Mr. Pouroulis is an entrepreneur whose expertise lies in the discovery, exploration and development of mineral resources including diamonds, precious / base metals, coal and oil and gas, and bringing these assets into production. Having worked in the natural resources sector for over 18 years he has extensive experience in the exploration and mining sector, and a wide network of industry relationships across the African continent.
Mr. Pouroulis began his career working in the South African gold mines before heading to the Former Soviet Union where he established the Koronia metal trading. In 1994, having returned to South Africa, Mr. Pouroulis founded Blue Diamond Mines - a diamond mining operation – which he brought into production. Seeing an opportunity to create a larger, international diamond company focused in Africa, he founded Petra Diamonds and in 1997 it became the first diamond mining company to be listed on London’s AIM market. He has since overseen Petra Diamonds’ development from an exploration stage company to one of the largest independent diamond producers in Africa.
He has been influential in the founding, development and listing of a number of other natural resources companies including Chariot Oil & Gas that floated on AIM in May 2008, Chromex Mining, Mukuba Resources and most recently Rainbow Rare Earths that listed on the London Stock Exchange in January 2017. Mr. Pouroulis qualified as a mining engineer from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1991.
Mr. Johnston joined Desert Lion Energy in September 2016 as president and chief executive officer. Previously, Mr. Johnston held the role of project management and transactional analysis specialist for the global lithium business at Hatch, a global engineering consulting firm headquartered in Canada. During his time with Hatch, he evaluated over 200 lithium projects and managed the development of lithium projects around the world for SQM, Rockwood Lithium (Albemarle), Bacanora Minerals, AMG-NV, Rio Tinto, Galaxy Resources and other key developers. Mr. Johnston is a chartered professional engineer (CPEng) and CFA charterholder, and holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Queensland.
Mr. McCague is a senior business and legal advisor with more than 12 years of experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic alliances. He has been instrumental in founding, acquiring, financing and restructuring numerous companies in the junior resources sector. Mr. McCague holds an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School and formerly practiced corporate and securities law at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP in Toronto.
Based in New York, Mr. Berry has been an independent analyst since 2009 with a focus on Energy Metals including lithium, cobalt, graphite, vanadium, and rare earths. His research provides strategic insights to institutional clients and has a specific focus on how disruptive trends in energy, strategic metals, and technology create opportunities. Before shifting focus to analysis of these trends, Mr. Berry gained twelve years of capital markets experience on both the buy side and sell side.
He speaks at conferences in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia and is frequently quoted in the press including the Financial Times and Bloomberg, providing insights around raw material supply chain dynamics. Mr. Berry holds a Master of Business Administration in finance with an international focus from Fordham University, and a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from The Virginia Military Institute.
Mr. Theron brings 18 years of extensive management, capital project development and M&A experience within the mining industry. Mr. Theron is currently President and CEO of Trigon Metals. Prior to that, he was Managing Director at Liberty Metals & Mining, a private equity group based in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Theron was also a strategic member on the board of directors of True Gold Mining. He has structured numerous mining focused investments and has worked on mining projects throughout Africa and North America. Mr. Theron holds a degree in Finance and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Mr. Vettese is a leading corporate finance and M&A lawyer practising in the Securities Group at Cassels Brock. He has acted as lead counsel for a number of public clients and investment dealers involved in complex and innovative securities matters. Mr. Vettese’s practice is focused in the mining, income trusts, technology and diversified industries sectors, and he has acted as lead counsel on several M&A transactions.
Mr. Vettese has extensive experience advising emerging and mid-market companies navigating their way through the public markets. His strong understanding of the commercial objectives of a transaction, together with his practical approach, are frequently relied upon by companies that require more than just legal advice when facing such critical decisions as structuring a going-public transaction, choosing and structuring a business relationship with an underwriter, constructing a management team and board of directors and developing an overall approach to matters of executive compensation and corporate governance.
Mr. Vettese is recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Canada, Best Lawyers, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada and the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.
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