John Pollesel has over 30 years of experience in mining and most recently was Senior Vice President, Mining at Finning Canada. He was previously COO and Director of Base Metals Operations for Vale's North Atlantic Operations, where he was responsible for the largest underground mining and metallurgical operations in Canada. Prior to this, he was Vice President and General Manager for Vale's Ontario Operations. He also served as the CFO for Compania Minera Antamina in Peru, responsible for executive management in one of the largest copper/zinc mining and milling operations in the world. John is currently leading a private company that is developing an international fertilizer mining operation and serves on the board of directors for North American Construction Group and Noront Resources Ltd.
Garett is a professional mining engineer with extensive experience in project development and mine operations with over 22 years of industry experience. He has managed large technical programs through the concept, feasibility and into construction stages and has senior management and board level experience with several public companies. Most recently as Vice President of Project Development for JDS Energy and Mining, Garett was responsible for leading the Curraghinalt Feasibility Study for Dalradian Resources, a high grade, narrow vein Curraghinalt gold project in Northern Ireland, recently acquired by Orion Mine Finance for $537M. Garett also held roles in mine operations and engineering earlier in his career with senior Canadian mining firms Suncor Energy, and Placer Dome Inc. From 2009 to 2013 he served as Vice President of Operations for Rainy River Resources prior to the $310M sale of Rainy River to New Gold Inc.
Garett is currently the President & CEO of Maritime Resources and a director of Aurelius Minerals and Gungnir Resources. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Western University's Ivey Business School and a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from Laurentian University in Sudbury.
Trent Mell founded First Cobalt in 2017, bringing more than 20 years of international business and operational experience. His mining career includes mine permitting, development and operations with Barrick Gold, Sherritt International, North American Palladium and AuRico Gold. Trent's commercial experience includes M&A, joint ventures, offtake contracts and over $2.6 billion in equity and debt financings. He was also CEO of Falco Resources, owner of the Horne project which has mineral reserves of over 6 million gold equivalent ounces. As President and Head of Mining of PearTree Securities, Trent created a mining team and led the firm to become the largest provider of flow-through capital in Canada, placing more than $300 million in capital in their first year.
Trent holds an EMBA from the Kellogg School of Management and Schulich School of Business, a LL.M from Osgoode Hall as well as a B.A., B.C.L. and LL.B. from McGill University.
Former Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter is an American businessman and politician who served as the 32nd Governor of Idaho, from 2007 to 2019. He was elected in 2006 and reelected in 2010 and 2014. Gov. Otter served as lieutenant governor for 14 years, from 1987 to 2001, and in U.S. Congress from the first district from 2001 to 2007. When he left office in January 2019, Gov. Otter was the longest-serving governor in the United States whose time in office had ran consecutively, at 12 years. His election win in 2014 was his tenth consecutive victory.
Before devoting his career full-time to politics. Gov. Otter spent more than 30 years as a business leader including 12 years as President of Simplot International.
Susan Uthayakumar is a business executive with almost 25 years of experience in finance and executive management. For the past 15 years, she has been with Schneider Electric, a global leader in energy management and automation. In 2021, Susan was appointed Global Sustainability Business Division Leader. From 2018-2020 she served as President of Schneider Electric Canada, with overall responsibility for Canadian operations.
Susan is a CA and CPA and has an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Henrik Fisker is the Chairman and CEO of Fisker Inc. Through his career in the automotive sector, Fisker has become synonymous with iconic cars and leadership in premium electric vehicle development. Mr. Fisker’s vision is behind some of the most emotionally appealing vehicles ever created, including the BMW Z8, the Aston Martin DB9/V8 Vantage, VLF Force 1 to the Fisker Karma and more. Henrik and Fisker Inc. are currently working towards developing the next generation of electric vehicle expertise, tomorrow’s technology and compelling design for the advancement of human mobility and comfort.