Mr. Washer has 35 years’ experience in the mining industry and has been involved in the construction of five gold processing plants (four Carbon-in-Pulp and one alluvial). Mr. Washer has been directly involved in discovering and/or opening six gold mines and locating a new gold field in Ecuador. He was responsible for the financing and construction of a 2-million tonne-per-annum gold processing plant in Western Australia and has developed a number of mines on his own prospects. Previously, Mr. Washer was board chairman and a major shareholder in AVATAR Petroleum Inc, an oil production company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange, which held 30% interest in the Tiguino Oilfield in Ecuador. Mr. Washer has been involved in mining operations in Ecuador for more than 20 years.
Gregg J. Sedun, LLB
Mr. Sedun is an independent venture capital professional based in Vancouver, Canada with 27 years of mining & industry-related finance experience. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Law Degree (LLB), he practiced corporate finance/securities & mining law in Vancouver until retiring from law in 1997. Thereafter, he founded two private venture capital firms, including Global Vision Capital Corp., where he continues to carry on venture capital investing as President & CEO.
Mr. Sedun has been involved as a director and/or founding shareholder in a number of successful companies including Diamond Fields Resources Inc. (Founding Director) which was acquired by Inco in 1996 for $4.3 billion in the largest takeover of a junior mining company in Canadian history; Adastra Minerals Inc. (Founding Director) which was acquired by First Quantum Minerals in 2006 for $275 million; and Peru Copper Inc. (Founding Shareholder), which was acquired by Chinalco in 2007 in an all-cash $840 million takeover. Mr. Sedun currently serves on the Board of Directors of several publicly-listed natural resource companies.
Director, President & CEO
Mr. Piggott initially made his name by developing innovative mining systems in the copper & cobalt mines of Zambia at Luanshya, and at Chibuluma, Chambishi and Kalengwa as Mine Superintendent. He then operated an exploration company in Australia and Papua New Guinea, identifying the gold cap of the Ok Tedi copper ore body, which was then dealt to BHP, which recovered two million ounces of gold in the first three years of production. Over the past 30 years, he has started and produced (mostly through companies that he has controlled) numerous gold/silver, tin, tungsten, rutile/zircon open pit and heap leach mines in Australia and Mexico utilizing innovative technology to maximize profits. He sold his Australian operations in 1987 to concentrate on developing metallurgical technologies, one of which is a patented dry processing for heavy minerals, which is used today in Australia and Mexico. For the last twelve years, he has focused on gold production in Mexico and on exploration opportunities for near-term gold/silver production in Mexico and Latin America. He has launched two Mexican gold mines which have each been in continuous production for twelve and five years, respectively. Mr. Piggott graduated in Mining Engineering from the Camborne School of Mines in the UK and from the Executive Development Program at the London Business School.
Mr. Javier Reyes began his professional and financial services career in 1996 at a well-known brokerage firm in Mexico City. In 2001, he founded a financial consultancy company, where he became the CEO. Mr. Reyes is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Antares Capital Management and Cygnus Asset Management, and manages three hedge funds: Antares Capital Fund, Antares Oil & Gas Fund and Cygnus Real Estate Opportunity Fund. Mr. Reyes currently holds the following positions: President of Credipresto, S.A. de C.V. ENR. (since 2007) and President of Mex e Trade Asesores, S.C. (since 2004). Mr. Reyes has also held the following positions: Chief Executive Office of Mex e Trade On Line, S.C. (2001-2003); Financial Manager of Fabrica de Calzado Liz Ardel, S.A. (1998-2000); and Financial Advisor of Estrategia Bursatil, S.A. (1995-1997). Mr. Reyes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business Administration and also holds a Masters in Finance.
Mr. Clough is President of Toro Pacific Management Inc, a private investment company with holdings in telecommunications, parking management and mining. He most recently accepted the role of President and Director of Terastream Broadband, an international wireless broadband provider focusing on underserved rural markets. From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Clough served as CEO & Chairman of Standard Tolling Corp. and from 1998 to 2010 he was partner of Cooper & Clough Asset Management Group at RBC Dominion Securities. Mr. Clough received an undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia.
Mark Bailey, MSc. P. Geol
Mr. Bailey holds a Master’s degree in geology, is a registered professional geologist with over 39 years’ experience, most recently in the role of President & CEO of TSX-listed Minefinders Corporation Ltd. from 1995 to its sale in 2012. While with Minefinders, he was responsible for the discovery and development of resources totaling more than 3 million ounces of gold and 165 million ounces of silver as well as the eventual sale of the company to Pan American Silver Corp. in 2012. Prior to his tenure with Minefinders, Mr. Bailey held senior positions with Equinox Resources Inc. and Exxon Minerals. He is presently a director of Entree Gold and Northern Lion and owner of M.H. Bailey & Associates LLC, a consulting Geologist company.