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Directors

Paul Matysek
Executive Chairman

Mr. Matysek is a geologist/geochemist with over 40 years of experience in the mining industry. Since 2004 as either CEO or Executive Chairman, Mr. Matysek has sold 6 publicly listed exploration and development companies, in aggregate worth over $2 billion. Most recently in the lithium space, he was Executive Chairman of Lithium X Energy Corp., which was sold to Nextview New Energy Lion Hong Kong Limited for $265 million in cash. He was previously CEO of Lithium One, which merged with Galaxy Resources of Australia to create a multi-billion-dollar integrated lithium company. In June 2021 as CEO, Mr. Matysek sold Gold X Mining to Gran Columbia Gold Corp in an all share deal for $315 million. Mr. Matysek was also President and CEO of Goldrock Mines Corp., which sold to Fortuna Silver Mines in July 2016. He served as CEO of Potash One, which was acquired by K+S Ag for $434-million cash in a friendly takeover in 2011. Mr. Matysek was also the co-founder and CEO of Energy Metals Corp., a uranium company that grew from a market capitalization of $10 million in 2004 to approximately $1.8 billion when sold in 2007.

Rob Shewchuk
Co-founder, CEO & Director

Rob began his career as an Equities Trader and Stock Broker in 1996 with Yorkton Securities Inc. He joined Standard Securities Capital Corporation and became Chairman in 2007, merged it with Wolverton Securities Ltd. in 2009 and sold it to PI Financial Corp with $6 Billion in AUM in 2016. Rob is a Co-Founder, CEO & Director of LithiumBank Resources Corp. and currently a director of Caerus Capital Partners Inc., Graphene Manufacturing Group Pty, Spectre Capital Corp. and DCARB Hydrogen Solutions.

Gianni Kovacevic
Director

Founder of LithiumBank and an investor in the energy and commodity sectors. A graduate of electrical studies from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, he is an expert in the analysis of the global energy matrix and the impact technology and renewable energy are having on every aspect of society. Fluent in English, German, Italian, and Croatian, he makes his home in Vancouver.

Katya Zotova
Director

Ms. Zotova has spent 25 years in strategy and corporate finance, private equity and investment banking across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Ms. Zotova is currently an Advisor on Energy Transition, Infrastructure and Industrials at Antler VC Fund and a non-executive director for Harland & Wolff PLC. Prior to joining Antler, Ms. Zotova led Investment Banking Coverage for Corporates across Europe, Middle East and Africa for Mizuho International PLC, acted as a Senior Advisor on M&A and Private Equity for McKinsey & Co and was a non-executive director for Vedanta Resources PLC where she chaired the Sustainability Committee. Prior to McKinsey, Ms. Zotova led direct investments at L1 Energy / Pamplona Capital LLP, ran the International Acquisitions and Divestments group for Energy Investment Banking at Citigroup and held a number of strategy and M&A roles at Shell PLC. During the course of her career, Ms. Zotova lived and worked in the Netherlands, USA, UK, UAE, South Africa and Russia.

Christopher Murray
Director

Chris has been a partner at Osler Hoskin & Harcourt for over 25 years. He leads Osler’s Asia-Pacific initiative, having advised a number of Asian based enterprises principally on their investments in Canadian energy and mining businesses. Chris’ practice focuses on mergers and investments for public corporations, private equity sponsors and pension funds. He has been fortunate to have been involved in a wide range of deal sizes with degrees of complexities from Lexpert Deals of the Year to smaller yet still business critical transactions for mid-cap and smaller public companies. Chris also has a wealth of experience in capital markets having advised on over 100 public offerings and dozens of IPOs in his career. He advises a number of public reporting issuers and their boards as well as Canadian pension plans as their principal trusted legal adviser on governance and a wide range of matters. Chris is widely recognized in Canada and internationally as a leading corporate lawyer by well regarded ranking organizations including, among others, Lexpert, Best Lawyers, and Chambers Global. Chris also practised in Australia early in his career while on a two-year secondment from Osler. Chris has experience as a trustee of a public REIT that was acquired by another public REIT, and as a director of not for profit and private entities.

Steven Piepgrass
Director

Steven is the Vice President, Construction and Government Relations with Green Impact Partners (GIP). He is responsible for the construction of all new energy projects and building and maintaining constructive, respectful and transparent relationships with all levels of government. Steven joined GIP in August 2021 where he is currently leading the construction of 2 RNG projects in Colorado supporting the development of other low carbon energy projects in Alberta and BC. Prior to joining GIP, Steven was with ATCO/CU where we worked 18 years, and most recently as the Senior Vice President & General Manager, where he lead ATCO’s Storage & Liquids business which included the development and execution of its Salt Caverns and Heartland Water Intake projects. Steven holds a degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Calgary, and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). He is an alumnus of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

Management

Ann Fehr
CFO & Corporate Secretary

Fehr & Associates provides consulting services to a number of mineral exploration companies with more than 25 years of business experience with management, complex transactions, corporate finance, financial reporting, governance, and regulatory compliance.

Kevin Piepgrass, P.Geo
Chief Operating Officer

University of Alberta Graduate and Professional Geologist, registered at APEGBC. 15 years of experience managing the exploration and development of commodities including gold, silver, copper, lithium and rare earth elements. Mr. Piepgrass is a Qualified Person pursuant to National Instrument 43-101 standards for disclosure for mineral projects.

Jon LaMothe, M.Sc
VP Exploration

Jon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Alberta and a MSc in Geology from the University of Alberta. Jon’s ability has led to the discovery and capture of several fields with over two billion dollars spent to date on targets he has identified. He helped bring Black Swan Energy from no production making Black Swan Energy the 4th largest private producer of oil and gas in Canada

Nikolas Matysek
Director of Communications

Mr. Matysek is a trained geologist with over a decade of experience in resource exploration, development, and production, spanning both field and corporate roles for companies including Lithium X and Galaxy Lithium. He has worked in multiple jurisdictions on four continents and has been part of transactions worth almost $400 million. Founding CEO of Snowline Gold (TSX-V: SGD). Mr. Matysek holds an Honours Geology degree from the University of British Columbia.