning activities for smooth hand-overs from engineering and construction to operations. Daniel has 15+ years of experience in water treatment including process control and automation which enables him to provide valuable input into engineering designs from early project stages to Hazard and Operability studies that incorporate practical operations experience.

Board of Directors

Peter brings over 30 years of experience in executive management, investment fund analysis and board advisory roles in the technology and mining sectors. With specialization in corporate finance and contract negotiation, Peter has been involved in the start-up and growth of several junior mining firms including PGM Ventures which became Iberian Minerals Corporation. Throughout his career, Peter has helped small to medium sized companies achieve their growth objectives while delivering value to shareholders.

Chris received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cape Town and has spent much of his 40 year career in research and research management. He has authored or co-authored 70 technical publications, been awarded 14 patents and contributed to several books on various aspects of extractive metallurgy. Chris joined Lakefield Research in 1990, becoming GM in 1992 and VP and COO when the company privatized in 1995 after a buyout from former owner Falconbridge. After SGS acquired Lakefield Research, Chris became the VP, Global Metallurgy, responsible for the company’s world-wide metallurgical business. Chris has retired from SGS management but continues in the role of Senior Metallurgist.

Rob is a global mining industry leader with international experience in operating, building and acquiring mineral properties. He is the President and CEO of Great Panther Mining, a gold and silver mining and exploration company with operations in Latin and South America. A chemical engineer by training, Rob has worked in the industry for 35 years for mining companies Amerigo Resources, Kinross Gold, DeBeers and Rand Mines as well as provided engineering services to international mining clients while with SNC Lavalin and Hatch.

Sara is a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder with extensive capital markets experience, having worked over twenty years as a sell-side equity research analyst with Canaccord Genuity and an investment banking analyst with Wood Gundy and Kidder Peabody. During her career, Sara followed a broad range of industries, with a specific focus on emerging companies and technologies where she was recognized numerous times for being a top stock picker by StarMine. For the last five years, Sara has been applying her skills and experience as a strategic advisor and corporate director.

David rejoined the company in March 2014. He previously held the positions President & CTO and President & COO. Since first joining the company in 2001, David has been instrumental in the commercial development of BQE Water's process technologies and has overseen plant design, engineering and operations. David received his PhD from the Faculty of Chemical Engineering, BioEngineering from McGill University in Montreal and has 20+ years experience in wastewater treatment and chemical processing.

Strategy

Our strategy is to play the role of a technical expert and technology partner to help mining companies manage the technical risks associated with challenging mine water treatment and hydrometallurgical processing problems. MoreLess

Strategy

We target projects where our technologies can bring considerable value to our customer. Through careful selection of business partners, we will form long-term partnerships rather than vendor-purchaser exchanges centred on individual transactions. We will develop projects where our solutions deliver lower life cycle costs for water treatment, comply with increasingly strict discharge regulations and provide process efficiencies to support water conservation.

As new environmental regulations open up the need for new water treatment solutions, we will continue to focus on accelerating the development of innovative process technologies to offer more technically robust and financially attractive solutions to what is currently available. Our continued focus on strategic innovation is to provide sustainable water treatment technologies to meet the ever changing needs of our customers.

Careers

Our people are fundamental to our success. We offer an environment where you can be challenged and where you can make a difference. MoreLess

Careers

We are always interested in hearing from talented people. If you are interested in joining our team and feel your expertise and values align with what we are doing, we invite you to introduce yourself. Please send a cover letter and resume (PDF less than 5 MB) telling us about yourself to hr@bqewater.com.

Current Postings

Construction & Fabrication Engineer - Vancouver, Canada

Plant Supervisor - Arizona, USA