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.

EKS Team

Jim Micak

Chief Executive Officer

Jim has guided the development of the EKS-DT process since its inception. He has the combination of management, consulting, sustainability management, and regulatory experience to make EKS successful. After a 16- year career in the Ontario public service, Jim spent 23 years building a successful consulting practice focused on development and application of sustainable development technologies and software, strategic advice and guidance in securing public acceptance and regulatory approval of controversial resource development projects, and supporting clients to resolve organizational issues and challenges.

Ed Hanna

Vice-President Research and Technology Development

Ed holds a Masters of Environmental Engineering and has practiced as a private consultant for over 40 years. Modelling and forecasting the chemical, biophysical and economic dimensions of complex systems has been an integral part of his practice. Ed’s systematic analytical approach to technology development has resulted in major advances in the EKS-DT process.

Paul Mankowski

Vice-President Engineering Design

Paul has 34 years of experience as a professional engineer in the oil sands industry. His career in the industry focused on project and technology development. He has held several management and leadership roles with Syncrude Canada Ltd where he was responsible for the development of various new oil sands technologies including Fines Tails Centrifuging, Low Energy Extraction, Natural Froth Lubricity Pumping and Wet Crushing. His industry and technology experience are valuable for the success of the EKR-DT process.


Steve Spencer

lnstrumentation Engineer

Steve is a computer and electronics engineer with over 35 years of experience who serves as a consultant to EKS. Steve oversees the instrumentation of experiments and plays a key role in modelling the behaviour of the EKS-DT process.