Michael Wheatland

CEng, MIChemE, RPEQ, BE, BSc

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
Senior Manager — Partnerships

Calix Limited
Former Founding Employee

Innovation and Sustainable Solutions

An Internationally Chartered Engineer turned commercial manager who is passionate about sustainable outcomes through sustainable technology commercialisation, clean tech, minerals processing technology, batteries, startups and clean energy projects.

His mission is to harness the power of collaboration to drive commercialisation of cutting-edge research and technology. Whether you are in the fields of engineering, science, technology, or clean tech, Michael is here to help you turn innovative ideas into impactful, market-ready solutions.

Michael has been instrumental in commercialisation home grown Australian technology that is now being exported around the world to reduce environmental impact from the minerals, construction and batteries industries.

With a track record of leading multi-million dollar projects and working with industry giants like Rio Tinto, BHP, Alcoa, Calix and now with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Michael offers strategic insights and practical experience in:

Technology Commercialisation: Assisting researchers and technologists through the complex journey from lab to market, ensuring sustainable and profitable outcomes.

Industry Partnerships: Building robust collaborations between academia and industry to accelerate innovation and enhance commercial viability.

Sustainable Solutions: Focusing on clean tech and sustainable practices to create technologies that benefit both business and the environment.


An invited keynote speaker, offering insights on technology, scale-up, sustainability, and startup strategy at leading minerals, tech, energy and sustainability industry conferences.

Scrappy Start-up to Stock Exchange!

Guiding Calix from an early stage startup to ASX-listed unicorn, learning resilience, strategic growth and sometimes hard lessons first hand.

Systemic Sustainability

Spearheaded the development and launch of numerous businesses, technologies, and projects, driving innovative solutions to address global sustainability challenges systemically and effectively.

Internationally Chartered Engineer

Engineering Council

Internationally Chartered Engineer

Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland

Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland

The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne Chemical Engineer, Science

Institute of Chemical Engineers

Chartered Engineer