Our Team

Management & Advisors

Patrick Highsmith

Patrick Highsmith

CEO – DIRECTOR

Dr. Andy Robinson

Dr. Andy Robinson

PhD - COO - Director

John Jardine

John Jardine

CFO

Mike Dry PhD.

Mike Dry PhD.

Technical Adviser

Ernest Burga PE

Ernest Burga PE

Technical Adviser

Alex Rothwell

Alex Rothwell

BSc ChEng, MBA; Adviser

Patrick Highsmith

CEO – DIRECTOR

A seasoned resource company professional with over 25 years experience in exploration, operations, business development, and executive roles for various companies, including: Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Newmont, and Lithium One.

Mr. Highsmith has evaluated and worked on more than 250 projects around the world. His project management experience includes leading diverse teams through major engineering and development milestones, including delineating several mineral resources, a successful PEA on the Sal de Vida lithium brine project.

Patrick has BSc and MSc degrees from the Colorado School of Mines in Geological Engineering and Economic Geology (Geochemistry).

Dr. Andy Robinson

PhD - COO - Director

Experienced Geoscientist with a PhD in Geochemistry from the University of Bristol and 20 years experience of successful project development. Over a decade working for an international engineering consulting company, including a wide range of groundwater-focused projects in the resource and energy sectors. Last decade, focus on senior technical and executive management roles for publicly-listed companies, including Swift Power Corp and Veresen Inc. During this time, he has successfully taken projects from inception to production while delivering sustained corporate growth.

John Jardine

CFO

30+ years of experience managing accounting and financial compliance for public companies. Certified Management Accounting designation in 1981 (BComm from Carleton University)

Mike Dry PhD.

Technical Adviser

Chemical Engineer with more than 35 years’ experience in mineral processing, including SGS and Mintek. Deep Experience in hydrometallurgy and solvent extraction. Has worked on several lithium project design and engineering teams.

Ernest Burga PE

Technical Adviser

35 years’ experience as a mechanical engineer focused on design and costing for all manner of mining and mineral processing plants. Integral in technical studies, design, and feasibility studies for four different lithium projects.

Alex Rothwell

BSc ChEng, MBA; Adviser

Senior finance professional with 20 years in Canadian capital markets and investment banking. Formerly President of Macquarie Capital Markets Canada. Expertise in institutional relationship management, capital raises and corporate advisory services.
Currently the principal of Temperance Capital in Victoria, BC.