Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Joseph Conway, Chairman, B.Sc., MBA
Mr. Conway has 30 years of executive leadership and financial industry experience. Mr. Conway previously served as President and CEO of Primero Mining prior to its acquisition by First Majestic Silver Corp. in 2018. Prior to that, Mr. Conway was President and CEO of IAMGOLD from 2003 to 2010. During this period, Mr. Conway led IAMGOLD through its transformation from a junior joint venture company to a $6 billion leading mid-tier gold producer. During his executive leadership, Mr. Conway has been involved in strategic development including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and accessing the capital markets for over US$1.2 billion in debt and equity.

Frazer Bourchier
Mr. Bourchier is a registered professional engineer with over 30 years of domestic and international experience leading open pit and underground operations.  His breadth of experience includes both operational field management and executive corporate oversight leadership.  Most recently, Mr. Bourchier was Chief Operating Officer of Detour Gold, spearheading the 2018 turnaround of the Detour mine prior to its sale to Kirkland Lake Gold.  From 2012 to 2017, Mr. Bourchier was Chief Operating Officer at Nevsun Resources, where provided leadership for the successful gold oxide mining operation and the development of the copper and zinc expansion projects at the Bisha open pit mine.  Prior to that, he worked at Silver Wheaton, Intrepid Mines and Placer Dome (subsequently Barrick Gold) where he held positions of increasing responsibility including Mine Manager and General Manager at the Porgera open pit gold mine.  Mr. Bourchier has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Applied Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Doug Cater
Mr. Cater is a professional geologist with more than 30 years of exploration experience in Canada and internationally.  Mr. Cater was the Vice President, Exploration with Kirkland Lake Gold from January 2016 to 2019, where he was responsible for greenstone exploration in Canada.  Prior to that, he was Vice President, Exploration for ST. Andrew Goldfields.  Mr. Cater holds a HBSc, Earth Science from the University of Waterloo.

Sam Coetzer
Mr. Coetzer has over 30 years of international mining experience including an extensive knowledge of underground mining operations. Most recently, Sam was President and Chief Executive Officer of Harte Gold Corp., and prior to that, Golden Star Resources Ltd.  He has also held numerous senior management positions for global mining companies including Senior Vice President, South American Operations for Kinross Gold, COO of Xstrata Nickel, COO of Xstrata Coal South Africa and Managing Director for Placer Dome Inc. in Africa. Mr. Coetzer holds a degree in mining engineering from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

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.

Igor Gonzales, M.Sc.
Mr. Gonzales is the Chief Operating Officer of Appian Capital Advisory LLP.  Mr. Gonzales has 35 years of mining industry experience and has led operations globally with several preeminent companies, with a particular focus on Latin America and narrow vein precious metals. Prior to joining Appian, Mr. Gonzales was President and CEO of Sierra Metals, a Latin America focused precious and base metals producer, and before that was Chief Operating Officer at Compañía de Minas Buenaventura. He spent 15 years with Barrick Gold, most recently as Executive Vice President and COO where he oversaw 28 operations globally and served in various roles with Southern Peru Copper Corporation.  He is a Peruvian citizen, holds Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of San Antonio Abad and was a Fulbright Scholar at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology where he earned a Master of Science in Extractive Metallurgy.

Michael W. Scherb, BBA, MFin
Mr. Scherb is the Founder and CEO 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 he 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.

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