President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Abenante is a seasoned executive with extensive public company experience. Mr. Abenante is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) who also holds a Masters, who has founded and/or served as an officer/director of several public and private companies across various industries, ranging from energy and mining to agriculture technology and life sciences.
Richard (Dick) Walters
Executive Vice President
Dick Walters is certified by the American Association of Professional Geologists, and is licensed to practice geology in two states of the U.S. He is a Qualified Person by definition in Canadian NI 43-101. Mr. Walters has worked for 45 years in the mining industry as a mineral deposit explorer and developer with a world-wide reach, particularly in Southeast Asia and North and South America. He has held various field and management positions in Kennecott Copper Corp., Joe Minerals Co., Sunshine Mining Co. and others. He has been consistently active in Argentina’s mining scene since 1990 where in 1994 his private Argentinean company, Compania Minera Polimet S.A., gave birth to Yamana Resources Inc. via a shares exchange, thence gaining a listing on the Canadian stock exchange. In addition to being a co-founder of Yamana Resources he was a director and its COO and President for several years. Mr. Walters has been involved in supporting and running the Company’s wholly owned Argentinean subsidiary, Marifil S.A., since 2000, and remains responsible for its mineral exploration and acquisition activities. At least eight notable mineral deposits have been discovered under his direction, including two that have become mines currently in production: Mina Martha in Argentina – one of the richest silver mines in the world, and Chandalar – the largest gold placer mine in Alaska.
President of Marifil Sociedad Anónima (S.A.)
Mr. Buffone is a geologist with 30 years mineral exploration experience in Argentina, and is a successful independent Argentinean cattle rancher as well. His background includes dealings in oil properties, acquisitions of hydrological rights and training in agricultural engineering. Amongst others, he formerly worked as a geologist for Yamana Resources Inc. helping launch the company. In 1997, he founded Marifil S.A. underpinned by a slate of his own mineral properties. Marifil S.A. was folded into Marifil Mines Ltd. by way of a shares exchange in 2005 upon becoming a public company on the Canadian exchange. The Company relies on his abilities as a prospector and businessman to continually generate or find new properties for acquisition in Argentina, and to manage all affairs of the Company in the country in a legal and socially responsible manner.
Chief Financial Officer
Alexander McAulay CPA, CA is an experienced public company CFO. Following his articling at MNP LLP, Alex founded the successful Naked Brand Group Inc. (NASDAQ: NAKD) and led the company as its COO and CFO. Alex is the owner of a licensed CFO practice firm, ACM Management Inc.
Pedro Vera is an Argentinean citizen and a mineral exploration geologist with more than 30 years’ experience working with global public mining and exploration companies. He is well known in the mining and exploration community, having worked across Argentina, often advising provincial governments on geological issues. Mr. Vera’s background includes four years as an in-charge of Barrick’s Patagonia exploration team, where he led evaluations of diverse projects ranging from grassroots exploration programs to advanced-stage. Mr. Vera also led Barrick’s exploration team involved with evaluation of third-party gold properties in the Pascua-Lama and Veladero region of the Andes Mountains and has held positions with Iamgold, AngloGold, Gold Fields, M.I.M., Minamerica and Triton Mining.