Mr. Chmelauskas has been a Corporate Development Consultant for the past year since the merger of Western Lithium and Lithium Americas. Jay served in a number of roles with Western Lithium USA Corporation including Director and President and CEO dating back to 2008. Mr. Chmelauskas was involved in technology development, permitting, engineering, financing, construction and commissioning of the company’s projects. Prior to Western Lithium, he was President and CEO of Jinshan Gold Mines Inc. from 2004 to 2008 where he led the development of China’s 2nd largest producing gold mine, and led exploration efforts that has since resulted in the development of an additional operating gold mine in China. Jay graduated with a B.Sc. (Geological Engineering) and was a scholarship winner, at the University of British Columbia and earned his MBA at Queen’s University.
B. MATTHEW HORNOR
PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Mr. Hornor is an executive leader with a proven track record in the legal, financial and business development arenas. He has extensive expertise in structuring and negotiating complex strategic partnerships and raising capital having worked within the Ivanhoe group of companies for over ten years. Mr. Hornor recently served as the Vice President and Executive Vice President for Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. for 10 years. During his time at Ivanhoe Mines Ltd., he negotiated project financings for development projects with international banking syndicates, structured strategic alliances and directly negotiated equity capital raises totalling more than $450 million. Mr. Hornor also acted as Managing Director for Ivanhoe Capital Corporation for 10 years, and sat as Chairman for Ivanplats Holding SARL (owner of the Platreef project) for over 4 years.
While serving as the President and CEO of Kaizen Discovery Inc. from 2013 until 2016, Mr. Hornor successfully structured multiple resource project acquisitions, equity financings and delivered a collaboration agreement with ITOCHU Corporation, a prominent Japanese trading and investment house. Fluent in Japanese, Mr. Hornor began his mining career in Japan after first travelling there 27 years ago. Mr. Hornor makes frequent business trips to Tokyo, where he maintains strong relationships with top management at major corporations, mining companies, investment firms and trading houses.
DAVID W BROUGHTON
Mr. Broughton was Executive Vice-President Exploration with Ivanplats Ltd (now Ivanhoe Mines) from January 2008 through October 2016, and was co-awarded PDAC’s Thayer Lindsley and AME BC’s Colin Spence awards for world-class discoveries at Kamoa, DRC and Flatreef, SA. Closer to home, David has worked extensively on exploration, development stage and mining projects throughout the Abitibi including in the Casa Berardi and Joutel areas, both very close to Douay, in the Timmins and Kirkland Lake camps, and at the Holloway and Kerr Addison mines. Upon retirement from Ivanhoe in October 2016 David became Senior Advisor, Exploration and Geology for Ivanhoe and also consults for a number of Canadian ventures. David holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Waterloo and a Ph.D. from the Colorado School of Mines.
PIERRE B. LEBEL
Mr. Lebel joined Imperial Metals Corporation in January 2003 and currently serves as Chairman. Mr. Lebel also serves as a Director of West Kirkland Mining Inc. the Business Council of British Columbia and is Chair of Lions Gate Hospital Foundation. Pierre graduated with a BA Laurentian University, an MBA McMaster University and a LLB University of Western Ontario and is a Member of the Law Society of British Columbia (retired). Pierre was recognized as Mining Person of the year 2012 by the Mining Association of British Columbia for his exceptional leadership in advancing and promoting the mining industry. He is a recipient of the E. A. Scholz Medal for outstanding contribution to mine development in British Columbia.
Ms. North is an accredited professional corporate Director with extensive experience in the resource sector, mining, forest industry products and the agri-business. Ms. North’s experience includes managing logging and trucking companies, managed crown land tenures across central and northwest BC and as a former director of the Association of Mineral Exploration of BC. Ms. North recently retired as the CEO of the Northern Development Initiative Trust, a $250 million regional development corporation in northern BC. Janine currently serves as a Director of Conifex Timber Inc.,BC Hydro and ViaSport. Janine graduated with a B.Sc. (Forestry and Agriculture) from the University of Alberta, Executive MBA, Simon Fraser University and Certified Director, Institute of Corporate Directors.
MAURICE A. TAGAMI
Mr. Tagami has served as the Vice President, Mining Operations for Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. since July, 2012. He is a Metallurgical Engineer from the University of British Colombia with 35 years of experience. He is responsible for maintaining partnerships with 21 operating mines and 8 development projects from which Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. has silver and/or gold streaming agreements. Prior to July 2012, Mr. Tagami was President & CEO and Director of Keegan Resources Inc.
Mr. Charland is a seasoned communications professional with experience in raising capital and marketing resource exploration companies. He has helped raise a significant amount of capital for a variety of venture listed and private companies in mineral exploration and mining, technological and health sectors with the majority of the focus on mineral exploration and mining. His large network of contacts within the financial community extends across North America and Europe. Mr. Charland is currently a Director of Zimtu Capital Corp. - a publicly held investment issuer and company builder focused on private and small-cap resource companies. He is also a Director of Eyecarrot Innovations Corp. and Arctic Star Exploration Corp.