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.
Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)
Kunal has extensive international experience in the lithium-ion battery and renewable energy sectors, with a focus primarily on strategy and business development. His recent experience includes working as a Director of Product Development at a residential solar company and Director of Business Development with a lithium-ion battery manufacturer in North America. Prior to those roles, Kunal spent a number of years in Germany working in the renewable energy and energy storage sectors.
Kunal earned his Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Bruce has over thirty years of financial experience, primarily with raising capital for emerging technology companies, both publicly traded and privately held. He has held the position of Chief Financial Officer at multiple technology companies with in-depth experience in managing a variety of functions including accounting, legal/IP, human resources, IT, manufacturing and operations. During his career, Bruce has participated in numerous financing transactions generating more than $150 million of capital; successfully listed companies on the TSX and Nasdaq; and completed several cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions. He is experienced in establishing financial reporting and disclosure infrastructures required of public companies and in implementing sound internal controls and corporate governance procedures.
Bruce earned his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and holds the Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant designations.
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).