IN ORE EXTRACTION
TAKING THE MINING INDUSTRY INTO THE 21ST CENTURY
OUR UAEx INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY TO TRANSFORM THE MINING INDUSTRY BY INCREASING RECOVERY RATES AND 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 24x THE INDUSTRY STANDARD.
INCREASE RECOVERY RATES IN COMPLEX ENERGY METAL EXTRACTIONS, UP TO 100% EXTRACTION IN SCANDIUM AND VANADIUM RESOURCES.
EFFECTIVELY REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF ORE PROCESSING ACTIVITIES BY REDUCING EMISSIONS, HARMFUL REAGENTS AND ENERGY CONSUMPTION BY INCORPORATING THE UAEx TECHNOLOGY HOLISTIC MINING APPROACH.
CENTRAL AMERICA NICKEL
CENTRAL AMERICA NICKEL INC. (“CAN”) IS A CANADIAN CORPORATION FOCUSED ON THE PROCESSING AND PURIFICATION OF ENERGY METALS (Li, Ni, Co, Cu, Mn, V, Sc, Nb, Ta) USING PATENT REGISTERED UAEx TECHNOLOGY WITH STRATEGIC PARTNERS.
THE COMPANY CONTROLS SUBSTANTIAL RESERVES OF ENERGY METALS; 60,000,000 TONNES AT 45% Fe, 2.5% Cr, 0.1% Co, 0.5% Ni and 186 grams of Sc. CAN focuses on building a future of clean energy using patented ultrasound assisted extraction technology, with the development of Canadian plants for processing energy metals, in order to cater to Canadian aluminum, steel and renewable energy firms.
CAN, the mining technology company of the future, focused on innovation and cleantech, introduces the UAEx technology to transform the Canadian mining industry enabling ore processing to deliver superior value, recovery rates and a reduced environmental footprint. With mining worldwide currently done on a 24-hour cycle for leaching, UAEx can change the global industry and increase efficiency of Canadian market providers by 24 times the industry standard. The use of CAN’s UAEx will dramatically reduce reagents consumed and energy needed within the leaching stage due to the cavitation energy while increasing the efficiency of the entire process to enhance dissolution rates, improve metal recoveries and reduce waste. The CAN method of ultrasound extraction technology is an enabler to the entire metallurgical process, with the intent to move away from pressure leaching, and increase effectiveness across the integrated system.
A comparison of results obtained by mechanical stirring (500rpm) using the same conditions (time, temperature and extraction solution) shows the use of CAN’s ultrasound assisted extraction increases extraction efficiency up to 35%. Compared with conventional extraction techniques, UAEx enhances a possibility to improve extraction yields while reducing the use of reagents due to the accelerated cavitation process, providing the opportunity to use greener alternative solvents and enhancing extraction of heat-sensitive components; reducing chemicals, waste, energy required for production and CO2 emissions. It’s clear that UAEx has the potential to significantly lower vanadium recovery costs by decreasing the leaching time by up to 1/24 the industry standard and furthermore reducing acid consumption, producing clean water waste from its application. CAN’s technology has the potential to reduce the number of leached elements, and in the case of vanadium, a much cleaner V2O5 product with fewer trace metals that can be detrimental to the manufacturing of vanadium flow battery electrolyte.
EXPERTS IN INNOVATION, CORPORATE MANAGEMENT, EXTRACTIVE METALLURGY AND ENGINEERING ARE THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND CENTRAL AMERICA NICKEL
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, Russia, Congo, Cuba, to name a few. The capital raised by Mr. Gauthier and its associates over the last 20 years has exceeded $500 Million. Over the last 10 years, the financing of innovation and proprietary technologies in various industries has been his main focus. Mr. Gauthier is the founding shareholder of Central America Nickel Inc. (CAN), a company that has filed patents for the extraction of minerals such as scandium, tantalum, niobium, nickel and cobalt, using the ultrasound extraction process which achieves 90%+ recoveries of metals. Mr. Gauthier acts as the Chairman & CEO of Auxico Resources Canada Inc (AUXICO), a company that is developing coltan projects in Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil (AUXICO is listed on CSE in Canada under the symbol AUAG). Mr. Gauthier holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa and a M.B.A. from Concordia University.
1986 – 2000 Founding shareholder and responsible for completing the Initial Public Offerings for the following companies: Diagnos Inc., Día Bras, Dundee Sustainable Technologies Inc., Auxico Resources Canada Inc., Central America Nickel 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).
PRESIDENT & BOARD MEMBER
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.
VICE-PRESIDENT R&D AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
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.
During his 20-year career in technology investment, Mr. Whittaker has been consistently recognized as a motivational leader, guiding teams of up to 300 people through rapid change. Mr. Whittaker led initiatives in product development, and managed several advanced technology investment programs. He holds several patents on these technologies, which are in production today. Mr. Whittaker has applied his experience in clean technology development and investment to help traditional industries in the energy, mining, manufacturing, transportation, agriculture and forestry sectors become more sustainable. Most recently, Mr. Whittaker was the founding Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Canada’s largest clean technology fund where he helped grow the organization from $100M to over $1B in funds under management, leveraged by an additional $1.9B in private sector capital. Mr. Whittaker attracted over $430M of matching funding from the defence industry as part of their offset and growth strategies. Iin addition to managing a portfolio of over 200 companies, Mr. Whittaker has personally launched, built and transitioned four of his own start-up companies. Mr. Whittaker has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Sciences from the University of Waterloo with an option in Management Science. He has received the Governor General’s Award for Academic Excellence.
BERNARD JUN HE
Mr. Jun He has over 20 years of operational and investing experience. Mr.Jun He has successfully completed a number of multijurisdictional joint venture transactions and has effectively conducted business in China, Hong Kong, North America, Africa, and Europe. The foundation of Mr. Jun He’s businesses are manufacturing and international trade. In 2002, Mr. He began to invest in mineral exploration and mining in West Africa – Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Niger. Mr. Jun He controls a gold tailings mine, the Tounte Project located in Burkina Faso. He was also instrumental in assembling a 250 sq km highly prospective gold property in Burkina Faso. Recently Mr. Jun He has spent a significant amount of time in Niger establishing operations focusing on the exploration of uranium properties. Mr.Jun HE starts to work on Central and South America in the past few years. Mr. Jun He holds an MBA from Universite de Nice Business School in France as well as a Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies from IAE Paris. Mr. Jun HE is well connected in the GTA area, he is the member of many China/Canada business associations.
DARIA CAMILLA BOFFITO, B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD
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.
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.
HEAD OF INVESTOR RELATIONS
Ms. Zivkovic is an experienced marketing professional with previous job positions in private and public sectors. She has seven years of work experience for Deutsche Telekom, the leading European telecommunication provider. She currently works as a consultant in the area of Communications and Investor Relations for several Montreal based companies. Ms. Zivkovic held positions in Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Marketing Communications, PR & Corporate Communications and CSR (Donation and Sponsorship).
HEAD OF CORPORATE LEGAL AFFAIRS
Ms. Acosta is an expert in corporate governance and has supported private placements transactions in Canada, securities administration and going public transactions in various industries such as mining, technology and agribusiness. Ms. Acosta has managed business relations for international Public-private partnership (PPP), supporting international alliances, joint ventures transactions, subsidiaries incorporation and acquirement in Cuba, Bolivia and Central and South America. She works closely with accounts and auditors’ departments. Ms. Acosta is an accredited Colombian lawyer and MSc in Globalisation, Sustainable development and social regulation in Lausanne, Switzerland.
IGS SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD
Frej Mighri, PhD, Eng. Frej Mighri obtained his Bachelor (1987) and PhD (1998) from École Polytechnique of Montreal, and his Master degree in mechanical engineering from Université de Sherbrooke (1989). He worked during four years (1989-1992) as senior engineer at CETIME, a Tunisian government organism, where he had set up in collaboration with the United Nations the first Laboratory in the country for polymer characterization. After his PhD, he joined the Industrial Materials Institute, IMI, National Research Council Canada (Boucherville, QC), in the first time as a Postdoctoral trainee (NSERC fellowship) (1998-1999) then as a research officer (1999-2003). Since 2003, he joined Laval University where he is presently acting as full professor. He is highly involved in research with main interests in the development of high performance polymer systems, including correlations between the process, structures and final properties of the developed materials. He was Head of the graduate studies, Chemical engineering (2008-2014) and was Head of polymer processing program (2005-2009). He was Head of the graduate studies, Chemical engineering (2008-2014) and was Head of polymer processing program (2005-2009). He is acting since 2006 as a member of the Director’s board of the Research Center for High Performance Polymer and Composite Systems, CREPEC, a strategic inter-university’s cluster.
Nicholas Welham, PhD. Dr. Nicholas Welham graduated in mineral processing from University of Leeds (1986) and obtained his PhD in hydrometallurgy and electrochemistry from Imperial College London (1992). He is considered as a highly experienced professional hydrometallurgist with an international reputation. Whilst his background is primarily academic throughout his career he has been involved in numerous research and development projects for large and small minerals processing organisations. He specialises in the hydrometallurgy of complex ores and materials and has considerable experience developing novel processes which minimise their environmental impact but can also troubleshoot processes and provide training at all levels. Nicholas has over 80 published papers and holds over 5 patents around the world.
Daria Camilla Boffito, PhD Dr. Boffito is Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal. She has a strong background in heterogeneous catalysis and industrial catalyst development. Her experience covers the design of catalysts for both gas and liquid phase processes including partial oxidation, esterification, transesterification, cracking, alkylation, isomerisation, CO2absorbers, methane conversion and photocatalysts. Besides heterogeneous catalysis Dr. Boffito research interests encompasses Process Intensification by alternative energy sources such as ultrasound and microwave, with the objective to maximize process productivity while minimizing the size and energy requirements of the energy-intensive chemical industry. Dr. Boffito applies Process Intensification to the conversion of biomass to shorten the time-to- market of biomass based technologies and ultimately reduce greenhouse gas emissions. She has authored over 40 Journal papers, 6 book chapters, 2 patents, 1 book, 40+ conference communications.
Faïçal Larachi, Eng, PhD Faïçal Larachi obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine – France 1991. He subsequently worked at Polytechnique Montreal and Washington University, before joining the Laval University where he is currently acting as Full professor of chemical engineering since 2004. He is very active researcher in diverse chemical engineering fields. As sabbatical, he was involved in many R&D subject with IFP-Énergies Nouvelles (France), COREM a Mineral Research Consortium (Québec), Total (France). He was also Visiting professor at Ecole Centrale de Lille (France), ENSIACET, Toulouse (France) and Ecole Centrale de Lille (France). He was also directing the Center for Research on the Properties of Interfaces & Catalysis (CERPIC), Laval University for over 5 years. He is holder of Canada Research Chair on Green processes for sustainable energies (2005-2019). He is involved in many activities in professional & local societies. He is positioned as very active and renowned researcher in diverse chemical engineering area while he is cumulating 331 Journal contributions, coauthored 3 books and 6 chapters, 49 Refereed conference proceedings, 17 Non-refereed conference proceedings, 18 Technical reports, 327 Conference presentations. His major research and consulting activities includes Organic chemistry, natural gas & petroleum chemistry and processes, Technology of Separation Processes, Wastewater treatment (advanced oxidation/reduction, UV, photo-catalysis) as well as surface chemistry and speciation. He is also involved in gold processing chemistry and rare earth separation process development. He is member of OIQ.
Qi Liu, PhD, P.Eng. Qi Liu obtained his PhD in minerals engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1988. He subsequently worked at Wuhan University of Technology (Wuhan, China), University of British Columbia, and Process Research Associates Ltd. (Vancouver, Canada) before joining the University of Alberta 10 years late in 1998. He is currently professor of materials engineering at the University of Alberta, the Ron Nolan/Hatch Chair in Sustainable Energy and Mineral Process Technologies, and the Director for the Imperial Oil Institute for Oil Sands Innovation (IOSI) at the University of Alberta. His major research and consulting activities include sulfide ore flotation; precious metal recovery; iron ore treatment; oxide ore flotation; oil sands processing; solids-liquid separation in mine tailings and oil sands tailings treatment and consolidation; the chemistry of mineral processing and metal extraction; fine particle flotation and polymeric flotation depressants. As of March 2016 he has consulted on 55 industrial projects for various gold, base metal and oil sands mining companies, and published 110 technical journal papers.
Fathi Habashi, PhD Fathi Habashi is a professor emeritus of extractive metallurgy at Laval University in Quebec City. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cairo, a Dr. techn. degree in Inorganic Chemical Technology from the University of Technology in Vienna, and honorary degrees from the Technical University of Oruro in Bolivia and the Saint Petersburg Mining Institute in Russia. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum, and was holder of the Canadian Government Scholarship in Ottawa (1960- 62). He taught at Montana School of Mines, worked at the Extractive Metallurgical Research Department of Anaconda Company in Tucson, Arizona before joining Laval in 1970. He was guest professor at a number of foreign universities, a guest lecturer at a number of institutions, and consultant to the United Nations Development Program for the Cuban Laterite Project. He authored Principles of Extractive Metallurgy in 4 volumes and edited Handbook of Extractive Metallurgy in 4 volumes.
TECHNICAL TEAM MEMBER - CARLOS ANGELES
Mr. Angeles is a Hydro metallurgist with 5 years of experience in extractive metallurgy, mineral processing and laboratory essaying. His expertise covers physical separation, extractive metallurgy applied to base and precious metals, solvent extraction, laboratory assaying, chemical and hydrometallurgical process simulation using software such as HYSYS, CHEMCAD and METSIM. Mr. Angeles was involved in some significant mandates related to large mining projects for companies such as Rio Tinto, Newmont, Goldfields, Barrick and others. Mr. Angeles holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from The National University of San Marcos and a Master degree in Hydrometallurgy from the University of British Columbia.
TECHNICAL TEAM MEMBER - MUHAMMAD HASIB UR RAHMAN
Mr. Hasib Ur Rahman is a research scientist with more than 8 years of extensive research experience in multi-disciplinary fields including analytical chemistry; mineral assaying procedure and technologies; hydrometallurgy; corrosion electrochemistry; materials synthesis, characterization masters all the steps of Precious and base metal solution preparation and element assaying by AAS and ICP OES.
*Selected members of IGS’ Scientific Advisory Board and Technical Team are solicited by CAN to advance its technology asset development and transfer under the leadership of Mr. Ahmed Bouajila as President & CEO of IGS