Our vision

Magnium Australia was established to explore and create projects for critical minerals in Australia in order to utilise our country’s natural resource deposits, support our local economy and boost our status as world leaders in innovation.

Our goal is to enable the development of Australia’s critical minerals sector, including downstream processing and manufacturing opportunities. 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 and accordingly we are well placed to capitalise on rising global demand for secure supplies of magnesium metal.

Technological change has been driving global demand for a new group of metals, non-metals and mineral elements considered 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 a critical mineral there are significant economic opportunities for Australia that Magnium will support. 

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

Dr Michael Southcott, FIEAust, CPEng, EngExec, NER, APEC Engineer, IntPE(Aus), PhD, MBA, GAICD, B.E.(Hons), B.Sc.(Ma.Sc.) is an experienced engineering executive with an extensive career that includes R&D and successful delivery of several multi-billion-dollar advanced technology projects. He has a PhD in Engineering, and the highest level of Chartered Engineer in Leadership and Management. He successfully led a billion dollar risk on an advanced technology acquisition. Recently he has led a team to successfully develop, commercialise and export industrial crimpers for industry 4.0 featuring digital hydraulics, networking and cloud interface. We source specialist engineering expertise from GR Engineering, Worley Parsons, Berghof Reactor systems.


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.