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Bernhard Capital Partners Management, LP a service and infrastructure-focused private equity management firm, today announced that Luther C. "Luke" Kissam, IV has joined Bernhard Capital as a Partner. Mr. Kissam is a visionary leader and investor in the transitional energy space and has two decades of experience in the operational and financial aspects of major global businesses. He previously served as Chairman and ...

- Bernhard Capital Partners Management, LP ("Bernhard Capital" or the "Firm"), a service and infrastructure-focused private equity management firm, today announced that Luther C. "Luke" Kissam, IV has joined Bernhard Capital as a Partner.

Mr. Kissam is a visionary leader and investor in the transitional energy space and has two decades of experience in the operational and financial aspects of major global businesses. He previously served as Chairman and CEO of ALBemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), a global company with leading positions in lithium and a nearly $16 billion market capitalization. In this role, he spearheaded Ablemarle's $6.2 billion acquisition of Rockwood Holdings, Inc. in 2014, and helped transform Albemarle into a global leader in the fast-growth lithium business, which is a critical enabler for electric reliability, energy storage and the emerging clean energy economy. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Albemarle as well as DuPont de Nemours Inc. and OGE Energy Corp.

Jim Bernhard , partner at Bernhard Capital, said, "Luke is an excellent addition to our team and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Firm. He brings strong experience in our core competency areas as well as a history of innovative and forward-looking investments in transitional energy and the renewable future – which we believe will be a significant focus area in 2021 and beyond. Luke's highly successful 17-year track record as an executive (including as CEO) of Albemarle will enhance our capabilities. As a tried-and-true manager of successful businesses, Luke fits in well with our Firm that is composed largely of industry experts who understand what it takes to drive excellence and help our portfolio companies succeed."

Luke Kissam said, "I'm excited to be joining this highly successful firm. I've known Jim Bernhard for many years and believe the team at Bernhard Capital possess a unique combination of operational know-how and infrastructure sector expertise. They have a strong track record of working with management teams to grow successful companies – which is something that I love doing. Coming on as a partner at Bernhard Capital is the perfect progression from my time leading Albemarle and will allow me to continue to pursue my passion for leading and investing in great companies."

Bernhard Capital also announced that Jeffrey Koonce and Jonathan de Lauréal have been promoted to Partner and Managing Director, respectively. Mr. Koonce has been with the Firm since January 2015 . Mr. de Lauréal has been with the Firm since August 2013 .

Jim Bernhard continued, "We're very happy to be recognizing Jeff and Jonathan, both of whom have impressive backgrounds and have made substantial contributions to our success. Jeff's extensive and widely recognized expertise in taxation and transactions has proven to be highly impactful in his role and we are excited to welcome him to the partnership. In his years here at Bernhard Capital, Jonathan has grown to take on increasing levels of responsibility building on his investing background. We look forward to both Jeff's and Jonathan's continuing success."

Luther C. Kissam, IV Biography

Mr. Kissam served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Albemarle Corporation from September 2011 to April 2020 . He was elected to the company's board of directors in 2011 and served as Chairman of the board from 2016 to April of 2020. Mr. Kissam joined Albemarle in 2003 as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and served as Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Law, and Corporate Secretary from January 2008 until his promotion to President in March 2010 .

Prior to joining Albemarle, Mr. Kissam served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Merisant Company, a manufacturer of artificial sweeteners. Before Merisant, he was Assistant General Counsel of Monsanto Company, a provider of agricultural products and solutions. In addition to his public company directorships, Mr. Kissam has served on a number of community and charitable boards and associations. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The Citadel in 1986 and magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1989.

Jeffrey Koonce Biography

Mr. Koonce is a Partner at Bernhard Capital. He is involved in all areas of the Firm's investment activities. Prior to joining Bernhard Capital, Mr. Koonce was a partner at Phelps Dunbar, LLP where he focused on federal and state taxation, business formations and business transactions. Mr. Koonce has been recognized by Chambers USA : America's Leading Lawyers for Business and Louisiana Super Lawyers in tax law, and was recognized as "Lawyer of the Year" in tax law by The Best Lawyers in America. He is the Past-President of the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Society of Louisiana CPAs, a Past-Board Member of the Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants, and Past-Chairman of the Louisiana State Bar Association Tax Law Advisory Commission. Mr. Koonce received his B.S. in Accounting from Louisiana State University and is a certified public accountant (inactive). He received his J.D. from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center and his L.L.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law.

Jonathan de Lauréal Biography

Mr. de Lauréal is a Managing Director at Bernhard Capital. He is involved in all areas of the Firm's investment activities. Prior to joining Bernhard Capital, he served as an Associate at Lightyear Capital in New York, NY . While at Lightyear, Mr. de Lauréal was involved in all aspects of the investment process including evaluation of new investment opportunities, deal structuring and execution, and ongoing monitoring of existing portfolio companies. Prior to his tenure at Lightyear, Mr. de Lauréal was a member of the Financial Institutions Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he worked on various mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and capital raises for clients in the asset management and insurance industries. Mr. de Lauréal received his B.S. in Finance from the University of Georgia .

About Bernhard Capital Partners

Bernhard Capital Partners is a service and infrastructure-focused private equity management firm established in 2013 by Jim Bernhard , Jeff Jenkins and a team of experienced private-equity professionals. Bernhard Capital seeks to create sustainable value by leveraging its experience in acquiring, operating and growing services and infrastructure businesses. Bernhard Capital portfolio companies include Allied Power, National Water Infrastructure, Atlas Technical Consultants, Bernhard Energy Solutions, Brown and Root, Charah Solutions, Epic Piping, The Lemoine Company and United Utility.


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High‐Grade Results From Cloud Nine Halloysite‐ Kaolin Deposit

Latin Resources Limited (ASX:LRS)(“Latin” or “the Company”) is pleased to provide an update on the commencement of the 2022 site‐based exploration activities at the Cloud Nine Halloysite‐Kaolin deposit (“CloudNine”) in Western Australia.

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Albemarle Corporation Recognized in 2022 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index

ALBemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), a leader in the global specialty chemicals industry, announced today it is one of 418 companies across 11 sectors to be included in the 2022 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI), a modified market capitalization-weighted index that aims to track the performance of public companies committed to transparency in gender-data reporting.

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Iconic Announces 2022 Work Program at Bonnie Claire Lithium Project

Iconic Announces 2022 Work Program at Bonnie Claire Lithium Project

Iconic Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: ICM) (OTC PINK: BVTEF) (FSE: YQGB) (the "Company" or "Iconic") is pleased to provide an update on the 2022 mineral exploration and development plans for the Bonnie Claire Lithium Project (the 'Project' or 'Property'), located in Nye County, Nevada. The work plan is the culmination of discussions between the Company and its 50% partner in Bonnie Claire, Nevada Lithium Resources Inc. (CSE: NVLH; FSE: 87K) ("Nevada Lithium"). The approximately $5M USD work program has been fully funded by Nevada Lithium through its Property earn-in payments to Iconic, as part of the Option Agreement whereby Nevada Lithium obtained its 50% interest.

Iconic Minerals Ltd. CEO, Richard Kern, comments: "With funding in place and our Plan of Operation (PoO) filed with the BLM, the Company will complete a major expansion of its exploration and development program in 2022. The transition from resource to reserve and moving toward completion of a Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) is a major step forward in defining this major Lithium deposit."

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Lake Resources NL Chairmans Address - Annual General Meeting

Sydney, Australia (ABN Newswire) - Ladies and Gentlemen, my name is Stuart Crow, I am a fellow shareholder and Non-Executive Chairman of Lake Resources NL (ASX:LKE) (FRA:LK1) (OTCMKTS:LLKKF). I'm excited to report to you on the recent activity of your company, it's been a great year for Lake Resources!

The year has been one of significant achievement and growth for Lake as the transition to electrification of transport gathers pace globally, but not without the challenges arising from continued disruption due to the impacts of the global pandemic. Your company has performed well.

As we start 2022 the final numbers on EV sales are still being gathered but it has been reported sales of EV's globally has surpassed estimates and looks to be in the order of 6.5million vehicles, more than double 2020 numbers, with many new models due for release this in the next 12 months. Volume growth and demand looks to be rising although challenged by battery raw material shortages. Deficits are forecast to last well into the next decade as demand growth goes exponential and the supply response is muted and linear at best, providing an exceptional opportunity for your company as we look to advance our Kachi project toward production in 2024 and bring our three other lithium brine projects rapidly into development.

Activity in 2021 has set a very strong foundation for us in 2022, a year that will surpass any in the company's history in terms of growth and achievement to date.

In this year we intend to deliver the following outcomes for shareholders:

1) On-site demonstration plant, production of samples for potential off-takers (March)
2) Off-take (ongoing)
3) DFS, ESIA and permitting (Mid 2022)
4) Completion of project financing (Mid 2022)
5) Construction activities (H2/22)
6) DFS expanded to 50,000tpa (complete)
7) Production of High Purity Lithium Carbonate at Kachi (H2/24)
8) Expanded exploration activity & test work across three other projects (2022)

We finished 2021 in a very strong financial position having secured expressions of interest from UKEF and EDC for the project debt whilst having significant cash reserves at bank, deep in the money options to be exercised in June 2022 and a commitment from our technology partner to fund their share of project finance as we commence construction at Kachi.

We continue to advance offtake discussions with a growing number of potential partners and customers. The rising prices of lithium across global markets is delivering an exceptional opportunity for your company. Lake is now one of only a few remaining companies with near term production ambitions that remain independent, and we intend to remain so as supply chain issues come to the fore. With increased efforts underway to build out new home-grown supply chains across Europe and North America we see a significant opportunity to be a part of that growth. Lake's high purity product is highly sought after as audited sustainable supply chains become required to access significant government assistance in Europe and no doubt other parts of the world in time.

The ever-expanding gap between demand and supply has motivated your board to expand our DFS to 50,000tpa in recent times as part of an aspirational corporate target to deliver 100,000tpa or more of high purity sustainably produced lithium product to market by 2030. Your board is increasingly confident in delivering this target as Lake has the benefit of using Direct Lithium Extraction to extract the lithium from the brines that delivers much higher recoveries than traditional methods and it's also an extremely scalable process delivering a sustainable high purity product that is keenly sought by the market.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank shareholders for their continued support of their company with our fundraising efforts, the high participation of shareholders in the bonus options programs has set the company up for a very exciting future and its pleasing to see shareholders prosper as the company continues to grow. This year we have also welcomed a growing number of large institutional investors onto our register for the first time as well as a number of ESG funds and impact investors from international markets, we are pleased to have their continued support and interest in our projects.

Our company could not have achieved the growth and success it has over the last 18 months without a great team on the ground both in Argentina and here in Australia and my thanks to all employees, partners, consultants and bankers globally and of course my fellow board members for their commitment through very trying and disruptive times, I am truly grateful for your continued support and for the great work you do, thank you.

The year ahead, whilst challenging, I suspect will be the company's best year yet as we move into construction phase of the Kachi project and continued development of other projects.

I look forward with great anticipation, excitement, and pride as a founding shareholder as your company strives to become one of the world's leading suppliers of high purity lithium products.

Thank you.
Stuart Crow
Lake Resources NL

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About Lake Resources NL:

Lake Resources NL (ASX:LKE) (OTCMKTS:LLKKF) is a clean lithium developer utilising clean, direct extraction technology for the development of sustainable, high purity lithium from its flagship Kachi Project, as well as three other lithium brine projects in Argentina. The projects are in a prime location within the Lithium Triangle, where 40% of the world's lithium is produced at the lowest cost.

This method will enable Lake Resources to be an efficient, responsibly-sourced, environmentally friendly and cost competitive supplier of high-purity lithium, which is readily scalable, and in demand from Tier 1 electric vehicle makers and battery makers.

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Lithium prices have surged in the new year as an earlier than expected supply shortage, combined with the well-established battery and electrification thematic, fuels robust global demand. With only one operating lithium mine in North America, the United States has recognised its looming domestic lithium supply problem. In response, the National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries was developed to supply the rapidly growing EV market, support long-term U.S. economic competitiveness and meet national security requirements.

Already home to Electrovaya’s 200MWh facility in Ontario, Canada is considered a cornerstone of the battery supply chain and an important partner to the US. In recognition of this, UK-based Britishvolt and locally based Stromvolt are planning new gigawatt-hour scale cell manufacturing facilities in Canada. Naturally, companies with lithium projects proximate to growing downstream infrastructure present an interesting opportunity for investors.

Green Technology Metals Limited (ASX:GT1) is a mineral exploration company that recently listed on the ASX and is focused on the sustainable development of a portfolio of high-grade lithium projects in Ontario, Canada. The company’s current exploration program is targeting rapid and substantial expansion of what is already a significant resource base. Targeted future development of its lithium projects is focused on utilisation of regional low-carbon power sources, most particularly significant hydro power options. Green Technology Metals is led by a premier Board and senior management team with a track record of successfully delivering sustainable hard-rock lithium projects around the world.

Green Technology Metals

“We are perfectly located right in the beating heart of a growing North American battery ecosphere. You've got all of the downstream players nearby –– lithium converters and battery makers are popping up everywhere, said Green Technology Metals CEO Luke Cox.

Company Highlights

  • Portfolio of three highly prospective lithium projects located in Canada including an existing JORC Mineral Resource estimate at the Seymour Project of 4.8 Mt at 1.25% Li2O (2.1 Mt Indicated and 2.7 Mt Inferred).
  • Phase 1 11-hole 3,500m drilling program at Seymour underway and due for completion in March 2022. Assay results for the first completed step-out hole have returned a thick and continuous intercept of 40m @ 1.54% Li2O (from 244m downhole), confirming the company’s geological modelling and drill targeting.
  • A sustainability focused business with strong ESG credentials. Green Technology Metals is actively evaluating low-carbon energy solutions and is targeting access to the Hydro One hydro power interconnector, delivering responsibly sourced power to future development of its lithium assets.
  • The company is led by a proven hard-rock lithium team with a successful track record of project delivery, including John Young (founder of Pilbara Minerals Limited, ASX:PLS, Mkt Cap A$6.2bn), Cameron Henry (founder of Primero Group Limited, EPC and Operations contractor to Piedmont’s North American Lithium Hydroxide Plant) and Patrick Murphy (Managing Director AMCI Group, a specialist natural resources group).

Green Technology Metals Portfolio

The company’s portfolio consists of the Seymour, Root and Wisa Projects located in Ontario, Canada. The projects are ideally placed to supply spodumene concentrate to a range of future converters, both locally and within the United States. Existing resource and exploration targets are just the beginning of the lithium deposition potential across the company’s landholding. Management believes that limited historical exploration combined with high prospectivity represents very strong discovery and exploration upside potential.

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The Seymour Project is located in Northwest Ontario, Canada. It is situated approximately 60 kilometers from the town of Armstrong and approximately 230 kilometers from the major town and port of Thunder Bay.

In the 1950s, regional exploration began on the property conducted by government geologists, which eventually delineated an Archean Greenstone Belt.

Seymour now holds a JORC Mineral Resource estimate of 4.8 Mt at 1.25% Li2O (2.1 Mt Indicated and 2.7 Mt Inferred). The resource is open both along strike and down dip.

The project also possesses a defined Exploration Target of 22 to 26 Mt at 0.8% to 1.5% Li2O, with 7 kilometers of strike identified. There are also numerous discrete pegmatite occurrences exposed at surface with rock chip samples returned lithium grades up to 4.54 Li2O.


Through the second half of 2021 Green Technology Metals completed a significant initial work program including review of historical exploration, drilling and mining information to build a geological database and model of Seymour. In addition, new LIDAR, aerial photography, composite 3D mapping and geophysical surveying of the property was completed.

An 11-hole 3,500m drilling program at Seymour is now underway and due for completion in March 2022. Assay results from the first completed step-out drill hole have returned a thick and continuous intercept of 40m @ 1.54% Li2O (from 244m downhole), confirming the Company’s geological modelling and drill targeting. This result represents an excellent start to the program and delivers immediate potential for growth in the existing Seymour Mineral Resource estimate.

Green Technology Metals plans to provide an updated Mineral Resource estimate during Q2 2022, post completion of the current drilling program.

Seymour Project


The Root Project is located in Northwest Ontario, Canada. It is situated near the town of Slate Falls and approximately 300 kilometers from Thunder Bay.

Green Technology Metals has the rights to patented claims and a mining lease over the McCombe area, which hosts a dense pegmatite swarm. The pegmatite swarm was identified with implicit modelling and features significant grades and widths of up to 20 meters thick

The Root Project has a defined 4.8 kilometer Exploration Target of 20 to 24 Mt at 0.8% to 1.5% Li2O. Historical drilling confirmed depths greater than 100 meters. It also hosts four prospects with outcropping pegmatites offering walk-up drill targets.

Root Project


The Wisa Project is located in Northwest Ontario, Canada. It is situated 8 kilometers from the US border and approximately 100 kilometers from the town of Fort Francis in the US. The project spans 18.9 square kilometers and is accessible by an established all seasons road that is 40 kilometers from the Trans-Canada Highway.

The Wisa Project is historically underexplored and has a defined Exploration Target of 8 to 10 Mt at 0.8% to 1.5% Li2O, which is supported by exploration results. The project hosts a primary pegmatite with widths exceeding 20 meters and a 1.5 kilometer corridor of mapped surface exposed pegmatite occurrences.

Wisa Project

Board and Management Team

John Young - Chairman

John Young is a highly experienced geologist. Young was a co-founder and executive director of Pilbara Minerals Limited (ASX: PLS) which is a successful ASX200 lithium producer. Young played a critical role in growing Pilbara from a junior ASX-listed company to a globally significant $2 billion lithium producer in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Young currently serves as a non-executive director of ASX-listed Bardoc Gold Limited, Trek Metals Limited and RareX Limited.

Cameron Henry - Non-Executive Director

Cameron Henry is the founding managing director of Primero Group Limited, an engineering and construction contractor which holds globally recognised expertise in lithium processing and operations. At Primero Group, he led the company’s strategic and operational direction resulting in its successful listing on the ASX in 2018 and rapid growth globally.

He has been instrumental in positioning Primero Group to grow within the resources sector as a leader in sub-$300 million CAPEX EPC projects. His contribution includes ensuring Primero Group can differentiate its services offering across design, construction and operation. Primero Group now operates in several regions globally with annual revenues of approximately A$400 million.

Henry has over 20 years of industry experience in the development and delivery of minerals processing, energy and infrastructure projects across Australia, Indonesia and North and South America.

He has been a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2013. He has also previously held non-executive roles with ASX-listed resource company Titan Minerals Limited.

Patrick Murphy - Non-Executive Director

Patrick Murphy is a managing director at AMCI which is a specialist natural resources group. AMCI is a highly successful and fully integrated global business with exploration, development, production, processing, logistics and marketing expertise, inclusive of substantial bulk materials interests.

Murphy is an experienced mining investment professional. He has spent 13 years at AMCI and the global investment group Macquarie. He has specialized in deploying capital in the raw materials and mining industries for his entire career and is head of AMCI's iron ore business.

Murphy has global experience and a proven pedigree in identifying and successfully executing value-enhancing initiatives in the industry. He holds board positions for several AMCI companies.

Robin Longley – Non-Executive Director

Robin Longley is a geologist with extensive experience in global resources across the gold, nickel, cobalt, lithium and iron ore sectors. His experience includes the role of Managing Director at Helios Gold Limited. Before that, Longley was the general manager of geology for Sundance Resources in Africa from 2007 to 2015.

Longley has an impressive track record of successfully managing and executing exploration programs in a range of different locations. Longley has also delivered progressive results and mineral resources to bring shareholder value and underpin the development of mineral projects.

Longley is well-respected in the industry for his professional integrity, resource growth achievements and commercial leadership.

Longley is the managing director and CEO of Ardiden Limited.

Luke Cox - Chief Executive Officer

Luke Cox is a Professional Geologist and mine manager who has worked in the mining industry for over 25 years. His experience has encompassed exploration, mining and mining finance. Cox’s experience ranges across an extensive range of commodities, including nickel, cobalt, lithium, gold, iron ore and diamonds.

Cox has been involved in developing a considerable number of mineral deposits, including Murrin Murrin, Mlibizi, Mali Green, Binduli, Davyhurst, Francis Creek, Edna May, Greenfinch, Carina, Wodgina and Sunrise. Cox has also been involved in all stages of development from exploration to project feasibility, financing, mine development and operations.

Cox has worked in Europe, Africa, North and South America, the United Kingdom and Australia. He has been an integral part of the owners’ teams of numerous LSE, ASX, TSX-listed exploration and mining companies. Cox has worked extensively with these companies at both the board and executive levels. He also has significant experience in technical and commercial diligence with off-take customers, mining companies and investment groups.

Matt Herbert - General Manager North America

Matt Herbert is a multi-commodity geologist with more than 20 years of experience in mining, processing and rail that spans Australia and PNG. This experience includes start-ups, expansions and end-of-life mining environments.

He has a proven track record in high-intensity and large-scale operations with companies such as Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals where he has undertaken management roles across the integrated supply chain.

Herbert is a well-respected member of the West Australian mining community.

Joel Ives - Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Joel Ives is a finance and business advisory executive that specialises in CFO, accounting, and company secretarial services. Ives also specialises in mergers and acquisitions for private companies and ASX-listed and public small-cap companies across various industries.

Ives currently acts as the company secretary to Harvest Technology Ltd. (ASX:HTG), DigitalX Limited (ASX:DCC), Kuniko Limited (ASX:KNI) and OliveX Holdings Limited (NSX:OLX).

John Winterbottom - General Manager Technical Services

John Winterbottom is a professional geologist with over 25 years of experience in mining and exploration. His experience spans a large range of hard rock commodities, including gold, base metals, laterite nickel/cobalt and iron ore in both open-pit and underground settings. He has managed mining and exploration teams from junior to mid-tier companies. Winterbottom has experience transitioning projects from greenfield concept targets through advanced exploration, PEA, PFS, DFS, project development and operation.

Winterbottom has experience in Africa, Canada and Australia in a wide range of geological settings and deposits, including Fosterville (Kirkland Lake Gold), Rosebery (MMG), Dikilushi (Mawson West), Mt Rawdon (Evolution), Cracow (Evolution), Edna May (Evolution), Frances Creek (Territory Resources), Murrin (Minara Resources), the Superpit (KCGM) and Golden Grove (Newmont).

Winterbottom has extensive experience in ASX and TSX-listed companies. He has worked closely with executive teams and boards to maximize shareholder returns.

Andrea Johnstone - ESG and FN Manager

Andrea Johnstone has more than 10 years of experience in environment and governance compliance across large-scale mining operations that span Australasia and the Americas.

She has a deep knowledge of regulatory protocols required for start-up, steady-state and closure mining requirements. She brings with her a diverse range of experience, including approvals, setting up governance frameworks and managing operational compliance. During her career, she has continued to nurture strong stakeholder relationships in local indigenous communities. Johnstone has also fostered harmonious outcomes for mining companies and First Nations groups.

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