Avanti Gold Corp.
Avanti Gold Corp. ("Avanti", CSE: AGC, Frankfurt: X37 ) is an exceptional gold exploration company working on a Tier-1 gold opportunity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in Misisi.
With the increase in geopolitical stability created by the most recent president, the DRC possesses vast gold resource opportunities. Thus, major companies, including Barrick and large Chinese mining companies, have invested billions into the same region. Retail and institutional investors have the unique opportunity to invest into gold as a robust store of value.
Avanti has an experienced team with an exceptional track record and is well-positioned to emerge as a world-class mining company.
WHO WE ARE
Colin Porter is a geologist with over 25 years’ experience in exploration management and applied structural geology. Mr. Porter’s expertise spans a wide range of gold mineralization systems including Archaean, Proterozoic and Pan-African orogenic deposits and districts. Previous roles include Head of Exploration for Mwana Africa PLC and as a Structural Geologist for Anglogold Ashanti, Africa Region with extensive experience in the Birimian craton of West Africa, which included planning and implementation of deposit scale and brownfields exploration at major mines (Obuasi, Sadiola, Morila, Siguiri). Mr. Porter is also well experienced in target generation, design and implementation of exploration programmes at numerous West Africa gold projects including Banfora, Burkina, Faso
(Gryphon Minerals), Salman/Anwia, Ghana (adamus Resources) and Konongo, Ghana (Mwana Africa). Mr. Porter was the head of exploration of Mwana Africa where he managed all exploration activities at the Zani-Kodo gold project in NE DR Congo, from instigation to definition of 3Moz resource. Mr. Porter holds a BSc (Hons) in geology from Queen’s University Belfast, a PhD in geology from University of Southampton and is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Jon is an economic geologist with over 35 years of experience globally, in exploration, project development and mining operations and has been directly involved in the discovery of several world-class projects within both greenfield and brownfield areas.
As Principal Advisor at Exploration Outcomes ltd, which he founded in 2017, Jon provides specialist support to a number of companies including Jaguar Mining Inc
(TSX-JAG), Lavras Gold (TSX-V:LGC) and Sanatana Resources (TSX-V:STA).
Jon is non executive director and chairman of Royal Road Minerals (TSX-V:RYR) and a non executive director of Stratabound Minerals (TSX-V:SB). He holds a BSC (Hons) Economic Geology from University of Cape Town, South Africa and a BAppSc. Applied Geology from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Mr. Mata Botima is BHP Billiton’s former Country President (DRC), Mr. Botima is a high energy, self-motivated, seasoned, well-travelled and globally exposed Executive, Director and Business Strategist. A trained Metallurgical Engineer, he has more than 25 years’ experience in the natural resources industries, with a specific focus in developed and emerging markets across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Mr. Botima’s exposure acquired through leading and successfully implementing various projects coupled with his strong commercial background and business acumen, have equipped him with the interpersonal and negotiation flair to interact at board and ministerial level, and a distinct ability to translate strategy into actionable plans that support business objectives.
Mr. Botima has held senior positions at Bateman Engineering, Mogale Alloys and Mintek, spanning from Business Development Executive, Production Manager and Senior R&D Engineer. He possesses valuable experience in metal and Ferro-alloys processing and production, (ranging from ferro-nickel, ferro-chrome, ferro-manganese, silicomanganese, aluminium, Magnesium), as well as in the various beneficiation processes for precious metals and base metals.
Specializing in project identification, evaluation, strategy development and implementation as well as plant operation management, his previous positions include being an Executive Director of Blackstone Resources responsible for the natural resource’s strategy development, and he also led SAF Energy, an electricity generation and transmission entity purposed with supplying electricity to Cabinda in Angola. He was also a Chief Strategist at Syntech, an innovative technology company where he was responsible for the company's growth strategy. He is currently an independent Consultant to Compagnie Minière de Tondo where he is driving the development of a Tier One copper cobalt deposit.
WHO WE ARE
Board of Advisors
Robert Cross has more than 30 years of experience as a founder, financier and advisor in the mining and oil & gas sectors. He currently is a Co-founder and Chairman of B2Gold Corporation (since 2007) which now produces over 1,000,000 ounces of gold annually from three mines in Asia and Africa, and he is also currently a Co-founder and Chairman of Standard Lithium Ltd. (since 2018), which is developing a large lithium resource in Arkansas.
From 2004 until 2016, Mr. Cross served as Chairman of Bankers Petroleum and oversaw production growth from 600bbl/d to 24,000bbl/d in a large onshore heavy oilfield in Albania. From 2002 until October 2007, he served as Chairman of Northern Orion Resources Inc., a copper developer active in Argentina which was sold to Yamana Gold in 2007 for $1.4B. For those companies that he served as Chairman in the last 20 years, Mr. Cross has been very active in the capital markets, helping to raise equity (over $1Billion) and debt capital, and is well known in London, New York, and Toronto. In addition to raising capital, Mr. Cross is a seasoned advisor, not only providing general advice but he also has extensive experience in recruiting top talent, and guiding large projects from the Board level.
Between 1996 and 1999, Mr. Cross was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yorkton Securities Inc. From 1987 to 1994, he was a Partner, Investment Banking with Gordon Capital Corporation in Toronto. Mr. Cross has an Engineering Degree from the University of Waterloo and received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1987.
Paul Matysek is a geologist/geochemist by training, with over 40 years of experience in the mining industry. Since 2004, as either Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) or Executive Chairman, Mr. Matysek has sold six publicly listed mineral exploration and development companies, in aggregate worth over $2.5 billion. Most recently in June 2021, as CEO, Mr. Matysek sold Gold X Mining Corp. to Gran Colombia Gold Corp. for over $315 million in an all-share transaction. In March 2018, as Executive Chairman,
Mr. Matysek sold Lithium X Energy Corp. to Nextview New Energy Lion Hong Kong Limited for $265 million in cash. Earlier, in July 2016, Mr. Matysek, as President and CEO, sold Goldrock Mines Corp. to Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. He was also previously CEO of Lithium One Inc., which merged with Galaxy Resources Limited of Australia to create a multi-billion-dollar integrated lithium company. Mr. Matysek served as CEO of Potash One Inc., which was acquired by K+S Ag for $434-million cash in a friendly takeover in 2011. Mr. Matysek was also the co-founder and CEO of Energy Metals Corp., a uranium company that grew from a market capitalization of $10 million in 2004 to approximately $1.8 billion when sold in 2007.
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