Directors and Management

Robert Hinchcliffe
President, Chief Executive Officer & Director


Mr. Hinchcliffe has over 25 years working in the mining industry and has been directly involved in capital raises and transactions in excess of $600 million. Mr. Hinchcliffe founded Galway Resources in 2005 and went on to raise over $100 million and successfully negotiate the sale to AUX for $340 million and establish two new, well capitalized, spinout companies. Prior to that, he worked as Chief Financial Officer of Kirkland Lake Gold, wherein the company raised over $50 million in funds to re-commission the Kirkland Lake Gold Mine. Kirkland Lake currently has a market value of approximately CDN$500 million and produces approximately 150,000 ounces per year. He also worked for seven years on Wall Street as a Mining Analyst for Prudential Securities, SG Cowen, and Santander Investment, covering U.S., International, and Latin American mining companies, in addition to other sectors. Prior to that he spent 4 years working for Jordex Resources in Venezuela where he played a primary role in the identification and then development of a nickel deposit which was later sold for $65 million to Anglo American.

Mr. Hinchcliffe has a M.B.A. from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Arizona (with a concentration in Mining & Geology). Mr. Hinchcliffe is also fluent in Spanish.

Robert Suttie
Chief Financial Officer


Mr. Suttie currently works with Marrelli Support Services as its senior manager of financial reporting and compliance, possessing more than sixteen years of experience, ten of which were in public accounting prior to his tenure with the company. Mr. Suttie specializes in management advisory services, accounting and the financial disclosure needs of the group’s public client base. In addition to managing the group’s financial-statement and disclosure team, Mr. Suttie also serves as Chief Financial Officer for a number of junior mining companies listed on the TSX and TSX-V, leveraging his skills and experience to become integral to the reporting issuers. Mr. Suttie graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a BA.

Alfonso Gómez Rengifo
Director


Mr. Gómez has over 30 years working in the resource sector, holding various positions with prominent international mining companies in Colombia. Mr. Gómez was a Director for Galway Resources and is currently the Colombia Country Manager and Director for Galway Gold, in charge of the Company’s efforts in Colombia regarding financial, legal, permitting, environmental and community affairs among other areas. Before joining Galway, Mr. Gómez was Vice President of Operations for Prodeco and Vice President of Public Affairs of Carbones del Cerrejon, one of the world’s largest coal producers and owner of one of the largest coal mines in the world, producing approximately 35 million tons per year.

Mr. Gómez has a degree in Economics from El Rosario University in Bogota and a Masters in International Commerce from the Rome University in Rome, Italy. Mr. Gómez is also an honorary member of the board of the National Federation of Colombian Miners. In addition to speaking Spanish, Mr. Gómez is fluent in both English and Italian.

Larry Strauss
Position: Vice President of Corporate Development, Director


Mr. Strauss has over 25 years’ working in the mining industry in different capacities. More specifically, Mr. Strauss has 18 years of experience as a mining and commodities analyst in both Canada and the United States, followed by seven years as a Director and advisor to resource exploration companies. He was most recently a director at Galway Resources from April 2009 until its acquisition in December 2012. Prior, Mr. Strauss was a Director at GMP Securities, where he spent seven years as a mining analyst. During his time with GMP, the firm secured advisory roles on mergers and acquisitions, and raised several billion dollars for many leading international mining companies, including Goldcorp, Kinross Gold, Wheaton River, Bema Gold, Ivanhoe Mines and Northgate Minerals, among others. During his career, Mr. Strauss has been awarded “Best on the Street” in the Mining and Metals category by the Wall Street Journal. Earlier in his career, Mr. Strauss worked with Canaccord Capital, Prudential Securities and Merrill Lynch. 

Mr. Strauss holds an M.A., Energy and Mineral Resources (cum laude) from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.S., Geology (honors) from City University of New York at Brooklyn College.

Michael Sutton
Position: Chief Geologist, Director


Mr. Sutton’s career spans over 25 years as an exploration geologist. Mr. Sutton has worked in some of the largest gold camps in the world, including Witwatersrand, Timmins, and Kirkland Lake, serving in various capacities related entirely to the exploration and mining of gold. Mr. Sutton was awarded the Prospector of the Year for Ontario (along with Stew Carmichael) for the discovery of the South Mine Complex while he was Chief Geologist and Assistant Manager at Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. He guided Vault Minerals as Vice President of Exploration to a takeover by Queenston Mining Inc. He has since worked as Senior Geologist (Consultant) at Queenston, Osisko, and now Canadian Malartic. Previous to that, he worked for Kinross, Barrick, Lac Minerals, and Corona. Mr. Sutton is a Director of several companies. He has undertaken over 100 mineral property appraisals and evaluations. He was a Director of Galway Resources, where he played a significant role in the company’s take over by AUX for $340 million. As Director of a spin-out company, Galway Gold, he has overseen exploration work at Vetas, Colombia. Mr. Sutton has successfully signed numerous option agreements for his own claim blocks. He is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario and has been a member of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada since 1982. 

Mr. Sutton graduated in 1984 from the University of Toronto with a B.Sc., Geology (honours).

Rafael Solis
Position: Director


Mr. Solis has extensive equity capital markets experience accumulated over 18 years in the financial industry. During that time, Mr. Solis served as an institutional equity salesman specializing in the Latin American markets, most recently at Morgan Stanley (2007-2014) and Banco Santander (1999-2007). He brings with him considerable experience in primary and secondary equity distribution and a vast network of contacts among institutional asset managers worldwide. Mr. Solis is currently employed at Credicorp Capital Securities, Inc. where he serves as their Executive Director of Institutional Equity Sales for North America. In 2015, Rafael launched Solis Advisors which was aimed at identifying best ideas in wealth management strategies for high net worth investors and family offices.

Mr. Solis earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1994 and a BA in International Relations from University of California, Davis in 1989.

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