Paul Matysek
Chairman

Paul is a corporate entrepreneur, professional geochemist and geologist with over 30 years of experience in the mining industry. He is currently Executive Chairman of Lithium X Energy Corp. and has held senior executive and board positions with several natural resource exploration and development companies and is a proven company builder. Paul was President and CEO of Goldrock Mines Corp., which sold to Fortuna Silver Mines in July 2016. He was previously CEO of Lithium One, which merged with Galaxy Resources of Australia to create an integrated lithium company. He served as CEO of Potash One, which was acquired by K+S Ag for $434 million in a friendly takeover in 2011. Paul was also the founder and CEO of Energy Metals Corporation, a uranium company that grew from a market capitalization of $10 million to approximately $1.8 billion when sold in 2007.

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Jason Bontempo
Director

Jason is a mining executive with 22 years’ experience in public company management, corporate advisory, investment banking and public company accounting, qualifying as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young. He has worked primarily providing corporate advice and the financing of resource companies across multiple capital markets including resource asset acquisitions and divestments. Jason has also served on the board and the executive management of minerals and resources public companies focusing on advancing and developing mineral resource assets and business development.

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Robert Cross
Director

Bob is an engineer with 25 years of experience as a financier and company builder in the mining and oil & gas sectors. He co-founded and serves as Chairman of B2Gold, a top performing growing gold producer which will achieve almost one million ounces of low cost gold production in 2018. He was also co-founder and Chairman of Bankers Petroleum Ltd., co-founder and Chairman of Petrodorado Energy Ltd., and until October 2007, was the Non-Executive Chairman of Northern Orion Resources Inc. Between 1996 and 1998, Bob was Chairman and CEO of Yorkton Securities Inc. From 1987 to 1994, he was a Partner, Investment Banking with Gordon Capital Corporation in Toronto. Bob received an Engineering Degree from the University of Waterloo in 1982 and an MBA from Harvard in 1987.

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Trent Mell
President & CEO

Trent is a mining executive and capital markets professional with extensive international transactional experience acquired through more than 200 transactions, including M&A and over $2.6 billion in equity and debt financings. After a career as a Bay Street lawyer, Trent worked for both global producers and junior miners. More recently he built a securities team to advise issuers and investors on Canadian exploration and development opportunities, which became the largest provider of flow through capital in Canada. Trent is also Chairman of the Board for the Boost Child and Youth Advocacy Centre.

Trent previously served as President & Head of Mining at Peartree Securities, President & CEO Falco Resources, as well as senior management positions with Aurico Gold Inc., North American Palladium Ltd., Sherritt International Corp., First Cobalt Corp. Gold Corp., Strikeman Elliott LLP, and Michelin North America. He has a B.A., a B.C.L. & LL.B from McGill University, as well as an MBA from Northwestern University & Schulich School of Business, and an LL.M from Osgoode Hall.

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Ross Phillips
Director

Ross has 18 years’ experience in the resource and energy sectors, predominantly working on large-scale resource and energy capital projects. He is also currently employed with Potash Ridge Corporation, where he has held senior roles including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. He previously served as Senior Manager, Financial Analytics and later Director of Business Development for Capital Power Corporation, as well as various senior roles at Sherritt International Corp., a diversified resource company that produces thermal coal nickel, cobalt oil and electricity.

Ross holds an MA and an MBA from the University of Alberta, and is a CFA, CPA, and CMA.

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John Pollesel
Director

John is currently Senior Vice President, Mining at Finning Canada and has 26 years of experience in mining. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Base Metals Operations for Vale SA’s North Atlantic Operations, where he was responsible for the largest underground mining and metallurgical operations in Canada. Prior to this, he was Vice President and General Manager for Vale’s Ontario Operations. John also served as the Chief Financial Officer for Compania Minera Antamina in Peru, responsible for executive management in one of the largest copper/zinc mining and milling operations in the world.

John holds an MBA from Laurentian University and is a CPA and CMA.

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Jeff Swinoga, CA
Director

Jeff is a Senior Executive with over 24 years of experience in the mining and public finance industries. He is also currently the Chief Financial Officer of Torex Gold, where he led a $375 million project financing to build the $800 million ELG mine. Jeff’s experience includes serving as as Executive Vice President Finance & CFO of Golden Star Resources Ltd, Vice President Finance & CFO of North American Palladium, Vice President, Finance & CFO of HudBay Minerals Inc., and he was Director, Treasury Finance of First Cobalt Corp. Gold Corporation for seven years.

Jeff previously served as a Director and Audit Committee Chairman of Tonbridge Power Inc. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and an Honours degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.

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