Management Team.

Pat Ryan, P.Eng.

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Ryan founded Neocon International in 1993, a leading automotive OEM design and manufacturing firm. He spearheaded its growth, focusing on innovations like light-weighting for fuel efficiency. With over 25 years in the industry, he’s collaborated with giants like Honda and General Motors, earning accolades including Toyota’s Platinum Quality Alliance Award in 2016. His expertise in global supply chains positions him at the forefront of vehicle electrification. Joining Ucore in 2014, he delved into critical metals essential for modern technologies. A frequent speaker and mentor, he holds an Engineering degree from Dalhousie University and has received the APENS Award for ethical service.

Peter Manuel

Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Secretary

Peter Manuel has been Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ucore for 14 years.  Prior to joining the Company, he practiced as a Chartered Accountant for more than 17 years providing consulting services to companies in a range of sectors, with a focus on the financial services and resource sectors. He spent 10 years in England and The Republic of Ireland providing assurance, strategic planning, corporate finance and other consulting services to a portfolio of both public and private entities including licensed banks, proprietary trading operations, and international corporate treasuries. Mr. Manuel holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Dalhousie University.

Michael Schrider, MEng, P.E.

Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer

Since 1989, Mr. Schrider has excelled in manufacturing and engineering complex projects. A multidisciplinary engineer and business leader, he has spearheaded Ucore’s projects since 2016. He founded and led engineering firms SAi and ABD for over 17 years. Previously, he worked in North American shipyards and a lubricant facility. He holds a Bachelor’s from the University of New Orleans and is a registered engineer in Louisiana. Additionally, Mike has a Master’s in engineering from The University of Arizona.

Geoff Atkins

Ucore Vice President of Business Development

Mr. Atkins, with 30 years in mining, including 15 in the critical mineral sector, is Ucore’s new Vice President of Business Development. He’s been pivotal in establishing two rare earth operations: Mt. Weld with Lynas and Nechalacho with Vital Metals. At Lynas, he oversaw the Mt. Weld project and strategic planning. Leveraging his expertise in project delivery and strategy, he founded Cheetah Resources, later acquired by Vital Metals. He’ll strategize for Ucore, ensuring diverse supply sources with minimized risks. Notably, he brought the Nechalacho project to operation in 2 years, a significant feat compared to the usual 10-year timeline. His accomplishments make him ideal to spearhead Ucore’s feedstock acquisition.

Jaan Hurditch, CEng

Ucore Engineering Director

Mr. Hurditch, now Engineering Director at Ucore, previously worked with its subsidiary IMC for over two years, leading the RapidSX™ platform’s development. This platform is currently being tested in Ontario and will be deployed in Louisiana from 2023-2024. Holding a Bachelor’s from Queensland University in Australia, he boasts 18 years of experience across continents. Hurditch excels in both management and technical innovation, skilled in team building, 3D design, and rapid prototyping technologies.

Mark MacDonald

Vice-President of Investor Relations

Mr. MacDonald has over 25 years experience implementing award winning business development and marketing programs at a regional and national level. As Vice President of Sales, Mr. MacDonald was responsible for Mediapro Communication’s growth as AT&T Canada’s leading Canadian Business to Business sales partner. Mr. MacDonald subsequently took over all responsibilities of the Atlantic Regional Vice President of AT&T Canada Corp. As VP of Operations for Premier Executive Suites Mr. MacDonald consolidated four business units into one regional operation that was awarded Atlantic Canada’s, “Best Places to Work” in 2009/10/11. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University.

Dr. Ahmad Hussein

Ucore Advisory Board Member and Government Liaison

Ahmad Hussein is a trailblazing scientist and entrepreneur in renewable energy. He excels in commercial scale-ups, strategic alliances, and IPOs, leveraging a global network to fast-track projects. He founded Nile Fiber Atlantic Canada, producing innovative renewable feedstock. Quickly, he partnered with six top universities, leading to a major contract with the European Union. Before this, Ahmad contributed to the H1N1 vaccine with IMV and facilitated its listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange. He sits on advisory boards for various companies and charities, emphasizing community growth. In 2020, he was celebrated as a top immigrant in Atlantic Canada, underscoring his commitment to environmental sustainability.

Our Team

Our Team

"Ucore's success is a testament to our management team's expertise and passion. Together, we're shaping a sustainable future in the critical metals industry."
- Pat Ryan, CEO & Director