The Scandium International management team possesses more than 120 years of collective industry experience and has been extremely successful in all phases of mine development, including financing, property identification, exploration, resource definition and permitting, metallurgical processing, mining, operations and reclamation. Drawing much of its strength from the management team established at Energy Metals Corporation, the group has a track record of working together to generate wealth from mineral property development.
Mr. George Putnam, MBA (Finance) Position: President & CEO, Director
Mr. Putnam has extensive mining industry experience, having worked for over 20 years for BHP (now BHP-Billiton) and GE/Utah International. While at BHP, he held division Chief Financial Officer roles in the petroleum refining business, and in BHP Manganese, an ore mining, ferro-alloy smelting and battery-grade refining business, located in Australia, serving global markets. His previous experience includes acquisition and divestiture work for both BHP and other clients, associated bank financings, and the negotiation and management of strategic alliances involving multiple long-term product sales contracts. Most recently, Mr. Putnam was CFO for QGX Ltd., a TSX-listed exploration company sold in September 2008 to Kerry Holdings Ltd. of Hong Kong for C$259M. While at QGX, he played key roles in the development and valuation of QGX's mineral properties, and in supporting the corporate sale. Mr. Putnam has a BA (Economics) from Gettysburg College, and an MBA (Finance) from Duke University.
Mr. Willem P C Duyvesteyn, MSc, Suma cum Laude Position: Chief Technology Officer, Director
Mr. Duyvesteyn has more than 40 years of experience in the mining, mineral and energy industries. He is the founder and former CEO of TTS, a company involved in the development and commercialization of various mineral and energy related processes and projects. TTS was acquired by Scandium International in 2009. Prior to forming TTS, Mr. Duyvesteyn was Vice President and General Manager Minerals Technology for BHP (now BHP-Billiton) for more than 10 years. Prior to BHP, he was associated with AMAX Inc., previously a NYSE listed corporation, as director of Laterite Nickel projects where he led various multi-million dollar development programs for nickel technology. While employed with Anglo American he was a member of the team that developed the large scale copper solvent extraction technology that is now universally employed by copper miners. Mr. Duyvesteyn is a member of numerous technical organizations in the mining, processing and chemical fields: AIME and CIM. His technical expertise covers a very large spectrum of elements, metals and materials: from aluminum to zinc and from coal to diamonds. Mr. Duyvesteyn was a former Dean of the Delft (the Netherlands) School of Mines. He has been granted over 40 US patents and is filing applications for a further 35 patents. He is the author of numerous technical papers and in 1999 was awarded the Goldfields Medal of the British Institution for Mining and Metallurgy for best technical paper.
Mr. Edward Dickinson, CPA Position: CFO
Mr. Dickinson is a certified public accountant with a Masters degree in Accounting from California State University, Northridge. Mr. Dickinson joined Scandium International as Chief Financial Officer in September 2011. From August 1996 to August 2011, Mr. Dickinson held senior management positions at Altair Nanotechnologies Inc., including Chief Financial Officer, Director of Finance, Corporate Secretary, and Senior Director - Program & Contract Management. From May 2002 to May 2004 Mr. Dickinson was a Director of Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Dickinson was employed by the Southern California Edison Company as a negotiator of non-utility power generation contracts. Mr. Dickinson was Vice President and Director of Geolectric Power Company during 1993 and 1994, and from 1987 through 1992 was the Director of Finance and Administration for OESI Power Corporation. Prior to 1987, Mr. Dickinson served in various financial and program management positions at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Mr. John Thompson Position: Vice President of Project Development
Mr. Thompson's mining career spans 41 years in senior management roles with Utah Development Company, BHP (now BHP Billiton), Newcrest Mining, and QGX, managing and developing mineral projects in Australia, New Zealand, Mongolia and the United States. Mr. Thompson was responsible for the overall development of Newcrest Mining's Cadia Hill mine, in NSW, which included reserve definition, management of engineering teams that designed both the mine and processing plant facilities, the final feasibility study, and the environmental impact statement (EIS) on the project. More recently, as VP Project Development for QGX, Mr. Thompson delivered the Preliminary Assessment Report, Pre-Feasibility Study, and EIS on the Baruun Naran coking/thermal coal project in the South Gobi, Mongolia. He has held numerous other leadership roles in the mining industry, including four Mine/General Manger roles in coking coal, gold, and titanium/iron sands operations and a General Manager position at Newcrest overseeing five operating gold businesses in Australia. Mr. Thompson has a BS degree in Mining and Petroleum Engineering from the University of Queensland, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Mr. Nigel Ricketts Position: Vice President, Project and Market Development
Mr. Ricketts is a metallurgist with a 30-year career in mine project, engineering, flowsheet design, and advanced research in metallurgy and alloy development. His career spans numerous specialty, base, and precious metals projects, including projects and processes targeting magnesium, aluminum, gold, copper, lateritic nickel, palladium & PGM's, lead-zinc, and scandium. Most recently Mr. Ricketts and partners formed Altrius Engineering Services, where he did extensive flow sheet design work on the Nyngan Project, both at preliminary economic assessment (PEA) stage and again at definitive feasibility study (DFS) stage. Nigel's previous roles in project engineering with AMEC Minproc Ltd., AMEC Mining & Metals, Worley Parsons, and Chesser Resources in complex mineral recovery businesses. Mr. Ricketts also worked for CSIRO, the Australian government-supported technical research center in Melbourne, as a principal research scientist, for 15 years. His principal specialties were magnesium alloys and casting techniques and he is the author and holder of 5 metallurgical patents in alloy and flowsheet design. Mr. Ricketts received a metallurgy degree (B App Sc) from South Australian Institute of Technology in 1985, followed by a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Monash University in Melbourne in 1993.