Mr. Ian Graham
CEO - Director
Mr. Graham is an accomplished mining professional with over 20 years of experience in the development and exploration of mineral deposits, mostly gained with the major mining companies Rio Tinto and Anglo American. Formerly Chief Geologist with the Project Generation Group at Rio Tinto located in Vancouver, Mr. Graham has been involved with evaluation and pre-development work on several projects in Canada and abroad including the Diavik Diamond Mine (Northwest Territories, Canada), Resolution Copper (Arizona, USA), Eagle Nickel (Michigan, USA), Lakeview Nickel (Minnesota, USA) and Bunder Diamonds (India). Prior to his work with Rio Tinto, Ian held exploration geologist roles with Anglo American. His public company experience includes project development at Western Potash Corp., founding of Discovery Harbour Resources Corp. and its discovery (in JV with Northern Shield Resources) of the Wabassi VMS district in Ontario. Ian graduated from the University of Natal (now Kwa-Zulu Natal) in Durban, South Africa with a B.Sc. in Geology and Applied Geology (1984) and B.Sc. (Hons) in Geology (1985).
CFO - Director
Mr. Balic has worked with Canadian and US publicly listed resource companies for the past 13 years. He is the current CFO of Goldgroup Mining where he was part of the finance team which brought their Mexican mine into commercial production. Prior to his involvement with public companies, he was a Senior Manager at Deloitte LLP in Vancouver, where he specialized in assurance and advisory for mining companies.
Mr. Luis F. Zapata
Executive Chairman - Director
Mr. Zapata was previously Partner and Head of Capital Markets at Seminario SAB, Peru's largest independent brokerage firm. Prior to that, he was Head of Latin America Institutional Equity Sales at Canaccord Genuity. Mr. Zapata has structured, financed or participated in over $500M of equity raises for natural resources companies with a focus on connecting Latin American assets with Canadian and global public market financing and listing vehicles. Mr. Zapata is a frequent media commentator on the resource sector in Peru and a dual Canadian/Peruvian citizen fluent in English and Spanish.
Mr. Hall is a public company sector businessman with 30 years of international exploration, development, and mining ventures, and all aspects of their structuring and finance. Mr. Hall is currently President of Water Street Assets and a Director of Prophecy Development. He has previously acted as a director of Silvercorp Metals, China's largest primary silver producer and one of the lowest cost silver producer among its industry peers. Other former appointments include a Directorship at Haywood Securities; VP at Canaccord Genuity; and Senior VP at Leede Jones Gable. Mr. Hall chairs Montan’s Audit Committee.
Mr. Ozcakmak is a corporate strategy expert with extensive public and private company experience including CEO and director level roles in the energy and resource sectors. His recent experience with resources has been with companies focused on cobalt, gold, lithium, nickel, uranium and potash projects, and Mr. Ozcakmak remains a director of several mining focused companies, including Consolidated Potash Corporation. Mr. Ozcakmak is executive director of Lions Bay Capital Inc., Montan Mining Corp’s largest shareholder. Mr. Ozcakmak is a member of Montan’s Audit Committee.
Mr. Jose Luis Garcia Yrivarren
VP Operations in Peru
Mr. Jose Luis Garcia Yrivarren was previously employed at Peru's largest private gold processing company, a firm that produced 79,966 ounces of gold in 2014 through its gold milling facility located in the Chala district. During his tenure, Mr. Garcia was responsible for the organization and formalization of mineral feed purchases as well as overseeing the business' mineral supply chain which is secured through satellite receiving stations dispersed among the established gold production districts in southern Peru. In his former role, Mr. Garcia assisted in achieving a 300% gold production increase, as well as improving average feed grade from 0.53 oz per ton ("oz/tn") to 0.7 9 oz/tn gold. Mr. Garcia also helped shorten the feed assay and mineral supply payment process, reducing wait time for miners and rendering the process more efficient and transparent. Mr. Garcia was also responsible for helping miners through the formalization process. Mr. Garcia helped maintain rigorous safety standards which among other things reduced the average number of transport accidents from five per year to one per year during his tenure. Mr. Garcia is a graduate of the University of San Martin (B.A Econ) and holds a Diploma of Finance from ESAN, Peru's most prestigious business school.
Ms. Jenna Hardy, B.Sc., M.Sc., MBA, P.Geo.
Ms. Jenna Hardy has over 20 years of professional experience in the mining industry consulting for public and private companies as principal of Nimbus Management Ltd. For ten years (1993 - 2004) Ms. Hardy was Manager of Health Safety Environment ("HSE") for Pan American Silver Corp. During her tenure there, in Peru the Quiruvilca Mine received national (1997 & 1999) and international (2000) environmental awards. Ms. Hardy has extensive Latin American experience: she has consulted with Capstone Mining Corp. (2004 - Present) on environmental/regulatory issues related to the re-activation of an historic past-producer including nine expansions/modifications to operational permits at the Cozamin Mine, a 3300 TPD underground polymetallic operation in Zacatecas, Mexico; and Argentex Mining Corp. (2010 - 2013) where she was lead Director for environmental and regulatory compliance activities at the Pinguino polymetallic deposit, Santa Cruz, Argentina. Work at Argentex supported a C$7.5M equity investment by the International Finance Corporation ("IFC"). Ms. Hardy has a B.Sc. in Geology and M.Sc. in Economic Geology both from the University of Toronto and an Executive MBA from Simon Fraser University and is fluent in Spanish.