Corporate

Our Strategy

Focus on high-quality, natural, Eco-Friendly clean graphite

Establish strong supply network among EV and Battery Storage Manufacturers

Complete 20,000 tonnes per annum vein graphite processing plant and transition to open pit in Q4 2021

Use cash flow for expansion/acquisition

Low capital cost

Accelerated added-value manufacturing

Our Mission

To establish Gratomic as a reliable global graphite producer through innovative thinking, experienced management, a motivated workforce, creating value for stakeholders, and being prepared to quickly adapt and rapidly respond to changing market demand.

Our vision

Gratomic aims to become a key strategic supplier of clean, environmentally friendly and ethically sourced graphite for the Carbon Age.

Our values

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Health and Safety of our people always comes first

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Transparency within the organization and with all stakeholders

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Integrity, teamwork and personal accountability

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Minimum environmental impact

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Out of the box thinking

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Operational Excellence

Management & Directors

Arno Brand

Arno Brand

CEO & President

Mr. Brand, is a  Namibian entrepreneur with 14 years of experience working on major construction and mining projects in Africa.  As an experienced commodity Trader/Broker with over a billion dollars in trades. Arno has been involved in numerous public transactions and company financings worth more than 200 million dollars.  He has negotiated uranium off-take agreements on behalf of Soupamine with utilities providers around the world. Mr. Brand has gernerated over 500 million dollars for shareholders in taking private companies public & has held various important roles in several companies over his career, including CEO, COO, Director, and Project Manager.

Rodger Roden

Rodger Roden

CFO

Mr. Roden, CPA CA, has more than 30 years of industry experience and has worked as Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer with public and private companies in a broad range of industries including the mineral sector.  His experience includes all aspects of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, IT implementations, tax, and business systems and process analyses and implementation. 

Bill Johnstone

Bill Johnstone

Legal Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Mr. Johnstone has been a partner at Gardiner Roberts LLP since February of 2005 practicing in the areas of securities and corporate law. He is the Practice Leader of the firm’s Securities Law Group. Mr. Johnstone has been practicing law for over thirty (30) years. He is also a director and/or officer of five other TSX Venture Exchange listed companies and three Canadian Securities Exchange listed companies.
Armando Farhate

Armando Farhate

COO & Head of Graphite Marketing & Sales

Mr. Farhate’s prior experience in the planning, engineering, research and development, processing, project management, sales, and marketing areas of the graphite mining industry make him the ideal candidate to fill the position of C.O.O and Head of Graphite Marketing & Sales.

In past projects, he was responsible for quality management, environmental management, and implementing strategic and tactical planning. Mr. Farhate will oversee the completion of the processing plant at the Aukam Graphite Mine, as well as regular operations at the site.  He will coordinate important decisions regarding processing.

His knowledge and expertise will foster numerous opportunities for Gratomic, not only through Mr. Farhate’s experience but through his network within the graphite industry as well.

Glenda Green

Glenda Green

Communications & Marketing

Glenda has a background in marketing, entrepreneurship, management, team development, sales coaching, and training.  She is experienced in social media marketing, website management, and custom content creation.  Glenda has experience in a managerial role with BMO and in Communications & Marketing roles in the Oil and Gas industry as well as the junior mining sector. Green possesses a Degree in Bachelor of Business Administration from Mount Royal University.

Karl Trudeau

Karl Trudeau

Director & Head of Namibian Operations

Based in the province of Québec, Canada, Karl Trudeau possesses unique experience achieved through the operation of natural graphite facilities. He was Plant Director for six years at Imerys Graphite et Carbonne (formerly Timcal) in Lac-Des-Îles, QC, Canada.   Imerys is the largest graphite producer in North America.  His next role would occur with Nouveau Monde Graphite, where he became the Chief Operations Officer.  This role would last for over two years. 

Additional experience in the mining industry includes the exploration and mining of various types of minerals. Karl previously occupied the position of Vice President at Minera Planet, in Mexico, and was directly responsible for the implementation of a greenfield project.  He has a degree in Industrial Management, supplemented with over 20 years of professional experience in various roles within the mining industry.

Bruno Baillavoine

Bruno Baillavoine

Director

Bruno currently works with Pericles Group out of the UK in several key positions. He is an Independent Director for Cel-Sci, a leading cancer treatment research center. Bruno is also a shareholder and ex-chairman with CleanBay Inc, a company responsible for the development process from project to long-term operation of electricity, nutrient recovery and production of fertilizer plants in the US.  Baillavoine is an Entrepreneurial Manager, Strategist, Innovator and Business builder, with a record of creating substantial sustained growth and strong profitability in a broad range of businesses. He is an experienced CEO, Chairman, and Independent Director with successful experience ranging from small companies to large multinationals.

Daniel Baard

Daniel Baard

Director

Mr. Baard is an operationally oriented finance executive with extensive experience in logistics, contract mining, finance, administration, and public company accounting in diverse industries. He is a strategic leader with proven ability to streamline operations, impact business growth, and enhance profitability through achievements in finance management, cost and internal controls, productivity, and efficiency improvements.  Baard is a CPA (Canada) / ACCA (Fellow, UK) who brings business, financial and analytical acumen to resolve complex problems creatively. He has most recently served as the Chief Investment Officer (“CIO”) for the Dukathole Group from December 2018 to May of 2021. He has wide-ranging experience as a CEO, COO and CFO, spanning several impressive projects including Loubster Bulk Services and Southern Seas Advisory Group. Baard is an extremely experienced executive with invaluable insight into the essential operations of Gratomic.

Steven Gray

Steven Gray

Qualified Person (QP)

Mr. Gray is a geologist registered with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (“APGO”). With more than 28 years of experience, he maneuvers effectively within the Resource Sector.  He is Director and Managing Partner for a private mining company operating in Arizona, Director for a publicly traded Canadian based venture capital firm, and recently served as Vice President for a publicly traded minerals company. Gray provides consulting services related to underground and open-pit mine planning, scoping and feasibility studies in Canada and abroad.

Advisors

Dr. Ian Flint

Dr. Ian Flint

Mining & Processing Engineer

Dr. Flint has more than 25 years’ experience in the graphite industry including more recent work in the growing field of graphene manufacture and commercialization. Dr. Flint’s experience includes process design, test work, pilot plants, equipment design, physical processing and materials development. He has worked as metallurgist, and/or director of more than 30 graphite/graphene projects worldwide. Dr. Flint holds a Ph.D. in mining and mineral processing engineering (2001) from the University of British Columbia and has more than 10 years of teaching mining engineering and graphite processing at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Dr. Roger Moss

Dr. Roger Moss

Advisor

Dr. Moss is a professional geologist with 20 years international experience in copper and gold exploration.  He was instrumental in the discovery of the multi-million ounce Navachab gold deposit in Namibia.   Dr. Moss has 16 years’ experience in senior management roles with junior companies and is an adjunct Professor in Lassonde Mineral Engineering Program.

Namibian Team

Lynne Brand

Lynne Brand

HR & General Manager, Namibia & Interim Director

Lynne has been a dedicated contributor and supporter of the Aukam Graphite Mine since the beginning, Lynne has persevered through the toughest times experienced in a start-up company. She has sacrificed selflessly. Without Lynne, the Aukam mine would not be what it is today. Her unwavering dedication, work ethic, selflessness, and loyalty are the foundation upon which Gratomic has flourished. 

 “As one of the first Gratomic team members with feet on the ground, nothing would give me greater satisfaction than to see my dream of the Aukam Graphite Mine realized. I truly believe in this project and have faith that the current Leadership team can take us there.” – Lynne Brand, HR and General Manager, Namibia.

Sir-King Frans Indongo Jr.

Sir-King Frans Indongo Jr.

County Manager, Namibia

Mr. Indongo is a Namibian entrepreneur who has over ten years of experience in both Namibian national and international business experience.  He has more than 10 years’ experience in Namibian mining and oil & gas industry and enjoys business relationships with many major national and international corporations within Namibia, South African Development Community and the International Community as a whole. His focus has been on developing relationships with governments, empowerment groups, and community stakeholders, with the goal of creating long-term sustainable economic and social growth. 

Corne Coetser

Corne Coetser

Chief Geologist, Namibia

Mr. Coestser recieved his BSc Earth science from the University of Stellenbosch Westen Cape, South Africa and is currently Head Geologist at Gratomic Inc. and Project Geologist for One Bullion Limited.  Mr. Coestser was an integral member of the team whom designed the pilot plant at Gratomic’s Flagship Aukam Graphite Project, which laid the groundwork for the design of Gratomic’s on site commmercial processing facility.   Corne has been paramount in perfecting the refining process necessary to upscale the graphite to higher than 99% purity. He has conducted extensive research at the mine site and has extracted several core samples during a recent drill program. 

Natasha Kintscher

Natasha Kintscher

Financial Controller, Namibia

Natasha has been an accountant since 2006 for four companies and has been with the Gratomic team since 2017.  She works hard to ensure that all daily financial operations for the Aukam Mine are strictly monitored and accounted for.  Her dedication and industriousness are a definite asset to the Company.

“I believe that going forward with all the changes in management and the implementation of policies, especially more transparency and the new marketing strategy, this project will be successful, as investors will now have better insight into Gratomic” ~ Natasha Kintscher