Drawing leadership expertise from some of the most reliable projects, the cross-functional team driving the success of Black Swan has the pedigree and skills to get the job done.
Mr. Swan is the owner and CEO of Thomas Swan and the fourth generation of the Swan family to lead the Company. He joined in 2002 to launch the new Carbon Nanomaterials business. He took over as Managing Director in 2006 and became CEO in 2018. He is also a Non-Executive Director and Council Member of the Chemical Industries Association and Chairs the Innovation Committee of the Chemistry Growth Partnership. He also chairs the Advisory Board of the Centre for Education Collaboration at York University.
After graduating from Durham University in 1998. Harry started his career at Monsanto, followed by two years at Regester Larkin Ltd. His focus is now on leading Thomas Swan into a new sustainable future, developing their credentials as an innovative global player.
President & CEO, Director
Mr. Marcotte is a Chartered Financial Analyst with nearly 25 years of experience focused on commodities, including more than 12 years in executive positions for junior mining companies.
In 2018, Mr. Marcotte was instrumental in the launch of Arena Minerals Inc. in the lithium brine industry in Argentina, and the subsequent strategic investments by both Ganfeng Lithium and Lithium Americas Corp. In 2012, Mr. Marcotte co-founded Mason Graphite Inc. and held the position of Vice-President of Corporate Development until February 2018. Under his leadership, Mason Graphite was awarded: the TSXV’s recognition as “Top 10 Performing Stock” in 2013, the “Best 50 OTCQX” in both 2016 and 2017, and was nominated for best investor relations in both 2016 and 2017. At the end of 2017, Mason Graphite reached a peak market capitalization of $365 million, with approximately 35 institutional shareholders, uncommon for a junior mining company. In 2010, Mr. Marcotte joined Verena Minerals Corp., which was then renamed Belo Sun Mining Corp., as vice-president corporate development, working alongside the president and chief executive officer on all decision-making processes and helped develop and implement the company’s turnaround strategy and assisted in more than $100 million in funding. Mr. Marcotte has also been involved with several other mining companies, either as an officer or a director, including with Alderon Iron Ore Corp. between 2010 and 2013.
Mr. Marcotte is also President & CEO of Royal Fox Gold Inc., which is advancing the Philibert Gold Project near Chibougamau, Québec, and a Director of Freeman Gold Corp., a company he co-founded, which is advancing the Lemhi gold project in Idaho, United States.
Prior to his corporate involvement, Mr. Marcotte was working in senior positions in capital markets with CIBC World Markets, from 1998 to 2006, and with Sprott Securities Inc. and Cormark Securities Inc., from 2006 to 2010, where he was also a member of the board of directors. Mr. Marcotte currently also acts as an independent consultant and is actively involved in merchant banking activities in the junior mining industry. Mr. Marcotte is a CFA Charterholder and is a graduate from the University of Sherbrooke.
Chief Operating Officer, Director
Mr. Edwards has more than 30 years of manufacturing and business experience. Prior to joining Black Swan Graphene, he was Business Director at Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. responsible for the development of the graphene business. Mr. Edwards has a BSc(hons) in Electronics (University of Wales, Cardiff), an MBA, and is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET). Previous experience includes microprocessor and computer systems design at Ferranti, 15 years as General Manager of Toshiba Electronics Europe in Düsseldorf where he introduced flash memory into Europe and presided over Toshiba’s dominant DRAM position as Windows was launched into the PC market. Subsequently worked in several start-up companies mainly in global sales, marketing, and business development roles, including 3 years as Global Commercial Director at Oxford Advanced Surfaces and global commercial director at Cambridge Nanotherm, responsible for taking advanced materials to global LED market.
Dr. David Deak
Dr. David Deak is President of Marbex LLC, running a portfolio of projects at the interface between mining, energy, and technology domains – with a special focus on lithium and related battery materials. Dr. Deak has built his career advancing initiatives in lithium mining, renewable energy, energy storage, and electric vehicles. He was formerly the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice-President of Lithium Americas Corp., where he spearheaded technical, project, and marketing developments of two major lithium assets in Nevada and Argentina. Before Lithium Americas, Dr. Deak led special supply chain projects and battery engineering programs for Gigafactory 1 at Tesla Inc. Prior to working in the electric vehicles business, he managed product and process development programs for Ambri Inc., a Bill Gates-backed energy-storage start-up spun out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Deak has also acted as a consultant for multinational engineering conglomerates, start-ups, government entities and institutional investors, involving projects from technology scouting to materials supply chain analysis. His professional career started in the Chief Technology Officer’s office at Siemens Wind Power in Denmark, where he focused on supplier technology development and component warranty cases. Dr. Deak holds a D.Phil. in Materials Science from Oxford University and a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto.
Mr. Damouni has over 20 years of corporate and investment banking experience with a focus on Natural Resources. He has served as a director or executive officer of a number private and public companies listed on the TSX, TSXV, and LSE and has been instrumental in developing and executing corporate strategy, financings, restructuring, acquisitions and sale process which has created significant value for shareholders.
He is currently Executive Director of Mason Graphite, Executive Director of Black Swan Graphene, and a Director of Arena Minerals. He also co-founded Chesterfield Resources plc which has Altius Minerals and Polymetal International plc as strategic partners and a Director of Gatling Exploration which is being acquired by MAG Silver Corp. Mr. Damouni received his economics and business degree from McGill University. He is a Canadian and British citizen, residing in the United Kingdom
VP Corporate Development
Mr. Hardy’s career spans 30 years in Capital Markets and private enterprise with CIBC World Markets and as the Managing Director of Institutional Equities for Desjardins Securities overseeing offices in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, and Vancouver. He was intricate in the evolution of the European Trading and was responsible for over $100 million in equity positions in domestic and international markets. He simultaneously grew the revenues by over 800%, in only 8 years.
More recently, he Co Founded Thorium Power Canada Inc. where he served as Vice President and helped launch the Thorium Small Modular Reactor business worldwide, meeting with government agencies and regulators along with institutional and private investors from the USA, Mexico, Indonesia, China, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and Chile.
Mr . Henri Wilhelm has more than 15 years of experience in R&D and development of graphite-based products for energy storage applications.
He worked for major synthetic graphite producers such as Imerys Graphite & Carbon and SGL Carbon groups as well as for the French National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS).
He is active as technical advisor for product development and implementation in battery applications. Henri Wilhelm holds a PhD in Physics and Chemistry of Matter and Materials from the University of Lorraine (France).
Mr. Duras has over 15 years of corporate and project finance experience in the resource sector. He is also the acting Chief Financial officer of Emerita Resources Inc. and the Managing Directors of Metallica Resources.
Some of his previous positions include Vice President of Finance and Administration at S.C. Rosia Montana Gold Corporation S.A. (RMGC), a mineral exploration and mining development company based in Romania, and several senior finance roles, including Controller of TSX listed Gabriel Resources Ltd. and High River Gold Mines Ltd.
He is a Certified General Accountant and a Certified Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Administration from Lakehead University.
Roy McDowall, a Director of Mason Graphite Inc., is a capital markets professional with over 25 years of experience with Canadian-based boutique and bank owned investment firms, and most recently served as Managing Director, Head of Equity Sales for Macquarie Capital Markets Canada. He also held similar positions with Credit Suisse Securities (Canada) Inc., CIBC World Markets Inc., and National Bank Financial Inc. Mr. McDowall is currently a Senior Officer of Turquoise Hill Resources Inc., a Montreal-based mining company with a market capitalization of approximately ~$5 billion listed on both the TSX and the NYSE. The company is focused on operating and further developing, in the South Gobi region of Mongolia, the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine, which is jointly owned with the Government of Mongolia and expected to be one of the world’s largest copper producers by 2025. Over his career, Mr. McDowall has played an instrumental role in over 500 financings for companies globally with a focus on the mining industry, leveraging self-established relationships with Canadian and international institutional investors. He has also founded several successful start-ups in the education sector and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.