Alan H. Price, partner at Wiley Rein and chair of the firm’s International Trade Practice, has 30 years of experience handling high-profile and complex international trade matters. Mr Price represents domestic producers of steel, aluminum, raw materials, and other industries in trade remedies cases. He has particular expertise on China capacity issues related to the metals industry, having authored three authoritative studies: “The China Syndrome,” “Money for Metal,” and “Raw Deal.” The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently appointed Mr Price to a select group of leading experts commissioned to develop recommendations on international competition policy for the current Administration and Congress.
Chris Gnann has held his current position since July 2015. In this capacity, Chris has responsibility for Climax Molybdenum’s global sales of molybdenum products to the steel and foundry industries. In addition, he leads Climax’s sales and operations planning process and directs company quality programs. Chris also manages commercial operations including third party toll conversion of molybdenum products.
Chris joined Climax Molybdenum in 2007 as Customer Service Manager after a 21-year career in the United States Air Force. From 2007 to the present, Chris has held successive roles of increasing responsibility within Climax’s Sales and Marketing department. Chris holds a Master of Science degree from Purdue University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Campbell University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Georgia.
Eric Mata is the Deputy Administrator of DLA Strategic Materials, the organization responsible for managing the U.S. National Defense Stockpile. The mission of DLA Strategic Materials is to reduce U.S. dependence upon foreign sources of strategic and critical materials. Eric has served in this position since 2016, overseeing general stockpile management operations, material sales and acquisitions and supply chain analysis. Eric served in the United States Marine Corps prior to beginning his federal career with DLA in 2007. Eric held various financial management positions in DLA Energy before being promoted to his current position. Eric has a BS in Business Management and is currently pursuing his MBA.
Matthew Schmink is the Sales Manager at Global Titanium Inc. and has held that position since 2008. Global Titanium produces ferrotitanium, titanium scrap products, and titanium hydride-dehydride powder. The company is located in Detroit, Michigan where it employs 140 people.
Mr. Schmink began his career in telecommunications following completion of his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
Jorn P. de Linde was appointed to his current position following the merger between Resource Strategies Inc. and CRU International in April 1996. Based in the United States, he specialises in ferroalloys-related research, with particular emphasis on silicon-based alloys and electric power, drawing on 30 years of experience. In addition to the manganese ferroalloy cost data service, Mr de Linde is the principal author of CRU's silicon metal market outlook and silicon cost data service reports. Mr de Linde also is a contributor to other CRU ferroalloy-related reports, including the Bulk Ferroalloys Monitor. He earned an MSc Degree in Mineral Economics from the Pennsylvania State University in the USA and holds an MBA (Siviløkonom) from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in Bergen, Norway.
Dominique Riche has more than 40 years’ experience in the global metals business encompassing engineering, commercialization and management specifically related to steel related raw materials. He has managed and initiated numerous marketing programs, directing worldwide sales, as well as implementation of technical innovations in raw materials applications related to steel production.
Mr. Riche holds engineering degrees from the Institute National Polytechnique de Grenoble and the Institute de Contrôle de Gestion Paris
Mitchell Smith is the founder and President & CEO of Global Energy Metals Corp. (TSXV:GEMC), a company offering investment exposure through a diversified global portfolio of cobalt assets in safe, mining-friendly jurisdictions alongside key strategic partners.
Having been involved directly in the cobalt space for over a decade, Mr. Smith was an early adopter in the battery space and recognized the proliferation and mainstream appetite for rechargeable battery powered devices and electric vehicles and the critical role that the metals associated with these sectors play.
He is an accomplished executive and business development professional with deep experience and proven success developing and executing on corporate strategies, marketing relationships and maximizing business opportunities for long-term engagement and strategic relationships. Mr. Smith has negotiated and structured off-take agreements for cobalt material and built relationships with Chinese battery manufacturer intermediaries and facilitated commerce by arranging mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and engineering and procurement construction contracts.
Mr. Smith is also a director of a number of public companies listed in Canada and London.
Trent is a mining executive and capital markets professional with 20 years of operating and transactional experience. He began his mining career with Barrick Gold. He has also worked with nickel-cobalt producer Sherritt International, North American Palladium and AuRico Gold, which was sold to Alamos Gold. Trent was President & CEO of Falco Resources, which acquired control over the historic Horne Mine Complex and 13 other former producers in the Rouyn Noranda Mining Camp.
Over his career, he has been involved in almost $3 billion in financings and dozens of corporate transactions. Prior to starting First Cobalt in 2017, Trent built a mining capital markets team for PearTree Securities to advise issuers and investors on Canadian exploration and development opportunities. In 2016, his team raised $300 million in equity investments and became the largest provider of flow-through capital to the Canadian resource industry.
Mr Mell holds a B.A., a B.C.L. and LL.B. from McGill University (Montreal), an LL.M from Osgoode Hall (Toronto) as well as an MBA from Northwestern University (Chicago) and Schulich School of Business (Toronto).
Michael Insulan is a commodity analyst with Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), focusing on cobalt. Michael has been involved with the commodities industry since 2003, having previously worked with Shell in business portfolio analysis. Prior to joining ERG, Michael worked at CRU in London and Santiago, in both consulting and analysis. Most recently he managed CRU's aluminium raw materials team, covering bauxite, alumina, and carbon products. Michael holds a BA in International Business, Finance and Economics from the University of Manchester, and a PhD in Economics from Manchester Business School.