Background

Meet Our Management Team


Gary Economo

CEO

Gary Economo has a distinguished business leadership career, serving as CEO for a number of public and private high technology companies during the last 20 years. A former President and CEO of Dynasty Components Inc., Mr. Economo enjoys a long history of graphite marketing and sales for high-tech applications. He is also currently CEO of Focus Graphite, a company he founded with Jeffrey York.

Over the span of his business career, Mr. Economo provided strategic consulting and representation services to technology companies in North America and Asia.

Born in Greece and raised in Montreal, Mr. Economo is tri-lingual and lives with his family in Ottawa.

“He has a track record of success and expertise in building shareholder value when tasked with bringing discovery companies to market.”

Iain Todd

President & COO

Iain Todd is a metallurgist and expert in materials engineering. A graduate of McGill University, he earned his Ph.D in Mineral Processing and an M.Eng degree in Extractive Metallurgy. He earned his B.Sc (Honours) in Metallurgy and Materials Sciences at the University of Wales.

During the course of his 30-year career in mineral processing, Dr. Todd served in various senior managerial capacities for nearly 20 years with the Lakefield, Ontario-based SGS Minerals’ Hydrometallurgy Group focused primarily on the development of metal extraction and product recovery processes for minerals and metallurgical industries worldwide.

Those new technology projects incorporated lithium sources from both North and South America, including Canada, to produce high purity lithium compounds required for applications demanded by manufacturers in the electric vehicle industry.

As an independent consultant, Dr. Todd holds a distinguished portfolio of success for driving strategic sales, business development, and project management for leaders in the mining and minerals industries.

 Dr. Todd’s process expertise includes the management of lithium development programs for the production of high-grade lithium compounds from hard rock (spodumene or petalite), salar and geothermal sources.

Judith Mazvihwa-MacLean

Chief Financial Officer & Secretary

Judith Mazvihwa-MacLean is a geologist and accountant with more than 16 years of experience in mineral exploration, mining, management and corporate finance. She is also currently CFO of Focus Graphite.

Prior to joining Focus Graphite, Ms. Mazvihwa-MacLean was the CFO for Golden Harp Resources Ltd., Logan Resources Ltd., and Acme Resources Ltd (formerly, International KRL Resources Corp.). She also served as a member of the Board for both Logan Resources Ltd., and Acme Resources Ltd.

She was accredited a Certified Management Accountant by the Certified Management Accountants Society of British Columbia.

“Ms.Mazvihwa-MacLean has a significant academic background. She holds a B.Sc. (Geology) from the University of Zimbabwe, a M.Sc. from Brunel University in England and earned her MBA at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.”

Dave O. Johnson

MSc (App), BSc (App)

Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Johnson began his professional career as a Project Engineer with the Aluminum Company of Canada Ltd., (Alcan), at the company’s Arvida Works in Jonquière, Quebec, before transferring to Alcan’s Kingston, Ontario, R&D facility, with responsibilities for quality control of cold rolled sheet products and development of rolling practices for novel products.

Tasked with progressively more responsible assignments during his tenure with Alcan in Kingston, as Technical and Plant Manager, Mr. Johnson coordinated the development of technologies for the company’s emerging gallium business; recycling technologies for the company’s electronic materials; and, built a gallium recycling facility in Kingston.

Later, as an independent consultant, he was exposed to technology and charged with investigating technology in precious metal extraction, uranium purification, ceramic fibres, and ion exchange.