About

Strategic Advisors

Chris Berry

  • Chris is a well-known writer, speaker, and analyst with a focus on energy metals supply chains, specializing in lithium, cobalt, and graphite.
  • He is the co-author of a newsletter focused on discovery called The Disruptive Discoveries Journal.
  • He was a member of a group, which co-founded The Discovery Investing Scoreboard, a program designed to use crowd sourced information to rank equities of various market capitalizations.
  • Chris spent 15 years working across various roles in sales and brokerage on Wall Street before devoting his efforts towards macro economic and natural resource analysis.
  • He holds an MBA in Finance with an international focus from Fordham University, and a BA in International Studies from The Virginia Military Institute.

Jon Hykawy, PhD (Physics), MBA

Dr. Hykawy was trained as an experimental physicist and worked at some of the most prestigious laboratories in North America, including the Chalk River Laboratories of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited as well as the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory. 

He, along with the rest of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Collaboration, was awarded the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. He also earned a MBA degree from Queen’s University, after which he began working in the financial industry in Toronto. 

Dr. Hykawy has been an equities analyst on Bay Street since 2000, covering technologies such as batteries and fuel cells, and the critical materials used to manufacture these technologies, including lithium, cobalt and the rare earths.

In particular, Dr. Hykawy has made cobalt and other battery materials a key part of his research focus since 2009, when he helped found Byron Capital Markets, a boutique brokerage operation that specialized in researching the industry and companies involved in various critical material sectors. 

His current business, Stormcrow Capital Limited, consults with various clients, including private equity investors, large multinational corporations and junior mining companies, who are involved in critical materials. Stormcrow’s work includes analysis of supply and demand within a commodity sector, as well as future pricing projections.

Dr. Hykawy is widely quoted on battery materials such as cobalt, and is an invited speaker at such conferences as the 1-2-1 Mining Summit series, the Mines and Money series, the Lithium Supply and Markets series, the Roskill Rare Earths Conferences, the Argus Metals Week and Rare Earth Conferences, and various other events held around the world 

Tom Chudnovsky

  • Partner at Stormcrow Capital
  • 10 years of Investment Banking, Institutional Sales, and Institutional Agency Trading experience
  • Tom's past capital markets experience include being VP, Investment Banking at Byron Capital Markets, VP, Institutional Equity Sales at Byron Capital Markets, Institutional Equity Trader at Blackmont Capital and Institutional Equity Trader at Clarus Securities Inc.

James Gilbert

Partner

  • Jim has 20+ years of mining and metals investment, financing and transaction expertise, acquired in advisory, executive leadership and governance roles in both publicly-listed and private companies.
  • His experience includes the structuring, negotiation and closing of base and precious metals project financing transactions, for single and multi-sponsor projects totalling billions of dollars, as well as the underlying joint venture arrangements among project sponsors - including strategic partners and offtakers.
  • He has also executed corporate and asset level mergers and acquisition transactions involving mining companies and projects in North America, Latin America, Europe and Africa.
  • Jim has held senior level positions with First Point Minerals Corp., Minera S.A, Gerald Metals Inc. and Rothschild’s mining and metals investment banking group.

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