Meet Our Expert Team

Significant Industry Expertise

Over 25 years of years of global experience in capital markets, corporate development, strategy and investment banking.

Vice-President of a Canadian investment banking mining team with over $10B of M&A transactions and well over $5B in equity and debt issuances.

Founding member and CFO of Neo Lithium.

Carlos Vicens

CEO, Director & Founder

Over 40 years of lithium chemical production and process engineering experience, including Dupont and Livent.

Has strong relationships with the US Federal Laboratories that place him at the forefront of developing innovative process technology in the renewable energy and lithium battery industry.

Tom Currin

COO & Founder

Over 30 years of global law experience focusing on capital markets and merger and acquisitions practice.

Founding Chairman of Lithium Americas and founding director of Neo Lithium.

Partner at a Canadian law firm.

Paul Fornazzari

Non Executive Chairman

Dr. Bourcier has worked and consulted with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for the last 35 years.

Dr. Bourcier has over 20 patents and 50 publications – results including a licensed patent for a process using reverse osmosis to produce marketable silica from geothermal waters.

In 2008, Dr. Bourcier left LLNL to co-found Simbol Mining, a company focused on extracting lithium from geothermal brines.

Dr. Bill Bourcier  

CTO & Founder 

Mr. Mignacco has a comprehensive understanding of the global lithium business.

Mr. Mignacco is the President of Minera Exar S.A. (the operator of the Cauchari Olaroz lithium brine project co-owned with Lithium Americas Corp.) and Ganfeng Lithium Co., Ltd. In this current role, Mr. Mignacco is leading the buildout of one of the largest lithium brine projects in the world, including construction of the lithium processing facilities for the project.

Mr. Mignacco is a co-founder of Lithium Americas and has been a director since 2010.

Franco Mignacco   


Mr. Cosic is a strategic executive with 30 years of achievement in a variety of industries, including lithium. He was the CFO of Lithium Americas Corp. when the company merged with Western Lithium to create an industry leading lithium resource company.

Mr. Cosic has been a public company CFO, a public company CEO, and the Audit Committee Chair for a TSX listed company.

Mr. Cosic has extensive experience in obtaining financing for early-stage companies.

Mike Cosic  


Ms. Wertheim started her career as a corporate lawyer, where she acted for both domestic and international public companies.

Using this experience, Ms. Wertheim joined the TSX's Listed Issuer Services department where she was responsible for the development and execution of the TSX's global strategy for attracting new listings in the mining sector.

Most recently, Ms. Wertheim acted as Capital Markets Counsel at a major Canadian law firm.

Orlee Wertheim  


Over 25 Years Experience & Knowledge of International Industrial Systems