Owen Ryan, M.B.A and B.Sc (Civil Engineering) - Executive Chair, Director, and Interim President and
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Owen Ryan brings to Plains Creek extensive experience as a senior-level mining executive. Previous roles include head of group business development for Anglo American PLC in London, head of global mining research and sales at UBS Investment Bank in London, and head of mining and commodity research at Old Mutual Asset Management in Cape Town, South Africa. Mr. Ryan was recently a non-executive director of Toronto Stock Exchange-listed Western Coal Corp. He is currently a non-executive director of Mongolia Minerals Corp., an unlisted Canadian public company. Mr. Ryan is respectively a partner and director of London-based Scarab Capital Partners LLP and Scarab Investments Ltd. He is also a founding shareholder and chairman of Alameda Minerals Ltd., a Chile-based mining exploration and development junior. Mr. Ryan holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering and a master of business administration, both from the University of Cape Town.
Mr Kirill Zimin - Director
Mr. Zimin joined Aterra Capital in 2011. Before that Mr. Zimin worked as an independent M&A adviser in the junior mining sector which included also being Head of Business Development in Africa for Severstal Resources, a division of OAO Severstal. Mr. Zimin graduated from Moscow State University with a law degree, has previously held directorships of multiple mining companies and has extensive experience in business development and corporate governance.
Walter Davidson - Director
Mr. Davidson served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Canada for 16 years (1975 to 1991), Mr. Davidson was twice elected Speaker of the British Columbia Legislature over the period from 1982 to 1986. He has served on numerous Legislative Committees for the Province of British Columbia, and has been appointed as Chairman to many others. Mr. Davidson held office in the National Commonwealth Association, which was a Canadian association of elected Canadian Provincial legislators. Mr. Davidson was responsible for significant changes to the rules regarding legislative process and practice in Province of British Columbia. He was appointed as chair of a British Columbia Crown Corporation, Hazardous Waste Management Corporation (1987-88). Prior to becoming an MLA, he graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and was a City Planning Board Member for the City of Vancouver and director of the Vancouver Public Library. After leaving government, Mr. Davidson was elected Chairman of a publically trading energy company, Pine Valley Mining Corporation (formally Globaltex Industries Inc.) from 1995-96, which was listed on the Vancouver Stock Exchange (as it then was). Mr. Davidson also served as a consultant to a public technology company, Accelerate Power Systems Inc. from 2001-2003. Mr. Davidson is currently semi-retired but provides business and corporate governance consulting services for mineral exploration and development companies and other business ventures. In 2002 Mr. Davidson was awarded the Queens Jubilee Medal for outstanding service to Canada.
Luis G. Cabrita da Silva – Director
Mr. da Silva gained his extensive international experience with multinationals Lafarge S.A. and Blue Circle Industries Plc. Since 2007 Luis has presided over the restructuring of the three commodities within the original Mano River Company (more recently known as African Aura Mining Inc.) that resulted in the listed diamond and gold companies. Mr. da Silva is a graduate Mining Engineer from Camborne School of Mines and read for his MBA at the Cranfield School of Management. He is a Non-Executive Director of Stellar Diamonds PLC (AIM: STEL), Aureus Mining Inc (TSX: AUE & AIM: AUE) and the CEO of Afferro Mining Inc. (TSXV: AFF & AIM: AFF).
Leonce Aspelin - Director
Mr. Aspelin is a current director and officer of the Company's subsidiaries, GB Minerals AG and GB Minerals SARL (“GBM SARL”) and is a principal of WAD. Mr. Aspelin has spent most of the previous years developing mining projects, but has also consulted for other type of projects, mainly for large companies such as ABB. He has as well built up the investment holding company WAD. His experience is highly international, including living and working in Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Turkey and African countries. Mr. Aspelin has studied economics at Handelshogskolan, Gothenburg, Sweden.