Corporate Management

A. Paul Gill – President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Gill is the President of AJS Management Inc., a company providing management consulting to private and public companies. He has also been involved in the strategy, planning and implementation phases of re-structuring organizations. Until October 2006, Mr. Gill was heavily involved in the dynamic growth stage of Norsemont Mining where the company grew from a market capitalization of $1 million to $50 million. During his tenure with Norsemont Mining, Mr. Gill was the VP of Business Development and Director as well as the President & CEO, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary. Mr. Gill previously provided advice on health and safety issues and Workers’ Compensation matters to individuals and businesses.

Jacqueline Michael – Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Michael has over 20 years of financial and administration experience. In 1988, Ms. Michael co-founded The Conac Group, a software development company for construction management, where she acted as President and CEO. In 1997, Ms. Michael was successful in taking the company public on the CDNX Exchange and helped raise over $5 million in private placement financings for the company. Ms. Michael has acted as the President and Chief Executive Officer for public companies for over 10 years.

Brian Gusko – Director

Mr. Gusko has significant international business experience at the highest level. He was the Chief Financial Officer of UC Resources Ltd., an emerging producer of silver and gold in Mexico.  Years ago, he was a research assocate with the U.S. Department of Commerce at an embassy posting.  His international experience includes working in Corporate Planning with a Mitsubishi Group company in Tokyo, Product Management at a Vodafone spin-off in the Netherlands and being Managing Director of Palm South Africa's wereless subsidieary.  Mr. Gusko received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology (1990) from Carleton University, and an MBA from the University of Calgary (2003). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Emergent Waste Solutions and is an advisor to the Board of Solegear Bioplastics. Mr. Gusko is a Partner at Vancouver-based Sustainable Capital Corporation, a capital markets advisory firm.

Julius Galik- Director

During the past 7 years, Mr. Galik has been instrumental in the development and financing of various small capitalized companies, both private and public. A businessman and financial advisor with PFSL, he has been Mutual Find Licensed since 2001. Mr. Galik currently serves as President of Dorex Minerals Inc. (DOX). He has been involved in start-up situations within the mining exploration industry in Western Canada since 2002, and brings strong leadership, mediation and negotiation skills to the Board, as well as many years of financial experience. 

Mr. Kumara Rachamalla, M.B.A,M.Eng., P.Eng.– Advisory Board member

Mr. Rachamalla is highly experienced in government and financial matters.  He has developed and implemented innovative incentive policies for the Government of Ontario, advised public and private sector clients on technical, environmental, natural resource, financial and taxation issues.

Furthermore, Mr. Rachamalla designed economic, financial and taxation models to develop and assess a broad range of fiscal options and their impact on private sector investments and made recommendations for incorporation into tax statutes.

He has also advised institutional investors in Canada, U.S., Europe and the Far East on attractive investment opportunities in the natural resource sector by providing in-depth commodity analysis, combining financial, technical and industry expertise and provided expert opinion in Canadian and U.S. tax courts.

Mr. Rachamalla has raised both equity and debt capital for corporations and advised corporate clients on financing, joint ventures, acquisitions and mergers.

He has also developed strategic plans and reviewed project evaluation of the multi-billion dollar Syncrude oil-sands project, has evaluated and conducted feasibility studies and ore reserve estimates in Quebec and Yukon Territories as Assistant Chief Mine Engineer and has conducted cost-benefit analyses, environmental studies and health and safety surveys for the National Coal Board in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Elena Polyakova - Advisory Board member

Dr. Polyakova founded Graphene Laboratories in 2009 as President and Chief Executive Officer.  Since founding Graphene Laboratories, the company has grown to be the leading manufacturer and supplier of graphene materials.  Dr. Polyakova is an invited speaker at many international forums and conferences, and her input on the graphene industry is regularly published by journalists covering business and technology. 

Dr. Polyakova has won numerous awards for her entrepreneurship, including Mass High Tech's Women to Watch award (2011) and the Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Islands' Young Entrepreneur award (2012).

She received her Masters' degree in Physics and Applied Mathematics with honors from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California.  During Dr. Polyadova's post-doctoral work at Columbia University, her work on graphene was published in many leading peer-reviewed journals, which she co-authored with Nobel and Kalvi prize winners, as well as members of the National Adademy of Sciences.  It was then that she realized the commercial potential of graphene, which lead to the founding of Grapene Laboratories, Inc.

Dr. Daniel Stolyarov - Advisory Board member

Dr. Stolyarov co-founded Graphene Laboratories in 2009 and has since served as Chief Technology Oficer.  At Graphene Laboratories, he leads efforts to introduce new materials to the Graphene Supermarket product line.  He also overviews all production efforts and leads all collaborative R&D projects of Graphene Labs.  His work continues to play a critical role in securing Graphene Labs place as a leader in the manufacture and sale of 2D materials.

Dr. Stolyarov speaks at many international conferences about advancements in 2D materials, and insight from his work at Graphene Laboratories has been written about by several publications, including BBC and Physics World.

Previously, he worked at Energetiq Technolgy Inc. as a Research Scientist, where he helped develop the EQ-99 Laser Driven Light Source which won the SPIE and Photonics Media Prism Award (2010), and at Brookhaven National Laboratory as an Assistant Scientist.

He received his Masters' degree in Physics and Applied Mathematics with honors from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Southern California.  During his academic career, his work on graphene was published in many leading peer-reviewed journals, which he co-authored with Nobel and Kalvi prize winners, as well as members of the National Academy of Sciences.

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