President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Cahill was previously Vice President Corporate Development of Pelangio Exploration Inc., a junior gold exploration company active in Ghana, West Africa. Prior to Pelangio, Mr. Cahill was a lawyer in the M&A and corporate securities practices at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. At Davies, he advised on public and private transactions valued at over $15 billion, including Barrick's acquisition of Placer Dome in 2005. He also advised on public offerings totaling over $2 billion dollars for various Canadian companies. Mr. Cahill is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization, Transplant Campaign at University Health Network and the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a board member of the Mining Association of Canada, Group Eleven Resources Ltd., an Irish zinc explorer and Kore Mining Inc., a California gold developer. Mr. Cahill holds a law degree from the University of Western Ontario and an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Colas is an experienced financial executive and was most recently the CFO of Arch Corporation, a Toronto-based private-equity investment firm and asset manager. Mr. Colas joined the founder at start-up and led the establishment of a subsidiary in the Dubai International Financial Centre, acting as an investor-facing ambassador for the firm and serving on the local board of directors. Mr. Colas has over 18 years of progressive experience in the mining industry, most recently as VP and CFO of First Nickel, a TSX-listed junior nickel and copper producer, and Controller of Rainy River Resources, a junior gold exploration company, where he contributed to the successful raising of over $130 million in equity. He also spent 13 years at Barrick, including three years as the financial head of Barrick’s Veladero Mine, where he was a member of the leadership team that successfully turned around the operation, which reached over US$1 billion in revenues. Mr. Colas sits on the board of a housing corporation affiliated with the University of Toronto. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Toronto before starting his career at Price Waterhouse.
Chief Operating Officer
Paul Keller is a professional engineer with over 30 years of industry experience. He is an experienced mining executive with mine development and operations experience in North America, Africa and Latin America. He was most recently Senior VP Major Projects and COO of Trevali Mining, a zinc-focused, base metals mining company with four commercially producing operations in Africa, Canada and Peru. Mr. Keller led the development of Trevali’s Canadian and Peruvian projects from permitting through development to operation. He was also instrumental in business optimization and capital growth projects at Trevali’s African operations. Mr. Keller has expertise building mines from greenfield through to permitting, design and operating phases, while developing operational teams. He has been COO of several junior mining companies and worked in various management roles at Barrick’s Hemlo Mine in operations, engineering and maintenance after beginning his career with Rio Algom Limited. Mr. Keller holds a Bachelor of Engineering – Mining from Laurentian University.
SVP Geology and Corporate Development
Mr. Pullinger brings over 15 years of experience in advancing projects from early stage exploration through to production including marketing, financing, planning and execution. Most recently, he was Vice President Exploration at Roxgold Inc. where he made a significant contribution towards growing the 55 Zone at Yaramoko Project in Burkina Faso from a small inferred gold resource into a producing mine, and additionally discovered the high grade QV1 and Qv' gold resources. Mr. Pullinger has extensive international experience in Asia, South America, North America and Africa and serves on the board of Orford Mining. He is a Professional Geologist (Ontario) and holds an Honours Degree in Geology from the University of Johannesburg.
Vice President, Finance
Mr. Marino is a Chartered Accountant with a masters degree in Finance and over 18 years of experience working in the mining industry in Latin America including, Brazil, Venezuela and Mexico. Mr. Marino has held various finance positions with Anglo American Group in both the Iron Ore and Base Metals Divisions.