CEO & Director
Mr. Warman is a professional geologist with over 25 years of experience in all phases of mineral exploration, from grassroots exploration to feasibility and development. He has held board or senior leadership roles with some of the most successful exploration and development companies of the past decade, which have together discovered over 30 million ounces of gold. Mr. Warman is a director of Continental Gold Inc. (since 2010), a leading Colombia-focused explorer which is developing the large-scale and high-grade Buritica project. He was president of Dalradian Resources, which is developing the Curraghinalt gold project in Northern Ireland, from 2012 to 2015. At Dalradian, Mr. Warman was responsible for all operational aspects of the company's exploration, permitting and development activities. Previously, Mr. Warman was vice-president, corporate development, of Aurelian Resources Inc., where he supported the exploration team in Ecuador, initiated and managed early-stage development studies, marketed Aurelian to international investors, and played a significant role in successfully negotiating the $1.2-billion acquisition of Aurelian by Kinross Gold Corp. Prior to Aurelian, Mr. Warman held senior positions in a number of mining and exploration companies in North America, Africa and Europe. Mr. Warman is a graduate of the University of Manitoba (MSc) and McMaster University (BSc), and is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.
Jessica Van Den Akker
Ms. Van Den Akker is a chartered professional accountant (CA) with over 11 years of experience in the resource sector. She gained extensive experience through a Canadian audit firm providing reporting and accounting assurance services to publicly traded companies, primarily in natural resources. Ms. Van Den Akker is a graduate of Simon Fraser University where she received a bachelor of business administration.
P.Geo., VP Exploration
Mr. Arseneau has more than forty years of experience in exploration and project management, of which the last twenty have been in South America, principally in Chile, Peru, and Argentina. Mr. Arseneau spent twenty years working as exploration manager and senior geologist for Noranda Inc. in Canada and South America. As the general manager of Noranda’s Peru office for four years he was responsible for the reactivation of the El Pachon project in Argentina and participated in the acquisition of the Lomas Bayas Mine near Antofagasta. He also spent three years based in Noranda’s Santiago office working on the company’s regional exploration programs.
Mr. Pirooz is a successful lawyer, venture capitalist and mining entrepreneur with extensive experience in South America. Mr. Pirooz served as director and general counsel at Pan American Silver from 2003 to 2015. During his tenure, Mr. Pirooz helped establish Pan American as a leading precious metals producer with operations in Mexico, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, and more than 3,500 employees/workers. Mr. Pirooz has been a director and adviser to several successful mining start-ups, including Lumina Copper Corp., which was sold to First Quantum Corp. for $470-million in 2014. He was a director of Augusta Resource Corp., which was acquired by Hudbay Mining for $550-million in 2014. Mr. Pirooz was a director of Ventana Gold Corp., which was acquired by AUX for $1.54-billion in 2011. Mr. Pirooz is a 2012 Queen's Counsel appointee in B.C. He was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1990 after obtaining a bachelor of law degree from the University of British Columbia and studying commerce at Dalhousie.
Mr. Pokrandt has over three decades of experience in Canada's capital markets, and recently retired from Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd. after a successful career as a trader, underwriter and investment banker. Formerly, Mr. Pokrandt was managing director for a major international investment banking firm, leading its metals and mining group at its Vancouver office. He was previously involved with resource-focused investment bank boutique Orion Securities Inc., where he worked in institutional sales for over 20 years. Mr. Pokrandt has worked on numerous financing and advisory assignments in the metals and mining sector. He has been a member of the board of directors at Sandspring Resources since September, 2016, and a member of the board of directors at Lithium X Energy since November, 2015. Additionally, Mr. Pokrandt was a member of the president's council for the International Crisis Group from 2010 to 2013, and has been actively involved in the local advisory committee for the TSX Venture Exchange since 2013.
Mr. Tallman, PGeo, is an experienced mining entrepreneur and professional geologist. He has 35 years of experience in the mining industry. Mr. Tallman has worked in Canada, Chile, Mexico and Australia. His career has included the grassroots discovery and delineation of three mineral deposits, two of which have been mined diversely, including one gold, one antimony and one zinc deposit. He is currently president and CEO of Klondike Gold Corp., which is exploring for gold in the Yukon. Mr. Tallman has held either founder, director and/or senior management positions at a number of publicly listed Canadian mining companies continuously over the past 20 years.
Mr. Liland brings over 30 years of corporate finance, accounting and management experience to the company. In 1982, after working for a number of accounting firms and public companies, Mr. Liland began a long career with the TSX-V. From November, 1999, until August, 2002, Mr. Liland held the position of vice-president, corporate finance (Vancouver) for the exchange, where he led corporate finance staff through integration with the Alberta, Winnipeg and Montreal stock exchanges and the Canadian Dealing Network. Since 2002, Mr. Liland has been a business consultant and a director of several public companies. Mr. Liland holds a bachelor of arts in economics and commerce from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.
Mr. Matysek is a corporate entrepreneur, professional geochemist and geologist with over 30 years of experience in the mining industry. He is currently Executive Chairman of Lithium X and has held senior executive and director positions with several natural resource exploration and development companies and is a proven company builder. He has built Goldrock Mines Corp, Lithium One Inc, Potash One Inc and Energy Metals Corporation which have all been subject to significant acquisition premiums by larger mining companies.
Fiore Management & Advisory
Founder & Corporate Advisory
Fiore Management and Advisory Corp (lead by Gord Keep and Frank Giustra) is an advisory company responsible for equity financings, corporate structures in creation of new natural resource companies and public company administration.