Making lithium-ion batteries a truly circular and sustainable product.
The people dedicated to solving the problems of tomorrow.
Co-Founder, President & CEO, Executive Director
Ajay Kochhar is the President and CEO, Co-Founder, and Executive Director of Li-Cycle.
Responsible for strategic oversight of Li-Cycle’s various functional business units, which includes Commercial, Technical (Health, Safety, Environment and Quality/HSEQ, Operations, Commercialization, Research and Development) and Shared Services. Additionally, Ajay supports the development of international growth initiatives for the company in collaboration with Li-Cycle’s Corporate Development team.
Before founding Li-Cycle, Ajay gained extensive technology and project development experience through progressive roles with Hatch’s industrial cleantech and advisory practices. While working in that space, he garnered in-depth engineering and project management experience through clean technology development in the lithium, cobalt, nickel, copper, gold, lead, zinc, molybdenum, and rare earth metals industries. His technical expertise spans the entire project lifecycle, from conceptual and pre-feasibility studies to construction and commissioning.
Born and raised in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada, Ajay comes from entrepreneurial roots, having gained experience from a young age via a family business. An ardent music enthusiast, he is a classical guitarist who maintains the hobby even now for enjoyment.
Ajay is a graduate of the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Chemical Engineering.
Co-Founder, Executive Chairman
Tim Johnston joined Li-Cycle in 2016 as the company’s Co-Founder and Executive Chairman.
With more than 15 years of experience, Tim has overseen the development and operation of batteries, metals, industrial minerals, and large infrastructure assets. Prior to Li-Cycle, Tim worked as a Senior Consultant for Hatch, specializing in project management and transactional analysis for their global lithium business. While there, Tim managed the development of projects across the lithium-ion battery value chain for companies such as SQM, Rockwood Lithium (Albemarle), Bacanora Minerals, AMG-NV, Rio Tinto, Galaxy Resources, and other key developers.
As the Co-Founder and Chairman of Li-Metal and the Director of Lacero Solutions, Tim brings a wealth of knowledge to his current position with Li-Cycle, where his portfolio consists of overseeing research and development, as well as leading capital projects and operations.
Born in Brisbane, Australia, Tim currently calls Toronto, Canada home. An avid surfer and skateboarding enthusiast, he spends much of his free time at the gym or travelling.
A graduate of the University of Queensland’s Mechanical Engineering Program, Tim is a chartered professional engineer and CFA charter holder.
Chief Commercial Officer
Li-Cycle’s Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Kunal Phalpher, has been with the company since 2017. After initially joining the team as an Advisor, he was nominated as a member of the board shortly thereafter, before moving into his current role in 2018.
With nearly 15 years of work experience, Kunal brings extensive international expertise in the lithium-ion battery and renewable energy sectors to his current role. His wealth of knowledge has been a principled and significant asset to both Li-Cycle’s business development and corporate strategies.
Prior to joining the Li-Cycle team, Kunal worked for a residential solar company as the Director of Product Development and was the Director of Business Development for a lithium-ion battery manufacturer, both in Toronto, Canada. He brings broad, comprehensive international experience to his position as Li-Cycle’s CCO, having spent several years working in Germany in the cleantech sector.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Kunal has a reputation for being Li-Cycle’s biggest Raptors fan. He is equally passionate about travel and outdoor activities.
A University of Toronto graduate, Kunal possesses a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Electrical Engineering and also holds a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management.
Chief Financial Officer
Bruce MacInnis, Li-Cycle’s Chief Financial Officer, joined the company in 2018. He brings with him 40 years of financial experience that includes raising capital for emerging technology companies – both publicly traded and privately held – as well as robust experience as the Chief Financial Officer for multiple technology companies.
Over the past four decades, Bruce has participated in successfully ensuring numerous companies are listed on the TSX and Nasdaq, while also completing several cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions. In previous roles with public companies such as Redline Communications, Inc., Bioscrypt Inc., and Certicom Corp., he has overseen the management of numerous functional business areas that have included intellectual property law, compliance, and manufacturing and operations.
With comprehensive expertise in establishing financial reporting and disclosure infrastructures that are often required of public companies, Bruce has aptly led the implementation of sound internal controls and corporate governance procedures throughout his career. At Li-Cycle, his current portfolio consists of the leadership and management of multiple departments, including Finance, Human Resources, IT and Legal.
A graduate of the University of Toronto, Bruce has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and holds both the Chartered Accountant (CA) and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designations.
Chief Technical Officer
Chris Biederman is a Professional Engineer with 15 years of process engineering experience. He joined Li-Cycle in 2020 as the company’s Chief Process Engineer and was quickly promoted to Chief Technical Officer.
Chris brings extensive expertise to his current role, having acted as Lead Process Engineer for numerous large and small EPCM projects in the mining industry. He has experience working on greenfield and brownfield projects and overseeing bench-scale and pilot-scale testing. Chris is also a skilled project manager with a robust history leading multi-disciplinary engineering teams and delivering successful projects. Previous to his role with Li-Cycle, he spent time at Hatch as a Senior Engineer and Technology Commercialization Portfolio Manager; he is also the Founder and Managing Director of Biederman Engineering.
At Li-Cycle, Chris’ portfolio includes the management of the company’s intellectual property portfolio, the commercialization of intellectual property, and oversight of capital projects. He also provides technical leadership for the organization.
A native of Hamilton, Canada, Chris is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Chemical Engineering program and is a registered engineer with the Professional Engineers of Ontario.
Board of Directors
Alex Lowries is the co-founder of Telemark Capital LLP, a partnership focusing on capital advisory and asset management. Through its consulting subsidiary, Gunnerside Advisors, Alex is also involved in providing governance services as an independent investment committee member to a variety of advisory panels. Prior to this Alex worked for 13 years in investment banking. He was a director at Deutsche Bank and then RBS from 2004 to 2012, having started his banking career in 1998 at ABN AMRO. Through these positions, he has gained extensive market experience in primary and secondary equity offerings including bringing companies to market through IPOs (including structuring, marketing and distribution).
Alex graduated from Durham University with a BA (hons) in Combined Social Sciences, and has completed an executive MBA from Henley Business School.
Mr. Tse has over 25 years of corporate private and public company experience in numerous high-growth industries such as technology, media and telecoms, as well as resource & commodities. This has predominantly been in senior management, corporate finance, capital markets and M&A roles across Greater China and the Asia Pacific region. His previous senior roles include various positions in News Corporation’s STAR TV, the Deputy General Manager of TOM Online, Director of Corporate Development at Hutchison Whampoa’s TOM Group, President of China Entertainment Television (a joint venture between TOM and Time Warner), and CEO of CSN Corp.
He is currently Executive Director of Galaxy Resources Limited, a leading ASX-listed lithium producer, with diversified assets across three continents in Australia, Argentina and Canada, serving key customers in China, Japan and Korea. He joined the Board of Directors at Galaxy Resources in 2010 and from Jun 2013 to July 2019, served as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer during the corporate turnaround and growth stage during the corporate turnaround and growth stage of the company, which involved restructuring of over A$500 million of debt restructuring and refinancing, as well as asset divestments. The corporate turnaround, along with the restart of production and cash flow from its Australian mining operations, allowed the company to see its market capitalization increased from A$30 million to over A$1.7 billion during the growth stage of the lithium sector in recent years.
Brian Menell has over 25 years of experience in owning, developing and operating natural resources and mining projects across 18 sub-Saharan countries, the CIS and Canada. Brian worked for the De Beers Group for eight years, and has been a partner in the Venetia Mine, South Africa’s largest diamond mine. He has developed a number of diamond exploration, mining and trading enterprises across Africa and Canada. Since 2010, Brian is assigned as the CEO of the Kemet Group, an investment and management mining of natural resources.
In 2017, Brian founded and continues to serve as Chairman and CEO of TechMet Ltd, an investment vehicle for a portfolio of technology metal projects. TechMet acquires and manages projects that produce, process and recycle the key strategic technology metals that go into batteries, electric vehicles and robotics – cobalt, lithium, nickel, tin, tungsten, rare earth metals, vanadium and graphite.
Brian graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with honours in Political Science & Economics
Mark Wellings is a finance professional with over 30 years international experience in both the mining industry and mining finance sector. Mark initially worked in the mining industry both in Canada and Australia in exploration, development and production capacities. He then joined the investment dealer GMP Securities L.P. where he co-founded the firm’s corporate finance mining practice. During over 18 years at GMP, Mark was responsible for, and advised on, some of the Canadian mining industry’s largest transactions, both in equity financing and M&A. Since then he has been appointed to several public and private Board of Director’s and has spent the last few years at Infor Financial Inc. advising and raising capital for several companies.
Mr. Wellings is a Professional Engineer and holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Geological Engineering.
Rick Findlay has been consulting in the environment and recycling sectors for over 25 years across Canada and internationally. This has included strategy, organization design, processing design, technology development, and financial management. From 2012 to 2014 he was Director of Oversight and Operations for the Province of Ontario’s waste diversion programs ($450M budget), including batteries.
Rick is currently CEO of LINCit, a firm that focusses on scaling up clean technology ventures. He has previously started a few other firms, two being in environmental management and medical technology. He also co-founded and built an international consulting firm, PSTG Consulting, advising small to global companies across a variety of sectors, and local to national governments.
For over 20 years Rick has been coaching entrepreneurs and start-ups, and he is an advisor for the Waterloo Accelerator Centre, Earth Tech Program at CSI (Toronto), Ryerson University’s Social Venture Zone, and a volunteer advisor at MaRS.
Rick is a Certified Management Consultant, with a Bachelor in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Business Administration.
Senior Strategic Advisor
Adonis Pouroulis is an entrepreneur whose expertise lies in the discovery, exploration and development of mineral resources including diamonds, precious / base metals, coal and oil and gas, and bringing these assets into production.
Adonis is the founder of Pella Resources Limited, an African focused natural resource and energy group with a strong track record in exploration and mine development across the continent. Pella Resources generate early stage private companies with the aim to develop them into individual private / public companies. Examples of companies that form part of the Pella Resources Group are Toro Gold, Alufer Mining and Piran Resources.
Adonis qualified as a mining engineer from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1991 and subsequently spent some time working in the South African gold mines before heading to the Former Soviet Union where he established the Koronia metal trading company in Moscow. In 1994, having returned to South Africa, Adonis founded Blue Diamond Mines that developed a diamond mining operation in Port Nolloth and brought it into full production. Seeing an opportunity to create a larger, international diamond company focused in Africa, he founded Petra Diamonds and in 1997 it became the first diamond company to be listed on London’s AIM market. He has since overseen Petra’s development from an exploration base into one of the largest independent diamond producers in Africa today. Petra stepped up from AIM to the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange in December 2011 and entered the FTSE 250 Index in March 2012.
Adonis has been influential in the founding, development and listing of a number of other natural resources companies including Chariot Oil & Gas that floated on AIM in May 2008 (having raised US$90 million and subsequently raised a further $140m to further the exploration programme), Chromex Mining, Mukuba Resources and most recently Rainbow Rare Earths that listed on the London Stock Exchange in January 2017.
Ahmad Ghahreman has over 15 years of hydrometallurgical/wet chemistry experience. He has deep expertise in the advanced recovery of many of the constituents in lithium-ion batteries, gained in the context of primary resource mineral processing and hydrometallurgy.
Ahmad has a Bachelor degree and a Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, and earned his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. Upon completing his Ph.D., Ahmad joined the Technology Centre of Barrick Gold Corp. in Vancouver, as an NSERC Industrial Research & Development (IRDF) Postdoctoral Fellow. He joined The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining at Queen’s University as an Assistant Professor in January 2014.
Chris Berry has been an independent analyst since 2009 with a focus on Energy Metals including lithium, cobalt, graphite, vanadium, and rare earths. His research provides strategic insights to institutional clients and has a specific focus on how disruptive trends in energy, strategic metals, and technology create opportunities. Before shifting focus to analysis of these trends, Chris gained 12 years of capital markets experience on both the buy side and sell side. He regularly speaks at conferences in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia and is frequently quoted in the press including the Financial Times providing insights around raw material supply chain dynamics. Chris has additional experience as the co-founder of a start-up for investors which dealt with “computing with words”.
Chris holds a Master of Business Administration in finance with an international focus from Fordham University, and a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from The Virginia Military Institute.
Dr. Yuan Gao
Dr. Yuan Gao is Vice-Chairman of the board of directors of Qinghai Taifeng Pulead Lithium-Energy Technology Co. Ltd. (Pulead) one of China’s leading lithium-ion battery cathode producers and a key player in the lithium-ion battery supply chain. Dr. Gao was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Pulead and prior to joining Pulead in 2014, Dr. Gao held senior positions with Molycorp Inc. and FMC Corp.’s lithium division.
Dr. Gao originally obtained his BSc from the University of Science and Technology of China, and his PhD in Physics from the University of British Columbia
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Commercial Spoke 1
In May, Li-Cycle Commercial Spoke 1 is upgraded and now has the capacity to process 5,000 tonnes of lithium-ion batteries per year.
Commercial Spoke 2
In 2020, Li-Cycle will open its Commercial Spoke 2 at the Eastman Business Park in New York State.
Commercial Spoke 1
In July, Li-Cycle Commercial Spoke 1 is fully commissioned with the capacity to process 2,500 tonnes of lithium-ion batteries per year.
Demonstration Spoke & Hub
Our team successfully launches Li-Cycle’s Demonstration Spoke & Hub in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Li-Cycle starts building it’s first mini-pilot in Canada with the capacity to recycle 50 tonnes per year.
Recognizing the importance of creating a more efficient and sustainable recovery process for critical battery materials from spent lithium-ion batteries, Li-Cycle is founded by Ajay Kochhar and Tim Johnston.