Corporate Objectives & Strategy
North American Lithium's mission is to insure the growth in value for our investors, in store proper safeguards to protect and preserve the land we're working on, offer a prosper place of work for our employees and create long lasting relationships with the communities we work with.
► Become North America’s first ‘hard rock’ lithium producer during 2017
► Ensure high operating/environmental standards
► Position the company for a successful IPO to create significant value for shareholders
► Build team of experts in mining and lithium operations with Quebec experience
► Learn from the lessons of the past:
- Finance the company properly without being overly reliant on debt
- Identify mistakes made by past operator and implement solutions
► Focus on near term production and cash flow through a phased approach:
- Phase 1: Li concentrate (spodumene) production
- Phase 2: Start hydromet plant to produce battery grade LiCO3
Chief Executive Officer & Director
Mr. Xiang, who led the acquisition of the Quebec Lithium project, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Company and has been since July 2016. In addition, Mr. Xiang serves as director for several TSX and US-listed companies, and has served as a director and CFO for several TSX and US-listed companies since 2005. Mr. Xiang is the Chief Executive Officer and a director of Jien International Investment Ltd. and has managed its $1.6 billion asset in Canada since 2013. Prior to his engagement with Jien International Investment Ltd., Mr. Xiang was the President of China Mineral Resources Limited, a company that provides investment and financial advisory services to Chinese companies seeking to list, finance or transact on M&A opportunities in North America. Mr. Xiang holds a Bachelor of Arts from Huazhong University of Science & Technology in China and a Masters of Business Administration from York University.
VP Operation & General Manager
Mr. Desorsiers is a metallurgical engineer graduated from Laval in 1994. He began his career at Cambior Gant Dormant to pursue at Louvicout Mine as a metallurgist and environmental engineer. Since 1999, Yves has held management positions such as Timbal's superintendent pit and mill and Timber Superintendent for Tembec. From 2005 to 2012, he worked for ArcelorMittal as head of ovens in Contrecoeur, plant and mine manager in Fermont and as deputy general manager. In 2012, he became general manager for Canada Lithium and then in 2013 moved to be Managing Director at Nyrstar in Lebel Sur Quevillon until joining the Company in August 2016.
Chief Financial Officer
Charles Sung, CPA, CA, CPA(IL) is a Canadian and US CPA. Through his eleven years of experience, Charles provides business/financing consulting, accounting, assurance and general tax services to private and public entities. Before joining the Company, Charles was also an Assurance Manager at MNP Canada, and has managed numerous audit and consulting engagements and advised on technical accounting and auditing issues for private and public clients. Charles graduated from University of Toronto with a Master of Management of Professional Accounting degree and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
Thomas Laporte Aust
VP Corporate Affairs & Corporate Secretary
Mr. Aust leads NAL’s corporate affairs and sustainability programs. Prior to joining NAL in 2017, Mr. Aust served as a outside counsel to the Company and was involved in the acquisition of the Quebec Lithium project from the RB Energy receivership. Over the course of his career, he has been involved in acquisition projects across a variety of sectors throughout Canada. Previously, he worked as a lawyer within the corporate and securities practice of one of Canada's most prestigious national law firms. Mr. Aust holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from Queens University and a law degree from Université Laval (LLB). He is a member of the Barreau du Québec as well as the American Bar Association.
Board of Directors
Mr. Boivin is a Partner at the law firm Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP with a practice focused on corporate and securities law, primarily in the mining and natural resources sectors, for companies with properties and operations all over the world including the Americas, Africa, Eastern Europe and Australia. Mr. Boivin has substantial experience leading capital market financing transactions and public mergers & acquisitions and advises numerous public companies with respect to regulatory compliance and governance matters.
Mr. Wang is the Chairman of Jilin Jien Nickel Industry Co. Ltd. Mr. Wang joined Jilin Jien in 1996 as an auditor and has since held the positions of Vice President and President of the Company. Jilin Jien Nickel Industry Co. Ltd. is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.