PearTree Financial Services Ltd., the originator and leading provider of Flow Through Donation Financing in Canada, is pleased to announce the appointment of Trent Mell as President and Head of Mining.
Mr. Mell brings more than 15 years of mining industry and capital markets experience to PearTree, where he will be responsible for expanding the firm’s deployment of capital for Canadian exploration and development mining projects. He previously served as President and CEO of Falco Resources and as Executive Vice President at AuRico Gold. He has also held senior leadership roles at Barrick Gold, Sherritt International and North American Palladium.
Mr. Mell is a Quebec native and was a securities and M&A lawyer with Stikeman Elliott LLP prior to entering the mining sector. He holds a B.A., B.C.L. and LL.B. from McGill University, an LL.M from Osgoode Hall and an executive MBA from the Schulich School of Business and Kellogg School of Management.
“We are excited by the opportunity to work with Trent as PearTree continues to grow,” said Ron Bernbaum, founder of PearTree Financial. “What started as a format to assist charities has evolved into the most cost effective way for Canadian issuers to advance their projects and in doing so, create jobs and benefit northern communities across Canada. We are proud of our impact in providing over a quarter of all exploration capital in Canada during the past two years and in funding more than 150M$ in exploration and development during the past 12 months.”
“I am pleased to become a part of what I know to be the most efficient corporate finance platform in resource exploration. As CEO at Falco, I directly experienced the success of using PearTree’s unique format,” said Mr. Mell. “My mandate is to build and deepen relationships with market participants including investors, issuers and their intermediaries to deploy our available capital.”
The PearTree Securities core team also includes CEO Lisa Davis, Norman Brownstein, Head of Markets, institutional sales representative Marianne Jenkevice and mining analyst Eric Lemieux.