Co-Founder, President & CEO
Ajay Kochhar has deep technology and project development experience, gained through progressive roles with Hatch's Industrial Clean Tech and Advisory practices. While working in the Industrial Clean Tech practice, Ajay gained in-depth engineering and project management experience through clean technology development in the lithium, cobalt, nickel, copper, gold, lead, zinc, molybdenum, and rare earth metals industries. His technical expertise spans the entire project lifecycle, from conceptual and pre-feasibility studies to construction and commissioning.
Following his work in the industrial clean tech engineering field, Ajay worked as a Management Consultant with Hatch’s Advisory practice. In this role, he led teams to deliver financial and technical reviews of multi-billion-dollar investment opportunities, including technologies and assets across the lithium-ion battery value chain. Ajay comes from entrepreneurial roots with family business experience gained from a young age.
Ajay graduated from the University of Toronto in Chemical Engineering with honours.
Co-Founder, Market & Technical Advisor
Tim Johnston has over 10 years of experience as Hatch’s specialist in project management and transactional analysis for their global lithium business. During his time with Hatch, he managed the development of projects across the lithium-ion battery value chain. Tim also evaluated hundreds of lithium projects, and managed the development of lithium projects around the world for SQM, Rockwood Lithium (Albemarle), Bacanora Minerals, AMG-NV, Rio Tinto, Galaxy Resources and other key developers. His consulting experience ranges broadly over the metals, industrial minerals and large infrastructure assets. Tim has co-authored 7 technical publications with a focus on project execution in the lithium sector.
Tim is a mechanical engineer (chartered professional engineer, CPEng) and CFA charter holder.
Senior Hydrometallurgical Engineer
Darcy Tait has deep hydrometallurgical and process development expertise across the non-ferrous and ferrous industries. He gained this experience in the context of project development from bench to pilot scale, and ultimately process commercialization.
Darcy has extensive experience in the recovery of many of the constituents in lithium-ion batteries, developed in the context of primary resource mineral processing and hydrometallurgy. He has worked in the cobalt, nickel, manganese, zinc, titanium, and rare earth metals industries, with a strong track record of successful hydrometallurgical process scale-up. Darcy has also worked across the project lifecycle – from process evaluation and selection, to flowsheet development and subsequent optimization.
Darcy originally graduated from Laurentian University with a B.Eng in Chemical Engineering. He is a registered engineer with the Professional Engineers of Ontario (P.Eng).