We are engineers, scientists, innovators and business leaders. We are Ionic Solutions.

Our Management Team

Barry Johnson
Co-founder and President
A professional engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, Barry is a driven entrepreneur with a proven track record in leading and growing businesses within the energy sector.
Prior to the formation of Ionic Solutions, Barry was the President and CEO of Bunker Energy Ltd., Vice President of Engineering for Avalanche Energy Ltd., and Executive Vice President of Colony Energy Ltd.

He is the past President of Parkinson Society Canada and currently serves as a member of the board of directors of a Calgary based engineering service company.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta.

Azar Yazdanbod
Co-founder, Vice President Research

Azar Yazdanbod is the chief innovator of Ionic Solutions’ patented technology, C-EDR.

Azar has 30 years of engineering experience in earth sciences, physics, fluid flow analysis, dynamic analysis, water engineering and has been involved in managing many complex projects.

Azar started his personal research into technology for desalinating sea water 25 years ago. Since then, in addition to his extensive review of technical literature and theoretical studies, Azar has dedicated himself to analytical research and conducted hundreds of tests to determine an intricate knowledge of the behavior of ions in electric fields.

He has a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering, specializing in Geotechnical Engineering, from the University of Houston, Texas.

Kevin Slough
Vice President Operations
Kevin Slough brings more than 25 years of operational and design experience from the water treatment industry to Ionic Solutions.

Kevin was the founder and CEO of Calgary based water treatment company FilterBoxx Water and Environmental Corp. from 2001 until its acquisition by Ovivo in 2018.

During his tenure with FilterBoxx, the company was three times recognized as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Companies in Canada by Profit Magazine and three times recognized by the Cleantech Group as one of the Cleantech 100 companies. Kevin is also on the Advisory Board of water technology start-up Swirltex.

He has a Master of Applied Science Degree in Environmental Systems Engineering and a Master of Business Administration.

Jordan Grose
Vice President Commercialization
Jordan Grose is an entrepreneurial business leader who is passionate about increasing people’s access to clean drinking water through technology.

With over 20 years industry experience in commercialization of new technologies, engineering consulting, and business, Jordan brings his entrepreneurial leadership skills to Ionic Solutions.

Jordan specializes in relentless customer focus, strategic planning, product commercialization, building high performance teams, problem solving, and having fun doing it.

He holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Calgary, and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

Marjorie Knight
Vice President Finance
Marjorie is a versatile finance executive with 20+ years’ experience in both small local and large multinational organizations. Her background gives her a strong foundation in best practice internal controls and procedures, along with an understanding of the challenges faced by small companies in implementing them.
With her creative problem-solving focus, she provides leadership and solutions to enable dynamic decisions with effective corporate governance, whatever the size of the business.

Marjorie’s finance experience has included internal and external audit, system implementation, multi-company multi-currency consolidations, international taxation, mergers and acquisitions, foreign currency hedging, and full cycle accounting and financial statement preparation. At various times she has also supported HR through benefits design and administration, and international payroll.

Marjorie firmly believes that people are the most important part of any business. Throughout her career she has promoted the well-being of employees, whether through the development of compensation and benefits, her commitment to a safety culture or by serving on the social committee. She is a vocal advocate for reducing the stigma around mental health, and openly shares her experience with anxiety and depression.

She is passionate about sustainability and conservation. Her current role with Ionic Solutions lets her pair that passion with her skill set to help bring innovative, sustainable desalination solutions to communities and industry.

Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board
Dan Huras
Dan is a CPA with extensive experience in management, finance, projects and business development. After successful roles with Deloitte Touche, Imperial Oil, TC Energy and Mancal Corporation, Dan gravitated towards smaller early-stage companies where he could enjoy the challenge of launching new products and ideas to the market. This interest began when he formed Sapphire Water Technologies, a new entity within the Mancal group which focused on water treatment. His most recent role was CEO of ClearBakk Water Solutions, a water and wastewater treatment company. Under his leadership the company grew from a start up with a handful of employees to a company with 50 staff. ClearBakk successfully designed, built and installed the largest polymer hydration system in the world. He has sat on several boards in his career. In addition to his CPA, Dan holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and completed a Business Acumen program at the University of Michigan.
Michael Koury
Michael is a respected and accomplished leader with demonstrated success creating and executing business plans within early-stage companies and multinational organizations. He has more than 30 years of experience in the Information Technology industry. After a successful 20-year career with IBM Canada, Michael participated in a number of private ventures with his most recent role as President & CEO of Pivot Data Centres, acquired by Rogers Communications in 2014. Michael has a reputation for strategic thinking and creative vision, with an ability to support both through sound execution and team buy-in. Since 2015, Michael has performed an advisory role to multiple early-stage technology companies and currently sits as a Board Member with Veerum Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Honors from the University of Alberta.
Russ Barss
Russ has proven leadership experience with both small businesses and large global enterprises. He was co-owner, director and held executive roles with two technology-based companies, achieving significant growth and shareholder value creation. As an entrepreneur, Russ is recognized as having strategic and business planning skills, building a high-performance organization, R & D, product development and marketing. Both small companies were sold to large, global enterprises, where Russ was retained and promoted to broader leadership roles. In this “big company” environment, Russ developed skills in leadership development, quality management processes, integrated marketing, operations, and systems.

Russ holds a BSc honours in Mechanical Engineering from Queens University, and an MBA with distinction from KU Leuven in Belgium.

Ionic Solutions Ltd.
1235 G 40 Ave NE
Calgary AB T2E 6M9
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