YTI President and CEO since 2007. Mr. Pepper has assisted in the strategic planning of YTI since its inception, including the development of its business, technical, financing, and marketing plans. Mr. Pepper co-founded an exempt market dealer that was registered with the Ontario Securities Commission and conducted business in Canada, USA, and parts of Europe. Robert Pepper is also President of Pepper Weberg Corporation, which advises on all aspects of early stage and project financing for companies in the mining, real estate, and clean tech sector.
Madhav Dahal PhD
YTI Vice President of Technology, the Company’s senior technical position, with the responsibility of directing development of the company’s technical programs.
Dr. Dahal received his PhD in electrochemistry from the University of Newcastle, Australia, where he served as lecturer and research chemist specializing in the manufacture of chemical, electrolytic and lithium manganese oxide.
At the invitation of Professor Conway of the University of Ottawa, Dr. Dahal moved to Canada to work with Professor Conway, who at the time was widely considered to be the leading electrochemist in the world. Dr. Dahal left the University of Ottawa to assume his duties at YTI.
Richard Knittel – Technical Support and Public Relations
Richard Knittel has an extensive technical background in hydrogeology and is also a successful inventor of products he has sold on a wide scale. He has provided ongoing assistance to YTI in several areas including the development of documentation and overseeing the technical aspects of YTI’s wellfield program. He is also a major investor in YTI’s convertible preferred share offering.
Don Jackson – Treasurer
Don Jackson has 25+ years of experience in law as it pertains to business and finance. He also has an extensive background in the development of detailed financial and sensitivity analysis.
Fred Fredeen – Investor and Community Relations
Fred Fredeen has 20+ years’ experience in the securities industry marketing products in Canada, USA as well as parts of Europe and Asia. Mr. Fredeen has been involved with Yava from the early days assisting in all aspects of the financing as well as developing relationships with key members of the region in which Yava will be operating.
Trevor Byrne – Yava Research Team – Manager
Trevor Byrne received his MSc in Physics from Dalhousie University and has been working with YTI since 2009. He is involved with developing a state-of-the-art Li-ion battery cathode material as a value-added manganese product and commercializing YTI’s leach mining technologies. He and the Yava Research Team are based at the Verschuren Centre, Cape Breton University, Sydney, NS.
Alicia Oickle – Yava Research Team
Dr. Oickle received her PhD in electrochemistry from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a research focus of improving the shelf-life of supercapacitors, a type of energy storage device. While completing her PhD, Dr. Oickle also taught at the university, including part of the upper-level analytical chemistry requirements. Following the completion of her PhD, Alicia moved to Sydney, Nova Scotia to join YTI as a Researcher Scientist. As of April 2014, she is employed through a partnership between YTI and Cape Breton University’s Vershuren Centre as the Industrial Research Fellow in Green Mining.
Alison Wilson – Yava Research Team
Alison Wilson has been with YTI since September 2013. She is a Professional Engineer (Chemical Engineering) with 20+ years of experience in manufacturing and environmental science. Alison is employed (as of April 2014) through the partnership between YTI and Cape Breton University’s Verschuren Centre as a Green Mining Researcher to advance the leach mining technology into commercial operation.
Edward Cross – Yava Research Team
Edward received his MSc in polymer chemistry from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2013, focusing on the development of biodegradable plastics. After spending two years in the Department of Chemistry at Cape Breton University working on research initiatives with local companies, Edward joined the YTI Research Team as a Green Mining Technologies Researcher in February 2015 through the partnership between YTI and Cape Breton University’s Verschuren Centre.
Daren LeBlanc – Yava Research Team
Daren received his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from McMaster University and has more than 10 years of experience in environmental chemistry. Daren joined Yava Technologies as a Green Mining Researcher at Cape Breton University’s Verschuren Centre in May, 2015 and is working towards advancing leach mining technologies into commercial operations.
Ashley LeBlanc – Yava Research Team
Ashley LeBlanc recently graduated with a BSc from Cape Breton University where she was involved in analytical and environmental chemistry research. Ashley joined the YTI team in June 2016 as a Green Mining Researcher at Cape Breton University’s Verschuren Centre in Sydney, NS.