Stephen G. Roman, B.A., Chairman, President & CEO
Mr. Roman is an entrepreneur/financier who has been involved in the resource industry over the past 40 years and has successfully identified, financed, developed, and brought into commercial production many mining and oil and gas projects. His past experience includes acting as a director and senior officer of Denison Mines Limited, Lawson Mardon Group, and Zemex Corporation. He also worked to modernize Canada’s Armed Forces in 1984/85 as Policy Adviser to the Minister of National Defense. In addition, Mr. Roman spearheaded the privatization of two major petrochemical companies in Central Europe and was appointed Chairman of Novácke Chemické Závody, a.s., in 2002, Slovakia’s largest petrochemical company with 2,800 employees.
In recent years, Mr. Roman’s focus has been to finance and develop emerging junior, publicly-listed companies, which included: Gold Eagle Mines Ltd., Gabriel Resources Ltd., Verena Minerals Corporation (now Belo Sun Mining Corp.), Exall Energy Corporation, Polar Star Mining Corporation, Silvermet Inc., and Global Atomic Fuels Corporation (a private Ontario corporation). Mr. Roman was recently the founder, Co-Chairman and Director of Gold Eagle Mines Ltd., which was acquired by Goldcorp Inc. for $1.5 Billion. He is currently Chairman, President & CEO of Global Atomic Fuels Corporation, Harte Gold Corp. and Silvermet Inc.
Since 1991, when Mr. Roman started his own Mining and Resource house, he has successfully completed approximately $2.5 billion in transactions in the mining, oil & gas and petrochemical sectors. Mr. Roman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph, Ontario in the field of Geology and Geography. He is also a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum and a former director of the Advisory Board of the College of Management and Economics at the University of Guelph. Most recently, Mr. Roman was awarded the honour of “Prospector of the Year” for 2016 and has received the “Bill Dennis Award” from the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) in March, 2016.
Michael Cowie, HBA
Mr. Cowie is a founding partner and director of Cowie Capital Partners, a private real estate company with planned development projects in excess of $1 billion. Mr. Cowie is also currently Executive Vice President, Colliers International, a global commercial real estate services company. Mr. Cowie has significant permitting and government relations experience. Mr. Cowie holds an HBA from Western University’s Richard Ivey School of Business.
Richard R. Faucher, P.Eng.
Mr. Faucher is a retired metallurgical engineer with extensive experience managing large mining projects, formerly Vice-President, Brunswick Mining & Smelting (Noranda Inc.) President & General Manager, Falconbridge Dominicana.
Fergus P. Kerr, P.Eng.
Mr. Kerr is a retired mining engineer with over 40 years management experience in uranium, copper and nickel mines throughout Canada. Now consulting in Leadership and Management Development, also conducts Occupational Health and Safety reviews for mining projects located in Mongolia, Indonesia, West Africa and Ontario. As General Manager at Denison Mines in Elliot Lake when the mine closed, Mr. Kerr then served as Area Manager for INCO in Sudbury.
Mr. Kerr has served as Director of the Mining Sector with the WSIB and Director of the Occupational Disease and Survivor Benefits program. Currently the Employer Co-Chair of the Mining Safety, Health and Prevention Review representing the Ontario Mining Association, Mr. Kerr is also a member of the Harte Gold Corp. Health and Safety Committee.
Derek C. Rance, P.Eng., MBA
Mr. Rance is a principal of Behre Dolbear & Company Inc. a global mining industry consultancy, industry experience includes President and COO of Iron Ore Company of Canada, Mine Manager at the Dickenson Mine, Red Lake, Ontario.
Michael W. Scherb, BBA, MFin
Mr. Scherb is the Founder and General Partner of Appian Capital Advisory LLP, the investment advisor to the Appian Natural Resources Fund (“Appian”) which holds a 19.99% share ownership in Harte Gold. Mr. Scherb started his career structuring foreign investment into Beijing and China in 2001 and took part in the country’s rapid rise. He joined JPMorgan’s metals and mining team in London post this, where we worked on $185 billion worth of metals and mining transactions with a focus on strategic advisory to mining companies as it related to growth, corporate advisory and shareholder returns. Mr. Scherb holds a BBA and a Masters in Finance.
Richard Sutcliffe, Ph.D., P.Geo.
Mr. Sutcliffe is a Professional Geoscientist with 30 years’ experience in global mineral exploration and development. He has had key management roles in developing several gold, platinum group metals, and copper-nickel mining projects. Dr. Sutcliffe was formerly President and CEO of TSX listed Ursa Major Minerals Inc. and TSXV listed Auriga Gold Corp. and is currently an associate of P&E Mining Consultants Inc.; a mining industry consultancy.
Geoffrey Cohen, MBA
Mr. Cohen is the Senior Advisor to Appian in North America. Prior to joining Appian, Mr. Cohen was Managing Director and Head of North American Mining Investment Banking at JPMorgan. During this period, he originated and successfully executed M&A, debt and equity transactions valued at over US$40 billion. Prior to joining JPMorgan in 2010, Geoff worked as a senior professional in the M&A groups of both global and domestic Canadian investment banks, where he focused on the natural resources sector. Mr. Cohen holds a B.Sc. in Engineering from Queen’s University and an M.B.A from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.