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.
> Lance Hooper - President & Chief Operating Officer / Director
For the past twenty years Lance Hooper 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 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.
> 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.
> H.J. (Jim) Blake, QC - Corporate Secretary
Jim Blake is Corporate Secretary. Jim achieved his Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall in 1965, called to the bar in 1967, and granted Master of Laws from York University in 1970. He has experience in various areas of commercial and corporate law.
> 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.
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 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.
> 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 is concurrently Vice President, Finance at Generation Mining. She was a founding officer and Board member of Pine Point Mining Limited (formerly Darnley Bay Resources Limited), which was acquired by Osisko Metals. 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, Chair of the Compensation Committee, and a member of the Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Committees.
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 Committees, and a member of the Audit, and Compensation Committees.
Sam is also executive chairman of Incandence, and serves on the board of directors of Mintrax, and 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, the BlockchainHub, and the University of Toronto's ICUBE accelerator.