Chairman of the Board
Jeffrey York brings to Stria Lithium decades of executive leadership heading two of Canada’s iconic retailers, first as the President and COO of Giant Tiger Stores, the once regional retail chain that grew into a national, billion-dollar company under his leadership. He went on to become CEO of Farm Boy Inc., leading the transformation of a local grocer into the hugely successful food chain acquired by Sobeys for $800 million in 2018. He remains a Partner at Farm Boy.
Mr. York is also co-founder and Chair of Focus Graphite, a company developing two Quebec sites holding some of the world’s highest grade graphite which, like lithium, is a critical battery component.
Mr. York has been an active member of the Young Presidents Organization executive network since 2002. A chartered accountant, Mr. York began his professional career with the accounting firm Ward Mallette after graduating from Princeton with a degree in Economics.
Chief Executive Officer
Dean Hanisch is an entrepreneur with a successful 30-year record of assisting private and public companies in a broad range of industries, and at all stages of growth from seed and commercialization to operation and monetization. Mr. Hanisch has assisted a number of junior mining companies to enhance their market presence, and was instrumental in the growth and eventual sale of U.S.-based Paramount Gold and Silver Corp. Previously, Mr. Hanisch held a variety of senior executive positions in the IT industry, again assisting companies to grow, prosper and maximize shareholder return through acquisitions by public companies – for example, Titan Consulting Group acquired by Calian CTY.
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.
Before 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 board member for both Logan Resources Ltd. and Acme Resources Ltd.
Ms. Mazvihwa-MacLean has a degree in geology, a Masters Degree in Environmental Change, and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). She is accredited as a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA), and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) by the Certified Management Accountants Society of British Columbia.
Robin Dow HBA, MBA, FCSI, is currently CEO of Silver Eagle Mines Inc. In 1976, Mr. Dow began his career as a retail and institutional broker, and went on to become a senior executive of brokerage houses in Calgary, Alberta. In 1988, Mr. Dow began the Dow Group, leading to a series of successful public companies over the past 35 years.
Harry Martyniuk is a longtime partner in Pioneer Family Pools, Ontario’s largest retailer of pools, hot tubs, swim spas and related chemicals, accessories and patio furniture. The company currently operates 20 retail outlets across southern Ontario. He is also a partner in Pioneer Distribution, wholesale distributor to Pioneer retail stores and a number of independent pool and spa dealers.
As a result of his partnership in Pioneer Family Pools, Mr. Martyniuk has expanded the distribution network through shared ownership with Club Piscine, Quebec’s largest retailer of pools, spas and supplies with 44 outlets across that province. Mr. Martyniuk earned an honors business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo.
Marc-Andre Bernier, géo. (QC), P.Geo. (ON), M.Sc.
Senior Geoscientist, TJCM
Marc-Andre Bernier is the Senior Geoscientist at TJCM (Table jamésienne de Concertation Minière), a non-profit regional development organization founded in Chibougamau northern Quebec in 2001. The organization has been providing technical support services to Stria for its Pontax Lithium project since 2018. TJCM advises governments and communities on issues relating to the sustainable development of Eeyou Istchee James Bay Territory’s mining industry. TJCM also provides on-demand technical support and advisory services to junior mining companies with exploration and mineral resources appraisal phase projects in Québec.