Board of Directors
Mr. Siemens specializes in corporate finance, cross-border transactions and mergers & acquisitions as an independent financial advisor. Mr. Siemens brings over 30 years of experience as a Chartered Accountant, including 8 years in public practice as a partner with major accounting firms, 8 years in senior executive positions in the industry and 18 years as a self-employed financial services executive. He currently serves as a director for five additional public companies: Hansa Resources Limited, Nikos Explorations Ltd, Goldgroup Mining Inc., Boss Power Corp and Spur Ventures Inc. Previously, Mr. Siemens was Partner-in-Charge of Thorne Ernst & Whinney's (now KPMG) Vancouver office Financial Advisory Services group. Mr. Siemens obtained a Chartered Accountant designation in 1972, and a B.A. from the University of British Columbia.
Wayne Hubert is currently a director of Austral Gold. Mr. Hubert is a highly experienced and accomplished mining executive with over 20 years' experience working in the South American resources sector. From 2006 until 2010 he was the Chief Executive Officer of ASX-listed Andean Resources Limited ("Andean"), and led the team that increased Andean's value from CDN$70 million to CDN$3.6 billion in four years. Andean was developing a world-class silver and gold mine in Argentina with a resource of over 5 million ounces of gold when it was acquired by Goldcorp Inc.
Mr. Hubert, B.Sc. (Engineering), MBA, has also held executive roles for Meridian Gold with experience in operations, finance and investor relations. Currently he is also a Director of Midas Gold Corp (TSX:MAX), a Canadian company with a 5.7 million ounce gold resource.
Mr. Thibault is a registered mining engineer with over 30 years of experience in engineering, operations, management and consulting experience in North and South America and is currently an independent mining consultant providing management services to select clients. Mr. Thibault recently held the position of President, Chief Executive Officer and director of Antioquia Gold Inc. (TSX Venture: AGD/ OTCQX:AGDXF).
From 1996 to 2006, Mr. Thibault was based in South America where he worked in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. While based in Buenos Aires, Argentina he held the position of President of High American Gold Inc., a publicly traded junior mining company, and Managing Director of Procesadora de Boratos Argentinos S.A., a private industrial mineral company. In Santiago, Chile he was the General Manager of the consulting firm BGC-AVOT Engineering Inc. In 2006/07, he held the position of Vice President, Minerals of Daleco Resources Corp., a United States based publicly traded company. Before moving to South America, he worked for Fording Coal Ltd., a Canadian based company, in progressively responsible positions.
Mr. Thibault has a B.Sc. (Mining Engineering) from Queen's University and is fluent in English, Spanish and French.
Mr. Downey is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Elgin Mining Inc. (TSX: ELG), a TSX listed company focused on the exploration and development of gold properties located in Canada, the US and Mexico. Mr. Downey served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Aura Minerals Inc. (TSX: ORA), a TSX-listed company that is focused on the acquisition, exploration, development and operation of gold and base metal properties in the Americas, from April 2007 to June 2011 and has over 25 years of international experience in the resource industry. Mr. Downey was President, Chief Executive Officer and director of Viceroy Exploration Ltd. prior to its acquisition by Yamana Gold Inc. in 2006 for CDN$600 million (approximately US$600 million). Prior to that, he was President of Consolidated Trillion Resources Ltd. and Oliver Gold Corporation, where he negotiated the successful merger to form Canico Resource Corp., which was purchased in 2006 by Companhia Vale do Rio Doce for over $800 million. He has held senior engineering positions at several large-scale gold mining operations and has also held operating positions at several mining projects for Anglo American Corporation in South Africa. Mr. Downey is also a member of the board for a number of resource companies in the mining sector. Mr. Downey holds a Bachelor of Science (Hon.) degree in Engineering from Queen's University in Belfast, Ireland and is a registered member with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.
With over 15 years of finance and corporate development experience, Mr. Hanson is currently a director of Van Arbor Asset Management, a division of ZLC Private Investment Management Inc., which he founded in 2003. Mr. Hanson also served as Chairman and Managing Director of Van Arbor Asset Management from 2004 until 2008. In addition, Mr. Hanson has been President of Discovery Management Services Ltd. since 2001. Discovery Management Services is a venture capital consulting firm assisting early-stage companies in the development of short and long-term financing strategies. In 2009, Mr. Hanson served as President and CEO of PanAsian Petroleum. He has also served on numerous other private and public company boards.
Mr. Henderson is a professional engineer with 28 years of international experience in operating, building and acquiring mineral properties. Mr. Henderson has been Chief Operating Officer with Amerigo Resources Ltd. since June 2012 with responsibilities for operations in Chile. From 2004 to 2012, he was with Kinross Gold Corporation ultimately serving as Senior Vice President Technical Services responsible for mine planning, mineral resources and reserves, and energy. Prior to Kinross, Mr. Henderson worked in mine operations with Rand Mines and De Beers and then with SNC Lavalin and Hatch delivering engineering services to international mining clients.
Mr. Henderson holds a BSc. Chemical Engineering degree and a Masters in Business Administration degree both from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Position: President, CEO and Director
Mr. Brown began his career as a professional geologist in 1994. Since then, he has gained extensive experience in corporate and project development, finance, team building and executive leadership around the world in natural resources, including Argentina. He has participated in the development of multiple $100 million dollar plus projects in Latin America.
Mr. Brown was previously employed as the Vice President of Energy at Kinross Gold Corporation from 2009-2012. From 2002-2009 he was employed as Business Development Manager at Pacific Hydro. At Pacific Hydro he opened the company's offices in Chile in 2002, and played a critical role in establishing a significant new market for the company through the acquisition of two run of river hydroelectric projects and leading the development and project financing of two large run-of-river hydroelectric projects. Prior to this he worked as a Senior Project Geologist for companies such as Phelps Dodge, Rio Tinto and Homestake. He has led exploration and resource development programs in prolific mineral regions such as Western Australia, Chile, Argentina and Indonesia. He has been a director of Reservoir Capital Corp since 2011.
Mr. Brown has an MBA from the University of Melbourne, 2002, and a double Science (Hons-Geology, 1993) and Arts Degree, 1994, from the University of Melbourne. Mr. Brown is fluent in English and Spanish.