Dr. Maria Skyllas-Kazacos is known worldwide as the researcher and pioneer credited with the invention of the vanadium redox battery (the ‘VRB’). She has continued to lead innovation throughout her distinguished career producing electrolytes, novel plastic electrodes, and new modified membranes, as well as developing mathematical models and designs for battery technology and components, through to prototype testing and manufacturing trials in conjunction with industrial licenses. Click here for University of New South Whales, Australia profile…
The VRB is now regarded as one of the most feasible technologies currently available to meet the growing need for efficient renewable energy storage to help in the global reduction of fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. From early on in her research career, she had a particular concern with the environment: ‘I really wanted to do something that I could see as important for the environment and for society. As a physical scientist, I suppose the most important social contribution you can make is to the environment – particularly from my own area of expertise as distinct from the medical or other social areas.’
Dr. Gilles Champagne
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Gilles Champagne holds a Ph.D. in Electrochemistry and has over 30 years of experience in energy storage ranging from Supercapacitor to Li-ion and Vanadium Redox Flow batteries driving several innovations to market. Dr. Champagne’s key role with VanadiumCorp is focused on leading development and commercialization of new vanadium energy technologies. He has held several positions in mature and early-stage companies in Canada, the US and Europe, structuring organizations, directing technical activities and managing teams that develop and build energy storage products and analytical equipment.
Dr. Champagne’s previous position was VP Engineering and Development at Imergy Power Systems Inc. in Silicon Valley, which was developing a unique high efficiency, stationary energy storage battery using innovative vanadium “V/V” flow battery technology. Under his leadership, he directed VRFB product development for the Asian market and succeeded in delivery and commissioning of the first commercial shipment of vanadium based ESP units to India Telecom customers. As the CTO with Nanotecture Ltd in the UK and Technology Director, Gilles worked in lithium-polymer battery development for the automotive and telecom industries. Gilles has a solid experience in new product development, complex project coordination, IP and interdisciplinary team management with a special interest for innovation. He is author of numerous industrial reports and publications and holds many patents.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Adriaan Bakker has 18 years of experience in capital markets securing, financing, marketing and developing key mining assets, technology, and people. In 2013, he instituted a new mandate by proxy to focus all future development on vanadium based energy storage. This resulted in confirming one of the world’s largest vanadium mineral resources in Quebec, Canada. In 2016, partnership with Electrochem resulted in the invention of process technology that recovers vanadium sustainably from most vanadium sources. In 2019, vanadium battery innovation commenced in Europe. Adriaan is focused on combining VanadiumCorp advancements in battery technology and exclusive production of green vanadium to enable new applications for vanadium redox flow batteries “VRFB” that are both 100% sustainable and the lowest cost/kWh possible.
Mining & Recovery of Critical Metals
Vice President of Business Development
Mr. Paul McGuigan, is a Professional Geoscientist registered with the Association of Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, with 45 years of international experience in mineral exploration, deposit evaluation, mine operations, and corporate governance. As a geochemical researcher, he developed mineral separation techniques commonly employed in exploration and heavy mineral sands mapping. First employed by Resource Associates of Alaska, Pechiney Ugine Kuhlmann, and Esso Minerals Canada, he operated in Canada and the USA. For the last 34 years, Mr. McGuigan has managed the Cambria group of consulting companies in North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the SW Pacific. In civic service, he has served as a member of the Consulting Practice and the Geoscience Committees of the Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, as a director of the BC Neurological Centre, and, lately, as past-president / director of the BC Centre for Ability Foundation.
Advisory Board Member
Mr. Terry Perles has more than 30 years of experience in the metals industry in roles that include engineering, construction management, sales, marketing and senior management. After joining US Steel Corp. in 1980 serving assignments at the company’s steel mills in Homestead and Clairton, PA., he joined vanadium producer Stratcor in 1988. During his 20 year tenure with Stratcor, he held positions in sales, marketing and senior management. By 2008, the Evraz Group had acquired controlling interest in Stratcor and Mr. Perles joined the Evraz trading division, East Metals S.A. of Lugano, Switzerland. He directed sales and marketing for the corporation’s global vanadium business. Mr. Perles holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He served as a member of the International Titanium Association board of directors from 2005 to 2009. He has been a member of the Vanadium International Technical Committee (VANITEC) since 2004.
M.Sc., P.Geo. & Advisory Board Member
Mr. Paul Sorbara has 26 years experience in mining, management and project development. He received the designation of Professional Geologist in 1991 from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists in British Columbia and in 1985, the Geological Association of Canada awarded him the designation of Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada. Currently a director of Golden Goliath Resources Ltd. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1976 and a Master of Science Degree in 1979.
James (Jim) A. McLeod
Cree First Nations, Advisory Board Member
Mr. Jim MacLeod is President, J.A. MacLeod Exploration and EnviroCree Ltd. is highly regarded throughout Canada as a mining exploration technologist. He is a pioneer in mineral exploration and environmental impact and early in his career recognized the link and crucial managment philosophy between mining and environment. Founder of the Mistissini Geological Resources Centre, Jim works closely with Aboriginal communities as a consultant on projects and training in mining exploration. Jim is key advisor to VanadiumCorp facilitating local relations and collaboration for project development. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Cree Mineral Exploration Board, and Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association.
Strategic Projects, Advisory Board Member
Mr. Denis Bouchard is a project developer and advisor for VanadiumCorp’s “VRB” TSX-V operations in Quebec Canada. He has operated for over 25 years in the structural steel industry as well as the the mining and industrial sectors. Before his new role with VRB, Mr. Bouchard was previously with Beauce Atlas, located in Sainte-Marie de Beauce, Quebec, which specializes in the fabrication and installation of structural steel in the commercial, industrial and institutional sectors. Mr. Bouchard has significant provincial and federal government contacts, as well as various financial institutions, pension funds, and para-governmental organizations. Mr. Bouchard’s interest in vanadium and vanadium batteries stems back to 1997 when he first became a strategic investor in the Lac Dore Vanadium Project that the Company now owns 100%.
Financial Markets, Advisory Board Member
Mr. Peter Maclean plays a significant role in the resource sector and has raised more than $100M in equity for mining companies in the last ten years. As a economist by trade (BA Acadia 1971, MA University of New Brunswick 1980), Peter has been a director of 6 junior resource companies. He is currently a director of Movarie Capital, a Capital Pool Company listed on the TSE Venture exchange. Mr. Maclean’s current role with VanadiumCorp is to secure significant financial partnerships for project development.