Mike Dixon PhD

Mike Dixon has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Adelaide. He is a global expert in water treatment technology working with membrane and thermal technologies in Australia, North America, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Asia. Mike has worked across across the entire value chain with technology manufacturers, water utilities, oil and gas companies, pharmaceutical companies and research hubs.

Mike is currently the CEO and Founder of Synauta Inc, an IoT company leveraging opex savings for power and water utilities by providing cyber security, sensor networks and software. He is also Chief Technical Officer for WaterNEXT, Western Canada’s Water technology accelerator, where he has worked with over a dozen startups.

Mike is a Technical Advisor to MIT spinout, Sandymount Technologies, University of Washington spinout, PureBlue Tech, and Calgary based lithium company, E3 Metals. Additionally, he is a member of the Calgary Technology Team of Creative Destruction Labs, a leading Canadian technology accelerator, established in a collaboration with the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary,


Prior to Synauta, Mike was Applications Development Manager for NanoH2O, a global provider of reverse osmosis membranes that leveraged UCLA developed nanotechnology to lower the cost of desalination with over 300 installations in 40+ countries in the three years from market launch. LGChem acquired NanoH2O in 2014 for $203M.

Mike is experienced with the development of intellectual property and the commercialization of new technologies. He has more than 60 publications in international journals and is an author of several books and book chapters.

He is currently the Secretary of the International Desalination Association (IDA) Board of Directors and has been an Editor of the IDA Journal and a reviewer for the Journal of Membrane Science and Water Research. Additionally, he has previously served as the National President of the Young Water Professionals for the Australian Water Association and in 2012 won the prestigious IDA Fellowship Award.

Mike lives in Calgary and is an avid outdoor enthusiast.