Michael Smith, Director
Mr. Smith is an experienced entrepreneur who has founded two investment funds, and technology and excavation companies, amongst others. Most recently he was the CFO for a technology company he cofounded in 2012. He has lived in and managed companies within Caricom for more than fifteen years. He has a Bachelor's degree in Economics, Finance and Investment. Mr. Smith has been an investor in Mahdia since the company was founded and has participated in subsequent investment rounds.
Adam Szweras, Director
Mr. Adam Szweras is a partner with the law firm Folger, Rubinoff LLP in Toronto, and is Chairman of the Merchant Bank, Foundation Markets Inc. Mr. Szweras has practiced securities law for 20 years focusing on public and private financing transactions, listings and corporate development and growth. He represents public companies seeking listings on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the Toronto Venture Exchange and the Canadian Stock Exchange, and has a particular expertise in structuring cross border transactions. He has represented and assisted in the financing of numerous mineral exploration and development companies, and has previously sat on the board of directors of exploration companies active in South America. Mr. Szweras will work with the rest of the board to to assist the Company restructure, finance and develop a strong corporate governance regime.
Frederick Mraz, Director
Mr. Frederick Mraz is the president of FPM Investments, LLC an investment fund that focuses on the mining of rare earth and precious metals in South America and emerging technologies. He is currently director of an emerging firm that mines and process tantalum for sale in Europe and Asia. He holds patents for processing of food based additives and oil refining for difficult to process feed streams. In addition to FPM Investments, Mr. Mraz represents a large international investment fund. Mr. Mraz's addition to the board of directors will provide the company access to funding sources with a proven track record.
Robert Buckland, Director
As president of Compass Atlantic Consultants Inc, Mr. Buckland specializes in resource project financing through a British supply chain financing instrument now available to Mahdia. "Subject to specific conditions, we stand ready to place this and other financing mechanisms at the disposal of Mahdia as required," Mr. Buckland said, "and offer our communications skills and IR network where management may find those useful." Mr. Buckland, a graduate of McGill University, organized financing for the Yellow Eagle Mine gold mine at Cripple Creek near Fairbanks, Alaska, consulted on project funding for the Dun Glen placer gold production in Nevada, and has been involved in the founding of a public Issuer Mr. Buckland's involvement in Mahdia Gold signals an important step for Mahdia Gold as the company seeks to access necessary funding that is required to develop its business and meet its obligations in Guyana.
David Bending, Director
David Bending has 25 years of exploration, mining and corporate development experience with major mining companies including 14 years with Homestake Mining Company where he served as Exploration Manager in Latin America. He has also held various top executive and senior positions in other exploration and mining companies. He is fully conversant in Portuguese, Spanish and French in addition to English and is familiar with mining law, mining development trends and business practices throughout the Americas. David Bending has been operating in Guyanese mining projects for a decade and his knowledge of Guyanese mining laws and general business culture make him a key component of the management team. He is a Professional Geologist certified by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia. Mr. Bending is an honors B.Sc. Geology graduate from University of Oregon and also completed his M. Sc. at University of Toronto in Mineral Deposits Geology, Geochemistry, Geochemistry and Geophysics.