Board of Directors

Mr. Brian Imrie
Chairman

Brian ImrieBetween 2009 and 2012, Mr. Imrie was Partner and Global Head of Mining M & A for KPMG Corporate Finance and was responsible for creating an integrated global mining advisory team based in over ten countries unseeing in excess of $500M in mining transactions.  Prior to KPMG Mr. Imrie was Managing Director and Co-Head of M & A for National Bank Financial for seven years (2001-2008) and was responsible for numerous high profile mining transactions including the sale of Fording Coal to Teck Resources.  Mr. Imrie has also worked with Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse; he received his MBA from Harvard University in 1987 and his BA from the University of Toronto in 1983.

Mr. Brian Maher
President, CEO and Director

Brian MaherMr. Maher is an economic geologist with over 34 years of experience in the international mining and exploration industry.  Most recently, Mr. Maher was the President, CEO and Director of Prodigy Gold Inc. where he guided the company through a period of expansive growth, culminating in the $341M acquisition of Prodigy Gold by Argonaut Gold in 2012.  Mr. Maher received his BA degree (Geology) from the California State University, Chico in 1980 and his MSc. degree (Economic Geology) from Colorado State University in 1983. In 1982, Mr. Maher began a 16-year career with ASARCO Inc. Mr. Maher initiated, designed and supervised exploration programs for gold and copper deposits in a variety of geologic environments throughout North and South America. From 1998 through 2002, Mr. Maher operated a successful geologic consulting business, emphasizing geologic modeling, resource estimation and business planning, to multiple junior, mid-size and large mining organizations.  Between 2002 and 2004 Mr. Maher was Project Manager for Metallic Ventures Gold Inc., supervising underground and surface exploration, mine development and operations at an underground gold mine in Nevada. In 2005, Mr. Maher joined Hochschild Mining PLC. At Hochschild, Mr. Maher was involved in all aspects of the company’s North American exploration program, serving as the Exploration Manager for the US, Canada and Mexico. Responsibilities at Hochschild included supervision of exploration and mine development programs, economic analysis of acquisition candidates and developing new corporate strategies.

Mr. Felix Navarro-Grau Hurtado

FelixMr. Navarro Grau has over 20 years’ experience in the mining and exploration industry. He has been in charge of developing the mining business of Consorcio Minero Horizonte S.A. (“Horizonte”), the fifth largest gold producer (second underground) in Peru with production in excess of 220,000 ounces a year and a consolidated group of mining properties under exploration. Mr. Navarro Grau headed Horizonte underground mining operations in the Parcoy mine, developing it from 200 mtd to 1500 mtd. Mr. Navarro Grau, as CEO of Desafio Minero S.A., was also in charge of developing the exploration activities of HORIZONTE, consolidating an important group of mining projects. He participated in multiple negotiations, acquisitions, and development of precious metal and base metal projects. Mr. Navarro-Grau is a director of several private companies in Perú and currently resides in Lima, Perú

John Menzies

John MenziesJohn Menzies is the Managing Member and Founding Partner of RIVI Capital LLC.  John has over 18 years of experience with investment management companies at various stages of growth where he created, developed, and managed alternative strategies with a consistent record of outsized returns. With an emphasis on macroeconomic analysis, John has extensive experience trading gold derivatives and investing in precious metals companies. John was previously a Portfolio Manager with Wedbush Equity Management where he managed a hedged-equity strategy for the bank’s proprietary funds and oversaw the development of new products. He was the Founding Partner of Toroso Capital, Portfolio Manager for Hilspen Capital, and Trader for Fisher Investments. John holds a Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Thomas

JohnDr. Thomas is a professional engineer, and holds a BSc, an MSc and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. He also received a diploma in accounting and finance from the U.K. Association of Certified Accountants. He has 44 years of experience in the mining industry, including both base metal and precious metal projects in several countries including Brazil, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Russia, Kazakhstan, Canada and Zambia. His experience covers a wide range of activities in the mining industry from process development, management of feasibility studies, engineering and management of process plant construction, and the operation of multiple underground and surface mines.

Florian Siegfried

Florian Siegfried heads the precious metals and mining investments at AgaNola Ltd., an asset management boutique based in Switzerland. Previously Florian Siegfried was the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of Precious Capital AG, a Zurich-based fund specializing in Global mining investments. Prior to this Mr. Siegfried was CEO of shaPE Capital Ltd., a SIX Swiss Exchange-listed private equity company that was founded by Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd. and where he was instrumental in raising more than CHF 50 million in equity capital. Florian is currently a director of GoldQuest Mining Corp (GQC: TSX.V). Mr. Siegfried holds a Masters degree in finance and economics from the University of Zurich.

Meri Verli
CPA-CA , Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Verli is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 10 years of financial management experience in the mining sector and 20 years of overall industry experience. Ms. Verli started her career with KPMG in the audit and consulting practice and ended her tenure as Senior Manager of the firm’s audit practice. Ms. Verli was most recently the Senior Vice President, Finance and Treasury for Kirkland Lake Gold, where she was instrumental on consolidating the finance and treasury teams, policies and practices for the various acquired entities. Ms. Verli was the Vice President Finance with Lake Shore Gold Corp. for 9 years, until September 2016, providing senior financial planning and analysis support, treasury responsibilities and managing the internal controls. She played a key role in building the accounting department as Lake Shore Gold transitioned from a junior exploration company to a commercial producer. Ms. Verli holds a Bachelors of Economy, a Bachelors of Geology and a PhD in Economic Sciences.