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  • Spencer Sung Bum Huh, BEc.

    Spencer Sung Bum Huh, BEc.

    Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

    Mr. Spencer Sung Bum Huh graduated from the Korea University in Seoul with a BEc. He is an experienced and proven financial professional with more than 25 years of financial and operational experience in Canada and Korea, and a track record of supporting ambitious growth plans. His expertise includes financial operations, strategy, performance management, and business planning for Korean and Canadian companies.

     

    Mr. Huh began his career in 1993 as an investment advisor with Hanwha securities in Korea. After immigration to Canada in 2000, he served for 6 years as an investment advisor with BMO Nesbitt Burns in Toronto and, subsequently, he joined TD Canada Trust in Vancouver. Since 2012, Mr. Huh worked with numerous private and publicly listed companies in Korea and Canada, including mining, medical device, and high-tech companies. He has played an integral role in the establishment, acquisitions, and financing for these companies.
  • Dr. Jong Hyeok Park

    Dr. Jong Hyeok Park

    Director, Chief Scientific Advisor

    Dr. Park served as a Senior Researcher for LG Chem, currently the largest lithium-ion battery manufacturer in the world. Dr. Park was among the core researchers for 42 patents at LG Chem and the co-developers of LG Chem’s core innovative technology of the Safety-Reinforced Separator (SRS), which was crucial to being chosen as the provider of lithium-ion batteries to global carmakers, such as Tesla, Volkswagen Group, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Dr. Park owns an additional 50 patents, including patents relating to cathode materials – a total of 92 patents including his patents with LG Chem.

    Dr. Park served on the Board of Directors of L&F Co. Ltd., a global top-tier cathode supplier, since 2012. In December 2020, L&F signed a two-year contract worth $1.66-billion to supply cathode to LG Chem.

    Dr. Park has achieved numerous notable awards and honours since 2011, including the Award of Excellence (2017) from the Korean Academy of Science and Technology, where he was selected as one of the Top 100 leading scientists for renewable energy technology innovation for 2025. Most recently, he received the prestigious S-OIL 2020 Next-Generation Scientist Award. Dr. Park also has published over 300 scientific articles, published in reputable peer-reviewed journals, such as Nature Communications and Advanced Materials.

    Dr. Park is currently a Underwood Professor for the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering of Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Park received his PhD with the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in South Korea in 2004.

    For more information, please view Dr. Park’s research profile.

  • Sung Rock Hwang

    Sung Rock Hwang

    Director, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President

    Mr. Sung Rock Hwang has over 30 years’ experience working for Samsung SDI, serving as the executive director and chief of purchasing, senior manager, general manager (for the German branch), and advisor until 2018. His responsibilities included managing the supply chain, procurement planning, and advanced business development.

    During his time with Samsung SDI, Mr. Hwang accumulated a vast network and information pipeline within the lithium ion battery industry. He has a deep understanding of business development and trade capabilities, as well a specialized knowledge in raw materials, such as cobalt, nickel, and aluminum.

  • Dr. Sang Young Lee

    Dr. Sang Young Lee

    Advisor - Scientific Advisory Board

    Dr. Sang Young Lee is a renowned researcher in the field of secondary cell or rechargeable batteries. Starting his career at LG Chem, Dr. Lee has served as a Principal Research Scientist for over 10 years. For the last decade, he has continued to develop next-generation batteries – flexible batteries, thin film batteries, and solid-state batteries – that can be used in numerous commercial outputs such as electric vehicles (EV), wearables, and smart devices.

    In recognition of his research achievements, Dr. Lee was selected as the recipient of the “Top 100 National R&D Achievements in Energy”, presented by the National Research Foundation of Korea in 2017 and 2019, and was awarded the “Top 10 Nanotechnology of 2020” from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.

    During his tenure at LG Chem, Dr. Lee co-developed the world’s first safety-reinforced separator (SRS) along with Dr. Park, Director and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board. The SRS has been noted to be an essential component in EV lithium-ion batteries today.

    Dr. Lee is currently a co-founder of a thin film battery company and a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Yonsei University. He has received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at KAIST in 1997. He is also serving as the Chairman of the Korean Electrochemical Association’s Rechargeable Battery division and significantly contributes to the commercialization of academic results through close industrial-academic cooperation with several battery-related companies, including LG Chem.

  • Dr. Jinhyuk Lee

    Dr. Jinhyuk Lee

    Advisor - Scientific Advisory Board

    Dr. Jinhyuk Lee is an expert in the field of rechargeable batteries and is currently an Assistant Professor of Materials Engineering at McGill University. Dr. Lee received his Ph.D. from MIT in 2015 and performed postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley (2016-2017) and MIT (2017-2019) before he joined McGill in 2020.

    Dr. Lee’s research is discovering sustainable battery materials based on experimental and theoretical materials research and has published numerous high-impact papers such as in Science, Nature, Nature Chemistry, and Nature Communications. He is widely known as the inventor of the disordered-rock salt Li-ion battery cathodes, which is being currently highlighted as one of the highest-energy-density and cheapest cobalt-free cathode materials for Li-ion batteries. He also owns five key patents and patent-applications related to battery materials.

    In recognition of his research achievement, Dr. Lee was chosen as one of the five finalists of the Science Award Electrochemistry (2019) by Volkswagen and BASF and received the NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement Award (2020). He was also selected as the Samsung Presidential Scholar (2010-2015) and received the prestigious MRS Graduate Student Gold Award (2014) during his Ph.D. Dr. Lee currently serves as a journal reviewer for Nature Communications, Joule, Chemistry of Materials, and other academic journals.

  • Jae Hong Hur

    Advisor - Scientific Advisory Board

    Mr. Hur is the former CEO of L&F Co., Ltd, (“L&F”) a publicly-traded company in South Korea with $2.5 billion market capitalization, and a global top-tier company in the cathode material business. Currently, Mr. Hur is the Chairman of the Board of Directors at L&F. He has over 15 years of experience in Li-ion battery material development and commercialization throughout South Korea. Mr. Hur has been widely respected and known as one of the world’s experts in the use of cathode materials in lithium-ion batteries. Mr. Hur is also the CEO of JH Chemical, a Company that produces precursor materials for L&F’s cathode materials. Mr. Hur received his BS in Chemical Engineering from the Yonsei University of Korea and his MS from the University of Southern California (USC).

  • Suk Joong Hwang

    Advisor - Scientific Advisory Board

    Mr. Suk Joong Hwang has over 20 years of experience in process engineering in the chemical and polymer industry. He has achieved several successes on process design for scaling-up from lab-scale to commercial-scale via pilot plants. Mr. Hwang is an expert in converting batch process to continuous process, which has many advantages in mass production. He also works as a consultant on polymer formulations and composite-materials, as well as process engineer. Mr. Suk Joong Hwang received his BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from the Yonsei University of Korea.

  • Nancy Zhao, CPA

    Nancy Zhao, CPA

    Chief Financial Officer

    Ms. Zhao is a CPA with over nine years experience with both public and private companies.

    Ms. Zhao has experience in accounting and finance for various industries, including mining, Realtor development, property management, sports entertainment, marketing and farming.

    She also currently holds the position of chief financial officer of Blox Inc. (BLXX) and Ashanti Sankofa Inc. (TSX Venture Exchange: ASI), both are publicly listed mining companies based in Vancouver, B.C.

  • James Suk

    James Suk

    Advisor

    James Suk is Vice President of Technology Advisory at LFG A&A, leading engagements for SR&ED and Business Tax Incentives.  His primary responsibilities include management of the business tax incentives team, project scoping, and qualifying of potential claims and grants in the IT, cleantech, and life sciences sectors.

    Broad experience in the areas of early stage seed, angel funds and investing, non-dilutive and working capital has shaped his technology advisory expertise and relationships within the tech startup community in Vancouver.

  • Dr. Andrew Fraser

    Dr. Andrew Fraser

    Advisor

    Dr. Andrew Fraser is an expert in the field of chemistry with over 10 years of experience in R&D and writing technical documents. He has received his Ph.D. in Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis from Queen’s University. During his 7-year career as a technical writer, he published over 50 scientific research and experimental development submissions in oil & gas, manufacturing, telecommunications, and biotechnology.

  • Larry Okada, CA, CPA, (Wash.)

    Larry Okada, CA, CPA, (Wash.)

    Independent Director

    Mr. Larry Okada has been involved with a number of public mining companies for 36 years. He is a Chartered Accountant and has been in public practice since 1974 with extensive public finance and accounting experience with Deloitte and Touche, Staley Okada and Partners and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

    Mr. Okada presently serves as the Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) for RedQuest Capital Corp (CPC) and is the Acting CFO of Africo Resources Ltd. as well as being a director and serving as chairman of the audit committee of Forum Uranium Corp. and Revett Minerals Corp.

  • John Kowalchuk, P. Geo.

    John Kowalchuk, P. Geo.

    Independent Director

    Mr. John Kowalchuk is a professional geoscientist with the Association of Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. Presently he is Project Manager for Golden Reign Resources Ltd. developing a high– grade gold resource in Nicaragua. He has over 43 years of experience developing and managing exploration projects with both senior and junior mining companies and has worked in Canada, the United States, Russia, Mexico, Chile and Nicaragua.

    Mr. Kowalchuk was Yukon and Northern B. C. District Geologist for Placer Dome Inc., during which time he was instrumental in the discovery and advancement of several world–class mineral deposits, including the Howard’s Pass lead–zinc deposits and the Kerr copper–gold porphyry deposit.

    Mr. Kowalchuk was directly responsible for the discovery of the barium–lead–zinc–silver deposit in Driftpile Creek, and the discovery and exploration management of the Clea Tungsten property, which has the potential to become a significant tungsten mine in northern Canada.

  • Chris Theodoropoulus

    Advisor

    Mr. Chris Theodoropoulus received his BCL and LLB degrees from McGill University in 1981 and 1982. He has practiced law in Vancouver, B.C. until 2006 with an emphasis on public companies, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, secondary debt and equity financing, and dispute resolutions. 

    Mr. Theodoropoulus is the Founder and President of Dominion Goldfields Corporation, a private investment and precious metals royalty firm. In the period from 2006 to 2012, he served as the Chairman of Africo Resources Ltd., a company that was listed on the TSX until its privatization in 2016, and was involved in the exploration and development of a copper and cobalt deposit in the DRC. 

    In addition, during his tenure, he has served as a director of a number of technology and mining companies including Peer 1 Network Enterprises Inc., Norsat International Inc., Goldquest Mining Corp., Pediment Gold Corp., Ethos Capital Corp., and a number of other companies.

  • Roberto Fia

    Independent Director

    Mr. Fia is a former investment banker who has developed a career of working with early-stage technology, medical device, mining, and oil and gas companies and advising corporate executives on business matters dealing with corporate finance, strategy, expansion, mergers and acquisitions, concept creation, private equity, corporate development, and corporate governance. Mr. Fia has an extensive contact base in the investment community and the financial sector as well as knowledge of the Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange and Canadian Securities Exchange listing processes and guideline requirements.

    Mr. Fia currently acts as chief executive officer and director of Therma Bright Inc. and City View Green Holdings Inc. and was instrumental in pivoting both companies into new market segments resulting in a significant increase in market capitalization for both entities. Mr. Fia was formerly co-head, corporate finance, at Kingsdale Capital Markets. He received his BComm (honours) degree from the IH Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba and holds the chartered financial analyst designation.

  • Chris Chung

    Director, Vice President of Corporate Finance

    Mr. Chris Chung received his honors bachelor’s degree with a double major in statistics and economics at the University of Toronto and has been a registrant with Canadian securities commissions since 2005. In addition, he has fulfilled numerous curricula, including, among others, Derivatives Fundamentals Course (DFC), Options Licensing Course (OLC), Professional Financial Planner (PFP) and Life License Qualification Program (LLQP).

    Mr. Chung has been a licensed equity and derivative trader at Merrill Lynch Securities in Toronto, an investment representative of HSBC Securities (Canada), a regional manager (Western Canada) of Walton Capital Management in Calgary, vice-president of corporate sales for Triview Capital Ltd. for both British Columbia and Ontario, and vice-president, finance, for Ascenta Finance Ltd. (an independent Canadian institutional investment bank headquartered in Vancouver).

    Mr. Chung has over 12 years of banking and wealth management experience specializing in both the private and public equities sector. During his career, Mr. Chung has raised more than $100-million in private equity.