Our vision

The Magnium team has set itself at the crossroads of decarbonization in critical mineral processing.

COVID-19 has accelerated the transformation of select aspects of critical minerals in a “once in a generation” seismic shift. The exclusive global carbo-thermic patented technology which we hold and the team’s collaboration with our National science agency is accelerating an outcome to reduce reliance upon iron ore exports to power growth and to onshore and decarbonise mineral processing. 

Our goal is to enable the development of Australia's critical minerals sector, including downstream processing and advanced manufacturing opportunities. This will lead to 1000’s of advanced high-paying jobs in regional Australia. Magnium has secured significant geological reserves of magnesium ore a mineral deemed critical by other nations and Magnium is best placed globally to process that ore with our global competitive advantage in technology, resources, and renewable energy.

Climate change is driving global demand for green metals most of which are necessary for the economic wellbeing of the world’s major and emerging economies. The importance of rare earth elements and other critical minerals stems from their unique catalytic, metallurgical, lightweight, nuclear, electrical, magnetic, and luminescent properties. The growing significance of these minerals is demonstrated through their use in the manufacture of mobile phones and computers, flat-screen monitors, wind turbines, electric cars, solar panels, rechargeable batteries, defence industry technology and products, and many other high-tech applications. As demand for critical minerals grows, and our ability to globally lead in green critical mineral processing of magnesium, lithium and titanium there are significant economic opportunities for Australia that the Magnium team will support. 

Michelle Ash


Michelle Ash, CEO of Dassault Systèmes GEOVIA, has made significant contributions to the mining sector with a focus on Innovation Strategy, Technology and Digital Transformation.

Highly passionate about Mining and the Natural Resources industry, Michelle remains focused on helping mining to evolve through digital transformation and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, to help deliver sustainable solutions to the sector.

Michelle is also the Chair of the Global Mining Guidelines Group and has contributed to develop best practices and guidelines for the implementation of technology and socially enabled changes in the mining industry.

Previously she was Chief Innovation Officer at Barrick Gold Corporation where she oversaw the company’s innovation program, looking both at how innovation can drive productivity in the existing business as well as how it can be harnessed to deliver alternative business models.

Michelle was named to the 2016 list of “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” by Women in Mining UK and won the Technology Innovator of the Year Award by Mines and Technology in 2019. She holds a degree in Civil Engineering and an Executive MBA from the Melbourne Business School; as well as a degree in Psychology from Deakin University.

Shilow Shaffier


Originally from the coal mining town of Moranbah, Queensland, Shilow Shaffier specialises in technology and commercialisation.

With over 20 years' experience in the technology, services and finance sector, he’s worked for some of the world's largest technology companies including HP, Fujitsu and DELL EMC and has held CEO positions focused on transformation and restructure for acquisition.

He’s currently the Director of Commercialisation and Asset Management for Raven Corporate Management.

Dr Michael Southcott

Dr Michael Southcott, FIEAust, CPEng, EngExec, NER, APEC Engineer, IntPE(Aus), PhD, MBA, GAICD, B.E.(Hons), B.Sc.(Ma.Sc.) is a chartered professional engineer and experienced engineering executive with an extensive career that includes R&D, successful delivery of several multi-billion-dollar advanced technology projects, and leading development of Industry 4.0 machines for export markets.

He holds a PhD, Bachelor of Engineering and Science from the University of Adelaide, and an MBA from UniSA. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John Canaris

John Canaris

John Canaris is an exploration geologist and mining executive with more than 30 years’ experience in the Australian resource industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology with Honours in Geomorphology from the University of Adelaide. His wide ranging technical capabilities encompass both minerals and hydrocarbon exploration in Australia and overseas, and all aspects and techniques in airborne survey and remote mapping.

Mr Canaris has extensive corporate and capital market experience, having floated and managed ASX listed companies at board and senior management level, across a range of commodities from gold to geothermal energy. Most recently John successfully founded a major industrial mineral opportunity in the Pilbara; Leichhardt Industrials will be Australia's lowest cost, highest purity industrial salt operation. The Company was recently awarded Lead Agency status by the WA government.

Nikki Town

Ms Town has a speciality in risk management and governance and detailed experience across the manufacturing industry with an extensive background in industrial relations, work health & safety, and skills and training.

Qualifications include Finance for Executives at Harvard University Boston (School of Business), Certificate in Corporate Governance Australian Company Secretaries Association, Diploma in Law, Bachelor of Laws, Master of Industrial Relations & Bachelor of Business/Industrial Relations. Ms. Town is the company secretary of Manufacturing Australia. 

Jason Donnelly

Jason Donnelly is a uniquely skilled professional in the Minerals R&D and process scale-up domain having worked in the industry for over 27 years. He has custom designed, fabricated and managed the operation of multiple laboratory scale processing systems through to commercialization.

Using his extensive engineering and high-temperature experimental expertise, he has actively contributed to the development of new and novel metallurgical processing including Magsonic®, Lithsonic®, CSIRO Dry Slag Granulation and Autothermal Pyrolysis technologies.

Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson is an energy executive with 28 years’ experience in thermal and renewables power generation, oil & gas, and resources sectors.

He holds a Bachelors's degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in Finance from the University of Adelaide, is a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors, and is a Fellow of Engineers Australia.

Dave has developed and delivered large energy infrastructure projects including gas power stations, wind and solar farms, utility-scale batteries, gas plants, pipelines, and processing facilities.

Being passionate about the evolution of the energy industry and the transition from carbon-intensive generation to renewables, he specialises in renewable energy development, investment, construction delivery, and asset management. MBA, CPEng, FIEAust, GAICD