Mr. Imhof has over 23 years of experience working in the asset management business as lead manager or co-manager of over $1.5 billion in assets specializing in the Canadian Small Capitalization sector. Previous roles included Managing Director at Sceptre Investment Counsel ( bought by Fiera Capital ), Investment Strategist at Sprott Asset Management and Vice President at AGF Management. Mr. Imhof’s expertise lies in funding small capitalization companies to take them through their next stage of growth. Over the last 15 years Mr.Imhof has been a regular guest on BNN ( Business News Network) and frequently quoted in the Globe and Mail, Financial Post as well as other business journals. Mr. Imhof is a Chartered Investment Manager.
Greg Duras, CPA, CGA
Chief Executive Officer, Corporate Secretary & Director
Mr. Duras has over 20 years of experience working in the resource sector and over 10 years of experience working as Chief Financial Officer for various publicly traded companies most recently working for Savary Gold Corp., a gold exploration Company operating in Burkina Faso which was acquired by Semafo Inc. for a substantial premium and Avion Gold Corp. which had mining operations in Mali and Burkina Faso. Mr. Duras has an abundance of international mining experience, having served as Vice President of Finance and Administration at S.C. Rosia Montana Gold Corporation, a mineral exploration and mining development company based in Romania, and more recently working in the resource sector based in Seville, Spain as CFO. Mr. Duras has a Bachelor of Administration from Lakehead University and is a Certified Professional Accountant (“CPA”).
Managing Director, Spain & Director
Mr. Merino has been providing services to the mining industry as a consultant for the last five years. Mr. Merino is a professional geologist with 25 years of progressive experience in exploration, mining and business development obtained in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe. Before independent, Mr. Merino was Vice President Exploration for Primero Mining Corp., focusing in exploration strategies and evaluating opportunities around the world. From 2006 to 2010, he also held the position of Vice President Exploration for Apogee Silver and prior to that he was the exploration manager for Placer Dome at Porgera Mine, in PNG. Earlier in his career Mr. Merino worked as exploration geologist in different roles of increasing responsibility in Spain for Cominco Resources and Placer Dome; and in Chile, Peru and Venezuela for Hecla Mining and other exploration Canadian companies. Mr. Merino holds a Master degree in Sciences from Queens University (Ontario), and a Bachelor degree in Geology from University of Seville (Spain). Mr. Merino is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario and a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists.
Vice President Exploration
Mr. Funaioli previously held senior and executive positions including project geologist with Bolivar Goldfields, MK Gold-Arlo Resources, Hecla Mining and Bolivar Gold. Mr. Funaioli is a professional geologist with over 30 years of industry experience specializing in exploration operations across precious and base metals, in a variety of geological environments and mineral deposit systems. Mr. Funaioli has had an impressive career and previously acted as exploration manager for Gold Mines of Sardinia, Medoro Resources, LGL, Newcrest Mining and Perseus Mining, as well as technical manager for Gold Fields, strategic project manager for Gran Colombia Gold, and VP Exploration for Royal Road Minerals. Mr. Funaioli has led the identification and discovery of multimillion ounce gold resources, including the delivery of the Choco 10 in Venezuela, a world class resource, including the discovery of its satellite VBK deposit. Mr. Funaioli holds a Master’s degree in Geological Sciences (Volcanology and Geothermics) from the University of Pisa, Italy, and is Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Society Applied to Mineral Deposits and a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists. He is a member (EurGeol.) of the European Federation of Geologists, and Qualified Person for NI 43-101.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Kim has over 12 years of experience working in the resource sector in senior finance positions of publicly traded companies. Mr. Kim serves as the Corporate Controller of Consolidated Uranium and Labrador Uranium. He previously held roles as Director of Treasury & Planning at Americas Gold & Silver and Corporate Controller at Andean Precious Metals and Polar Star Mining. Mr. Kim began his career at BDO Canada where he worked with a variety of companies. Mr. Kim is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Ted Rogers School of Management at Toronto Metropolitan University.
Mr. Varshney is a professional geologist, currently the CFO of Usha Resources Ltd., as well as CEO and Director of Xander Resources Inc.
Ms. Berneche is a CPA, CA, with 15 years of experience operating with public companies in the mining and publishing sectors, as well as experience with large accounting firms, specializing in corporate tax. Since 2014, she has dedicated her time to a grass roots charity she created which provides financial assistance to families with children with cerebral palsy. She holds an Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto and sits on the board of Labrador Uranium Inc.
Mr. Gonzalez-Nistal is a geologist with more than 25 years of experience in base and precious metals exploration. He started his career in Outokumpu in Cu-Co and Pb-Zn exploration. Since 1993 he was project geologist, project manager and from 2001 chief geologist of the Rio Narcea Gold Belt, in charge of geological issues from exploration, mine geology, resource and reserves estimation for Rio Narcea, Kinbauri Gold and Orvana Minerals, in the Carlés and El Valle Boinás mines. Since 2013 he is a consultant for exploration, mine geology and project evaluation for several international companies. He obtained a degree in Geology (1990), and a Master Degree in Mineral Resources and Geotechnics (2006) from the University of Oviedo. He is a member of the European Federation of Geologists and a Qualified person for NI 43-101 reports.
Mr. Rodriguez is an engineer in cadastral and geodesy from the University of Seville. He has been dedicated to the mining industry for more than 23 years providing services as chief surveyor and the head of the topography department for different mining companies (Boliden, LKAB, Lundin Mining, Northland Resources, Riotinto Mining, First Quantum, Outotec, Alrosa, Navan Resources, Primero Mining, and Carrizal Mining) in different countries (Spain, Sweden, Finland, Portugal, Russia, Poland, Mexico and Chile) in underground and open pit environments. He also has developed interest in the data base management for exploration projects and mining operations. He is well connected in the industry and in the Spanish administration.
Corporate securities lawyer with over ten years experience working as corporate secretary and legal counsel to various publicly traded exploration, development, near production and production phase mining companies. Broad range of international experience in the mining industry having held roles with companies with projects in North America, South America, Russia, Australia, Mali, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso. Juris Doctorate from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law in 2005 and an Honours B.A in Economics from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada in 2002. Native English speaker, proficient in French.
Ms. Asfour is an experienced executive consultant with over 10 years of management, investor relations, communications and marketing experience, specialized in capital markets. Ms. Asfour holds a Master’s degree in Business Management, Financial Markets Certificate from Yale University and Alternative Investments Certificate from HBS. In her role as Chief Development Officer at Fairgreen Capital Partners and Managing Director of its Canadian regional division, Ms. Asfour has led over US$550 million worth of fundraising and strategic development initiatives. Ms. Asfour's is currently the Director of Investor Relations to Auxico Resources Canada Inc., previous positions include Investor Relations executive at Red Pine Exploration Inc. and Communications Director at Dominion Water Reserves Inc.