Dr. Hykawy was trained as an experimental physicist and worked at some of the most prestigious laboratories in North America, including the Chalk River Laboratories of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited as well as the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory. He, along with the rest of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Collaboration, was awarded the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. He also earned a MBA degree from Queen’s University, after which he began working in the financial industry in Toronto. Dr. Hykawy has been an equities analyst on Bay Street since 2000, covering technologies such as batteries and fuel cells, and the critical materials used to manufacture these technologies, including lithium, cobalt and the rare earths.
In particular, Dr. Hykawy has made cobalt and other battery materials a key part of his research focus since 2009, when he helped found Byron Capital Markets, a boutique brokerage operation that specialized in researching the industry and companies involved in various critical material sectors. His current business, Stormcrow Capital Limited, consults with various clients, including private equity investors, large multinational corporations and junior mining companies, who are involved in critical materials. Stormcrow’s work includes analysis of supply and demand within a commodity sector, as well as future pricing projections.
Dr. Hykawy is widely quoted on battery materials such as cobalt, and is an invited speaker at such conferences as the 1-2-1 Mining Summit series, the Mines and Money series, the Lithium Supply and Markets series, the Roskill Rare Earths Conferences, the Argus Metals Week and Rare Earth Conferences, and various other events held around the world.
Mr. Day is Vice President, Technical and Operations Team at Pala Investments Limited, which he joined in 2014 and has been directly involved in operations and development with several portfolio companies. He has over 20 years of experience in mining projects globally, focusing on operations, design and consulting. Prior to joining Pala, he worked for AMEC Americas as Vice President for Process Engineering. He has managed a number of major projects, including the expansion of Corrego do Sito, the $1 billion Gramalote gold study for Anglo Gold Ashanti and the $2 billion ammonia leach expansion of Tenke Copper project for Freeport-McMoRan. He has also had operational, managerial and technical roles for BHP Billiton, WMC Resources, Minara Resources and Wiluna Gold, gaining exposure to various commodities.
Mr. Ferguson is Executive Director and CEO of APAC Resources Limited, a natural resources investment and commodities business company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. He has 21 years of experience in the finance industry specializing in global natural resource. In 2003, he co-founded New City Investment Managers in the United Kingdom. He has a proven track record in fund management and was the former co-fund manager of City Natural Resources High Yield Trust, which was awarded “Best UK Investment Trust” in 2006. He also managed New City High Yield Trust Ltd. and Geiger Counter Ltd. He worked for New City Investment Managers CQS Hong Kong, a financial institution providing investment management services to a variety of investors. He is currently an alternate director to Mr. Lee Seng Hui of Mount Gibson Iron Limited.
Mr. Metcalfe is Vice President, Investor Relations at Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd. and CFO at Falco Resources Ltd. He previously was Director of Project Evaluations at Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, equity financings, corporate development and streaming transactions. He has nine years of investment banking experience, working at Desjardins Securities (VP and Director) and BMO Capital Markets (Analyst) specializing in metals and mining.
Mr. Miller is Ford's Senior Manager of Energy Storage and Materials Strategy and Research. His team is responsible for energy storage strategy, research and development for all Ford hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric vehicles.
Mr. Miller's team supports global prototype and production vehicle development programs. They are involved in every aspect of energy storage design and use from raw materials to end-of-life recycling. His team also sponsors collaborative energy storage research projects at Stanford, MIT, Ohio State University, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, where they also sponsored the development of a battery fabrication and characterization lab which opened in October of 2015, and many other major universities worldwide. Mr. Miller is the Ford representative to the United States Advanced Battery Consortium Management Committee.
Mr. Mitchell is Managing Member of Portal Capital, Portfolio Manager of Green Energy Metals Fund and Co Portfolio Manager of Odysseus Fund. He has over 30 years of experience in the public securities industry and has served as a Portfolio Manager since 2002. He created and launched Adit Capital Management, L.P. in 2004, acting as its Portfolio Manager and has served as the General Partner for Adit Capital Management II, L.P. and Adit Capital Management III, L.P. He founded Portal Capital in 2006 and prior to that was the Chief Investment Officer for Touchstone Investment Managers, LLC in addition to Portfolio Manager, where he compiled a cumulative equity return of over 50% from January 2003 through December 2005. Since 2004, he has had several articles published in Marc Faber’s newsletter, “Gloom, Boom & Doom,” was profiled in Forbes in 2005, and has been mentioned in the NY Times and Wall Street Journal for his entry into the uranium markets.
Dr. Patil served as the CEO of LG Chem Power Inc. (LGCPI), the North American subsidiary of lithium-ion battery maker, LG Chem (LGC), Korea from 2005 until 2015. During that period he was responsible for the strategic direction, business development, engineering and manufacturing activities. He later served as Senior Advisor to LGCPI until December of 2016.
Prior to joining LGCPI in 2005, Dr. Patil spent his entire professional career of 27 years at the Ford Motor Company in various engineering and management positions. He served as chief engineer for Ford’s hybrid technologies during 2003 and was also chief engineer for the Ford Escape hybrid from 1998 to 2003.
Dr. Patil received his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has 18 patents, published 27 articles and received the Henry Ford Technology Award in 1991 for his work in Electric Vehicle Powertrain Development. He was elected a Fellow by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in 2007.
Mr. Selby is the President and CEO of RNC Minerals (formerly Royal Nickel Corporation) advancing one of the few large nickel projects – Dumont. RNC has also successfully developed a new processing method utilizing roasting to process nickel sulphide concentrates. Prior to joining RNC in 2010 as Senior Vice President, Business Development, he was Vice President, Business Planning & Market Research at Quadra Mining. He is actively sought out as a speaker on the nickel market and recognized as one of a limited set of global nickel market experts. He was a Director, Market Research at Inco from 2001 to 2004. Inco is recognized as one of first mining companies to understand China’s impact on the nickel market. At Inco, he took over as Vice President, Strategy and led the corporate development group in early 2005 through 2007 during the Inco/Falconbridge merger and various corporate combinations thereafter.
Mr. Warburton is a Non-Executive Director of Independence Group (IGO), a diversified mining company. He is a qualified mining engineer with 35 years of experience in gold and nickel development and mining. He was CEO at Barminco Limited from 2007 to 2012, where he managed Australian operations and coordinated the international expansion into West Africa and Egypt. He also held a senior executive position at Coolgardie Gold and was a non-executive director of Sirius Resources NL, Peninsular Energy Limited and non-executive chairman of Red Mountain Mining Ltd. He is currently a non-executive director of Australian Mines Limited, Namibian Copper Limited and Flinders Mines Ltd.
Mr. Lennon is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Highlands Pacific Limited. In June 2018, Mr. Lennon was appointed to the Advisory Board as part of Cobalt 27’s acquisition of a Cobalt-Nickel Stream on the world-class, producing Ramu Nickel-Cobalt Mine and equity investment in Highlands Pacific. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Highlands Pacific, Mr. Lennon served as Chief Financial Officer at Highlands for 9 years and has been with the company for over 17 years. He is considered a regional expert on nickel and cobalt in Papua New Guinea and the surrounding area. Preceding Highlands he had worked for companies in Australia and United Kingdom in industries including manufacturing, construction, retail, hospitality and mining. Craig has a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance with the Chartered Secretaries Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance with FINSIA and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr. Kanellitsas has been involved in the battery materials industry since 2009 and is currently the President and Vice Chairman of Lithium Americas Corp. He has over 25 years of corporate finance and investment management experience. He was a co-founder of Geologic Resource Partners, LLC and served as its Chief Operating Officer from 2004 until 2014, and was previously employed by Sun Valley Gold, LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York and San Francisco, and General Electric.
Mr. Kanellitsas has an MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles and a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.