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Bearing Lithium Corp. is a lithium-focused mineral exploration and development company. Its primary asset is a 17.14% 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$67 million has been invested in the Maricunga Project to date.
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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.
Mr. Sáenz is a finance executive with over 25 years experience in mining finance and metals trading with a focus on Latin America. Mr. Sáenz is a Director of Atico Mining Corporation with assets in Colombia, CEO and director of Compañia Minera Quiruvilca and South America Mining Investments with assets in Peru, and was the former CEO and a Director of Li3 Energy Inc. in Chile. Since April 2017, he has held the position of President of South American Operations for Bearing Lithium.Throughout his career, Mr. Sáenz has held senior roles with Standard Bank of South Africa, Merrill Lynch and Pechiney World Trade. He holds a degree in Economics and International Affairs from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.
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 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 founder and current President 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.
Mr. Gubbins is a Chilean lawyer with 25 years of experience as an associate and partner of local law firms. He has also served as an independent legal advisor over the last three years. Mr. Gubbins has served as a board member for various private companies in Chile, with both Chilean and foreign investors. Mr. Gubbins is a member of the Advisory Legal Committee of Hogar de Cristo, the largest charity in Chile. From 2005-2018 he was a partner at CorreaGubbins (currently CorreaSquella) in Santiago, Chile. Mr. Gubbins graduated law school at the Universidad de Chile, Santiago. He also has a Master of Arts from the University of London.
Mr. Park received his PhD Candidacy in Environmental Science and Engineering from Pohang University of Science and Technology in 2010. He worked for the Research Institute of Industrial Science and Technology (RIST) from 1996 to 2018 and was the Lithium Project Leader from 2014 to 2018.