Catherine has been instrumental in helping build a number of successful mineral companies in the past 20 years, including Arequipa Resources, Francisco Gold, Miramar Mining, Bear Creek Mining, Stornoway Diamonds and Peru Copper Inc.
Co-founded Arequipa Resources and Peru Copper, two highly successful mining ventures in Peru, both of which were taken over by majors in acquisitions that totaled approximately $2 Billion.
Catherine has raised more than $400 million in working capital for mining exploration in the past 25 years, and been directly involved in more than $4 billion in corporate transactions in the mining industry.
Prior to founding Bear Creek Mining Company, Mr. Swarthout was formerly an officer and member of the management committee of Southern Peru Copper Corporation where he participated in decision making during a dynamic period of corporate expansions, financing and project development. As vice-president of exploration for Southern Peru Copper from 1995 to 2000, he was directly responsible for two new major discoveries, as well as reserve expansions on the order of 200 per cent on the company's two porphyry copper deposits.
Mr. Swarthout has participated in several deposit discoveries and reserve expansions in North America and South America, which are in production, or which will be placed into production in the future. Mr. Swarthout has a career history of successful ore deposit discoveries and management of negotiations for the acquisition of projects in Latin America and the U.S. Mr. Swarthout has participated in project permitting and financing, as well as managing several prefeasibility and financial scoping studies and has evaluated reserves on numerous precious and base metals deposits. Prior to this, Mr. Swarthout was the exploration manager (Mexico) for Kennecott Copper.
Mr. Swarthout served as a member of the National Mining Society of Peru's Committee for the Promotion of Private Investment, where he initiated favourable environmental and taxation policies to promote foreign mining investment in Peru.
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.