Position: Non-Executive Chairman
Mr. Bradley is a Chartered Accountant with over 45 years of experience in the mining industry, including 15 years with Cominco Ltd. and McIntyre Mines Ltd. in a wide variety of senior financial positions from Corporate Controller to Chief Financial Officer. Over the past 30 years Mr. Bradley has founded, financed and operated several mining and advanced stage exploration and development companies, including Yamana Gold Inc. and Aura Minerals Inc. Mr. Bradley served as Yamana's President & CEO and then Chairman of the Board and Lead Director until 2008. Yamana has a current market capitalization of $13 billion. Mr. Bradley is currently Chairman of Osisko Mining Corp. which has current market capitalization of approximately $5 billion. Mr. Bradley has significant experience in corporate acquisitions and has participated in numerous equity and project debt financings for projects of merit around the world.
Position: President and CEO
Mr. Bonifacio has over 30 years in senior executive positions in the mining industry. Mr. Bonifacio is the founder, President & CEO of Nevada Copper. Among his many accomplishments Mr. Bonifacio has been instrumental in providing over $400 million of capital to projects of merit while being involved with and having a very good understanding of every stage of development from exploration to production. Mr. Bonifacio is a Chartered Professional Accountant with extensive experience and knowledge in areas of corporate finance, securities matters, project finance and mergers & acquisitions. Mr. Bonifacio has held senior executive roles with Getty Resources Limited, TOTAL S.A., and Vengold Inc.
Mr. Brown is Managing Director, Technical and Operations at Pala Investments AG, the exclusive advisor to Pala Investments Holdings Ltd., a multi-strategy investment company dedicated to investing in, and creating value across, the mining sector in both developed and emerging markets. Pala seeks to assist companies in which it has long-term shareholdings by providing strategic advice and innovative financing solutions. Prior to joining Pala, Mr. Brown worked for De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd. where in his role of Chief Operating Officer he was responsible to the Chief Executive Officer and Board for all operations in South Africa, including production at five mines, the planning and execution of construction projects, strategic business development and health, safety and environmental control. Mr. Brown previously held the position of Head of Strategic Business Development at De Beers, where he was responsible for the full value chain from resource evaluation to strategic business planning, concept studies, feasibility studies and project implementation. He managed a number of major projects, including the $750 million Finsch block 5 feasibility study, the $1.3 billion Venetia underground mine pre-feasibility study; the $35 million Venetia resource extension project, and a $200 million construction project at Voorspoed.
Mr. Genovese has 24 years of experience in both the merchant and financial sector of the metals and mining Industry. Mr. Genovese is the CEO of Nage Capital Management in Baar, Switzerland. He is also Chairman of Firestone Diamonds, and member of the Boards of the Armajaro Commodity Funds and Crossbow Partners AG, Baar, Switzerland. He was previously employed at Glencore International AG where he held several senior positions including CEO of the CIS region and manager of the Moscow office. Mr. Genovese is a Chartered Accountant and has a B.Comm and B.Acc from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa).
Mr. Gill is currently Portfolio Manager at Pala Investments Ltd. Mr. Gill has been at Pala since 2008, during which time he has been involved in many of Pala's principal investments covering a range of commodities, as well mining services and consumables sectors. Key transactions include, Pala's investments in Sierra Rutile (AIM: SRX), Asian Mineral Resources (TSX:ASN) and African Thunder Platinum. Mr. Gill has also supported many of Pala's investee companies in defining and implement strategic initiatives, including the expansion of Dumas Mining's business through a series of acquisitions, the turn-around of Asian Mineral Resources' Ban Phuc nickel project, and the evolution of Sierra Rutile's dry mining business model. Mr. Gill is also involved in the oversight of Pala's liquid portfolio. Prior to joining Pala, Mr. Gill was at AMEC Plc., an engineering consulting firm, where he advised on a range of natural resources transactions, including the IPO of the Kazakhstan state oil company and CITIC Resources' acquisition of the Karazhanbas oilfield. Mr. Gill also acted as an advisor across a range of private equity transactions, including investments in businesses spanning mining, metals processing, and mining consumables manufacturing industries. Mr. Gill holds an MBA from the IE Business School in Madrid. He also holds an MSc from the University of North Carolina and a BSc from the University of Wales. Mr.Gill is currently a director of Sierra Rutile.
A corporate finance and mining lawyer with extensive experience in the areas of securities, corporate finance, mining and complex commercial transactions. Mr. Giuffre practiced as a partner with both national and British Columbia based law firms for over 22 years until joining Nevsun Resources Ltd. as Chief Legal Officer on December 31, 2012. Mr. Giuffre was a founding partner of Axium Law Corporation, a Vancouver based law firm focused on corporate finance and natural resource law matters and a previous partner of Gowlings, a national law firm with over 750 legal professionals. Mr. Giuffre acted as a legal advisor on corporate mergers and reorganizations, acquisitions and divestitures, mining and resource transactions including equity and debt transactions, joint ventures, streaming transactions, offtake agreements and in negotiations on surface rights agreements with first nations groups, and on arranging licenses and permits with governmental regulatory bodies. Mr. Giuffre is one of the founding directors of Nevada Copper.
Mr. Iorich has over ten years of experience in the natural resources sector and is currently Portfolio Manager at Pala Investments Ltd. His commodity experience extends across a broad range of bulk commodities, as well as precious and base metals. Mr. Iorich has worked with a number of Pala's portfolio companies, including, Peninsula Energy (ASX:PEN), Sierra Rutile (AIM:SRX) and Asian Mineral Resources (TSX:ASN) on a range of strategic initiatives, M&A opportunities, operational and financial planning and structuring. He is a director of Peninsula Energy and Asian Mineral Resources and, in addition, with his considerable experience in oil and gas, is also a director of Serinus Energy (TSX:SEN). Prior to joining Pala in 2006, Mr. Iorich was a financial manager at Mechel, the Russian metals and mining company, where his responsibilities included all aspects of budgeting and financial modeling. Mr. Iorich graduated from the University of Zurich with a Masters of Arts degree.
Mr. Matysek is a mining entrepreneur, professional geochemist and geologist with over 30 years of experience in the mining industry and is currently President and CEO of Goldrock Mines Corp. Mr. Matysek has held senior executive and director positions with several natural resource exploration and development companies and is a proven company builder. Mr. Matysek was President and CEO of Lithium One Inc. whose world class lithium development project was in northern Argentina. In July 2012, Lithium One merged with Galaxy Resources of Australia via $112M plan of arrangement to create an integrated lithium company of global significance. Prior to Lithium One, Mr. Matysek was the President and CEO of Potash One Inc. where he was the architect of the $434 million friendly takeover of Potash One by K+S Ag, which closed in early 2011. Prior to founding Potash One, Mr. Matysek was the Founder, President and CEO of Energy Metals Corporation ("EMC"), a premier uranium company traded on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges. Mr. Matysek led EMC as one of the fastest growing Canadian companies in recent years, increasing its market capitalization from $10 million in 2004 to approximately $1.8 billion when acquired by a larger uranium producer in 2007.
Mr. Myckatyn is a mining engineer with over 30 years of technical and management experience in mine financing, development and operations. He was the Chairman and subsequently Vice Chairman of Quadra FNX Mining Ltd., an intermediate copper and gold producer focused in the Americas, until its takeover in 2012. Prior to founding Quadra Mining in 2002, Mr. Myckatyn held the position of Chief Executive Officer and senior positions at other mining and metals companies over the period of a decade including Dayton Mining, Princeton Mining and Gibraltar Mines. For over ten years prior to that, he worked for various operations controlled by Placer Dome Inc. and its associated and predecessor companies, including four separate mines in Australia and the Philippines. Mr. Myckatyn also sits on the Board of Directors of OceanaGold Corporation, First Point Minerals and San Marcos Resources.