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.