Exhibit 10.23

 

 

DJS CONSULTING INC

31 Spruce Drive

Temagami, Ontario

P0H 2H0

 

Dear Dale Schultz:

 

Snow Lake Resources Ltd. (the “Company”) is pleased to engage DJS Consulting Inc (the “Consultant”) on new and enhanced terms and conditions, to provide Services, as defined herein, to the Company commencing on November 1, 2021. This Letter shall serve to confirm the new and enhanced terms and conditions upon which the Consultant agrees to provide such Services.

 

1.Term: The Consultant’s engagement by the Company pursuant to this Agreement shall commence on November 1, 2021, and continue until terminated in accordance with the provisions herein.

 

2.Reporting: As a consultant providing the duties of VP of Resource Development, the Consultant will report directly to the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and will comply with all reasonable instructions as may be given to the Consultant by the CEO and the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”).

 

3.Services: Subject always to the overriding direction and control of the Company, the Consultant shall well and faithfully fulfill and perform all duties, tasks and deliverables as requested by the Company and the Board, including, but not limited to, the following:

 

(a)Leading project planning sessions;

 

(b)Geological services;

 

(c)Coordinating staff and internal resources;

 

(d)Managing project progress and adapt work as required;

 

(e)Ensuring projects meet deadlines;

 

(f)Managing relationships with clients and stakeholders;

 

(g)Designing and signing off on contracts and workplace safety and health requirements;

 

(h)Overseeing all incoming and outgoing project documentation;

 

(i)Participating in the tendering process i.e. design, submission and review;

 

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Legal Address

Snow Lake Resources Ltd.

242 Hargrave St #1700,

Winnipeg, MB

R3C 0V1

Canada

www.SnowLakeLithium.com

Mailing Address

Snow Lake Resources ltd.

PO Box 126

Simcoe Ont

N3Y 4K8

Canada 

 

 

 

(j)Designing risk mitigation plans;

 

(k)Conducting project reviews and creating detailed reports for executive staff;

 

(l)Optimising and improving processes and the overall approach where necessary; and

 

(m)Managing large and diverse teams.

 

4.Laws, Rules and Regulations: During the term of this Agreement, the Consultant shall:

 

(a)not carry on or undertake any activity that would be inconsistent or conflict with their responsibilities under this Agreement;

 

(b)abide by all of the rules, policies, practices of the Company;

 

(c)adhere strictly to all reasonable instructions, directions, written rules, written regulations, written policies and practices given, made or established from time to time by the Company, including the Travel and Expenses Policy referred to herein;

 

(d)comply strictly with all applicable laws, regulations, bylaws and rules of all applicable governmental and regulatory authorities;

 

(e)keep current and valid all registrations and licenses as may be required from time to time by any governmental or other regulatory authorities, notifying the Company of any change to the status thereof; and

 

(f)be responsible for purchasing and maintaining all necessary insurance in respect of the Consultant’s tools and equipment and any other items owned, rented or leased by the Consultant and used in the course of performing the Services. The Consultant further agrees to purchase and maintain all necessary insurance related to the Services to be performed. The Consultant shall provide the Company with copies of records confirming such insurance upon request and shall immediately notify the Company of any disqualifications, conditions, suspensions and/or inquiries with respect to any such insurance coverage.

 

5.Time and Attention: The Consultant shall render the Services in accordance with the highest professional standards and shall devote the appropriate time and attention necessary to do so. While the Services provided by the Consultant hereunder are not and shall not be deemed exclusive to the Company, it is understood that the Company shall receive the Consultant’s primary resources and attention. Accordingly, the Consultant shall be free to render similar Services to others and engage in all such activities as the Consultant deems appropriate, provided that the Consultant’s performance hereunder is not impaired by such other activities; the Contactor is not in violation of this Agreement; the Consultant is reasonably available to provide such Services at the necessary times; and the Company’s CEO has approved any such activities.

 

6.Service Fees: The Consultant shall provide the Company with an Invoice for the Services rendered on a monthly basis within seven (7) days of the end of each month, detailing the Services rendered therein. For the Consultant’s Services rendered hereunder, the Company agrees to pay the Consultant, a service fee of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000.00) USD per month of service, exclusive of H.S.T. / G.S.T. (should any be chargeable on the Services), which is to be paid, in advance, on the first of the month in which the Services are to be provided.

 

7.Payment to Consultant: Payments made to the Consultant hereunder shall be made without deduction at source by the Company for the purpose of withholding income tax, employment insurance payments or Canada Pension Plan contributions or remittance of a similar nature. It will be the sole responsibility of the Consultant to remit any payments required by statute.

 

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Legal Address

Snow Lake Resources Ltd.

242 Hargrave St #1700,

Winnipeg, MB

R3C 0V1

Canada

www.SnowLakeLithium.com

Mailing Address

Snow Lake Resources ltd.

PO Box 126

Simcoe Ont

N3Y 4K8

Canada 

 

 

 

8.Share Options: Subject to section 16 of this Agreement, it is understood that this Agreement shall not impact, amend or circumscribe any share options or agreements that the Consultant may have previously entered into with the Company.

 

9.Indemnification Regarding Employee Status: The Consultant undertakes and agrees to defend and indemnify the Company and hold the Company harmless, at the Consultant’s sole expense, from and against all claims, demands, suits, losses, costs, damages and expenses that the Company may incur by reason of any liability on the part of the Company under the Income Tax Act (Canada), the Employment Insurance Act (Canada) the Excise Act or any other statute, to make contributions, withhold or remit any monies or make any deductions from payments, or to pay any related interest or penalties, by virtue of the Consultant or Dale Schultz being considered to be an employee of the Company.

 

10.Mutual Indemnity: Each party (the “Indemnifying Party”) agrees that it will indemnify and hold harmless the other, including any directors, officers, employees and agents (collectively, the “Indemnified Party”), at their sole expense from any and all claims, demands, actions, suits, losses, costs, charges, expenses, damages and liabilities whatsoever which the Indemnified Party may sustain, suffer or incur by reason of, or in connection with: a) the Indemnifying Party’s performance of, or failure to perform, their obligations set out herein; b) the Indemnifying Party acting outside the scope of this Agreement; or c) or as a result of misconduct, negligence or fraud of the Indemnifying Party.

 

11.Travel and Expenses Policy: The Consultant may be entitled to reimbursement for certain costs in accordance with the Company’s Travel and Expenses Policy.

 

12.Confidential Information: The Consultant specifically agrees and acknowledges that as a result of and during this Agreement, the Consultant shall, or may, be making use of, acquiring or adding information about certain matters and things which are the Company’s trade secrets and/or confidential and proprietary information, which includes without limitation: customer/client lists, including existing and potential customer/client information; customer/client preferences; customer/client and consumer data; product information, and any future or planned products or services; policies; product designs, developments and discoveries, third party database information; projections; sales and marketing information, including reports, strategies, techniques, plans, contracts, contacts, sales volume, profitability information, credit histories; inventions, improvements, data, reports and manuals; pending projects and proposals; research and development strategies, confidential personnel information, and pay administration information; Company strategies, and projections and future plans; any confidential technique, process, formula, development, experimental work, idea, secret, trade secret, know-how or other confidential matter related to the Company, the Company’s activities, processes and operations and the proposed activities, whether developed by the Company or by the Consultant (collectively, the “Confidential Information”). Confidential Information shall not include information which is in the public domain at the date of disclosure to the Consultant or which thereafter enters the public domain through no fault of the Consultant (but only after it enters the public domain).

 

The Consultant agrees that that they shall not, except with the prior written consent of the Company, or except if the Consultant is providing services on behalf of the Company solely for the benefit of the Company in connection with the Company’s business and in accordance with the Company’s business practices and policies, at any time during or following this contract for Services with the Company, directly or indirectly, disclose, divulge, reveal, report, publish, transfer or use for any purpose any of the information which has been obtained or disclosed to the Company as a result of this contract for Services with the Company, including any of the Confidential Information. Additionally, Confidential Information may be disclosed to the extent required or requested by governmental agency or by law, regulation or subpoena, or similar legal process, provided the Consultant delivers prior written notice to the Company.

 

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Legal Address

Snow Lake Resources Ltd.

242 Hargrave St #1700,

Winnipeg, MB

R3C 0V1

Canada

www.SnowLakeLithium.com

Mailing Address

Snow Lake Resources ltd.

PO Box 126

Simcoe Ont

N3Y 4K8

Canada 

 

 

 

13.Company Property: The Consultant agrees that they shall give the Company full written details of all Inventions, works and of all works embodying Intellectual Property Rights made wholly or partially by the Consultant at any time during the course of this Agreement which relate to, or are reasonably capable of being used in, the business of the Company. The Consultant acknowledges that all Intellectual Property Rights subsisting (or which may in the future subsist) in all such Inventions and works shall automatically, on creation, vest in the Company absolutely. To the extent that they do not vest automatically, the Consultant will hold them in trust for the Company. The Consultant agrees to promptly execute all documents and do all acts as may, in the opinion of the Company, be necessary to give effect to this section.

 

The words “Intellectual Property Rights”, wherever used in this Agreement, mean patents, rights to inventions, copyright and related rights, trade marks, trade names and domain names, rights in get-up, rights in goodwill or to sue for passing off, rights in designs, rights in computer software, database rights, rights in confidential information (including know-how and trade secrets) and any other intellectual property rights, in each case whether registered or unregistered and including all applications (or rights to apply) for, and renewals or extensions of, such rights and all similar or equivalent rights or forms of protection which may now or in the future subsist in any part of the world. The word “Invention”, wherever used in this Agreement, means inventions, ideas and improvements, whether or not patentable, and whether or not recorded in any medium.

 

Upon any termination of this Agreement, the Consultant shall at once deliver or cause to be delivered to the Company all books, documents, effects, money, securities or other property belonging to the Company or for which the Company is liable to others, and all copies of same, which are in the Consultant’s possession, charge, control or custody, including, without limitation, all Inventions, Confidential Information, samples and materials or goods bearing the name or trademarks of the Company.

 

14.Non-Solicitation: To protect the legitimate interests of the Company, the Consultant agrees that they are subject to certain restrictions as to what the Consultant may do after the cessation of their engagement with the Company or upon termination of this Agreement, including what the Consultant may do in connection with clients/customers of the Company. The Consultant covenants and agrees with the Company that for a period of twelve (12) months after the date of cessation of engagement to provide Services or after the termination of this Agreement, the Consultant shall not:

 

(a)solicit, encourage, or in any way influence any person employed by, or engaged to render services on behalf of the Company, to leave the Company or to engage in any activity contrary to or conflicting with the interests of the Company;

 

(b)solicit, divert, appropriate or service, directly or indirectly, or assist or be connected with any person, firm, association or corporation soliciting, diverting, appropriating or servicing any of the clients/customers or prospective clients/customers with whom the Consultant dealt during their engagement to provide Services to the Company, with respect to services and products competitive with those of the Company and/or any persons or entities whose account with the Company generated revenues or performed services during the fiscal year immediately preceding the termination of this Agreement or cessation of the Consultant’s engagement to provide Services to the Company;

 

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Legal Address

Snow Lake Resources Ltd.

242 Hargrave St #1700,

Winnipeg, MB

R3C 0V1

Canada

www.SnowLakeLithium.com

Mailing Address

Snow Lake Resources ltd.

PO Box 126

Simcoe Ont

N3Y 4K8

Canada 

 

 

 

(c)induce or hire or attempt to induce or hire any employees of the Company to leave their employment, whether for their benefit or the benefit of others; or

 

(d)enter into, directly or indirectly, or on behalf of any other person, firm, association, corporation or other entity, any contractual relations with any clients/customers or prospective clients/customers, with whom the Consultant dealt or gained knowledge of during their engagement to provide Services to the Company, for the purpose of providing services similar to the services provided by the Company.

 

15.Enforcement:The Consultant acknowledges and agrees that each and every one of the restrictions in this Agreement are reasonable, valid and necessary to protect the legitimate interests of the Company, that the Consultant will not do or perform any act or attempt to do any act whatsoever which will or would whether directly or indirectly breach any or all of the said restrictions and further agrees that all defenses to the strict enforcement thereof by the Company are hereby waived. In addition, the Consultant acknowledges that a breach by the Consultant of any of the provisions contained in this Agreement may cause the Company great and irreparable injury and damage which cannot be reasonably or adequately compensated in damages in any action in law, and the Consultant hereby expressly agrees that the Company shall be entitled to the remedies of injunction, specific performance and other equitable relief to prevent a breach or recurrence of a breach of this Agreement by the Consultant. The Consultant also hereby expressly agrees that the Company shall be entitled to its reasonable legal costs and expenses on a solicitor and client basis incurred in properly enforcing any provision or provisions of this Agreement. Nothing contained herein, however, shall be construed as a waiver of any of the rights that the Company may have for damages or otherwise.

 

16.Termination: This Agreement may be terminated:

 

(a)by the Company without cause upon the provision of twelve (12) months’ written notice to the Consultant or payment of twelve (12) months’ service fees in lieu of such notice;

 

(b)by the Company without notice or payment in lieu thereof, for cause; or

 

(c)by the Consultant upon the provision of ninety (90) days’ written notice to the Company.

 

In the event that this Agreement is terminated by the Company pursuant to Section 16(a), any options held by the Consultant, or by Dale Schultz, for purchase of shares in the Company pursuant to any stock option or plan granted by the Company, shall immediately vest (if they have not already vested) and shall then be exercisable at any time, in whole or in part, for a period of one (1) year from the effective date of termination of this Agreement, in accordance with the terms and conditions of those stock options or plan.

 

In the event that this Agreement is terminated pursuant to Sections 16(b) or (c), any options held by the Consultant, or by Dale Schultz, for purchase of shares in the Company pursuant to any stock option or plan granted by the Company, shall immediately expire.

 

17.Status: It is expressly agreed, represented, and understood that the parties hereto have entered into an arm’s length independent contract for the rendering of the Services referred to herein and that neither the Consultant or Dale Schultz are the employee, agent, or servant of the Company. Further, this Agreement shall not be deemed to constitute or create any partnership, joint venture, master – servant, employer – employee, principal – agent or any other relationship apart from an independent contractor/consultant and contractee relationship.

 

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Legal Address

Snow Lake Resources Ltd.

242 Hargrave St #1700,

Winnipeg, MB

R3C 0V1

Canada

www.SnowLakeLithium.com

Mailing Address

Snow Lake Resources ltd.

PO Box 126

Simcoe Ont

N3Y 4K8

Canada 

 

 

 

18.Individual to be Provided: The Consultant agrees that only Dale Schultz shall perform the required Services pursuant to this Agreement. The Consultant shall not substitute for Dale Schultz, any other individual unless agreed upon in writing by the Company.

 

19.Guarantee: Dale Schultz covenants and agrees to be bound personally by and duly perform and observe all covenants, agreements, obligations, liabilities and provisos of the Consultant and that the liability hereunder of the Consultant shall be joint and several with them and that they shall not be released nor shall their liability be altered, affected, reduced or limited in any way by any variation, alteration, amendment or renewal of this Agreement, or any term or provision hereof, whether such variation, alteration, amendment or renewal was made with their consent or otherwise.

 

20.Severability: In the event that any provision of this Agreement is found to be void, invalid, illegal or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, such finding will not affect any other provision of this Agreement which will continue to be in full force and effect.

 

21.Waiver: The waiver by either party of any breach or violation of any provision of this Agreement shall not operate or be construed as a waiver of any subsequent breach or violation.

 

22.Modification: Any modification of this Agreement must be in writing and signed by both the Consultant and the Company or it shall have no effect and shall be void.

 

23.Governing Law: This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of the Province of Manitoba.

 

24.Interpretation. The use or reference to the singular and the masculine shall be read and construed as plural or the feminine or neuter whenever the context so requires.

 

25.Entire Agreement: This Agreement contains the final and entire understanding and agreement between the Consultant and the Company with respect to the terms and conditions of their contract for Services with the Company, and supersedes all prior undertakings or agreements (whether in writing or verbal). The Consultant and the Company both hereby release each other and forever discharge each other of and from all manner of actions, causes of action, claims and demands whatsoever under or in respect of any such prior representations or agreements.

 

26.Independent Legal Advice: The Consultant acknowledges that they have read and understood this Agreement, and acknowledge that they have had the opportunity to obtain legal advice about it.

 

Please review this Agreement carefully. If after reading it and considering the contents, the Consultant and Dale Schultz are prepared to contract for Services with the Company, in accordance with the terms and conditions contained therein, please indicate acceptance by signing where indicated. The photocopy is for your files.

 

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Legal Address

Snow Lake Resources Ltd.

242 Hargrave St #1700,

Winnipeg, MB

R3C 0V1

Canada

www.SnowLakeLithium.com

Mailing Address

Snow Lake Resources ltd.

PO Box 126

Simcoe Ont

N3Y 4K8

Canada 

 

 

 

  Yours truly,
   
  /s/ Philip Gross
  Philip Gross
  Snow Lake Resources Ltd.

 

 

 

We have read, understood and agree with the foregoing. We have had a reasonable opportunity to consider this letter and the matters set out therein. We agree to contract for Services with the Company on the terms and conditions set out in this letter.

 

  DJS CONSULTING INC
     
  per: /s/ Dale Schultz
  Name: Dale Schultz
  Title:  

 

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Legal Address

Snow Lake Resources Ltd.

242 Hargrave St #1700,

Winnipeg, MB

R3C 0V1

Canada

www.SnowLakeLithium.com

Mailing Address

Snow Lake Resources ltd.

PO Box 126

Simcoe Ont

N3Y 4K8

Canada