Audra Walsh, B.Sc., President and CEO
Ms. Walsh is a highly regarded mining executive with extensive experience in strategic planning, mine optimization, and management of large engineering and operating teams, including operating experience in Peru. Ms. Walsh was the Chief Executive Officer and President of Minera SA, a privately held mining company with mining projects in South America, North America and Europe, and the controlling shareholder of Orvana Minerals Corp. Ms. Walsh has held senior management positions at Newmont Mining Corporation and Barrick Gold Corporation. Ms. Walsh is a graduate of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Mine Engineering.
J. Alberto Arias, Chairman
Mr. Alberto Arias is the founder and President of Arias Resource Capital Management LP. Mr. Arias has over 15 years of experience in the field of international mining finance, and is widely recognized as an industry expert, having been ranked for five consecutive years as the #1 equity research analyst for the metals and mining industry in Latin America by leading polls such as Institutional Investor. Prior to founding Arias Resource Capital, Mr. Arias worked for eight years at Goldman, Sachs & Co., most recently acting as Managing Director and Head of Equity Research for metals and mining in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Mr. Arias worked for 4 years at UBS as Executive Director and Analyst covering the Latin American metals and mining sector. Mr. Arias has engineering degrees in mining and metallurgy and an MBA (B.Sc. from the Colorado School of Mines and three Masters degrees from Columbia University), mining industry operational experience, and holds a patent for a gold mineral processing technology. He was raised in a family with a three-generation tradition of founding and managing private mining companies in Peru.
Steven Dean, Director
Mr. Dean is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, a Member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia. He has extensive experience internationally in mining, most recently as President of Teck Cominco Limited (now Teck Resources Ltd.). Prior to joining Teck, Mr. Dean was a founding director of Normandy Poseidon Group, (which became Normandy Mining) the largest Australian gold producer until its sale to Newmont Mining in 2002, as well as founder of PacMin Mining a gold producer that became a subsidiary of Teck Corporation in 1999. He was also a co-founder and former Chairman of copper producer Amerigo Resources Ltd. Mr. Dean is Chairman and a Director of Spur Ventures Inc. (TSX:SVU), of Infinito Gold Ltd. (TSX-V:IG) and of Oceanic Iron Ore Corporation (TSX-V:FEO).
Doug Cater, Director
Mr Cater is a professional geologist with more than 30 years of experience in the gold mining and exploration business gained while working with Sr. tier Canadian based mining and exploration companies. Currently Mr. Cater is the Vice President – Exploration with St. Andrew Goldfields a gold producer and explorer in the Timmins East area. Doug is a Council member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO).
Igor Gonzales, Director
Mr. Gonzales is from Cusco, Peru and has more than 30 years of experience in the mining industry. He was with Barrick Gold Corporation from 1998 to 2013, most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Between 1980 and 1996, Mr. Gonzales served in various roles with Southern Peru Copper Corporation. Mr. Gonzales has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of San Antonio Abad in Cusco, Peru, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, where he earned a Master of Science degree in Extractive Metallurgy.
Guillermo Kaelin, Director
Mr. Kaelin is currently a Managing Director at Arias Resource Capital Management LP ("ARCM"), which he joined in 2008. Prior to joining ARCM, he spent almost 3 years with the Investment Banking Division of JP Morgan in New York within its Metals & Mining Group. Previously, he worked at Banco Wiese Sudameris in Peru as both a credit officer (2 years) and a senior research analyst (3 years). Mr. Kaelin has an MBA from the University of Chicago, an MS in Finance from ESAN (Peru) and a BS in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad de Lima. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Sociedad Minera Corona S.A. in Peru.
Philip Renaud, Director
Mr. Philip Renaud is Managing Director of Church Advisors, a European investment advisory firm involved in private financings. A graduate of Franklin College of Switzerland with a Bachelor of Arts in international financial management, Mr. Renaud has been instrumental in securing many private equity financings and has an extensive European and North American network. Prior to his involvement with Church Advisors, Mr. Renaud was a founding partner of Change Capital Partners, a 300 million Euro private equity fund. He is also director of Yorbeau Resources Inc., a public minerals exploration company.