Vice President and Director
David Elliott has focused on the mining sector for over 35 years, and along with his partner Andrew Williams, continues to generate investment opportunities for their retail and institutional clients. David began his career in 1968 with Doherty Roadhouse & McCuaig Bros in Montreal and transferred to Vancouver in 1970. He also worked at Westcoast Securities and Walwyn Stodgel Cochran Murray, until joining forces with John Tognetti, David Shepherd and Rob Blanchard to purchase Haywood Securities Inc. in 1986.
President, Chief Economist and Strategist
Rosenberg Research & Associates Inc.
David Rosenberg is the president and chief economist and strategist of Rosenberg Research & Associates Inc., an economic consulting firm he established in January 2020. Prior to Rosenberg Research, David was chief economist and strategist at Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc. from 2009 to 2019. From 2002 to 2009, he was chief North American economist at Merrill Lynch in New York, during which time he was consistently ranked in the Institutional Investor All-Star analyst rankings. Prior to that, David was chief economist and strategist for Merrill Lynch Canada, based out of Toronto, where he and his team placed first in the Brendan Woods survey of Canadian economists for ten years in a row. David received a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts degree in economics from the University of Toronto.
Gran Colombia Gold
Serafino Iacono has over thirty years of experience in capital markets and public companies and has raised more than $4 billion for natural resource projects internationally. Serafino co-founded Gran Colombia Gold, where he is executive chairman. He is also the CEO of Caldas Gold; CEO of NGX Energy International; and chairman of Western Atlas Resources Inc. The mining executive also co-founded Bolivar Gold Corp and Pacific Stratus Energy, among other companies, and is involved in numerous resource and business ventures in Canada, Latin America and the United States. His previous roles included co-chairman and executive director of Pacific Exploration and Production Corp and director of Petromagdalena Energy Corp.
President and CEO
Victoria Gold Corp.
John McConnell’s +35 years of mining experience is mostly in Canada’s northern territories.
Previously, he was President & CEO of Western Keltic Mines until it was acquired by Sherwood Copper; VP, NWT Projects for De Beers Canada primarily responsible for permitting and development of the Snap Lake Diamond Mine; Breakwater Resources Ltd in operations at the Nanisivik Zinc & Lead Mine on Baffin Island; Strathcona Mineral Services Ltd.
A graduate of the Colorado School of Mines, with a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering John is also a Director of Hudson Resources Inc., Abacus Mining & Exploration Corp., the Klondike Placer Miners’ Assoc., Yukon Chamber of Mines, & the Mining Assoc. of Canada.
Chairman and Chief Owner
McEwen Mining Inc.
Rob McEwen is the chairman and chief owner of McEwen Mining Inc. Rob owns 20% of the company, his cost base is $165 million, his salary is $1 per year. Rob founded Goldcorp Inc. which, during the last 13 years of being its CEO, grew its market cap 160 times and its share price at a compound annual rate of 31%. Rob was awarded the 2001 PDAC Developer of the Year Award, was named Canada’s Most Innovative CEO in 2006 by Canadian Business Magazine, and was inducted into The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in 2017. He received the Order of Canada in 2007. Rob and his wife Cheryl, have donated more than $60 million to encourage excellence and innovation in healthcare and education.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dundee Precious Metals
David Rae is a seasoned international mining and smelting executive with extensive experience in Africa, Canada and Europe. He has held senior executive and operational roles in international mining companies including Falconbridge and Xstrata. David is a collaborative leader with a reputation of building high performing teams to optimize current assets allowing the business to focus on growth and business development. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Metallurgy from Leeds University in Yorkshire, England.
Mr. Rae joined Dundee Precious Metals in 2012 as Senior Vice President, Operations and was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2014. In May 2020, he assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer.
As Canada’s Cybersecurity leader at EY, Yogen is responsible for building a cybersecurity practice that offers a holistic approach to all aspects of risk – from cyber program management, cyber threat management and business resilience – to security operations centers, digital identity, and data protection and privacy. Yogen is committed to working closely with companies to help them grow, optimize, and take the upper hand on cybercriminals by preparing them on how to react, respond, recover and maintain their security.
Throughout his 20+ year experience in cybersecurity, technology risk and digital resiliency, he has served as a business security leader and CISO for various multinational organizations. In addition, he has experience with advanced services including threat intelligence, big data analytics, machine learning and cloud to develop next generation solutions to keep up with the increasing cyber threats the industry faces. As a chartered accountant, he combines his business knowledge with expertise in enterprise risk, compliance and security solutions, especially in regulated environments, to serve his clients.
Yogen has been closely involved with the mining industry in the last five years and is actively serving several mining clients with global operations in areas of cyber program transformation, advanced cyber threat detection and response, and innovative ways to monitor operational technology environments in mine sites.
President and CEO
Renforth Resources Inc.
Nicole Brewster brings an early career in capital markets and a successful private practice as an exploration contractor, experienced in acquiring and leveraging data to execute targeted exploration within budget for clients. This supported a re-invigoration of Renforth, today with six mineralized assets, including two open pit gold resources on Quebec’s Cadillac Break. In addition to assembling a compelling land package for Renforth, Nicole has signed an LOI to sell the New Alger asset at a profit for shareholders. This transformative first will, upon closing, have Renforth fully funded for the foreseeable future, able to focus on adding value to the rest of the portfolio, specifically the Parbec open pit gold resource, with no additional dilution.
Condor Gold plc./Troilus Gold
Andrew Cheatle (P.Geo., MBA, FGS, ARSM) is an experienced geoscientist, seasoned CEO and director within the mining industry. As a professional geoscientist and graduate of the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London, his 30-plus-years international career has encompassed both the senior and junior mining sectors. Based in London (UK) and Toronto (Canada), he is a sought-after advisor to the minerals industry, specializing in technical assessments, corporate development, and investments. Andrew sits on the Board of Directors at Condor Gold plc and Troilus Gold Corp and also volunteers on the advisory councils of the Development Partner Institute, the Canada-International Finance Corporation Africa Local Economic Development Partnership and as a Director of International Women in Mining. He is passionate about the mining industry’s role in community and national development.
Chairman & CEO
Mr. Child was commissioned as an officer in the 2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles and served in the British Army for 4 years. He joined Condor’s Board in May 2006 and became CEO in July 2011. He acquired the concessions that comprise La India Project and has raised the finance and developed the Project into what it is today.
Mr Child has 20 years of equity capital markets experience, as an institutional stockbroker and in corporate finance/private equity, mainly in emerging markets. At board level Mr. Child has been an executive director of Hong Kong listed Regent Pacific Group, an emerging market fund manager and private equity group, which spun off Charlemagne Capital Limited. He has board level experience of AIM listed and private companies.
PearTree Securities Inc.
Lisa is the Chief Executive Officer of PearTree Securities Inc., a boutique financing and advisory firm focused on the junior Canadian resource sector. With extensive advisory and business experience in the investment industry including over a decade focused on corporate finance to fund mineral exploration and development projects, Lisa oversees the strategic direction of the firm. Drawing on the in depth knowledge of securities regulation gained while on secondment to the Ontario Securities Commission and as General Counsel for a specialized investment fund business, Lisa is also responsible for the legal and compliance aspects of the firm’s business. While in private practice, Lisa specialized in corporate and securities law with two international law firms including as a partner of Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (now Dentons). Lisa is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and has earned her ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Lisa is a Director of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) as well as co-chair of the Finance & Taxation Committee of the PDAC. She is also on the Advisory Board for LIGHTS, a program in partnership with Community Living Toronto aimed at addressing the significant shortage of independent and appropriate housing for intellectually disabled citizens in Toronto.
Hot Chili Limited
Christian Easterday is the managing director of Hot Chili, a copper exploration and development company with significant copper assets in Chile. A geologist with over 20 years of experience, he has held senior positions and exploration management roles with top-tier gold companies including Placer Dome, Hill 50 Gold and Harmony Gold, specialising in structural geology, resource development and mineral economic valuation. For the last five years, Christian has been involved in various aspects of project negotiation. This work has involved negotiations and valuations covering gold, copper, uranium, iron ore, nickel, and tantalum resource projects in Australia and overseas. He holds an honours degree in geology from the University of Western Australia, a Masters degree in mineral economics from Curtin University of Technology and a Masters degree in business administration from Curtin’s Graduate School of Business.
Worldwide Technical Leader for Mining
Nolan is the Worldwide Technical Leader for Mining at AWS — joining the company in April 2020. In this role he is responsible for formation and execution of technical strategy in the AWS mining vertical and also serves as the technical point of contact for mining internally and externally. Prior to joining AWS, Nolan worked at Caterpillar for 8 years in roles primarily focused on predictive maintenance algorithm development and perception system development for autonomous systems. Before joining Caterpillar, Nolan worked for 8 years at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Nolan holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Mr. Grove joined the Commerce Resources board in 2102 after having worked for the company since 2004. Mr. Grove has assisted the company in raising ~$80 M CAD with global financial contacts, and became President of Commerce Resources in September 2014.
Pick and Pen Ltd.
Chris Hinde is a mining engineer and the director of Pick and Pen Ltd., a U.K.-based consulting firm he set up in 2018 specializing in mining industry trends. He previously led the metals and mining team at S&P Global Market Intelligence. Chris has over 40 years of experience in the mining industry. After qualifying with a 1st in Mining Engineering at Cardiff University and obtaining a Ph.D in rock mechanics, he worked at a gold mine owned by Anglo American in South Africa. He subsequently worked for SRK Consulting and Golder Associates in South Africa and the U.K., before a short period in stock broking. For many years, Chris led the editorial teams at the weekly Mining Journal and monthly Mining Magazine, and was instrumental in establishing the Mines & Money series of conferences.
President and CEO
Maple Gold Mines
Mr. Hornor is an executive leader with a proven track record in legal, financial and business development arenas. He has extensive expertise in structuring and negotiating complex strategic partnerships and raising capital within the Ivanhoe group of companies for over 10 years. Mr. Hornor previously served as Managing Director for Ivanhoe Capital Corporation and Vice President and then Executive Vice President for Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. for 10 years. During his time at Ivanhoe Mines Ltd., he negotiated project financings for development projects with international banking syndicates, structured strategic alliances and directly negotiated equity capital raises totalling more than $450 million. After arranging a $290 million strategic financing from a Japanese consortium (lead by Itochu Corporation) to fund the Platreef project’s early exploration and development, Mr. Hornor sat as Chairman for Ivanplats Holding SARL (owner of the Platreef project) for over four years.
Dave Lindon is the General Manager of OpsGuru Canada. His career started in Telecommunications where he gained the first-hand experience on the criticality of reliable communications. Dave has since focused on Cloud Technologies, through time at an AWS premier partner and Google Cloud where he was responsible for large-scale enterprise cloud adoption across North America.
Through assisting a variety of miners across a range of commodities, Dave has developed a deep understanding of how best to apply digital technologies within mining organizations and the strong belief that mining has a unique opportunity to renew technology infrastructure, connect data systems and enable advanced analytics and artificial intelligence to provide bottom-line improvements to the business.
Chief Operating Officer
McEwen Mining Inc.
Peter Mah is a professional engineer with 30 years of global mining experience spanning gold, diamonds and base metals. Prior to joining McEwen Mining, his roles included chief operating officer and executive vice president of Luna Gold; group executive of Newmont Mining; general manager at De Beers’ Victor mine; mine manager at Newcrest Mining’s Kencana mine, and engineering roles at Goldcorp and Placer Dome. Peter has a track record of building and operating mines, most notably the Kencana underground mine in Indonesia, which produced over 400,000 ounces of gold per year, and the Victor open pit diamond mine in Ontario. He was a director of the Ontario Mining Association, and holds a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in mining and mineral process engineering and a Master’s of Applied Science from the University of British Columbia.
Cyber Threat Management Leader
As EY Canada’s Cyber Threat Management Leader, Chandra is responsible for building a cyber threat management practice that offers Managed Threat Detection and Response, Threat & Vulnerability Management, Threat Intelligence, Security Assessments and Adversary Simulation. He has in-depth experience working with clients in the mining sector securing mine sites in North America, Africa, Europe and Asia.
Chandra brings over 15 years industry experience in MDR, SIEM, SOAR, DFIR, OSINT, and CTI. He has extensive experience in managing CERT, Leading Incident Response, Threat detection, Penetration testing, and Vulnerability management for IT, OT and IoT systems.
Vice President Exploration and Development
Golden Arrow Resources
Brian McEwen is a professional geologist with more than 30 years of exploration and production experience in open-pit and underground mining projects and operations. Brian has managed numerous projects in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, and throughout Latin America. His previous roles include more than a decade with MRDI (AMEC Peru), where he was responsible for project management, economic resource and reserve calculations for precious metal and base metal companies worldwide, including BHP, CM Antamina, Teck Resources, Hochschild and Phelps Dodge, among others.
AbraPlata Resource Corp.
John Miniotis has over 15 years of experience in the mining industry focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets, investor relations and corporate finance. Prior to joining AbraPlata Resource Corp., he was the interim CEO of Aethon Minerals Corp., where he was responsible for overseeing the company’s capital markets and mergers and acquisitions strategy, which culminated in its successful merger with AbraPlata. Prior to joining Aethon, John was the vice president of corporate development at AuRico Metals, which was acquired by Centerra Gold in January 2018 for about $310 million. John was also the senior manager, corporate development and investor relations, at Lundin Mining, where he played a key role in successfully executing various acquisitions valued over $2 billion. John holds the designation of chartered financial analyst and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto.
CEO and Director
Mr. Gary O’Connor, is currently CEO and a Director of the Company. He has over 35 years of experience in international mineral exploration and development. He is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (FAusIMM), a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geology, and holds a graduate degree in geology, geophysics and environmental studies from the University of Auckland.
Mr. O’Connor was Vice-President of Dundee Resources from 2007 to 2017 where he guided investment decisions with his technical due diligence on 200+ resource projects across all continents and covering gold, diamonds, base metals, bulk commodities and uranium.
From 2000 to 2007, Mr. O’Connor was Vice-President, Exploration of Gabriel Resources Ltd. and Vice-President, Exploration of European Goldfields from 2000 to 2003 where he was responsible for the discovery, drill out, scoping and feasibility studies of a number of gold and gold-copper deposits. He was previously District Exploration Manager for Freeport-McMoRan in Papua, Indonesia.
Head of Business Unit, Pitram – Americas
Guido Perez is a mining technology and innovation executive with over 15 years of experience working in project management and business development. Currently, Guido works at Micromine, a provider of innovative software solutions, as the head of the business unit for Pitram in the Americas region. His work has been focused on the Micromine product Pitram, the most widely used fleet management system in underground mining. Guido has been recognized in the Americas region for his contributions to the growth, territory expansion and account development both within North America and Latin America. He has been the leader for the Pitram underground operations with Fresnillo PLC and improving the performance at its Saucito and Fresnillo mines. Based in Denver, Colorado, Guido holds an MBA, a Masters degree in industrial engineering and a Masters in renewable energy.
Vice President, Operations Finance & Information Technology
After holding executive roles in the multiple sectors, Effie Simanikas joined IAMGOLD in 2011, where she oversees finance for the operations and leads the global IT group. In 2019, Effie co-led a successful transformational initiative to evaluate several growth strategies and eventually support IAMGOLD’s current growth direction. She is active on several Cote Gold joint venture committees, is a member of the Board of Euro Ressources, and is actively involved in several organizations committed to women’s advancement at work, including the Canadian Diversity Council.
CEO and President
Jeremy Tooley is a seasoned IT leader who specializes in transforming organizations. He possesses a passion for applying modern technology innovations to customer experiences in all industries. Jeremy has delivered upon transformational business and technology strategies for over 18 years and is deeply experienced in cloud and digital technologies.
Robert D. Willis B.Sc., P.Eng.
Sun Summit Minerals
Robert (Bob) Willis has worked in the mineral resources industry for more than 35 years. Mr. Willis currently serves as CEO and Director of Sun Summit Minerals (formerly San Marco Resources), which he started with business associate R. Stuart “Tookie” Angus. Prior to that, Mr. Willis founded and held senior management positions with Pioneer Metals, Manhattan Minerals, and Geologix Exploration. He has been involved in the evaluation and acquisition of under-valued assets and was a key player in moving them into production, such as the Stibnite heap leach gold mine in Idaho, the Silbak Premier gold and silver property in B.C., and the Moris open pit heap leach gold property in Mexico. Mr. Willis graduated in 1973 from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology.