Mr. Vydra is currently President and Director at Giga Metals and Head of Strategy at Conic Metals, both companies are focused on delivering battery materials to the growing EV industry.
Martin Vydra is a professional engineer, recently retired after a 31-year career with Sherritt International Corporation, a leader in the mining, processing, and refining of lateritic nickel and cobalt with operations in Canada, Cuba, and Madagascar. He is widely recognized as an expert in nickel and cobalt extraction, processing, and refining - including the development and application of advanced technologies to maximize the recovery of valuable metals such as nickel and cobalt from a variety of feeds. hile at Sherritt, Mr. Vydra’s technical accomplishments spanned four continents and over 20 operations - including postings in Australia, where he was integrated in Murrin Murrin’s refinery start up; Finland, for the design of Harjavalta’s nickel reduction circuit; and in Chile, where he oversaw the design, construction, and commissioning of a major pressure oxidation operation. Martin was a founding member of the London Metal Exchange Cobalt committee and served as chairman of the board of the Nickel Institute from 2015-2017.