Michael Kobler, B.Sc., CEO & Director
Over the past 35 years, Michael Kobler has specialized in identifying, acquiring, developing and producing natural resource opportunities throughout the world as well as overseeing the design and construction of a number of infrastructure projects. He has served in a variety of roles for early stage companies including, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President, Technical Advisor, Engineer and Project Manager, and has been a founder and a major shareholder in a number of these ventures. Mr. Kobler has a strong record of success in the exploration, permitting and de-risking of resource projects. His expertise in identifying opportunities through detailed examination of all available information combined with his in-depth knowledge of permitting processes, including detailed environmental work, and dealing with issues related to water supply have positioned him for projects across North and South America. In 2005, Mr. Kobler was a Co-Founder and the original CEO of Osum Oil Sands Corp. (“Osum”) where he oversaw the analysis and acquisitions of the original oil sands leases that form the core of Osum’s projects at Cold Lake and the Saleski carbonates, both in Alberta. During his tenure with Osum, Mike oversaw the growth of the company from start-up to a valuation approaching $500 million; he also hired his successors to ensure the smooth transition of the Company to its next phase of growth and an equity value approaching $2 Billion. Mr. Kobler holds a BSc in Mining Engineering from Montana Tech.
Andrew Bowering, B.A., Director
Andrew Bowering is a venture capitalist with 30 years of operational experience and leadership in mineral exploration and development worldwide. He has founded, funded and built teams that have operated numerous companies in the pursuit of precious, base and industrial metals from early exploration through to production. Mr. Bowering is an owner and founder of Sunrise Drilling Ltd. and has owned and operated drilling companies for the past 20 years. Mr. Bowering has held senior management positions in a variety of capacities. He has been responsible for the acquisition and sale of several assets and the raising of upwards of $250 million in development capital. He has operated and managed programs throughout North and South America and abroad. He is a founder, director and shareholder of Millennial Lithium Corp, and other publicly traded companies primarily focused in the battery metals space.
Andrew Squires, B.Sc., Director
Mr. Squires brings over three decades of resource development experience in the energy and natural resources industries both domestic and international. In this time, he has established a proven history of success in creating strong management teams and helping grow new resource ventures into prosperous operations. His entrepreneurial spirit combined with his all-encompassing technical, operational, and financial knowledge on the logistics and complexity in this sector are the talents that have led to his success in helping create and monetize value in the resource development sector. Of recent note, Mr. Squires was part of the original executive team of Osum Oil Sands Corp., a successful junior oil sands company, in which he was instrumental in creating the team and helping raise over $1 Billion in private equity taking the company to commercial production. Prior to starting Osum Oil Sands, Mr. Squires worked for his own consulting firm providing services for clients including Exxon, Pemex, PetroCanada and Chevron. Mr. Squires’ engineering and management skills were honed working for companies such as Dominion Exploration, Paramount Resources and Amoco. Mr. Squires is currently an executive advisor for Osum Oil Sands Corp., President of AXS Industries – a global energy investment advisory firm, a Senior Associate of Renown AMG (upstream energy asset management company), and is actively engaged in a number of start-ups and financings in the energy storage, oilfield equipment, and aerospace fields. Mr. Squires holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta.
Simon Clarke, Director
Mr. Clarke brings 25 years experience in building companies and implementing successful capital markets and growth strategies focused in mining, energy, and energy technology. Most recently, Mr. Clarke was founder, CEO, and director of M2 Cobalt Corp. (cobalt / copper exploration in East Africa) which sold to Jervois Mining Ltd. in June 2019. He offers significant experience and knowledge of the battery metals space and his roles with M2 Cobalt and Jervois Mining involved managing government and stakeholder initiatives relating to the supply of battery metals in a number of jurisdictions. In particular, he has first-hand experience of the critical minerals initiatives in the United States and the urgent need to develop domestic sources of supply of critical minerals, including battery grade lithium. Mr Clarke was a co-founder of Osum Oil Sands Corp. who, together with American Lithium CEO Michael Kobler, built a company valued in excess of US$1 billion at its peak and which currently produces 20,000 bopd. Mr Clarke remains a Board Observer at Osum and is currently CEO of Apollo Gold Corp. He holds an LLB and Diploma in Legal Practice from Aberdeen University, Scotland.
G. A. (Ben) Binninger, Advisor
Mr. Binninger is a chemical engineer who brings a wealth of experience in senior management and board roles over a career spanning more than 35 years. Ben has held a number of high-profile roles in a variety of sectors including mining, energy, materials, environmental and advanced technologies. Mr Binninger has direct experience in lithium and related minerals having been CEO of Potash Minerals and a member of the advisory Board of Millennial Lithium. He has also created sophisticated process and services companies for global leaders such as Rio Tinto and ARCO. Mr Binninger will provide key strategic advice as development of the TLC Lithium Project (“TLC”) continues to evolve in line with continued de-risking and as the need for large-scale, domestic lithium projects becomes more widely recognized. Mr Binninger holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he attended on a Teagle Foundation Fellowship, and BChE from Manhattan College (NYC scholarship).
Steve Dixon, MSc. Metallurgical Advisor
Mr. Dixon has Over 30 years’ metallurgical management experience, known for keen oversight and technical direction that leads to significant yield improvement and maximum economic value. He has experience in hydrometallurgy and mineral processing for ores containing gold, silver, copper, uranium, lithium, molybdenum and rhenium. Special expertise in Heap Leach optimization and process development including innovative cost reduction methodology. He is a member of SAIMM – South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, CIM – Canadian Institute of Mining and SME – Society of Mining Engineering. Over the past 30 years he has been involved and formed an instrumental part of numerous processing facilities in the respective capacity of Project Consultant, Project Director, Project Manager, Manager of Technical Services, Chief Engineer, Chief Metallurgist, Development Metallurgist and Metallurgist. Mr. Dixon holds a Masters degree in Metallurgical Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry.
Jerry Akins, Expert Geologist
Jerry has been a consultant for American Lithium for over two years, and is a consultant to lithium claystone and brine projects in North and South America.
Graham Ballachey, Engineering Manager
Mr. Ballachey is a mechanical engineer with a physics and chemistry background and 13 years of experience within a variety of industries including combustion research, manufacturing, energy optimization, building design, project management, construction management, process development, and product development. Graham has extensive experience in both experimentation, engineering, and design, as well as the management of engineers, consultants, technologists, and construction projects of over $1.2 million in capital. He has successfully procured over $500,000 from government and utility grants. Graham holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Victoria, and a MASc in Mechanical Engineering from Carleton University.