Raziel Zisman is Executive Chairman of Alicanto Mining Corp., a private company with offices in Canada and in Colombia and is also Executive Chairman of Fénix Geoconsult Ltd., a geological consulting company. Raziel grew up in Lima, Peru and read development economics at Sussex University in the UK, followed by studies in Canada where he took a law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School as well as graduate degrees in economics, environmental studies and law. After clerking at the Supreme Court of Canada, he worked in the Toronto office of a leading American law firm, in cross-border financings and mergers & acquisitions, gaining experience in the mining, energy, forestry and transportation sectors, and at major Canadian business-law firms, working primarily in the mining and natural resource sectors. He is a director at the Canadian Council for the Americas (CCA) and of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) where he is serves in the International Affairs Committee.
Mr. Steel is a Professional Geoscientist with over 30 years of experience in mining exploration, production, and mining finance and investment. In his career to date, he has been an independent buy-side analyst; and VP and Portfolio Manager for TD Asset Management. Prior to that, he was a mining analyst for Newcrest Capital Ltd in Toronto, as well as Ord Minnett Stockbrokers Ltd and S.G. Warburg and Co in London, UK. As a mining geologist he played an integral role in the discovery of the Ujina copper deposit at Collahuasi, Chile. He speaks English, French, and Spanish fluently.
Daniela Cambone is the Editor-in-Chief for Kitco News. With over a decade of international experience, Daniela covers prominent industry events and interviews a number of leading analysts, financiers and political leaders for Kitco News. She began her career covering the Canadian financial landscape and later worked as a television correspondent in Europe for four years, reporting on the political and financial scene. Daniela holds a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Montreal’s Concordia University and a Master of Arts in Journalism & Communications from the University of Rome.
Don Coxe has four decades of institutional investment experience in Canada and
the US. As a strategist and investor, he has been engaged at the senior level in global capital markets through every recession and boom since the onset of stagflation in 1972. He has worked on the buy side and the sell side in many capacities and has managed both bond and equity portfolios, and served as CEO, CIO and Research Director.
Don Bubar is a geologist with 40 years of experience in mineral exploration and development in Canada. Mr. Bubar is a graduate of McGill University (B.Sc., 1977) and Queen’s University (M.Sc., 1981). From 1984 to 1994, he worked for Aur Resources Inc. as Exploration Manager and later VP, Exploration. Mr. Bubar has been President and CEO of Avalon Advanced Materials Inc. since 1995, a mineral development company with a primary focus on the rare metals and minerals, including lithium, tin and the rare earths. Mr. Bubar served as a Director of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) for nine years and Chair of its Aboriginal Affairs Committee from its creation in December, 2004 until retiring from the PDAC Board in March, 2013. Throughout his career, Mr. Bubar has been advocate for increased Aboriginal participation in the mineral industry, first through the PDAC and later through the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines.
Michael White is President and CEO of IBK Capital Corp., a private boutique investment bank located in Toronto, Canada. Over the last 24 years, he has raised funds and personally invested in private placement financings totalling over $500 million. He has also been active in financial advisory assignments and mining industry developments pertaining to the nickel deposits at Voisey’s Bay in Labrador; the nickel and chromite deposits in the ‘Ring of Fire’ area of northern Ontario; the Mesquite gold mine in south-eastern California; and, the Detour gold camp of north-eastern Ontario to name a few. Mr. White has a BA in Geology from the University of Western Ontario, and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Catharine Shaw is the Mining Client Program Manager at Golder Associates (Golder), a global organization providing consulting, design, and construction services in earth, environment, and related areas of energy. Since joining Golder in 2002, she has applied her marketing skills, business acumen, and client service approach to advance her career through a series of promotions. In 2008, she received the President’s Award in the categories of Excellence in Client Service and New Client and Business Development. In her current position, Shaw provides leadership services to Golder’s mining business focusing on growing relationships and opportunities with mining key accounts, key clients, and industry.
She is an active volunteer in a number of activities that support the mining industry. Shaw is a founding member of the not for profit organization Women in Mining Canada, fulfilling diverse executive and director roles and serving two consecutive terms as President. Additionally, she is a strong advocate for the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and in 2010 was instrumental in establishing the Greater Toronto Area CIM Branch. In 2014, Shaw received the CIM President’s Role Model Medal in recognition of her leadership and lasting contributions to CIM. Currently, she serves on the Board of the Canadian Mining Equipment and Services for Export (CAMESE) as Vice President and Chair of the Personnel Committee.
Mr. Lopez, LL.M, is the founder of Santiago based law firm, Lopez & Ashton. He has extensive experience in corporate, business and international law, with a focus on the natural resources (including mining and mineral exploration) sector in Latin America, North America and Europe. His experience covers deal negotiations, joint ventures, initial public offerings, project finance, private equity investment and mergers and acquisitions. He has worked with large and small corporations, major and junior mining companies, international and local banks and financial institutions, negotiated mining and water rights transactions, environmental permitting and other project related permitting. He is fluent in English and Spanish and conversant in Italian and Portuguese.
He has extensive experience in the executive management of mineral exploration companies of which he has served as legal representative and director. This includes: Executive Chairman of Southern Pioneer Resources, a private Canadian mineral exploration company focused in South America, Chairman of Aegean Metals Group, former CEO and founding partner of AQM Copper, Inc., founder and former Director of Centenario Copper Corporation and of White Mountain Titanium Corporation. Mr. Lopez has a Law Degree from Universidad Gabriela Mistral (Chile), a Master’s Degree in International Commercial Law from Golden Gate University (USA). Mr Lopez is also a candidate for a Master of Science in Mineral Economics from Universidad de Chile and Curtin University of Perth (Western Australia). He holds a Diploma in Marketing from UC Berkeley. He is a
member of the Chilean Bar Association (1989), the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and is a mediator for the Santiago Chamber of Commerce.
Marin Katusa, an accomplished investment analyst, is the senior editor of Casey Energy Opportunities, Casey Energy Confidential, and Casey’s Energy Report. He left a successful teaching career to pursue analyzing and investing in junior resource companies. In addition, he is a member of the Vancouver Angel Forum where he and his colleagues evaluate early seed investment opportunities. Marin also manages a portfolio of international real estate projects. Using advanced mathematical skills, he has created a diagnostic resource market tool that analyzes and compares hundreds of investment variables. Through his own investments, Marin has established a network of relationships with many of the key players in the junior resource sector in Vancouver. Marin has the connections, the mathematical and analytical acumen to bring the best investment ideas and most promising private placement offerings to Casey Research subscribers.
Executive Vice President of Strategic Development of Osisko Mining Corp.
Mr. Vizquerra is currently the President and CEO of Braeval Mining Corporation, a TSX listed company, and Oban Exploration Ltd, a private exploration company. From 2008 until 2011 Mr. Vizquerra was the head of project evaluations with NYSE listed Compania de Minas Buenaventura of Lima, Peru, and a geologist with Goldcorp in Red Lake Ontario from 2005 until 2008.
Mr. Vizquerra holds a masters of Science degree in Mineral Exploration from Queen’s University and a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the Peruvian University of Applied Science (UPC)
Peter heads Scotiabank’s Global Mining & Metals investment banking group, based in Toronto. Over his +20 year investment banking career on 3 continents, he has been involved in numerous mergers & acquisitions, debt & equity financings and restructurings.
Mr Collibee holds a BEc (University of Western Australia) and is a CA (Australia).
José is the founding partner of Blanco Partners, an advisory firm that he established in August 2012, following a 22 year career overseeing the Australian operations of Spain’s and one of the world’s largest banks, Banco Santander. The firm has partners in Australia, Spain and several countries in Latin America.
José is an accomplished executive with over 30 years’ experience in a variety of professional and commercial roles, both as principal and in a non-executive director and/or advisor capacity, spanning the legal, banking and commercial sectors.
José is currently also the chairman of the Australia-Latin America Business Council (www.alabc.com.au) and a counsellor of the Mark Johnson chaired, Dragoman (www.dragomanglobal.com).
Before joining Banco Santander, José practiced law for 10 years, having been a partner in the Sydney-based firms, Bodors and Cutler Hughes & Harris.
Head of Global Mining Investment and Banking of TD Securities
Michael is the Head of TD Securities’ Global Mining Group and has more than 16 years experience in the investment banking business. Michael joined TD Securities from Newcrest Capital, which was acquired by TD in 2000. Michael was previously a management consultant with McKinsey and Co. where he consulted to the mining industry on a global basis. Michael began his professional career as a chemical engineer with Anglo American at one of the world’s largest gold and uranium mining operations in South Africa. Michael holds a Bsc Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and read an M.A. at Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Blake is the Leader of EY’s Toronto-based mining practice. He has over 20 years of experience working with mining companies of various sizes and geographies. He is a Partner in both EY’s audit and financial accounting advisory services practices. He has a proven track record of providing valuable industry and accounting insights to audit and non-audit clients and is known for his ability to proactively identify issues as they arise and provide meaningful, efficient resolutions. He has vast experiences with advising clients on complex accounting issues, corporate transactions, GAAP conversions and public company disclosure obligations.
“Simion is a seasoned investment banker with 10 years of direct Natural Resources/ Metals and Mining experience, within a 15 year-career in Canada and Europe: Jennings Capital, RBC Dominion Securities and ABN AMRO Bank. Well connected with both mid-market natural resources companies and institutional investors in Canada and internationally. Self-starter with a high level of energy, high integrity and sound judgment.”
Ari Sussman has over 15 years of experience in both the natural resources and investment markets sectors. Having dedicated the majority of his career to the natural resources industry, Mr. Sussman has been instrumental in sourcing, funding and developing high-quality mineral assets. During his career, Mr. Sussman has built a strong network of business contacts throughout Latin America, and in the past decade has raised over $500 million for various resource companies.
Vice-President, Community Relations of Kinross Gold Corporation
Dominic has worked in the mining business for more than 20 years. He worked in Venezuela with Guaniamo Mining Company for 12 years, starting as an exploration geologist and becoming Vice-President of the company responsible for exploration, permitting, community relations, and technical studies. He joined Aurelian Resources in 2007 as the Country Manager for Ecuador and then moved to Kinross Gold Corporation in 2008 when it acquired Aurelian and the FDN project. With Kinross he was responsible for external affairs in Ecuador until 2012 when he assumed responsibility for Kinross operations in Ecuador up to late 2014 to transition the project to the new owner. In 2013 he took on the role for External Affairs in South America and then in 2014 for the combined Americas region. In January 2016 he moved to Toronto as Vice-President Community Relations for Kinross Gold Corporation. Dominic holds a Ph.D in Geology from the University of Toronto and a B.A and M.A. from the University of Oxford
Minister for Energy and Natural Resources of Quebec
• Minister of Energy and Natural Resources
• Minister responsible for the Plan Nord
• Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord region
Pierre Arcand began his career in the 1970s. He worked primarily in radio as a journalist, news director, vice-president, general manager and co-owner of the station. In the early 2000s, he was appointed president of Corus-Québec, which then owned 14 radio stations throughout Québec. He also served on the boards of directors of Tel-Aide and the Fondation pour enfants diabétiques.
He was elected MNA for Mont-Royal riding in 2007. During his political career, he has served, for example, as Minister of International Relations, Minister responsible for La Francophonie, and Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and Parks. He previously served as parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade and the Minister of Tourism, and to the Minister of Finance and the Chair of the Conseil du trésor. He was also vice-president of the Committee on Education and a member of the Comité ministériel de la prospérité économique et du développement durable.
Mr. Arcand was re-elected MNA for Mont-Royal riding for the fourth consecutive time on April 7, 2014. Since February 22, 2016, he is the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, the Minister responsible for the Plan Nord and the Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord region.
Portfolio Manager of Fidelity Investment Management
S. Joseph Wickwire, II, is a portfolio manager for Fidelity Asset Management. Fidelity Investments is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries.
Mr. Wickwire currently manages Select Gold Portfolio, Fidelity Advisor Gold Fund and Fidelity Global Commodity Stock Fund. He assumed management responsibilities for Select Gold Portfolio and Fidelity Advisor Gold Fund in August 2007 and Fidelity Global Commodity Stock in March 2009.
Prior to joining Fidelity in June 2007, Mr. Wickwire spent 20 years at Wells Capital Management (formerly Evergreen Investments) in Boston. While there he managed a precious metals fund for Evergreen Investment Management Company from 2004 to 2007. Prior to that, Mr. Wickwire served as a director and an analyst from 1999 to 2004. During his time in this role, his analytical responsibilities included the Canadian, Australian and New Zealand equity markets, as well as the precious metal, base metal and paper industries. From 1997 to 1999, he was a senior research associate working directly with the chief investment officer and senior portfolio manager of the International Investment Department. Mr. Wickwire served in a variety of roles for Evergreen Investments from 1987 to 1997.
In 2011, Brendan Wood International named Mr. Wickwire one of its “TopGun US Metals and Mining Investment Minds.” He has appeared on the Bloomberg Business, CNBC and Fox Business television news channels; been quoted in Barron’s, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal; and has presented at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management and the Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society.
Mr. Wickwire received a bachelor of arts degree in history from Boston College in 1986 and a master of business administration degree with a concentration in investment finance and international business from Bentley University in 1993. He holds his FINRA Series 7, 6 and 63 licenses and is a CFA charter holder.
Chief Investment Officer of Geologic Resource Partners
Mr. Ireland has thirty years of experience in the resource sectors in positions ranging from field geologist to banking and venture capital. Mr. Ireland founded Geologic Resource Partners in 2004 and serves as Chief Investment Officer and CEO. From 2000 to 2004, he was General Partner of Ring Partners, LP, an investment partnership which has been merged into GRF. From 1991 to 2000, Mr. Ireland was an analyst for and a partner in Knott Partners LP. Mr. Ireland graduated from Phillips Academy and the University of Michigan with a BS from the School of Natural Resources. Mr. Ireland also serves on the Board of Merrill & Ring Inc, a private timber company in the US.
Andrew joined BMO Capital Markets in 2009, covering silver mining companies as well as exploration and emerging producers in the precious metals sector. Andrew initiated coverage of the senior gold producers and royalty/streaming companies in 2015. Prior to joining BMO Capital Markets, he had five years’ experience in equity research with the last three years as a mining analyst covering gold and silver junior exploration and mining companies. Prior to this, he had over 10 years’ experience as a project and consulting geologist in Canada and internationally. Since 2011, Andrew has been ranked a top gun analyst in the Brendan Wood International Survey in Precious Metals – Small/Mid Cap. In 2011, Andrew also ranked third of 93 analysts for Mining & Minerals in the 19th Wall Street Journal Best on the Street Survey. Andrew holds a B.Sc. in geology from Carleton University (1992) and an M.Sc. in economic geology from the University of British Columbia (1997). He is a professional geologist.
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Teck Resources
Ron Millos was appointed Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Teck in October 2005. He joined Teck Corporation in June 1995 as Assistant Controller and progressed through various management positions within the company and its subsidiaries.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Millos was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Fording Canadian Coal Trust and Elk Valley Coal Partnership from 2003 to 2005. Prior to joining Teck he was a Senior Manager at KPMG LLP.
Mr. Millos holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and has completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.
He is currently a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia.
Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TCK.A and TCK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TCK.
Rick has over 30 years of experience in the resource sector as a principal in
executive and board roles with various corporates, as well as a financial advisor
in investment banking.
On the corporate side, Rick started his career with Gulf Canada as an
exploration geophysicist, later working for Noranda in engineering, technology
development, technical services, and metals marketing. His most recent
corporate role was directing corporate development activities at Barrick Gold as
Senior Vice President Corporate Development, where he led over US$1.5 billion
in non-core asset divestitures.
In investment banking, Rick is currently Deputy Chair, focused on senior client
relationship development with C-suite executives and board of directors. Prior
to TD, his most recent investment banking role was Head of CIBC’s Global
Mining Investment Banking Group. During his career in investment banking,
Rick has acted as lead financial advisor in some of the world’s largest mining
transactions for Placer Dome, Barrick, Goldcorp, Kinross, Franco-Nevada,
Orezone, Noranda, Falconbridge, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Aur, Inmet, Ivanhoe,
HudBay, Equinox, Quadra, and Baffinland. In 2011, Rick received the “TopGun
Banker” designation from Brendan Wood International.
Rick holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy from McGill University and
Mr. DiCapo is the founder of PowerOne Capital Markets Limited. PowerOne is a diversified merchant bank focused on investing in real assets and emerging growth companies globally. From its founding in 2003, PowerOne Capital has developed a well-earned reputation as a trusted, patient investor of long-term growth capital, for projects across the globe. Today, PowerOne boasts over a decade of success partnering and investing in various growth industries.
Since inception, PowerOne has participated in over 300 transactions involving emerging private and public companies with a total value in excess of $2 billion. The success of PowerOne has largely been the result of Pat’s great depth of experience in representing, advising, and assisting emerging companies in accessing capital, advising on mergers and acquisitions and managing their businesses.
Mr. DiCapo and PowerOne are also very passionate about supporting numerous charitable causes, as well as assisting with the continued development of its industry by acting as a Member of the TSX-V Ontario Advisory Committee and Director of the Exempt Market Dealers Association.
Prior to founding PowerOne, Mr. DiCapo worked at Smith Lyons LLP (now Gowlings LLP) in Toronto and with Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston, MA. Mr. DiCapo is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and a member of the Ontario Bar Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Robin Weisman is with IFC – part of the World Bank Group, where she leads teams to invest debt and equity in private sector high-growth mining projects in the emerging markets. She has managed a global portfolio where the total project cost has been over US$3 billion and worked on individual projects as large as US$1.2 billion.
Ms Weisman has over 30 years of emerging market and finance experience, including work with Citibank, Standard Chartered Bank CBS, Inc. and a family-owned business.
She led the advisory practice for in increasing local content for the extractive industries, and published the definitive guide on Getting Started in Local Procurement. Currently she is leading the gender work for IFC’s infrastructure and natural resource department.
Ms Weisman has an MBA from University of Chicago, as well as a Bachelors from University of Illinois in economics.
David Harquail led the successful initial public offering and listing of Franco-Nevada Corporation onto the Toronto Stock Exchange in late 2007. He has served as CEO since then during which time Franco-Nevada’s share price has outperformed the gold price and all relevant gold equity benchmarks. Franco-Nevada now ranks among the largest gold companies in the world by market capitalization. Mr. Harquail previously held senior executive roles at Newmont Mining Corporation and prior to that was a senior executive of the original Franco-Nevada group of royalty companies for 15 years. Mr. Harquail is on the board of the World Gold Council and has served on many senior mining and non-profit boards. He holds a degree in geological engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from McGill University.
Randy Smallwood holds a geological engineering degree from the University of British Columbia, and is one of the founding members of Silver Wheaton. In 2007, he joined Silver Wheaton full time as EVP of Corporate Development, primarily focusing on growing the company through the evaluation and acquisition of silver stream opportunities. In January 2010 he was appointed President, and in April 2011 he was appointed Silver Wheaton’s CEO. Randy originally started as an exploration geologist with Wheaton River Minerals Ltd., and in 2001 was promoted to Director of Project Development, his role through its 2005 merger with Goldcorp. Randy was an instrumental part of the team that built Wheaton River/Goldcorp into one of the largest and, more importantly, most profitable gold companies in the world, and he is now focused on continuing to add to the impressive growth profile of Silver Wheaton.
Sean Roosen is Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Osisko since June 2014. Prior to this, Mr. Roosen was the President and CEO of Old Osisko. He has led the transition of Old Osisko from a junior exploration company to a leading intermediate gold producer. He was responsible for leading the strategic development of Old Osisko and was instrumental in securing the necessary financing to fund the development of the $1 billion Canadian Malartic Mine.
Among other awards, Mr. Roosen was a co-winner of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s “Prospector of the Year Award” for 2007, and was named, together with John Burzynski and Robert Wares as “Mining Men of the Year” for 2009 by the Northern Miner. Mr. Roosen is a Supervisory Board member of EurAsia Resource Holdings AG – a European based venture capital fund – and a director of EurAsia Resource Value SE. Mr. Roosen also sits on the Board of Directors of the following publicly listed companies: Astur Gold Corporation, Bowmore Exploration Ltd., Condor Petroleum Inc., Dalradian Resources Inc., Falco Resources Ltd. and NioGold Mining Corporation. Mr. Roosen is a graduate of the Haileybury School of Mines and has had various progressive positions in the mining industry both domestically and internationally.
Mr. Rule has dedicated his entire adult life to many aspects of natural resource securities investing. In addition to the knowledge and experience gained in a long and focused career, he has a worldwide network of contacts in the natural resource and finance worlds. As Director, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Sprott US Holdings, Inc., Mr. Rule leads a highly skilled team of earth science and finance professionals who enjoy a worldwide reputation for resource investment management.
Mr. Rule is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and is interviewed for numerous radio, television, print and online media outlets concerning natural resource investment and industry topics. He is frequently quoted and referred by prominent natural resource oriented newsletters and advisories. Mr. Rule and his team have long experience in many resource sectors including agriculture, alternative energy, forestry, oil and gas, mining and water.
Lawrence Roulston is a mining professional who with over 35 years of diverse hands-on experience is uniquely qualified to develop business and strategic ventures, to identify, evaluate and negotiate opportunities, and to lead other growth-oriented value creation initiatives.
In addition to being President of QRC, he also serves as a board member of Q-Holdings portfolio companies, including Western Pacific Resources Corp. (TSXV: WRP) and KBL Mining Ltd. (ASX: KBL). From 1998 to mid-2014, Mr. Roulston was a mining analyst and consultant, as well as the editor of “Resource Opportunities”, an independent investment publication focused on the mining industry.
Prior to this, Mr. Roulston was an analyst or executive with various companies in the resources industry, including: Analyst of Cominco Ltd., a major metal producer, now part of Teck Resources Ltd.; Senior Analyst of McIntyre Mines Ltd., an operator of a major coal mining operation in Canada; Manager of Pembina Resources, a Calgary-based mid-tier oil and gas production company, which was then part of the Mannix family holdings; VP of Ventures West Minerals, a group of mineral exploration and development companies; VP of Coromandel Resources Ltd., a mineral exploration company; President of Canmex Minerals Corp., a mineral exploration company and part of the Lundin Group; and VP and Director of the Mintax Group, a mining investment fund. Mr. Roulston holds a B.Sc. in geology and graduate-level training in engineering and business from the University of British Columbia.
David is the President of LHI an investment company focused on natural resource opportunities. In his previous career David was the founder and CEO of the structured finance operations of Polar Capital – a Canadian merchant bank and alternative asset manager, acted as a portfolio manager for the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and was a risk management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers focused on commodities and rates. David is a Chartered Accountant and CPA.
Pim Kalisvaart is a Portfolio Manager at Hawke’s Point Capital, a UK based mining investment fund. Pim joined Hawke’s Point shortly after its establishment in 2015. Pim has over 10 years experience in mining through various roles in mining investment, including MD at WoodsWater, founder of Xstrata Ventures and investment analyst at Och Ziff. He started his career at JPMorgan as part of their London based metals and mining advisory team.
Jorge holds a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York and an MBA in Finance from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Prior to Emerging Markets Capital, Jorge worked for Frontier Securities, a Japanese owned investment advisory and securities brokerage. He was part of the natural resources investments advisory team, advising and capital rising for mining companies with projects in Mongolia looking for investors in Asia and the Middle East.
He is currently a Managing Director of Emerging Markets Capital, an M&A Advisory firm based in Hong Kong focusing on mining transactions between China and Latin America. He has advised numerous Chinese and other Asian companies that are looking to acquire or invest in Gold, Iron Ore, Copper, Silver and Potash assets in Latin America.
He has been a speaker at natural resources conferences and is a contributor for Latin America focused mining magazines.
Jorge was a founding member of the Mexican Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. He is a Director of Offshore Bunkers Hong Kong, marine fuel trading company based in Hong Kong. He is also an advisor and shareholder of Standard Investment, a Mongolian Investment Bank.
Jorge is fluent in English, Hindi, Spanish and Portuguese and speaks conversational Chinese.
Consultant, Wexford Capital of Executive Chairman, Marlin Gold Mining
Akiba Leisman is the Chairman and CEO of Marlin Gold Mining Ltd., and a consultant to Wexford Capital LP, where he oversees the precious metal public and private equity portfolios, including the investment in Marlin Gold Mining Ltd. Prior to consulting for Wexford, he was a Senior Analyst at Red Kite Capital Management for the Mine Finance funds where he was responsible for senior secured investments on metal mining assets. Previously, he was an Associate at Standard Bank working in the Structured Commodity Products and Mine Finance groups. Mr. Leisman has an MBA from New York University, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Neil R. Brown is a Principal at KKR and director of policy and research in the KKR Global Institute. In that role, Neil integrates geopolitical understanding into KKR investments and thought leadership on major market developments, particularly in emerging markets and the energy and natural resources sector.
Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Brown served on the senior staff of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senator Richard G. Lugar, and he was a senior advisor at Goldwyn Global Strategies. He is a fellow at the German Marshall Fund and serves on the boards of The Lugar Center, U.S. Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative advisory committee for the U.S. Department of Interior, Merton College Charitable Corporation, and Association of American Rhodes Scholars.
Mr. Brown graduated with a BA from Harvard University and MSc and MPhil from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. Neil is from Iowa, where his family farm is located.
CEO & Founder, The Morgan Report of Silver-Investor
David Morgan is a widely recognized analyst in the precious metals industry and consults for hedge funds, high net worth investors, mining companies, depositories and bullion dealers.
He is the publisher of The Morgan Report, author of “The Silver Manifesto”, and featured speaker at investment conferences around the world.
His background includes engineering with an advance degree in Economics/Finance allowing David a unique perspective on the financial markets. He applies the discipline of logic to verify the basics of economic law. Mr. Morgan has appeared on CNBC, Fox Business, and BNN. He recently established a resource streaming company.
Managing Director, Associate of Tehama Capital, Zimtu Capital
Mr. Roberge has over 20 years of international business and public company experience, having served in several executive management and board positions with various private and public companies. In these roles he has provided management, strategic consulting, M&A advisory and financing to early stage companies in the mining, energy and tech sectors. Over the last several years he has focused on cross border opportunities between Canada and China with Hong Kong and Vancouver serving as gateway platforms.
Robert has over 25 years of experience in the mining industry and joined Dynamic in 1998 as a member of the global equities team. Robert is the lead Portfolio Manager for the Dynamic Precious Metals Fund and Dynamic Strategic Gold Class. He is also comanager of the Dynamic Strategic Resource Class, Dynamic Resource Fund and DMP Resource Class. With a degree in Mining & Mineral Process Engineering from the University of British Columbia (1992), Robert has worked as a Mineral Process Engineer at both copper and gold mines across Canada, Chile and Australia for companies including Lac Minerals, BHP, and Aurex Resources. Robert also completed a Master of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia in 1998 and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2003.
Vice President and Portfolio Manager of AGF Investments
Ani Markova is a member of the AGF Resources team and a lead portfolio manager of AGF Precious Metals Fund in Canada and Smith & Williamson Global Gold and Resources Fund in the UK. She combines a top-down approach to asset and sector allocation with a bottom-up approach to individual stock selection, focusing on companies that possess quality assets, strong management and can deliver shareholder value in the mining sector. She has been twice the recipient of the Mining Journal’s Portfolio Manager of the Year award in addition to Lipper awards for 3 and 5 year performance.
Ani Markova has more than 17 years of investment industry experience. Before joining AGF in 2003, Ani conducted research for Canadian brokerages covering the merchandising and consumer products sectors. The analytical and modelling skills acquired during that period have been instrumental in her qualitative and quantitative valuation work at AGF. Ani has a BA in Management and Marketing from Mount Vernon College in Washington D.C. She earned her MBA in International Business and Finance from George Washington University in Washington D.C. and has her Licensed International Financial Analyst and Chartered Investment Management designations. Ani is a CFA charterholder and a member of the Toronto CFA Society.
As an engineer, with a B.A. Sc. in Mineral Engineering from the University of Toronto, Krystal has analyzed the profitability of producing mines and the feasibility of potential mines from an investment and capital markets perspective throughout her career. As Mining Engineer at Extract, she provides in-house technical expertise reviewing all public and private investment opportunities in the mining and oil & gas sectors.
Early in her career, Krystal gained field experience as a junior geologist at True North Gems, exploring for emeralds in the Yukon, and through a work term with Suncor Energy in the Canadian oil sands. She has since utilized her skill set providing opinions of publicly listed mining companies as a research associate at Cormark Securities and GMP Securities from 2007 to 2008 and 2008 to 2011, respectively. There she covered companies that produced and/or explored for gold, base metals and specialty resources; writing research and conducting analysis on over 20 companies. In 2011, she moved to asset management, working with a Toronto-based junior resource fund and in 2012, she joined Extract Capital.
Bringing significant value in evaluating potential mining and oil & gas investments, Krystal’s technical expertise allows detailed and unbiased assessment independent of the promotional highlights of companies. With a keen ability to identify key risks of projects Krystal enables Extract to invest in projects with confidence.
John Kaiser was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1982 with a BA in philosophy and German. He began work in January 1983 as a research assistant with Continental Carlisle Douglas, a Vancouver brokerage firm that specialized in Vancouver Stock Exchange listed securities. In 1989 he moved to Pacific International Securities Inc where he was research director until April 1994 when he moved to the United States with his family. From 1989 until 1994 he was also a registered investment advisor. He worked six months as a researcher for Bob Bishop’s Gold Mining Stock Report before branching out on his own with the publication of the first issue of the Kaiser Bottom-Fishing Report in October 1994. Initially a print newsletter, the Kaiser Bottom-Fishing Report evolved into Kaiser Bottom-Fish Online which, with the addition of a powerful category based search engine in 2012, evolved into Kaiser Research Online whose mandate is to cover the Canadian listed resource sector.
Managing Director MinePower Capital SpA. He has significant experience in mining and private equity. Mr. Gomez worked for BHP Billiton as Secretary to the Board of Directors and Executive Assistant to the President of Minera Escondida, Chile; Corporate Manager Strategic Development at BHP Billiton, Australia; Vice President M&A Mining Latin America at BHP Billiton, USA. Mr. Gomez developed the mining area of Southern Cross Group, a Private Equity firm with businesses throughout Latin America.
Mr. Gomez holds a Master in Economics & Finance from the University of Chicago, USA, and a BSc. Civil Engineering from University of Chile. He has a Strategic Negotiation Diploma from Harvard University. Mr. Gomez is also a former candidate for the Chile’s Senate.
Managing Director of Latin Resources Ltd & Chairman - Council on Australian Latin American Relations (COALAR)
Christopher (Chris) Gale is the Managing Director of Latin Resources, an Australian listed mineral exploration company with a specific focus on South America. Latin Resources was one of the very first Australian exploration companies in 2008 to develop a portfolio of high quality, copper and mineral sands projects in one of world’s premier mining jurisdictions, Peru.
Chris has extensive experience in senior management roles in both the public and private sectors, especially in commercial and financial roles. He has also held various board and executive roles at a number of mining and technology companies during his career.
Chris is the current Chairman of the Council on Australian Latin American Relations (COALAR) established by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). He is also a founding director of Allegra Capital, a boutique corporate advisory firm based in Perth and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Javier Felipe Córdova Unda is the current Minister of Mining of Ecuador. Prior to this Mr Córdova held the position of Vice Minister of Mining, and Vice Minister of Internal Security.
Mr Córdova has also held prominent positions as the Vice Minister of Justice, Human Rights, and Cults; Deputy Secretary of Mining; Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Mining; and Advisor/Private Secretary to the Minister of External Trade, Industrialization, Fisheries and Competition.
Throughout his career, Mr Córdova has played an integral role in advancing important institutional reforms in the Ministry of Home Affairs. Some of these achievements include the territorial restructuring of the police force into districts; implementing a new model of management of the police force to better serve the citizen; generating campaigns against violence towards women; and, in dismantling drug trafficking.
Mr Córdova holds a degree in Finance from the College of Government for Development, at Universidad San Francisco of Quito. Mr Córdova completed his baccalaureate at the Lincoln School, in San José – Costa Rica.
Managing Director, Global Investment Banking of Scotiabank
Elian joined Scotiabank in 2001 as a member of the Structured Finance and Securitization group. In 2004, Elian joined the Investment Banking group and since then has gained extensive experience in all facets of public and private equity capital underwriting, as well as mergers and acquisitions advisory work. Elian focuses on the Mining sector covering base, bulk and precious metal companies. Prior to joining Scotiabank, Elian practiced law with a major law firm in New York City, where he specialized in structured finance securities offerings in the U.S. and abroad. Elian received his Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction) from the University of Toronto, and his Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University.
Pieter is the partner responsible for Accounting Advisory Services and is also the head of mining with KPMG in Brazil. He assists the Finance Function in large global and Brazilian organizations. He specializes in complex technical accounting issues (Brazilian GAAP & IFRS), IPO advisory, cost management and financial close and reporting, particularly in the Energy and Natural Resources Sector.
Caroline Donally is a Director at Denham Capital, a US-based private equity fund with $8.4bn under management. She is has over 20 years’ experience, covering North and South America and Africa. Since joining Denham’s Mining team over 5 years ago, she’s been responsible for new equity and debt investments and ongoing investment management across the world and across the life cycle of mining projects. Prior to Denham, she spent a decade providing cross-border project finance to junior mining companies, at Investec Bank and Rand Merchant Bank . She is a Chartered Accountant. Caroline sits on the boards of JDS Silver, Tremont Master Holdings and Santiago Metals and was nominated as one of the “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” in 2013 and 2015.
Anthony has spent his career in various aspects of the mining industry, including as a company director, advisor, founder and investor.
Anthony has managed numerous mining investments at various stages of development, including exploration, development, production and turnaround situations, and across a broad range of commodities. He has served as a director of both public and private companies and has been seconded as interim CEO on multiple occasions. Prior to joining Pala, Anthony worked at Firebird Management, a specialist emerging market fund, where he focused on natural resource investments in Africa, Central Asia and the Former Soviet Union.
Anthony previously worked at Renaissance Capital and Skadden, Arps in Moscow, where he focused on advisory and transactional work in metals & mining and oil & gas. Anthony has lived and worked in Africa and Russia, including a year as a Fulbright scholar, and has spent considerable time in Central Asia.
Anthony holds a B.A. in Russian history from Brigham Young University, an M.A. in Russian and Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington, and a J.D. from the University of Washington. He holds an LLM in Corporate Finance from the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Angelina is an Investment Manager with The Sentient Group, a private equity fund focused on natural resources. She holds a degree in Mining Engineering and an MBA from McGill University in Montreal. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Pershimco Resources, a publicly listed company focused on a gold project in Panama, and a member of the advisory board of McGill University’s mining engineering program. She is a founding member of Women in Mining (WIM) Montreal, and recently joined the WIM Canada Board. Angelina gained both mine site technical and corporate office financial experience with Rio Tinto’s subsidiary, Iron Ore Company of Canada. She worked in financial roles with BMO Financial Group in Toronto, and Lafarge and CN Railway in Montreal. She is also a member of CIM, and a professional engineer registered in Quebec.
Dean Braunsteiner is a partner in the mining practice of PwC’s Toronto office and is PwC Canada’s National IPO Services Leader. He has 15 years of experience assisting mining clients with initial and secondary public offerings and assurance services, and provides assistance on acquisitions and divestitures. He also has extensive experience in IFRS and US GAAP, as well as SEC reporting, and is one of the firm’s subject matter experts on mining industry issues. Dean has been interviewed on several occasions for his insights on the Canadian equity markets. Dean is also involved with the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.
Stephen de Jong became President and CEO of Integra Gold in July 2012. Amidst four challenging years in the resource sector, Stephen has attracted a high caliber team of geologists, engineers, and entrepreneurs that have worked to build real value for investors. Over $100 million has been raised during this time and Integra’s market capitalization has increased to over $250 million in Q2 2016.
Stephen and his team have embarked on a number of innovative, unconventional and creative initiatives including the transformative, opportunistic acquisition of the Sigma-Lamaque Mill-and-Mine Complex, valued at $100 million, and the $1 million Integra Gold Rush Challenge.
Minerals Division, Technical Manager – Geological Services of SGS Canada
Guy Desharnais obtained his Ph.D, from the University of Manitoba with stints at Laurentian and McGill University focused on belt scale geochemistry of mafic-ultramafic rocks and related sulphide mineralization. Guy worked five years as an exploration geologist with Xstrata Nickel (Glencore) on various projects as an exploration geologist and project manager. Since joining SGS in 2010, he has executed a variety of projects from resource estimations, economic evaluations, metallurgical sample selection, geometallurgical studies, and audits of resources and reserves internationally. Guy has prepared technical reports on a wide range of commodities, and is considered a Qualified Person for a number of deposits types including Nb-REE laterites, coal, Ni-Cu-PGE magmatic sulphides, vein-hosted-Cu-Au-Ag-Co-Zn-Pb, Zn-Pb-Ag-Au VMS, magmatic REE-Fe-Cr-Ti. Guy has also presented training sessions pertaining to the application of international mineral regulations and estimation of resources to a variety of audiences. His team (SGS Geostat) recently won the first prize at the Integra Gold Rush Challenge for a cash prize of 500,000$.
Mr. Williams is the Founder, President and CEO of Red Cloud Klondike Strike Inc. Mr. Williams has extensive experience in mining finance and management having previously held the positions of CEO of Victoria Gold Corp., Head of Mining Investment Banking at Blackmont Capital Inc. and a top-ranked mining analyst at TD Bank and other Canadian brokerage firms. Mr. Williams has been a Director of several emerging mining companies and was a founder of Agilith Capital Inc. (a fund) as well as Westwind Capital Inc. (a broker). He also serves as a director of the Denver Gold Group. Mr. Williams holds both a P.Eng in Mining and an MBA from McGill University.
As Group Publisher of The Northern Miner Group, Anthony Vaccaro has overall responsibility for some of the mining industry’s most distinguished media brands including: The Northern Miner, Canadian Mining Journal and Mines Handbook. Previously a staff reporter for The Northern Miner where he travelled the globe to cover mining and exploration projects, Anthony also holds the CFA designation, has an MBA in Investment Management and is a board member of the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.
Patrick Loftus-Hills is a Partner and Managing Director specializing in metals and mining at Moelis & Company, an investment bank, based in New York.
Patrick advises mining companies on mergers and acquisitions and capital raisings. He has advised almost all of the world’s major mining companies involving transformational cross border transactions including BHP on its merger with Billiton to form BHP Billiton, Alcan on its defence from takeover by Alcoa and subsequent sale to Rio Tinto and Vale on its acquisition of Inco. His work has also seen him IPO and raise money for companies on stock exchanges in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Indonesia, India, Hong Kong, the Philippines, the UK, and the US. He has been involved in over 130 capital raisings, restructurings and mergers and acquisitions involving assets in at least 68 countries.
Quinn Roussel is a managing director in FTI’s Global Mining Advisory Practice. Over a 15 plus year career, Mr. Roussel has worked for and advised mining companies to drive corporate strategy, complete debt and equity funding, and undertake merger and acquisition activities. More recently he has assisted Companies and Lenders to evaluate business plans and alternatives related to mining companies going through in and out of court restructurings.
Senior Partner Private Equity of Apollo Management LP
Mr. Turner is a Senior Partner at Apollo based in New York where he oversees the firm’s investments in the Metals and Mining Industry. Prior to joining Apollo in 2005, Mr. Turner was employed by Goldman Sachs in London as a Managing Director in their Industrial and Natural Resources investment banking group from 1997 to 2005 where he was Global Head of Metals and Mining and co-Head of Global Chemicals. He has a broad range of experience in both capital markets and M&A transactions and was active in the private equity group (PIA) of Goldman Sachs having been a key advisor to this division. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Turner was employed at Lehman Brothers from 1992 to 1997. Mr. Turner graduated from the University of Western Ontario with his MBA with Distinction in 1991 and from the University of Toronto with his BA in 1986.
Keith Spence is President and Partner of Global Mining Capital, which is engaged in Private Equity investments and M&A in the mining sector. He held senior positions in corporate finance, mining finance and capital markets at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and Bank of Montreal (BMO); and has been involved in numerous international financings. Mr. Spence was also President and Director of a foreign-joint venture mining company in western China. He is Co-Chairman of the Canadian Mining Valuation Standards and has written extensively on mining valuation. As a Geologist, he has worked in the Canadian North, China and internationally. He sits on the international Board of “China Mining”, the Board of PDAC and sat on the Board of Canadian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (CIM). Mr. Spence received the CIM Distinguished Lecturer Award, the Robert Elver Mineral Economics Award for outstanding contributions to mineral economics; and was made a CIM Fellow for outstanding contributions to the Canadian minerals industry.
Mr. Spence received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal Award for contributions to Canada. A graduate of the Global Management Program at Harvard University, he has a Hons.B.Sc. Geology (with Geophysics) from the University of Western Ontario; and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business.
Head of Precious Metals Strategy of ICBC Standard Bank
Tom Kendall’s experience in the commodities markets spans over two decades and encompasses both physical and financial markets expertise. He joined ICBC Standard Bank Plc in June 2015 from LCM Metals UK LLP, an independent brokerage, where he held the role of Head of Metals Strategy. Prior to that he was Head of Global Commodities Research at Credit Suisse, where he led the commodities research output at the bank, with responsibility for a team of analysts in London, New York and Singapore. His previous roles include Precious Metals Strategist for Mitsubishi Corporation and head of market research for Johnson Matthey PLC. Tom holds a BSc in Geology from Southampton University.
Marcel co-founded Pathway Capital Ltd. In September 2004 and has been its president since October 2004. Pathway collaborates with successful mining entrepreneurs in creating new ventures. Examples include Peru Copper (acquired by Chinalco), and Sandstorm Gold.
Marcel has been involved in numerous successful companies as a director. He is currently director of Asanko Gold, Anthem United, and Lowell Copper. He is a past director of Underworld Resources (acquired by Kinross), Esperanza Resources (acquired by Alamos Gold), and Northern Dynasty Minerals.
Marcel’s Pathway Capital worked on Peru Copper (Marcel’s partner David De Witt was a board member), and the company was bought out for C$850 million in 2007 by Chinalco.
A chartered accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Marcel de Groot is a quiet force, a highly intelligent man who works very hard and is earning his just rewards. On a side note, we put Marcel up there with one of the better poker players in the resource sector. We spent some time with him in Las Vegas and can say first hand that he follows the mantra “Fortune favors the bold.” We will keep an eye on Marcel’s activities, because he has that sought-after golden touch.
Mike O’Kane is the President of O’Kane Consultants (OKC) with over 20 years of experience in mine waste management and closure planning. The focus of his work is on the application of unsaturated zone hydrology and geochemistry to closure of tailings and waste rock storage facilities. Mike provides independent peer review to mine operators and owners as well as various government agencies, is a member of a number of closure planning and/or technical advisory panels, and provides closure planning, landform and cover system design workshops and short courses at leading mine waste management conferences around the world.
Mr. Irwin founded Rosseau Asset Management Ltd. in 1998, after several successful years as VP & Director of Special Investments at Deutsche Bank Canada. The firm’s flagship event driven hedge fund, Rosseau LP, was established December 31, 1998 and has earned a reputation for solid long-term performance earning double the annual return of its benchmark index. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from University of Waterloo and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.
Chris is an independent analyst focused on energy metals, innovation, and associated supply chain dynamics. After spending 15 years working across various roles in sales and brokerage on Wall Street, Chris shifted his attention to the forces propelling lifestyle convergence including urbanization, innovation, and technology and the opportunities that they are creating across numerous industries.
He has spoken at conferences all over the world and has visited dozens of countries first hand to gauge the pace of change in these topics as he thinks they are forces which will continue to alter our way of life.
Chris has additional experience as the co-founder of a start up for investors which dealt with “computing with words” and co-authors The Disruptive Discoveries Journal. Chris holds a Master of Business Administration in finance with an international focus from Fordham University, and a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from The Virginia Military Institute.
Jon began industry and company-specific coverage of critical materials such as lithium, cobalt, the rare earths, vanadium and tin in 2009 while with a prior firm, and started his investment industry career as a technology analyst in 2001. He was a co-founder of Stormcrow in early 2014, and has expanded this coverage since, becoming a widely recognized leader in the analysis of critical materials markets and firms. He has done work on alternative energy, energy storage and neutrinos, the latter of which doesn’t help much with respect to critical materials. Jon holds a PhD in physics and a MBA.
Chief Executive Officer and Director of Uranium One Inc.
Mr. Ashraf is a CEO of the company and a Director of the Board at Uranium One at Uranium One Inc., since April 24th 2015. Prior to that he was the Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation. He joined U1 as an Executive Advisor in January 2013 and has over 35 years of experience in the resource sector, including mining and metallurgy, oil and gas, and related downstream industries.
At U1, he has played an active role in the HSEC portfolio of the company, and in achieving the annual safety targets and improvements from 0.7 TRIR (in 2012) to 0.13 (Dec 2015). The company also achieved cash cost per lb reduction from US$17/lb to about US 10/lb and reported a turn-around situation from a previous year loss of US ($170.3) million in 2014 to a gross profit of US70 million in 2015. The Company is amongst the top 5 producer globally and a recognized leader in the field.
Prior to joining Uranium One, he was Executive Vice President of SNC-Lavalin’s Global Mining & Metallurgy Division, and a member of the Office of the President. While at SNC Lavalin, he was responsible for the worldwide operations of over 6,000 employees and for executing projects in over 30 countries around the world.
He held over 15 directorships and board positions within SNC-Lavalin affiliates, joint ventures and project alliances. Mr. Ashraf also served as a non-executive member of a number of professional, industry and community associations. He is an active member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) and the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO).
He is a Guest Lecturer at Schulich School of Mining -MBA program (Winter 2014-16) at the York University, was a member of McGill Mining Advisory Board and is also Lead Lecturer at the Ryerson University (Winter 2014 and Fall 2015) on Managing Global Mining Business and implementation of the best practises.
Mr. Celorrio is the Partner-in-charge of the Natural Resources Group at Quevedo Abogado. He is currently President of Golden Arrow Resources Argentine subsidiary and a Board member of several natural resources TSX and ASX companies Argentine subsidiaries. He has been in the Board of Extorre Gold Mines Ltd. (which was listed in the TSX and AMEX previously to the Yamana Gold take-over) and worked at Gowlings LLP. Mr. Celorrio is a Professor in Administrative Law and has been President of the Uranium Exploration Companies Chamber (CADEU) and a Board Member of the Argentinean Mining Chamber (CAEM). He is recognized by Chambers & Partners, Best Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal Mining, among others.
Mr. Vitaller has worked in the international mining industry since 1993 and has managed exploration programs in different countries in South America and Europe. He has graduated as a Licentiate in Geological Sciences from Buenos Aires University and has a M.Sc. degree from the Mackay School of Mines at University of Nevada, Reno.
He has been involved with Lundin Group since 1993 and now serves as a South America General Manager for NGEx resources. He has previously served as a Regional Manager and Chief Exploration for several exploration companies within the Group. He was member of the discovery team of the gold deposit of Veladero, Argentina. He has also been involved in the exploration teams associated with the discovery of Josemaria and Filo del Sol (Argentina) and Los Helados (Chile).
In 2014-15 he has been part of the engineering team that elaborated the P.E.A. and Prefeasibility studies for the Constellation project (Josemaria and Los Helados joined development).
Since 2015 Mr. Vitaller has held position on the board of the Argentina-Canadian Chamber of Commerce and CAEM (Argentina Mining Companies Chamber).
Elena is Ontario licensed corporate lawyer and worked at one of Canada`s top law firms, focusing on corporate law and issues pertaining to the mining industry. As a result, she developed a passion for mining and decided to pursue an International MBA at Schulich School of Business specializing in the Global Mining Management program (GMM). Elena is an active member of the industry’s organizations and has been writing for various mining publications such as PDAC Core Magazine and the Northern Miner (Special Advisor to the Editor). While still a student at Schulich, Elena used her personal funds to found Women Who Rock, an organization which aspires to become an integral part of the sector’s efforts to attract women to mining. Elena received various industry recognitions, chief among them, in 2015, she was named one of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.
In her current position as Client Relationship Senior Manager at PwC Canada, Elena holds a key position in planning and executing the mining practice development strategy in Canada and Latin America. As a young business leader she designs, leads and contributes to the high-potential market exposure activities. In addition to being fluent in English, Spanish, Russian and Hebrew, Elena brings to her position a wealth of cultural and business experience gained from living, studying and conducting business in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.
After getting his BA in Economics from McGill University and his M.B.A from NYU, Mr. Meir started his career covering the “tropical” commodities in the mid 1980’s. He spent the next nine years trading metals for UK-based Trans-World Metals and formed his own trading company after that. In 2011, his firm was retained by INTL FCStone to cover base and precious metals along with energy following an eight-year stint of doing the same thing for MF Global. Metal Bulletin ranked Mr. Meir as the #1 or #2 overall analyst in terms of forecast accuracy in four of the last five years and also assigned him a top three ranking in two of the last three years for precious metals forecasting accuracy.
Managing Director, Head of Mining Research of TD Securities
Greg joined TD Securities in December 2005 as the firm’s base metals analyst. He currently covers the Canadian large
capitalization base metal, gold, and fertilizer mining companies and has been an equity analyst for 21 years.
Prior to joining TD Securities, Greg worked as a mining analyst for several Canadian independent brokerage firms. He has
a strong background in the mining industry, having spent two years with Kennecott Canada, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto, and
four years with Falconbridge Ltd., where he was involved in corporate development and marketing. Prior to that, Greg
worked as a geologist with an engineering consultancy firm. He has been ranked as an All Star Analyst by Brendan Wood
International for the past 13 years and, since 2005, has been ranked the No. 1 base metals analyst in Canada. Greg is also
the No. 1 ranked senior gold analyst in Canada.
Greg graduated Queen’s University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in geology and received his Master of
Business Administration degree from York University in 1990.
Vice President, Metals & Mining, Equity Research of BMO
Jessica covers Global Mining Commodities and Silver Equities at BMO Capital Markets. She provides fundamental research and price forecasts for the major commodities, which includes tracking 800 mining operations with her team and publishing insight into pricing and consumption trends for institutional investor, metals trading and corporate clients. Additionally, Jessica began coverage of silver equities in 2015, focusing on a select group of small- to mid-cap names.
Jessica has appeared on CNBC, BNN television and Bloomberg TV, and been quoted in other press such as Financial Times, Wall Street Journal,kitco, LatinFinance, Globe & Mail, Mineweb and Chile Explore. Jessica holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and a BAA from Ryerson University.
Senior Director, Policy and Programs of Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada
Nadim and his team undertake the research and analysis that underpins PDAC efforts to enhance the competitiveness and responsibility of the Canadian mineral exploration industry. Based on this work, PDAC undertakes advocacy and provides member services to help members secure access to land, skills and capital and to explore responsibly.
Prior to joining PDAC, Nadim worked on mining policy at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), and also spent several years with the Kimberley Process for Conflict Diamonds.
Nadim has an M.A. in Political Science from York University.
Mr. Porterfield, located in Vancouver, is an executive with over a decade of experience within natural resources and financial markets. Previously, Mr. Porterfield managed investor relations for two well respected resource companies, Brazil Resources Inc. and Uranium Energy Corp. In addition, Mr. Porterfield was previously Vice-President of Institutional Services at U.S. Global Investors, a boutique investment management firm with a longstanding history of expertise in precious metals and natural resources. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Amerigo Resources
Mr. Henderson was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Amerigo Resources on October 1, 2015. He joined the company in 2012 as Chief Operating Officer with responsibilities for operations in Chile. Mr. Henderson is a professional engineer with 30 years of international experience in operating, building and acquiring mineral properties. From 2004 to 2012, he was with Kinross Gold Corporation ultimately serving as Senior Vice President Technical Services responsible for mine planning, energy, mineral resources and reserves. Prior to Kinross, Mr. Henderson worked in mine operations with Rand Mines and De Beers and then with SNC Lavalin and Hatch delivering engineering services to international mining clients.
Mr. Henderson holds a BSc. Chemical Engineering degree and a Masters in Business Administration degree both from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Liam is PwC’s National Mining Leader and a partner in our Tax practice. In this role, Liam is responsible for providing strategic direction to our mining clients across the country. Liam advises clients across all stages of the mining industry. His focus is on advising Canadian-based multinational corporations on structuring their foreign mining operations, dealing specifically with issues such as cross-border financing, capital restructuring, repatriation techniques, M&A and tax shelter monetization. Liam has authored and co-authored several articles for the Canadian Tax Journal and is a co-contributing editor of the Federated Press publication Resource Sector Taxation. He is also regularly asked to speak at various events and seminars, including Insight Information Co.’s Fundamentals of Canadian Mining Taxation conference.
Mr. Karayannopoulos is Chairman of the Molycorp Board of Directors. Director of the Canada China Business Council and is a member of the Advisory Board at the University of Toronto’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry. He holds Bachelor and Master of Applied Science degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto.
• Previously he served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Molycorp and President and Chief Executive Officer of Neo Material Technologies. He was Director of Lithium
Americas Corp. from 2011 to 2015.
Shawn grew up in Timmins Ontario and began his career in exploration in the early 80’s working with Kidd Creek Mine’s geophysics team and various other local contracting firms.
Shawn moved to the Yukon in 1990 to collect wild mushroom and settle in Dawson City. In 1996 he decided to try his luck as a Prospector.
He focused his prospecting in the Dawson District looking for the sources of all the alluvial gold. His research led to perfecting soil sampling techniques that led him to mapping out many new gold discoveries.
He has been honored with the Yukon Chamber of Mines Prospector of the Year in 1998 for the Horn, high grade gold skarn discovery in the Tombstone Mountains north of Dawson City, and with RyanWood Exploration in 2009 for initiating what is now called “The Yukon Second Gold Rush”.
Shawn received the Spud Huestis Award for excellence in prospecting and mineral exploration from AME BC in 2010 for the White Gold Discovery (Kinross).
In 2011 Shawn was also honored with the Bill Dennis, Prospector of the Year Award by the PDAC for prospecting success with a Canadian discovery on the White (Kinross) and Coffee (Goldcorp) Projects.
Partner, Audit & National Industry Leader, Mining of KPMG LLP
KPMG is committed to providing the mining industry and its leaders with the resources they need in order to help them take advantage of opportunities and overcome challenges the sector faces. We have made considerable investments into the industry in terms of personnel, research, and hard-won experience. These investments enable us to better understand the landscapes in which our clients compete and help provide them with the insights and services they need in order to succeed.
Principal of Principal at Global Natural Resource Investments (GNRI)
Jason Siegel is a Principal at Global Natural Resource Investments (“GNRI”). GNRI was formed by a management buyout of the former Barclays Natural Resource Investments private equity business from Barclays bank PLC in October 2015. Since 2006, GNRI has committed in excess of US$3 billion to the natural resources sector across upstream mining, oil & gas, associated services and power. Prior to GNRI, Jason previously was part of the Barclays Natural Resource Investments team which he joined in 2010.
Jay is EY’s Canadian Mining Transactions Leader. He has led major valuation assignments for a number of global companies across a variety of industries. He has had a focus for the past ten years leading major valuation assignments for a number of global mining companies in respect of worldwide assets covering producing, development and exploration assets. He is sought by clients for his industry insights, client service and practical advice.
Jay is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator. He is also a Certified Accountant in the United Kingdom.
He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the CICBV.
Mr Tony Rovira has worked in the mining industry as a geologist and in company management for over 30 years. During this time, Tony has been responsible for the discovery of several gold and nickel deposits in Australia which have been developed into operating mines. For the past 13 years Tony has been Managing Director of Azure Minerals Ltd, which is exploring and developing precious and base metals in northern Mexico. Azure is currently undertaking a Feasibility Study into advancing the Mesa de Plata silver deposit through development to production.
An entrepreneur and visionary with over 30 years’ experience in the minerals industry and the securities industry. Mr. Sheriff was the founder and previous Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Predator Corp. Prior to founding Golden Predator Corp. Mr. Sheriff was a pioneer in the uranium renaissance as co-founder and Chairman of Energy Metals Corp., and was responsible for compiling the largest domestic uranium resource base in US history before the company was acquired by Uranium One Corp for $1.8 Billion. Mr. Sheriff also serves as Chairman of enCore Energy Corp. Mr. Sheriff co-founded and previously served as Chairman of Till Capital and EMC Metals Corp., and as a Director of Western Lithium USA Inc., Uranium One Inc., Midway Gold Corp., Eurasian Minerals Inc. and Starcore International Mines Ltd. Mr. Sheriff was also a registered representative, holding positions with A.G.Edwards and Mitchum Jones and Templeton, in addition to having his own securities firm. Mr. Sheriff holds a B.Sc degree (Geology) from Fort Lewis College, Colorado and an MSc in Mining Geology from the University of Texas-El Paso and owns one of the largest privately held mining databases in the world.
Thomas S. Caldwell graduated from McGill University in 1965, and has been actively involved in the investment industry since that time. Mr. Caldwell is Chairman of Caldwell Securities Ltd., an organization founded in 1980. Caldwell Securities Ltd. is a diversified investment company with affiliate organizations providing investment management, brokerage and insurance services to a broad spectrum of investors throughout North America and around the world. In June 2014, Mr. Caldwell was inducted into the IIAC Investment Industry Hall of Fame. Mr. Caldwell is CEO and a Director of Urbana Corporation, a publicly traded investment company and Chairman of the Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE”), “The Exchange for Entrepreneurs”. He also serves on the Board of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute in Ottawa. Mr. Caldwell was appointed Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of The Lincoln and Welland Regiment in January 2014. Mr. Caldwell is a past Governor of the Toronto Stock Exchange and one of the leading experts in capital markets, particularly in trading environments. He is recognized as one of the world’s foremost investors in securities exchanges.
Caldwell Securities Ltd. and its affiliates were the second-largest owners of the New York Stock Exchange prior to the NYSE’s demutualization.
Mr. Caldwell has, through his career, been actively involved in addressing social and community needs.
He was awarded Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 for his activities on behalf of Canadian Veterans. In 2003 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for his work in assisting those in need as well as contributing to institutions working to better the lives of others. In 2012, he received Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his efforts on behalf of the disadvantaged.
Mr. Caldwell and his wife Dorothy have been married since 1966 and have two sons, Brendan and Theo, and four grandchildren.
Richard Carleton is the CEO of CNSX Markets Inc. In this role he is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the Canadian Securities Exchange. Prior to joining the exchange, Richard worked as a business development consultant, after spending twelve years with the Toronto Stock Exchange, serving most recently as a member of the exchange’s senior management team.
A member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1987, Richard is a graduate of the University of Ottawa (B.A. ’81) and the University of Toronto (LL.B. ’85). He has also completed the executive development programme at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Abid Mukhtar has over 20 years of experience in the capital markets industry. During his career, he has worked in a number of global financial centres in roles ranging among risk management, institutional sales, research and investment banking. As a partner in Commodity Capital AG, Mr. Mukhtar focuses on investment origination and analysis of resource sector companies for the team’s Global Mining Fund and Lithium Index Strategie Fund. Mr. Mukhtar holds a B.Sc. in Toxicology and a MBA degree from Manchester Business School, University of Manchester.
Mr.Kovacevic is an expert on modern energy, emerging markets, and how technology is impacting our modern lives. With over 20,000 hours of research, he is a sought-after strategist in the divestment movement, and his various lectures have been featured at events around the world. An avid proponent of realistic environmentalism, he is frequently interviewed by the media with his unique way of applying the algebraic way of thinking to solving global problems. His new book, My Electrician Drives a Porsche? – a journey of personal enlightenment into appreciating the rise of the new spending class – was the basis of the world’s first zero emission book tour. Mr. Kovacevic is a graduate of electrical studies from The British Columbia Institute of Technology and is a renowned commentator on all things related to the copper industry. Fluent in English, German, Italian and Croatian, he is a founding member of the CO2 Master Solutions Partnership.
Dirk Spiers is the founder and President of Spiers New Technologies. He is a pioneer and leader in the repair, remanufacturing and refurbishment of advanced battery packs as well as the manufacturing of Energy Storage Systems (ESS) with new or second life battery modules and cells. His experience in reman, battery, solar and wind technologies puts him at the forefront of developing programs to manage the life cycle battery packs and using battery storage systems with renewable energy sources. He has developed and established Advanced Battery Pack programs with some of the leading EV OEM’s. Spiers New Technologies specialises in the manufacturing, refurbishment and repair of high voltage powertrain systems and Energy Storage Systems. Their state-of-the-art, energy neutral, battery center is based in Oklahoma City where they work on the battery packs of all the leading OEM’s.
George Hemingway is one of the leading thinkers in helping companies to transform their businesses to become Future-Focused and develop the foresight, flexibility and focus required to discover significant and sustainable growth. As an executive and an advisor, he has helped the world’s leading companies in the mining, chemicals, industrial and services spaces to think differently about the future, including Vale, BHP Billiton, Anglo American, Cliffs Natural Resources, BASF, PepsiCo, AIG, Blue Cross, Nextel, The Gap, Henry Schein, Butterball and many others.
As a strategy and innovation consultant, he is the originator of the 7 Lenses approach to discovering growth, which has been adopted worldwide. As an executive, he was the CEO of a publicly traded European company and is a member of several corporate and philanthropic boards, including Budapest Honvéd FC, a top-flight European soccer club, Riemann A/S, a European pharmaceutical company and the Chamber Orchestra of New York. George holds a MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS from the Stern School of Business at NYU and is the holder of US and EU patents.
Mr. Clausi is an experienced investment banker, C-level executive and Ontario lawyer with extensive experience in mining finance, shareholder rights and corporate growth. With GTA Resources in 2016, he helped create an innovate mining finance model to access recent securities regulatory amendments. He is a dynamic speaker making frequent appearances as a shareholder rights and board governance advocate, and is one of Canada’s leading experts on Canada’s AntiSpam Legislation compliance (CASL). As CEO of Green Swan Capital Corp, he is overseeing the exploration of Canada’s pre-eminent cobalt property, in the world-famous Sudbury Basin. He is General Counsel of GTA Resources and Mining Inc., and an independent director of Baja Mining Corp.
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Mandalay Resources
Mark Sander, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director, Mandalay Resources
Dr. Sander holds a PhD in Ore Deposits and Exploration from Stanford University (USA) and has been active in the mineral resource industry for over 25 years in operations, strategy and exploration, with a focus on copper, gold and platinum projects. Prior to joining Mandalay Resources, Dr. Sander’s industry experience included serving as Vice President of Strategy and Planning for BHP Billiton’s copper group.
Lombardo Paredes is the Chief Executive Officer of Gran Colombia Gold Corp., the largest underground gold producer in Colombia and a TSX-listed public company with offices in Toronto and Medellin. Mr. Paredes has over 20 years of corporate leadership and operations management experience in the resource sector in Latin America. Prior to joining Gran Colombia in early 2014, Mr. Paredes was an independent consultant on energy and environmental project development. Before that, Mr. Paredes held several roles within Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA). Mr. Paredes holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Economic Analysis and Financial Economics.
Tracy Weslosky is the CEO and Founder of InvestorIntel Corp., a company that publishes InvestorIntel.com and has provided a wide range of business consulting for publicly listed companies since 2001. A Publisher for InvestorIntel.com, Tracy created an annual Cleantech and Technology Metal Summit that she has been directing since 2011 and will be announcing the 2017 date shortly. InvestorIntel also provides business consultation and investor relations, and currently provides investor relations for Chesapeake Gold Corp. (TSXV: CKG | OTCQX: CHPGF) and Alkane Resources Ltd. (ASX: ALK | OTCQX: ANLKY). The co-founder of the only FTSE recognized rare earth indices for several years through REE Stocks Company based in London (2011-2014), Tracy was also co-owner at Weslosky & Cowans Ltd. an Exempt Market Dealer for 7 years (2005-2012). This boutique investment banking firm was the basis for a business reality television series called, DealFlow. Distributed in nearly 300 million households for over 2 years on CNBC, CNBC World, WealthTV and many other networks globally, Tracy has since won a Telly for producing investment interviews. In the 90’s Tracy was a well-known music industry marketing director and spent several years working for the major record companies as a radio tracker before marketing a software which she credits for replacing her. Tracy is a speaker, writer and an entrepreneur and graduated from University of Tennessee in 1988.
Mr. Gill is involved in the strategy, planning and implementation phases of start-ups and new businesses as well as restructuring organizations. He is currently the CEO of Lomiko Metals (TSXV: LMR), CEO of Lomiko Technologies and a Director of Graphene 3D Lab and Graphene Energy Storage Devices.
Until October 2006, he was heavily involved in the dynamic growth stage of Norsemont Mining when company grew from a market capitalization of $1m to 50 market capitalization. During his tenure with Norsemont Mining he served as vice-president of business development, as well as the director, president and CEO, CFO, and Corporate Secretary, Norsemont was ultimately bought by HudBay Minerals for $512 Million and the core property, Constancia, is an operating 30,000 tonne per day copper-molybdenum mine with an estimated net value of $ 20 billion.
His latest work has been to spearheading investment activities under Lomiko Technologies into Graphene 3D Lab (TSXV: GGG), Graphene Energy Storage Devices and Smart Home Devices Ltd, an IOT electronics manufacturer.
The creation of Graphene 3D Lab Inc. was announced November 22, 2013. This company has created patents and products around the use of graphene in 3D Printing. Trading under the symbol TSXV: GGG and OTC: GPHBF, the company has achevied success in creating a variety of revenue streams.
On December 4, 2014, Lomiko created Graphene Energy Storage Devices after it received confirmation from Strategic Alliance Partner Graphene Labs Inc. of New York that the Research Group at Stony Brook University received a prototype graphene supercapacitor. Lomiko owns 40% of the new company and will focus on research, development and commercialization of this exciting new product in 2015.
Ken Brinsden B.Eng. (Mining), MAusIMM, MAICD
Mr Brinsden is a Mining Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in surface and underground mining operations. Mr Brinsden graduated from the Western Australian School of Mines in 1993. Between graduation and 2006 he worked for WMC Resources, Normandy, Central Norseman Gold Corporation, GoldFields and Iluka Resources in production, management, brown-fields and green-fields mine development roles.
Mr Brinsden was in the role of Chief Operating Officer then Managing Director at Atlas Iron between 2006 and July 2015, contributing to the substantial growth of Atlas Iron from a junior explorer to a significant Pilbara iron ore producer. Mr Brinsden remained a Non-Executive Director of Atlas until May 2016.
Mr Brinsden joined Pilbara Minerals as Chief Executive Officer in January 2016, and was appointed Managing Director and CEO in May 2016.
Mr. Adams has 20 years of mining experience, and served as President and Chief Operating Officer at Primero Mining Corp. Prior to this, Mr. Adams served as Senior Vice-President, Americas Operations, at IAMGOLD Corporation, and held various senior positions with Cambior Inc. and Breakwater Resources Ltd. Mr. Adams holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mining and Mineral Processing from Laval University. Mr. Adams joined Richmont Mines in November 2014.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Corporate Nickel
Mr. Selby has over 20 years mining industry experience and has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Nickel Corporation since February 2014. He joined Royal Nickel as Senior Vice President, Business Development in 2010. Since 2001, Mr. Selby has held a number of senior positions in market research and business development in the mining industry including Vice President, Strategy at Inco Limited and Vice President, Business Planning at Quadra. Mr. Selby graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours).
President and CEO of Denison Mines / Uranium Participation Corp
Mr. Cates is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and holds Master of Accounting (MAcc) and Honours Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees from the University of Waterloo. Prior to his appointment as President and CEO, Mr. Cates served as Denison’s VP Finance, Tax and CFO. As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Cates played a key role in the Company’s mergers and acquisitions activities – leading the acquisition of Rockgate Capital Corp. and International Enexco Ltd. Mr. Cates joined Denison in 2008 and held the position of Director, Taxation prior to his appointment as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Cates held positions at Kinross Gold Corp. and PwC LLP with a focus on the resource industry.
Tim Campbell has served as Vice President & Secretary of Harte Gold Corp. since 2009 and has over 20 years corporate finance, regulatory compliance and operations experience in the junior mining sector.
Involved in marketing and finance and responsible for permitting, government relations, community and aboriginal consultation.
Mr. Vicens previously worked as Vice President in Scotiabank’s Investment Banking Mining team and participated in over $10B of M&A transactions and well over $5B in equity and debt issuances. Mr. Vicens is founding member and Director of Lemuria Royalties Corp, a private royalty & streaming company. Mr. Vicens obtained his Bachelors of Arts degree in Finance & General Management from Universidad Metropolitana and his MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse is President & CEO of Trilogy Metals Inc. (formerly NovaCopper) and a director of NOVAGOLD with over 30 years of experience in the natural resource sector, including his role as Founder, President & CEO of NOVAGOLD since 1997 and as VP Exploration for Placer Dome (1990-1997). Rick has managed projects from grassroots discovery to advanced feasibility, production and closure. He holds a Candidature degree in Science (Université de Louvain, Belgium), and a Masters of Science degree in Geology (University of Arizona). Rick received the 2009 Thayer Lindsley award for his role in the Donlin Gold discovery.
Mr Dix has worked as a geologist and company Director in listed and unlisted companies for the last 23 years. During that time he has worked in, South America, Asia, Australia and Africa in base and precious metals at the exploration, development and production stages. He has a proven track record of bringing projects from exploration to production and in funding junior resource companies.
Mr. Fisher is a geologist with 30+ years experience in the mining industry. Mr. Fisher has extensive experience working for exploration and production stage companies across 5 continents. His experience includes leading GlobeStar Mining Corp. from exploration to an emerging producer in the Dominican Republic, developing the Cerro de Maimon mine until it was sold to Perilya and discovering the Aripuanã deposits while leading the team at Karmin Exploration in Brazil. Mr. Fisher also served as Chairman of Aurelian Resources, which was sold to Kinross Gold in 2008. Mr. Fisher is an Independent Director of Treasury Metals and Horizonte Minerals.
President & Chief Executive Officer of Transition Metals
Scott is an award-winning exploration geologist and the co-founder and CEO of Transition Metals and HTX Minerals with over 25 years of experience in all facets of exploration. During has 22 years at Falconbridge Limited, Scott’s responsibilities included base metal exploration and underground production geology in Timmins, and most recently as Sudbury exploration manager, where he was responsible for underground and surface exploration. In 2004, he was a co-recipient of the PDAC Prospector of the Year Award for the discovery of the Nickel Rim South (Ni-Cu-PGE) mine, in Sudbury. Scott graduated with an Honours B.Sc from the University of Western Ontario in 1985, is a P.Geo and is also past-president of APGO, the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.
President and CEO of President and eCobalt Solutions
Mr. Farquharson is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Previously, he was Chief Financial Officer and has been with the Company for over 23 years. He was integral in the success of numerous financings totaling over $100M with the Company. He has made valuable contributions to corporate development and strategic acquisitions of the Company. He possesses extensive in-house experience with the numerous aspects of the mining industry, including corporate management, administration, compliance, and capital markets.
Technical Consultant of Apollo innovative Solution
Dr. Oldow, Director of the Ellison Miles Center for Geological Field Studies at the University of Texas, Dallas, was retained as Technical Consultant to the Company effective June 1, 2016. Dr. Oldow’s will advance his regional geophysical work in the Fish Lake Valley, to develop a geological model of the Company’s 18,552 acre lithium brine project. Dr. Oldow’s work includes geologic mapping and the application of structural and stratigraphic analysis, along with potential field geophysics, GPS geodesy and terrestrial laser scanning to advance understanding of regional tectonics. Dr. Oldow’s past geophysical work in Fish Lake Valley, including a detailed gravity survey which defined historical gravity lows in both the North and South Bowl Playas, as deep sub-basins, was instrumental in directing the acquisition of the Company’s South Bowl Playa property and optimizing our current 13 hole drill program in the North Bowl Playa.
Dr. Swan has more than 30 years’ professional experience in clean and efficient energy conversion and storage systems, specializing in the design and application of lithium battery technology for automotive and aerospace applications. Dr. Swan is internationally-recognized for his research, development and commercialization of advanced energy storage systems. He has consulted to all major global automotive and supplier companies including BMW, Toyota, Honda, Chrysler, Daimler, General Motors and Ballard Power Systems. In 2006, the California Air Resources Board (“CARB”) appointed Dr. Swan to its Zero Emission Vehicle (“ZEV”) Expert Review Panel where he conducted site visits, confidential technology evaluations and extensive interviews with all leading technology developers and every major automobile manufacturer. From 1995-2000, Dr. Swan held the position of Chief Scientist at AeroVironment Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a Monrovia, California-based advanced technology company that designs, produces and supports electric transportation solutions as well as unmanned aircraft systems for the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Swan was responsible for all energy storage activities including development and testing of battery systems for electric and hybrid vehicles including all aspects of General Motors’ hybrid vehicle battery program, and development of fuel cell and hydrogen storage systems for AeroVironment’s solar-powered aircraft.
Dr. Swan was appointed to the Technical Committee of the U.S. government-industry R&D initiative, Partnership for New Genera-Of Vehicle, a cooperative research program between the U.S. Government and U.S. Council for Automotive Research (USCAR) comprised of DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Company and General Motors. He was also appointed to the California South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) Locomotive Propulsion Task Force. Dr. Swan holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from the Texas A&M University; a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of New Brunswick; and Bachelors’ degrees in Engineering, Science and Mathematics from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. Dr. Swan has been awarded 7 patents in his field with others pending, is the author of over 40 published papers on fluid mechanics, applied electrochemistry and electric vehicle technology, and has contributed to numerous text books.
Secretary of Mining of Argentina Ministry of Energy and Mining
Bachelor of Geology and Master of Science in Mine Engineering.
Expert consultant on Mining Policy and Economic Geology who provided advice nationally to most provincial administrations in Argentina and to theFederal Council of Investments (CFI), and internationally to ECLAC, OAS, IDB, UNDP and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)
Advisor on mining policies to China, Vietnam, Congo, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and the Governments of Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala and Germany.
Deputy Secretary of Mining of Argentina during the 1994-1999 period
Argentine negotiation counterparty to the Argentine-Chilean Mining Integration and Complementation Treaty.
International Auditor of the Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) Project during the 2000-2003 period, sponsored by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) based in London and developed by the International Institute for Environment and Development.
Riaz Rizvi has over 20 years’ experience in mining, commodity trading and principal investments. Riaz is a founding partner of Rice Capital Partners, a privately-owned principal investments business headquartered in London and focused on industrial minerals and metals, clean energy and energy storage.
Prior to RCP, Riaz was CEO of NuCap, where he built a global coal, freight, iron ore and petroleum trading and investment business. Riaz co-founded Constellation Energy Commodities Group, later sold to Goldman Sachs. Whilst at Constellation, he oversaw its entry into the coal, power, gas and emissions markets and led the acquisition of the uranium trading company Nuclear Fuels Corporation International.
Riaz headed up structured products and cross-commodities at American Electric Power and before that, the international coal origination desk at Enron, a business he helped sell to AEP. He started his career as country manager for a multi-family office in the Republic of Georgia and later Uzbekistan.
Riaz is an active mentor of, and early investor in, young founder entrepreneurs through his vehicle Incubeight. He holds a BSc from King’s College London and an MBA and Doctorandus from Nyenrode, Netherlands business school.
Prior to joining Houston Lake in 2010, Trevor Walker was Vice President of the Consbec Group of Companies where he accumulated 10 years of experience in mining and construction. During his tenure at Consbec, he personally worked with companies such as GoldCorp, Rio Tinto, Westdome, Barrick, Noranda, Agrium and Unimin as well as other major companies. Walker holds an honours BA from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA from Webster University Geneva, Switzerland. The Walker family maintains approximately 20% of the outstanding shares of Frontier Lithium.
Tim Oliver, President, CEO and Director of Alset Energy Corp., began mining in production operations with Newmont, Exxon, Monsanto, and Phelps Dodge. From 2003-2013, he managed NI 43-101 studies for M3 Engineering, and served as Principal Engineer and Mexico Country Manager for Tetra Tech. As an independent consultant, Tim managed projects in Serbia, Canada, Brazil and Peru. Until February 2016, Tim was VP, Project Development, for Lithium-X Energy Corporation. Mr. Oliver holds a B.S in Environmental Engineering from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and is a registered engineer in Alberta, Canada and Arizona, and Colorado in the USA.
Mr McClure graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Geology) degree from Macquarie University, Australia in 1986. He has had 30 years technical, management and financial experience in the resource sector worldwide in project management and executive development roles.
Mr McClure is a past director of Bolnisi Gold NL and European Gas Limited and currently hold directorship is Nickel Mines Limited, Mekong Minerals Limited and Planet Gas Limited.
Paul is a mining sector researcher, analyst and reporter with over 16 years experience in the mining sector and 13 years experience in Latin America. Paul has eight years experience in the Colombia gold sector working with junior explorers in an investor relations and business development capacity in addition to providing analysis, research and reporting about the sector, and since 2015 has been Latin America Editor for Mining Journal covering the Latin America region
Previously he spent five years in Chile researching and reporting on the copper sector for Metal Bulletin and CRU. Paul received a BA in business administration from the University of the West of England, UK; and a MA in international relations from the University of Chile, Santiago Chile.
Mr. David Hodge, President and Director of Zimtu Capital Corp. has an extensive background in business that includes over 25 years of experience in the management and financing of publicly-traded companies. Mr. Hodge has been a director of mineral exploration companies since 1996. His success has been founded on a belief in team building, consultation and strong leadership, as well as a willingness to incorporate expert advice into a viable working enterprise.
Andrew Pollard is considered one of the Nation’s leading experts in the field of executive search within the mining sector.
Founding The Mining Recruitment Group (MRG) in 2006, it has since become The leader in executive search for emerging junior and mid cap mining companies. With a presence in both Vancouver and Toronto (with an Australian office to open in November), MRG has advised companies ranging in size from $5M to $20B in market cap, and has been involved in successful searches spanning all senior executive and functional leadership positions within the mining industry.
Recognized as an industry authority within the field of recruitment and retention of executive personnel, Mr. Pollard has made appearances on BNN and is often quoted in publications such as The Financial Post, Bloomberg, The Vancouver Sun, The Calgary Herald, Business in Vancouver, and regularly contributes articles for The Northern Miner. He has been recognized for his professional achievements by BCBusiness Magazine whom awarded him as part of their inaugural Top 30 Under 30.
Charles Sousa is Ontario’s Minister of Finance and the Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for the riding of Mississauga South. Charles also serves as Vice-Chair of Treasury Board and Management Board of Cabinet.
Charles was first elected in October 2007. He has held positions as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan & ParaPan American Games, Minister of Labour and Chair of Treasury Board and Management Board of Cabinet. He has also served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development Trade and the Minister of Government Consumer Services.
As Minister of Finance, Charles has delivered multiple Budgets and Fall Economic Statements. He negotiated the formation of the Canadian Cooperative Securities Regulator and continues to lead a national discussion on retirement income security.
In 2009, Charles unanimously passed his private member’s resolution to include financial literacy education in elementary and secondary school curriculums. He also facilitated passage of the Payday Loans Act to protect Ontario consumers against predatory lending.
As Minister of Labour, Charles led the largest overhaul of Ontario’s occupational health and safety system in 30 years. As Minister of Citizenship & Immigration he introduced an immigration strategy to foster more support of settlement and newcomer representation in Ontario.
Charles possesses an extensive background in the financial sector. He worked at RBC Financial Group for more than 20 years in commercial banking. Prior to that, he owned and operated a financing company supporting small businesses. He also served as a member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Toronto Board of Trade, and as a director of the American Chamber of Commerce.
Charles’ commitment to community service earned him the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. He was also inducted as a Commander to the Order of Merit in Portugal.
Charles graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1982 with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration. In 1991, he completed a fellowship at the Institute of Canadian Bankers. He earned an Executive MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in 1994.
Jack Lifton is the Sr. Editor for InvestorIntel Corp. and is the CEO for Jack Lifton, LLC. He is also a consultant, author, and lecturer on the market fundamentals of the technology metals, the term that he coined to describe those strategic rare metals whose electronic properties make our technological society possible. These include the rare earths, the platinum group metals, lithium, graphite and most of the rare metals and materials. He is a paid business operations/marketing consultant to Ucore Rare Metals (TSXV: UCU | OTCQX: UURAF), and NovX21 (TSXV: NOV). He is on the technical advisory boards of both Ucore and of Elcora Resources, and is also the founding co-principal of Technology Metals Research, LLC. His consulting is done through Jack Lifton, LLC, a consultancy he began in 1999 upon his retirement as the CEO of an OEM automotive supply company specializing in process chemistry and metals trading. Jack Lifton, LLC is a member of the Minor Metals Trade Association (www.mmta.co.uk) and Jack is an advisor to the Malaysian Academy of Science in Kuala Lumpur, and he is a member of that Academy’s Rare Earth Task Force. He is a member of numerous professional societies and is a frequent speaker at both professional and industry events on both the markets for technology metals and materials and on the use of new and newly applied technologies to the extraction, refining and fabrication of rare metals and materials.
Mr. Keith Morrison has over 30 years of international experience in the resources sector with an accomplished background in strategy, finance, exploration, technology, global operations, capital markets and corporate development. Formerly, Mr. Morrison co-founded two significant Canadian-based success stories, Quantec, a world-leader in deep sub-surface imaging technologies, and QGX, a Canadian-based public exploration company which operated in Mongolia prior to its acquisition. Mr. Morrison also has operational experience working in Greenland. He is currently an Independent Director of Marengo Mining Ltd. and the Non-Executive Chairman for Security Devices International.
Jonathan Goodman, P.Eng., CFA, MBA is President and CEO, Metaform Investments, a made-in-Canada private equity style investment firm focused on partnering with under-supported businesses in the mining industry. Launched in 2016, Metaform leverages the deep financial, business and operations expertise of Jonathan and his partners to de-risk and develop strong, sustainable mining companies, enhance social responsibility, increase their value, and ultimately achieve significant returns for investors.
Jonathan Goodman has over 30 years mining investment and operating experience. He has worked as a geologist, senior analyst, portfolio manager and senior executive, operating a mining company, leading a mining-focused investment banking group, and building extensive knowledge and relationships in the global mining resource and finance sectors over a distinguished career.
Michael Amm is a partner in the M&A Practice at Torys LLP and co-head of the firm’s Mining and Metals group. Mike’s practice focuses on a broad range of corporate, commercial and securities law, with an emphasis on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, joint ventures and streaming & royalty transactions. He has significant international experience, including with major China-based clients. Mike has presented at various conferences on mining-related matters, and is recognized as a leading lawyer in his field.
Vice President VP North American Discoveries, Global Exploration of Barrick Gold Corporation
Kevin Creel, VP North American Discoveries, has been exploring and making discoveries with Barrick exploration teams since 2006. Prior to joining Barrick, he filled various exploration and operational roles at Placer Dome, Newmont, BHP, and the U.S. Bureau of Mines. He is a prospector at heart and trained as an exploration geochemist, economic geologist and engineer at the Colorado School of Mines.
Neale Goddard is Executive Vice President of the DRA Projects business. Neale has 21 year’s industry experience, 16 of which were earned at DRA. He has worked on small to large-scale mining/engineering projects in various locations around the world and is currently responsible for strategic business deliverables for the DRA Group. Neale is trusted with integrating and driving efficiencies in the Projects business as well as developing strategies for the group to enhance the organisations value proposition on a global scale.
Neale is a champion of DRA’s recently developed Mine Operating Management System (MOMS) technology which is designed to help mining companies drive down costs, increase yields and maintain assets. MOMS integrates immediate finance and production data into the client’s business systems, allowing for real-time decisions regarding procurement, budgeting, maintenance and production.
Educated in South Africa, Neale holds a B.Sc. Eng (Mechanical) from University of the Witwatersrand and is registered professional engineer (ECSA) and project management professional (PMI).
Steve Sharpe was appointed as President and CEO and a director of Euromax Resources in May 2012.
He has over 25 years of investment banking experience in the mining sector and has held senior management positions at Endeavour Financial, Standard Bank, NM Rothschild & Sons Ltd and Canaccord Genuity.
Mr. Sharpe was previously Senior VP, BD at European Goldfields Limited, where he was focused on raising the profile of the Company in the European and North American market.
He is also an Honorary Board Member of Macedonia 2025, a group dedicated to enhancing the economic development of Macedonia.
David de Launay is the Deputy Minister with the Ministry of Northern Development of Mines. As Deputy Minister, he is focused on:
developing innovation in the mining sector as well as supporting the exploration sector,
addressing infrastructure needs in northern Ontario,
helping to implement the government’s approach to Indigenous people, and
addressing economic growth throughout the North.
Mr. de Launay is responsible for the oversight of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission and the Owen Sound Transportation Company.
Previously he was the Deputy Minister of Aboriginal Affairs (2013 – 2014) and an Assistant Deputy Minister with the Ministries of Natural Resources, Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development and Mines, and Cabinet Office (2004 – 2013).
Mr. de Launay has been a Board Director of educational, economic and Great Lakes organizations, including Algoma University (2012 – 2013). He holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Trent University.
Theo is the Canadian Leader of EY’s Mining & Metals Advisory Services. He is a registered professional mining engineer with a Ph.D. in mining. Before joining business consulting, Theo worked for mining companies that were leaders in technology and innovation; his roles included being an underground laborer, an engineer and a technical consultant. Theo has been a keynote speaker at a number of industry meetings for mining technology and innovation. He has also published several position papers for mining journals. He has been involved in all facets of the mining industry: operations excellence, capital projects, corporate finance, IT, restructuring, valuation, cost and enterprise transformation… Theo has hands-on experience and insights into the mining industry and its current imperatives of technology and innovation.
David Oldham is a Partner of KPMG Canada in the Audit practice specializing in the Mining Industry. David has over 15 years of experience in public accounting specializing in the mining industry, with experience in both precious and base metals and a strong knowledge of the global mining industry.
Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment of Government of the Northwest Territories
Wally Schumann was elected to the 18th Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories in November 2015 representing the constituency of Hay River South.
He founded Poison Graphics, an auto body repair facility, which has become the largest sign manufacturing business in the NWT.
Mr. Schumann previously served as president and vice-president of the Hay River Métis Government Council, director for the Hay River Chamber of Commerce, member of the NWT Chamber of Mines Aboriginal Participation Committee and a director for the NWT Manufacturer’s Association.
Mr. Schumann was appointed Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment in September 2016 and is also the Minister of Transportation and Minister of Public Works and Services.
Executive Director and Founder – Concentrate Capital Partners (CCP) of DRA Global
Concentrate Capital Partners is a private equity and advisory group which is an investment partner to DRA Global. CCP manages an early stage co-investment fund which provides project facilitation funding for capital projects in natural resources and related sectors. DRA is an international, multi-disciplinary engineering firm which delivers project management and contract operations in the natural resources, energy, infrastructure and agriculture. DRA participates as both a financial and engineering partner to CCP, providing specialized technical services.
Stuart has 13 years of experience in strategic and financial advisory services, having also worked at Rothschild and KPMG in South Africa. In the mining sector his experience includes cross-border M&A, valuation, project finance, capital raising, equity capital markets and investment advisory services. He has advised Anglo American, Rio Tinto, GMR and Homeland Energy, Interplay and DMRC, as well as DRA.
Resources Investment Commissioner of Queensland Government
Todd Harrington is the recently appointed Resources Investment Commissioner. Todd is a seasoned resource executive, possessing significant investment, mining, asset development, approval and corporate financing experience. Originally a geologist by profession, Todd has significant mergers and acquisition resource transaction experience with capital raising and debt, for company and project acquisition and divestment. As a geologist he has worked on 50 projects at over 20 operating mines and has previously held Chief Executive roles in Stanmore Coal, Cockatoo Coal, and Blackwood Corporation. He has also held senior industry board or committee positions at AMEC, ACARP, QRC and EMERST.
CEO and Chief Investment Officer of US Global Investors
Frank Holmes is the CEO and chief investment officer of U.S. Global Investors. Mr. Holmes purchased a controlling interest in U.S. Global Investors in 1989 and became the firm’s chief investment officer in 1999. In 2006, Mr. Holmes was selected mining fund manager of the year by the Mining Journal. He is also the co-author of The Goldwatcher: Demystifying Gold Investing. More than 30,000 subscribers follow his weekly commentary in the award-winning Investor Alert newsletter which is read in over 180 countries.
Under his guidance, the company’s mutual funds have received recognition from Lipper and Morningstar, two trusted independent financial authorities. In 2015, Mr. Holmes led the company into the exchange traded fund (ETF) business with the launch of the U.S. Global Jets ETF, which invests in the global airline sector.
Mr. Holmes was awarded the Huron Medal of Distinction from Huron University College in 2013, his alma mater for class of 1978. This award recognizes individuals whose life achievements set an example of excellence and reflect Huron’s arts and social sciences missions.
Mr. Holmes is a native of Toronto and is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He is a former president and chairman of the Toronto Society of the Investment Dealers Association.
Mr. Holmes is a much-sought-after keynote speaker at national and international investment conferences. He has spoken at the Investing in African Mining Indaba conference, the Denver Gold Group’s European Gold Forum and numerous Money Show events, sat on panels with prominent industry leaders including the editor of Barron’s, and continues to be invited as a keynote speaker at conferences throughout the U.S., Canada and overseas.
Mr. Holmes is a regular commentator on the financial television networks CNBC, Bloomberg, BNN and Fox Business, and has been profiled by Fortune as well as The Financial Times. His thoughts on gold are captured each week on a program called Gold Game Film in collaboration with Kitco News and TheStreet.com. Mr. Holmes was also the feature spread in Barron’s during the commodity rally at the start of 2004. He is a regular contributor to Forbes, Business Insider,Seeking Alpha and Wall Street Journal’s Experts Corner.