Founder and Chairman
Mr. Clausen is currently President and Chief Executive Officer for Copper Mountain Mining Corporation and former President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Brio Gold Inc. and Augusta Resource Corporation, which was acquired for over $550 million in 2014. Mr. Clausen has over 30 years of executive and operations experience in the mining industry with several major global and domestic mining companies. He has held senior operations and project development positions before moving into executive roles where he was responsible for executing corporate growth strategies including development and operations for several large precious metal, base metal, and coal producing companies. He holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Mining Engineering from Queens University.
W. Durand Eppler
Founder, Director and Interim President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Eppler is a Managing Director of Capstone Headwaters LLC (formerly Headwaters MB) and a founding partner of Sierra Partners LLC, A Denver-based investment and advisory firm providing strategic and business advisory services to global resources clients. Prior to founding Sierra, Mr. Eppler worked in corporate development as a Vice-President at Newmont Mining Corporation. Mr. Eppler currently serves as a Director of Vista Gold Corp. and Golden Minerals Company and was previously a Director of Augusta Resource Corporation prior to its acquisition.
Ms. Wong brings over 10 years’ experience in finance and investor relations. She is currently Vice President of Corporate Development and Investor Relations for Copper Mountain Mining Corporation and was formerly Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for Brio Gold Inc. and for both Augusta Resource Corporation and Ventana Gold Corporation, prior to their acquisition. Previous to these roles, Ms. Wong served as Director of Investor Relations at Yamana Gold Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in finance from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia and is a CFA charterholder.
Ms. Brodie is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and is a member in good standing of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. She worked for more than nine years with KPMG, including the last six spent in London, England where she worked with FTSE 15 companies including BHP Billiton plc and Diageo plc as well as participated in a number of AIM listings for resources companies. Ms. Brodie has also been involved in several publications in the natural resource sector including co-authoring KPMG’s 2006 global mining survey. Ms. Brodie most recently served as the CFO for Plata Latina Minerals.
Founder and Special Adviser
Dr. Clarke has over 35 years of international silver and gold exploration experience. His achievements include numerous silver deposit discoveries in Mexico, including the San Antonio mine and the Santa Rita project. Most recently, he held the role of Vice President of Exploration for Augusta Resource Corporation, and previous to that held senior positions at Cyprus Minerals and Ma’aden. He has a PhD from the University of Arizona with a dissertation on major Mexican silver-gold deposit formation.