Rojer (Qiufeng) Li, Chairman of the Advisory Board
Mr.Rojer Li is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Canada Rare Earth and, in this capacity; he provides valuable industry knowledge, technical information and business development services particularly in Asia. Rojer is involved in the development and facilitation of many of the business activities and opportunities that Canada Rare Earth is pursuing. Rojer co-founded a predecessor to Canada Rare earth. Rojer began working closely with his family’s rare earth businesses in the early 2000s learning about manufacturing, trading, engineering and construction. Rojer assumed leadership roles with the China companies, and has taken on the mandate of extending the family’s business outside China. Rojer is considered an authority on all aspects of the rare earth business, from mining through specialized refining processes to trading and downstream manufacturing of specialty compounds and products. He has extensive business relationships with all major rare earth producers in China, and is sought after by major rare earth development companies around the world for strategic consulting services.
Robert W. Schafer, Advisor – Rare Earth Sources Due Diligence
Robert W. Schafer is a Registered Professional Geologist with over thirty years of international experience identifying, evaluating and structuring transactions for mineral deposits globally having worked in more than 70 countries. He is currently President of the PDAC and a past president of the Canadian Institute for Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM). He is an active member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) in the USA. Mr. Schafer is also a member of the Board of Directors for both the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame and National Mining Hall of Fame in the USA. Bob is the recipient of the William Lawrence Saunders Gold Medal from AIME and the Daniel C. Jackling Award from SME for career achievements. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Geology at Miami University (Ohio); completed course work and research toward a Ph.D. in Geology; and earned a second Master’s degree in Mineral Economics at the University of Arizona. In addition, he completed the Executive Business Program at Stanford University. Bob is a is a Certified Corporate Director (ICD.D), a Fellow of the CIM and the Society of Economic Geologists, and a Registered Professional Geologist in the States of Wyoming and Utah.
Mike Fillipoff, Advisor - Project Management
Mike Fillipoff is a Chemical Engineer with over 35 years of senior project management and engineering experience in all key phases of major capital projects, with budgets of $100 million to $1 billion each including refining plants, petrochemicals, oil and gas, mining, and power generation. He has experience in operating plants with responsibility for production, personnel, safety, environment, scheduling and cost management. Mike has held management positions with firms such as Sandwell (now Ausenco), Nova (now Trans Canada), Saudi Aramco, and Celanese. He has over 16 years of international experience, covering projects in 14 countries on three continents, including Malaysia, Mexico, Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, USA and China. Mike was CEO and director of a company publicly traded in Canada, which provided technology and services to refineries and other plants operating in Canada and USA. He graduated in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and completed the Senior Executives Program at the MIT Sloan School of Management as well as the MIT Executive Program in Financial Management. Mike is a Registered Professional Engineer in British Columbia and Alberta.
John Treleaven, Advisor – Government Liaison
John Treleaven spent 32 years in the Canadian Foreign Service working abroad and in Ottawa in a variety of positions with a trade and economic focus. As Trade Commissioner he served the Canadian business community in Sao Paulo, San Juan, London, Puerto Rico, San Jose, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Manila and Ottawa. In 1997 he was appointed Canada’s Ambassador to the Philippines. In Ottawa he served in a variety of senior positions with a focus on Asia, the policy direction of the Trade Commission Service and on assignment to the Privy Council Office – Jobs Strategy Task Force. In 2000 he left the Foreign Service to join the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (“STEP”) as President and CEO. STEP is a public/private partnership providing international trade services to over 250 Canadian exporting companies. As President of The Treleaven Consulting Group, John continues to deliver international business solutions to a range of private and public sector clients across Canada and abroad. He is a director of a number of internationally focused Canadian organizations including the Forum for International Trade Training, Canadian Council for Africa, The Hong Kong – Canada Business Association, the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, and serves in an advisory capacity to a number of organizations including Global Vision/Junior Team Canada. He has received numerous awards including an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from the University of Baguio in the Philippines, The Queen’s Jubilee Medal and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.
Mr. Wencai Zhu – Advisor
Mr. Zhu is a rare earth chemical engineer who has been involved in the rare earth industry for 26 years. He specializes in the fields of rare earth separation, rare earth co-precipitation, high purity rare earth technology research and development, production and market development. Mr. Zhu has published numerous patents and articles relating to ultra micro rare earth oxide production technology improvements, and has been featured in publications such as Uranium Mining and Metallurgy. He has extensive experience in research and development; including a precipitation process to produce high purity cerium nitrate and cerium carbonate products, used for automobile exhaust catalyst production. His technological expertise has also translated into more efficient and cleaner methods of production through the use of proprietary extraction separation technology. His methods reduce the amount of acid and alkali consumption by 20% compared with traditional extraction processes and is responsible for raising standards for environmental sustainability. Mr. Zhu has been a director of the Fifth Chinese Rare Earth Society since 2009, and is currently the General Manager of Ganzhou Zhanhai Industry and Trade Co., Ltd.