Directors
 
Ram Ramkumar B.Tech, MBA
 
Ram has spent over 24 years of his career in the Office Furniture industry. He held CFO, VP Operations and GM positions at Reff Incorporated, a manufacturer of high end furniture. Subsequently, he was CEO and principal shareholder of Inscape Corporation, a leading edge office furniture company, overseeing the growth of its annual revenue from $20 million to $170 million. Both companies went public on the TSE. He is also Chairman and principal shareholder of ASL Group, a maker of pressure sensitive labels for the consumer products industry, as well as Vice-Chairman and principal shareholder of Children’s Television Workshop, operating franchises in North America to teach children science and technology. He is a member of the Board of Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and has been a member of the Board of Cedara Software and Angoss Software.
 
Ram Ramkumar is the Chairman of Process Research ORTECH Inc.
 

 
V.I. (Lucky) Lakshmanan Ph.D., FCAE., MIMM., FCIM 
Dr. V.I. Lakshmanan is an internationally renowned scientist, innovator, entrepreneur and teacher in the area of technologies for sustainable development. He has more than 40 years of hands-on experience in technology development and commercialization, having successfully guided process technologies from concept through development and demonstration to commercialization for energy (including renewable energy), resources and chemical (including specialty chemical) industries. Dr. Lakshmanan has consistently identified and developed innovative applications in technology commercialization.
 
Born and educated in India, Dr. Lakshmanan obtained his Ph.D in Chemistry from Bombay University and moved to Canada in 1974 after serving as Lecturer in Minerals Engineering at the University of Birmingham, UK. His corporate experience includes roles in Noranda, Eldorado Nuclear, ORTECH Corporation and Process Research ORTECH, the last of which he founded and guided to become a global leader in sustainable process technologies through its laboratory and pilot plant. He has extensive client contacts and relationships at senior levels with major international corporations, as well as academic and government sectors globally. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto. Dr. Lakshmanan is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and Fellow, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum and holds numerous patents.
 
Dr. Lakshmanan is the Vice-Chairman and CEO of Process Research ORTECH Inc. 
 

 
Ramamritham (Ram) Sridhar Ph.D., DIC, FCIM
 
Dr. Sridhar has over 40 years of experience in non-ferrous and ferrous process evaluation, selection, flowsheet development, flowsheet improvements, increasing process efficiency, smelter evaluation and smelter improvements. His expertise includes technology evaluation, development and implementation and providing innovative solutions to plant problems. Dr. Sridhar obtained his Ph.D in Metallurgy from the Indian Institute of Science, followed by a DIC in Metallurgy from Imperial College, London, UK. As group leader and later section head of pyrometallurgy at INCO, he developed new processes which are described in 21 US and Canadian patents. He has been the Managing Director of Indian Steel Rolling Mills, Chennai, India, where he was responsible for increasing the annual production from 18000 to 60000 tons, and Director, India Company Limited as well as consultant to major mining and metallurgical companies. Dr. Sridhar is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum and holds numerous patents.
 
Dr. Sridhar is the President of Process Research ORTECH Inc. 
 

 
Prof. Alexander McLean Ph.D.
 
Alex McLean graduated with a B.Sc. degree in Applied Chemistry (1958) and a Ph.D. in Metallurgy (1963) from the University of Glasgow. Professor McLean joined the Metallurgy and Materials Science Department of McMaster University in 1963. In 1970 he joined the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science at the University of Toronto and served as Department Chairman from 1992 through 1997. He has served as a consultant to companies in North America and Europe and is a board member of several industrial organizations. He has authored or co-authored over two hundred and fifty technical publications. His research areas of interest include synthesis and characterization of materials for lithium ion batteries, high temperature physical chemistry of metallurgical systems and novel casting technologies. Prof. Mclean is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering, Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Institute of Materials. He has received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Miskolc in Hungary and the University of Strathclyde in Scotland as well as a number of awards from professional societies in Canada, the United States, the UK and Japan for contributions to the science and technology of steel processing and for activities pertaining to the education of students and industrial personnel.