MANAGEMENT & ADVISORS
Simon Clarke, CEO & Director
Mr. Clarke brings over 25 years of experience in building companies and implementing successful capital markets and growth strategies focused on 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 was acquired by Jervois Global in June 2019. Jervois is a world leader in the development and mining of cobalt and nickel projects and is operating cobalt and nickel refineries, benefitting from a market capitalization exceeding CDN $1 billion. The transaction involved Mr. Clarke remaining with Jervois for 12 months as a director and senior executive. Mr. Clarke was also a co-founder, executive, and director of Osum Oil Sands Corp. a company valued in excess of US $1 billion at its peak market capitalization. Osum grew its production to approximately 20,000 bopd before being acquired by Watreous Energy Fund for around CDN $400 million in 2021. Mr. Clarke benefits from extensive experience and knowledge of the battery metals space spanning more than a decade. This includes his past senior executive roles with M2 Cobalt and Jervois Mining, as well as advisory roles in the vanadium exploration/development sector. Mr. Clarke holds an LLB and Diploma in Legal Practice from Aberdeen University, Scotland.
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, Executive Vice President
Ted O’Connor, P.Geo, M.Sc, 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.
Paul Charlish, VP Finance
Mr. Charlish has over 30 years of financial experience, including audit and tax in public practice, and financial reporting and tax for public companies. He has extensive knowledge of financial reporting in accordance with IFRS, risk management, international tax, ICFR/SOX and internal controls, as well as in-depth knowledge of public equity offerings in Canada. During the course of his career, Mr. Charlish has been a key member of successful management teams, in the position of CFO and Corporate Secretary, and has also played an instrumental role in mergers, acquisitions, spin outs and divestments for public companies.
Ulises Raul Solis Llapa, General Manager, Peru Operations
An original member of the Plateau Energy team, Mr. Llapa is an accomplished mining lawyer, who graduated from Universidad Catolica. He had previously worked for Ocona Power Corporation, as well as various Canadian mining corporations such as Teck Corporation, Andean American, Invicta Gold. As of 2001, he joined the Colibri Group of Companies as legal representative and then as General Manager. In 2007 he started working for the Canadian uranium explorer Macusani Yellowcake Inc. that evolved into Plateau Energy Metals. Following the discovery of the large Falchani lithium deposit in Puno, he began working for American Lithium, bringing with him his industry expertise and deep relationships with local communities, regulatory and political authorities.
Marc Davis, Director of Communications
Marc Davis has a deep background in the capital markets, spanning over 30 years. He began his career as a floor trader in the late 80s and has since made a name for himself as a stock market commentator and financial journalist. He also runs Capital Markets Media – a leading Canadian media branding firm that has worked with publicly-listed companies with multi-billion-dollar valuations. Drawing on a wealth of experience in venture capital, he has also been interviewed multiple times in recent years by SKY TV and BBC TV. Over the years, his business articles and editorials have appeared in dozens of digital publications worldwide. They include USA Today, CBS Money Watch, Huffington Post, Investors’ Business Daily, the Financial Post, Reuters, National Post, Google News, Barron’s, AOL, Bloomberg, City A.M. (London), and the Independent (UK).
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.
Debra W. Struhsacker, Advisor
Debra Struhsacker is a hardrock mining policy expert with over 30 years of hands-on expertise with the environmental and public land laws and regulations pertaining to mineral exploration and mine development. Ms. Struhsacker provides environmental permitting and government relations consulting services to mineral exploration and mining clients. She has a proven track record of successfully representing clients in legislative and administrative issues on the state and federal levels and in securing project permits for exploration and mining projects. Since 1993, she has been an active participant in the legislative dialogue to change the U.S. Mining Law. She has provided testimonies at Congressional hearings on the Mining Law, the National Environmental Policy Act, abandoned mine policies, and the state and federal environmental regulatory framework applicable to modern mines. Her legislative work in Nevada includes playing a key role in repealing a special state tax on federal mining claims, helping persuade legislators to abandon a legislative proposal to tax minerals prior to severance, and convincing legislators not to raise the tax rate on mineral, oil and gas, and geothermal energy production. Ms. Struhsacker is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College where she majored in both geology and French. She also has a Master of Science degree in geology from the University of Montana. Debra is one of the founders of the Women’s Mining Coalition and currently serves on the Coalition’s Board of Directors. She is a Certified Professional Geologist with the American Institute of Professional Geologists. Her professional memberships include the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America; the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc.; and the Geological Society of Nevada. She has served twice as a trustee of the Northwest Mining Association (now the American Exploration & Mining Association).