Adriaan Bakker, President & Chief Executive Officer
Since 2003, Adriaan has secured, financed and developed key mining assets, technology and people. Following the takeover of the management team by proxy in 2013, a new mandate to develop vanadium for energy storage was implemented. This resulted in the partnership, invention and patent development of an innovative green process technology with Electrochem Technologies & Materials Inc. This jointly developed green process solves the largest challenges by recovering vanadium with a negligible cost and carbon footprint. With a globally significant resource base in Quebec and technology to recover vanadium sustainably, the pathway to define vanadium as a green battery metal is clear. VanadiumCorp proceeded to launch XRG® vanadium redox flow battery (VRB, VRFB) development in 2019 with industry veterans. XRG® represents clean energy storage technology powered by its own supply chain. With strategic and reusable battery supply powering safe, sustainable, scalable and high performing energy storage technology, we can alleviate our reliance on fossil fuels and modernize power grids for our clean energy future. Stay updated at xrg.com
Stephen Pearce, Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Secretary
Mr. Stephen Pearce has 28 years experience in mining and law. His current focus is on corporate and securities work and past experience includes mine management and operations. He received his law degree from the University of British Columbia and an Honours Bachelors Degree in economics from York University with an emphasis on corporate finance. Stephen was instrumental in his role in transitioning the Company by proxy in 2013. Stephen is passionate about corporate responsibility, sustainability and innovation which which he integrates into every aspect of his work. He is active in his community and serves as President of WRAGS Western Regional Advocacy Group Society, a non-profit organization which works in partnership with Sleep Country Canada to provide free mattresses to those in our community most in need.
John Hewlett, Director, Business Development
Mr. John Hewlett has strategically invested in the resource market for the past 30 years. He is well renowned for his practical approach on direct investment and project development. His experience includes development of mining projects in British Columbia and the Yukon, investment and corporate advisory for several Canadian and US public companies, the shareholder led takeover of VanadiumCorp by proxy as well as real estate for the last 20 years in British Columbia, Canada. His network of contacts covers a wide array of retail and strategic contacts from the mining industry and accredited investment community.
Dr. Gilles Y. Champagne, Chief Technology Officer & Director
Dr. Champagne is an Electrochemical/VRFB Engineer with over 25 years’ experience driving innovations to market. Dr. Champagne’s key role will lead development of new vanadium energy technologies for VanadiumCorp. 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, Imergy delivered its first commercial shipment of vanadium based ESP units to India Telecom customers.
Sokhie Puar, Director
Mr. Sokhie Puar has over 30 years in the public markets, and has worked in various capacities with companies in the mining, oil and gas, technology, education and clean energy sectors since 2001. Most recently, Mr. Puar held positions of CEO, President, Director and Chairman of Candelaria Mining Corp. raising over $28 million and leading acquisition of several mining projects in Mexico. Mr. Puar holds a diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology and a diploma in Business Administration from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Mr. Puar sits and has sat on boards of many public and private companies including the board of Governors of Southpointe Academy, an independent school located in Tsawwassen, B.C., where he Chaired the Governance Committee.