Keith Spence – President & Partner, BSc. (Hons) Geology, MBA., FCIM.
Mr. Spence held senior positions in investment banking & corporate banking, at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Capital Markets and Bank of Montreal (BMO) Capital Markets; where he was involved in corporate finance, mining finance, M & A and international transactions. He has been involved in numerous international financings.
He has conducted business in China, including numerous high-level negotiations and transactions; in China’s outbound investments in mining resources. He was also CEO of a foreign-joint venture mining company in western China. He is Co-Chairman of the Canadian mining valuation standards for mining projects; required by the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX-V) and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Mr. Spence has written extensively on mining valuation. He has often been quoted in the media on international mining investments, in leading press such as Bloomberg, Financial Times of London, South China Morning Post, China Daily, Chinese media, The Globe & Mail and Reuters.
As a field geologist, Mr. Spence has experience in gold and base metals exploration in the Canadian north, China and internationally. He is a member of the International Board of China Mining (Tianjin, China), the Board of Directors of The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), the Board of Trustees of The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). He has been on the Boards of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), the Ivey Alumni Association (Toronto) and Ontario Place. He was Chairman of the Toronto Gardiner Awards and was named a Trailblazer in the Toronto Trailblazer Leadership Series.
Mr. Spence received the CIM Distinguished Lecturer Award, the CIM Fellowship Award, the Robert Elver Mineral Economics Award for outstanding contributions to Canadian mineral economics, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award, for contributions to Canada. A Commonwealth Scholar, he is a graduate of the Global Management Program at Harvard University, has an Honors B.Sc. in Geology (with Geophysics) from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business.
Peng Mun Foo – Partner (China), MSc., CPA., Licensed Private Equity Fund Manager
Mr. Foo has several years of experience of investing and building businesses in Asia that he gained through his work in both private equity and public equities. He is a resident of Beijing, China; with exceptional deal origination skills.
He Started his career at Deutsche Bank Alex Brown, where he was responsible for buy-side primary research and investment advisory work.
Previously Mr. Foo has worked with Legg Mason Asset Management ( Asia ) as Chief Operating Officer and with China Everbright Venture Capital fund, overseeing deal evaluation and structuring of Chinese Private Equity investments. He was also CFO of Asia Pacific and Deputy General Manager of London Asia Capital Plc and is CFO of four investee companies. London Asia Capital PLC is a leading Asian focused merchant banking and private equity fund management group with more than US$200 million of assets under management.
Mr Foo holds a Master of Science degree and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He has passed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 2 examination, holds a Singapore Fund Management Representative’s license and is also a Licensed Private Equity Fund manager.
Robert Khayrullin – Vice President, CFA., MBA.
A seasoned mining investment banking professional, Mr. Khayrullin has also been Managing Director at Niagara Capital Markets, a mining-focused corporate finance advisory firm. His diverse 10-year international career has spanned mergers and acquisitions (M&A), debt and equity financings, venture capital, project finance, and asset management.
Mr. Khayrullin worked with Goldman Sachs in London, and also worked for BMO Capital Markets’ Metals & Mining Group, raising financing for mining companies. He also executed large and small M&A transactions (including Alcoa’s landmark US$33 billion hostile takeover bid for Alcan). Prior to BMO Capital Markets, he was with Deutsche Bank’s Moscow office for three years, advising Russian and multinational resource companies on M&A, IPO’s, debt financings, and strategic advice. Mr. Khayrullin also worked with a Swiss-based €100 mm venture capital fund with a global focus, conducting due diligence and investing in early-stage companies. He started his career in the USA office of a major resource company.
Mr. Khayrullin obtained his MBA from London Business School. He is also a CFA Charterholder. He studied at Moscow State University and received his Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma (USA Congress’ Scholarship).
Jack Kai Lei – Advisor (China), LL.B., LL.M (Harvard).
Mr. Lei is the Managing Director of Kunlun Law Firm’s Beijing office in charge of the Firm’s international practice. He has experience in and specialises in international metals and mining projects, foreign direct investments and overseas investments and acquisitions by Chinese companies. Mr. Lei also has experience in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, financings, restructurings, technology transfers and licensing.
Mr. Lei has worked on international legal matters with reputable international law firms such as Coudert Brothers and Thieffry & Associes (both in Paris). He has contributed to more than 50 Sino-foreign Joint Ventures, WOFE (wholly owned foreign enterprises) and international BOT projects. He has advised multinational companies on their Chinese projects; including ABB, Elf, Alstom, BNP, Total, Sumitomo, Samsung Beijing, Bank of China and SinoChem.
Mr. Lei is a co-author of the Business Law in China book. He has published more than 10 articles and books on Chinese and international business law topics in French and Chinese law journals.
Mr. Lei has Master of Law degree (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School, LL.M. from Wuhan University, and LL.B. from Southwest Institute of Politics & Law and Doctorate studies at University of Paris – La Sorbonne in France.
Dr. John B. Gammon – Advisor, BSc. (Hons) Geology, PhD.
With a distinguished career in the mining industry of over 40 years, Dr. Gammon served for 17 years as Assistant Deputy Minister, Mines and Minerals, with the Government of Ontario, Canada. As Assistant Deputy Minister, Dr. Gammon was the senior policy advisor responsible for all mining issues, including environmental regulation and investment opportunities within the Ontario province. Dr. Gammon also spent a significant amount of time working with Ontario’s Far North aboriginal communities on mining and land claim issues. Prior to being appointed as Assistant Deputy Minister, he was Director, Mineral Development and Lands Branch, for the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines with the Government of Ontario.
In the private sector, Dr Gammon’s career includes senior management positions with Falconbridge Nickel Mines Ltd. in Scandinavia, the Americas and Southeast Asia, where his work included a number of significant mineral discoveries.
Since his retirement from the government, he established John Gammon Associates Inc. His firm’s accomplishments include developing Mineral Policies for various countries on World Bank contracts. He is a member of the Boards of the PDAC and several mining and exploration companies. He is the Founder and Co-Chair, World Mines Ministries Forums, which brought together the leaders of the mining industry from the key mining jurisdictions of the world.
Mr. Gammon was educated in England and received undergraduate (BSc. Hons.) and graduate (PhD.) degrees in geology, from the University of Leicester and the University of Durham, respectively. He did three years of postdoctoral research at Princeton University and the University of California, as the recipient of a Senior Visiting Fulbright Fellowship.