Becoming a leading low-cost battery minerals producer

Our goal is to become a leading low-cost producer of high quality, ethically sourced battery metals from high-grade, low impact mines in stable jurisdictions that are close to major consumer industries and a number of end users and market intermediaries. 


Board of Directors

Lazaros Nikeas

Executive Chairman

  • 15+ years of strategy and capital markets advisory for resource, chemicals and industrial companies, with over US$25 B of M&A transactions completed.
  • Currently a Principal Investment Manager of Weston Energy LLC, a Yorktown Partners LLC portfolio company with investments in energy minerals assets.
  • Previously a partner of Traxys Capital Partners, a private equity firm backed by The Carlyle Group.

Dr. Stephen Dunmead | PhD, M.Sc., B.Sc.

Non-Executive Director

  • 30+ years of strong operational leadership experience in the advanced materials and specialty chemical industries.
  • Former COO of NYSE-listed SWM International – Led Cobalt Division and also held several senior roles with NYSE–listed OM Group where he led their cobalt business for more than 10 years.
  • 7 years as Chair of the Cobalt Development

Mr. John Kiernan | P.Eng., B.Sc., MBA


  • 30+ years of mine operating, engineering, consulting, corporate and finance experience.
  • Currently COO of Ascot Resources Ltd.
  • Previously, Manager Project Evaluation for Quadra FNX/KGHM International, as well as a Mining Analyst at PI Financial Corporation.

Martin Kostuik | B.Sc., MBA

CEO & Director

  • 28+ years of diversified experience in the mining industry as a mining engineer and senior executive.
  • Mr. Kostuik was President and Director for the last 4 years at Arizona Gold Corporation and prior to was CEO and Director of Rupert Resources Limited.
  • Previously Mr. Kostuik built a broad base of experience in operations, engineering, exploration and capital projects with various companies including Luna Gold (Equinox), Barrick Gold Corporation, Taseko Mines Limited and DMC Mining Services.

Joseph Tuso


  • 20+ years as a lawyer and currently a partner at Reed Smith LLP, one of the world's largest law firms. His practice focuses on both the origination and resolutions of complex investments and other special situation transactions, including the diligence, structuring, risk management, and resolution process of portfolio investments.
  • Prior to re-joining Reed Smith, spent eight years at a New York City based S.E.C registered investment adviser focusing on asset oriented and special situation credit transactions, with assets under management of approximately US$1.8 billion dollars.
  • Has also held numerous C-Suite roles during his tenure, including Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel, Head of Asset Management, and Chief Compliance Officer.