P. MARK SMITH
Mr. Smith has more than 40 years of experience in the industry with expertise ranging from exploration, mining, research, advising, and arranging financings. Mr. Smith started his career as a geologist in the mining and exploration industry and throughout his career became a Senior Mining Analyst and later a Managing Director Investment Banker. He spent 20 years working for several mining companies including Cominco, and the Mineral Deposits Section of the Ontario Geological Survey before transitioning into the brokerage industry in 1997. For the next 11 years he worked as a mining analyst with Marleau-Lemire, C.M. Oliver, First Associates, and Dundee Securities, specializing in gold. Over the next decade Mr. Smith was an Investment Banker with Dundee Securities, Stifel Nicolas, and M Partners where he provided financial, technical, marketing, general corporate, and strategic advice as well as arranged financing for private and public companies in the mining and exploration sector. From the mid 1990’s Mr. Smith served on the PDAC technical committee responsible for the highly successful PDAC convention in Toronto, Canada. In 2001 and 2002 he was Chairman of the convention, and remained as a Director of the PDAC until 2005. Mr. Smith has B. Sc. and M. Sc. degrees in Earth Science from the University of Waterloo.
PRESIDENT, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & DIRECTOR
Dr. Carter was a co-founder of both Peregrine Metals Ltd. and Cuprum Resources Ltd., which were sold to Stillwater Mining and B&A Mineracao respectively, and is currently a director and Chairman of both Fremont Gold Inc. and Altamira Gold Corp. He has a B.Sc. degree in Geology from the University of Nottingham, U.K. and a Ph.D. degree in gold geochemistry and structural geology from the University of Southampton, U.K. Dr. Carter has been directly involved in the discovery of 5 gold deposits, including 4 in Brazil, and was a co-founder of Magellan Minerals Inc. which was acquired by Anfield Gold Corp. in May 2016 and is now part of Equinox Gold. He founded Cabral Gold in late 2016 and took the Company public in November 2017.
Rodney Cooper is a mining engineer with a degree in Applied Science (Mining) from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and also holds an MBA from the University of Toronto. Mr. Cooper worked in various capacities with Echo Bay Mines for 12 years from 1985 onwards, and was Mine Superintendent at Homestake’s high-grade Eskay Creek Mine from 1997 to 2000. He joined Kinross Gold Corporation in 2000 and was VP Technical Services for Kinross from 2002 to 2006. From 2006 to 2009 he joined Baffinland Iron Mines as Vice President Operations and Chief Operating Officer, before being appointed a Vice President and senior mining analyst with Dundee Securities in Toronto from 2009 to 2011. From the period 2011 to 2017, Mr. Cooper was President and COO of Labrador Iron Mines, prior to establishing his own consulting firm.
Derrick Weyrauch is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant with over 28 years of corporate experience. Currently the President and CEO of Palladium One Mining Inc. (TSXV: PDM) and a founder and director of Magna Mining Corp, a private development stage nickel company operating in Ontario, Canada. Previously he was a director of a number of publicly listed (TSX, NYSE Mkt, TSXV) South American focused exploration, development and operating mining companies, including Jaguar Mining Inc. in Brazil. Prior its’ sale he was the CFO of Andina Minerals Inc. (TSXV). Mr. Weyrauch is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Economics from York University.
SAMI ARAP SOBRINHO
Sami Arap Sobrinho is the founding member and senior partner of Arap, Nishi & Uyeda Advogados, a boutique law firm based in São Paulo, with expertise in mining, infrastructure project development and finance, foreign investments, corporate and M&A, tax planning and real estate properties.
He has previously acted as General Counsel of Brasil Telecom S.A. (2002-2005), Enron South America (1999-2002) and Odebrecht Construction Co. (1996-1999). Sami advises several investors in the mining sector in Brazil and abroad. He holds an LL.B. degree from the Catholic University of São Paulo – School of Law (1987) and a Master of Comparative Jurisprudence degree from New York University – School of Law (1991).