Cobalt Blockchain Inc. (COBC) is a Canadian resource company with an exploration and development business including cobalt assets in the the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Senior management have extensive experience working in the DRC, a proven international track record in exploration success, and in the licensed trading of certified conflict-free, child-labor-free minerals.
> Peter Copetti - Chief Executive Officer / Executive Chairman
Peter Copetti has extensive experience in capital markets and corporate leadership, notably in restructuring, mergers and acquisition.
Most recently, Peter served as Executive Co-Chairman of the Board and interim CEO of POET Technologies (TSXV:PTK), which transformed from a strategic gallium play, into a gallium arsenide photovoltaic company, and finally Peter was the key architect in POET's transformaton into a fabless semiconductor company and its subsequent acquisition of DenseLight and BB Photonics.
Concurrent with his duties at COBC, Peter also serves on the board of directors of Mintrax.
> Philip Gibbs, B.Compt, MBA, CMA - Chief Financial Officer
Philip Gibbs has extensive knowledge of the financial aspects of Exchange listed mining and mineral exploration companies operating in Africa and South America.
Philip has a B. Compt. from the University of South Africa and an MBA from the University of Durban Westville, South Africa and is a Chartered Management Accountant (UK). His other executive positions as CFO have been with Kilo Goldmines, Inc., Macusani Yellowcake, Inc., PC Gold Inc., Asante Gold Corporation, and PMI Gold Corporation.
> Monique Hutchins - Corporate Secretary
Monique Hutchins is Managing Director at DSA Corporate Services Inc, where she specializes in continuous disclosure regulatory reporting, stock exchange compliance, stock option and warrant administration, annual meeting organization, minute book custody, corporate governance advice, news release dissemination through a range of domestic and global networks, and other specialty services.
Monique has over 15 years of experience with an emphasis on corporate secretariat services, relationship management, business development, and corporate governance.
> F. William (Bill) Nielsen, P.Geo - Exploration / Qualified Person
Bill Nielsen is an accredited geologist with over 45 years of worldwide experience and has held senior management positions and been a director of a number of TSX listed mining and exploration companies.
He has operated as a senior industry consultant on numerous advanced projects working with a variety of commodities in various countries and geological environments.
> Yves Kabongo - Managing Director of Operations, DRC
Yves Kabongo started his career at a major Financial Institution as an Analyst and has spent the past 8 years involved with junior mining companies with projects located in Canada, Peru and the DRC.
Yves has had several years' experience with Belair African Metals SARL before it was acquired by COBC in 2018. He is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the project.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
> Peter Copetti - CEO / Executive Chairman
See above for bio.
> Peter Hooper - Director
Peter Hooper is a graduate in mining engineering with 45+ years of broad‐based experience permitting, building, and operating mines, including hands‐on expertise in mine management, engineering, operations and production. He is a member of the Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Committee.
His practical work experience spans five continents: North America (Eldorado Nuclear, Sherritt Gordon, J.S. Redpath, Dynatec Engineering, PC Gold); Africa (Rustenburg Platinum, Consolidated Murchison, Prestea Gold Mines, Kilo Gold Mines, PMI Resources, and Nevsun Resources); China (Afcan Mining); Australia (Consolidated Rio Australia); and South America (Latin Gold, Macusani Yellowcake). Peter was the driving force behind a 2Moz gold discovery in NE DRC (2006-2012).
Peter served as the Executive Chairman of Belair African Metals, acquired by COBC, with operations in Katanga and Maniema provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
> John F. O'Donnell, BA, LLB - Director
John F. O’Donnell is an independent member of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Committee, and a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees.
He is a businessman and lawyer based in Toronto, Canada, and is primarily involved in the fields of corporate finance and securities law.
John has previously served as counsel to, and/or a director, officer, or chairman of several private and publicly traded technology, biotechnology, and resource companies with projects located in North America, South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe – including RX Gold & Silver (now Americas Gold and Silver), Peloton Minerals, African Metals, POET Technologies, and Nerium Biotechnology.
> Michael Cachia, C.A., C.P.A. - Director
Michael Cachia is an independent member of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Audit Committee, and a member of the Compensation Committee.
Michael is a licensed public accountant and a partner in a Toronto based firm of public accountants, Edmund Cachia & Co. LLP. He has been on the company's Board of Directors since 2015.
Michael has extensive experience in providing both consulting and audit-based services to public companies, with a special focus on companies in the mining and resources sector.
> Samuel Peralta, Ph.D. - Director
Samuel Peralta is an independent member of the Board of Directors. He is Chair of the Compensation Committee, and a member of the Audit, and Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Committees.
Sam is also executive chairman of Incandence, and serves on the board of directors of Noble Mineral (TSXV:NOB). He is a managing partner at DSF Ventures, and a limited partner with Brightspark Ventures and with Emblem Developments,
He is active in the Toronto technology ecosystem - focused on AI, machine learning, and digital media - as an executive advisor at Startup Here Toronto, and the University of Toronto's ICUBE accelerator. He is the lead on a project delivering archival payloads on three Artemis launch missions to the Moon over 2022-2024 - specifically the Peregrine, Nova-C, and Griffin/VIPER missions - alongside NASA, the United Launch Alliance, and SpaceX.
SPECIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
> Julian Knight
Mr. Julian Knight has extensive consulting experience in mining projects across the globe, and across various commodities and minerals, such as gold, copper, platinum group metals (“PGMs”), coal, ferrous metals and non-ferrous metals such as cobalt, tin, zinc and nickel. Julian started his career as a process control engineer designing and implementing advanced process control solutions in Southern Africa and South America. Since then he moved into a role as Senior Process Engineer for a consulting firm in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he eventually headed up the metallurgy and process engineering department for a number of years.
He has expertise in designing and managing metallurgical test work programs, completing technical feasibility studies and due diligences, competent person reporting, capital and operating cost modelling, metallurgical accounting and process plant optimisation. A large part of Julian’s role has been to evaluate projects at various stages of project life in terms of resources, metallurgy, mining, processing potential and costs in order to determine economic viability.
> Ngoy Kalumba Banza
Mr. Ngoy Kalumba Banza has extensive experience as the Chairman of TIAfrica, with offices in Lubumbashi, Kinshasa, and Kolwezi in the DRC, with a background in global management, accounting and taxation, human resources management and workforce placement, specific to the region.
He graduated in Economic and Social Law at the University of Lubumbashi in the DRC. During his career as a lawyer, he was twice a member of the Lubumbashi Bar Council and was assigned as a member of the commission in charge of ensuring the twinning between the Bar of Lubumbashi and that of Dutch-speaking Brussels.
He assumed the role of the Mines and Quarries Representative in the DRC and is a former member of the International Criminal Bar. After a 24-year career in law, he retired as a lawyer to focus on the creation and development of Group TIA.
> Simeon Tshisangama
Mr. Simeon Tshisangama has run multiple mining operations in the DRC. He is the founder and CEO of TSM Entreprise, a private DRC-based mining company focused on the production of copper and tin, with a portfolio of exploration and production projects. TSM owns and operates a blister copper smelter plant and logistical facility in Lubumbashi.
He served for a period of six years between 2012 and 2018 as Chairman and President of Clairmont Metals Corporation, a private mining company headquartered in Toronto, Ontario that focused on copper and cobalt intermediate products, including concentrates and alloys.
He holds a degree in Social Science from the University of Lubumbashi in the DRC.
> Benjamin Clair
Mr. Benjamin Clair is an expert in mining and the global mineral trade, with experience in banking and commodity trading and specific expertise in the fields of Artisanal & Small-scale Mining and supply chain due diligence. He brings over 15 years of experience working in post-conflict and high-risk areas, with a focus on Central Africa, where he has implemented large international development projects and built an extensive network of contacts and information relays.
As general manager of supply chain innovation firm BetterChain, Benjamin has developed several traceability and monitoring solutions to raise the quality of information available from remote locations and underserved communities, thus improving risk management and stakeholder engagement. He is also a co-founder of the non-profit research and advisory group HIVE, and founder and CEO of DataStake, a data crowdsourcing software.
Benjamin holds two MA degrees, one in International Business from Paris Dauphine University, and the other in Economics & Finance from Bordeaux Montesquieu University.