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
09:00 Trends in battery manufacturing Prabhakar Patil, Former CEO of LG Chem Power Inc
09:30 The view from a North America’s major cathode manufacturer Michael Fetcenko, Managing Director, BASF Battery Materials
10:00 Developments in EVs and Energy Storage Henrik Fisker, Chairman & CEO, Fisker Inc
10:30 Coffee Break
Session Two: Upstream
11:00 Lithium supply & the global impact of new demand on cathodes Anthony Tse, Managing Director, Galaxy Resources
11:30 Lithium Hydroxide and the growing North American demand, Guy Bourassa, President & CEO, Nemaska Lithium Inc
12:00 Cobalt: supply, demand and responsible sourcing Dan Carroll, New Product Development, Freeport Cobalt
12:30 Nickel: overview of nickel industry and its growing demand for battery grade chemicals Frank Nikolic, Senior Marketing Manager, Vale
13:00 Lunch is Served
Session Three: Breakout Workshops
13:30 – 15:00 2 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: Chris Berry, Founder, House Mountain Partners Structure: 3 x 15 minute overview talks and group discussion about key industry factors Speakers:
  • Joe Lowry, President, Global Lithium
  • Tim Johnston, President & CEO, Desert Lion Energy
  • Andrew Miller, Senior Analyst, Benchmark Minerals
Cobalt & Nickel Workshop Room: TBA Chair: Simon Moores, Managing Director, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence Structure: 3 x 15 minute overview talks and group discussion about key industry factors Speakers:
  • David Weight, President, Cobalt Institute Ltd
  • Robin Goad, President & CEO, Fortune Minerals
  • Oliver Nugent, Base Metals Business Development, London Metal Exchange
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
15:30 Paul Farquharson, President & CEO, ECobalt Solutions Inc
15:40 Ken Brinsen, MD & CEO, Pilbara Minerals
15:50 Trent Mell, President & CEO, First Cobalt Corp
16:00 Larry Reugh, President & CEO, American Manganese
16:10 Patrick Highsmith, CEO, Pure Energy Minerals
16:20 Bernard Rowe, Managing Director, Global Geoscience Ltd
16:30 Keith Phillips, MD & CEO, Piedmont Lithium
16:40 Brendon Borg, MD, Celsius Resources
16:50 Gary Lewis, Executive Chairman, Battery Mineral Resources Ltd
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: 2 x 20 minute overview talks and group discussion about key industry factors Speakers:
  • Brett Simon, Analyst – Energy Storage, GTM Research
  • Simon Moores, Managing Director, Benchmark Minerals
Technical briefing Room: TBA Chair: Andrew Miller, Senior Analyst, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence Structure: 3 x 15 minute overview talks and group discussion about key industry factors Speakers:
  • Dan Blondal, CEO, NanoOne Materials
  • David Deak, CTO, Lithium Americas
10:30 Coffee & Networking Break
Session Six: Cathode Demand
11:00 The outlook for lithium ion battery demand Sam Jaffe, President, Cairn Energy Research
11:30 Lithium ion battery demand potential from light duty vehicles, Marc Fenigstein, CEO, Alta Motors
12:00 Cathode technologies for consumer electronics, Naoki Matsumura, Senior Technologist (Battery), Intel Corp.
12:30 Battery cell & pack manufacturing trends for EVs AK Srouji, Principal Battery Scientist, Romeo Power
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.
  • Harrison Mitchell, Director, RCS Global
  • Nick Garrett, CEO, RCS Global
  • Tony Southgate, Head of Strategic Cobalt Marketing, ERG
  • Anthony Milewski, Chairman, Cobalt 27
16:00 Close and end of Cathodes 2017