The following interview of Mr. Paul Matysek, Chairman & Director of Nano One Materials Corp. (TSX-V:NNO) was conducted by Peter Epstein, CFA, MBA in the week ended October 30, 2015. The interviewer, Peter Epstein, believes that the information put forth by Mr. Matysek is accurate, but cannot guarantee that it is. Readers are encouraged to visit Nano One’s corporate website for additional information.
Mr. Matysek is well known to most natural resource investors in Canada and around the globe. He’s the Founder and/or key Executive of 3 highly successful companies. Mr. Matysek is a corporate entrepreneur and professional geochemist & geologistwith over 30 years experience in the mining industry. He’s currently President & CEO of Goldrock Mines Corp. (CVE:GRM) and has previously held senior Executive & Director positions with several natural resource exploration & development companies. Mr. Matysek is a proven company builder.
Mr. Matysek was recently President & CEO of Lithium One Inc. (CVE:LI), a company that had a world class lithium project in northern Argentina. In July 2012, Lithium One merged with Galaxy Resources Limited (ASX:GXY) of Australia, via a $112 million transaction, to create an integrated lithium company. Prior to that, he was President & CEO of Potash One Inc. where he was the architect of a $434 million friendly takeover of Potash One by K+S Ag. That deal closed in 2011. Prior to Founding Potash One, Mr. Matysek was Founder, President & CEO of Energy Metals Corporation, “EMC,” a premier uranium company that traded on the New York & Toronto Stock Exchanges. Mr. Matysek led EMC as one of the fastest growing Canadian companies in recent years, increasing its market capitalization from $10 million in 2004 to approximately $1.8 billion when it was acquired by a larger uranium producer in 2007.
Most entrepreneurs spend their entire careers without a meaningful success story. You have three. Is there any commonalty among the companies you support?
Yes. Timing, People and Execution. I believe that Nano One Materials (TSX-V:NNO) has these attributes, that’s why I’m Chairman and Director of the Company. I have been lucky in reading trends early (Uranium – Energy Metals Corp – Potash – Potash One and Lithium – Lithium One). I’m committed to attracting and working with the best professionals in the sector and relentlessly focused on executing a business plan.
Any unique, potentially game-changing business model is, by definition, difficult to comprehend. Can you please describe Nano One in layperson’s terms?
Nano One’s processing technology could enable a new generation of batteries by making it economically viable to produce a wider range of advanced energy storage materials. We start with low cost raw materials, such as lithium carbonate, and blend it with other metals using a scalable, patented process. This reduces manufacturing complexity and cost, while delivering materials that are more robustly structured for longer lasting performance. We aim to license and partner with key players in the industry to commercialize our technology, and are already having meetings with a number of parties.