CORPORATE

STRATEGY

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

Low capital cost

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

Use cash flow for expansion/acquisition

Establish strong supply network among EV and Battery Storage Manufacturers

Accelerated added-value manufacturing

Management and 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. 

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.

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.
Karl Trudeau

Karl Trudeau

Plant Manager

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.

Walter Luke

Walter Luke

Director

Mr. Luke is certified in professional project management with over 29 years of global experience directing large projects for many noteable companies.  His ventures have taken him to over 40 countries and has brought international recognition to numerous business developments worldwide.  Walter will be leading the charge to ensure that compliance and corporate governance are effectively achieved.

Alex Helmel

Alex Helmel

Director

Mr. Helmel is an independent management consultant, possessing specific expertise working with early-stage venture companies within the Canadian Capital Markets.  Alex focuses on private to public market transitions, corporate governance, the development of senior management teams, and corporate growth strategies.  

Steven Gray

Steven Gray

Director

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.  Mr. 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.

Namibian team
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. 

Lynne Brand

Lynne Brand

HR & General Manager, Namibia

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.

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. 

Oswaldt Mughongoro

Oswaldt Mughongoro

Safety Manager and Health Coach, Namibia

Mr. Mughongoro has been the Safety Manager and Health Coach at the Aukam Graphite Mine in Namibia for the past 1.5 years.  Oswaldt is responsible for drafting policies, procedures, inspecting the laboratory, underground mine, drilling sites, and the plant.  He conducts audits and evaluates all areas of the mine site for health hazards.  His overall duties are to ensure that managers, supervisors, contractors, and employees are carrying out their roles in compliance with the company’s health and safety policies and procedures.

“I am a Certificated General Nurse, have earned my NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (UK), and am a Certified Occupational Health and Safety Professional with Oshacademy (USA).  Currently, I am doing my NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.” – Oswaldt Mughongoro

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