Mr Koropchuk is a mining engineer with extensive international experience in mine development and operations encompassing over 35 years. He brings substantial project management and business development expertise, and a strong skillset in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), stakeholder engagement, permitting and sustainable development.
Mr Koropchuk’s work history includes over 27 years in key management and operational roles for the Anglo American (Anglo) and De Beers Group, working extensively across the Americas and Africa.
Managing Director and CEO
Mr Caruso is a qualified Mining Engineer who brings almost 30 years of global mining experience across a range of operational, management and key executive roles. He possesses substantial experience with bulk commodity projects including almost nine years as the Managing Director and CEO of several Australian iron ore and coal development companies, being Australasian Resources Limited (ASX: ARH), Crossland Resources Limited and Ascot Resources Limited (ASX: AZQ) (collectively from 2007 to 2016).
Prior to that, Mr Caruso worked for 14 years in direct mine operations across iron ore, coal and nickel. This included six years in technical and management roles at substantial coal operations in Western Australia (Griffin Coal) and Queensland (BHP).
He was most recently Vice President (Corporate Development) at Alcoa Corporation (a role he held from 2017 to 2019), which included time as a key member of the Bauxite business unit responsible for the operation, growth and acquisition of Alcoa’s bauxite mine assets globally. Prior to that, Mr Caruso was a Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) consulting arm (from 2016 to 2017), with key responsibility for delivering critical solutions for clients including BHP, Goldfields, and Resource Capital Funds.
Mr Caruso holds a B.Eng (Honours) in Mining Engineering (Western Australian School of Mines) and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment (FINSIA). He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Great Southern Mining Limited (ASX: GSN).
Mr Barker has more than 35 years’ experience in metals and mining industry financing, investment banking and mergers and acquisitions advisory in Australia and overseas. He is currently the Managing Director of Mosaic Capital Pty Ltd, a corporate finance advisory firm based in Sydney, and has been a Non-Executive Director and founding director of Australian Future Energy Pty Ltd since 2014, an emerging Queensland-based clean hydrogen energy company. Among other senior management and executive roles, Mr. Barker was previously a Non-Executive Director of ASX-listed Silver Heritage Limited (ASX: SVH), a Non-Executive Director and founding director of Batchfire Resources Pty Ltd, which owns and operates a 11Mtpa thermal coal mining operation in Queensland, Australia, a Managing Director of RBC Capital Markets (the investment banking arm of the Royal Bank of Canada) and Co-head of its Australian Metals & Mining Investment Banking division, Chief Executive Officer of ASX-listed Betcorp Ltd, and Executive Director of NM Rothschild & Sons (Australia) Ltd’s Corporate Advisory Division.
Mr Barker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (majoring in Accounting and Financial Studies) from Macquarie University, Sydney, and is a Fellow of The Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA) and a Fellow of CPA Australia.
Mr Fear co-founded Argonaut Limited in 2002 to provide M&A advice, undertake primary and secondary capital raisings, and provide stock-broking services to natural resources companies and companies that operate in the resources sector. Over the last ten years, Argonaut has advised on over $4B worth of M&A deals, raised more than $3B in equity and more than $1.5B in debt for resource companies and projects. Argonaut works across the globe, and has conducted business in Australia, North and South America, throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and in Africa. Notable deals in which Mr Fear has been involved include $750m of capital raises for Ausdrill, GR Engineering and Austin Engineering; M&A advisory in relation to Regent Pacific’s $345m offer for BC Iron, the $287m merger of Ausdrill and Brandrill, Territory Resources $966m bid for Consolidated Minerals and Gem Diamonds $300m takeover of Kimberly Diamonds.
William (Bill) Fleming
Mr Fleming is a qualified mining engineer with extensive experience in the Canadian coal and iron ore industries. His professional career spans over 35 years in technical, operational and management roles, including over 25 years at the leading Canadian coking coal producer - Teck Resources Limited (Teck).
Mr Fleming commenced his highly successful career at Teck in 1987. He initially worked at the Bullmoose Coking Coal Mine (1.7Mtpa) in northern British Columbia, including occupying the position of Site General Manager for the latter part of this tenure. In 1997, Mr Fleming moved to the Elkview Coking Coal Mine as Site General Manager, a position he held into 2004. During this time, he successfully led growth in Elkview’s production from just under 3Mtpa to approximately 5.5Mtpa. Mr Fleming was then appointed Vice President, Operations, of the Cardinal River Coking Coal Mine (1.6Mtpa) in 2004. In 2006, Mr Fleming was appointed Head of Operations at the Elk Valley Coking Coal Operations (which is located approximately 30km west of Atrum flagship Elan Hard Coking Coal Project). In this role, he had direct responsibility for six mines, plus associated rail and port transport logistics, delivering annual coking coal exports of approximately 26Mtpa. This included leadership of a total employee base of approximately 4,000.
Mr Fleming joined Atrum in February 2020.
Jeff has over 40 years in the global resource industry in various technical, operational, commercial, and executive management roles. He has extensive industry experience across many geographies including Australia, Africa, North and South America, and China / Mongolia. This is coupled with an ability to develop, articulate and implement strategy based on sound analytical, technical and operational and project management expertise. Throughout his career he has completed multiple greenfield and brownfield due diligence and feasibility studies with extensive experience in dealing with multiple joint venture partners, governments / regulatory
environments, and the banking and investment community. Jeff worked for Xstrata/Glencore for over 20 years, including extensive experience within their respective coal businesses. He retired from his final senior role at Glencore in February 2020. Jeff resides in Australia.
Anita is a senior executive in government relations, strategic stakeholder engagement and regulatory affairs. She has gained over 30 years of professional expertise in these areas. Anita’s experience includes approximately 15 years at global energy major, BP. There she held various executive and project management roles across a variety of business matters focused on leading and advising on government advocacy, regulatory strategies, best practice employee communications and stakeholder relations. Anita’s final role at BP was Vice President, Communications and External Affairs, where she was responsible for the direction of all public and government relations for BP in Canada. She finished her career at BP in 2019.
Anita is currently a non-executive director of NorZinc Limited (TSX:NZC) and resides in Alberta.
Jayram (Jay) Hosanee
Chief Financial Officer
In May 2017, Atrum appointed Mr Hosanee as its Chief Financial Officer. Mr Hosanee is based in Vancouver and has significant experience in CFO roles in several resources companies including Golden Dawn Minerals Inc and Great Quest Fertilizer Ltd. Mr Hosanee is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA.CGA) and a Fellow of the Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA).
Mr Stedwell is a professional Company Secretary, with over eight years’ experience as a Company Secretary of ASX-listed companies, including biotechnology, agriculture, mining and exploration, information technology and telecommunications. Mr Stedwell’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Management) from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma of Accounting at Deakin University and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance at the Governance Institute of Australia. He is currently Company Secretary at several ASX-listed companies.
Ms Taylor has approximately 4 years' experience working in Company Secretary and assistant Company Secretary roles with listed companies. She previously worked for Computershare Investor Services Pty Limited in various roles for over 10 years. Nova has completed a Bachelor of Laws at Deakin University. Ms Taylor is currently Company Secretary of several ASX listed companies.
Senior Director, Regulatory and Stakeholders
A geophysicist by training, Mr Mauro brings over 25 years of experience in resource project permitting, stakeholder engagement, regulatory affairs and business development, including permitting of a greenfield metallurgical coal mine and several large energy and power projects in Alberta. Among his past executive roles, Mr Mauro was the Vice President of Corporate Development at Maxim Power Ltd, and subsequently Inter Pipeline Ltd, both located in Alberta, Canada.
Mr Campbell is seasoned in geology and exploration management in Western Canada, spending the last seven years in metallurgical coal. He has extensive experience in project execution, exploration planning, coal quality testing, field mapping, drilling supervision and drill core logging. Based in Crowsnest Pass, Mr Campbell is closely engaged with the local communities and has supervised the exploration programs of Atrum Coal since 2014.
Manager of Regulatory Affairs and Aboriginal Relations
Ms Matkaluk is a Professional Geologist registered in the Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta. Ms Matkaluk has 35 years' experience in the resource sector with 15 years in the coal industry, including exploration, permitting, environmental assessments, Indigenous and Stakeholder engagement. Ms Matkaluk has held senior management positions with private and public resource companies regulated by Territorial, Provincial and Federal Governments in Canada.
For the past 20 years Ms Matkaluk has been working with Indigenous communities developing relationships, agreements and traditional land use studies to successfully move projects forward. She has worked in British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, NWT, Nunavut and the USA (Alaska, Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming).
Ms Matkaluk is a past nominee for BC Resource Woman of the Year and currently sits on the BC Coal Advocacy Committee, Canadian Coal Mining Effluent Regulations Committee. She is a past Board Member of the Mining Association of BC, Canadian Institute Metallurgy, Canadian Association of Drilling Engineers and Treaty 8 First Nations Education Committee.
Mr Cowan is an accomplished resource management professional that has been involved with mines at various stages of planning, exploration, development and operation over the course of his 20 year career. Mr Cowan has demonstrated competencies in advancing projects through the environmental assessment and permitting process with a proven aptitude for integrating operational knowledge and experience to maintain project viability and success.
Prior to joining Atrum, Mr Cowan held the position of Director, Environment and Sustainability with Hillsborough Resources and Environmental Manager, Canadian Operations for Walter Energy. Mr Cowan graduated with a B.Sc from the University of British Columbia and is a registered member with the Association of BC Forest Professionals, College of Applied Biology and Project Management Institute.