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 over 12 years of 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 Hooper - Chief Executive Officer / Director
Peter 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.
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 - recently acquired by COBC - with operations in Katanga and Maniema provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
> Lance Hooper - President & Chief Operating Officer / Director
For the past twenty years Lance has developed a broad range of experience in emerging companies where he has played key roles as both an early employee and as a founder.
Lance is a named inventor and has been intimately involved with the product development, business development, and sales and marketing of several commercially successful innovations including the world’s first interbank email money transfer service.
For the last decade Lance has held senior corporate positions and served as a director with private and public mining companies working in Canada, Peru, Afghanistan and the DRC. Recent work in the DRC includes Kilo Goldmines, a 2Moz gold discovery in the Oriental Province.
Lance was most recently President & CEO of Belair African Metals, acquired by COBC, specializing in conflict free tin, tantalum and tungsten concentrates in the DRC.
> Philip Gibbs, B.Compt, MBA, CMA - Chief Financial Officer
Philip Gibbs, B.Compt., MBA, CMA, has extensive knowledge of the financial aspects of Exchange listed mining and mineral exploration companies operating in Africa and South America.
Mr. Gibbs 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.
> F. William (Bill) Nielsen, P.Geo - Vice President 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.
MANAGEMENT TEAM - DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO (DRC)
> Michel Kabongo - Chairman of DRC Operations
Michel Kabongo has more than 45 years of business experience in the DRC across a variety of industries including transportation, real estate and mining. He has well-established connections within the DRC business community, all levels of the DRC government and multinational institutions operating in the country.
> Yves Kabongo - Managing Director of DRC Operations
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 been with Belair African Metals SARL (acquired by Peat Resources as announced on January 19, 2018) for the past 3 years, and is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the project.
> Emery Mukendi Wafwana - DRC Legal Affairs
Emery Mukendi Wafwana has been practicing mining law since 1995. He is a lawyer at the Court of Cassation and the Council of State, licensed mining and quarries agent (DRC) and a legal consultant registered with the New York State Supreme Court. In his practice of mining law, he advised in the reform of the legal, tax, customs and exchange frameworks of the mining sector during the revision of the 2002 Mining Code and in the drafting of the Decree providing guidelines for feasibility studies of mining projects in the DRC.
He has advised and represented clients in the management of mining titles, in negotiations and renegotiations of mining conventions, in claims and litigation on the issuance and validity of mining rights and titles and in obtaining various administrative permits for the construction and rehabilitation of mines and related infrastructures. He has led due diligence effort for the financing or acquisition of mining projects and advised in many mining transactions in the DRC, Cameroon, Gabon, Burkina Faso and Mali.
> Antoine Tshibangu - Vice President of DRC Operations
Antoine Tshibangu has over 15 years of experience as a consultant in the mining industry working with Canadian and African companies.
He has extensive experience in the artisanal and small scale mining and processing of copper, cobalt, gold and diamonds in the DRC, Angola, Guinea and Tanzania.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
> Peter Hooper - CEO / Director
See above for bio.
> Lance Hooper - President & COO / Director
See above for bio.
> H.J. (Jim) Blake, QC - Chairman
Jim Blake is Chairman of the Board & Corporate Secretary, Chair of the Compensation Committee, and a member of the Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Committee.
Jim is senior counsel at Beard Winter LLC. He achieved his Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall in 1965, was called to the bar in 1967, and was granted Master of Laws from York University in 1970.
Jim has extensive experience in securities, finance, mining and natural resources matters, and in various areas of commercial and corporate law. Jim is currently an Executive Member of the Business Law Section, the Natural Resources & Energy Section and the Aboriginal Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association.
> Patricia Mannard - Director
Patricia Mannard is an independent member of the Board of Directors, and a member of the Audit Committee.
Patricia graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986. She has worked in the junior resource sector for over 25 years, with experience in corporate maintenance, accounting management and financial reporting.
She was a founding officer of Pine Point Mining Limited (formerly Darnley Bay Resources Limited), a publicly traded company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange, upon its incorporation in 1993, joining its Board of Directors in 2002. She was an Officer of Peat Resources Limited from 1991-2018 and a Director since 2004.
> Michael Cachia, C.A., C.P.A. - Director
Michael Cachia is an independent member of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Audit Committee, a member of the Compensation Committee, and a member of the Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility 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 / Strategic Advisor, Technology
Samuel Peralta is an independent member of the Board of Directors, and Strategic Advisor on Technology. He is Chair of the Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Committee, a member of the Audit Committee, and a member of the Compensation Committee.
Sam concurrently serves on the boards of Mintrax, Noble Mineral Exploration (TSXV:NOB), and Incandence, where he serves as Chairman. He co-founded and served on the Boards of POET Technologies (TSXV:PTK); OPEL Solar (TSXV:OPL); Envergence; and Qvadis; and served on the Boards of Axiom NDT, and the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries. Sam was CEO of Qvadis, CTO of OH Solar, Chair of Envergence, and in executive roles at Kinectrics, Ontario Hydro, and the Ontario Laser and Lightwave Research Centre.
Sam is active in the Toronto technology ecosystem as an advisor to companies focusing on AI, machine learning, and distributed ledger technology - including at the BlockchainHub and ICUBE accelerators.