Saltworks makes dirty industrial water fresh again

Mitchell Frank, Saltworks Technologies

What was your first job out of school? Most people start at the bottom and work their way up. Mitchell Frank had the same plan, but now he’s on the job and a typical work day might involve business development, hands-on lab research, juggling international media requests and he even handles HR tasks.

“I think the coolest thing of being part of a rapidly growing company is you really see things get done. Ideas are constantly forming, getting tested, getting built.”

Mitchell graduated from Simon Fraser University last year with a combined degree in molecular biology and biochemistry AND business. He is one of the newest team members at Saltworks Technologies.

This Vancouver-based company holds 40 patents on complex ground breaking desalination and electrochemical technologies that – put in the simplest terms — can take any dirty industrial water and turn it into fresh water.

The two minds behind Saltworks — Ben Sparrow and Josh Zoshi — also have combined degrees, theirs are in engineering and business. They started Saltworks a few years ago in an apartment. Their novel process invented in Canada, is now going global.

Saltworks builds their products locally and exports them internationally, creating jobs and helping grow the economy. They’re preparing to move into a new space about half the size of a football field, and they’re planning to add 35 people to their current team of 50.

It’s not unusual for them to hire people right out of university. “They are empowered by building new technologies that have never existed before, “ says president Josh Zoshi. “They’re advancing Canadian clean technology and helping deliver needed, economic solutions to industry. “

Mitchell Frank is ready for the ride. “These are exciting times, it’s pretty amazing to get on with a company that is doing something positive and growing, with a product that has been proven. The entrepreneurial spirit is here, but the research and development phase is behind us now. “

The story of Saltworks Technologies is just one exciting example of B.C.’s technology sector exporting products and ideas around the world.

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