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Chris Biederman is a Senior Process Engineer with 12 years of experience in the mining industry. His expertise includes process engineering design for greenfield and brownfield sites; bench-scale and pilot-scale testing plant; plant performance assessments, in-plant troubleshooting and optimization; and modeling.
Chris is also a skilled project manager with a strong history delivering successful projects and leading multi-disciplinary engineering teams. He has extensive experience managing scoping and feasibility studies, as well as detailed design and execution projects. he has worked on large and small EPCM projects in the mining industry and has acted as Lead Process Engineer for numerous conceptual and feasibility studies.
Chris is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Chemical Engineering program and is a registered engineer with the Professional Engineers of Ontario (P.Eng).
Ala brings 8+ years of experience from Enbridge, where she worked predominantly in the natural gas sector. During those years, she worked in the Project Management Office where she helped to implement project management governance for Operations, the Engineering group where she rolled out various technical policies and procedures for use company-wide, and the Major Projects group, where she managed the design, construction, and commissioning phases of complex pipeline and station projects. Most recently, she was managing Enbridge’s renewable natural gas portfolio, which was a brand-new initiative for the company.
Ala obtained her Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto. Since then, she has obtained her Professional Engineering license and also has her Project Management Professional designation.
Mr. Tse has 20 years of corporate experience in numerous high-growth industries such as technology, internet/mobile, media & entertainment, and resource & commodities – primarily in senior management, capital markets and M&A roles across Greater China and Asia Pacific in general. His previous management 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 a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors (HKIoD) and a member of the Hong Kong Mining Investment Professionals Association (HKMIPA).
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.
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.
Ethan Callender is an HSEQ professional with a 15-year portfolio of success driving health & safety, environment, and quality functions, programs, and initiatives across multiple industries including construction, oil & gas, manufacturing, and energy. During his career he has held various positions as Global: Safety & Quality Manager, Safety Consultant and Quality Engineer. In 2012 he led a team that won the prestigious BSI Canada Award of Excellence. The award recognizes companies who excel in the implementation of international business standards.
Ethan attended the University of Toronto, is a certified ISO lead auditor, Certified National Safety Officer and is currently completing his MBA.
Tim Johnston has over 10 years of experience as Hatch’s specialist in project management and transactional analysis for their global lithium business. During his time with Hatch, he managed the development of projects across the lithium-ion battery value chain. Tim also evaluated hundreds of lithium projects and managed the development of lithium projects around the world for SQM, Rockwood Lithium (Albemarle), Bacanora Minerals, AMG-NV, Rio Tinto, Galaxy Resources and other key developers. His consulting experience ranges broadly over the metals, industrial minerals, and large infrastructure assets. Tim has co-authored 7 technical publications with a focus on project execution in the lithium sector.
Tim is a mechanical engineer (chartered professional engineer, CPEng) and CFA charter holder.
Ajay Kochhar has deep technology and project development experience, gained through progressive roles with Hatch’s Industrial Clean Tech and Advisory practices. While working in the Industrial Clean Tech practice, Ajay gained 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.
Following his work in the industrial clean tech engineering field, Ajay worked as a Management Consultant with Hatch’s Advisory practice. In this role, he led teams to deliver financial and technical reviews of multi-billion-dollar investment opportunities, including technologies and assets across the lithium-ion battery value chain. Ajay comes from entrepreneurial roots with family business experience gained from a young age.
Ajay graduated from the University of Toronto in Chemical Engineering with honours.
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.
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.
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.
Rick Findlay has been consulting in the environment and recycling sectors for over 25 years across Canada and internationally. From 2012 to 2014 he was Director of Oversight and Operations for the Ontario waste diversion programs, including batteries. Prior to that he co-founded and built a 50-person, international consulting firm. Rick has been coaching entrepreneurs and start-ups for over 20 years.
Rick is a Certified Management Consultant, with a Bachelor in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Business Administration.
Kunal Phalpher has extensive international experience in the lithium-ion battery and renewable energy sectors, with a focus primarily on strategy and business development. His recent experience includes working as a Director of Product Development at a residential solar company and Director of Business Development with a lithium-ion battery manufacturer in North America. Prior to those roles, Kunal spent a number of years in Germany working in the renewable energy and energy storage sectors.
Kunal earned his Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management.
Bruce MacInnis has over thirty years of financial experience, primarily with raising capital for emerging technology companies, both publicly traded and privately held. He has held the position of Chief Financial Officer at multiple technology companies with in-depth experience in managing a variety of functions including accounting, legal/IP, human resources, IT, manufacturing and operations. During his career, Bruce has participated in numerous financing transactions generating more than $150 million of capital; successfully listed companies on the TSX and Nasdaq; and completed several cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions. He is experienced in establishing financial reporting and disclosure infrastructures required of public companies and in implementing sound internal controls and corporate governance procedures.
Bruce earned his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and holds the Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant designations.