Pat Okita

Subject Matter Expert

Pat is an Economic Geoscientist with a record of success leading acquisition, exploration, assessment, and development of mineral resource assets. He has amassed deep and broad expertise throughout the value chains of the international mineral and energy industries through firsthand, lived experience and accountability for capital projects and operations in 23 countries for 29 commodities. Pat has over 35 years of experience generating exploration projects; executing definitive assessment programs; performing due diligence and pre-entry risk studies; leading de-risking and project delivery work streams; and studying commodity markets worldwide.

Pat integrates those roles to serve as a bridge among stakeholders and disciplines and can “speak the languages” of project teams. His insightfulness enables the creation and delivery of innovative and bespoke solutions to technical and commercial needs. Pat creates cross-industry collaborations to transfer commercial and pre-commercial technologies to mining and mineral processing solutions. In business creation and project delivery he applies DBOM (design-build-operate-maintain) principles, backward-planning practice, and FEL (front-end loading) processes.

Pat is adept at addressing industrial, commercial, scientific, and social issues for many resources deemed critical to goals and objectives of agriculture, decarbonization, electrification, and advanced technology (viz. alumina, borate, cobalt, copper, graphite, helium, lithium, magnesium, manganese, potash & polyhalite, rare earth elements & scandium, silver, sulfur, 3TG).  Pat has held technical and leadership positions with the U.S. Geological Survey, BHP, Intercontinental Potash Corp., and several clients. He is the founder of Upstream Resources LLC, an advisory and technical services provider, and co-founder of Valency Ventures LLC, a business development and project delivery firm. Pat has a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Cincinnati, an MSc. in Geology from Louisiana State University and a B.Sc. in Geology and Biology from the University of Rochester.