Alastair Neil

Alastair Neill

Board of Advisors, Member

Alastair Neill is an international rare earth expert with more than 20 years of experience managing all facets of rare earth operations and sales. He has demonstrated a strong track record of driving revenue growth worldwide in the sector.

At AMR Technologies (now Molycorp), Alastair led international sales and two China-based JVs, managing its P&L and overseeing 900 employees, including sales, production and R&D personnel. Ultimately, they grew the business to become the #2 supplier in industry and as a result, Alastair was recognized with the Supplier of Excellence Award from Engelhard Corporation (now BASF). At AMR, he oversaw sales for the Rare Earth Division in Japan, South Korea, North America and Europe achieving 80% market penetration in South Korea and overall global market share of 12%.

With Dacha Strategic Metals, he developed and successfully implemented a program to purchase rare earths inside China to develop a strategic inventory outside the country. Most recently Alastair was Chief Executive Officer of Wolf Resource Development, a junior minerals resource company and is currently a Director, at IBC Advanced Alloys.

Steve Deck

Steve Deck

Board of Advisors, Member

Steven Deck is a seasoned executive having recently joined Wajax Industrial Components as President.

Prior to Wajax he was Senior Vice President with Boart Longyear, the world’s largest mining drilling services company. Steven was responsible for all operations in Canada, United States and Mexico. He lead the regional leadership team inclusive of services, operations, manufacturing, finance, legal, HR, engineering and IT consisting of more than 3000 employees, generating more than $700M in revenue.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Prospectors & Developers Association (PDAC) of Canada as well as its Executive committee and Tax and Finance committee. In addition, Steve sat on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Mining Association from 2007 to 2013.

Jonathan-Hykawy.jpgJon Hykawy, Ph.D.

Board of Advisors, Member

Jon is a 14-year veteran of Bay Street, spending his time there exclusively on the sell side. Originally, he trained as a physicist, and worked as a post-doc at the Chalk River Nucleat Laboratories of AECL and with the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory. Jon completed his MBA at Queen’s University with an emphasis in marketing. He worked in the areas of critical materials with Byron Capital Markets in Toronto from 2009 to 2013, and has become a recognized expert in such areas as lithium, the rare earths, fluorspar and tin. Jon has been an invited speaker internationally on all of these topics, and more. His technical background includes work on rechargeable batteries, fuel cells and both wind and solar power .

Basically, Jon is a research scientist who enjoys grappling with and pulling maximum value out of imperfect information. And if he can help it, this is the only time you will see him wearing a tie.

Rick Serafini, CFA

Board of Advisors, Member

Rick has been an institutional investor in technology companies for more than twenty years. In that time he has evaluated hundreds of management teams and critiqued their business models. The cumulative sum of investments directed by Rick has been in the billions of dollars. Rick is well known in both New York and Toronto institutional investment circles.

The early part of Rick’s career (1990-2000) was spent in Canada where he invested capital in the United States on behalf of a mutual fund company (Trimark Inc.), a life insurance company (Mutual Life) and a Swiss bank (Credit Suisse). Rick was a pioneer in the Canadian hedge fund industry starting in 2001 one of the country’s first hedge funds and the first pure technology focused long/short fund (Elmwood Capital Inc.). In 2009 Rick joined S Squared Technology LLC, one of America’s oldest technology hedge funds, where he is Partner and Portfolio Manager.

Rick has also engaged in early-stage venture investing through Serafini Capital Inc. (1999-2004). He invested in two early stage companies (Dejima Inc. and Kalepa Networks) and served on the Board of Advisors of Dejima Inc. Both companies were successfully acquired.

He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and a Charter Financial Analyst (CFA).

Steve Deck

Glenn A Friendt

Board of Advisors, Member

Glenn is a serial entrepreneur who is currently Principal at Summit Consulting, a firm focused on early and expansion stage companies. He recently led the Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Business Administration at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Glenn’s vast business experience includes building a dental software business from early-stage to the third largest in the United States when it was then acquired by PracticeWorks. He led PracticeWorks’ international division which, under his leadership, saw revenue increase 600% and EBITDA 1200% prior to being acquired by Eastman Kodak. Glenn was Founding Partner and President of Miller, Friendt, Ludemann, which became Nebraska’s largest marketing agency. Glenn was a charter member of the Nebraska Angels and graduated from the University of Nebraska.