President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Espig assumed the role of President and CEO on November 7, 2013 and guided the Company through its restructuring, which included entering the company into CCAA and successfully exiting on November 21, 2014. He is experienced in the analysis of investment opportunities, raising capital, deal sourcing, financial structuring, and corporate turnaround. Mr. Espig has structured over US$2.0 billion in private equity and pre-IPO investment transactions from the principal side and is a pioneer of SPACs, having completed over $1.0 BN in transactions.
Mr. Espig served as Vice-President of the Principal Finance and Securitization Group and Asia Special Situations Group for Goldman Sachs Japan. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Espig was Vice-President of Olympus Capital, a New York private equity firm, where he participated in corporate restructurings, investment analysis and financing negotiations for both domestic and international investments.
In 1989, Mr. Espig received his B.A. from the University of British Columbia and later received his MBA from Columbia Business School, where he was a Chazen International Scholar.
Mr. Espig has been active in the turnaround of mining projects and has functioned in management and director roles for numerous mining companies.
Chairman / Director
Mr. Hogel is an Asset Manager actively involved in the financial evaluation of companies and convertible debenture restructuring. He is on the advisory board of Concept Capital Management and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Peter Beck Performance Funds and Peter Beck and Partner Asset Management Company Limited since 2002. He has been actively involved in the mining sector for fifteen years.
Dr. Paul Johnston
Dr. Johnston is a professional geoscientist with over 30 years of mining industry experience and currently serves as Vice President Exploration at Element 29 Resources. He has accumulated extensive international experience in early to advanced stage exploration for gold, copper, and zinc. Dr. Johnston began his career in the late 1980s as a mine geologist before joining Teck Resources, where he worked in a variety of international positions, including Regional Chief Geoscientist for South America. He holds a PhD from Queen’s University and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.
Mr. Swallow has extensive experience in providing guidance to operating and developing mining companies and mines, including all aspects of precious and base metals and industrial minerals developments, mine and mill construction and operation, start-ups and re-starts of existing operations; project development from green field site to fully constructed mine, plus overhaul of existing operations and project evaluation.
Mr. Swallow has wide knowledge of construction and operation of underground and open pit operations, solid knowledge of mineral processing techniques, familiarity in overseas and remote developments in dual languages, permitting and environmental compliance and all other aspects of mine management and mining operational turn arounds, plus report writing, and financial evaluation, for both base and precious metals and also industrial minerals opportunities
He experiences have seen him work worldwide at various capacities, including Principal Mine Engineer, Director, Chairman, Technical Advisor, and President and Chief Executive Officer.