Agenda

Day One: Sunday 8th October 2017

Welcome dinner & cocktail reception
17:00 Registration
19:00 Dinner & drinks reception with guest speaker, Leo Lewis, Asia’s highest profile western journalist who now works for the Financial Times in Tokyo. Leo will be giving us insight in his Notes from Japan welcome speech.

Day Two: Monday 9th October 2017

Day Two: Conference

Session One: Keynotes
08:00 Breakfast & Networking
08:30 Opening of Cathodes 2017: Guest of Honour, Dr M. Stanley Whittingham
08:45 Welcome Address Andrew Miller, Senior Analyst, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (UK)
09:00 The importance of scaling the cathode supply chain for an energy storage revolution – TBA
09:30 The Chinese cathode supply chain Yuan Gao, President & CEO, Pulead Technology Industry (China)
10:00 The view from a North America’s major cathode manufacturer Michael Fetcenko, Managing Director, BASF Battery Materials (US)
10:30 Coffee Break
Session Two: Upstream (Chair TBA)
11:00 Lithium brine: scaling up brine and chemical production capacity Speaker TBA
11:30 Lithium hard rock: The importance of new feedstock and Chinese conversion capacity Anthony Tse, Managing Director, Galaxy Resources (Australia / Hong Kong)
12:00 Cobalt: supply, demand and responsible sourcing Dan Carroll, New Product Development, Freeport Cobalt (US)
12:30 Nickel: overview of nickel industry and its growing demand for battery grade chemicals Frank Nikolic, Senior Marketing Manager, Vale (Brazil / Canada)
13:00 Lunch is Served
Session Three: Breakout Workshops
13:30 – 15:00 3 x concurrent lunch workshops designed to deep-dive into each critical raw material market for batteries while delegates enjoy lunch
Lithium Workshop
Room: TBA
Chair: Andrew Miller, Senior Analyst, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (UK)
Structure: 3 x 15 minute overview talks and group discussion about key industry factors
Speakers:

  • Joe Lowry, President, Global Lithium (US)
  • Tim Johnston, President & CEO, Desert Lion Energy (Canada)
  • TBA
Cobalt Workshop
Room: TBA
Chair: Caspar Rawles, Analyst, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (UK)
Structure: 3 x 15 minute overview talks and group discussion about key industry factors
Speakers:

  • David Weight, President, Cobalt Development Institute (UK)
  • Robin Goad, President & CEO, Fortune Minerals (Canada)
  • TBA
Nickel Workshop
Room: TBA
Chair: Simon Moores, Managing Director, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (UK)
Structure: 3 x 15 minute overview talks and group discussion about key industry factors
Speakers:

  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA
15:00 Coffee & Networking Break
Session Four: New supply pipeline
Rapidfire session profiling the exploration and development of new lithium, cobalt and nickel assets around the world
Chair: Caspar Rawles, Analyst, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (UK)
15:30 Paul Farquharson, President & CEO, ECobalt Solutions Inc (Canada)
15:40 Larry Reugh, President & CEO, American Manganese (Canada)
15:50 Brendon Borg, MD, Celsius Resources (Australia)
16:00 Keith Phillips, MD & CEO, Piedmont Lithium (US)
16:10 Bernard Rowe, Managing Director, Global Geoscience Ltd (Australia)
16:20 Ken Brinsen, MD & CEO, Pilbara Minerals
16:30 Patrick Highsmith, CEO, Pure Energy Minerals
16:40 TBA
16:50 TBA
17:00 Q&A Session with All Speakers
17:30 – 19:00 Drinks Reception

Day Three: Tuesday 10th October 2017

Day Three: Technical Sessions

08:30 Networking Breakfast
Session Five: Breakfast Briefings
09:00 – 10:30 2 x concurrent briefings held over breakfast and coffee providing analyst
insights and a technical session on cathode developments
Analyst market briefing
Room: TBA
Chair: Caspar Rawles, Analyst, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (UK)
Structure: 3 x 20 minute overview talks and group discussion about key industry factors
Speakers:

  • Sam Jaffe, President, Cairn Energy Research (US)
  • Logan Goldie-Scot, Head of Energy Storage Insights, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (US)
  • TBA
Technical briefing
Room: TBA
Chair: Andrew Miller, Senior Analyst, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (UK)
Structure: 4 x 10 minute overview talks and group discussion about key industry factors
Speakers:

  • Dan Blondal, CEO, NanoOne Materials
  • David Deak, CTO, Lithium Americas
  • Boryann Liaw, Department Manager, Energy Storage and Advanced Vehicles, Idaho National Lab
  • TBA
10:30 Coffee & Networking Break
Session Six: Cathode Demand (Chair TBA)
11:00 Cell and Battery Pack Strategy for Proterra’s electric bus fleet Dustin Grace, Director Battery Engineering, Proterra Inc
11:30 Lithium ion battery demand potential from light duty vehicles, Marc Fenigstein, CEO, Alta Motors
12:00 Utility storage: An efficient grid for the 21st century, Speaker TBC
12:30 Open Floor Discussion / Q&A
13:00 Lunch is served
Session Seven: Sustainable sourcing roundtable
14:00 – 16:00 For the final session of Cathodes 2017 Benchmark will host a sustainable sourcing
roundtable to consider how the supply chains for key battery raw materials are falling under more scrutiny and how industries are adapting as a result.

  • Nick Garrett, Director, RCS Global
  • Tony Southgate, Head of Strategic Cobalt Marketing, ERG
  • Anthony Milewski, Chairman, Cobalt 27
16:00 Close and end of Cathodes 2017