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The Rise of Canadian Nickel: Aston Minerals' Role in North America's EV Revolution - with Russell Bradford

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In the episode we chat to Russell Bradford, Managing Director of Aston Minerals, is an ASX listed junior miner who as a development phase mining company, advancing the Edleston Project, Ontario in Canada, with a resource of over 2M tonne of Nickel sulphide in the ground.

Russell has an extraction metallurgy background with extensive experience in operations, projects and executive management in grassroots to advanced exploration and the development of projects across Africa, Australia and Europe during his career.

Now the MD at Aston Resources, Russell tells us more about the company and what they are looking to achieve with their excellent management team.


  • Aston Minerals is an ASX listed junior miner in the development phase, with a focus on nickel and gold deposits in Ontario, Canada.
  • The company has a significant nickel resource, with over 2 million tonnes of nickel sulphide in the ground, making it a potentially large and long-life mine.
  • The management team at Aston Minerals has extensive experience in the mining industry, particularly in nickel mining, and has successfully worked together in the past.
  • The Canadian nickel market is expected to play a significant role in the EV industry in North America, with government support and investment in battery plants and downstream processing facilities.
  • Aston Minerals is currently focused on drilling and exploration activities to further define and expand their nickel and gold resources, with plans to complete a scoping study in the medium term.


"So yeah, this is where we are today. I always wanted to be a professional footballer, and I was, it's not going to happen, and I always want to be a professional golfer, it's not going to happen, so I'm going to stick to my knitting, right, and it's mining, that's it." 

"I think the nickel space in Canada is going to be quite a significant contributor to the EV space in North America." 

"You know, drilling is a big, big, big thing that you need to focus on. It gives you a lot of good information and it only gives you good information if you've got good geologists to interpret it." 

"I think you have to be respectful where you're working and you know, you know, in the places where we've worked around the world, it's always important to make sure that you have good, you know, relations with your, you know, First Nation groups, your indigenous groups." 

"I think as well, you've just got to make sure that, you know, you don't be, you know, don't be shy to make the reality that, you know, there's inflation in the world and there's, you know, the shortage of people."










Rob Tyson is the Founder and Director of Mining International Ltd, a leading global recruitment and headhunting consultancy based in the UK specialising in all areas of mining across the globe from first-world to third-world countries from Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. We source, headhunt, and discover new and top talent through a targeted approach and search methodology and have a proven track record in sourcing and positioning exceptional candidates into our clients' organisations in any mining discipline or level. Mining International provides a transparent, informative, and trusted consultancy service to our candidates and clients to help them develop their careers and business goals and objectives in this ever-changing marketplace.

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