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Dr. Maria Skyllas-Kazacos, Professor Emeritus, VRFB Advisor

Dr. Maria Skyllas-Kazacos is a chemical engineer whose invention of the Vanadium Redox Flow Battery (VRFB) in the late 1980s may revolutionize how we store energy. The VRFB is a unique type of flow battery that can repeatedly absorb and release massive amounts of electricity which is ideal for renewable energy. Over the last thirty years, Dr. Skyllas-Kazacos remains focused on improving the technology and finding commercial applications in various markets to reduce the cost and make the VRFB a feasible solution to our energy storage challenges. She is Professor Emeritus for the University of New South Wales in Australia where she received her PhD in 1978. As a distinguished academic, Dr. Skyllas-Kazacos has won numerous awards for her research including the R.K. Murphy Medal from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute in 2000 and the Order of Australia in 1999.

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Terry Perles, Vanadium Marketing and Sales

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.

Mark Reynolds, Battery Materials & Financial Strategist

Mark Reynolds is a public company financier, management consultant and entrepreneur. Mark has worked with several companies in Australia, Canada and the USA including Vanteck VRFB, where he acquired the chemical patent for the first generation of Vanadium electrolyte. Mark worked with the team that listed and financed VRB during development with Sumitomo and Anglo American to install the first North American Vanadium Redox Flow Battery at Moab in Utah. Mark is a passionate student of the role of energy storage in the modernization of power grids and realization of renewables, and is a co-founder and VP of Ultra Power Systems. Mark Reynolds graduated with a Bachelor in Business Administration in Perth, Western Australia

James (Jim) A. McLeod, Explorationist & Cree First Nations Advisor

Mr. 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.

Paul Sorbara, M.Sc., P.Geo. & Advisor

Mr. 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.

Peter Maclean, Financial Advisor & Consultant

Mr. 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.

Denis Bouchard, Manager, Strategic Project Development

Mr. Bouchard is the leading strategic project developer and advisor for VanadiumCorp’s “VRB” TSX-V Quebec 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%.

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