Directors and Committees

Board of Directors

Serafino Iacono, Executive Chairman

Mr. Iacono has over thirty years of experience in capital markets and public companies and has raised more than four billion dollars for numerous natural resource projects internationally. He is currently a director and chairman of Western Atlas Resources Inc. and is a former Co-Chairman and an Executive Director of Pacific Exploration and Production Corporation and a former director of Petromagdalena Energy Corp. Mr. Iacono was also a co-founder of Bolivar Gold Corp and Pacific Stratus Energy, among others, and is involved in numerous resource and business ventures in Latin America, Canada and United States.

Miguel de la Campa, Vice Chairman

Mr. de la Campa has been involved in the financing and development of mining, oil and other resource projects in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Africa for the last thirty years. Previously, Mr. de la Campa was the Executive Co-Chairman and a director of Pacific Exploration & Production Corporation, the President and co-founder of Bolivar Gold Corp., a director of Petromagdalena Energy Corp. and a co-founder of Pacific Stratus Energy. He holds a BSFS in International Economics and a Masters Degree in Political Economics from Georgetown University.

Robert J. Metcalfe, Lead Independent Director

Mr. Metcalfe has been Counsel at Metcalfe, Blainey & Burns LLP since 2001, and prior to that he was a senior partner with the law firm Lang Michener LLP, where he specialized in corporate commercial law, real estate transactions and financing. Mr. Metcalfe served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Armadale Properties, with significant holdings across numerous industries, including real estate development, finance, automotive dealerships and airport ownership and management. Currently he serves as director of the publicly listed companies Agility Health Inc., Alberta Oilsands Inc., LeadFX Inc. and WPC Resources Inc. Mr. Metcalfe has also served as a director of Canada Lands Company Limited, one of the largest real estate corporations in Canada, PetroMagdalena Energy Corp., and was a director and chairman of the board of CN Tower Limited, the tallest communications structure in the world. Mr. Metcalfe brings to the board of directors his extensive experience serving on the board of numerous natural resources corporations.

De Lyle Bloomquist, Independent Director

Mr. Bloomquist retired in March 2015 as the President, Global Chemicals Business for Tata Chemicals Ltd. as well as the President, CEO and Director of Tata Chemicals North America Inc. (the former General Chemical), which he was instrumental in selling to Tata Chemicals for over $1 billion in 2008. During his over 28-year career, he has held positions in finance, manufacturing, sales & marketing, logistics and general management. Mr. Bloomquist has experience in taking companies public and private, raising financing in the public markets, as well as with banks and private investors. He serves on the Boards of Directors for Rayonier Advanced Materials, Huber Engineered Materials, PDS Biotechnology Corporation and Crystal Peak Minerals, and has served in past on the Boards of ANSAC and Oglebay Norton. He also serves on the Board of Business Advisors for the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Bloomquist received his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and his B.S. in General Management from Brigham Young University.

Hernan Martinez, Independent Director

Mr. Martinez served as the Colombian Minister of Mines and Energy from July 2006 to August 2010 and he has also served as President of International Colombia Resources Corporation, Chairman of the Board of Atunec S.A., President and Chief Executive Officer of Exxon Mobil Colombia S.A., and Manager of Corporate Planning for Esso Colombiana S.A. Mr. Martinez was previously director of various private and public companies, including Pacific Exploration & Production Corporation, CB Gold Ltd. and Ecopetrol. Mr. Martinez has also served as Council President and Representative of the President of Colombia at the National Hydrocarbons Agency. Mr. Martinez holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, and specialized in Petroleum Management at Northwestern University.

Jaime Perez Branger, Independent Director

Jaime Perez Branger has over 30 years of experience in finance and capital markets. He has served as Managing Director of NextVentures Corp., a financial advisory firm, since 2006 and was the Executive Chairman of PetroMagdalena Energy Corp. from June 2011 to July 2012. Mr. Perez Branger was also the President of C.A. Agropecuria from May 2003 to October 2011. He was the founder and Managing Director of Andino Capital Markets in 1996; Vice President of Vestocopartners Inc. from 1991 to 1995; and Vice President at Citibank in Caracas from 1990 to 1991. He also serves on the board of PentaNova Energy Corp. and Caribbean Resources Corporation, among other private and public companies. Mr. Perez Branger holds a Master’s Degree of Economics from the London School of Economics.

Belinda Labatte, Independent Director

Ms. Labatte holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and is a CFA charter holder. She is the Founder of The Capital Lab Inc. and formerly Chief Development Officer of Mandalay Resources. Ms. Labatte has extensive extractive industry and corporate development experience having executed on numerous global IR and capital markets advisory mandates, transaction negotiations and implementation of corporate responsibility, risk and crisis management strategies. Belinda is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD.D since June 2018 and is an independent director of Star Royalties and Rambler Metals and Mining.


Committee Composition