Walter H. Berukoff
Chief Executive Officer | Chairman of the Board
Mr. Walter H. Berukoff is the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lion One Metals Limited. Mr. Berukoff was the founder and C.E.O of Miramar Mining Corporation, Northern Orion Resources, and La Mancha Resources, and has operated or commissioned gold mines in seven countries. Mr. Berukoff is also Managing Director of Red Lion Management, a merchant banking company, and has raised over $1 billion for global mining and real estate projects.
Managing Director | Director
Mr. Stephen Mann was appointed the Managing Director of Lion One in December 2013, having been appointed to the board of directors in October 2012. Mr. Mann is a geologist with over thirty years industry experience in mineral exploration and development. Mr. Mann graduated from Adelaide University with Honours in 1981 and subsequently worked in mineral exploration for companies such as Utah Development Company, BHP Minerals Ltd., and Newcrest Mining Limited. From 1994 until 2006 Mr. Mann worked as an Exploration Manager and later Managing Director of Cogema Australia Pty Ltd/AREVA, focused on exploration and mining for gold and uranium. At Cogema/AREVA, Mr. Mann is credited with the discovery, development, and initiation of mining on the White Foil and Frogs Leg gold deposits. Mr. Mann was also managing director of Perth, WA-based Avocet Resources Limited, focused on gold, uranium, and iron ore exploration in Australia and Argentina from 2006 until its merger with Lion One in June 2013.
Ian Chang, M.A.Sc, P.Eng.
Chief Development Officer
Mr. Chang has over 30 years of experience in executive roles, project and engineering management ranging from smaller high-grade underground gold mines to large-scale projects. From 2011 until 2016 Mr. Chang was Vice-President, Project Development for Pretium Resources Inc., where he managed the feasibility study and subsequent development of Brucejack, Pretium’s $1 billion, 2,700 tonne per day (tpd), high grade underground gold project in northern BC. Mr. Chang’s corporate responsibility encompassed all capital project development at Pretium including engineering, procurement, and construction of all roads, powerlines, site infrastructure, work camps, processing facilities, and related permitting.
Mr. Chang was previously Project Director and Head of Project Management for Fluor Canada Limited, with responsibility for the management of EPCM for mining and metal projects, including the EPCM contract for Vale’s $3 billion Long Harbour nickel-copper-cobalt refinery in Newfoundland. Over the course of his career he has held management, engineering and commissioning roles on a number of projects that have progressed through feasibility to successful operation. His roles have included: project manager for the engineering and procurement portion of the US$650 million mine expansion of Minera El Abra in Chile; pre-feasibility study manager for a 2,000 tpd mine at Meadowbank in Nunavut; project manager for the design of the 3,300 tpd Musselwhite gold mill; project engineer on the engineering, construction and commissioning of the copper and zinc autoclave system of Hudson Bay’s Flin Flon operations; mechanical engineer involved in the design for the column flotation cells at the Campbell Red Lake mine and for the design of the 450 tpd gold-silver concentrator at the Mineral Hill mine in Montana.
Mr. Chang holds Bachelor and Master of Applied Science degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of British Columbia and is a registered professional engineer.
Richard J. Meli
Director (Audit Committee)
Mr. Richard Meli is a director of Lion One, having been a director of its predecessor company since 2004. He is an independent businessman and a former senior executive at Rio Tinto (1996-1999) where he managed the company’s global mergers and acquisitions, and President of Rio Tinto subsidiary Luzenac America (1999-2001). From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Meli was an independent consultant to the mining and oil and gas industries and was President of La Mancha Resources (2004-2006). Mr. Meli worked for Kennecott Corp., then one of the world’s largest copper producers, from 1980 until it was acquired by Rio Tinto in 1989. At Kennecott, Mr. Meli served in a number of planning, analysis and financial management positions, including, lastly as Senior Vice President. Mr. Meli began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly known as Price Waterhouse & Co.) in 1971, spending eight years in the firm’s New York office, becoming a CPA and reaching the level of Audit Manager. He earned a B.S. in Economics in 1969 and an M.S. in Accounting in 1971, both from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Tony Young has over 17 years’ experience in financial roles for mining companies operating in both Canada and Latin America. Mr. Young was most recently the Director of Finance at Red Eagle Mining Corporation, where he guided the company’s transition from mine development to production, including the construction of a 1,200 tonne per day processing plant at the San Ramon gold mine in Colombia. Mr. Young was also the Corporate Controller for Luna Gold Corp. (Trek Mining Inc.), an 80,000 ounce per year gold producer with a 6,000 tonne per day processing plant in Brazil. Mr. Young was previously Senior Manager at KPMG LLP providing assurance and tax services to mining and resource-based companies in Canada. Mr. Young is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Public Accountant (Illinois) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.
Stephanie Martel is the Chief Operating Officer for Red Lion Management, a private investment firm, and is a former Director of American Eagle Resources, Inc. Ms. Martel holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University.
Vice President | Corporate Secretary
Mr. Greig joined the Company in 2010 prior to the merger between American Eagle Resources and X-Tal Minerals Corp.and was appointed VP Investor Relations in November 2011, and Director in June 2012. Directly and indirectly Mr. Greig has raised over $50 million in public equity financings and has experience in various public market roles including investor relations, corporate finance, and administration.
Director (Audit Committee)
Kevin Puil is a Chartered Financial Analyst with over 15 years’ experience in investment management. From 1996 to 2005 he was a financial advisor with Goepel McDermid (Raymond James), and a partner at Bolder Investment Partners in Vancouver, BC. From 2008 to 2013 he was a portfolio manager at Malcolm Gissen & Associates and Senior Analyst at the Encompass Fund in San Francisco, focusing on natural resources. He holds a degree in economics from the University of Victoria (and the University of British Columbia) and obtained the CFA designation in 2003.
John Robinson, CPA, CA
Director (Audit Committee)
Mr. Robinson’s career as a CPA, CA includes over 23 years as a Tax Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Vancouver, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions and international tax planning with a focus on the natural resource sector. Mr. Robinson was the senior representative for the BC Region on the firm’s National Quality and Risk Management Committee, providing operational oversight for PwC tax partners. He also served on PwC’s Canadian Innovation Committee, focused on developing new business channels for the firm. Mr. Robinson continues to serve PwC clients in a consulting role and serves in a leadership position as CEO with a Vancouver-based financial institution, Truvera Trust Corporation. John earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and spent many years teaching tax courses to Chartered Professional Accountants of BC students.
Specific to the mining resource sector, Mr. Robinson has led and assisted on a number of high profile acquisitions as well as being the lead service provider to a number of medium and large international mining companies. Outside of the mining sector, Mr. Robinson has directed numerous high profile initial public offerings for Canadian corporations and has also acted as lead acquisition strategist for various US corporations investing in Canada.