LRC Team

Meet the Team

President and Managing Director of LRC

Ernie Ortiz

Ernie has been President and Managing Director of LRC since 2018. Prior to joining LRC in 2018 he was is an investment analyst at a US based equity fund where he specialized in lithium, battery materials and specialty chemicals. As a top shareholder of some of the leading materials companies he has developed extensive industry contacts, market knowledge, and modeling experience. He was previously at Credit Suisse where he was the lead associate in the Basic Materials group based in New York. In that role, he led the research and due diligence on lithium, which called for the imbalance between supply and demand the market faced in 2016/2017.

Ernie sits on the London Metal Exchange (LME) Lithium Advisory Committee and has been quoted in Reuters and the Wall Street Journal for comments on the lithium market. Ernie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and holds the CFA designation.

Co-Executive Chairman of LRC

Blair Levinsky

Blair is a Co-Founder, President, and CEO at Waratah. Waratah is an absolute return investment manager with in excess of $2 billion assets under management across market neutral, equity long short, long short ESG, income, thematic, and specialty private equity strategies. Blair is Co-Executive Chairman of LRC. Prior to founding Waratah, Blair was a Managing Director at TD Securities.

Blair holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Western Ontario, Bachelor of Laws and a Master in Business Administration from Dalhousie University and is a former member of the Investment Committee and the Board of the Women's College Hospital Foundation.

Co-Executive Chairman of LRC

Blair Levinsky

Blair is a Co-Founder, President, and CEO at Waratah. Waratah is an absolute return investment manager with in excess of $2 billion assets under management across market neutral, equity long short, long short ESG, income, thematic, and specialty private equity strategies. Blair is Co-Executive Chairman of LRC. Prior to founding Waratah, Blair was a Managing Director at TD Securities.

Blair holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Western Ontario, Bachelor of Laws and a Master in Business Administration from Dalhousie University and is a former member of the Investment Committee and the Board of the Women's College Hospital Foundation.

Co-Executive Chairman of LRC

Mark Wellings

Mark has over 30 years international experience in both the mining industry and mining finance sector. Mark is Co-Executive Chairman of LRC. He served as Managing Director of Investment Banking at GMP Securities L.P. (formerly, GMP Securities Ltd.), a subsidiary of GMP Capital Inc. for over 18 years, where Mark was responsible for and advised on some of the Canadian mining industry's largest transactions, both in equity financing and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Wellings is a Professional Engineer and holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Geological Engineering. Mark also serves as a director on the boards of various public companies and organizations including Superior Gold Corp., Adventus Mining Corporation, Contact Gold Corp. and The Toronto International Film Festival.

Director of LRC

Constantine Karayannopoulos

Constantine Karayannopoulos President and Chief Executive Officer of NeoPerformance Materials (TSX:NEO). Mr. Karayannopoulos has worked in senior executive positions at Neo and its predecessor companies for more than 20 years, including as Director, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Neo Material Technologies (“NEM”) (TSX:NEM) from 2005 until NEM was acquired in June 2012 for US $1.3 billion. Mr. Karayannopoulos also serves as Chairman of the Board of Neo Lithium Corp., a position he has held since February 9, 2016.

Director of LRC

Constantine Karayannopoulos

Constantine Karayannopoulos President and Chief Executive Officer of NeoPerformance Materials (TSX:NEO). Mr. Karayannopoulos has worked in senior executive positions at Neo and its predecessor companies for more than 20 years, including as Director, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Neo Material Technologies (“NEM”) (TSX:NEM) from 2005 until NEM was acquired in June 2012 for US $1.3 billion. Mr. Karayannopoulos also serves as Chairman of the Board of Neo Lithium Corp., a position he has held since February 9, 2016.

Director of LRC

Mark Raguz

Mark manages the royalty portfolio at Altius Minerals Corporation (TSX: ALS) where he has led initiatives to originate new development and production stage royalty investment opportunities. Mark has worked closely with LRC's investment committee since LRC's inception in 2018. Prior to his current role, he was Vice President, Investment Banking at several leading full-service boutique investment dealers. He was previously a mining and metals analyst in both buy-side and sell-side research. He has served as a director of various TSX Venture listed companies. Mr. Raguz holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the Lassonde Mineral Engineering Program at the University of Toronto.

Director of LRC

Robert Tichio

Robert joined Riverstone in 2006, is focused on the firm’s expanding efforts in ESG and Sustainability investment platforms, and has led many of Riverstone’s investments in the exploration and production sector in the Private Equity business. Prior to joining Riverstone, Mr. Tichio was in the Principal Investment Area (PIA) of Goldman Sachs, which manages the firm's private corporate equity investments. Mr. Tichio began his career at J.P. Morgan in the Mergers & Acquisition group, where he concentrated on assignments that included public company combinations, asset sales, takeover defenses, and leveraged buyouts.

Director of LRC

Robert Tichio

Robert joined Riverstone in 2006, is focused on the firm’s expanding efforts in ESG and Sustainability investment platforms, and has led many of Riverstone’s investments in the exploration and production sector in the Private Equity business. Prior to joining Riverstone, Mr. Tichio was in the Principal Investment Area (PIA) of Goldman Sachs, which manages the firm's private corporate equity investments. Mr. Tichio began his career at J.P. Morgan in the Mergers & Acquisition group, where he concentrated on assignments that included public company combinations, asset sales, takeover defenses, and leveraged buyouts.

Director of LRC

Jason Landau

Jason is Executive Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Waratah Capital Advisors.

Jason joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2010. Jason is the Lead Portfolio Manager on the Waratah Alternative ESG fund and Co-Portfolio Manager on Waratah One and Waratah One X. Jason also leads the investment team and is a member of the firm's Executive Committee.

Prior to Waratah, Jason worked at TD Securities as an Associate in Investment Banking and Equity Capital Markets. During his time at TD, Jason was involved in domestic mergers and acquisitions, as well as the structuring and pricing of equity securities, convertible debentures, and preferred shares. Jason received an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Director of LRC

Jeannine Li Chong

Jeannine is Executive Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Waratah Capital Advisors. Jeannine joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2018 after a successful 22-year career at a Canadian money manager. Jeannine is a Portfolio Manager for the Waratah Income Fund and is on the Summerhill Resorts Ltd. Investment Committee. She is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Waratah is an absolute return investment manager with in excess of $2 billion assets under management across market neutral, equity long short, long short ESG, income, thematic, and specialty private equity strategies.

In her previous role, she was an Executive Vice President and Portfolio Manager in Canadian Equities, responsible for managing $2.6 billion, and a member of both its Management and Asset Mix Committees. Early in her career, she was in the management training program at Canadian Pacific, and also worked at Deloitte. She is currently a trustee of the Toronto Symphony Foundation and is a past board member of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Jeannine received an Honours Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo, and also holds CPA, CA, and CFA designations. ​

Director of LRC

Jeannine Li Chong

Jeannine is Executive Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Waratah Capital Advisors. Jeannine joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2018 after a successful 22-year career at a Canadian money manager. Jeannine is a Portfolio Manager for the Waratah Income Fund and is on the Summerhill Resorts Ltd. Investment Committee. She is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Waratah is an absolute return investment manager with in excess of $2 billion assets under management across market neutral, equity long short, long short ESG, income, thematic, and specialty private equity strategies.

In her previous role, she was an Executive Vice President and Portfolio Manager in Canadian Equities, responsible for managing $2.6 billion, and a member of both its Management and Asset Mix Committees. Early in her career, she was in the management training program at Canadian Pacific, and also worked at Deloitte. She is currently a trustee of the Toronto Symphony Foundation and is a past board member of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Jeannine received an Honours Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo, and also holds CPA, CA, and CFA designations. ​

Senior Advisor to LRC

Matt Juneau

Matt currently serves as on the Chemicals Advisory Board of Arsenal Capital, a New York City based private equity firm focused on chemicals and healthcare, and as Senior Advisor to Lithium Royalty Corporation.

Matt retired from Albemarle Corporation in March 2018 after thirty-five years with the company. He served as EVP, Corporate Strategy and Investor Relations, from 2015 until his retirement. Prior to his last role with Albemarle, Matt served in numerous business and sales leadership roles, including President, Performance Chemicals, a $1.2 billion business unit from 2012 to early 2015.

Senior Advisor to LRC

Alan Lenczner

Alan is widely recognized as one of Canada's leading litigators. He practiced litigation between 1969 to 2019 and had over 680 applications, trials, and appeals across Canada and in four foreign jurisdictions. Alan appeared as counsel before the High Court and Court Appeal in the UK. A member of the OSC from 2014-2017 with experience on the following boards: International Corona Resources, Eskay Creek, Hudbay Minerals, and Leon's Furniture (Continuing). Alan is a graduate of the University of Toronto for his BA, MA, and LLB.

Senior Advisor to LRC

Alan Lenczner

Alan is widely recognized as one of Canada's leading litigators. He practiced litigation between 1969 to 2019 and had over 680 applications, trials, and appeals across Canada and in four foreign jurisdictions. Alan appeared as counsel before the High Court and Court Appeal in the UK. A member of the OSC from 2014-2017 with experience on the following boards: International Corona Resources, Eskay Creek, Hudbay Minerals, and Leon's Furniture (Continuing). Alan is a graduate of the University of Toronto for his BA, MA, and LLB.

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