The NOVA Hydromet team offers expertise in consulting, autoclave circuit modelling, manufacturing and diagnostics, along with equipment sales, service, and repair.

Brant Mock


Authored multiple academic articles on industrial commissioning and start-up.

Participated in Construction Industry Institute research team 333 at The University of Texas at Austin.

Passionate about helping clients find efficient solutions to increase production, equipment life, and uptime using the full spectrum of engineering disciplines.

Ross Waters


45+ years of experience in global valve specification.

Specializes in severe service applications and solutions.

MSS Severe Service Valve Task Force Chair.

Patented Multiphase meter technology.

​Dave Friesen

Board of Directors

30 years of customer centric sales experience in industrial valves, automation, and fluid power.

Specializes in Hydromet, Mining, Oil & Gas, Power, Pulp & Paper, and manufacturing applications.

Rob Mock, Director of R&D​ — NOVA Hydromet

​Rob Mock

Director of R&D

The pre-eminent expert in autoclave letdown technology worldwide.

Created mainstream industry techniques and tools for both trim sizing and flash tank plume modelling.

Expert in control theory, thermodynamics, multi-phase fluid flow theory, and ceramic fracture mechanics.

Ben Wills

Application Specialist

Over 15 years experience in industrial valves and automation.

B. Eng in Chemical Engineering (Process).

Significant experience in a wide range of greenfield and de-bottlenecking projects. 

Strong focus and interest in mining and mineral processing industries.

Tatiana Tagieva — NOVA Hydromet Technical Consultant

Tatiana Tagieva​

Application Specialist

Over 10 years’ experience in Industrial valves and automation.

Control valve sizing and specification specialist.

M.Sc. Automation and Control Engineering, with research focused on flow measurement for multiphase fluids. 

Experience supporting Clients in mining and minerals processing industry, strong analytical skills and passion for innovation in hydrometallurgical industry. 

Ross Monteith

Technical Consultant

43 years in Mining and Metals.

Worked with Cominco on the first ever Zinc Pressure Leach Autoclave. 

20 years as General Projects Manager which included maintenance, upgrades, and replacement of four different POx and HPAL autoclaves for Teck. 

20 years as Piping Lead, Discipline Lead, Engineering Manager, writing specifications for both valves and piping. 

Steve Oldach

Application Specialist

10 years of Industry experience including Continuous Improvement, Project Management and Manufacturing.

B.Sc. Chemical Engineering & Diploma in Chemical Engineering Technology. 

P.Eng. in good standing with Alberta and BC.

Pascal Hatzipalousis — NOVA Hydromet Technical Consultant

Pascal Hatzipalousis

Technical Consultant

Nine years as a Process Engineer at OneSteel Steelworks (now Liberty GFG).

20 years valve sales experience in mining and mineral processing.  

Metallurgical and problem-solving background.

Significant experience in mining processes and mechanical reliability.