Our Team

We have assembled a strong team of people with skills in business, marketing, and technology to make EnviCore a success

Shahrukh Shamim, M.Sc.

CEO & Co-Founder

Shahrukh holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary with a focus on developing next generation oil sands tailings treatment technology. Shahrukh has received multiple prestigious scholarships including MITACS Globalink fellowships and GreenSTEM endorsed by EDTT, Ministry of Alberta. He brings experience from the metals and manufacturing industries, completion of Foresight- Platform Calgary Cleantech Accelerator Launch program and a passion for leading EnviCore in business and development growth.

Aleksandra Govedarica, B.Sc.

CTO & Co-Founder

Aleksandra is a graduate from the University of Belgrade with a degree in Chemical Engineering. She is pursuing her PhD degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Calgary while working on several research projects aimed at understanding structure-property relationship in flocculated tailings systems, advanced graphene-based porous materials, and biomedical lubricants. She has been recognized as a leader in the University community by the Schulich Leadership award. She is leading the technology development and R&D within the company.

Aseem Pandey, M.Sc. 

Chief Innovation Officer

Aseem holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary with a focus on the design and integration of porous media and nanomaterials for applications in oil and gas industry. He started his career as a production engineer at Oil and Natural gas corporation with 4+ years of experience in offshore production operations, well interventions and completions. At EnviCore, he provides value to the company with his scientific expertise in the area of colloid and surface science.

Milana Trifkovic, Ph.D.

Scientific Director & Co-Founder

Dr. Milana Trifkovic provides scientific direction and expertise to EnviCore’s technical development and training processes. She has 10+ years of hands-on experience in material design, interfacial phenomena, rheology and fast dynamic imaging. She is passionate about transforming promising lab concepts into concrete solutions to pressing problems in the energy sector. Dr. Trifkovic continues to hold her position of an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary.

Ian Piwek, MBA, P.Geo.

Executive Advisor

Ian started his career in coal and mineral exploration, development and mining over thirty years ago. In the mid-1990’s Ian moved to oil sands and led various teams in operations, business development and technology innovation, which included field trials of tailings mitigation testing and assessments. As EnviCore’s Executive Advisor, Ian provides business, governance and planning advice focused on advancing technical research into industry use in operations.

Jessica McAvoy, B.Sc.

Research Associate

Jessica is a graduate of McGill University with a degree in Materials Engineering. Her diverse work experience ranges from President of the Engineering Undergraduate Society during her degree program, to work in advanced aerospace coating tribology, to investigative work with the Materials and Inspection Services team in oil and gas materials. She currently works in the research and development of tailings technologies at Envicore.

Ajay Rai, M.Sc.

Research Associate

Ajay is a graduate from the Unversity of Calgary with a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering. He is passionate about solving real-world problems using analytical skills. He is a multidisciplinary research scientist with strong skills in designing, executing and analyzing experiments independently and in collaborative setup. With past experience of working in a dynamic environment in startups, he is a great addition to the team. He currently works in the research and development of technologies in the hard rock mining sector.