Catherine is a serial company builder and a recognized leader in the minerals industry for her ability to create growth-focused companies that generate significant shareholder value. Catherine has successfully partnered with numerous geological teams in the past 20 years with successes including Arequipa Resources, Francisco Gold, Miramar Mining, Stornoway Diamonds and Peru Copper. Catherine was: named "Mining Man of the Year" by The Northern Miner in 1999; given the "Award for Performance" by the Association of Women in Finance in 1997; positioned on the Financial Post's "Power 50"; has received Canada's Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award and in 2013the WIM UKs 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.
Catherine has raised more than $600 million in working capital for mining exploration in the past 20 years, and been directly involved in more than $4 billion in corporate transactions. Her leadership and financial expertise, access to capital and respect in building companies have been invaluable assets to the companies she is involved in and have created significant wealth for shareholders. Catherine's directorships in other publicly traded companies include Grenville Strategic Royalties, Kinross Gold Corporation, Lowell Copper and Major Drilling.
Andrew Swarthout is a recognized leader and mineral explorer with an extensive history of ore deposit discoveries and project acquisitions in the Americas. Mr. Swarthout has a vast array of experience in mineral exploration in Peru and has taken an active role in promoting environmental stewardship, good governance and foreign investment in the country's mineral industry.
Prior to founding Bear Creek Mining in 2000, Mr. Swarthout was Vice-President of Exploration for Southern Peru Copper during which time he was directly responsible for the discovery of the Shahuindo and Los Chancas deposits, as well as significant reserve expansions on the company's two porphyry copper deposits and initiating acquisition of the Tia Maria copper deposit. As an officer and member of the management committee, he contributed to Southern Peru Copper's corporate expansion, financing and project development. Prior to this, Mr. Swarthout was the exploration manager (Mexico) for Kennecott Minerals (now RTZ) where he contributed to the discovery and expansion of a number of precious metal deposits.
Mr. Swarthout has helped raise over USD $230 million in equity financing for Bear Creek. Under his management, the Company has discovered two world-class silver deposits with reserves in excess of 450 million ounces, making Bear Creek Mining a leading emerging silver producer.
Mr. Watson co-founded Sandstorm in 2008, prior to which he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Silver Wheaton Corp. In that role, Mr. Watson developed the silver streaming business model and helped raise over US$1 billion in debt and equity to fund Silver Wheaton's growth. Mr. Watson is a Chartered Accountant (Valedictorian), holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder and received a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with honours, from the University of British Columbia. He has won numerous awards for his professional and charitable achievements including the Early Achievement Award by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia, Canada's Top 40 Under 40 award, CEO of the Year by Business In Vancouver and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Mr. Morano brings global financial executive experience within the mining industry and other industries. Mr. Morano has extensive experience in the mining industry coming from his highly successful 21-year tenure at ASARCO, a $3-billion (U.S.) copper mining, specialty chemicals and aggregates producer with operations in over 35 countries, where he was president, chief operating officer and a director at the time when ASARCO was acquired by Grupo Mexico in November, 1999. Previously he served as CFO at ASARCO, where he was responsible for managing ASARCO's financial and investor relations departments. His major accomplishments included managing the completion of an $800-million (U.S.) financing program for a Peruvian subsidiary; and completing the public listing of Southern Peru Copper Corporation on the New York Stock Exchange.
Mr. Morano is currently the principal of his own private equity and management advisory firm, KEM Capital LLC, which invests in and advises emerging and startup companies in the mining, medical and other businesses. Mr. Morano is also a director of Golden Minerals Company.
Mr. De Witt is a founder and the Chairman of Pathway Capital Ltd., a Vancouver based private venture capital company. Mr. De Witt has extensive experience in the areas of corporate and securities law, as well as mergers and acquisitions. Mr. De Witt graduated with a BComm/LLB from the University of British Columbia and practiced corporate, securities and mining law until his retirement from the practice of law in January 1997. He currently holds directorships in a number of public companies involved in the natural resource field and has experience in resource projects located in Latin America, North America and Asia.
Dr. Grau leads Estudio Grau, a highly respected Peruvian legal firm specializing in mining, social and labor issues. He studied law and political science at San Marcos University in Lima graduating in 1968; with postgraduate studies at New York University. Dr. Grau acted for and represents several mining, oil and gas companies in Peru including: Royal Dutch Shell Peru, director since 1981; Rio Tinto Mining and Exploration Limited, acts as Legal Representative; Cambior Inc. of Canada; Compaņia Minera Milpo S.A.A. was chairman from 2001 to 2002. He is currently also a director of Antamina S.A., Peru's largest mining investment in over 30 years.
Mr. Tweddle, a Peruvian citizen residing in Lima, is currently the Principal of Andes Mining Research SAC (AMR) a firm which identifies and recommends investment opportunities in the mining sector to mining companies, private equity funds and trading companies.
Prior to AMR, Mr. Tweddle was Deputy CEO of Mitsui del Peru S.A in charge of new business development in the areas of natural resources, energy and infrastructure in Peru. He previously held executive positions with Southern Peru Copper Corporation ("SPCC") where he managed commercial conditions and price risk for metals and concentrates and with Standard Bank Plc., where he originated transactions in structured project and trade finance.
During his tenure at SPCC as Vice President - Commercial, Mr. Tweddle was a member of the executive committee responsible for providing strategic direction over the business activities of the corporation including, mine and infrastructure expansion plans, review of exploration activities, government, labor & community relations, human resources and logistics.