Mr. Grant graduated with B.Sc. Honours Geology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland in 1971 followed by an M.Eng. (Mining) degree from McGill University in 1977. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in Ontario & British Columbia, Canada, has served as Qualified Person for mineral resource and mining sign-offs and delivery of scoping through feasibility studies. Mr. Grant is fluent in Spanish and English. He has broad perspective and experience of the minerals industry from exploration to production with a focus on South America and Argentina in particular. Extensive experience in the exploration, development and production of a broad range of metalliferous and industrial commodities including lithium. Technical manager for delivery of numerous scoping, pre-feasibility, bankable feasibility, and development/operating projects to NI43-101 standards.
Mr. Cross is a CPA, CGA and is currently a partner at Cross Davis & Company LLP Chartered Professional Accountants which provides accounting and consulting services to publicly traded companies. Mr. Cross has over 21 years of accounting experience and has been a partner of Cross Davis for over 8 years.
Miguel has worked as a professional geologist for more than 25 years in Greenfield exploration, geological consulting, accomplished prospector and exploration manager for numerous projects including CRA / Rio Tinto, Paramount Ventures, Mansfield Minerals, Teck Cominco, Admiralty Resources (ADY), Condor Resources, Cascadero Copper, and Orocobre. He was an exploration geologist for five years for Salta Exploraciones (SESA), formerly a wholly owned subsidiary of Cascadero Copper where he assisted, developed and implemented property identification and acquisition of projects with the TR Prospecting Group from British Columbia and Calgary, Alberta. This period of boot and hammer prospecting identified several of the properties that now constitute the core assets of Cascadero Minerals S.A. Miguel has a broad range of expertise and extensive experience and knowledge of porphyry copper systems in Peru, Chile and Argentina. He is responsible for the discovery of new high- and low-sulphidation gold and silver epithermal showings, and identifying IOCG and VMS type alteration systems previously not recognized. The prospecting campaigns were focused on the presence of regional and district scale structural systems that exist in Chile and continue into western and north western Argentina.
Miguel’s recent focus is lithium brine deposits with an emphasis on the discovery and development of new brine deposits including Salar de Olaroz, which is now in production. The Olaroz Salar is the world’s first new production of 20,000 tons of lithium carbonate per year.Miguel is currently a Director and General Manager of South American Salars S.A. (Company Salares Exploration of Advantage Lithium Group), Managing Partner of Salta Environmental SRL and is active in managing a large private portfolio of highly prospective mineral tenures in Chile and Argentina.In 2012, Miguel was nominated as one of the most Outstanding Geologists in Argentina.
Richard joined the Board of Orocobre as Managing Director in 2007, when it was an unlisted Argentinian explorer, chaired by Neil Stuart. Richard took Orocobre through to listing on the ASX in December 2007. Richard is a mining geologist and geotechnical engineer and has over 30 years’ experience in exploration, development and production, and over 20 years in the corporate field as a Director involved in resource development funding. Richard has managed Orocobre’s growth from an explorer in Argentina to become a successful producer of lithium carbonate at the Olaroz project and he was instrumental in negotiating the Toyota Tsusho Joint Venture in 2010. He is a graduate of the Royal School of Mines and James Cook University in North Queensland and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours in Mining and Geology and a Master of Engineering Science. Richard is also a director of Leyshon Resources, a small ASX listed company.
Rick was appointed Joint Company Secretary on 10 March 2015. Rick is a practicing lawyer with over 30 years’ experience in both corporate and commercial law. He also has extensive experience in the resource sector, as a director of a number of resource companies and as legal adviser, including project acquisition and development, capital raising and corporate governance.
Mr. Frits Reidel, principal of the consulting firm FloSolutions, has been commissioned to provide on-going assistance to the Company as its Independent QP to ensure industry best practice related to drilling, testing, sampling and related QA/QC procedures on the current AAL exploration program which will lead to an updated mineral resource estimate in early 2018. Based in Santiago, Chile, Frits and his team have vast experience in brine resource evaluation including the practicalities of salt-lake exploration, hydrogeology, drilling methods, well construction, and testing gained from working on numerous projects (for examples, Olaroz, Cauchari [Lithium Americas], and Maricunga) in the Lithium Triangle of Argentina and Chile since 1992. Frits Reidel is a Qualified Person and independent of AAL as defined under NI43-101.