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Zach grew up farming in southeast Saskatchewan near Prairie Lithium's core project area. He entered the energy sector in 2009 and worked his way from a roughneck into consulting roles. During his consulting career, he managed environmental and hydrogeologic projects in Canada and the United States. In 2019, he incorporated Prairie Lithium. He has since lead multiple rounds of private equity funding and established Prairie Lithium as the first and largest active lithium brine developer in their project region. He holds a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Regina and is currently conducting M.Sc. research on lithium hydrochemistry in the Williston Basin. He also holds a Diploma in Exploration Information Technology from the South Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT).

ZACH MAURER, B.SC.

PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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Jared is active in agriculture, real estate and resource ventures. As the President of Cross Borders Drilling, he built and operated one of the largest drilling rig fleets in Western Canada. Cross Borders developed many drilling applications that are currently applied throughout oil sands, potash, uranium, coal and traditional oil & gas drilling. At peak times, he led a team of over 250 people managing $100M in projects. He has a proven track record in operational management and project execution. 

JARED MILLS

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

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Ian holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Alberta. He has over 20 years of industrial experience in fields ranging from ultra high sensitivity analysis of biomolecules, large scale organic synthesis and GMP manufacture of cancer vaccines, bioremediation, environmental consulting, waste to energy systems and industrial wastewater treatment. He has particular expertise in analytical chemistry, as well as product, technology and process development.  In his capacity as lead scientist and corporate officer, he has successfully developed technologies from lab scale to commercial deployment for industrial applications.

IAN IRELAND, PH.D.

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

MANAGEMENT

ACCOUNTING

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CARRIE SWANTON

CONTROLLER

OPERATIONS

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RYLAN MCLEAN

OPERATIONS MANAGER

GEOSCIENCE

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CHELSEY HILLIER, B.SC., P.GEO.

EXPLORATION & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

ENGINEERING

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DON BENDER, B.SC., P.ENG.

RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT & ENGINEERING MANAGER

SYSTEMS

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JORDAN ALBERTON, B.SC., P.ENG.

INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS  MANAGER

 
 
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OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Zach grew up farming in southeast Saskatchewan near Prairie Lithium's core project area. He entered the energy sector in 2009 and worked his way from a roughneck into consulting roles. During his consulting career, he managed environmental and hydrogeologic projects in Canada and the United States. In 2019, he incorporated Prairie Lithium. He has since lead multiple rounds of private equity funding and established Prairie Lithium as the first and largest active lithium brine developer in their project region. He holds a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Regina and is currently conducting M.Sc. research on lithium hydrochemistry in the Williston Basin. He also holds a Diploma in Exploration Information Technology from the South Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT).

ZACH MAURER, B.SC.

PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER,

PRAIRIE LITHIUM

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Wayne is a Tax Partner with MNP where he has practiced for 20 years with a specialty in domestic taxation.  Wayne has spent the past 13 years working closely with private oil and gas service and production companies in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba and has served as a director for E&P companies and oilfield service companies. Wayne holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, as well as a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Saskatchewan, the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Canadian Tax Foundation.

WAYNE PAPROSKI, CPA, CA

PARTNER, MNP

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Jared is active in agriculture, real estate and resource ventures. As the President of Cross Borders Drilling, he built and operated one of the largest drilling rig fleets in Western Canada. Cross Borders developed many drilling applications that are currently applied throughout oil sands, potash, uranium, coal and traditional oil & gas drilling. At peak times, he led a team of over 250 people managing $100M in projects. He has a proven track record in operational management and project execution. 

JARED MILLS

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, PRAIRIE LITHIUM; PRESIDENT, CROSS BORDERS DRILLING

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Arnfinn currently serves as the Board Chair of the International Minerals Innovation Institute and is the President of Prugger Innovations. Arnfinn spent most of his career at PotashCorp (now Nutrien), starting as Mine Geophysicist and working his way up to end his career there as Vice President, Potash Technical Services. During his time at PotashCorp, Arnfinn held Board seats at the Saskatchewan Potash Producers Association and Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S. A. (SQM), a major lithium mining company with operations in South America and Australia. Arnfinn is a past Distinguished Lecturer for the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) and he holds a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Saskatchewan.

ARNFINN PRUGGER, PH.D., P.GEO

GEOPHYSICIST, PRUGGER INNOVATIONS

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Mr. McHardy has been a founder of several public oil and gas companies and has extensive experience in leadership roles with both public and private companies. Mr. McHardy is currently a founder and the Executive Chairman of Spartan Delta Corp. He was also founder, Director, President & CEO of Spartan Energy Corp., Spartan Oil Corp., and Spartan Exploration Ltd., and a founder, Director, and President of Titan Exploration Ltd. Mr. McHardy currently sits on several other boards of both public and private companies and has extensive experience in matters relating to corporate finance, capital markets, strategic planning and corporate governance. Prior to his leadership roles in the energy sector, Mr. McHardy was a partner at one of Canada’s largest national law firms where he practiced securities and corporate law.

RICHARD McHARDY

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, SPARTAN DELTA CORP.

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Mr. Moser joined PFM in 2008 and is responsible for managing the firm’s diversified energy portfolio. Prior to joining PFM, Mr. Moser worked on the trading desk for Capital Power Corp. and as an oil and gas equity research associate for Raymond James in Calgary, providing over 14 years of institutional investment experience within the energy sector. Mr. Moser currently sits on the boards of Fire Sky Energy Inc., Aureus Energy Services Ltd. and Wind River Power Corp.  He is an active volunteer within the local community including the Queen City Kinsmen and the Kinsmen Foundation.

JASON MOSER, CFA, CBV

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF INVESTMENTS

& PARTNER PFM CAPITAL