Adriaan Bakker, President & Chief Executive Officer
An entrepreneur in mining since 2003, Mr. Adriaan Bakker spearheaded the acquisition and development of the Company’s vanadium assets and built a world class technical and management team. Adriaan’s expertise includes raising capital, marketing, M&A and corporate finance. After the acquisition and development of the Company’s key vanadium projects in 2007 and 2008, Adriaan chose to address significant industry challenges that resulted in the partnership, invention and development of an innovative green process technology with Electrochem Technologies & Materials Inc.. Key aspects of this disruptive technology align with Adriaan’s vision to establish a direct recovery method for both primary and secondary sources of vanadium, as well as eliminating the cost and carbon footprint of vanadium for sustainable energy storage and high tech “smart” applications.
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.