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 focussed 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.

Scott Jenkins

Scott Jenkins

President and COO

Scott Jenkins joined the MGO team in 2018 after 11 years with DIRTT Environmental Solutions, the most recent five years as President. During Scott’s tenure at DIRTT he was a key part of the leadership team that saw sales increase from $20.5 million in 2006 to $297 million in 2017 and led DIRTT’s successful initial public offering (IPO) on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 2013.

Scott’s diverse manufacturing, technology, business development and finance background will support MGO through this next exciting phase of rapid development and growth. Scott has also held senior leadership positions at Pure Technologies Ltd., TSMV Ltd. and was a founding Director of both Decisive Dividend Corp. and HOP Compost Ltd.

Dave Burtt

Dave Burtt

Vice President, Construction

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.   

Doug Brown

Dr. Doug Brown

Director, 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 is 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.


Jim Pendergast


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. 

Tim Sweeney

Tim Sweeney

Director, Design

Since 1985, Tim Sweeney, NCARB, LEED AP, has been the lead architect on countless commercial and residential projects utilizing modular building technologies including SIPs (structurally insulated panels). His passion to develop creative designs for his clients led him to join MgO Systems as the Director of Design in 2016.

He is an internationally recognized expert who speaks regularly on behalf of the American Institute of Architects, and at numerous construction and architectural conferences. Tim’s diverse work experience includes significant projects for clients such as the University of Nevada, Reno, San Joaquin Health Services, and numerous private residences.

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