Management and Directors
DR. RUBEN SHIFFMAN, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN – DIRECTOR
Dr. Ruben Shiffman was the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Calvista Gold Corporation, a company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange successfully sold to Eike Batista’s AUX Group of Brazil (2010 – 2012). In Toronto, Dr. Shiffman was global Managing Director of emerging markets trading globally at Scotia Capital (2005-09), VP & Director of emerging markets at TD Securities (2002-2005) and Director of derivatives trading at Scotiabank (1999- 2002). As a Director of the Securities Bureau for the Ministry of Finance / CNBV (1996 – 1999), he was a member of the G10/CPSS at the Bank for International Settlements in Basle Switzerland. Ruben holds a BBA/MBA from UDLA and a Ph.D in finance from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and has completed Doctoral studies in finance from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. In 1997 he received the National Finance Award “IMEF”. He has been a director of various public mining companies in Canada and is currently a board member of the International Advisory of the Hartog School at Tel-Aviv University.
JESPER KOFOED, PRESIDENT & CEO – DIRECTOR
Mr. JesperKofoed has over 20 years of experience as an exploration geologist within Greenlandic and international mineral projects. From 2011 to 2013 Mr. Kofoed was Exploration Manager Fennoscandia, Eurasian Minerals Inc. with responsibility for managing a large exploration portfolio in Scandinavia in a joint venture with Antofagasta Minerals Ltd. From 2005 to 2011 Mr. Kofoed was Chief Geologist for the Malmbjerg Molybdenum Project in East Greenland owned by former Quadra FNX Mining Co. / now KGHM International. From 2004 to 2006 Mr. Kofoed was Senior Geologist for Skaergaard Minerals PLC providing site management on the Skaergaard Au-PGE project in East Greenland. From 1993 to 2000 Mr. Kofoed was Project Geologist for Nunaminerals A/S working on the development of the Storo Gold Project, and was part of the Nalunaq discovery team and subsequently worked on the development of the Nalunaq gold project. In addition, Mr. Kofoed has participated in several gold and base metal exploration programs in Greenland. Mr. Kofoed holds a BA in Geology (1991-1994) and MSc in Geology & Petrology (1995-1998), both from the University of Copenhagen, is a Certified Qualified Person (QP) by the Fennoscandian Review Board since 2012, Member of the Society of Economic Geologists since 2005 and Fellow of the Geological Society of London since 2011.
LEONARD ASPER – DIRECTOR
Mr. Leonard Asper is a Canadian businessperson, entrepreneur and lawyer. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and the University of Toronto Law School, and is a member of the Ontario Bar Association and The Law Society of Upper Canada. Since December, 2010, Mr. Asper has been the President and CEO as well as majority shareholder of Anthem Media Group Inc. a privately held media company which operates television channels and websites on traditional and web based platforms. From 1999 to 2010, Mr. Asper was the president and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian media company, CanWest Global Communications Corp. Canwest was Canada’s largest media company, and controlled and operated television networks in a number of international jurisdictions. Mr. Asper is also one of the founders of Canterbury Park Capital, a private equity fund. He also serves on the Board of Overseers of the International Business School of Brandeis University where he founded the Asper School for Entrepreneurship. He is a Trustee of the Asper Foundation, the founder of the Joshua Foundation and a member of the Board of Governors of the Saul and ClaribelSimkin Center, a seniors’ housing complex in Winnipeg. Additionally, Mr. Asper holds an honorary Doctorate in Laws from the University of Winnipeg.
JAMES STEEL – DIRECTOR
Mr. James Steel is a Professional Geoscientist with thirty years’ experience in mining and mining finance. He has worked in exploration and mining geology in producing mines and development projects in Canada, Latin America and Finland, as well as in advisory roles, buy- and sell-side mining investment analysis, and resource portfolio management. Most recently, as Director of Geology and Metals at consulting engineering firm Genivar Ltd. (now WSP Global Inc.), he provided regulatory oversight in National Instrument 43-101compliance in feasibility studies and preliminary economic assessments. In Toronto, Canada, he was a Vice President and Portfolio Manager at TD Bank (1997-1999), a senior mining analyst at Newcrest Capital Ltd. (1995-1997). He holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc), Geology/Earth Science from The University of British Columbia and an MBA from the London Business School. Mr. Steels is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101.