Mr. Giustra is the Chairman of Columbus Gold Corp., which in 2015 was selected from a peer group of some 1,200 mining companies as a TSX Venture 50 company -- a ranking of the top 10 companies in each of the five major industry sectors that make up the TSX Venture Exchange. He has been actively engaged in funding and managing mining companies for more than 25 years. He is a former investment banker with the Québec based national investment dealer Whalen Béliveau (later acquired by Canaccord Capital) where he co-founded the institutional equity sales department with a specialist focus on the mining sector. He has raised millions of dollars for the exploration and development of mining projects globally, and has held director and senior executive positions with a number of listed mining companies. Mr. Giustra has completed option and joint venture arrangements on numerous mineral exploration projects and has successfully negotiated agreements with some of the world's leading miners, including Teck, Agnico Eagle, IAMGOLD, First Quantum, Nordgold, Alacer Gold, and the world's two largest gold mining companies, Newmont and Barrick. Mr. Giustra is also the Chairman of Allegiant Gold (AUAU: TSX-V), and a former member of the TSX Venture Exchange's Local Advisory Committee. Mr. Giustra holds an economics degree from the University of Western Ontario.
|Rock Lefrançois, P.Geo.*|
Position: President & Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Rock Lefrançois is a professional geologist with 25 years of experience in the mining industry, more precisely in the search and evaluation of various types of precious and base metal deposits throughout North and Central America. During his fifteen-year engagement with mid-tier mining companies, namely in the position of Senior Geologist with Cambior and Aur Resources, he was responsible for the implementation of project generative and advanced acquisition programs and the management of exploration and extensive resource/reserve definition drilling programs.
Mr. Lefrançois has held high-level management positions and directorship of publicly trading Canadian junior exploration companies. During his seven-year tenure as Vice-President and President & COO of NioGold Mining Corp., he was a key contributor to consolidating a large land package within the heart of Canada's most prolific gold mining camp, defining a +2 million-ounce resource, and finally attracting and negotiating a strategic partnership with a mid-tier producer to carry the project to the feasibility stage.
* Is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101
|Andrew Yau, CPA, CGA|
Position: Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Secretary
Mr. Andrew Yau, CPA, CGA, holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Business Administration degree from the University of British Columbia and has been in accounting and finance roles with publicly listed companies since 2006. Mr. Yau has an extensive accounting background, having previously served as Controller of several TSX and TSX-V listed companies where he was responsible for all aspects of accounting, tax compliance, managing banking relationships, financial reporting, and developing internal control frameworks. With Mr. Yau's strong working knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards and public company reporting requirements, he played an instrumental role in completing complex transactions, such as business acquisitions, divestitures, and reverse takeovers.
|Blaine Monaghan, MBA|
Position: Vice President, Corporate Development
Mr. Monaghan has over 15 years of experience working with mineral exploration and development companies, including True Gold Mining Inc., acquired by Endeavour Mining Corp., Canplats Resources Corp., acquired by Goldcorp Inc., Western Prospector Group Ltd., acquired by a subsidiary of China Nuclear National Corp., and Wheaton River Minerals Ltd., which merged with Goldcorp in 2005. Mr. Monaghan holds a MBA from Royal Roads University, a bachelor of arts degree from Simon Fraser University, and a diploma in public relations from the Public Relations Institute of Ireland.
Position: Vice President Legal & Corporate Secretary
Mr. Beil is a practicing corporate and securities lawyer skilled in advising companies operating in the mining and natural resource sectors. Prior to joining Columbus, Mr. Beil practiced in the Financial Services practice group of Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP a national law firm and acted on behalf of institutional lenders and borrowers providing advice regarding banking, corporate lending, project finance, including secured and unsecured transactions. Mr. Beil began his career with the Capital Markets practice group of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, a preeminent national law firm where he advised both public and private companies, as well as investment dealers, on a broad range of matters including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, restructurings and other transactions, including general corporate matters and securities law compliance and stock exchange requirements. After leaving private practice, Mr. Beil served as the General Counsel to a private venture capital company focused on the mining and natural resource sectors.
Position: Vice President, Communications & Technology
Mr. Martinez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Miami with concentrations in Electrical Engineering, Business Administration and Marketing, and further studies in Project Management at the University of British Columbia. Mr. Martinez has over twenty years of experience in Corporate Development and Communications, particularly in the natural resource and technology industries.
Board of Directors & Advisors
Russell Ball served as the Chief Financial Officer of both Goldcorp Inc. and Newmont Mining Corporation, two of the world's largest gold producers. Mr. Ball joined Goldcorp in 2013 as Executive Vice President of Projects and Capital Management and in 2014 he was appointed Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Capital Projects. From March 2016 to October 2017, Mr. Ball served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Development. Prior to Goldcorp, Mr. Ball served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Newmont Mining Corporation. Over his nineteen years with Newmont, Mr. Ball worked in audit, finance, treasury and investor relations before joining the executive team as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Newmont, Mr. Ball was a manager in the finance and audit groups with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Durban, South Africa. He qualified as both a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of South Africa and a Certified Public Accountant in Colorado.
Mr. Peter Gianulis is the President and Managing Director of Carrelton Asset Management, and was formerly a Partner of Saranac Capital Management, a NYC-based hedge fund. Carrelton Asset Management is an asset management and private equity firm specializing in small and micro-cap companies with a particular emphasis on the natural resource sector. Carrelton Asset Management is a significant shareholder of Columbus Gold. Mr. Gianulis graduated with an MBA from Cornell University and a BA from the University of California at San Diego.
Marie-Hélène Bérard is a former high-ranking French civil servant; she was Special Adviser to Mr. Jacques Chirac, the former French President, and is currently the Treasurer of the Chirac Foundation and of the France-Israel Chamber of Commerce. She is the President of MHB SAS, an investment banking boutique firm she founded in 2000 specializing in international transactions, primarily in emerging markets. She chairs Columbus' French Advisory Board and, with her appointment as an Independent Director, will continue to play a key role with regard to Columbus' strategy in France. Ms. Bérard is also a Director of the Russian Investment Fund Verno.
Ms. Bérard was with the French Ministry of Economy and Finance from 1972 to 1988 in various senior roles; as Financial Advisor to Mme Simone Veil, the Minister of Health and Social Security, as Deputy Advisor to Prime Minister Raymond Barre, and as Special Advisor to Prime Minister Jacques Chirac on matters relating to employment, immigration and social reforms. In 1988, Ms. Bérard transitioned from government to the private sector and held a number of executive positions, including Deputy Managing Director of Marceau Investments, a French investment firm, and was for 10 years a member of the management board of Crédit Commercial de France (now HSBC France).
Ms. Bérard has been honored for her contributions to France with the distinction of Commandeur de la Légion d'Honneur (Commander of the Legion of Honor) and Commandeur de l'Ordre National du Mérite (Commander of the Order of National Merit). Ms. Bérard is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d'Administration and l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques and holds a Masters Degree in Law from the University of Paris.
Mr. Oleg Pelevin holds the position of Director of Strategy and Corporate Development at Nordgold. He has been with Nordgold since its founding in 2007 as the gold mining division of OJSC Severstal, one of the world's leading vertically integrated steel companies. During his tenure, Nordgold has grown aggressively from an ambitious upstart to a major gold producer, and now operates nine gold mines in four countries. In 2013, Nordgold achieved 924,000 ounces of gold production and generated US$1.3 billion in revenue, earning it the distinction of being the world's fastest growing gold company.