Directors and Management

Robert Hinchcliffe
President, Chief Executive Officer & Director

Mr. Hinchcliffe has over 25 years working in the mining industry and has been directly involved in capital raises and transactions in excess of $600 million. Mr. Hinchcliffe founded Galway Resources in 2005 and went on to raise over $100 million and successfully negotiate the sale to AUX for $340 million and establish two new, well capitalized, spinout companies. Prior to that, he worked as Chief Financial Officer of Kirkland Lake Gold, wherein the company raised over $50 million in funds to re-commission the Kirkland Lake Gold Mine. Kirkland Lake currently has a market value of approximately CDN$500 million and produces approximately 150,000 ounces per year. He also worked for seven years on Wall Street as a Mining Analyst for Prudential Securities, SG Cowen, and Santander Investment, covering U.S., International, and Latin American mining companies, in addition to other sectors. Prior to that he spent 4 years working for Jordex Resources in Venezuela where he played a primary role in the identification and then development of a nickel deposit which was later sold for $65 million to Anglo American.

Mr. Hinchcliffe has a M.B.A. from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Arizona (with a concentration in Mining & Geology). Mr. Hinchcliffe is also fluent in Spanish.

Robert Suttie
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Suttie currently works with Marrelli Support Services as its senior manager of financial reporting and compliance, possessing more than sixteen years of experience, ten of which were in public accounting prior to his tenure with the company. Mr. Suttie specializes in management advisory services, accounting and the financial disclosure needs of the group’s public client base. In addition to managing the group’s financial-statement and disclosure team, Mr. Suttie also serves as Chief Financial Officer for a number of junior mining companies listed on the TSX and TSX-V, leveraging his skills and experience to become integral to the reporting issuers.

Mr. Suttie graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a BA.

Michael Sutton
Chief Geologist, Director

Mr. Sutton’s career spans over 25 years as an exploration geologist. Mr. Sutton has worked in some of the largest gold camps in the world, including Witwatersrand, Timmins, and Kirkland Lake, serving in various capacities related entirely to the exploration and mining of gold. Mr. Sutton was awarded the Prospector of the Year for Ontario (along with Stew Carmichael) for the discovery of the South Mine Complex while he was Chief Geologist and Assistant Manager at Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. He guided Vault Minerals as Vice President of Exploration to a takeover by Queenston Mining Inc. He has since worked as Senior Geologist (Consultant) at Queenston, Osisko, and now Canadian Malartic. Previous to that, he worked for Kinross, Barrick, Lac Minerals, and Corona. Mr. Sutton is a Director of several companies. He has undertaken over 100 mineral property appraisals and evaluations. He was a Director of Galway Resources, where he played a significant role in the company’s take over by AUX for $340 million. As Director of a spin-out company, Galway Gold, he has overseen exploration work at Vetas, Colombia. Mr. Sutton has successfully signed numerous option agreements for his own claim blocks. He is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario and has been a member of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada since 1982. 

Mr. Sutton graduated in 1984 from the University of Toronto with a B.Sc., Geology (honours).

Larry Strauss
Vice President of Corporate Development, Director

Mr. Strauss has over 25 years’ working in the mining industry in different capacities. More specifically, Mr. Strauss has 18 years of experience as a mining and commodities analyst in both Canada and the United States, followed by seven years as a Director and advisor to resource exploration companies. He was most recently a director at Galway Resources from April 2009 until its acquisition in December 2012. Prior, Mr. Strauss was a Director at GMP Securities, where he spent seven years as a mining analyst. During his time with GMP, the firm secured advisory roles on mergers and acquisitions, and raised several billion dollars for many leading international mining companies, including Goldcorp, Kinross Gold, Wheaton River, Bema Gold, Ivanhoe Mines and Northgate Minerals, among others. During his career, Mr. Strauss has been awarded “Best on the Street” in the Mining and Metals category by the Wall Street Journal. Earlier in his career, Mr. Strauss worked with Canaccord Capital, Prudential Securities and Merrill Lynch. 

Mr. Strauss holds an M.A., Energy and Mineral Resources (cum laude) from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.S., Geology (honors) from City University of New York at Brooklyn College.

Joseph Cartafalsa

Mr. Cartafalsa is partner at the New York-based law firm of Putney, Twombly, Hall & Hirson LLP, one of the oldest law firms in New York. He has over 20 years’ experience as a management-side labor and employment attorney, representing clients in a myriad of industries, including exploration and mining, finance, media and manufacturing. Mr. Cartafalsa has represented employers, executives, officers and directors in litigated matters, and has worked closely with employers to provide counseling during particularly sensitive times such as during layoffs, mergers or corporate restructuring. He has also been called upon to draft, review and litigate executive and non-executive employment contracts, compensation agreements and restrictive covenants. Mr. Cartafalsa is on the advisory board for the Cornell Labor and Employment Law Program and currently serves on the Cornell ILR Dean’s Advisory Council.

Mr. Cartafalsa received his BS degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations in 1989 and his JD degree from the Fordham University School of Law in 1992.

Alfonso Gómez Rengifo

Mr. Gómez has over 30 years working in the resource sector, holding various positions with prominent international mining companies in Colombia. Mr. Gómez was a Director for Galway Resources and is currently the Colombia Country Manager and Director for Galway Gold, in charge of the Company’s efforts in Colombia regarding financial, legal, permitting, environmental and community affairs among other areas. Before joining Galway, Mr. Gómez was Vice President of Operations for Prodeco and Vice President of Public Affairs of Carbones del Cerrejon, one of the world’s largest coal producers and owner of one of the largest coal mines in the world, producing approximately 35 million tons per year.

Mr. Gómez has a degree in Economics from El Rosario University in Bogota and a Masters in International Commerce from the Rome University in Rome, Italy. Mr. Gómez is also an honorary member of the board of the National Federation of Colombian Miners. In addition to speaking Spanish, Mr. Gómez is fluent in both English and Italian.

Rob White

Mr. White is co-founder of M&T Bank’s M&A and Corporate Finance Group and currently co-manages the practice. Mr. White’s primary responsibilities involve advising on divestitures, acquisitions, and private capital raising activities for middle market clients. Mr. White has also performed strategic consulting services, including Fairness Opinions and shareholder value studies. Over the past 20 years, Mr. White has advised clients in a variety of industries, including federal contracting, IT services, distribution, business outsourced services, medical devices, healthcare services, proprietary education, branded consumer goods, specialty chemical, and automotive. Prior to joining M&T, Mr. White worked in the Consumer and Industrial Products group at PricewaterhouseCoopers Securities, the investment banking division of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Prior to joining PwCS, Mr. White was a Manager in PwC’s Financial Advisory Services (“FAS”) practice, where his responsibilities included valuation of troubled companies, liquidation work and lost profit analyses.

Mr. White received his BA in Economics from Middlebury College and MBA from Georgetown University, graduating with honors and elected Beta Gamma Sigma.

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