BOARD OF DIRECTORS & MANAGEMENT

GILLIAN HOLCROFT

GILLIAN HOLCROFT, B. ENG., M. ENG

CHAIRMAN, CEO AND PRESIDENT OF MAG ONE PRODUCTS AND CEO AND PRESIDENT OF MAG ONE OPERATIONS

Ms. Holcroft, a bilingual executive chemical engineer with 30 years of experience, is responsible for developing and executing the strategy/roadmap to engineer, construct and operate a facility that will cost effectively produce high purity Magnesium Oxide as well as other by-products from serpentine tailings, with the ultimate goal of producing Mg metal. 

Mag One Products Inc. will benefit from her vast experience which includes Mining and Metallurgical process development and operations (including magnesium metal production), the commercialization of advanced technology, green field EPC project management, US Department of Defence as well as International Trade. She is recognized for her strong planning abilities as demonstrated by negotiating and directing large and extremely complex projects. As a senior executive and board member in a market leading environmental technology company she provided leadership and strategic direction and was recognized for her excellent communication skills and vision in opening new markets. She played a vital role in taking a private company public through financing efforts in Canada and Europe so is instrumental for Mag One.

GILLIAN HOLCROFT

ARNAB KUMAR DE, CGMA(UK), CMA(UK), ACMA(IND)

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Mr. De was formerly the CFO for Tata Steel Minerals Canada (TSMC) Ltd.  He is a motivated and highly-skilled financial steward with expertise in all facets of financial leadership, performance analysis, reporting, and critical decision making within regulated, fast-paced environments. Having served the Tata Steel Group for about 19 years, Mr. De has been instrumental in streamlining processes, enhancing productivity, and implementing strong accounting standards and audit controls. An entrepreneurial-minded professional who gains the trust of shareholders by consistently upholding integrity, confidentiality, and professional ethics. Mr. De also served as CFO and Director in certain Tata Steel Group Companies. He has applied for his CPA certification from CPA Ontario and is currently working as an independent consultant providing strategic, financing and CFO services to certain North American companies.

NELSON M. SKALBANIA

FRANK VLASTELIC

DIRECTOR

Mr. Vlastelic, a finance and marketing graduate from Simon Fraser University began his career in the commercial banking sector and then branched out into marketing and investments as a licensed broker. Frank then formed Bestview Construction Ltd., a general contracting services company that has successfully served both commercial and residential customers for the past 30 years.  Frank’s experience with public companies is extensive as he founded and listed several companies including mining, oil and gas exploration, and health care product development on the Vancouver Stock Exchange.  As President and CEO of these companies, he was responsible for raising considerable capitol for their operations and oversaw all necessary exchange filings and securities compliance requirements.

ROD BURYLO

ROD BURYLO, CIM, FCSI 

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Mr. Burylo has 30 years of experience throughout the financial services industry. Mr. Burylo founded one of Canada's first Exempt Market Dealerships, where he served as Director and Chief Compliance Officer, and helped grow the firm to a team of almost 100 staff and advisors - making it Canada's largest, national dealership. Mr. Burylo serves on the Investment Review Committee of Croft Financial Group, and consults to a variety of businesses in various sectors, including accounting, real estate management and advertising. Additionally, Mr. Burylo is a business author and international speaker - chosen to design and deliver the Professional Responsibility (ethics) class for CFP designation holders. 


DEAN JOURNEAUX 

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Mr. Journeaux has over five decades of experience in the mining industry. He has held various engineering, operations and management positions with Quebec Cartier Mining Company (now ArcelorMittal Mines Canada) and Met-Chem Canada Inc (now DRA Global-Met-Chem). His responsibilities included construction management of the Mont Wright iron ore project and pellet plant in Port Cartier, Quebec resulting in him being the driver behind Met-Chem becoming a recognized world leader in iron ore consulting. Beginning in 1999, as an independent consultant, Mr. Journeaux worked on various international projects, including bauxite, alumina, iron ore and coal mining in India and steel in Egypt.  Mr. Journeaux received a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from McGill University and is a Member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (retired), a Member of the Association of Iron and Steel Engineers, a life member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum and a CIM Fellow.  Mr Journeaux was also a founder of New Millennium Iron Corp and served successively as a Director, Chief Operating Officer, President & Chief Executive Officer, and Executive Vice Chairman until 2015. He rejoined the board in 2017 and continues to act as an independent Director.

 

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DAVID DREISINGER

DAVID DREISINGER, PH.D

Scientific Advisor

David Dreisinger holds the position of Professor and Chairholder of the Industrial Research Chair in Hydrometallurgy at the University of British Columbia (UBC). At UBC, Dr. Dreisinger supervises a wide-ranging program of research and development in pressure leaching of ores and concentrates, solution purification and use of electrochemical methods for metal recovery. Dr. Dreisinger has published extensively and has received (with co-workers) 19 U.S. patents for work in areas such as pressure leaching, ion exchange removal of impurities from process solutions and use of thiosulfate as an alternative to cyanide in gold leaching. Dr. Dreisinger has received a number of awards including the Sherritt Hydrometallurgy Award (1993), the Metal Chemistry Award from CMSC (2001), the Extraction and Processing Division Science Award from the TMS (2005) and the INCO Medal (2008). Dr. Dreisinger has been named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum. Dr. Dreisinger has been actively teaching short courses around the globe through the Industrial Research Chair in Hydrometallurgy. The Chair is sponsored by 18 international companies with an interest in Hydrometallurgy. Dr. Dreisinger is a director of PolyMet Mining and Search Minerals and an officer of Baja Mining and Tri Metals Mining.

DAVID DREISINGER

DOUGLAS J. ZULIANI, Eng., M.Eng. Ph.D.

Mg Metal Technology Advisor, Tech Magnesium

Dr. Zuliani is President and Founder of Tech Magnesium and has nearly forty years of experience in metals production and processes. From 1985 to 2001, he held a number of senior management positions with Timminco Ltd., the most recent being Vice President – Manufacturing and Technology. In this position, he had responsibilities for Timminco’s magnesium and specialty metals facilities as well as for the company’s R&D, market development, and capital/engineering programs. Between 2007 and 2013, Dr. Zuliani collaborated with Gossan Resources on the development of the Zuliani Process. After completion of the Gossan contract, Dr. Zuliani subsequently brought the Process and the other technologies back under the Tech Mag umbrella. Dr. Zuliani’s track record and experience make him one of Canada’s foremost experts in magnesium metal processing.

TOM WHITTON

TOM WHITTON, Eng.

Commercialization Lead

Tom Whitton is a technology commercialization consultant who specializes in helping businesses with emerging innovations reach their goals of success and profitability.  Mr. Whitton helps organizations with new technologies develop commercialization strategies which place a greater emphasis on the industry needs and the value proposition i.e. market pull.

 

Mr. Whitton graduated from McGill University in 1991with a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering.  For more than 25 years, Mr. Whitton has been involved with deploying new innovations and technology, first in an engineering role, and now for more than a decade and a half on the business development and commercialization side. Mr. Whitton’s career spans numerous sectors, including explosives, mineral and metallurgical processing, advanced materials (including nanotechnology), environmental and clean technology (solid waste, hazardous waste, wastewater), holding positions with ICI, Noranda, Recyclex, PyroGenesis, Raymor, AP&C, and, most recently, with E2Metrix.  Mr. Whitton is a current board member of Ecotech Quebec, the province’s cleantech cluster, and is the Co-President of the organization’s Innovation and Commercialization Task Force.  Mr. Whitton also was a city councilor from 2009 to 2013 for Deux-Montagnes, a Montreal suburb. 

YU-MEI HAN

YU-MEI HAN, PH.D

Technical Director, CIMMS

Dr. Yu-Mei Han is the Technical Director of the MRC des Sources Mining Innovation Centre (CIMMS), a research centre that provides technical support and state-of-the-art equipment for the clients to pilot the mineral process. Dr. Han is responsible for the research & development, technical support for clients and in charge of the pilot plant, including plant conception, operation, equipment design and purchasing, as well as budget control.

Dr. Han obtained her Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering. She is a skilled engineer and metallurgist, with impressive experience in process engineering. Dr. Han masters the expertise in crushing & grinding, ore sorting, magnetic separation, pyrometallurgy (ore or concentrate calcination), and hydrometallurgy (concentrate leaching and neutralization, slurry filtration, and solution evaporation). Her experience spans projects in the aluminum, lithium, gold and magnesium fields. Dr. Han speaks three languages, English, French and Chinese, a plus for the team in this global marketplace.

Arnold Ross

Arnold Ross, Chemist, M. Env.

Director, Technologies and Carbon Market, PureSphera Group Inc.

Arnold Ross has worked in the cleantech field for 30 years. Mr. Ross is a specialist in pollution prevention and treatment and appears on the list of accredited experts with Quebec’s Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change. His solid experience with GSI Environment Inc. in waste and contaminated soil management has allowed PureSphera since 2009 to distinguish itself in the research and development of environmental solutions. Mr. Ross manages PureSphera’s carbon market activities, environmental quality assurance, and regulatory compliance.






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