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Basil Botha, MBA
Mr. Botha brings more than 30 years international coal mining and marketing experience to Northern Iron Corp. He was involved with Otavi Mining Ltd and was the founder and Managing Director of Reef Coal Mining Ltd. (South Africa), which produced over 3 million tonnes of coal per year. He has extensive knowledge dealing with coal beneficiation processes and ancillary by-products and has specialized in start-up mining operations, mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance. Mr. Botha pioneered the development of char producing plants in a joint venture program with Middleburg Steel and Alloys, producers of stainless steel (C3R-12). He has perfected his capital markets experience during his time as a Financial Advisor and Analyst at Reef Asset Management and his executive appointments to several public companies including President & CEO of G4G Resources, President & CEO of Pitchblack Resources (formerly Cash Minerals Ltd) and past Chairman of Lithium Americas Inc.
Rick Brown, MBA
Mr. Brown was a Founding Partner of Osprey Capital Partners Inc., a mid-market investment bank that focuses on mergers, acquisitions and financings of public and private companies. Prior to joining Osprey Capital, Mr. Brown spent 10 years with the Bank of Nova Scotia and Scotia Capital Markets in New York. After four years in the corporate lending group, Mr. Brown moved to the Bank of Nova Scotia's investment bank, where he led investment grade fixed income origination, focusing primarily on foreign issuers accessing the U.S. capital markets.
Grant T. Smith, CA
Mr. Smith’s has extensive experience working with exploration & mining companies throughout North and South America. He has extensive audit experience with public mining companies reporting to the Toronto Stock Exchange. Mr. Smith’s management background extends over 20 years with diverse operations and organizations, including Johnsen Archer and PriceWaterhouse Coopers. He has worked in the public sector as Chief Financial Officer of Premium Exploration Inc., El Tigre Silver Corp. and previously as the Chief Financial Officer for Aurcana Mining Corporation, a silver producer in Mexico.