Vital Metals makes key changes to Canadian team

Vital Metals (ASX:VML) has appointed Natalie Pietrzak-Renaud as the company’s new Vice President (VP) of Exploration. 

Vital Metals Managing Director and CEO Geordie Mark says the appointment aligns with the company’s plans to advance the ‘world-class’ Tardiff deposit, where it is looking to conduct a Scoping Study later next year.  

“With her experience and detailed approach to modelling and geometallurgy of rare earth systems, we believe that we can explore beneficiation processing pathways never examined before on the Nechalacho Project.”

Pietrzak-Renaud is a 20-year veteran with diversified expertise in the resources sector. She has had various roles as Vice President of Exploration in both publicly listed and private exploration and development companies within Canada and elsewhere. 

This includes Quest Rare Minerals and later at Torngat Metals. Torngat acquired Quest Rare Minerals’ assets following the latter’s delisting from the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) in 2017.

Pietrzak-Renaud also has a background in detailed rare earth system analysis and geological modelling, as well as metallurgical domain and material sorting analysis. 

Further, Pietrzak-Renaud holds a PhD in ore deposit modelling and geometallurgy and has also completed a post-doctorate in rare earth mineralogy at Western University, Ontario. 

Meanwhile the company is working to establish a Scoping Study in 2024 for the Tardiff deposit, as part of its Nechalacho rare earths Project in the Northwest Territories, Canada.

As part of these plans, the company announces today (4 December) it has strengthened its Canadian executive team with the appointment of rare earth systems specialist and professional geologist Natalie Pietrzak-Renaud. 

Vital Metals is a rare earths development stage company aiming to advance its Nechalacho Project in Canada, which has the potential to develop into a ‘large-scale’ supplier of critical electronic motor magnet minerals. 

As of 30 September 2023, Vital Metals had $2.558 million cash and cash equivalents at hand, according to its latest quarterly report.

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