There is a generational opportunity emerging from the rapidly changing ways that the world produces, stores, and consumes energy. As adoption rates of electric vehicles across the entire transportation spectrum increase and efficient battery-based renewable energy generation storage becomes more mainstream, thereby causing the demand for critical materials to increase dramatically, we believe that the scope of the market opportunity becomes materially more meaningful and global. Safety and sustainability are core values of Chilean Cobalt Corp. (“C3”) and a critical part of our value proposition. C3 is developing ESG-focused goals, measures, and targets that are aligned with leading standards from the Global Reporting Initiative (“GRI”), the International Sustainability Standards Board (“ISSB”), and the initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (“IRMA”) initiatives, in addition to the European Sustainability Reporting Standards under development in the European Union (“EU”) and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Climate-Related Disclosures. We believe our commitment to safety and sustainability is part of what will make us a preferred supplier and customer within the lithium-ion battery ecosystem.
Formed in 2017, Chilean Cobalt Corp., a U.S. Incorporated company, is a critical materials exploration and development company. It is focused on becoming the most responsible supplier of cobalt and copper resources for the downstream Li-ion battery market and other cleaner energy product markets, starting with the development of its western-based La Cobaltera project located in Chile’s historic San Juan cobalt District. C3 has been very active in consolidating land in the San Juan District. C3 currently controls ~4,000 hectares of property, having negotiated numerous land package agreements in the period of 2018 through 2022. Prior exploration by Chilean Cobalt Corp. in this area has validated historical geological data and included extensive diamond drilling with over 20,000 meters of core recovered across the district, including technical and modeling work by SRK geological consultants. C3’s exploration and development plan is for a primary high-grade primary cobalt mine with a target production of 2,500-3,000 metric tonnes per annum. Moreover, this product will be produced in accordance with top ESG standards. C3 has the potential to be only the second primary cobalt mine in the world.
Chilean Cobalt Corp was established to restart/expand historic primary cobalt operations in Chile. The world needs a secure, reliable, and ethically-sourced supply of cobalt outside of the DRC. The unique characteristics of the San Juan District in Northern Chile coupled with the supply/demand dynamics of the cobalt industry presented a compelling opportunity for exploration and development. C3 acted quickly and secured a team of industry experts with the ability to consolidate the district and commence exploration work. Today, we consider C3’s La Cobaltera project to be the most promising primary cobalt exploration/development opportunity globally.
Greg Levinson, Founder and Chairman of the Board of C3, has served in that role since December 2017. Greg previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of C3 from 2017 through 2022. Greg served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board and director of Genlith, Inc., a holding company focused on clean energy, energy materials, and battery technology and a former affiliate of C3. From 2008 to December 2017, he served as the CEO of Schooner Investment Group, a manager of hedged SEC registered funds. Prior to 2008, Mr. Levinson spent 15 years within the multi-strategy hedge fund and proprietary trading community and served as an asset manager specializing in convertible arbitrage, equity, and derivative strategies at Polaris Advisors which he founded. From 1995 to 2002, prior to his hedge fund work, Mr. Levinson was a Managing Director at BNP/Paribas, leading groups in both proprietary trading and client managed assets. He joined BNP after graduating from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania in 1995, with a B.S. in Economics and a concentration in Finance.
Andy Sloop, Independent Director and Chairman of the ESG Committee of C3, has served in that role since October 2021. Andy is a sustainability SME with 30 years of experience planning, developing, and managing leading-edge, cross-functional and multi-stakeholder programs and processes across public, private, and non-profit sectors. He currently directs Nike’s Global Zero Waste Program and serves on the company’s Responsible Supply Chain Environmental Excellence and Innovation Leadership Team. Andy holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Pomona College, and an MBA from Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University. He is also ASQ Six Sigma Green certified in Quality Management and continuous improvement.
Duncan T. Blount, Chief Executive Officer and Director of C3, has served in that role since June 2022. Duncan is responsible for Company leadership and all strategic aspects of the business. He has over 15 years of experience focused on global natural resources. From 2017 until joining C3, he was CEO and Director of Decklar Resources, Inc. (“DKL.V”), a TSX-V listed Nigeria-focused independent oil & gas exploration and development company. Prior to DKL.V’s focus on Nigeria, it was named Asian Mineral Resources Ltd. and was focused on a nickel-copper-cobalt mine in Vietnam. Prior to these corporate executive roles, Mr. Blount spent a decade in the investment management industry focused on natural resources in emerging markets. During this time, he held roles at RWC Partners Ltd. and Everest Capital Ltd., where he was responsible for developing commodity and natural resources portfolio strategy. Duncan presently serves as a Non-Executive Director for Decklar Resources, Inc. and, Ponce de Leon Mining LLC. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Ocean Minerals LLC and on the Index Committee of the EQM Lithium & Battery Technology Index (BATTIDX). Duncan graduated with an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona and a BA in Language and World Trade from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.
Ignacio Moreno, Chile Country Manager and Director of C3, has worked with the Company in different capacities since December 2017. Ignacio has over 20 years of experience working in the public & private sectors of the mining industry. Between 2014 and 2016, he was appointed Undersecretary of Mining for the Chilean government. Previous to that he was the head of the Development division of ENAMI (Empresa Nacional de Minería), a Chilean state-run mining company. Ignacio also served several years as General Manager of Minera Cerro Dominador, a private mining company producing copper in Northern Chile. Ignacio started his career in banking for Banque Nationale de Paris in Chile. He holds a Maitrise de Gestion (Master I in the European Standard) from the University of Montpellier (France) and a Graduate Diploma in Management Sciences from the University of Bradford (UK).
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Jeremy McCann, Chief Operating Officer and Director of C3, has served in that role since December 2017. Jeremy is responsible for all operational aspects of Company business. He is also the Chief Operating Officer and a Founder of Genlith Inc., a holding company focused on clean energy, energy materials, and battery technology and a former affiliate of C3. He has held these roles since inception in 2017. Prior to his current role, from 2008-2017 he was COO of Schooner Investment Group LLC., a registered investment advisor to multiple registered mutual funds. Jeremy graduated with a B.S. in Finance from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Jim Van Horn, Chief Financial Officer of C3, has served in that role since January 2022. Jim is responsible for all financial aspects of the business. Prior positions include Interim Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, Sigma for Mercer Global Advisors and Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for Sigma Investment Management Company. Jim received a post-baccalaureate in Accounting from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon and graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. Jim has maintained his Certified Public Accounting license with the State Board of Accountancy for the State of Oregon since May 1999.
Felipe Quinzio, Chile Administration and General Management, has served in that role at C3's Chilean subsidiary Baltum Mineria SpA since August 2020. Felipe is an operations and engineering expert with over 10 years of experience in strategic planning, industrial engineering and project management and is responsible for human resources, financial reporting, and accounting for Baltum. Felipe is presently the CFO for Gestion Ambiental S.A., a large environmental consulting firm in Chile. Prior roles include Senior Strategic and Financial Analyst Engineer for the largest Chilean private mining company, as a Project Controls Engineer for an $800m project for Bechtel, and Chief of Strategy for one of the leading water companies in Chile . Felipe is fluent in English and Spanish and has an MBA from Hult International Business School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and an MS / BS in Engineering from Universidad Adolfo Ibanez near Santiago, Chile.