World-class leadership and experience
Management and Board of Directors
Keith Barron, PhD
Dr. Barron is an exploration geologist with over 35 years experience in the mining sector. He has consulted on all continents except for Antarctica, searching for commodities such as gold, silver, diamonds, uranium, copper, platinum, and industrial minerals. In 2001 he privately co-founded Ecuador gold explorer Aurelian Resources Inc., which was listed on the TSX-V in 2003 and made the colossal Fruta del Norte gold discovery in 2006. The company was bought by Kinross Gold in 2008 for $1.2 billion. He is the founder and a Director of Guyana, Colombia and Argentina uranium explorer U3O8 Corp (TSX:UWE). He is also Chairman and Director of Firestone Ventures (TSXV:FV) and President of private sapphire miner Potentate Mining in Montana, USA. At the PDAC convention in March 2008 he was awarded the Thayer Lindsley International Discovery Award for his role in the discovery of the Fruta del Norte gold deposit and he was also jointly named the Northern Miner’s Mining Man of the Year 2008. He holds a PhD in Geology from the University of Western Ontario and a BSc. (Hons) in Geology from the University of Toronto. Dr. Barron is currently an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Western Ontario.
Richard Spencer, PhD
Dr. Spencer brings both corporate and technical experience relevant to Aurania and to its Lost Cities – Cutucu Project in Ecuador, the flagship asset of the Company. Richard is a PhD geologist with 33 years of experience, 10 years of which were spent in Ecuador, having led Gencor Ltd.’s exploration team that made the grassroots discovery of the San Carlos, Mirador and Panantza porphyries that contain an estimated 24 billion pounds of copper and 3 million ounces of gold. These deposits lie in the area immediately south, and along trend of the Lost Cities – Cutucu Project. Dr. Spencer also worked at Iamgold Corp. where his team discovered the Quimsacocha – Loma Larga deposit in Ecuador, containing resources of 3.3 million ounces of gold and 23 million ounces of silver. He later joined Crystallex International Corp. as VP-Exploration, working on the Las Cristinas gold deposit in Venezuela, where his team increased the gold reserves by 65% from 10.2 million to 16.8 million ounces. Richard was appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors on March 6, 2017.
Mr. Warren Gilman
Mr. Warren Gilman is a mining engineer by training. He is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Hong Kong-based Queen’s Road Central Capital Ltd. Warren was Chairman and CEO of Hong Kong based CEF Holdings Ltd from 2011-2019 where he was responsible for one of the largest mining focused investment companies in Asia. Prior to that, he was Vice Chairman of CIBC World Markets. Warren was the Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific Region for CIBC for 10 years where he was responsible for CIBC’s activities across Asia. He also co-founded CIBC’s Global Mining Group in 1988.
During his 26 years with CIBC, Warren ran the mining team in Canada, Australia and Asia and worked in the Toronto, Sydney, Perth, Shanghai and Hong Kong offices of CIBC. He has acted as advisor to the largest mining companies in the world including BHP, Rio Tinto, Anglo American, Noranda, Falconbridge, Meridian Gold, China Minmetals, Jinchuan and Zijin and has been responsible for some of the largest equity capital markets financings in Canadian mining history. Warren Gilman is a regular contributor to mining industry forums and discussions. Warren obtained his B.Sc. in Mining Engineering at Queen’s University and his MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. He is Chairman of the International Advisory Board at Western University, and serves as a director for NexGen Energy Ltd, Gold Royalty Corp and Los Andes Copper Ltd.
Mr. Jonathan Kagan
Mr. Jonathan Kagan is an investment banker by training. He is the Managing Principal of Corporate Partners in New York. Previously, Jonathan was a Managing Director of Corporate Partners I, which he joined in 1990, and of Centre Partners Management LLC, where he managed the Centre Capital funds. He began his career in the investment banking division of Lazard in 1980 and became a General Partner in 1987. At Lazard, Jonathan helped head the corporate finance and capital markets areas. He has been a director of public companies and is a director of several private companies. Jonathan received an M.A. (1st Hon.) from Oxford University and an A.B., summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Harvard College.
Ms. Nathalie Han
Ms. Nathalie Han has over twenty years’ experience in investment management, deal structuring, financing, due diligence and investment research, especially in clean energy, oil and gas, and the natural resource sectors. She is the Managing Director and Founder of La Paix Capital AG – a Zurich-based specialist which provides investment advisory services in global energy & natural resources since 2016 to the present.
Nathalie worked for Craton Capital (Schweiz) AG in Zurich for over 5 years where she held roles as Principal Advisor of a renewable and sustainable resources fund and Board Director, evaluating equity investments and conducting industry analysis of several global sectors. Nathalie was also Consultant for Craton Capital (Johannesburg).
Prior to that, she worked as a Principal at OMERS Capital Markets in Toronto for eight years and spent two years with Capital International CDPQ (La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec) in Montréal. Nathalie holds a MSc in Administration (Finance) from Concordia University and obtained her BCom, Joint Honours in Economics and Finance from McGill University. Nathalie is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Tony Wood, BSc, CA
Mr. Wood is a qualified Chartered Accountant in Canada and the UK. His executive experience includes oversight of finance and operations, strategic planning and organizational development of various publicly-traded exploration and development companies. Mr. Wood has been instrumental in achieving performance and value growth across diverse commodities, countries and market conditions. Over the last 20 years, he has successfully completed close to $1bn in financing and M&A transactions in the mining industry. Mr. Wood is an honours graduate, Management Sciences (Marketing) B.Sc. from the University of Lancaster, U.K.
Jean Paul Pallier, MSc
Mr. Pallier is a geoscientist with over 21 years experience in the mining industry. He has worked on gold exploration projects in French Guiana in the capacity of field geologist progressively through to Project Manager. Mr. Pallier contributed to the discovery and the development of Camp Caiman (1.6 Moz gold resource) and worked in Paul Isnard project (3.89 Moz gold resource) both in French Guiana. He has experience in Uranium exploration, having led an exploration team in Mongolia. He holds an MSc in Geology from Lorraine Université and a BSc (Maitrise) from the university of Oviedo (Spain) and UBO – Brest.
Carolyn Muir, BSc
Carolyn is an investor relations professional with 17 years experience in the resource sector. She has been working with Aurania since December 2017 on a consulting basis where she has been responsible for overseeing the Company’s investor and corporate communications efforts. Prior to joining Aurania, she was responsible for investor communications and corporate reporting in Canada for ASX-listed base metals developer, Heron Resources Ltd. Carolyn also held Investor Relations roles with TriAusMin Ltd., Tri Origin Exploration and Titanium Corporation. She has extensive experience in capital markets, shareholder relations, corporate communications, corporate reporting and capital raising. Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario and is a member of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI).