Mr. La Salle, FCPA, FCA, has over 20 years of experience in the development and operation of mining projects in West Africa. In 1995, he founded Canadian-based SEMAFO Inc., which grew from a junior explorer to a +250,000 ounce-per-year gold producer in West Africa. Mr. La Salle has been, and remains, a key stakeholder, an investor, a chairman, a board member or an executive of many public and private sector companies, primarily in the mining, energy and clean tech sectors where he has been a strong proponent of transformational change and shareholder value creation.
Mr. Taub holds a BA in Languages from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and an MBA from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France). He is an entrepreneur in the Life Science field and investor in several pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Mr. Taub was the CEO of a NASDAQ listed company which he had founded and is currently an investor and Chairman of another NASDAQ company.
Nicholas Taylor is a finance, strategy and business development professional with over 25 years of experience. He is currently the principal of a private consulting business working mainly with Private Equity investing in the Metals & Mining space. Previously, he was European Head of Natural Resources Investment Banking ("IB") at The Royal Bank of Canada and, from 2011 to 2015, he was Asia-Pacific Co-Head of Natural Resources IB at Deutsche Bank. He began his professional career in London with Price Waterhouse, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He holds both a MA and BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.
Yves Grou is a CPA CA, having received his Bachelor in Commerce degree from McGill University. He is a member of the Québec Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants. He was co-founder in 1980 and a partner until 2004 of GLA. At GLA, Mr. Grou coordinated and led the reverse take-over process related to several public companies, having completed several transactions with mining, oil and gas, telecommunications and medical devices companies. In 2004, GLA was sold to an accounting firm.
Dr. Elena Clarici is a mining engineer, with a B.Eng in mining gained at University of Belgrade in 1989. She also holds a PhD in Mining and Environmental Engineering from the Royal School of Mines of the Imperial College of Science and Technology, obtained in 1994. She is founder, president and CEO of Micah Minerals Corp., a Canadian private company, since 2016. From 2013 to 2015, she has been a director and Board Member of TSX-V listed Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd, and briefly interim CEO in 2014. She is a former chair of Association of Mining Analysts and a regular contributor to financial and mining media.
Dr. Jürgen Hambrecht obtained his doctorate in Chemistry in 1975 from the University of Tübingen, Germany. Dr. Hambrecht served BASF in various responsibilities around the world for more than 35 years, lastly as Chairman of the Board from 2003 until his retirement in May 2011. He is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BASF SE, of Trumpf GmbH & Co. KG and Member of the Supervisory Boards of Daimler AG and Daimler Truck AG.