Management and Board of Directors
Keith Barron, PhD
Dr. Barron is an exploration geologist with over 33 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 10 years of experience 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. In addition, Richard will continue to serve as President, CEO and Director of U3O8 Corp., a TSX-listed exploration company with resources of uranium and battery commodities in deposits in Argentina, Colombia and Guyana.
Elaine Ellingham, PGeo
Ms Ellingham is an experienced mining executive and geologist with over 30 years of experience in the mining industry. Ms. Ellingham is a consultant providing strategic management services to international mining clients. She has held roles as interim CEO for Richmont Mines Ltd. and Senior Vice President, Investor Relations with Iamgold. Elaine spent eight years with the Toronto Stock Exchange, in a number of capacities including National Leader of Mining, and Manager, Company Listings. She has a range of experience in mineral exploration, corporate development and investor relations for mining companies, including Campbell Resources Inc., Rio Algom Exploration Inc., and St. Joe Canada Inc. Elaine is currently a Director of Richmont Mines Inc. (TSX) and Wallbridge Mining Company Ltd. (TSX). She has an MSc in Geology and an MBA, both from the University of Toronto.
Gerald Harper, PhD, PEng, PGeo
Dr. Harper is a geoscientist and professional engineer with fifty years of world wide, resource industry experience, having worked for several major world mining companies, managing exploration activities, developing mines and managing operating mines. He is President of Gamah International Limited, a mineral industry consulting firm. He was President of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada from 1998 to 2000 and still represents the association on several committees. From 2004 till July 2009 Dr. Harper was Senior Vice President, Mongolian Operations of Western Prospector Group Ltd., when it was taken over by a subsidiary of China National Nuclear Corporation to acquire its Gurvanbulag uranium mine. He was a founder (in 2007) and until he left Mongolia, the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mineral Industry Safety Association of Mongolia. Dr. Harper is a director and President of Minfocus Exploration Corp. which has made a zinc discovery in British Columbia. He was a director of Mustang Minerals Limited and NWM Mining Corporation. He is co-discoverer of the Current Lake platinum, palladium-rich, copper, nickel deposit near Thunder Bay and the Mayville copper, nickel deposit in Manitoba. He holds a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in geology from University of London.
Marvin Kaiser, CPA
Mr. Kaiser is a Certified Public Accountant with over 40 years of experience in the mining industry. He spent 12 years with The Doe Run Company, an international natural resource company focused on the mining, smelting, recycling and fabrication of metals, where he held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at his retirement in 2006. Previously, he was Chief Financial Officer of Amax Gold Inc., a publicly listed gold mining company, from 1989 to 1993. He has served on the School of Accountancy Advisory Board at Southern Illinois University since 1988 and serves as a director of the Southern Illinois University Foundation. Mr. Kaiser currently serves as a director of Gryphon Gold Corporation, Uranium Resources Inc. and Apollo Gold Corporation. Mr. Kaiser graduated from Southern Illinois University.
Tony Wood, B.Sc., 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.
Mr. Lenarciak has over 25 years experience in the financing and strategic development of resource companies in North and South America, Africa, Europe and Asia. Mr. Lenarciak started his career as a civil and mining engineer in 1975. In 1983, he studied finance at the University of Quebec and worked in investment banking in the junior mining industry until 1990. He was then retained by the World Bank to oversee the privatization of the mining industry in Poland. Between 1992 and 2014, Mr. Lenarciak served on the board of directors of more than a dozen TSX-listed companies including Williams Resources, Minorca Resources Inc, Dayton Mining, McWatters Mining Inc, Unigold Inc. and Centurion Minerals.
Monica is a CSR and Sustainability professional with 15 years experience in the design and implementation of CSR strategies that support operational productivity while building long-term relations with communities impacted by exploration and mining operation. Ms. Ospina led projects in CSR, institutional and community relations for Anglo Gold Ashanti, Pacific Rubiales Energy, Hudbay Minerals, SilverCrest Mines, Kinross Gold, TECK Resources, Great Panther Silver, Rio Alto Gold, Continental Gold, First Majestic Silver, DeBeers Namibia (NAMDEB), and Government of Alberta, and her experience includes working in Canada, Ecuador, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Dominica and Namibia. She has contributed as author of guidelines in CSR and Community Engagement led by IFC (International Finance Corporation) – the World Bank, United Nations Global Compact and IGF (Intergovernmental Forum on Mining and Metals). She serves as a guest lecturer in CSR for the Faculty of Mining Engineering at University of Toronto, in Canada, Georgia College and State University, in the US, and Tecnológico de Monterrey, in Mexico. She holds a Master’s Degree in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Westminster, and has completed postgraduate programs in Sustainability Management from Harvard University and International Business Strategy, from the London School of Economics.