Keith Piggott, ACSM
Chairman, President, CEO & Director
Mr. Piggott initially made his name by developing innovative mining systems in the copper & cobalt mines of Zambia at Luanshya, and at Chibuluma, Chambishi and Kalengwa as Mine Superintendent. He then operated an exploration company in Australia and Papua New Guinea, identifying the gold cap of the Ok Tedi copper ore body, which was then dealt to BHP, which recovered two million ounces of gold in the first three years of production. Over the past 30 years, he has started and produced (mostly through companies that he has controlled) numerous gold/silver, tin, tungsten, rutile/zircon open pit and heap leach mines in Australia and Mexico utilizing innovative technology to maximize profits. He sold his Australian operations in 1987 to concentrate on developing metallurgical technologies, one of which is a patented dry processing for heavy minerals, which is used today in Australia and Mexico. For the last twelve years, he has focused on gold production in Mexico and on exploration opportunities for near-term gold/silver production in Mexico and Latin America. He has launched two Mexican gold mines which have each been in continuous production for twelve and five years, respectively. Mr. Piggott graduated in Mining Engineering from the Camborne School of Mines in the UK and from the Executive Development Program at the London Business School.
Mr. Javier Reyes began his professional and financial services career in 1996 at a well-known brokerage firm in Mexico City. In 2001, he founded a financial consultancy company, where he became the CEO. Mr. Reyes is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Antares Capital Management and Cygnus Asset Management, and manages three hedge funds: Antares Capital Fund, Antares Oil & Gas Fund and Cygnus Real Estate Opportunity Fund. Mr. Reyes currently holds the following positions: President of Credipresto, S.A. de C.V. ENR. (since 2007) and President of Mex e Trade Asesores, S.C. (since 2004). Mr. Reyes has also held the following positions: Chief Executive Office of Mex e Trade On Line, S.C. (2001-2003); Financial Manager of Fabrica de Calzado Liz Ardel, S.A. (1998-2000); and Financial Advisor of Estrategia Bursatil, S.A. (1995-1997). Mr. Reyes holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Business Administration and also holds a Masters in Finance.
Corry Silbernagel, P.Eng, MBA
Mr. Silbernagel is a Vancouver-based specialist in finance. Mr. Silbernagel was most recently CFO of Cabo Drilling Corp., one of Canada's largest exploration drilling services companies. Prior to Cabo, Mr. Silbernagel was a management and financial consultant working as a corporate advisor in strategy, finance, business development and marketing. As a professional engineer, Mr. Silbernagel has managed large-scale projects in excess of $100 million in the mining and oil and gas industry for companies such as Suncor Energy and TransAlta Energy. Mr. Silbernagel holds an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainbleau, France and a Bachelors degree in Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia.
Mr. Harry Burgess was a Founding Partner and now an Associate Consulting Mining Engineer of Micon International, Ltd. and is a Member at Professional Engineers Ontario and a Member at The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum. He is on the Board of Directors at Cartier Iron Corp., GPM Metals, Inc. and ACME Resources Corp. Mr. Burgess was previously employed as an Independent Director by Champion Iron Mines Ltd., an Independent Director by Treasury Metals, Inc., an Independent Director by Tartisan Resources Corp., an Independent Director by Brigus Gold Corp., and an Independent Director by Vena Resources, Inc. He also served on the board at Mag Copper Ltd., Aquiline Resources, Inc., Absolut Resources Corp. and Amerix Precious Metals Corp. He has 40 years of experience with mining operations in China, Africa, North America and Australia. He received his undergraduate degree from Imperial College London, an undergraduate degree from The Royal School of Mines and a graduate degree from the University of the Witwatersrand.