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.
Position: Non-Executive Chairman
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. 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.