President/CEO & Director
Mr. Azodi has served as the Company’s Director of Investor Relations since 2013 and has over 15 years of experience in capital markets. He has also acted in a senior management role to a number of private and TSX/NYSE-listed companies providing organization development, business plans and budgets, team building, capital markets strategy and corporate restructuring resulting in numerous successful capital raises.
Chief Financial Officer
Kevin Strong has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree and has a CPA, CGA designation as well as a Canadian Investment Manager designation.
Kevin has recently been a Controller in the insurance industry. From 2008 to 2015, Kevin was the Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Administration and Corporate Secretary of IC Potash Corp. and rejoined IC Potash Corp. in 2016 as its CFO. Prior to that, Kevin was the CFO of several other public and private companies in the resource and agricultural sectors. For 8 years prior to that, Kevin was the regional manager for the TSX Venture Exchange responsible for Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Kevin has served as a Director on the boards of public, private and non-profit companies and has served as the Audit Committee chairman and Governance Committee chairman of a public company.
In addition to that, Kevin has taught various courses for Red River College, Assiniboine Community College, The CGA Association of Manitoba, and The Canadian Securities Institute.
Mr. Kramer is financial professional with 31 years of experience in the mineral extraction industry. Prior to his service at ICP, he worked at Exxon USA, Pacificorp, General Chemical Group Inc., and Intrepid Potash New Mexico Inc. in leadership and operational positions covering business strategies, fixed assets, budgeting, taxes, payroll, software conversions, cost control, and internal audit capital projects. Areas of mineral experience include eight years in oil and gas production, four years in surface coal mining, nine years in trona mining and soda ash production, seven years in underground potash mining and three years in potash mine development. Mr. Kramer received his BBA in Accounting from Southwest Texas State University in 1983 and his CPA certification in 1988.
Ochoa Project Manager, Operations
Mr. Wheelock is a mining professional with 32 years of experience. He served for eight years at De Beers’ Namaqualand Mine, overseeing a workforce of 2300 people and a 4.5 million ton per annum mining and processing facility. He was subsequently appointed architect and manager of De Beers’ global diamond supply model at the Corporate Headquarters. In 2005, Mr. Wheelock co-founded Gem Diamonds with seed capital of US$10 million; it listed in 2007 on the London Stock Exchange with a market cap of US$1.2 billion. He became its first Executive Director, leading the acquisition of the Letseng Mine, producer of the biggest and most valuable diamonds in the world, as well as a number of other mines and development projects. In 2008 Gem Diamonds employed 3500 people and had revenues of US$296 million. Mr. Wheelock was a member of the team that successfully doubled Letseng’s production, increased annual output at the Elledale Mine in Australia from 150 000 to 600 000 carats, and constructed the underground Gaghoo Mine in Botswana from scratch.
Patrick Okita, Ph.D.
Ochoa Project Manager, Technology
Dr. Okita holds a Bachelor of Science in geology and biology from the University of Rochester, a Master's of Science in geology from Louisiana State University, and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Okita is an internationally-renowned geologist and previously held senior technical and management positions with BHP Minerals (now BHP Billiton) and the U.S. Geological Survey. He has also conducted exploration and evaluation work for more than 25 industrial mineral, base metal, and energy commodities in Africa, North and South America, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. Dr. Okita was a post-doctoral fellow with the National Research Council and has authored numerous journal articles and proprietary reports. His areas of expertise include potash and polyhalite.
Water Resources Consultant
Mr. Castiglia is a senior hydrogeologist with INTERA Incorporated. He has 13 years of experience managing projects to evaluate or develop water supplies where traditional sources of water are either limited or difficult to permit. As part of directing a variety of regulatory permitting and planning studies, he has led multi-disciplinary teams of scientists and engineers to permit major infrastructure projects and water supply systems, complete pumping tests and numerical models in support of permit applications, and has completed extensive baseline studies for mine permit applications. Mr. Castiglia holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Union College and a Master of Science in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the University of New Mexico.
Mr. Chastain has nearly 40 years of experience in potash due diligence and feasibility studies, process system and storage design, solution mining, scrubber emissions, langbeinite production, crystallization processing and flotation facilities. Mr. Chastain also provides expertise in thermal chemistry and process plant design.