Our Team

MgO Systems is home to a collection of problem-solvers and innovators who are driven to develop new construction technologies that are better, faster, and safer than today’s typical building materials and methods.

Attracting like-minded individuals from diverse backgrounds, MGO’s core team is comprised of construction experts, material scientists, architects, engineers, and PhD’s, all focused on developing the next generation of construction technologies.

Todd McKay

Todd McKay

Co-Founder and CEO

Todd McKay has over 30 years of diverse construction experience as both a contractor and engineer. His entrepreneurial background led him to found multiple companies including, Southern Technical Services Ltd. which provided technology and construction solutions to a diverse range of clients in the commercial, agriculture, residential, and industrial construction sectors.

In 2010, Todd and his family experienced a devastating house fire. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the seven minutes it took for the house to be engulfed set Todd on a path to find truly better construction solutions. Meeting and working with experts he discovered the benefits of Magnesium Oxide in construction materials and set out to develop high performance, made-in-North America solutions for walls, foundations, roofs, and floors.

Meghan Perry

Chief Financial Officer

Meghan Perry joined the MGO team in January 2019 after nearly four years serving as the Chief Financial Officer for Hop Compost Ltd. During Meghan’s tenure at Hop, she was a key part of the leadership team that raised over $6 million dollars and saw sales increase from $50 thousand in 2015 to over $2 million in 2018.

As a Chartered Accountant and graduate of the University of Calgary’s Global Energy Management and Sustainability MBA Program, Meghan has depth of experience in both the financial and sustainability sectors. Meghan is an alumni of Deloitte’s Enterprise Risk practice, has served on both for-profit and not-for-profit Boards, and is an active member of Calgary’s investment community. In November of 2017, Meghan was selected to attend TED Women in New Orleans, where she deepened her knowledge and fuelled her passion for empowering women in entrepreneurial and leadership positions.

Dave Burtt

Dave Burtt

Vice President of United States Operations

Dave Burtt joined MgO Systems in 2017 after over 25 years experience in the home building industry in the United States and Canada, both working in senior management roles for large builders, and as former owner of one of Alberta’s premier custom home builders.

Dave is a certified Master Home Builder through the Professional Home Builders Institute of Alberta (PHBIA), and is a former Member of the Board of the PHBIA. Dave is the recipient of numerous SAM awards — now renamed the BILD awards — as one of the top home builders in Alberta.   


Jim Pendergast

Vice President of Canadian Operations

Jim Pendergast is a senior executive with over 25 years of corporate finance and business leadership experience. He brings to MgO Systems, expertise in the areas of business development, corporate finance, strategic growth, and corporate governance. 

His professional experience includes leadership roles in entrepreneurial organizations and senior corporate finance roles in a large, publicly-traded company. Since 2006, Jim has led a number of entrepreneurial businesses in the building technology and agricultural sectors. He has held the role of CFO of MGO Systems since 2016. Prior to that he held CEO or CFO positions for Paramount Structures Inc, FP Genetics Inc., and Parkland Agri Services Ltd. 

Doug Brown

Dr. Doug Brown

Vice President of Research & Development

Doug Brown is a Material Scientist with over ten years of experience in research and prototype development of next-generation green technologies. He holds several patents, is the author of nearly a dozen peer-reviewed publications, and has received numerous academic and research awards.

Doug began his academic career at McGill University where he received his B.Sc in Chemistry with a concentration in atmospheric science and astrophysics. He then led significant research efforts for Carbon Engineering, commercializing technology to capture carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere. He then returned to the academic world to pursue his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Calgary prior to joining MGO in 2016.

Trish Josephs (Demchuk)

Vice President of Business Development

Patricia “Trish” Josephs (Demchuk) joins the MgO team in the role of Vice President of Business Development. Trish has extensive experience in both technical and business development roles with high growth technology companies and across the healthcare sector.

With MgO Systems, Trish will be focused on developing and supporting our growing list of clients in the Life-Science and Healthcare industries.

Prior to joining MgO, Trish was the Vice President of Terra Life Sciences and responsible for the creation of ground-breaking Neuroscience partnerships with world-renowned researchers.


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