Central America Nickel Inc. (“CAN”) is a Canadian corporation focused on the processing and purification of energy and critical metals (Ni, Li, Co, Cu, Mn, V, Sc, Nb, Ta, Ir and REE) using its patented ultrasound extraction technology, UAEx, and other proprietary processes. CAN takes a holistic approach to mining and extraction of base, precious, energy and rare earth energy minerals, by eliminating the use of pressure processing, minimizing temperature, energy use, chemical use, emissions and waste, while increasing overall recovery rates.
CAN is the mining technology company of the future, focused on innovation and building a future of clean energy through its patent registered ultrasound assisted extraction technology, UAEx. The UAEx can transform the mining industry through high value metal ore processing that delivers superior value, recovery rates and a reduced environmental footprint. CAN holds substantial reserves of nickel, lithium, copper, rare earths and other critical metals across various deposits and jurisdictions, through wholly-owned properties and joint ventures.
CAN controls directly or indirectly (through wholly owned subsidiaries and joint ventures) deposits that contain strategic minerals; Nickel, Lithium, Rare Earths (REE), Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Hafnium, Magnesium, Manganese, Niobium, Tantalum, Tin, Titanium, Vanadium, Iridium.
CAN has access to Rare Earth Minerals in the Democartic Republic of the Congo (DRC) through its 76% owned subsidiary Kibara Metals, which has access to three projects with world-class potential:
1. Rare Earth Project: Estimated in excess of 1.25 million tonnes of REE concentrates. Samples taken have returned amounts of terbium oxide (4.17%), neodymium oxide (11.05%) and praseodymium oxide (18.2%). CAN is actively producing and selling rare earths hosted in monazite sands with average grades over 50% total rare earth oxide. A total of ~1,000 MT have been sold and exported to date, SGS South Africa analysis reported grades up to 16.92% Nd and 4.12% Pr, ~60% TREO, and thorium grade below 1%.
2. Okelenge Copper-Silver Project: Samples of over 60% copper and 1.25 kg of silver per MT; CAN has discovered a copper mining district with native copper mineralization across company-controlled VMS;
3. The Bafwasende niobium/tantalum deposit: Ore up to 55% Nb2O5, and up to 30% Ta2O5;
BAFWASENDE TANTALITE PROJECT: DRC has some of the biggest tantalite reserves in the world and Kibara Metals has access to high-grade tantalite and niobium ore in the Bafwasende tantalite deposit through an exclusive supply agreement with a local cooperative. The ore in the deposit is extracted from a traceable non-conflict artisanal site, which enabled Kibara Metals to get a mineral exportation license from the DRC and apply for the ITSCI membership. Two recent prospecting missions were recently conducted by a local independent geological team and the most recent sampling indicated an average value of 34.66% of Ta2O5.
RARE EARTHS PROJECT: Kibara Metals has the exclusive option to purchase nodular monazite (natural rare earths concentrate) from a mining cooperative in DRC for a period of two years and renewable thereafter. A recent report by the engineering firm RD Consultants has validated this world-class rare earth deposit in the DRC estimated to exceed 1,000,000 tonnes in the first meter of the deposit containing the following: gadolinium (Gd): 1.03%; lanthanum (La): 8.10%; neodymium (Nd): 11.50%; samarium (Sm): 1.99%; praseodymium (Pr): 2.92%; dysprosium (Dy): 0.20%; europium (Eu): 0.29%; yttrium (Y): 0.41%; cerium (Ce): 19.90%.
CAN’s subsidiaries, Nichromet Guatemala and Rio Nickel Guatemala, hold substantial reserves of Nickel, Cobalt and Scandium. CAN controls 100% of Nichromet Guatemala and Rio Nickel Guatemala, companies that collectively control over 340 square kilometres of mineral rights in two major nickel laterite deposits, namely the Rio Negro nickel deposit and the Santa Anita deposits, which are both open laterally and at depth and located 80 km from the industrial port of Puerto Barrios. These assets combined with UAEx extraction will allow CAN to produce battery grade nickel sulphate to address the global nickel supply deficit. Santa Anita I and Reserves in the Santa Anita deposits are estimated over 139 million tonnes at a grade of 1.53% Ni, including 17.8 million tonnes at a grade of 2.05% Ni (a depth of 4.96 metres only) based on historical drilling conducted by: 1) International Nickel Co. (Inco) in 1960s - which estimated 9.6 million MT at an average grade of 1.63% Ni, 2) Dundee Sustainable (Nichromet Guatemala) in 2008, and 3) CAN in 2022, on a key area of the Santa Anita II property, along with recent work conducted by mining engineers to provide an updated inferred resource calculation.
OUR UAEx INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY HAS POTENTIAL TO TRANSFORM THE MINING INDUSTRY BY INCREASING RECOVERY RATES WITH SHORTER PROCESSING TIMES (1 HOUR COMPARED TO 24 HOURS THE INDUSTRY STANDARD) WHILE REDUCING CHEMICAL CONSUMPTION AND EMISSIONS, CREATING SIGNIFICANTLY SMALLER ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT.
USING THE PATENTED CAN UAEx TECHNOLOGY, INCREASE ORE EXTRACTION EFFICIENCY UP TO 35% THE INDUSTRY STANDARD, WITH UP TO 12X LEACHING EFFICIENCY, 70% REDUCED ENERGY CONSUMPTION AND 4-7X REDUCED OPERATING TIME FOR SOLVENT EXTRACTION.
INCREASE RECOVERY RATES IN COMPLEX ENERGY AND CRITICAL METAL EXTRACTIONS, UP TO 95% NICKEL, COBALT, MANGANESE AND SCANDIUM, 80% EXTRACTION OF VANADIUM, TITANIUM, COPPER AND IRON, 85% RECOVERY OF GOLD AND SILVER.
EFFECTIVELY REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF ORE PROCESSING ACTIVITIES BY REDUCING EMISSIONS, HARMFUL REAGENTS AND ENERGY CONSUMPTION BY INCORPORATING THE UAEx TECHNOLOGY HOLISTIC MINING APPROACH. REDUCTION IN ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE THE INDUSTRY STANDARD FROM 20%-80% LESS CO2 EMISSIONS AND GHG REDUCTION.
EXPERTS IN INNOVATION, CORPORATE MANAGEMENT, EXTRACTIVE METALLURGY AND ENGINEERING ARE THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND CENTRAL AMERICA NICKEL
MANAGEMENT & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PIERRE GAUTHIER - CEO & CHAIRMAN
Mr. Gauthier is the founder and CEO of Seed Capital Inc (SEED), a venture fund that has been the first round investor in over 20 companies that have been listed on recognized securities exchanges. SEED and associates have funded mining projects located in French Guiana, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Democratic Republic of Congo, to name a few. The capital raised by Mr. Gauthier and his associates over the last 20 years has exceeded US$500 Million. Over the last 10 years, the financing of innovation and proprietary technologies in various industries has been his main focus, and Mr. Gauthier has led the development of various processing and refining patents for environmentally-friendly metallurgical processes. Mr. Gauthier acts as the CEO of Auxico Resources Canada Inc (CSE:AUAG or "AUXICO"), a company that is developing critical mineral projects in Colombia, Bolivia, Mexico and Brazil. Mr. Gauthier holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa and a M.B.A. from Concordia University. During the period from 1986 to 2000, Mr. Gauthier was the founding shareholder or/and responsible for completing the Initial Public Offerings for the following companies: Diagnos Inc., Día Bras, Dundee Sustainable Technologies Inc., Auxico Resources Canada Inc., KWG Resources Inc., Saint Genevieve Resources Ltd., Emerging Africa Gold EAG Inc., Far East Gold Inc., Stratmin ($50M capital raise), Institute of National Research INRS ($100M raise on R&D program for mining solutions).
MARK BILLINGS - PRESIDENT
Mr. Billings has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and he is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He has been an investment banker, having raised hundreds of millions of dollars for small-cap companies, including several junior mining companies. Mr. Billings also founded and managed companies in the junior resource sector, in addition to being CEO, CFO or a director of a number of publicly traded resource companies in Canada and abroad.
DAN AMADORI - CFO
Mr. Amadori has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services sector, B.Comm from McGill and MBA from Ivey Business School and qualified as a CA, having spent 12 years in public practice. Mr. Amadori previously joined Arthur Andersen & Co., he then held the role of President of a privately held communications business which ultimately sold to a large public entity in 1988. Founder of Lamerac Financial Corp, a corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions firm. He has successfully concluded numerous transactions in different industry sectors across North America. Mr. Amadori has served as CFO and Director of a number of public and private companies over the past decade until now.
GUY-PHILIPPE BERTIN - BOARD MEMBER
Mr. Bertin graduated from Sciences-Po Paris (IEP Paris) in 1988, has earned two Masters of Finance and one in law. Mr Bertin is a member of the SFAF (Société Française des Analystes Financiers) since 1991. Mr Bertin commenced his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and has been research analyst for 14 years from 1989 to 2003, including 6 years at Jefferies (1997-2003) where he followed the commodities sector until end of 2003. Mr Bertin launched and managed two AMF commodities funds at SPGP from 2004 to 2008 (one of which won in 2006 the Best Performance of the Boursorama/Morning Star of its category, with a n°1 ranking 14 points above the second best performer -the Merrill Lynch World Mining Fund, while his other fund was ranked 2/2242 funds in France at the end of 2007). Mr Bertin has managed up to 500m euros in commodities related stocks and has underwritten for its funds more than four hundred commodities related deals in that last fourteen years.
THOMAS WINSLOW - BOARD MEMBER
Mr. Winslow was born and raised in the US before matriculating to the École hôtelière de Lausanne for university. Since then, he has worked across Europe, the UAE, Lebanon, and Hong Kong, and maintains a robust global network of business partners. In addition to extensive hospitality experience at Christies´auction house and as a sommelier for the Four Seasons, Mr. Winslow is an investor and entrepreneur with projects on five continents, including mining, vehicle mobility intelligence, and medical technology. After completing a dual MBA and Master of International Relations in Spain, he has recently moved to Dubai and is a founding partner in a MedTech and SaaS-focused VC firm.
PATRICK MORYOUSSEF - BOARD MEMBER
Mr. Moryoussef brings to the Board over 30 years of experience in the mining and mineral resource industry. He has broad experience in exploration, construction, development, operations, and corporate strategy. As an executive from his last 17 years acting as Vice President Operations at Semafo Inc, Mr. Moryoussef acquired extensive exposure contributing towards the construction of four mines in three different countries across West Africa. Mr. Moryoussef has participated in several due diligence processes of various projects across the world, and is currently acting as an Independent Professional Mining Engineer Consultant after the takeover Acquisition by Endeavour Mining. Prior to Semafo, Mr. Moryoussef was also involved in major roles with Placer Dome, Noranda Inc. and Falconbridge Gold. Mr. Moryoussef is a mining engineering graduate from McGill University, and a member of Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec.
TARA ASFOUR - DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Ms. Asfour is an experienced executive consultant with over 12 years of management, investor relations, communications and marketing experience, specialized in capital markets. Ms. Asfour holds a MBA in Business Management, Financial Markets Certificate from Yale University, and Certificate in Alternative Investments from HBS. As Chief Development Officer for FairGreen Capital Partners and Managing Director of its Canadian division, Ms. Asfour has led over US$550 million worth of fundraising and strategic development initiatives. Previous positions include IR executive at Red Pine Exploration Inc, Communications Director at Dominion Water Reserves and advisor to various publicly listed firms.
TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY BOARD
AHMED BOUAJILA - VICE-PRESIDENT R&D AND TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Ahmed Bouajila, P. Eng., is a senior engineer with more than 30 years of extensive and cross-disciplinary background and experience in mineral processing and extractive metallurgy R & D, technical services and engineering. Mr. Bouajila served at CRM/COREM for near 20 years at all levels of project, technical, scientific, management and direction lead. He also acted as VP metallurgy and ore processing at G Mining Services Inc. for 5 years, period during which he participated as QP and principal for various due diligence review and study phase mandates of near $10 Bn developing and expending projects. Since 2016, Mr. Bouajila, is leading IGS Impact Global Solutions Inc., an emerging R&D laboratory that he founded with the commitment to contribute to solving the most challenging problems of the extractive metallurgy. Mr. Bouajila graduated from Laval University in 1986 with a degree in mining engineering and a master’s degree in mineral processing in 1988 and Project management Certificate from UQTR. He is a member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec since 1992.
DARIA CAMILLA BOFFITO, B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD - TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Fields of research and competence Mrs Boffito is experienced in includes; Process Intensification by alternative energy methods, Biofuels and biochemicals synthesis with ultrasound and microwaves, Ultrasound-assisted synthesis of catalysts, Deposition and coating processes with ultrasound, Extraction processes with ultrasound and microwaves, Ultrasound emulsification, Thermal and catalytic conversion of biomass and wasted gas, Fatty Acids Methyl Esters (biodiesel): selection and pretreatment of feedstocks (esterification, degumming), synthesis (transesterification), reactor design, catalyst design, Green Diesel from Fischer-Tropsch and triglyceride cracking, Gas to liquids (GtL), Power to liquids (PtL), ultrasound and microwaves, Heterogeneous catalysis and industrial catalyst development, Designed and tested catalysts for: oxidation, esterification, transesterification, cracking, CH4 reforming, Fischer Tropsch, alkylation, isomerisation, hydrogenation, photocatalysis, Catalyst synthesis methods: sol-gel; micronization; hydrothermal synthesis; urea method; core-shell; impregnation; coating of powders, honeycombs, metal fibers; ultrasound-assisted synthesis; spray-drying, Photocatalysis and water treatment, Ultrasound water treatment, TiO2 based photocatalyst synthesis (nano- and micrometric), TiO2 doping for visible light activity, Degradation of resilient water pollutants, Synthesis of (bi-functional) drug delivery systems, Extraction of functional molecules from natural matrices. Mrs. Boffito has a Post-doc, Chemical Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal, a Doctorate, Industrial Chemistry at the University of Milan, was a visiting PhD student in Chemistry at The University of Melbourne, completed a Master of Science, Industrial Chemistry at the University of Milan and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Chemistry-University of Milan.
RICHARD BOUDREAULT, P. Phys., B.Sc., M. Eng., MBA, FRSC, HFRCGS, FCMOS, FInstP, FCASI, FWAAS, FCAE, FIAA, AFAIAA, SMIEEE - TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
A successful serial entrepreneur and C-level executive, Mr. Boudreault has held top corporate positions in organizations of all sizes in both the private and public sector and has sat on over 30 boards. He has led organizations across a variety of sectors including advanced materials, natural resources and metallurgy, clean technology, photonics, medical devices, energy (hydrocarbon) and nuclear, Big Data and AI, and aerospace. From 2005 to 2014, Mr. Boudreault was CEO of the cleantech firm Orbite Aluminae, where he raised over $140M in financing from institutional and government sources and grew the firm from start-up to publicly traded company with a valuation of $500M. Mr. Boudreault holds a bachelor’s in applied physics, an MBA and a professional master’s degree in engineering, which he earned at Cornell. He continues to be involved in academia, having published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and scientific publications, and he is an adjunct professor at École Polytechnique in Montreal where he teaches and performs applied research on environmental chemical engineering, green chemistry and clean tech innovation.
JACK LIFTON, P. Chem. - ADVISOR & CONSULTANT
Jack Lifton was a co-founder of Technology Metals Research. He is a consultant, author, and lecturer on the market fundamentals of the technology metals, the term that he coined to describe those strategic rare metals whose electronic properties make our technological society possible. These include the rare earths, lithium and most of the rare metals. Educated as a physical chemist, specializing in high-temperature metallurgy, Jack was first a researcher before becoming both a marketing and manufacturing executive. Finally, he became a metal trader specializing in the field of technology metals and of rare metals. Today, after more than 55 years of industry involvement, he advises both OEM high tech industry and the global institutional-investment community, on the natural-resource issues that impact either a proposed business model or a high-volume manufacturing plan for the mass market. He is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security.