Board of Directors

Serafino Iacono , , , Executive Co-Chairman

Mr. Iacono has over twenty-eight years of experience in capital markets and public companies and has raised more than four billion dollars for numerous natural resource projects internationally. He is currently a director of U.S. Oil Sands Inc. and is a former Co-Chairman and an Executive Director of Pacific Exploration and Production Corporation and a former director of Petromagdalena Energy Corp. Mr. Iacono was also a co-founder of Bolivar Gold Corp and Pacific Stratus Energy, among others, and is involved in numerous resource and business ventures in Latin America, Canada and United States.

Miguel de la Campa , , , Executive Co-Chairman

Mr. de la Campa has been involved in the financing and development of mining, oil and other resource projects in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Africa for the last thirty years. Previously, Mr. de la Campa was the Executive Co-Chairman and a director of Pacific Exploration & Production Corporation, the President and co-founder of Bolivar Gold Corp., a director of Petromagdalena Energy Corp. and a co-founder of Pacific Stratus Energy. He holds a BSFS in International Economics and a Masters Degree in Political Economics from Georgetown University.

Robert J. Metcalfe , , , Lead Independent Director

Mr. Metcalfe has been Counsel at Metcalfe, Blainey & Burns LLP since 2001, and prior to that he was a senior partner with the law firm Lang Michener LLP, where he specialized in corporate commercial law, real estate transactions and financing. Mr. Metcalfe served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Armadale Properties, with significant holdings across numerous industries, including real estate development, finance, automotive dealerships and airport ownership and management. Currently he serves as director of the publicly listed companies Agility Health Inc., Alberta Oilsands Inc., LeadFX Inc. and WPC Resources Inc. Mr. Metcalfe has also served as a director of Canada Lands Company Limited, one of the largest real estate corporations in Canada, PetroMagdalena Energy Corp., and was a director and chairman of the board of CN Tower Limited, the tallest communications structure in the world. Mr. Metcalfe brings to the board of directors his extensive experience serving on the board of numerous natural resources corporations.

Mark N.J. Ashcroft , P.Eng , ,

Mr. Ashcroft has been involved in various capacities in the global mining industry and the North American and European debt and equity markets since 1990. Mr. Ashcroft served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Stonegate Agricom Ltd. from August 2008 to September 2014 and, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development of Canada Lithium Corp. from September 2009 to April 2010. From 2007 to 2008, Mr. Ashcroft worked at Versant Partners, where he was responsible for successfully developing a mining finance business for that firm in sales, trading and corporate finance. Prior to joining Versant Partners, Mr. Ashcroft had been employed since 2003 with Toll Cross Securities Inc., a boutique institutional firm in Toronto where he became Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Ashcroft was a member of the Mining and Metals Team at Standard Bank’s New York office where he was responsible for providing metals trading and project financing solutions to mid-tier developers and producers in Canada and Latin America. From 1999 to 2000, he was a member of the Mining and Metals Team of Barclays Capital, a leading provider of project finance to the mining industry. From 1996 to 1998, he worked in Mines Technical Services at Inco Limited’s Ontario Division, where he qualified as a Professional Engineer in Ontario. From 1990 to 1996, through his undergraduate studies, Mr. Ashcroft worked in various operating roles in North and South America and Australia. Mr. Ashcroft holds his Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from Laurentian University and a Master’s of Science (Finance, Regulation and Risk Management) from the ISMA Centre of the University of Reading.

De Lyle Bloomquist , ,

Mr. Bloomquist retired in March 2015 as the President, Global Chemicals Business for Tata Chemicals Ltd. as well as the President, CEO and Director of Tata Chemicals North America Inc. (the former General Chemical), which he was instrumental in selling to Tata Chemicals for over $1 billion in 2008. During his over 28-year career, he has held positions in finance, manufacturing, sales & marketing, logistics and general management. Mr. Bloomquist has experience in taking companies public and private, raising financing in the public markets, as well as with banks and private investors. He serves on the Boards of Directors for Rayonier Advanced Materials, Huber Engineered Materials, PDS Biotechnology Corporation and Crystal Peak Minerals, and has served in past on the Boards of ANSAC and Oglebay Norton. He also serves on the Board of Business Advisors for the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Bloomquist received his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and his B.S. in General Management from Brigham Young University.

Edward Couch , ,

Mr. Couch is an investor who currently works as a Principal at 683 Capital Management, LLC, where he began his career in investing from 2007-2010 and returned in 2012 after completing a business degree. Prior to this, Mr. Couch worked at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, a New York based law firm. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Hernan Martinez , ,

Mr. Martinez served as the Colombian Minister of Mines and Energy from July 2006 to August 2010 and he has also served as President of International Colombia Resources Corporation, Chairman of the Board of Atunec S.A., President and Chief Executive Officer of Exxon Mobil Colombia S.A., and Manager of Corporate Planning for Esso Colombiana S.A. Mr. Martinez currently sits on the Board of Directors of Pacific Exploration & Production Corporation and CB Gold Ltd. Mr. Martinez was previously director of various private and public companies, including Interconexion Electrica S.A. ESP, Transmision Electrica S.A., and Inversura S.A., ISAGEN Energia Productiva, and was Member of the Board of Ecopetrol. Mr. Martinez has also served as Council President and Representative of the President of Colombia at the National Hydrocarbons Agency. Mr. Martinez holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, and specialized in Petroleum Management at Northwestern University.

Jaime Perez Branger , ,

Mr. Perez has over 30 years of experience in finance and capital markets. He was the Executive Chairman (since 2011) and director of PetroMagdalena since 2009 and is the founder and is managing director of Nextventures Corp., a financial advisory firm since 2005. He was founder and managing director of Andino Capital Markets in 1996; Vice President of Vestcopartners Inc. from 1991 to 1995; and Vice President at Citibank in Caracas from 1990 to 1991. He also serves on the board of Pacific Coal and has acted as director and advisor to a number of Latin American companies and business guilds. Mr. Perez holds a Masters of Economics from the London School of Economics.

Mark Wellings , ,

Mr. Wellings is a mining professional with over 25 years international experience in both the mining industry and mining finance sector and is currently a Director, President and the Chief Executive Officer of Eurotin Inc. From 1988-1994 Mr. Wellings worked in the industry with a variety of companies and roles including Derry, Michener, Booth & Wahl, Arimco N.L., Inco Ltd. and Watts Griffis McOuat, acquiring valuable hands-on experience in exploration, development and production. In 1996, Mr. Wellings joined the investment dealer GMP Securities L.P. where he co-founded the firm's corporate finance mining practice. During his 18 years at GMP, Mr. Wellings was responsible for, and advised on, some of the Canadian mining industry's largest transactions, both in equity financing and M&A. Mr. Wellings is a Professional Engineer and holds a master of business administration degree and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Geological Engineering.


Audit Committee

  • Jaime Perez Branger (Chair)
  • De Lyle Bloomquist
  • Robert Metcalfe

The overall purpose of the Audit Committee is to ensure that the company’s management has designed and implemented an effective system of internal financial controls, to review and report on the integrity of its consolidated financial statements and related financial information, and to review the company’s compliance with regulatory and statutory requirements as they relate to financial statements, taxation matters and disclosure of financial information. In performing its duties, the committee maintains effective working relationships with the board of directors, management and the external auditors, and monitoring the independence of those auditors.

Compensation, Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee

  • Robert Metcalfe (Chair)
  • Hernan Martinez
  • Jaime Perez Branger
  • Ed Couch

The Compensation, Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee is a standing committee appointed by the Board of directors that is responsible for overseeing and assessing the functioning of the Board and its committees, and for the development, recommendation to the Board, implementation and assessment of effective corporate governance principles. It is also responsible for employee and executive compensation including the remuneration philosophy and programs, with specific responsibility for approving stock option grants and bonus payments; management development and succession planning; Board compensation; Executive Committee member compensation; and broadly applicable compensation and benefit programs. The committee is also responsible for identifying candidates for nomination as a director and recommending that the Board select qualified candidates for election at the annual meeting of shareholders.

Health, Safety, Environmental and Technical Committee

  • Mark N. J. Ashcroft (Chair)
  • Hernan Martinez
  • Mark Wellings

The Health, Safety, Environmental and Technical Committee has been appointed by the Board to assist the Company and the Board in carrying out their responsibilities relating to reviewing technical, operational, health, safety and environmental matters concerning the Company’s mineral projects. The Health, Safety, Environmental and Technical Committee's mandate encompasses a wide range of activities pertaining to corporate health, safety, environmental and technical aspects of the Company’s business including technical activities relating to exploration, project development, operations, mine closures and reserves and resources.


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