About Us

MineSense™ Technologies Ltd. is a British Columbia-based technology development and marketing company that enhances the sustainability of mining by improving the ore extraction and recovery process. MineSense provides a proven platform for the sensing and sorting of low-grade ore to an unprecedented level of precision.

Through the application of our pre-concentration methodology, the MineSense Solution can provide up to 20% margin enhancement due to decreased requirements for energy, water and chemicals.

As the emerging leader in mineral telemetry and ore upgrading solutions worldwide, MineSense has developed a pre-concentration methodology that:

  • Improves the economics of mining low-grade ores
  • Rejects barren waste from valuable minerals at an early stage of the mining process
  • Offers a combination of ground-penetrating and other sensor technology that measure and report the grade of ore in real time
  • Integrates with material handling equipment such as shovels, scoops, belt conveyors, feeders and chutes
  • Facilitates decision support aimed at maximizing resource conversion and metal recovery

Our proprietary High Frequency Electromagnetic Spectrometry (HFEMS) and High Speed X-Ray Fluorescence (HSXRF) sensors not only offer better sensitivity, but more importantly, they operate at high speeds which support real-time processing at commercially relevant throughput for the mining industry.

To read more about how these and other sensor modalities interface with our proprietary real-time analytics platform to process sensor telemetry and make ore sorting decisions please go to our Products and Services pages.

Please contact us if you would like more information about how our solutions can benefit your business.

Executive Team

Jeff More

Jeff More

President & CEO, Director

As President & Chief Executive Officer, Jeff is responsible for the strategic and overall leadership of MineSense. In this role his mandate is to bring to market the company’s transformative value creating technology.

Jeff is a seasoned CEO with a particular focus on intensive growth mandates.  His most recent role was with Maxxam Analytics, where he was accountable for the strategy, growth and operations of the company’s Environmental division, its largest line of business. Prior to that, he held CEO and senior executive positions with organizations spanning a diverse set of industries, including electronics recycling, telecommunications, robotics and engineered materials.

A company builder with a proven track record of delivering results in both large companies and entrepreneurial environments, he brings broad functional expertise in business development, marketing strategy, operational efficiency and new process creation to Minesense, coupled with extensive expertise in global markets, specifically South America, Asia and Africa. He has a demonstrated track record as a team builder and values-driven leader.

Jeff holds a B.Eng in Chemical Engineering & Management and an MBA, both from McMaster University.

Dr. Andrew S. Bamber

Dr. Andrew S. Bamber

Founder & CTO

Since founding MineSense in 2008, Andrew Bamber’s role has involved technology and product development and testing, operations management, as well as business development, corporate development and financing. He is a Professional Engineer, and member of the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Engineering Council of South Africa, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. Andrew holds the Douglas Hays’ Medal for Outstanding Research from the Institute of Mining Metals and Materials (IOM) of the United Kingdom, and was runner-up, Pacific Region, in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Competition in 2013.

Andrew has over 20 years’ experience in mining projects and operations in Southern Africa, Kazakhstan, Canada and South America – as well as applied research and technology development both in Canada and Southern Africa. He has delivered successful projects in a range of roles including design professional, operations manager, project manager, technical consultant as well as research scientist.

Lisa Payne

Lisa Payne

Chief Financial Officer

Lisa Payne has over 25 years of executive leadership experience and was listed as one of the top 10 women in technology by Business in Vancouver magazine. Lisa brings to MineSense her financial, operational and business development experience that she obtained from diverse companies including enterprise software, fiber optic infrastructure, biotech research and private equity. Lisa has extensive experience with high growth companies, M&A and multiple financings. In addition, she was the CFO and acting CEO at BC Innovation Council, where she worked with industry, universities, and government to encourage entrepreneurs and technology commercialization.

Active in her community, Lisa is a council member for the Auditor General for Local Government and a board member of the Vancouver Opera. Previously, she was director of the Focus Foundation for youths at risk. Lisa has authored several industry publications and holds a CPA, CGA designation.

Lorne Repas

Lorne Repas

VP Engineering

Lorne Repas is a Professional Engineer with over 30 years experience in engineering, product development, project management, manufacturing and operations management. He has held numerous senior management positions in companies that develop robust electronic solutions for off-highway vehicles, electrical power protection & control systems, controls for hazardous locations and consumer electronic products. Before joining the MineSense team, Mr. Repas spent many years managing aspects of product development, new product introduction and other business at companies including GE Multilin, VI Engineering, Kraus Group, and Vansco Electronics. Mr. Repas has a degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, as well as an MBA with honors from the University of Manitoba.

Board of Directors

Ian Pearce

Ian Pearce

Partner, X2 Resources Ltd, London

Ian has worked for over 35 years at the most senior levels in the field of mining and metallurgy.

He served as Chief Executive at Xstrata Nickel, a subsidiary of Xstrata plc from August 2006 to May 2013. He was also Director of Xstrata Nickel Australasia Pty Ltd from February 2008. As CEO, he was responsible for global nickel and ferronickel operations and projects in North and South America, Europe, Africa and the South Pacific. With an attractive portfolio of Greenfield and Brownfield projects, his focus was on the continuing growth of the nickel commodity business.

Held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Falconbridge Corporation, and joined Falconbridge in 2003 where he spearheaded the advancement of major growth initiatives as Senior Vice-President of Projects and Engineering.

Prior to joining Falconbridge, Mr. Pearce worked on Canadian oil sands projects as well as metallurgical and mining projects for Fluor in Canada, Indonesia, Chile and South Africa. He also served as Executive Project Director at Fluor Corporation.

Also Chair and Non-Executive Director at MineSense, Non-Executive director and on the Audit and Risk committee at Outotec, and Non-Executive Director and on the Health, Safety, Environment &CSR  and Governance committees at Newgold.

Ian served as Chair of the Mining Association of Canada and Chair and Director of the Nickel Institute. He served on the Advisory Board of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100.

Mr. Pearce holds an Engineering HND in Mineral Processing and a BSc degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He also attended the Management advancement Program at the University of the Witwatersrand and received strategic and general management training at Henley College in the United Kingdom.

Dr. John Thompson

Dr. John Thompson

Director and past-Chair, Canadian Mining Innovation Council and current Chair, Geoscience BC

John obtained his BA from Oxford University and then moved to Canada where he completed his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Toronto. In 1982 he joined the BP Minerals group in Australia to work in mineral exploration, subsequently moving to an international exploration role based out of the UK. In 1988, he moved to Salt Lake City initially with BP Minerals and later with Kennecott Rio Tinto. In 1991, John became director of the Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU) at the University of British Columbia, managing exploration related research for over twenty companies.

In 1998, he joined Teck Corporation as Chief Geoscientist, and in late 2005 was appointed Vice President Technology and Development for Teck Resources Limited. In late 2012, he left Teck and is now Principal of PetraScience Consultants, an exploration, development and mining technology consultancy, and is the Wold Professor in Environmental Balance for Human Sustainability, a part-time appointment at Cornell University. John is the current Chair of Geoscience BC and is Past-President of the Canada Mining Innovation Council; he was President of the Society of Economic Geologists in 2009.

Richard MacKellar

Richard MacKellar

Managing Partner, Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital

Richard joined Chrysalix after successfully exiting his third startup company in 2007. As a Managing Partner at the firm, he has a deep technical expertise and understanding of what it is like to be in the shoes of a startup CEO, having lived that world for many years where he built and ran several award winning venture-backed start-up companies. He sits on the boards of Chrysalix portfolio companies GlassPoint Solar, Enbala Power Networks and NanoSteel. Richard has been instrumental in refining Chrysalix’s strategy for investing in the energy companies that benefit the environment in which we live. In addition to contributions at leading conferences and forums, Richard periodically teaches Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Finance as an Adjunct Professor in the MBA and IMBA programs at the University of British Columbia.

Prior to joining Chrysalix in 2007, Richard was President & CEO of LED display technology company Brightside, which he successfully sold to Dolby Laboratories for annualized returns of 45% to 60%. Prior to that, he was President & CEO of NxtPhase where he raised $57 Million in venture capital financing, grew the company from two to 100 people, and built strategic relationships with large corporates including GE, Honeywell, Mitsubishi, three of Canada’s largest utilities and three larger utilities in the United States.

Richard started his career as a metallurgist with NEI Parsons, a division of Rolls Royce that designed steam turbines and generators for power generation. He worked on Drax, the largest and cleanest coal fired power station in Europe and Bruce, the world’s largest nuclear generating station. He continued working for Rolls Royce in Canada through their Ferranti Packard group, supplying high voltage electric power equipment to the electric utility industry.

Richard has a Metallurgy Degree from Sheffield University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Tim Woodward

Tim Woodward

Managing Director, Prelude Ventures LLC

Tim Woodward joined Prelude Ventures in 2013 as a Managing Director with 25 years of venture capital investing experience. Having grown up in Silicon Valley, Tim has a long history of working with talented entrepreneurs who want to change the world. Prior to Prelude Ventures, Tim was a Managing Director for 15 years with Nth Power where he led investments in companies involved in renewable energy, demand response, advanced materials and outsourced utility customer management.

He was the lead investment partner for that firm’s successful investments in Evergreen Solar (ESLR), Comverge (COMV) and Proton Energy Systems (DESC). Before joining Nth Power, Tim spent eight years managing venture capital investments for Liberty Environmental Partners, a firm that focused on energy, industrial and environmental technologies. During that time, he served as full-time Chairman of Monitoring Technology Corporation, a company that provides on-line condition monitoring of power and industrial equipment.

Prior to entering the venture capital business, Tim was involved in the launch of First Source, a company providing industrial solvent recycling services. He also spent more than six years in international marketing for an industrial filtration equipment manufacturer. Tim currently serves on the board of directors for AllConnect, Allotrope, Energy Savvy, and MineSense, and has oversight for Prelude Ventures’ investments in Aquion and QuantumScape.

Shirley Speakman

Shirley Speakman

Partner, Cycle Capital Management

Shirley Speakman joined Cycle Capital as a Partner and is based in their Toronto office. Shirley was the Director of Investments for the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF) a $40M+ venture capital fund established by the Ontario government to invest in seed and early stage technology oriented companies based in Ontario.

As Director of Investments, Shirley was responsible for investment recommendations and decisions, portfolio management, sourcing and partnering. Shirley continues to contribute to the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund as an advisor on its cleantech investment committee. During her tenure at IAF, she oversaw investments in cleantech, successfully exited investments and assisted portfolio companies secure signficiant follow-on financing.

Prior to joining the IAF, Shirley spent over 12 years acting as advising biotech, ag-biotech and advanced manufacturing and materials companies in areas such as strategy, finance, negotiations and fund raising. She spearheaded numerous financings and M&A transactions and participated in the creation of a $40M cross border life sciences fund and the close of a Canadian based $40M ag-biotech fund. Shirley holds her ICD.d (University of Toronto), an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor’s of Economics from the University of Waterloo.