Benchmark World Tour 2018

Vancouver, Canada


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Vancouver | Wednesday May 16th 2018
Venue: The Benchmark Mineral Intelligence Pavilion – International Mining Investment Conference Vancouver Convention Centre East Vancouver


10:30 Registration
10:55 Introduction from the Chair – Jay Roberge, President, Tehama Ventures Inc (Canada)

Keynotes 1

11:00 Electric vehicles: headlines versus reality as the world’s auto makers push towards an electric future
  • How many of the EV headlines can we take seriously?
  • What does the next five years look like for EV launches
  • The problems and solutions for Tesla
Edward Niedermeyer, Founder, The Daily Kanban / Analyst Bloomberg View (USA)

Edward Niedermeyer is one of the world’s leading auto analysts publishing regular independent views on the industry since 2008 in many outlets including his own Daily Kanban, Bloomberg View, Forbes and is regularly quoted in international press. He is a specialist in Tesla and has focused on the global electric vehicle build out.

11:25 Cobalt and the lithium ion battery revolution
  • DRC rising and the risk to the electric vehicles
  • State of play: production and refining in 2018
  • Developing serious long-term cobalt supply in North America
Trent Mell, CEO, First Cobalt

Trent Mell is President of First Cobalt, a company that was formed in early 2017 with the intention of offering investors leveraged access to the growing cobalt market driven by the electric vehicle revolution.

Industry Presentations

11:45 Lake Resources – Steve Promnitz, Managing Director (Australia)
12:00 Battery Mineral Resources – Ian Pringle, Technical Director (Australia)
12:15 Nano One Materials Corp – Dan Blondal, CEO & Director (Canada)
12:30 Standard Lithium – Robert Mintak, CEO (Canada)
12:45 Q&A Session with all speakers
13:00 Lunch collection

Lunch Keynote

13:10 What can compete with lithium ion batteries in EVs and Energy Storage and by when?
  • Lithium ion batteries: state of play – production, capacity build out, and market forecast
  • EVs: Introducing Solid State Batteries
  • Energy Storage: Lithium ion versus vanadium flow
  • Q&A
Simon Moores, Managing Director, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (UK)

Benchmark is the world’s leading market price data and supply chain intel provider focused on lithium ion and solid-state battery supply chains. Benchmark sets the monthly lithium reference price that is published by Bloomberg, testified to US Senate in 2017 and is widely quoted in global media.

13:35 Q&A
13:50 Benchmark World Tour 2018 – Vancouver ends
14:00 Bus Leaves for NanoOne Tour

14:00 Nano One Field Trip: High Performance Battery Materials Live

Nano One will be hosting a tour of its laboratory and pilot facility in Burnaby, BC which will give a live demonstration and explanation of its patented technology to produce high performance battery materials.

Transport will leave the conference venue at 1400. Registration is required to attend the conference and limited seating is available for the tour.



Ian Pringle

Executive Chairman, Battery Mineral Resources Ltd

Steve Promnitz

Managing Director, Lake Resources NL

Dan Blondal

CEO, Nano One Materials

Trent Mell

President & CEO, First Cobalt

Robert Mintak

CEO, Standard Lithium