Simon Clarke, CEO & Director
Mr. Clarke brings 25 years of experience in building companies and implementing successful capital markets and growth strategies focused in mining, energy, and energy technology. Most recently, Mr. Clarke was the founder, CEO, and director of M2 Cobalt Corp. (cobalt/copper exploration in East Africa) which sold to Jervois Mining Ltd. in June 2019. He offers significant experience and knowledge of the battery metals space and his roles with M2 Cobalt and Jervois Mining involved managing government and stakeholder initiatives relating to the supply of battery metals in a number of jurisdictions. In particular, he has the first-hand experience of the critical minerals initiatives in the United States and the urgent need to develop domestic sources of supply of critical minerals, including battery-grade lithium.
Mr. Clarke was also a co-founder, executive, and director of Osum Oil Sands Corp. (“Osum”) and, together with former American Lithium CEO, Michael Kobler, helped build a company valued in excess of US$1 billion at the peak of oil sands valuations. Osum built production to 20,000 bopd and was recently acquired by Watreous Energy Fund in a series of transactions valuing the Company at approximately $400 million, with the final phase due to close shortly, Mr. Clarke remained a Board Observer at Osum until the conclusion of the main transaction. He holds an LLB and Diploma in Legal Practice from Aberdeen University, Scotland.
Andrew Bowering, B.A., Chairman
Andrew Bowering is a venture capitalist with 30 years of operational experience and leadership in mineral exploration and development worldwide. He has founded, funded and built teams that have operated numerous companies in the pursuit of precious, base and industrial metals from early exploration through to production. Mr. Bowering is an owner and founder of Sunrise Drilling Ltd. and has owned and operated drilling companies for the past 20 years. Mr. Bowering has held senior management positions in a variety of capacities. He has been responsible for the acquisition and sale of several assets and the raising of upwards of $250 million in development capital. He has operated and managed programs throughout North and South America and abroad. He is a founder, director and shareholder of Millennial Lithium Corp, and other publicly traded companies primarily focused in the battery metals space.
Dr. Laurence Stefan, President, Chief Operating Officer and Director
Dr. Laurence Stefan, the founder of Plateau Energy Metals (formerly Macusani Yellowcake), has over 30 years of experience in the mining industry (exploration, development, mining, processing and marketing), serving as managing director in Peru since 2007. Dr. Stefan previously worked at Gold Fields of South Africa and JCI Pty. Ltd., where he was involved in the beneficiation of a wide variety of solid metal/non-metal commodities. He has vast experience covering over 100 projects on six continents and led the discovery team for the Falchani lithium project.
Philip Gibbs, Chief Financial Officer
Philip Gibbs, the current chief financial officer of Plateau, has extensive experience with listed mining and mineral exploration companies operating in Africa and South America. Mr. Gibbs also serves as chief financial officer of Cobalt BlockChain Inc. and Asante Gold Corp.
Ted O’Connor, Technical Advisor & Director
Ted O’Connor, PGeo, MSc, is a professional geoscientist with over 30 years of experience in the exploration industry, and has been involved with Macusani Yellowcake and Plateau since shortly after inception. Previously, as director of corporate development for Cameco, he was responsible for evaluating, directing and exploring for uranium deposits worldwide. He has led new project generation from early exploration through discovery on multiple uranium projects and was also part of the discovery team for the Falchani project.
G. A. (Ben) Binninger, Director
Mr. Binninger is a chemical engineer who brings a wealth of experience in senior management and board roles over a career spanning more than 35 years. Ben has held a number of high-profile roles in a variety of sectors including mining, energy, materials, environmental and advanced technologies. Mr Binninger has direct experience in lithium and related minerals having been CEO of Potash Minerals and a member of the advisory Board of Millennial Lithium. He has also created sophisticated process and services companies for global leaders such as Rio Tinto and ARCO. Mr Binninger will provide key strategic advice as development of the TLC Lithium Project (“TLC”) continues to evolve in line with continued de-risking and as the need for large-scale, domestic lithium projects becomes more widely recognized. Mr Binninger holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he attended on a Teagle Foundation Fellowship, and BChE from Manhattan College (NYC scholarship).
Michael Kobler, B.Sc., General Manager, U.S. Operations
Over the past 35 years, Michael Kobler has specialized in identifying, acquiring, developing, and producing natural resource opportunities throughout the world as well as overseeing the design and construction of a number of infrastructure projects. He has served in a variety of roles for early-stage companies including, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President, Technical Advisor, Engineer, and Project Manager, and has been a founder and a major shareholder in a number of these ventures. Mr. Kobler has a strong record of success in the exploration, permitting, and de-risking of resource projects. His expertise in identifying opportunities through a detailed examination of all available information combined with his in-depth knowledge of permitting processes, including detailed environmental work, and dealing with issues related to water supply have positioned him for projects across North and South America.
In 2005, Mr. Kobler was a Co-Founder and the original CEO of Osum Oil Sands Corp. (“Osum”) where he oversaw the analysis and acquisitions of the original oil sands leases that form the core of Osum’s projects at Cold Lake and the Saleski carbonates, both in Alberta. During his tenure with Osum, Mike oversaw the growth of the company from start-up to a valuation approaching $500 million; he also hired his successors to ensure the smooth transition of the Company to its next phase of growth and an equity value approaching $2 Billion. Mr. Kobler holds a BSc in Mining Engineering from Montana Tech.
Graham Ballachey, Vice President of Engineering
Mr. Ballachey is a mechanical engineer with a physics and chemistry background and 13 years of experience within a variety of industries including combustion research, manufacturing, energy optimization, building design, project management, construction management, process development, and product development. Graham has extensive experience in both experimentation, engineering, and design, as well as the management of engineers, consultants, technologists, and construction projects of over $1.2 million in capital. He has successfully procured over $500,000 from government and utility grants. Graham holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Victoria, and a MASc in Mechanical Engineering from Carleton University.