We are a strong team founded on management and directors that have a proven track record.
Chairman & Founder
Amir Adnani, Chairman and Founder, is an entrepreneur and a mining executive. He is the founding Chief Executive Officer and a director of Uranium Energy Corp (UEC), an NYSE American uranium mining and exploration company. Under his leadership, UEC moved from concept to initial production in the U.S. in five years, and has developed a pipeline of low-cost, near-term production projects. By background, he is an entrepreneur, and earlier started and expanded two private companies.
Mr. Adnani is frequently invited to speak at prominent industry gatherings including the Milken Institute Global Conference, the International Economic Forum of the Americas and the PDAC Convention, and is often interviewed by major business media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNBC and Fox Business News.
Fortune magazine distinguishes Mr. Adnani on their ‘40 Under 40, Ones to Watch’ list of North American executives. He is selected as one of “Mining’s Future Leaders” by Mining Journal, a UK-based global industry publication. He is recognized by a qualified resource industry investment advisory, Casey Research, as one of the sector’s leading entrepreneurs, a list researched and known as ‘Casey’s NexTen.’ He is a nominee for Ernst & Young’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ distinction. Mr. Adnani holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia, and is a director of the university’s Alumni Association.
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Dawson has over 30 years of experience in the exploration and mining business working with senior and junior mining companies in the Americas, Europe, Africa and China. He has held executive and directorship roles with several Canadian mining companies working internationally. Mr. Dawson is a registered Professional Geologist with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Geology from the University of Manitoba and a Master's of Science degree in Economic Geology from the University of British Columbia.
Mr. Pereira has over 25 years of experience in exploration and development of mining projects in Brazil and Canada. He worked as a geologist for the De Beers Group for twenty years and served for more than ten years as Senior Project Manager and Divisional Manager for Canada. Mr. Pereira holds a Bachelors degree in Geology from Universidade do Amazonas in Brazil and is a Qualified Person as defined in NI-43-101 and a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.
Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
Pat Obara, CFO and Secretary, was Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Uranium Energy Corp., a NYSE American listed company, from August 2006 to January 2011, then as its Vice President Administration to October 2015 and again as its Chief Financial Officer from October 2015 to present. He has consulted to several private and publicly listed companies providing various services in the areas of corporate finance, management and administration. Mr. Obara has served as the Chief Financial Officer and a director of several public companies listed on the TSXV. He holds a degree in Building Technology, Land and Construction Economics, from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Executive Vice President
Mr. Wright has over twenty-two years of experience in the capital markets with the last fifteen years devoted to the natural resource sector. As a sell-side analyst, Jeff covered over 30 resource companies and has completed more than 60 property site visits. He has extensive relationships with U.S.-based institutional investors and has keen awareness of capital markets. Jeff previously held analyst and investment banking positions with Robertson Stephens, Montgomery & Co., H.C. Wainwright & Co. and Global Hunter Securities.
Mr. Wright received his MBA from the University of Southern California, his bachelor of arts degree in political science from North Carolina State University and is a member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina State University Foundation. Previous to his banking career, he served as a U.S. naval officer on the USS Carl Vinson and USS John Young.
Mr. Wright has extensive experience in the precious metals sector and has appeared or has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg TV, Reuters, Marketwatch.com, Kitco News and The Gold Report.
Mario Bernardo Garnero
Mario Bernardo Garnero, Director, has significant merchant and investment banking experience and has held senior positions with Brasilinvest and Garnero Group for the past 30 years. Brasilinvest is a strategic partner of GoldMining Inc. and is a leading merchant bank in Brazil having structured and manages a portfolio of projects and investments worth more than US$4 billion. The Garnero Group has attracted direct investments of approximately US$16 billion from different geographies through its various business interests, including energy, alternative energy, real estate, transportation, agriculture, information technology and telecommunications.
The Hon. Herb Dhaliwal
The Hon. Herb Dhaliwal, Director, served as a Member of Parliament for over ten years. He served in the Federal Cabinet under Prime Minister Jean Chretien as Minister of Natural Resources, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. In his role as Minister of Natural Resources, he actively sought responsible economic development of Canada's vast natural resources and was an authoritative policy maker on decisions relating to the mining and energy, including oil and gas, industries. The Vancouver Sun has recognized Mr. Dhaliwal as one of the top 100 influential British Columbians of the 20th century. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1977 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
David Kong, Director, Mr. Kong holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from Taiwan and earned his Chartered Accountant designation in British Columbia in 1978 and U.S. CPA (Illinois) designation in 2002. From 1981 to 2004, he was a partner at Ellis Foster Chartered Accountants. Mr. Kong was also a partner of Ernst & Young from 2005 to 2010. Currently Mr. Kong is a director of Silvercorp Metals Inc., New Pacific Metals Corp. and Uranium Energy Corp.
Gloria Ballesta, Director, Ms. Ballesta was paralegal for Uranium Energy Corp., a NYSE MKT listed company, since May 2010 to December 2012. Ms. Ballesta has experience working in North American, European and Latin American business environments and has direct experience working with Canadian listed public companies holding interests in Latin America. Ms. Ballesta has experience managing administrative and compliance procedures for spin-offs, take-overs and financings of various Canadian public companies. Ms. Ballesta holds an LLB (Hons.) degree in Law from the CEU Cardenal Herrera University in Spain and a Masters degree in Marketing and Business Management from ESIC School of Business in Spain.