Focused on Exploring For Graphite and Lithium Deposits
Supplying the New Demand for Graphite in Li-Ion Batteries
Board of Directors
Mr. Erdelyi studied Mechanical Engineering Technician Studies at George Brown College in 1994. He then entered the family business as a tool and die apprentice, but always held the same zest for entrepreneurship as his father who started the business. He eventually took over the family business and expanded from 3 people to over 20. In 2006 he was awarded the designation as one of the fastest growing companies in Canada from Canadian Business Magazine.
Mr. Dean Nawata
Board of Advisors
Mr. Nawata is part of the team at 49 North, a resource investment company with a diversified portfolio of investments in junior and intermediate mineral and oil & gas exploration companies. He has been with 49 North for over 7 years providing project evaluation, business model development, corporate structuring, and financial modeling.
Dean has over 20 years of public market experience, 9 of which he spent as a licensed stockbroker focusing on financing of junior mining and oil/gas projects with BMO Nesbitt, Mackie Research Capital, and Raymond James. He has previously held senior management positions and sat on boards of several publicly traded resource companies. Dean is also currently a co-founder of Real Content Social Media and Vice President at InvestmentPitch Media, both private companies.
Board of Advisors
Mr. Pereira is a Project Manager with a Master’s Degree in Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering with extensive experience as a Process Engineer. He has over 30 years of experience in engineering, implementation, commissioning, ramp up, industrial operations, marketing and product development for mining companies in graphite including the development of spherical graphite for application in lithium-ion batteries. Mr. Pereira was a crucial member of the Syrah team as the company raised $150 million to start move the project forward to production and operation.
Board of Advisors
Mr. Bruening is the principal of Value Relations GmBH which is currently providing investor relations services to the company. Mr. Bruening has extensive experience in the capital markets and in financial media with an emphasis on the German market. Mr. Bruening has listed over 500 companies on the Frankfurt Exchange and has helped over 100 Canadian companies to access the European markets.
Board of Advisors
Jason Gregg was most recently Executive Vice President, Human Resources for Alio Gold. Mr. Gregg has more than 20 years of experience as a Human Resources professional. He holds a BBA (1995) and an MBA (2000) from Simon Fraser University. Before Alio Gold, he was Vice President of HR, Safety and Environment for Newmarket Gold. Before joining Newmarket, he provided HR consulting services to various mining organizations as well as other industries including forestry and technology. Prior to developing his consulting practice, he worked as a Human Resources executive in the mining industry with Farallon Mining and Nyrstar. Mr. Gregg has also held senior level human resource roles with HDI, International Forest Products, Canadian Forest Products, and Teck.
A. Paul Gill
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Gill is the President of AJS Management Inc., a company providing management consulting to private and public companies. He has also been involved in the strategy, planning and implementation phases of re-structuring organizations. Until October 2006, Mr. Gill was heavily involved in the dynamic growth stage of Norsemont Mining where the company grew from a market capitalization of $1 million to $50 million. During his tenure with Norsemont Mining, Mr. Gill was the VP of Business Development and Director as well as the President & CEO, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary. Mr. Gill previously provided advice on health and safety issues and Workers’ Compensation matters to individuals and businesses.
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Michael has over 20 years of financial and administration experience. In 1988, Ms. Michael co-founded The Conac Group, a software development company for construction management, where she acted as President and CEO. In 1997, Ms. Michael was successful in taking the company public on the CDNX Exchange and helped raise over $5 million in private placement financings for the company. Ms. Michael has acted as the President and Chief Executive Officer for public companies for over 10 years.
Mr. Nesbitt is a natural resources attorney in Denver, Colorado specializing in domestic and international mining transactions, agreements, negotiations, title, due diligence, corporate and general business counsel. He received a B.S. degree in Geology from Washington State University and was a member of Sigma Gamma Epsilon. He received his J.D. from Gonzaga University following service in the U.S. Army and working as a field exploration geologist for Cominco and Kennecott. Before entering private practice in 1988, Mr. Nesbitt worked for Homestake Mining Company, Amoco Minerals Company, Cyprus Minerals Company and Minatome Corporation, a subsidiary of Total Petroleum.
Mr. Nesbitt was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver School of Law's Masters of Law Program from 2001 through 2007, is an active member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, having served as a Trustee from 1987 to 1993, and from 2003 to the 2006, co-chairman of the Foundation’s Mining Session at its International Mining, Oil & Gas conference in Buenos Aires in 2007 (held in conjunction with the International Bar Association), co-chairman of the Foundation's conference on Mining Law and Investment in Latin America held in April, 2005 in Lima, Peru (also in conjunction with the International Bar Association), and Chairman of the same institute in 2003, also in Lima, Chairman of the Landman's Section of the Foundation's 35th Annual Institute, speaker at the 37th, 39th and 43rd Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Annual Institutes, and Chairman of the Foundation's first Land and Permitting Special Institute in 1994. He has also served continuously over the years on the Foundation's Special Institutes Committee, Long Range Planning Committee, and numerous other committees. He has an “AV Preeminent” Martindale-Hubble peer review rating, is listed in The International Who’s Who Legal of mining attorneys, is currently writing a new mining act for a developing African country, and is recognized by the World Bank as qualified to draft such laws.
Mr. Nesbitt is a member of the International, American, Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Mining & Metallurgical Society of America, International Mining Professionals Society and Colorado Mining Association. He is also a former Director of the Colorado Mining Association and past President of the Rocky Mountain Association of Mineral Landmen.
During the past 7 years, Mr. Galik has been instrumental in the development and financing of various small capitalized companies, both private and public. A businessman and financial advisor with PFSL, he has been Mutual Find Licensed since 2001. Mr. Galik currently serves as President of Dorex Minerals Inc. (DOX). He has been involved in start-up situations within the mining exploration industry in Western Canada since 2002, and brings strong leadership, mediation and negotiation skills to the Board, as well as many years of financial experience.
Rod Ogilvie P.GEO, P.ENG
Rod is the President, CEO and Chairman of his geological consultancy company, Global Geological Services, Ltd. based in Saskatoon. He has over 39 years experience in all mineral scenarios from surface and underground production to mine development to green and brownfields scenarios. His vast international experience with companies like Cameco and Vale has led him into many countries and vast array of mineral scenarios. His extensive gold, coal, uranium, potash, iron ore, alluvial diamonds and base metals experience allows him to give expert advice. His projects have taken him to Mongolia, Russia, China, Bosnia, Brazil, Peru, Guyana, Mexico, Boliva, Gabon as well as Canada.