Mr. Koval is a mining executive with approximately 40 years of corporate management, M&A, finance, mineral exploration, mine development and operations experience and has worked on mining projects in over 30 countries. He served as Chairman & CEO of Anfield Gold Corp and is currently CEO and Director of Lumina Gold Corp, a Director of Equinox Gold and a Director of Miedzi Copper Corp. Previously, Mr. Koval was a partner in Lumina Capital, LP and served as CEO of Northern Peru Copper Corp, VP of Corporate Development for Lumina Copper Corp, President of Pincock, Allen & Holt and held management positions with Golder Associates, BHP/Utah International, Inco, Meridian Minerals and Inspiration Consolidated Copper. Mr. Koval holds a BSc. in Geology from the University of Missouri and is a registered professional geologist in North Carolina and Washington.
Mr. Benalcazar has over 25 years experience in mineral exploration, mining property evaluation and acquisitions throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. He has held managerial and consulting positions with several international mining companies, including Homestake International Minerals Ltd. He currently serves as a Senior Vice President of Lumina Gold Corp. As a former President and member of the Board of Directors of the Ecuadorian Chamber of Mines, Mr. Benalcazar has actively represented the mining industry in discussions with Government authorities. Mr. Benalcazar holds a BA in geology from North Carolina State University and has completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.
Senior Vice President Exploration
Mr. Hathaway is a geologist with extensive experience in the exploration and mining sector from grassroots to feasibility and development stage projects. He currently serves as a Senior Vice President of Lumina Gold Corp and EVP of Exploration at Libero Copper. He served as Chief Geological Officer for Anfield Gold Corp. Since 2004, Mr. Hathaway was the former Chief Geological Officer for Lumina Copper Corp and the former VP Exploration for Northern Peru Copper Corp, Regalito Copper Corp, Global Copper Corp and Lumina Resources Corp as well as a former partner in Lumina Capital LP. Prior to 2004 he worked for Inmet Mining in Europe, Australia, Central and South America. Mr. Hathaway holds a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Applied Geology from the University of Plymouth, a M.Sc. in Mineral Exploration from the University of London and obtained a P.Geo from the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario in 2004.
VP Legal Counsel, Director
Mr. Braaten is a lawyer and the President & CEO of Miedzi Copper Corp, a private company actively exploring for copper and silver in Poland. Mr. Braaten is currently a director of Ero Copper Corp, a mid-size copper producer with operations in Brazil. He is also currently an officer and director of Lumina Gold Corp. He was previously a director and VP Legal of Anfield Gold Corp (prior to acquisition by Equinox Gold) and a director of Lumina Royalty Corp (prior to acquisition by Franco Nevada). Mr. Braaten joined the Lumina group of companies in 2008 and assisted in the creation of Magma Energy Corp., a renewable energy company. In 2011, Magma and Plutonic Power merged to create Alterra Power Corp which was acquired by Innergex Renewable Energy for $1.1B. Mr. Braaten received a law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1989 and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Calgary in 1986. Mr. Braaten is a member of the Law Societies of British Columbia and the Yukon.
Andrew Carstensen is a professional geologist who has over 40 years experience in mineral exploration within both major mining and junior exploration sectors. Mr. Carstensen is currently the Chief Geologist for Lumina Gold Corp and technical advisor to a private copper-silver exploration venture in Poland (Miedzi Copper). He previously held senior positions with other Lumina Group Companies including Anfield Nickel, Anfield Gold and Lumina Copper. Prior to his association with the Lumina Group, Mr. Carstensen held senior management roles at Geologix Exploration and Manhattan Minerals. Earlier in his career, Mr. Carstensen held geological positions with Western Gold Exploration, Noranda and Newmont Exploration. Mr. Carstensen holds BA and MS degrees in Geology from the University of Montana and is a Certified Professional Geologist with AIPG.
VP Corporate Development & Communications
Mr. Hicks was previously an investment banker working with RBC Capital Markets and BMO Capital Markets. He also served as VP Corporate Development and Communications of Anfield Gold. He currently serves as the VP Corporate Development and Communications of Lumina Gold. Over the last decade he has worked on a variety of equity, debt and advisory assignments while working in Canada and Australia. Mr. Hicks holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from the University of British Columbia.
VP Corporate Affairs
Mr. Youle has worked as an adviser to governments and companies across Latin America since the early 1990s, initially as a Washington, DC-based corporate attorney, and subsequently as the General Manager of ConsultAndes, SA, a Lima, Peru-based firm that provides strategic counsel primarily to international natural resources companies. He currently serves as the VP Corporate Affairs for Lumina Gold. Mr. Youle was previously VP Corporate Affairs for Anfield Gold Corp and VP Corporate Affairs for Lumina Copper Corp (sold to First Quantum Minerals). He has lived in several countries, including, USA, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Mr. Youle is a graduate of Dartmouth College, with a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Rip is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with over 19 years experience in industry and public practice providing business advice to a variety of clients. Currently, Mr. Rip is CFO of Miedzi Copper Corp, Lumina Gold Corp. and the former CFO of Anfield Gold Corp, Lumina Copper Corp and Lumina Royalty Corp. In public practice, Mr. Rip worked at Grant Thornton LLP where he served as a Senior Manager in the Assurance and Business Advisory practice. He holds a law degree from the University of Birmingham and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia and The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Mr. Rip has extensive experience in financial reporting and internal controls compliance for public companies
David Farrell has over twenty years of corporate and mining experience and has negotiated, structured and closed more than US$25 billion worth of M&A and structured financing transactions for natural resource companies.
He is the founder and President of Davisa Consulting, a private consulting firm working with global mining companies. Prior to founding Davisa, David was Managing Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at Endeavour Financial, working in Vancouver and London. Prior to Endeavour Financial, he was a lawyer at Stikeman Elliott, working in Vancouver, Budapest and London. David also serves as a director of Fortuna Silver and Northern Vertex Mining. Mr. Farrell is a graduate from the University of British Columbia with a B.Comm. (Honours, Finance) and an LL.B. and was called to the bar in both British Columbia and England. In addition, David has completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program and has been awarded the ICD.D designation. He also served for 12 years as a board and finance committee member of Yaletown House, a non-profit, critical-care seniors' residence in downtown Vancouver.
Mr. Shumka has more than 40 years' experience in financial roles. Former President and Managing Director of Walden Management, a consulting firm specialising in natural resources. From 1989-2004, he was Managing Director, Investment Banking with CIBC World Markets and Raymond James Ltd. Prior to 1989, Mr. Shumka was VP Finance and CFO of West Fraser Timber Co, one of Canada's largest forest products companies. Currently, he is a director of Eldorado Gold Corp and Lumina Gold Corp. He was previously a director with Alterra Power Corp. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Harvard University.
John Wright is a Metallurgical Engineer and Honours graduate of Queen’s University in Ontario, with over 37 years’ experience in many facets of the exploration and mining industry. John Wright was a co-founder, and former director, president and chief operating officer of Pan American Silver Corp. He was also the co-founder of Equinox Resources. Previously, John spent 10 years with Teck Cominco where he worked at the Trail Smelter operations and later participated in the management of the feasibility studies, marketing and mine construction at the Afton, Highmont, Bull Moose and David Bell Mines. John Wright is currently a director of Ero Copper Corp and SilverCrest Metals and a former director of Lumina Copper, Northern Peru Copper, Global Copper and Bitterroot Resources. He is a Member of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and has a P.Eng. (retired) designation from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.