*Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Ogilvie brings a wealth of knowledge to the graphite sector. Mr. Ogilvie has been extensively involved in several start-ups, including emerging graphite companies, for over 33 years. He most recently served as Chief Executive Officer and Director for both Mega Graphite Inc. and Canada Carbon. Prior to this, in 2007 Mr. Ogilvie led a private investment group in the redevelopment and turnaround of Industrial Minerals Inc. (now known as Northern Graphite Corporation (NGC-TSX.V), a junior mining company that is presently developing one of the largest large-flake natural graphite deposits in the world. Mr. Ogilvie has direct experience in the development of technologies related to the production of graphite ores and the operation of global graphite markets for base and high purity graphite products.
*Voted "Most Influential CEO of the Year - Canada" 2014 Business Excellence Awards 2014*
Dr. Zhongwei Chen
Chief Technology Officer
Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Dr. Zhongwei Chen PhD, MSChE, BSc, Canadian Research Chair and Professor in Advanced Materials for Clean Energy Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo. Dr. Zhongwei Chen will lead the technology planning, engineering and implementation of all of the Company's clean energy storage and energy creation initiatives. Dr. Chen's research work covers advanced materials and electrodes for PEM fuel cells, Lithium ion batteries and zinc-air batteries. His education: PhD, University of California - Riverside, MSChE, East China University of Science and Technology, China, BS, Nanjing University of Technology, China. His honours and awards; Early Researcher Award, Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, Ontario, Canada (2012), NSERC Discovery Accelerator Award (2014), Canada Research Chair in Advanced Materials for Clean Energy (2014), and E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowship (2016). See more details: http://chemeng.uwaterloo.ca/zchen/index.html
Barry A. Pearson, CPA., CMA.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Pearson has been Chief Financial Officer of Saint Jean Carbon (formerly Torch River Resources) since June, 2006 and Secretary to the Board from July, 2006. He has provided his expertise to companies from his background in internal audit, electronic records management, business process improvement and software development, implementation of accounting systems and work with small businesses. Mr. Pearson has been involved in other public companies including the start of a Capital Pool Company. He has held positions including Controller for Western Canada for a major Health & Pharmaceutical Group, Director of Internal Audit for a major food group, Manager of Internal Audit for Western Canada and NW United States for a large multinational as well as his consulting activities.
Dr. William E. Pfaffenberger
Dr. Pfaffenberger is President of Saint Jean Carbon (formerly Torch River Resources) having joined the Company in April 2006. He is a retired professor of mathematics who was in the Mathematics and Statistics Department at the University of Victoria for 38 years. Dr. Pfaffenberger served as a Member of the Board of Governors and Chair of his department and served as Chair of the Board of Pension Trustees for 11 years overseeing a fund of over $400 million. Dr. Pfaffenberger currently serves as a Director of Silver Grail Resources (CVE : SVG) and as President of a private minerals company, Fundamental Resources Corp.
Laurie A. McCarney
Director, Corporate Communications
Mrs. McCarney comes to Saint Jean Carbon with over 20 years' experience in sales, marketing, public relations, and senior leadership in a variety of businesses. Mrs. McCarney's responsibilities have included strategic planning, financial reporting, publishing, and positions of sales manager, general manager and president. With many years in corporate communications, Mrs. McCarney's mandate will be to manage and orchestrate all internal and external communications to customers, shareholders and stakeholders while maintaining an up-to-date website and to disseminate important information within our group of companies. Previously, Mrs. McCarney served as Director of Corporate Communications for Mega Graphite Inc., and Canada Carbon.
Dick van Wyck, B.A., LL.B., LL.M.
Mr. van Wyck has over 20 years' experience practicing business and commercial law, as in-house counsel with the federal Canadian Department of Justice as well as Laidlaw Inc. and Waste Management Inc. / Canadian Waste Services Inc. Mr. van Wyck has developed expertise in corporate and commercial law, intellectual property matters, mergers and acquisitions, contracting, commercial leases, environmental law and business law. Mr. van Wyck has a Bachelor degree from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa, and a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Director of Engineering, Sri Lanka
Mr. Rajiv Mediratta is a 3rd generation graphite mine owner and has over 32 years' experience in business- relating to mining, beneficiation, marketing of natural graphite powders and flakes. Extensive experience in minerals, mineral based industries and has been actively involved with manufacture of clay, pitch and PF resin bonded graphite/silicon carbide crucibles in India. He has been actively involved in business development, carrying projects from scratch to production/marketing and is well equipped to establish strong footholds for efficient and smooth functioning of businesses in any environment.
Director, Product Development and Sales Operations
Mr. Basu has over 30 years' of product development, marketing, sales process optimization and operations experience in India, East Africa and Canada in the private, public, and government sectors. Mr. Basu has extensive knowledge and relationships within the lithium-Ion battery industry. Most recently Mr. Basu has been involved with one of North America's leading cell and battery system manufacturers based in Canada, where Mr. Basu led the development and launch of new battery systems for the health care, e-mobility, telecom and energy storage industries.
Mr. Burack has had over 20 years' of business experience managing client and business development for a number of technology companies including IBM Corporation, EMC Corp., SHL SystemHouse, GE Capital, and Puredata Corp., both in the US and Canada. Mr. Burack's experience has also included business strategy development and sales programs for Canada Carbon Inc. a lump graphite project, where Mark lead the sales team and product development.. Mr. Burack's more personal style, track record in developing mutually beneficial business partnerships and years of experience delivering superior business cases/cost justification make him an excellent asset within Saint Jean Carbon.
Mr. Old is a sales professional with over 20 years' experience dealing with buyers from an array of industries from retail to manufacturing. In 2007 he assumed the position of VP sales at Industrial Minerals Inc.(IMI) where he was instrumental in developing the Company’s market base by overseeing the completion of multiple Letters of Intent (LOI) for the purchase of most of IMI’s annual natural graphite production. In 2009, Mr. Old joined Mega Graphite as VP Sales and Marketing where he would continue to develop strong sales and marketing initiatives while creating global exposure.
Dr. Don MacIntyre, Ph.D. Eng.
Consultant and Director
Dr. MacIntrye has been a registered Professional Engineer with the BC Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists since 1979. He was with the Geological Survey Branch of the B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines as a project geologist. Over a 25 year career with GSB, Dr. MacIntrye was responsible for a number of geological mapping and mineral deposit projects mostly in northern British Columbia. Areas included the Gataga SEDEX district of the Northern Rockies, the Tatshenshini district of the St. Elias Range and the Tahtsa Lake, Smithers and Babine Lake districts of Central BC. These projects focused on defining the geologic setting and genetic controls associated with a diverse range of mineral deposit types including porphyry Cu-Mo, SEDEX, VMS, polymetallic veins and epithermal Au-Ag.
Dr. MacIntyre also helped develop the GSB's digital mapping systems, especially those dealing with regional mapping and mineral potential evaluations. In 2004 he took early retirement from the GSB and started his own geological consulting company.