Daniel Harris is a seasoned and highly experienced mining executive and director and has most recently held the role of interim CEO and Managing Director of ASX listed Atlas Iron, a mid-sized, independent Australian iron ore mining company with operations in the Northern Pilbara of Western Australia. Daniel remains a Non-Executive Director to the Atlas Iron Board. Daniel has been involved in all aspects of the industry for over 37 years and held both COO and CEO positions in Atlantic Ltd. The company’s subsidiary, Midwest Vanadium, owned a +$500 million-dollar production plant and vanadium mine in Western Australia. As COO, Daniel was tasked with the start-up of the newly constructed vanadium plant and brought it into commercial operation, before moving to the CEO role.
Daniel is also the former Vice President of EVRAZ Plc, Vanadium assets responsible for their global vanadium business. EVRAZ plc is a £4.2 billion publicly traded steel, mining and vanadium business with operations in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Europe, USA, Canada and South Africa. EVRAZ consolidated vanadium business produced and marketed approximately one quarter of the world’s vanadium supply.
Daniel is also a Non-Executive Director of Perth based Australian Vanadium, and is the Chief Advisor to the Board of Directors of Queensland Energy Minerals, QEM, and also acts as a technical executive consultant to GSA Environmental in the UK, a process engineering company that is well credentialed in the vanadium and oil industries.
Dr. Allard, Ph.D. discovered the Henderson gold/copper mine in the Chibougamau mining district in 1956. In 1966, he discovered the first major vanadium deposit in North America, now the location of the BlackRock project, on the south bank of the Lake Doré complex, 25 km from Chibougamau. Dr. Allard spent 29 seasons in the field mapping and training a large number of future geologists in the Chibougamau area. He has been a Professor of Geology at the University of Georgia since 1965. He has received many awards for his teaching and research, including the Duncan R. Derry Medal from the Geological Association of Canada, the A.O. Dufresne Award from the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, the Grand Prix de Mérite Géoscientifique (Award of Geoscientific Merit) from the Association des Géologues et des Géophysiciens du Québec and the Jean-Descarreaux Award from the Association de l’exploration minière du Québec. Dr. Allard holds a Bachelor of Letters and a Bachelor of Sciences from the Université of Montréal, a Masters of Geology from Queen’s University and a Ph.D. in Geology from Johns Hopkins University.
Jean-Pierre Colin, DCS, LL.L. MBA, has over 30 years of experience in corporate financing in the mining industry and now acts as business strategy consultant for corporate boards of directors and shareholders. He has held senior management positions at Octagon Capital Corp, Desjardins Securities Inc., Deacon Capital Corp, Richardson Greenshields of Canada Ltd. and JP Colin Securities Inc. He is a member of the Quebec Bar and holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario, a Civil Law Diploma from the University of Ottawa, and a Certificate in Comparative Law from the University of Manitoba.
Michael Lam, CA, has acted as Consultant for BlackRock Metals since 2010. He was previously Managing Director at Deloitte in Toronto, Ontario. Michael Lam has over 20 years of experience in finance and accounting, primarily in financial reporting, regulatory reviews and investigations, securities transactions and continuous disclosure filings for Canadian and U.S. companies.