Directors & Management

Max Wang

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

Mr Wang is Atrum’s CEO & Managing Director and a Registered Professional Engineer in Alberta, Canada. He holds a Bachelor degree in Railway Engineering from Southwest Jiaotong University in China and a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary. From 1990 to 1997, Mr Wang was an independent consultant on various engineering projects across Canada. In 1998, he joined Bantrel Corp with progressive responsibilities from Lead Civil/Structural Engineer to Project Engineering Manager and Civil/Structural/Architectural Department Manager and Chief Engineer overseeing mining, in-­situ and downstream oil sands and other projects. In 2006, he joined Petro-­Canada Inc as Engineering Manager for Oil Sands, and with the merger of Petro-­Canada with Suncor in 2009, he took on the role of Director of Engineering, Major Projects.  In 2012, Marubeni and Winsway purchased Alberta-­based, Grande Cache Coal, and Mr Wang led the business as President and Chief Executive from January 2013 until joining Atrum. Mr Wang is a technical committee member of the Canadian National Standards on Concrete Materials, Construction, Testing and Design, and a founding steering committee member of the annual Sino-­Canadian  Oil  and  Gas Symposium.

Charles (Chuck) Blixt

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Blixt began his 40-year career in private legal practice before taking on legal counsel roles, initially at Fiat-Allis and then at Caterpillar. In 1985 he joined R. J. Reynolds Tobacco as assistant Counsel Litigation. He spent 20 years at R. J. Reynolds in various legal roles including as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for Reynolds American Inc from 1999 to 2006. He served as a Non-Executive Director of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc (NYSE: KKD) from 2007 to 2016. Mr Blixt serves as a Non-Executive Director at Lamb Weston Holdings Inc (NYSE: LW), the largest North American frozen potato producer (and second largest worldwide) with a market capitalisation over US$6.5b. He serves as a Non-Executive Director of the $6.5b market cap Swedish Match AB (Stockholm: SWMA), one of the world’s largest tobacco products manufacturers. He served as Non-Executive Director of Targacept Inc prior to its merger with Catalyst Biosciences Inc in 2015. Mr. Blixt also serves as a director of several privately held small companies. He is a principal in C&D Ventures, which invests in entrepreneurial start-ups and other businesses which require capital and/or business and legal expertise.

Charles Fear

Non-Executive Director

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.

George Edwards

Non-Executive Director

Mr Edwards is a metallurgy graduate from the University of New South Wales, and has spent his life in the coal sector, initially in metallurgy, then establishing, operating and selling his own export coal mines, in coal negotiations and trade missions around the world, and then in trading coal shipments. He has worked for BHP, Coal and Allied, the Joint Coal Board and was latterly Chief Executive Officer in Australia for Consolidation Coal Company of the USA (now Consol Energy). Since establishing his own companies 32 years ago he has been responsible for export sales of up to 5 million tonnes of coal a year from his own and other mines in Australia, and some from other countries. He has close links with Asian and Indian coal buyers and has been mandated by several Chinese companies to secure coal and coal projects. He was Chairman of SAI Global Limited (ASX listed) from listing in 2003 until 2008, the Energy Council of Australia (from 1993 to 2006) and Standards Australia (from 2000 to 2004); in 1995 he was President of The AusIMM. He has authored more than 150 talks, articles and presentations in Australia and in 14 countries overseas, mainly on mining and coal-related matters.

Richard Barker

Non-Executive Director

Mr Barker has more than 30 years’ experience in metals and mining industry financing, investment and M&A advisory. He is currently the Managing Director of Mosaic Capital Pty Ltd, a corporate finance company, a non-executive director and founding director of Batchfire Resources Pty Ltd, which owns and operates a 12Mtpa thermal coal mining operation in Queensland, Australia, a non-executive director and founding  director of Australian Future Energy Pty Ltd, an emerging Queensland-based clean coal technology (above ground coal gasification) company, and a non-executive director of Cape River Resources Pty Ltd, which owns a thermal coal project in northern Queensland.

Among many other senior management and executive roles, Mr. Barker was previously a non-executive director of ASX-listed Silver Heritage (ASX: SVH), managing director of RBC Capital Markets 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.

Over the past 25 years in his investment banking career, Richard managed or oversaw financings, M&A, JV formation or fund raising for various global companies in values from $10M to over $1B.

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).

Justyn Stedwell

Company Secretary

Justyn 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, including Lifespot Health (ASX: LSH); Axxis Technology Group (ASX:AYG), Motopia Ltd (ASX:MOT), Rhinomed Ltd (ASX:RNO), Imugene Ltd (ASX:IMU), Australian Natural Proteins Ltd (ASX:AYB), Rectifier Technologies Ltd (ASX:RFT), Lanka Graphite Ltd (ASX:LGR), WONHE Multimedia Commerce Ltd (ASX:WMC) and Broo Ltd (ASX:BEE).