Chairman, CEO & Director
Mr. Gilman, a mining engineer, has more than 30 years of experience as a deal maker in the metals and mining sector. He was a founder of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (“CIBC”) Global Mining Team in Toronto in 1988. He subsequently led the team’s efforts out of Australia and Hong Kong. During his time with CIBC, Mr. Gilman was responsible for some of the largest equity capital markets financings in Canadian mining history. He served as advisor to the largest mining companies in the world including BHP, Rio Tinto, Anglo American, Noranda, Falconbridge, Meridian Gold, China Minmetals, Jinchuan and Zijin.
From 2011, Mr. Gilman led CEF Holdings Ltd., a global mining investment company, owned 50% by CIBC and 50% by CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd. Warren serves as a director for Niobec Ltd. (niobium in Quebec) and NexGen Energy Ltd. (uranium in Saskatchewan).
Mr. Gilman obtained his B.Sc. in Mining Engineering at Queen’s University and his MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University. He is Chairman of the International Advisory Board of Western University and a member of the Dean’s Advisory board of Laurentian University.
President & Director
Mr. Granger is Managing Director of Xela Group Ltd., a consulting firm to the junior metals & mining sector. From 2010-16, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Barisan Gold Corp., the predecessor company to Lithion Energy Corp. Alex has fifteen years of experience in the investment banking and capital market industry covering the metals and mining sector. Ten of those years were spent in the Asia Pacific region with CIBC covering companies based in East Asia and Australia. Mr. Granger holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University.
John F. Anderson
Mr. Anderson is a partner practicing corporate and securities law with a focus on public M&A, and a general corporate practice that also involves private M&A, joint ventures, corporate finance/securities and corporate governance. John is a former member of the firm’s national Partnership Board and former head of the Vancouver office’s Corporate/Securities Group. John’s primary expertise is in the mining, forestry and technology sectors. He has worked on many of the most significant BC-based transactions over the past 20 years, including such milestone transactions as the sale of MacMillan Bloedel to Weyerhaeuser, the sale of Westcoast Energy to Duke Energy and the sale of Terasen to Kinder Morgan. Through his significant prior involvement with mining issuers, Mr. Anderson has experience with reviewing financial statements and related management discussion and analysis, and discussing financial issues with management, accountants and auditors, and as a result, he possesses the understanding of accounting principles and the ability to analyze and evaluate the financial statements of the Company.
Mr. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of British Columbia.
Mr. Cowin is the Principal of Corum Funds Management, an entity managing the Cowin family office investments. He is also Chairman of Dominos Pizza Japan Inc. and a Director of Apache Industrial Services, CTE Investments, Rockmaster Resources Corp. and Walcott Resources Ltd. Michael Cowin has over 25 years investment experience in the wholesale funds management sector in Australia. From 2007 to 2018, he was an equity partner and Director of Northcape Capital, a boutique investment fund based in Australia which manages over A$10 billion. He was the portfolio manager for the Emerging Companies Fund at Northcape Capital. Prior to Northcape Capital, Michael Cowin was a senior portfolio manager at AMP from 2004-2007 where he ran the AMP Small Companies Fund. From 2003-2004, he managed the Small Companies Fund at UBS managing ‘small cap’ money in Australia. Michael Cowin has gained extensive experience investing in the resources sector.
Mr. Roberts was Group Deputy Chief Financial Officer of Hutchison Whampoa Limited (“HWL”) for 23 years until his retirement in 2011. HWL is a multinational conglomerate, part of the Cheung Kong Group of Companies founded by Mr. Li Ka-shing, which now trades as CK Hutchison Holdings Limited, a US$30 billion company. Mr. Roberts currently serves as an Independent Non-executive Director of listed companies HK Electric Investments Ltd. and CK Asset Holdings Ltd. He is also an Independent non-executive Director of Welab Bank Limited. Mr. Roberts is a member of the Listing Committee of the Main Board and Growth Enterprise Market (“GEM”) of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. In the past he has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and is currently a Governor of the chamber. He has served in the past as a Governor of the Canadian International School of Hong Kong for 12 years and also on its finance committee. He also served as a member, including as the Deputy Chairman, of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Professional Accountants (“HKICPA”) for nine years. Mr. Roberts holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He is a Chartered Accountant with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, Alberta and British Columbia and a Fellow of the HKICPA.
Mr. Chau is Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Infiniti Investment Management Ltd., a Honk Kong based investment company, since 2005.
Mr. Hansen is Business Development Manager of Wyloo Metals, an Australian-based investment company, since April 2020. Vice President of Appian Capital Advisory LLP from June to October 2018. Senior Associate at Appian from 2017 to 2018 and Investment Associate from 2014 to 2017.