INNOVATION

IN ORE EXTRACTION

 

TAKING THE MINING INDUSTRY INTO THE 21ST CENTURY

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THE COMPANY

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 patent registered ultrasound extraction technology. CAN takes a holistic approach to mining and extraction of base, precious, energy and rare earth energy metals, 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.

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ULTRASOUND ASSISTED
EXTRACTION UAEx 

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.

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FAST

USING THE PATENTED CAN UAEx TECHNOLOGY, INCREASE ORE EXTRACTION EFFICIENCY UP TO 24x THE INDUSTRY STANDARD, WITH UP TO 12X LEACHING EFFICIENCY, 70% REDUCED ENERGY CONSUMPTION AND 4-7X REDUCED OPERATING TIME FOR SOLVENT EXTRACTION.

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RECOVERY

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.

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ENVIRONMENT

EFFECTIVELY REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF ORE PROCESSING ACTIVITIES BY REDUCING EMISSIONS, HARMFUL REAGENTS AND ENERGY CONSUMPTION BY INCORPORATING THE UAEx TECHNOLOGY HOLISTIC MINING APPROACH. UP TO 30% LESS CO2 EMISSIONS AND GHG REDUCTION.

 
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HEADQUARTERS

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THE RESERVES

CAN controls directly or indirectly (through wholly owned subsidiaries and associates) deposits that contain strategic minerals; Nickel, Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Hafnium, Magnesium, Manganese, Niobium, Tantalum, Tin, Titanium, Vanadium, Iridium; and rare earths (REM); Cerium, Dysprosium, Erbium, Europium, Gadolinium, Holmium, Lanthanum, Lutetium, Neodymium, Praseodymium, Samarium, Scandium, Terbium, Thulium, Ytterbium, Yttrium.

CAN has access to Rare Earth Minerals (REMs) in the Democartic Republic of the Congo (DRC) through its 60% owned subsidiary Kibara Minerals, which has access to three projects with world-class potential:

1. Okelenge Copper-Silver Project: Samples of over 60% copper and 1.25 kg of silver per MT; 

2. The Bafwasende niobium/tantalum deposit: Ore up to 55% Nb2O5, and up to 30% Ta2O5; 

3. Rare Earth Project: Samples have returned amounts of terbium oxide (4.17%), neodymium oxide (11.05%) and praseodymium oxide (18.2%). 

 

BAFWASENDE TANTALITE PROJECT: ​DRC has some of the biggest tantalite reserves in the world and Kibara 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, with no child labor employed, which enabled Kibara 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 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, Scandium and REM. CAN controls 100% of Nichromet Guatemala and Rio Nickel Guatemala, companies that collectively control 300 square kilometres of mineral rights in two major nickel laterite deposits, namely the Rio Negro nickel deposit and the Santa Cruz deposit, which are both open laterally and at depth and located 10-15km from the port.  

  • The Santa Cruz deposit contains 277 million tonnes of 0.77% nickel. It was drilled to a depth of only eight meters with the majority of holes stopping at 2% nickel mineralization;

  • The Rio Nickel project contains 36 million tonnes of 1.5% nickel.

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OUR VISION

CAN is a Canadian-based company which focuses on building a future of clean energy using patented ultrasound assisted extraction technology on a global scale. CAN leverages its foreign subsidiaries and partnerships to access large-scale mineral deposits and reserves for the purpose of developing 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.

TECHNOLOGY

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. 

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CAN INC. HEADQUARTERS

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PIERRE GAUTHIER

MARK BILLINGS

AHMED BOUAJILA

TEAM

EXPERTS IN INNOVATION, CORPORATE MANAGEMENT, EXTRACTIVE METALLURGY AND ENGINEERING ARE THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND CENTRAL AMERICA NICKEL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PIERRE GAUTHIERCEO & 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 his 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 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. 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 BILLINGSVICE-CHAIRMAN

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.

 

THOMAS WINSLOW - PRESIDENT

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.

DENNIS E. KLOSKE - BOARD MEMBER

Mr. Kloske is widely regarded as an experienced and successful policymaker in the areas of international security, military strategy, and technology development. He graduated from Harvard College with an Honors Degree in International Relations, and studied military history and strategy as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. During his political career with three United States Administrations, Mr. Kloske received the Distinguished Public Service Medal from the Department of Defense and the Military Cross of Merit from the King of Spain. He was the Chief of Staff and Special Advisor for Defense Cooperation to the U.S. Ambassador to NATO, as well as the Special Advisor for Defense Cooperation to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. Mr. Kloske currently serves on the Prizes Review Committee of the Royal Anniversary Trust in the United Kingdom.

 

GUY-PHILIPPE BERTINBOARD 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. 

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 - 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.

CONTACT

PIERRE GAUTHIER, Chairman & CEO
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PILAR ACOSTA, Legal and Corporate Affairs
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HEAD OFFICE
201 Notre Dame West, #500
Montreal, QC, H2Y 1T4
Canada

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