Toronto | World Tour 2015
Thursday 24 September 2015 | One King West Hotel & Residence


12:00: Registration & Networking Lunch

Independent Speakers

13:00: The Battery Supply Chain in a lithium-ion revolution
Simon Moores, Managing Director, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

Critical Minerals and Metals: A battery powered tipping point

  • Understanding the opaque world of battery raw materials (graphite, lithium, cobalt)
  • Producing a battery, from mine to market
  • Rise of the battery megafactories: Tesla Motors’ Gigafactory, LG Chem , Panasonic and more

13:30: The rapidly evolving EV, Stationary Storage and Consumer Electronics Markets for Batteries
Sam Jaffe, Managing Director, Cairn Energy Research Advisors (USA)

  • Market sizing and forecasts for stationary, automotive and consumer electronics batteries
  • Shining a light on the global and regulatory dynamics that are driving this market
  • Chemistry and technology trends

Lithium Session

14:00: Guy Bourassa, President & CEO, Nemaska Lithium Corp (Canada)

14:15: Jay Chmelauskas, President & CEO, Western Lithium (Canada)

14:30: Don Bubar, President & CEO, Avalon Rare Metals (Canada)

15:30: Coffee Break

15:15: Critical minerals and metals versus commodities
Andrew Miller, Analyst, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (UK)

  • How specialist minerals differ to commodities
  • Understanding pricing and trade flows for lithium, graphite and cobalt
  • Key factors to consider before investing

Graphite Session

15:45: Paul Gorman, CEO & Director, Great Lakes Graphite (Canada)

16:00: Sait Uysal, Global Marketing Manager, Syrah Resources (Australia)

16:15: Greg Bowes, CEO, Northern Graphite (Canada)

Q&A Panel Session

16:30 - 17:15: What future for the lithium ion battery supply chain?


  • Chair: Simon Moores, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence
  • Andrew Miller, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence
  • Jay Chmelauskas, Western Lithium
  • Guy Bourassa, Nemaska Lithium
  • Tolga Kumova, Syrah Resources
  • Don Bubar, Avalon Rare Metals
  • Paul Gorman, Great Lakes Graphite
  • Greg Bowes, Northern Graphite

Benchmark Drinks Reception

17:00 - 18:30: Networking drinks with speakers

Friday 25 September 2015 | Graphite Field Trip

The Graphite Field Trip, hosted by Great Lakes Graphite, features a visit to the Process Research ORTECH facility in Mississauga, Ontario. Participants will have the chance to see a live demonstration of bench-scale flake graphite concentrate production.
Other presentations will include:

  • Micronization
  • Purification
  • Shaping & Coating
  • LEAN production of industrial minerals

10:45: Depart: One King West Hotel & Residence Lobby

11:30: Arrive at Process Research ORTECH

12:30: Live demonstrations

13:30: Lunch and presentations

14:00: Depart for Toronto / Q&A on bus

15:00: Arrive at One King West Hotel & Residence

Places are limited. To attend please email: [email protected]



One King West Hotel & Residence 1 King Street West Toronto, ON M5H 1A1

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