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Chief Executive Officer
Daniel Major is a mining engineer from the Camborne School of Mines in the UK. His career spans over 30 years in the mining industry, where he has established a solid track record, initially with Rio Tinto at the Rossing Uranium Mine in Namibia, then at Amplats in South Africa, and later as a mining analyst with HSBC Plc, followed by a role at JP Morgan Chase & Co. in London. More recently, Daniel was Chief Executive and later Non-Executive Chairman of Basic Element Mining and Resource Division in Russia, and held leadership positions in several Canadian-listed mining companies with exploration and producing assets in Canada, Russia, and South America. Daniel joined GoviEx in 2012 and has been responsible for the transition of the company from explorer to developer.
Managing Director, Research - Metals & Mining Analyst
Canaccord Genuity Inc.
Eric Zaunscherb joined Canaccord Genuity in June 2014. He has over 30 years — and four cycles — of experience as a mining analyst, including seven years with his own independent research firm. He has also worked for a number of well-known investment dealers, most recently with Morgan Stanley in London. As a geologist, Mr. Zaunscherb designed and implemented mineral exploration programs in diverse North American environments. He graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1984, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. In 1990, Mr. Zaunscherb gained the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He is a member of the CFA Institute and various mining industry organizations.
Frazer is a PhD qualified geologist with 30-years international experience in exploration and project development, with a strong technical background in porphyry copper-gold systems in SE Asia, SW Pacific, the American Cordillera and central and northern Asia. After spending 16 years with WMC Resources and managing exploration portfolios in the Philippines, Mongolia and Africa, he left to join the Mitchell River Group. He has served on ASX-listed Company Boards at Executive level over last 10 years, and is a director and Principal at Mitchell River Group, and currently Executive Director at African Energy Resources Limited and Non-Exec Director at Arrow Minerals Limited.
Angelina holds a degree in Mining Engineering and an MBA from McGill University in Montreal. She also has a Masters in Business Law from Osgoode Law school. Angelina was an investment manager for 5 years with The Sentient Group, a private equity fund focused on natural resources. She is currently a Senior Mining Advisor with Paradigm Capital in Investment Banking, and also works with North American Nickel, a junior nickel sulphide exploration company with a project in Greenland. Angelina is a member of the Board of Directors for Azimut Exploration in Quebec, and Director with WIM Canada.
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.
Christopher Jacobs is a Vice President and senior consultant in mineral economics with Micon International Limited, based in the Toronto head office. He received his B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Geochemistry from the University of Reading, England in 1980 and an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, RSA in 2003. Chris has over 25 years’ direct experience in the management of mineral exploration, project development and mining operations, and more than 12 years working as an independent consultant. He a chartered engineer in the UK, with professional membership of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IoM3), and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).
Since joining Micon, Chris has undertaken due diligence and Independent Engineer assignments, and participated in a variety of mine evaluation assignments, scoping, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies involving gold, silver, nickel, copper, cobalt, lead, zinc, iron, bauxite, tin, chromite, vanadium, diamond, platinum, lithium and rare earth deposits.
Having started his career in field exploration and mining geology, Chris moved into management of exploration and mining operations with junior miner Cluff Resources plc, and later headed Anglo American plc’s gold division in Zimbabwe through a period of rapid and profitable growth. Subsequently, Chris joined the strategic planning team of Anglo Platinum in Johannesburg, responsible for the technical and economic evaluation of several open pit and underground mining operations and development projects. During this period, he was also involved in corporate/business development work, including successful joint venture negotiations.
David Anonychuk has nearly 25 years of international mining and metallurgical experience, working in operational, management and marketing positions at mine sites, smelters and the offshore offices of major metals producers and industrial groups (Glencore, Xstrata, Falconbridge, Noranda and Newmont). This has given him experience across a wide range of minor and specialty metals and minerals, as well as the major base metals, including copper, nickel, cobalt, PGMs, molybdenum, rare earths, graphite, fluorspar and fertilizer materials. David has senior management experience with a major North American metals smelting and recycling operation where metals recovered include selenium and tellurium. He has conducted a detailed assessment of the cobalt mining in the DRC, and the processing supply chain.
Prior to joining M.Plan, he led the development and execution of business strategies for commercial application of an innovative antimicrobial copper coating process as Managing Director at Aereus Technologies Inc.
Through his positions with the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association and the Copper Development Association USA, David has first-hand knowledge of both the traditional, large-scale markets and the emerging applications for copper and copper alloys (electric vehicles and renewable energy storage). David has been recognized by his peers for successfully introducing corporate best practice portals at Xstrata, as well as for his industry leadership.
David graduated with a Metallurgical Engineering degree from McGill University and has an MBA (Finance Specialization) from Queens University.
M.Plan International is a joint venture between Micon International Limited and Dorfner Anzaplan GmbH providing integrated consulting services to the industrial minerals, specialty minerals and rare metals industry from prospect to final product specification. www.mplaninternational.com
Daniella has over 20 years of leadership experience in building and operating businesses in mining and financial services. She is currently Partner, Sprott Capital, a natural resources investment banking and advisory firm. Previously, she served as President and CEO and as CFO of Orvana Minerals, a gold/copper producer with mines in Spain and Bolivia, and as Executive Vice-Chair of Baffinland Iron through its acquisition for $600M following a hostile take-over bid. She also served as COO of Dundee Securities and in various corporate development roles including with Dundee and Raymond James. Daniella has been involved in 50+ equity/debt/M&A deals totaling $5B+.
Daniella is currently a director of Nexa Resources, International Petroleum and Excellon Resources, has been a director of Aldridge Minerals, Alloycorp Mining, Orvana Minerals, Baffinland Iron (Vice-Chair) and Commonwealth Silver (Chair) and has chaired or been a member of various committees of such boards including Technical, EHS, Strategic Opportunities and Special Committees.
Daniella has a Global EMBA from Kellogg School of Management and Schulich School of Business and a law degree from Windsor University. She was chosen as one of the top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining for 2016, is a Canada Board Diversity Council – 2016 Diversity 50 Candidate and speaks frequently on various topics including talent management, capital management and governance.
Mr. Bebek is Executive Chairman and Director to the Company. Mr. Bebek has over 18 years experience in financing, foreign negotiations, and acquisitions in the mineral exploration industry. His understanding of the capital markets and ability to position, structure and finance companies that he has been associated with has been instrumental in their successes. Mr. Bebek was formerly the President, CEO and cofounder of Cayden Resources Inc., which was sold to Agnico Eagle Mines Limited for $205 million in November 2014, and a co-founder of Keegan Resources Inc. (now Asanko Gold Inc.). Mr. Bebek is a cofounder, Co-Chairman and Director of Torq Resources Inc. (formerly, Stratton Resources Inc.) and serves on the advisory board of Gold Standard Ventures Corp.
Ross Bhappu has been with Resource Capital Funds since the beginning of its second fund in 2001. His experience in the mining industry includes working for both major and junior mining companies in operational, business development and management roles.
Prior to joining Resource Capital Funds, Ross served as the CEO of a development stage mining company. Additional experience includes serving as Director of Business Development for Newmont Mining Corporation and various technical and commercial roles for Cyprus Minerals Company (now part of Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold) where was involved in the construction and operation of the rebuilt Miami Copper Smelter in Arizona.
Ross currently serves on the boards of directors of portfolio company Lighthouse Resources Inc. as well as the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources. He previously held Director roles with a number of mining companies including Traxys S.A., Molycorp, Constellation Copper, EMED Mining and Anglo Asian Mining. Ross recently concluded his three-year term on the board of directors of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME).
Ross holds a Ph.D. in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Arizona. He is married with twin daughters and lives in Denver.
Head of Mining and Natural Resources and Portfolio Manager
Alain Corbani joined FINANCE SA in July 2013 as Head of Mining and Natural Resources and portfolio manager of the Global Gold & Precious fund. From November 2008 to July 2013 he was COO of Commodities AM and portfolio manager of the same precious metal fund. Under Alain’s tenure, the fund has achieved an 11% excess return vs. its benchmark, the FTSE Gold Mines Index, while displaying a lower volatility. It was the best performing precious metals fund among its French peers in 2009, 2010 and 2016. It is ranked number one over the last three years. Prior to managing the Global Gold and Precious fund, Alain worked for 17 years as a Sell-side analyst and investment banker, notably as Director of Dominion Securities, then RBC Capital Markets prior to founding Green Oak Securities.
He has developed an expertise in North American equity investing and financing of North American mining companies.
Alain holds an MBA in International Management from George Washington University (USA).
Michael is a Managing Director with Beacon Securities, where he has been a Mining Research Analyst for over 5 years. Prior to joining Beacon, he held similar roles over his 24-year career with RBC, CIBC, Merrill Lynch Canada, and Midland Walwyn. Michael is a geologist, having graduated with a B.Sc. in Geology and Chemistry from Carleton University (Ottawa), and a M.Sc. in Mineral Exploration from the Royal School of Mines (London, UK).
Caroline Donally is a Managing Director at Denham Capital, a global private equity firm with more than $9bn under management. She has over 20 years of experience in the Mining sector, originating, analyzing, structuring and executing investments across the globe, in a variety of commodities.
Since joining Denham’s Mining team in 2011, she’s been responsible for new equity and debt investments and managing ongoing investments in various stages of their lifecycles across North and South America and Africa, including copper, zinc, silver, lead, niobium, tin and rare earth elements. She was responsible for originating, monitoring and exiting the investment in JDS Silver that was successfully sold to Coeur Mining in 2017.
She sits on the Board of Directors of Santiago Metals, Tremont Holdings, (Board and Audit Committee), Stellar Mining and Mining Ventures Brasil.
Prior to Denham, Caroline spent over a decade providing cross-border project finance to junior mining companies across Africa, at Investec Bank and Rand Merchant Bank, based in Johannesburg. She is a Chartered Accountant and was recognized as one of the “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” in 2013 and 2015.
Charles has 18 years Private Equity experience at Partner level working actively with management teams on financings, restructurings and marketing. Charles is currently a Director of Newtrax, SciAps and SmartCap. He is also a Director of Monash Health.
Charles has a Masters of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School (he was the HJ Heinz Scholar in 1991), is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, a GAICD and has a Bachelor of Science/Arts from the University of Melbourne.
Richard Gowans is President and Principal Metallurgist of Micon International Limited, mineral industry consultants, a position he has held for the past 10 of his 20 years of working at Micon. Micon is a mining industry consulting company with its head office based in Toronto and secondary offices in Vancouver, Canada, as well as Norwich and Cornwall, UK and with representatives in Russia and the United States.
Richard’s experience in the mining industry has spanned 35 years since his graduation from the University of Birmingham, UK in 1980, with an honours degree in Minerals Engineering. His career started in the South African platinum mining operations in 1981, before moving into consulting with LTA in Johannesburg (now Aveng Grinaker LTA), Kilborn in Toronto (now SNC-Lavalin) and Micon, which he joined in 1998.
Richard has gained experience in the operation and design of mineral processing and hydrometallurgical plants for a wide variety of minerals and metals. He has been involved in operations, management, detailed engineering and commissioning of a broad range of types and sizes of processing facilities. Throughout his career he has also worked on and managed a wide assortment of feasibility studies, technical audits, and due diligence assignments on international industrial mineral, precious and base metal projects. His project experience includes leading independent multi-disciplinary due diligence technical teams in support of project debt and equity financing, and mergers and acquisitions. Recent assignments have included gold, copper, lead/zinc, nickel and specialty metals and minerals products, such as cobalt and lithium, that are the focus of M.Plan International Limited, established in 2016 as a joint-venture with Anzaplan of Germany.
Peter Grosskopf has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. At Sprott, he is responsible for strategy, and managing the firm’s investment capital and lending business. His career includes a long tenure in investment banking, where he managed many strategic and underwriting transactions for companies in a variety of sectors. Prior to joining Sprott, Mr. Grosskopf was President of Cormark Securities Inc. He has a track record of building and growing successful businesses including Newcrest Capital Inc. (as one of its co-founders) which was acquired by the TD Bank Financial Group in 2000. Mr. Grosskopf is a CFA® charterholder and earned an Honours Degree in Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration, both from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Glenn Brown has over 40 years of experience as an investor in the mining and natural resources industry. Boswell Capital serves as an advisor to mining investors and end-users. Glenn was Vice President of Research at Haywood Securities (1999 to 2004), and Senior Mining Analyst at Canaccord Capital Corporation (1997 to 1999). From 1989 to 2007 Glenn was Assistant Professor and Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Geology and the Lassonde Programme in Mineral Engineering.
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 companies. 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, and was one of the recipients of the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.
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.
Matt has over 20 years of relationship management and leadership experience at category leading investment management organizations. He joined the World Gold Council in April 2017 with responsibility for distribution strategy, client development and management as well as U.S. marketing & communications. Prior to that, Matt was Head of ETF Relationship Management for Deutsche Asset Management, where he led cross-channel ETF distribution and strategy. Starting in 2002, he served as a member of the U.S. Distribution Leadership team at iShares, formally at Barclays Global Investors and then at Blackrock. Matt is based in New York and holds the series 7, 63 and 24 designations.
Mr. Kosowan is an industry expert with over 20 years of experience in the junior mining sector. For the past 17 years, he has been leading mining investment and financings in the USA and Canada through his work with Sprott Private Wealth and Sprott Global Resources Inc. Mr. Kosowan has also worked as a project Engineer for a number of top-tier Canadian mining companies such as Placer Dome, Falconbridge and Inco, and as an Exploration Manager for Atapa Minerals in Indonesia and Peru. He holds a Master’s of Applied Science degree in addition to being a mining engineer (P.Eng.). Mr. Kosowan also serves as a Director at Auryn Resources.
Senior Director - Infrastructure, Energy & Natural Resources
Americas Market Intelligence
Dr. Remi Piet is a Senior Director at AMI and leads the company’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Practice.
Remi leads political and other risk analysis activities for the mining, energy and infrastructure sectors in Latin America, be it a snapshot country and counterparty risk analysis ahead of an asset purchase or the on-going monitoring of on-the-ground risks for miners and energy players.
Remi has worked on projects in more than 60 countries worldwide and taught at the University of Miami, Centrum Lima, HEC (Paris) and Qatar University. For more than a decade, Remi also led the Latin American operations of European and American multinational firms. He has traveled to and worked in 24 Latin American and Caribbean markets.
Recent engagements for clients included analyses of security, political and reputational risk exposure for mining majors in the Guyana shield, Andes, Central America and Brazil. Remi studies innovative approaches to community relations management as well as local political and security risk mitigation strategies.
Dr. Piet received a PhD in Political Economy from the University of Miami, an MBA from Laval University (Canada) and a Masters in Economics for Developing and Transitioning countries from Universite Paris La Sorbonne.
Mr. Celorrio is a well-known Argentinean mining lawyer with more than twenty years of experience counseling international clients in legal and institutional affairs in the Argentine mining sector. Mr. Celorrio is a Board Member of CAEM (Cámara Argentina de Empresarios Mineros –Argentine Chamber of Mining Entrepreneurs) and direct participant in practically all Argentinean mining companies associations. Mr. Celorrio is currently vice-president of the Australian-Argentine Industry and Commercial Chamber; EVP Corporate Development, LATAM Operation for Lithium Americas Corp and head of the Mining Law Department of Alfaro Abogados. He is also holds a Chair in Administrative Law I at the Universidad del Museo Social Argentino and has extensive academic practice. Mr. Celorrio is in the board of several natural resources Argentine Companies. He has also worked in Toronto at Gowlings WLG and in Miami at Greemberg Traurig LLP.
Junior Stock Review provides investors with in-depth analysis of junior resource companies and interviews with key players from the industry. It’s also a platform through which its founder, Brian Leni, discusses where it is that he’s investing his money, and the people who have and do influence the way he looks for opportunity in the market. Brian is a Professional Engineer by trade, and worked in heavy industry for over 10 years. As a process engineer and then a manager of the steel rolling process, Brian honed analytical skills that lend themselves very well to the world of investing and speculation.
Jason is an exploration geologist with 20 years’ experience in a wide variety of commodities and deposit types with a specialization in gold and copper. He has an extensive track record of successfully managing exploration teams working with a wide variety of cultures in challenging terrains and remote locations around the globe including the South Pacific Rim, the Middle East, South and Central America, SE Asia and the Arctic.
Jason is Exploration Manager for the Cascabel Project as well as SolGold’s Ecuadorean Country Manager and President of the Cascabel Project holding company, Exploraciones Novomining S.A. (ENSA), which is 85% owned by SolGold.
Jason has worked for SolGold since its inception, playing a leading role in the exploration of the Company’s founding projects in the Solomon Islands. He has developed, over the last 20 years, outstanding skills in landholder relations, local labour force development and project and exploration management and is applying these skills at Cascabel to the great benefit of SolGold.
Darren McLean is a senior member of the mining team within hedge fund K2 & Associates in Toronto. He invests on both the long and short side, searching for major dislocations in value where commodity exposure can be minimized in the investment thesis. In his role at K2, Darren has led and been involved with numerous successful activist campaigns within the industry on both the long and short side.
At Fundamental Research Corp, Sid heads the research department which has covered over 300 small and micro cap companies and 100 exempt market/private issues from a broad array of industries including Energy, Mining, Real Estate and Technology. He also manages the FRC list of Top Picks, which are the stocks under coverage which he has the highest conviction level about. These picks have historically helped the firm finish strong in various third party analyst performance rankings.
Sid holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electronics Engineering from Cochin University of Science & Technology, and an MBA from The University of British Columbia. He is also a CFA Charterholder. Sid is sought by the media for commentary on the valuation of small cap stocks and industries he covers. He is also co-author of two online courses including the very successful “Evaluation of Junior Mining Companies for Investment Purposes” which has evolved into classroom courses, seminars, and is in demand at investment conferences across North America.
Mr. Gao Shangxiong, Deputy Chief Engineer of China National Uranium Corporation.(“CNUC”), which is a subsidiary of China National Nuclear Corporation(“CNNC”). He has 25 years working experience in mining and investment, and is responsible for International Cooperation and Development for CNUC at present, especially focusing on the project Development and Investment. Mr. Gao is also director of an international uranium mine, and has worked as vice president of CNNC International Ltd. before, which is a Hong Kong listed company.
Maria joined Sprott Asset Management LP as a Research Associate in May 2005, and was appointed Associate Portfolio Manager in February 2010, Portfolio Manager in March 2014 and Senior Portfolio Manager in May 2017. Maria is part of the precious metals team and manages Sprott Silver Equities Class, Sprott Gold and Precious Minerals Fund and the Sprott Hedge LP and LP II Funds.
Maria has over 18 years of experience in the financial services industry; she began her career at Excel Funds Management as Operations Manager, and subsequently worked in Product Development at Fidelity Investments.
Maria holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto. She has been a CFA charterholder since 2002.
Keith Spence is President and Partner of Global Mining Capital, which is engaged in Private Equity investments and M&A in the mining sector. The company arranges M&A transactions and co-invests with Asian and other partners in mining projects globally. An investment banker, he held senior positions in mining finance and capital markets at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Capital Markets and Bank of Montreal (BMO) Capital Markets. He has been involved in numerous international financings.
A Geologist, he has worked in the Canadian North, China and internationally. He is a member of the Board of PDAC and was also on the international Board of China Mining, and the Canadian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (CIM). He is quoted in international press and media on international mining investments. He has a Hons. B.Sc. in Geology from Western University, an MBA from the Ivey School of Business; and is a graduate of the Global Management program at Harvard University.
Mr. Stein is an experienced executive of mining finance and asset management, and has specialized in precious metals throughout much of his career, managing investments with a hands-on style. David founded the firm Aerecura Capital which manages capital for a select group of institutional and high-net worth investors.
Diego is a seasoned investment banker with over 25 years of experience in the provision of a broad array of sophisticated financial and advisory services for natural resources. Over the years, he has been involved in transactions totaling about USD 4 billion in value.
Founding partner and MD of Natural Resources SA, an investment banking boutique, where Diego leads the Mining & Natural Resources practice. Since 2012, he has strengthened his focus on mining foreign investment helping foreign investors entering or currently working in Argentina, by screening opportunities, providing local support and direct interaction with the federal and provincial governments and regulators.
Since 2016 he has started to invest in precious and energy metals, where he combines his international approach as speaker in mining investment conferences, with a deep knowledge of mining provinces.
He is shareholder and Director de Establecimientos San Ignacio SA (www.sanignacio.com.ar).
He is also President of Auscham the Argentine Australian Chamber of Commerce (www.auscham.com.ar).
He was advisor to Board of Puente (www.puentenet.com.ar) in natural resources. Puente is the top argentine investment bank, awarded in 2017 as best capital market house in Latam by Global Finance.
Prior he worked as Corporate Finance Director for Criteria Investors (broker dealer).
He was also the Business Development Manager of KPMG Argentina, where he had an active role in advisory and M&A transactions.
Before he was the CFO of Recovery SA, a Soros Fund Management subsidiary, specialized in acquiring and servicing non performing assets across Latin America.
He has also worked as commercial banker at Bank of America and BBVA.
He is a Capital Markets Chartered Advisor from Argentine Banks Association.
Additionally, he holds a Master in SME Management from IAE, a Master in Finance and a Degree in Business Administration, both from Argentine Catholic University.
He is a visiting lecturer at the Master of Finance (since 2007), School of Economic Sciences, San Andres University.
Member of the Advisory Board of Mines & Money Americas and Mines & Money Melbourne.
Diego is member of the Energy, Resource Efficiency & Sustaintability task force of the B20 Argentina, business chapter of the G20
Diego is speaker in a wide array of international mining conferences, like Mines & Money Americas, IMARC Melbourne, Latin America Downunder, Mining Cumbre, etc.
Michael White is President and CEO of IBK Capital Corp., a private boutique investment bank located in Toronto, Canada. While at IBK Capital, he has raised funds for and personally invested in IBK Capital led private placement financings totalling over $600 million. He has also been active in financial advisory assignments and mining industry developments pertaining to the Wawa gold camp and the Detour gold camp of Ontario; the Mesquite gold mine in south-eastern California; the nickel and chromite deposits in the ‘Ring of Fire’ area of northern Ontario; the nickel deposits at Voisey’s Bay in Labrador; and Cobalt Blockchain Inc. and the development of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s artisanal mineral wealth 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.
Greg Bell, Founder and Managing Member of Ruby Graphite Holdings LLC, has worked in the natural resources sector for more than 30 years. As a Professional Engineer, Greg recognized the Ruby Graphite project as an attractive new venture for sourcing flake and vein graphite as a domestic supply in the U.S. He has successfully built and managed several startup operations in various capacities as project engineer, project manager, chief technology officer or president.
Greg pivoted to the energy minerals sector from a successful career as a recognized expert in the extraction of natural gas from unconventional resources, especially coalbed methane. He consulted to oil and gas and coal mining companies with projects in the U.S., Canada, China, Australia and other countries through Coal Gas Technology Company, an engineering, geology and analytical services group he founded 29 years ago. Greg expanded the services to Canada during the coalbed methane boom from 2000 through 2008 and he was cofounder of a junior oil and gas company listed on the TSX-V.
He has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Universities of Colorado and Wyoming. Greg’s early career included engineering and management positions with ARCO Coal, Gas Research Institute and TerraTek.
Nick Copeland as Managing Partner advises investors and mining corporations on optimizing risks arising from high profile and impact projects, solely focused on Latin America & Caribbean. This includes giving actionable insights on above ground risks, from counterparty analysis, areas of value to be unlocked related to community & union conflict and ways to build social license to operate. With the ability to get the ground truth from all mining jurisdictions in the region he is responsible for solutions scope, best practice development, client management, quality assurance and Country Partner oversight.
Frank is the head of Vale’s Market Intelligence for Base Metals. Vale is one of the largest metals & mining companies in the world. Vale conducts operations through four principal business segment: Ferrous Minerals, Base Metals, Coal and Logistics Infrastructure. Vale’s Base Metals business is the leading producer of nickel and a significant producer of copper and cobalt. Vale’s nickel products are well suited for the growing battery segment with some volume already used by the market, while Vale is one of the largest producers of cobalt outside of Africa.
Mr. Selby has over 20 years mining industry experience and has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of RNC since February 2014. He joined RNC as Senior Vice President, Business Development in 2010. Mr. Selby was previously Vice President, Business Planning & Market Research with Quadra Mining Inc. (‘‘Quadra’’). Prior to joining Quadra in 2008, Mr. Selby founded Selby & Co. in 2006 to provide consulting advice to mining companies, private equity and hedge fund clients on commodities and business issues. From 2001 until 2007, Mr. Selby held a series of senior roles with Inco Limited (“Inco”) culminating with his role as Assistant Vice President Strategic Planning and Corporate Development. Before joining Inco, he was a partner at Mercer Management Consulting from 1994 until 2001 where he consulted to clients in the transportation and resource sectors. Mr. Selby graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours). Mr. Selby is the Chairman of Orford Mining and a member of the Advisory Board of Cobalt 27 Capital Corp
Mike Amm is co-head of Torys’ Mining and Metals group. He specializes in M&A, corporate finance, IPOs, joint ventures and streaming/royalty transactions in the mining sector. He has significant experience with both domestic and international transactions, including acting for major China-based clients. Mike has recently acted for the underwriters on the IPO and secondary offerings of Stelco Holdings Inc., the underwriters on the proposed IPO of Tacora Resources, Nevada Copper on it is refinancing transactions and public equity offering, Franco-Nevada on various streaming and royalty transactions and Pala Investments on mining investment transactions. Previous representations include China Investment Corp. in its $1.5 billion investment in Teck Resources, Hindalco in its $6 billion acquisition of Novelis, and China Development Bank on its financing of several international acquisitions by Chinese companies.