Mr. Gallagher has extensive experience as an analyst and investment professional gained in a variety of investment banking and project evaluation roles, including the resource sector. He holds a BSc. in Financial Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London (1993).
Between 1988 and 2000, Martin worked for a variety of US banks, mainly as a credit and project analyst. From 2001 to 2007, he worked at Dresdner Kleinwort, initially with a focus on high-yield, special situations and distressed investments and finally, serving as Managing Director and Head of Emerging Markets Proprietary Trading, responsible for deploying the bank’s capital across different markets and sectors .
Martin is currently a partner of Brave Partners LLP, a London-based advisory firm, which is active in the insurance, clean energy/storage and natural resource sectors. He provides advice to investors in junior mining, as well as capital raising and related services.
Bernard Lapointe has extensive experience in the resource sector. He holds a B.A. in geology from the University of Québec (Montreal; 1980), a Masters degree in structural geology from the University of Québec (Chicoutimi), and a Ph.D. in mineral resources from the University of Québec (Chicoutimi).
He founded Arianne Resources (now named Arianne Phosphate TSX-V: DAN) in 1997 and acted as CEO until 2013. Arianne Phosphate is developing the biggest Greenfield igneous phosphate project in the world. Prior to Arianne, he served as director of the Saguenay-Lac- St-Jean Mining Fund and also acted as a geochemist analyst for the University of Québec at Chicoutimi.
Bernard is now a semi-retired geologist, consultant and a private investor. He is lecturer at the University of Québec at Chicoutimi in Exploration Financing. He recently attended in Germany a short course on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering.
For the past 40 years Mr. Sosenko has been intimately involved with the industrial minerals industry, serving in a number of key senior management positions over that time. Gary first started out in sales with J.M. Huber Corporation’s Calcium Carbonate Division, before it became part of Huber Engineered Materials. While at Huber, Mr. Sosenko managed a $20 million territory that included Texas, Louisiana, and parts of the Midwest United States. In addition, Gary was also instrumental in finding and developing products for the plastics-polyester industries based on the unique properties of limestone sourced from Jamaica.
After leaving Huber, Gary then founded Advanced Minerals Technology (AMT) in 1993 and served as its President. AMT is focused on helping companies market their mineral-based and recycled by-products and works with all major industrial minerals including calcium carbonate, talc, mica, clay, silica, feldspar and wollastonite. Some of the more notable companies AMT has worked with over the past 25 years include large North American industrial minerals and construction materials firms such as Vulcan Materials, Powdermet, Protech Industries, Chemical Lime and Lafarge among others.
Mr. Gagnon is the founder and owner of Permex Nursery in Quebec, an enterprise that specializes in permaculture design and excavations, and high-quality plant nursery stock. Permex has created an extensive genetic library for seed and mother plants for over 200 varieties of cultivars trees, shrubs, herbaceous and annual plants that are either edible or medicinal, and are adapted to the unique climate conditions of the Laurentians.
With Mr. Gagnon’s dedication and vision, Permex has established partnerships throughout North America and the World in order to develop the best models of market gardening in Canada and of silvopasture in North America. Permex’s Tree Farm Nursery is fast becoming a leading example for the future of Tree Farms in the province, as it grows and cultivates all of its plants without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilizers which guarantees a healthy and vibrant harvest. Moreover Permex is one of the first Nursery’s to use wollastonite as a natural fertilizer for its trees and plants, and it has been educating farms throughout the province on its numerous plant health benefits.
Mr. Gagnon has also served as a teacher and alumni at Arundel’s Nature and Science Center, which is a unique educational park in Quebec that offers demonstrations of national geology, flora and fauna with a rich patrimonial past.
Director of Research & Development
Mr. Matthew Harvey is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BC Bud Depot (“BCBD”), a producer of marijuana seeds. Mr. Harvey has been Director of Research & Development at Vertical Exploration Inc. since 2017.
He has been a master grower and in the industry since the mid-1990’s with world-wide exposure since 2004. During his tenure at BCBD, a cannabis seed producer and creator of award-winning THC and CBD strains, BCBD has received over 23 Cannabis Cup awards, including nine international First Place awards. BCBD was in 2009 inducted into the Seed Bank Hall of Fame.
Additionally, BC Bud Depot has outreach to over 11 North American dispensaries and over 60 worldwide retail and web stores which stock BCBD’S products. He has steered BCBD towards a new developmental approach to medicinal genetics, producing unique strains to be used for specific medical ailments. He has been a Technical Advisor at Vertical Exploration Inc. since 2017.