Board of Directors

David Gower


David Gower has over 20 years of experience in exploration with Falconbridge, Noranda (now X-strata) most recently as Director of Global Nickel and PGM exploration. He was a member of the Senior Operating Team responsible for mining projects with Falconbridge. He has led exploration teams which were responsible for brownfields discoveries at Raglan and Sudbury, Matagami, Falcondo – DR, and greenfield discoveries at Araguaia in Brazil, Kabanga in Tanzania and significant increases in known resources at Kabanga in Tanzania and El Pilar in Mexico.

Joaquín Merino-Márquez

President and CEO

Joaquín Merino-Márquez is a professional geologist with 18 years of experience in the mining industry. He was previously Vice President, Exploration for Primero Mining Corp. and before that Vice President Exploration for Apogee Minerals Ltd. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Merino was the exploration manager for Placer Dome at Porgera Mine and prior to that chief mine geologist at Hecla Mining’s La Camorra mine. Joaquin has extensive international experience in South America, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions. Joaquin holds a Master degree in Sciences from Queens University (Ontario), and a Bachelor degree in Geology from University of Seville (Spain). Mr. Merino is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.

Marilia Bento


Marilia Bento has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry and Canadian capital markets. Currently Ms. Bento is Vice President of Corporate Development for the South American Resource Group at Forbes & Manhattan, a premier merchant bank focused on building resource companies. Some of Ms. Bento’s previous positions include, Managing Director and Head of Equity Capital Markets Canada at Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd. (formerly Orion Securities Inc.) and Vice President of Corporate Development for Apogee Silver Ltd. Marilia was on the Board of Directors of Orion Securities Inc. and has been a board member of junior mining companies.

Catherine Stretch


Catherine Stretch has been Chief Executive Officer of DT Plantations Limited, a 40,000 hectare palm oil plantation under development in southern Philippines since mid-2012. Previously, Catherine was a partner and the Chief Operating Officer of a Canadian investment firm which had $1 billion in assets under management and focused on managing resource oriented investment funds. In this role Catherine helped research, develop and structure early stage investments and investment vehicles in Canada and overseas working with legal teams, securities regulators and local partners as well as overseeing day-to-day operations and financial reporting requirements of the company. Catherine has a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA in International Business from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

David Patterson


David Patterson has been involved with exploration companies for over two decades. He has an MBA from Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University. Mr. Patterson has an extensive European and North American network which has enabled him to raise in excess of CDN$100 million for mineral exploration companies, including Donner Metals Ltd.

Colin Watt


Colin Watt B.Com 15 years of public resource company management experience. President of Squall Capital Corp., a private Canadian based company which specializes in financing, restructuring and providing management services to early stage public companies. President of Lynden Energy Corp. since 2005.