CEO, President, Director
PhD in Structural Geology and Tectonics. Recognised senior member of the discovery team of AngloGold’s Ashanti’s La Colosa and Gramalote deposits. Specialist in mapping and interpretation of ore geometries and ore controls covering various types of geological environments with direct applications to mineral economics from target generation, target definition and evaluation, and project management. Co-founder and VP Exploration of Talisker Exploration Services Inc. and current Director and VP Corporate Development, Sable Resources Ltd. and former Chief Geoscientist, Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd.
Holds a MBA and is a Member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants, the Certified Practicing Accountants of Australia and he is a Certified member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. He has served as CFO and Vice President of Finance of several medium sized public companies across Canada.
Leonardo de Souza
VP Exploration and Resource Development
Leonardo holds a Bachelor of Science from the Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil. He has 35 years of experience in mineral exploration and 21 years in mineral resource estimation. In exploration, his majority experience is in brownfields exploration for gold and copper, having participated in the addition of over 9 Moz of gold resources in the operations of AngloGold in South America, and over 2 Moz of gold plus 4.6 Blbs of copper in resources of the Salobo project in Brazil for Anglo American. In resource estimation, Leonardo’s experience spans a range of commodities and deposit styles in a number of countries, performing resource evaluations from grassroots opportunities to feasibility studies and mining operations. Leonardo is a Chartered Professional (CP) member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).
Director of Geology
Over 30 years’ experience in the mineral exploration industry, including important research at the La Escondida deposit. He was formerly with AngloGold Ashanti Ltd., where he held the positions of exploration country manager in Peru and in Colombia and chief geologist for the Americas exploration group. Dr. Padilla was part of the team that discovered the Colosa and Gramalote deposits in Colombia. He is the founder and chief geologist for Talisker Exploration Services Inc. And a current director of UniGold Inc. and Minera Alamos Inc.
Luis Arteaga, MSc. P.Geo QP
Professional geologist with more than 13 years of experience in precious metals exploration in a wide range of mineral deposits. Luis Arteaga has worked for various major and junior companies including five years with AngloGold Ashanti in Colombia and Brazil. Luis joined Talisker Exploration Services in 2011 as Senior Geologist where he worked in Mexico, Peru, Northern Ireland and Canada on behalf of the Osisko group of companies. He holds a BSc in Geology from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and an MSc degree from Laurentian University. Luis Arteaga is a P.Geo and member in good standing of the APGO in Ontario and holds a temporary permit from the OGQ in Quebec.
35+ years’ experience in mining exploration, development and financing. He is Chairman, President and CEO of Sable Resources Ltd. since April 2015; Director, President and CEO of Canadian Continental Exploration Corp. since 2007, and a former Director of Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. He was a key individual behind Aurelian Resources (acquired by Kinross Gold Mines for $1.2 billion in 2008), which discovered the Fruta Del Norte gold deposit in Ecuador; a co-founder of Canadian Royalties Inc., which discovered and developed the Raglan south nickel belt; acquired most of the Matachewan gold camp by an RTO of Young-Davidson Mines Ltd. which was subsequently acquired by Northgate Minerals in 2005; and he is a former director of Dalradian Resources Inc.
An accomplished finance executive with extensive experience in the investment and banking sectors. He is currently the President of JDS Resources Inc., the JDS Group of Companies’ venture capital and private equity arm responsible for investment management, acquisitions and project financing. Brent is also the President and Co-founder of JDS Silver Inc., the owner and operator of the Silvertip Mine located in Northern British Columbia.
Chartered Accountant with more than 35 years of experience in the mining, entertainment and real estate industries. He is the current Chairman of Nighthawk Gold Corp., a TSX listed mining company, Director and Audit Committee member of Fountain Asset Corp. and Northfield Capital Corporation, both TSX Venture listed companies and a former director, Audit Chairman and member of the Special Committee of Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. which was acquired by Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd for $338 million in 2019. He is also a director and asset manager of Orion Capital Incorporated, a Toronto-based asset management company.
Chartered professional accountant with 15+ years of professional experience, primarily in the mining sector. Current Chief Financial Officer of Osisko Mining Inc. since June 2011, and former Chief Financial Officer and director of Oban Exploration Limited. He obtained his Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 2003 and holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in accounting and economics from Brock University and Western University, respectively.