Prior to being appointed President & CEO of Global Energy Metals, Mr. Smith held increasingly senior capital market positions through his involvement with various mining groups including Global Cobalt Corp, International Barytex Resources and Petaquilla Copper Ltd.
Accomplished executive and business development professional with deep experience and proven success developing and executing on corporate strategies, marketing relationships and maximizing business opportunities for long-term engagement and strategic relationships.
Profound understanding of the natural resources sector, capital markets and current market trends.
Early adopter to the battery space recognizing the proliferation and mainstream appetite for handheld smart devices, mobiles phones and EVs and the critical role the metals associated with the market would play
Negotiated and structured off-take agreements for cobalt material and built relationships with Chinese battery manufacturer intermediaries and facilitated commerce by arranging joint ventures, marketing and engineering and procurement construction contracts.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Hadic brings more than 10 years of accounting experience across various sectors including, technology, mineral exploration and mining and manufacturing industries focusing on financial reporting, regulatory compliance, internal control and corporate finance activities.
Mr. Hadic has held CFO and controller positions with several private and public companies and worked as a corporate financial consultant.
Mr. Hadic has also worked in the banking sector for over five years.
In 1997, Mr. Hadic concluded his studies at the University of Uruguay in the Faculty of Marketing and Sales.
VP Projects & Director
Mr. Sarjeant, P. Geo, has extensive exploration, project evaluation and acquisition experience both in Canada and internationally and has managed several junior resource companies.
Mr. Sarjeant began his career with Echo Bay Mines Ltd. as a project geologist working on projects in the NWT, Archean greenstone belts, Lupin Mine peripheral project, and skarn properties in BC and Ecuador.
He was appointed Senior Geologist, International Exploration Group, responsible for project evaluation outside of North America, including precious and base metals projects in South America, East Africa, South East Asia, Russia, Mongolia, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
30 years entrepreneurial experience managing companies from early stage development to multi-million dollar NASDAQ listed companies on both the operations and corporate levels.
Managed a national sales force in excess of 200 salespeople for a national Telecom Provider while at the same time implementing national consumer marketing and initiatives.
Key involvement with LML Payment Systems (a NASDAQ listed company) that was sold for $110M in first quarter of 2013.
Has participated in numerous M&A transactions as well as subsequent integration, utilization and marketing activities.
Mr. Abbott has 12 years of corporate experience with Telus, with involvement in business sales, operations and team management and responsibility for multi- million dollar transactions.
In-depth experience with long-cycle corporate deal development and complex relationship management.
Involvement with several public companies in business and corporate development (both strategic and financial), operations management and shareholders relations activities.
Key member of team responsible for consolidating and finalizing the Salares Lithium property package into the publicly listed company that became Talison Lithium. Talison Lithium was acquired for over $750M in the first quarter 2013.
Ian brings to GEMC extensive experience in the international exploration, resource development and mining sector, having held a number of directorships and senior operational and general management roles over several years with a number of international resource companies in a number of commodities.
Mr. Spence is a Sydney-based geologist who has specialised in cobalt, copper, gold, silver and heavy mineral sands discovery and development. As an expert field-oriented exploration and evaluation geologist, Ian has been project initiator and manager in many successful discoveries, acquisitions and mineral resource development and open pit and underground mining capabilities.
Mr. Spence has previous experience in cobalt projects in Australia and internationally.
His most recent exposure was as Managing Director with Broken Hill Minerals Pty Ltd. where he was involved with the early assessment of Broken Hill Prospecting’s Pyrite-Cobalt project towards feasibility before it was spun out and subsequently listed on the Australian Stock Exchange as Cobalt Blue Holdings Limited.
He has extensive experience in the international finance and capital markets arena, having spent several years in an analytical and capital raising capacity for a number of Australian and international based capital firms.
His strong capital raising abilities are complimented with extensive experience in IPOs, marketing communication with stakeholders, as well as joint venture negotiation.
Ian holds a Joint Honours Bachelor of Science in Geology & Petroleum Geology from The University of Aberdeen, UK, a Master of Science in Mineral Exploration & Mining Geology from The University of Leicester, UK and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Western Australia.
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