About Us

ELECTROKINETIC SOLUTIONS (EKS)—EKS, Inc. a sustainable technology company, has developed the ElectroKinetic Solutions – Dewatering Technology (EKS-DT). This innovative technology is applicable to a wide range of industrial situations where difficult-to-dewater slurries, sludges and unstable clay soil conditions are present. EKS-DT is particularly well suited to dewatering the fine fluid tailings produced during the extraction of bitumen from oil sand. Extensive research has shown that EKS-DT is energy efficient and cost competitive. Field-scale demonstrations are planned for 2018.

The mission of EKS, Inc. is to innovate and make commercially available reliable, flexible, practical and cost-effective slurry and soft clay dewatering systems for diverse industrial applications. Our current focus is on resolving perhaps one of the most challenging needs in the oil sands industry; namely rapidly dewatering to a high final % solids level oil sands tailings. These tailings include the large inventory of fine fluid tailings (FFT) that has been produced over the last 30 years by Alberta’s oil sands industry plus new fresh tailings that are continuing to be produced daily by the industry.

EKS is also developing applications of its technology for other types of mine tailings, slurries and sludges. Research is ongoing into additional applications and improvements to the technology.

EKS, Inc. technology was originally developed by DPRA Canada, Inc. DPRA continues to be a partner in the development of EKS, Inc. technology.

EKS, Inc. welcomes early investors to study its business plans, understand its growth potential and capital formation needs.

For more information about EKS, please email info@eks.ca.

EKS Team

Shaun Kavalinas

Chief Executive Officer

Shaun Kavalinas was appointed CEO of EKS in October 2019 to lead the company’s commercialization of the EKS-DT process and continue the development of the company’s emerging technologies. With over ten years of Canadian Oil and Gas industry experience, Shaun has an established record of leading successful multi-national teams with diverse cultures. As a Senior Project Engineer, his team developed innovative solutions for their clients’ problems while building trust with different project stakeholders. He believes that the status quo is meant to be questioned and enjoys the challenge of rallying support to enact necessary change. Shaun is a Professional Engineer who holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta as well as Master of Business Administration degrees from both Cornell and Queens Universities.

Jim Micak


James Micak has served as EKS President since 2013 and previously served as CEO until the appointment of Shaun Kavalinas. After graduating from the University of Waterloo Environmental Studies program, he entered the Ontario Public Service serving in various managerial positions over a 16-year period. He then built a successful consulting practice focused on sustainable development technologies, providing strategic advice on a wide range of environmental and resource development policies and projects to public and private sector clients, and assisting clients in obtaining regulatory approval of resource development projects. Prior experience included more than 10-years as CEO of DPRA Canada and a member of DPRA Inc. Board of Directors. Jim has been a director of EKS since 2013.

Ed Hanna

Vice-President Research and Technology Development

Edward Hanna is EKS Vice-President, Research and Technology Development. Since 2016, he has been responsible for the research programs in support of the EKS technologies. He also is responsible for the innovation and assessment of new EKS technologies and for bringing these technologies to a commercial state. Prior to joining EKS, Ed worked as a successful private consultant specializing in developing innovative solutions to environmental, energy and resource management challenges and opportunities. His work has extended across Canada, the USA and Mexico. As well, he has worked in South America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He brings to EKS a great depth and breadth of experience in terms of engineering, economics and applied research and management.