Summit Nanotech Bolsters Leadership Roster in LATAM with Senior Vice President of ESG & Sustainability

September 5, 2023
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CALGARY, AB, Sept. 1 - Summit Nanotech (“Summit”), a leader in sustainable lithium extraction technology, announced today the appointment of Dr. Cristóbal De La Maza as Senior Vice President of ESG & Sustainability. The addition bolsters the DLE company’s leadership roster in LATAM as Summit enters new joint venture opportunities and expands its community presence in Chile.

De La Maza has served in extensive government roles in Chile, such as the Superintendent of the Environment, the Director of Environment and Climate Change Division for the Ministry of Energy, and the Director of the Division of Information and Environmental Economics. During his tenure in government, he led Chile’s carbon neutrality by 2050 program, national green growth strategies, and drafted climate legislation on topics including green taxation, carbon markets, extended producer responsibility and ecolabeling.

“Cristóbal’s expertise in creating environmental policies and understanding the community impact of technology and innovation makes him an ideal addition as we accelerate our commercialization in Chile and Argentina,” said Gautam Parimoo, Chief Operating Officer at Summit Nanotech.  

Sustainable lithium extraction is the center of conversation surrounding responsible mining as countries navigate the relationship between environment, communities, and operators who look to fill the lithium supply chain.  

“Summit Nanotech's holistic approach to lithium extraction is the differentiator that communities and government have been asking for,” said Dr. Cristóbal De La Maza, SVP, ESG & Sustainability. “They’re driven equally by protecting the environment and creating value for lithium operators, ensuring that sustainability is the focus.”

The role will be based in Santiago at Summit Nanotech’s DLE facility where he will ensure alignment of technology scale-up and development with the needs of strategic stakeholders in Latin America.


Summit Nanotech Corporation is a cleantech organization transforming how the world accesses lithium for the global energy transition. Their patented and sustainable direct lithium extraction (DLE) technology, denaLi™, will preserve natural resources and optimize operations for lithium producers in Chile and Argentina. Established in 2018 and headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Summit Nanotech has been awarded to the 2022 Future 50 for fastest growing sustainability companies in Canada, the Foresight 50 for most investable cleantech venture, and the Solar Impulse Foundation's Efficient Solutions Label. Learn more at summitnanotech.com.  


Leslie Newell  
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