Sean Cleary, MBA, co-founded BlackRock Metals in 2008 and has over 20 years of experience in financing mining projects, mergers and acquisitions, corporate financing and scaling up companies. He was Executive Chairman & Head of Corporate Development of Groupworks Financial Corp., (now People Corporation) (TSX-V: PEO), Senior Vice-President of Quest Capital (now Sprott Resource Corp.) and co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Caratax Management Ltd., a Canadian mining fund. He also served as director of private and public companies. He holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of History from the University of Western Ontario.
Dan Nir has held various corporate development and investment banking positions in Toronto and New York and has advised clients on numerous mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance transactions. Prior to joining BlackRock Metals, he worked in the investment banking groups of Jefferies & Company, CIBC World Markets and Wellington West Capital Markets where he was responsible for structuring, negotiating and executing mergers & acquisitions mandates as well as equity and debt capital markets transactions. Dan holds an Honours in Business Administration and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Alexandre has been a government affairs consultant at HATLEY Strategy Advisors since 2013 and has been working with BlackRock since 2014. Before joining HATLEY, Alexandre worked at various ministerial offices in Ottawa. He contributed to the development of foreign policy initiatives while in the office of the Hon. Lawrence Cannon M.P., C.P. before joining the office of the Hon. Jason Kenney M.P., C.P. where he was responsible for relations with cultural communities in the Greater Montreal Area and for communicating numerous government policies. He holds a bachelor’s in political science, economics and philosophy from McGill University as well as a Master’s (M.Sc.) in Strategy from HEC Montréal.
Mr. Dutton has been working with BlackRock Metals since 2016 and recently took on the role of Director of Vanadium Process and products in the company’s technical services group. He has 24 years of experience in the iron, steel, titanium, alloys and vanadium industry. He worked for Anglo America at Highveld Steel and Vanadium in South Africa. He also worked at Vanchem Vanadium Products in the Vanadium Chemical, Oxides & FeV Operation, Vanadium Market Development, Vanadium Mine Development, R&D and Analytical Services. In 2011, he founded Symphony Trade & Investments where he marketed commodities such as vanadium chemicals, alumina, iron ore, coal, chrome concentrates, manganese ores. At Symphony he also developed Iron, Steel and Vanadium projects including vanadium battery electrolyte manufacturing including system installations for the South African telecommunication industry. He is educated in Metallurgical Engineering (Extractive) and Chemical Engineering.
Michael Lam, CPA and CPA (Illinois), has over 25 years of experience in accounting and finance. He previously worked in senior managerial role in Big 4 accounting firms such as Deloitte & Touche LLP and KPMG. For the past 10 years, he has been providing advisory services to public companies and has acted as director and/or chief financial officer.
Nathalie Laurin has over 30 years of experience in administration and accounting. The experience gained through working in various roles with increasing responsibilities, primarily in the natural resources sector, has given her a solid mastery of finance and project management. Since 2006, she has acted as corporate secretary and/or chief financial officer for several companies, most notably mineral exploration companies, including Critical Elements Lithium Corporation, Delta Resources Limited and BlackRock Metals.