Executive Team and Directors

Executive Team

Jim Fox

Jim Fox

Chief Executive Officer & Director

Mr. Fox joined Excir and assumed the CEO role after spending the last 3 1/2 years at Oxford University. He holds an Executive MBA and a Post Graduate Masters Diploma in Global Business from the University of Oxford. He is also a graduate of Harvard's General Management Program. While at Oxford, he headed up Ethos Angel Investment Fund and prior to that spent 10 years at National Oilwell Varco, with his final role being the Vice President of Operations for Canada.

Jim Fox

Hiwa Salimi, PhD

Founder & Director

Mr. Salimi is the CTO and one of the original founders of Excir Works and an expert in the Hydrometallurgy and Organometallic Chemistry. He earned his PhD in Organometallic Chemistry from the University of Saskatchewan and has over 10 years of experience in precious metals extraction and metal-ligand interactions.

For the past five years, he has been focusing on developing new methods for purification and recovery of precious metals from both primary and secondary sources. Mr. Salimi holds a couple of patents in the field of purification and recovery of precious metals and is also one of the three main inventors of Excir's technology.

Loghman Moradi

Loghman Moradi, PhD

Founder & Director

Mr. Moradi has 10 years+ experience in the field of Hydrometallurgy and Applied Chemistry with the focus on designing and applying new sulphur based extractants for solvent extraction of gold and other precious metals.

He has published numerous scientific papers and patents in the field of hydrometallurgy, chemistry and polymer science. He is also one of the reviewers for the journal of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research which is published by the American Chemical Society. Prior to joining Excir, Mr. Moradi was an Assistant Professor at the University of Kurdistan. Mr. Moradi earned his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the Tarbiat Modares University. He is one of the three main inventors of Excir's technology.

Board of Directors

Stephen Foley

Stephen Foley, PhD


Mr. Foley is one of the co-founders of Excir Works and has more than 20 years research experience in the general field of Inorganic Chemistry. He has spent the last 12 years as a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Saskatchewan. His recent research has focused on developing new extraction methods for recovery and purification of precious metals. Mr. Foley is one of the three main inventors of Excir's technology.

Chris Bowman

Chris Bowman, PhD

Business Development Officer, Director

Mr. Bowman is a portfolio manager with the University of Saskatchewan, with a specialty in the transfer of the University's technologies in physical science and engineering to industry. He has expertise in technology evaluation, scale-up and licensing. He holds a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Arizona.

George Sereggela

George Sereggela, B. Comm., LL.B


Mr. Sereggela is a former practicing lawyer and businessman who serves on a number of private and non-profit entity boards. Most recently he was a Partner in Mainline Insurance that sold to HUB International and recently retired from the insurance industry. He is originally from Estevan, Saskatchewan and a graduate of University of Saskatchewan.

Graham Fritz

Graham Fritz


Mr. Fritz studied applied physics at the university of Lethbridge. His career began with Enviro-Test laboratories (later purchased by ALS Laboratories) as Mechatronics Manager devising and implementing new technologies. He is currently the CEO of Jazoo Express Courier Ltd. based out of Calgary.