Trent Mell is a mining executive and capital markets professional with 20 years of international experience in mine permitting, development and operations. His mining career spans base and precious metals, including Barrick Gold, Sherritt International, North American Palladium and AuRico Gold. His commercial experience includes offtake contracts, M&A and over $2.6 billion in equity and debt financings. In junior mining, he was CEO of Falco Resources, where he led a team that saw a 140% increase to the Horne project’s resource estimate to 6.6Moz AuEq. As President and Head of Mining of PearTree Securities, Trent created a mining team and led the firm to become the largest provider of flow through capital in Canada, placing more than $300 million in capital in their first year.
Trent holds a B.A., a B.C.L. and LL.B. from McGill University (Montreal), an LL.M from Osgoode Hall (Toronto) as well as an MBA from Northwestern University (Chicago) and Schulich School of Business (Toronto).
Ryan has more than a decade of experience in finance. Previously, he spent five years in operations finance with Inmet Mining Corporation, where he led a project to build the life-of-mine model for Cobre Panama, one of the largest copper development projects in the world. He also led the worldwide annual budgeting and quarterly forecasting processes, oversaw operational financial reporting and analysis, and conducted scenario analysis for strategic decision-making. He then joined Enirgi Group Corporation where he oversaw financial planning, asset modeling and corporate governance. Most recently he was with Primero Mining Corp., initially as Director of Finance and Treasurer and later as Chief Financial Officer, where he was part of the team that negotiated the friendly merger of Primero with First Majestic Silver in 2018. Prior to entering the mining industry, Ryan obtained his Chartered Professional Accountant designation with KPMG LLP.
Frank is a geoscientist with over 25 years of experience who has worked around the world on a wide range of base and precious metal ore deposits. His extensive experience in world-class base metal mining camps such as the Kidd Creek (Canada), Mt. Isa (Australia), the Central Lapland Greenstone Belt (Finland), and the African Copperbelt (Zambia-DRC).
Frank started his career with the Ontario Geological Survey before joining Falconbridge Limited where he held various positions in near-mine to regional grassroots exploration and in operating mines in Canada and Australia. He subsequently joined First Quantum Minerals Limited as Principal Geologist, where he was responsible for global exploration project generation and property evaluations for cobalt, copper, nickel and PGE properties. Notably, Frank was part of the team that discovered new resources at the Frontier Mine as well as new copper and cobalt prospects in the DRC.
Frank has a PhD from Carleton University and an MSc from the University of Waterloo.
Peter is a Professional Engineer with 35 years of experience in mining operations, mineral exploration and capital markets. He spent much of his early career in northern Ontario, with more than 10 years working in Sudbury, including with the Ontario Ministry of Labour and an Associate Professorship with Laurentian University teaching Underground Mine Design. His experience as a mine builder brought him to Falconbridge Limited (now Glencore) where he spent over a decade working in senior engineering roles, culminating with Exploration Manager. As Exploration Manager, he was responsible for global exploration activities as well as prospect valuation and risk management. Peter moved into the capital markets in 2006 and earned a reputation as an astute mining analyst, eventually becoming Chairman of Jennings Capital, an independent Canadian broker-dealer. During his career a as an analyst, he developed a reputation for being the first to uncover hidden value – he was the first analyst to cover Probe Mines, Integra Gold, and Trelawney Mines, which was eventually sold to IAMGOLD for $350 million dollars, among other companies he covered. Peter was Chairman of Jennings Capital during their sale to Mackie Research in 2015. Peter has an Engineering degree from Queen’s University.