Mr. O’Rourke has more than 40 years of experience in mine evaluations, development, project financing, marketing and operations in Canada, the United States, South America and the Philippines. He is a founding member of Copper Mountain Mining Corporation and was President and CEO from its inception in 2007 until his retirement in June 2018.
Mr. O’Rourke is a P.Eng and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from the University of British Columbia. Mr. O’Rourke is a 2005 recipient of the Edgar A. Scholz Medal for Excellence in Mine Development in British Columbia and the Yukon, the recipient of the Mining Person of the Year award for British Columbia in 2010 and the recipient of the Order of British Columbia in 2011. In 2013 Jim was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.
Mr. Clausen is a mining executive with more than 30 years’ experience in the areas of management, finance, development and operations in the base metals and precious metals industry. Prior to joining Copper Mountain Mining Corporation, Mr. Clausen was President, CEO and Director of Brio Gold Inc. and held that position from its inception until its acquisition in May 2018. Mr. Clausen was previously President, CEO and Director of Augusta Resource Corporation from its inception in 2005 until its acquisition in 2014. He was Executive Vice President, Mining at Washington Group International, Inc. from 2001 to 2005 and served as the Vice President of Operations of Stillwater Mining Company from 1995 to 1999. Prior to 1995, Mr. Clausen was a mine general manager at several precious and base metals operations of Placer Dome Inc in British Columbia and Ontario.
Mr. Clausen is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of British Columbia with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University. Mr. Clausen is also a graduate of Queen’s University’s executive business program and the Harvard University Business School’s program in corporate board governance.
Mr. Aunger has 45 years of experience in accounting, taxation and finance in Canada. He was previously a Partner and CFO of Madison Venture Corporation, a private corporation with extensive operating interests in a number of industries throughout Canada. Prior to that, Mr. Aunger was a tax Partner at Arthur Andersen & Co. Mr. Aunger currently serves as Secretary of Glacier Media, Inc. and GVIC Communications Corp.
Mr. Aunger is a CPA, CA and graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Commerce.
Michele Buchignani has nearly 30 years of experience in private equity, law, finance, compensation and business consulting. Michele served as a Director with Teachers’ Private Capital, the private equity division of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Prior positions also include Managing Director at CIBC World Markets and CIBC Capital Partners as well as Partner at Stikeman Elliott, where she practiced corporate law in Toronto and London. She is currently the CEO of McLean Drive Consulting Ltd. and the Managing Partner of a US-based property holding company. Ms. Buchignani also has 20 years of corporate board experience and has served on executive, audit, governance, compensation and human resource committees. She currently serves on the advisory board of CAI Capital Partners V. L.P., the board of White House Design Company Inc. and the board of Westport Fuel Systems Inc. (Nasdaq/TSX: WPRT). Ms. Buchignani also has significant not-for-profit board experience, including currently as a member of the board of the Fraser Institute.
Ms. Buchignani graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. (Honours) in English and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law with a J.D. She has completed the Stanford Executive Program at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University as well as the director education program at the Institute for Corporate Directors. She holds the designation ICD.D.
Mr. Cloke has over 40 years of experience in open pit and underground mining operations as well as being a supplier to the mining industry. He is a senior executive with proven leadership, team building and market development skills with a track record of successfully managing the profitable growth of numerous mining distribution businesses. Mr. Cloke has directly contributed to the growth of the oil sands in Fort McMurray and the coal business in Elk Valley and Northeast Coal through multiple development initiatives as well as through his leadership as President, CEO, Partner and Founder of Transwest Dynequip Limited, which was a large equipment supplier to Fording Coal and Suncor. Transwest Dynequip was subsequently sold to Sumitomo Corporation. Following, Mr. Cloke was President and CEO of Bucyrus Canada. Mr. Cloke is currently the President of Cloke Holdings Ltd.
Mr. Cloke was British Columbia Mining Industry’s “Person of the Year” in 1995 and General Chairman of the CIM convention in Vancouver in 1997. He served on the Board of the Coal Association of Canada and the Board of Hillsborough Resource. Mr. Cloke was Chairman of Mining for Miracles, a B.C. Children’s Hospital charity, and co-founder of Fishing for Kids and Hooked on Miracles, fundraising events for the mining industry and B.C. Children’s Hospital.
Mr. Cowden has more than 35 years of experience as a mining executive, director and geologist in the mining industry in Australia, Africa, Asia and Europe. He has founded eight public companies including Altona Mining, prior to its acquisition by Copper Mountain Mining Corporation in early 2018. Mr. Cowden has been part of the discovery, financing and development of numerous mines in Australia, Africa and Europe and has extensive experience across all aspects of the mining industry including mergers and acquisitions and financing.
Mr. Cowden is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was awarded Diggers and Dealers Junior Explorer of the Year in 1995 and received the Queensland Explorer of the Year in 2012. Mr. Cowden has an Honours degree in Geology from Edinburgh University and a PhD in Geology from the University of London.
Mr. Katusa has more than 20 years of experience in finance, asset management and capital markets, with a focus in mining and energy. He is currently a hedge fund manager focused on the natural resource sector and is a mining expert in the capital markets. Mr. Katusa was previously Chief Energy Investment Strategist at Casey Research, LLC.
Mr. Katusa graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Bachelor of Education.
Mr. Renzoni has nearly 50 years experience in banking, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and capital markets specializing in the mining industry. He was previously in investment banking as Managing Director at BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc.
Mr. Renzoni graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree (hons) in Geology.
Mr. Washington has more than 20 years of investment banking experience in the mining sector. He was most recently Managing Director and Head of Global Mining & Metals at National Bank Financial. Previous positions include Head of Investment Banking at Wellington West Capital Markets, investment banker at First Marathon, Gordon Capital and Lancaster Financial/TD Securities. Prior to that Mr. Washington worked as a civil engineer on international infrastructure projects.
Mr. Washington graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and has an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.