Board & Senior Management
Mr. Hohnen has experience in the Japanese, Chinese and Korean markets, all of which play a significant role in the production of lithium ion batteries and the development of electric vehicle technology. Mr. Hohnen has been involved in the mineral resource sector since the late 1970s. He has had extensive international business experience in a wide range of industries including mining and exploration, property, investment, software and agriculture. He has held a number of directorships in both public and private companies and was founding Chairman of Cape Mentelle and Cloudy Bay wines, as well as being on the board of oil and coal company Anglo Pacific Resources Plc. Mr. Hohnen was also a director of Kalahari Minerals and Extract Resources, having successfully negotiated the sale of both companies to Taurus (CGN). He is also chairman of ASX listed, Boss Resources Limited and director of Salt Lake Potash Limited.
Mr. Secker is a mining engineer with over 30 years experience in the resources industry. During his career he has built and operated a number of mines and metallurgical processing facilities in Africa, Australia, China and Canada. His operating and project experience spans a number of commodities, including titanium, copper, iron ore, gold and lithium. For the past 10 years Peter has been Chief Executive of a number of publicly listed companies, most recently as CEO of Canada
Lithium Corporation whilst successfully developing the Quebec Lithium project.
Over twenty years of experience in the oil and gas and mineral exploration industries. Experienced in accounting, finance, corporate planning, treasury, and taxation with both public and private large and small oil and gas producers and small cap national and international mineral exploration companies.
Martin Fernando Vidal Torres has served as the Vice President, Exploration – Mexico for Bacanora since January 2011. He currently serves as General Manager of Minerales Industriales Tubutama S.A. de C.V. and Minera Sonora Borax S.A. de C.V., two fully-owned Mexican subsidiaries of Bacanora and the operating vehicles for the development of the Company's projects owned in Mexico. Mr. Vidal started his career as geologist with the US Borax exploration team and has years of
experience working in Northern Mexico, particularly in the project areas that Bacanora are now developing. His experience includes almost 20 years of working with the multinational company Rio Tinto in the exploration of industrial minerals in several countries in America, occupying different technical and managerial positions. Mr. Vidal has a BSc. in Geology from the University of Sonora (1987) and studies in Non-Ferrous extractive Metallurgy in the same University.
Ray Hodgkinson is a retired Professional Engineer in Alberta, Canada who has spent the last 40 years in the oilfields and gasfields of Western Canada, northern Russia and at a shipyard in Japan. He is a founding Director of Canadian mining companies Westcore Energy Ltd and Bacanora Minerals Ltd. and energy company Troy Energy Corp.
Jamie Strauss has had 30 years experience within the stockbroking and mining finance sector. Currently he is a Director of mining finance boutique, Strauss Partners Ltd - based in London, UK. Previously, a Managing Director at BMO Capital Markets, 2007 - 2009. He has raised in excess of $1bn for projects spanning the globe in both energy and mineral world on behalf of leading institutions in UK, Europe, North America and Australia. He is particularly
well known for his long term specialisation of the Diamond Mining sector as well as supporting development assets through to production. Jamie is a Director of Altius Minerals and Gold Standard Ventures.
Dr. Andres Constantin Antonius Gonzalez (aged 47) is a Mexican national who has held positions in the Government of Mexico as well as in the private sector and academia. Dr. Antonius previously served as Undersecretary for Energy Policy and prior to that was a staff member at the Agriculture Secretariat. Dr. Antonius also held the role of coordinator for strategy of then President Elect Peña Nieto's transition team in 2012. Dr. Antonius is currently CEO of Plan B, a provider of strategic advice to a range of clients. Prior to founding Plan B, he was the President of the Consulting Services Group at Kroll, a world leader in risk management, business intelligence, and investigations. Dr. Antonius has also held the position of Director of Strategic Planning at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México ('ITAM') and has taught economic theory, game theory, and crisis management at both the ITAM and the Universidad Iberoamericana. He received a B.A., Masters and PhD degree in Economics from Harvard University. As part of his package, Dr. Antonius will be granted 500,000 options to acquire new ordinary shares in the Company at an exercise price of 86.5 pence. Such options vest as to 1/3 on the date of grant and an additional 1/3 on each of the first and second anniversaries of the date of grant and are exercisable for a period of three (3) years. All of these options (and the common shares issuable upon exercise) will be subject to applicable securities law hold periods.
Mr Junichi Tomono (aged 43) has over 22 years' experience with Hanwa, during which time he has worked in the Metals, Chemicals, Alloys, Scrap metals and Mining divisions. Mr. Tomono has a special focus on the battery chemicals sector including lithium. As head of the Speciality Metals and Alloys department and as a Director of three of Hanwa's subsidiaries, Mr. Tomono has played a key role in Hanwa adopting a more global focus in response to the rapid growth in the lithium battery sector.
Mr. Bolger serves as the Corporate Secretary of the Corporation. Paul Bolger is a partner with Tingle Merrett LLP, a Calgary-based corporate and securities law boutique firm, with a practice focused on corporate securities, corporate finance and commercial transactions involving emerging, growth and mid-capitalization companies. Mr. Bolger has extensive experience acting for public and private companies in a range of matters including equity and debt financings, public and
private corporate acquisitions and business combinations, continuous disclosure obligations, share and asset acquisitions and dispositions, corporate restructurings, amalgamations, reorganizations and other business transactions.