Pat is a seasoned hedge-fund manager, with over 15 years of experience in various trading strategies, including capital-structure arbitrage. He was co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Dacha Strategic Metals (TSX.V:DSM, OTCQX:DCHAF), a unique investment vehicle that invests in physical rare earths. Prior to Dacha, Pat was President of a natural-gas trading company that created models to trade physical gas. More recently he has been trading rare earths and other rare metals. Pat has authored several research articles and participated on industry panels as a guest speaker at various events. He has an Honours BA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Gareth is a co-founder of Technology Metals Research, a consulting and advisory firm that develops market intelligence and analysis on the rare-metals sector. He is an Independent Director of Alabama Graphite Corp (TSX.V:ALP, OTCQX:ABGPF). He was previously Director of Technology at Dexter Magnetic Technologies, and holds five patents on a variety of magnetic devices. A two-time graduate of the University of Birmingham in the UK, Gareth has a BEng (Hons) in Materials Science & Technology and a PhD in Metallurgy & Materials, focused on rare-earth permanent-magnet materials. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, a Chartered Engineer and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers. Gareth is also a member of the Strategic Materials Advisory Council and director of a forthcoming NATO-sponsored lecture series on rare-earth elements, to be presented in several locations in 2017.
Furkhat is a founding partner of Advanced Material of Japan Corporation (AMJC), one of the largest traders of rare earths in the world. He is currently head of AMJC’s overseas trading department, and specializes in trading rare earths as well as other critical metals such as tungsten. Furkhat brings over 30 years of trading experience and contacts to IMC and is fluent in Japanese, Mandarin, English, and Uzbek.
John has been a director and officer of various private and public companies since 1998. He is currently CEO and director of Atom Energy Inc. (TSX.V:AGY.h) and a director of Atlas Cloud Enterprises Ltd (CSE:AKE). John obtained his BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from Queen’s University in 1988 and his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of British Columbia in 1993.