Bearing Lithium Corp. is a lithium-focused mineral exploration and development company. Its primary asset is an 18% interest in the Maricunga Lithium Brine Project in Chile. The Maricunga Project represents one of the highest-grade lithium brine salars globally and the only pre-production project in Chile. The 2019 Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) demonstrates the project as one of the most efficient producers globally with a long-life, high-margin production profile. Over US$40 million has been invested in the Maricunga Project to date.
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MANAGEMENT & DIRECTORS
CHAIRMAN AND DIRECTOR
Mr. Playford is a seasoned senior mining executive, having spearheaded the sale of LionOre Mining to Norislk Nickel (NILSY-US) in 2007 for C$6.8 billion in cash. Mr. Playford started his professional career with Union Carbide Corp. for 25 years and various senior executive positions including Managing Director in Switzerland, Belgium and Germany. Mr. Playford also was the Chairman and CEO of Union Carbide Canada and Chief Financial Officer of Union Carbide in New York. Mr. Playford became Chairman and CEO of UCAR Carbon, a joint venture with Mitsubishi and took the partnership public as GrafTech International. Mr. Playford then went on to found a nickel and gold mining company with assets in Africa and Australia, LionOre Mining International Ltd., and served as the CEO and subsequently as Chairman. Mr. Playford was instrumental in the sale of LionOre to Norilsk Nickel, a Russian mining conglomerate, in an all-cash offer of C$6.8 billion, having trumped a rival C$6.2 billion offer from Xstrata PLC. Mr. Playford holds an Engineering Degree from McGill University in Montreal and a Masters in Business Administration from York University in Toronto.
PRESIDENT AND CEO
Jeremy Poirier has over 12 years of experience in the capital markets, built a strong network of investor and industry contacts, served on a number of boards, and held senior officer positions at several public and private companies. Most recently, Mr. Poirier was a co-founder of Pure Energy Minerals Limited (TSXV:PE) and served as a Director from December 2013 to September 2016, in addition to holding a senior management role. During his tenure with Pure Energy, he reviewed numerous lithium assets and fostered relationships with various partners throughout the supply chain. Mr. Poirier was instrumental in the formation of Bearing Lithium in it’s current form, including facilitating a number of over-subscribed capital raises, in addition to the acquisition of Li3 Energy and a number of other corporate developments. He also serves as a Member of Advisory Board at Nevada Energy Metals Inc. (TSXV:BFF) since April 2016.
DIRECTOR AND PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AMERICAN OPERATIONS
VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Over the past decade, Mr. Asuncion has accumulated extensive experience in the capital markets and the natural resources sector. In 2007, Mr. Asuncion joined Haywood Securities Inc., a privately owned Canadian sell side brokerage firm, as a research associate working within the mining space focusing on precious and platinum group metals. During his tenure at Haywood, he has been involved in a number of sectors including oil and gas, technology and telecom, in addition to his core focus on mining. He subsequently advanced to become a sell-side research analyst in 2012 covering companies from exploration through to production in the precious metals and lithium space. Prior to joining Haywood, Benjamin was involved in the management of an endowment fund at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Mr. Asuncion holds a Bachelor of Business degree from SFU with concentrations in finance, accounting and management science.
ANN FEHR, CPA,CGA
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND CORPORATE SECRETARY
Ann Fehr is the founder of Fehr & Associates and has several years of senior management and consulting experience. She has worked in management since she received her CGA designation in 1996. During her career she also spent several years providing senior level accounting services to publically traded companies and currently holds CFO positions in several. As such, Ann is specially qualified to assist with senior management level problem solving and support the CFO/controller functions of a company. The majority of Ann's senior management and board governance experience is in the real estate and mining industries, as well as through volunteer work. She has also worked extensively with tax and year end accounting.
Mr. Cussen is an industrial civil engineer with 45 years of mining industry experience. He has extensive experience in minerals and mining and specifically in marketing, sales, project exploration, project evaluation and economic assessments. Mr. Cussen was previously the Chairman of the Board of Li3 Energy Inc. (“Li3”). Mr. Cussen has served as the Chairman of The Center for Copper and Mining Studies for 15 years, Cesco, a Chilean think tank on mining. Mr. Cussen holds an engineering degree and a Masters of Economics from the University of Chile.
TIMOTHY W. HEENAN
Timothy Heenan has over 26 years of exploration experience throughout the Americas, and has worked exclusively in South and Central America
since 1990. Mr Heenan has a wide range of diversified exploration experience throughout a range of geographic and geologic environments
and is considered to be a highly skilled explorationist. Mr Heenan has extensive experience in design and implementation of generative
to advanced exploration activities, and has been directly involved in the discovery and advancement of several high profile projects
which are currently in production, and others entering into their feasibility stage.
Mr Heenan is a founder of Mirasol Resources Ltd, and a former director of Mirasol for over 12 years since its inception and listing on the Canadian Ventures Exchange. Mr. Heenan has been based in Mendoza, Argentina with Mirasol as Exploration Manager since its inception in 2003, and prior to that lived and worked for numerous mining and exploration companies in Chile for over a decade. Apart from Mr Heenan´s direct hand´s on approach to exploration, he has also become very familiar with legal, corporate and administrative matters in both Chile and Argentina, is fluent in Spanish, and has developed an extensive network of contacts through-out the mining industry during his tenure in South America. Mr. Heenan is a Canadian citizen by birth, and maintains definitive legal residency status in both Chile and Argentina.
DR. LEE SUNGWON
Dr. Lee is metallurgical engineer with over 25 years of experience. Dr. Lee is the Director of the Lithium Project Department at POSCO (PosLX) and has been with the company for over 17 years holding various senior roles. Dr. Sungwon holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Southern California, a M.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering from the Yonsei University in Korea.
Mr. Cameron is a graduate of Carleton University and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. Mr. Cameron has over 30 years of experience in the mining industry. He was the Chief Executive Officer (and President until Aug 2010)of Valley High Ventures from Sept 2008 to March 2011, when it was sold for ~$120 million. He held the position of Vice President and Manager of Exploration for Phelps Dodge Corporation of Canada Limited (a subsidiary of Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold Inc.) between 2001 and 2008. Mr. Cameron's career includes all aspects of mining exploration throughout the world including North and South America, Asia and Europe. Mr. Cameron is a qualified person for the purposes of NI 43-101 and has reviewed the disclosure this site.
Mr. Hains is an industrial minerals exploration and economic geologist with more than 30 years of experience in development, use and analysis of industrial minerals properties and materials. He has held product research and business development responsibilities with Fiberglas Canada Inc. and Domtar Construction Materials, and has been consulting in the field of industrial minerals markets and economics for the past 30 years. His experience encompasses most of the industrial minerals and several specialty metals, especially antimony, lithium, tantalum, niobium, gallium, germanium and rare earths. Assignments have ranged from valuation reports to feasibility and market studies. He is a registered professional geoscientist in Ontario and a Professional Member of the SME. Don is the author of the Best Practice Guidelines for Reporting of Lithium Brine Resources and Reserves and a co-author of the Best Practice Guidelines for Reporting on Industrial Minerals Resources and Reserves. These guideline documents provide recommended best practice when reporting resources and reserves under NI 43-101.