Executive Chairman, Director & Investment Committee Chair
David’s finance career has spanned over thirty years. Before joining Endeavour seventeen years ago, he was at Standard Bank London Limited and Barclays Capital, where he sourced, structured, and syndicated finance for mining Projects and companies globally (including derivative products). David has extensive experience of the North/South American, European, CIS, and African markets, having arranged over US$10 billion of funding for mining companies. David is also the Chairman of Altaley Mining and Executive Chairman of Empress Royalty.
Alexandra Woodyer Sherron
Director, CEO, President & Investment Committee
Alexandra has over 20 years of experience in the mining industry. Alexandra started at PricewaterhouseCoopers before joining Endeavour Financial, a global mining finance advisory firm. During her investment banking career in London, she was Director Structured Financing and involved in the successful completion of over US$1.5 billion in financings.
Director & Investment Committee
Jeremy has over 13 years of experience across funds management and financial advisory. He has run the Terra Capital Natural Resource Fund since 2010 and has returned over 300% since inception. Jeremy has run the Terra Capital Emerging Companies Fund since 2016. Prior to Terra Capital, Jeremy worked at UK Hedge Fund RAB Capital’s Special Situations Fund, rated the “Best Energy and Natural Re source Fund” by Hedge Fund Review and ranked No.1 in Barron’s Hedge Fund 50 Global rankings in 2007, during Jeremy’s tenure. Prior to RAB Jeremy worked at Azure Capital, a boutique investment bank. Here he worked on numerous M&A transactions and financings in the resources and small industrials sectors. Jeremy has a Bachelor of Commerce, Economics and Arts.
Paul has over 15 years’ experience in corporate finance and in the last 11 years, whilst at Endeavour, has focussed on financings in the natural resources sector. Paul has extensive experience in cash flow modelling, financial analysis, valuation, debt advisory, deal structuring and the negotiation, documentation and execution of mining finance transactions and re-financings. Prior to joining Endeavour in 2006, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Valuation & Strategy department and was involved in valuation assignments and corporate transactions across a range of sectors and also previously worked as a chemical engineer in the petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries. Paul is a CFA charterholder.
Wes Roberts, M.Sc., P.Eng., MBA is a professional mining engineer with over 35 years of experience specializing in the economic evaluation and development of mineral deposits. Mr. Roberts is a Director of Sparton Resources, Golden Share and Canadian Gold Miner. Over his career, Mr. Roberts has gained extensive experience in mineral exploration, mining operations, Project engineering and management as well as diverse mining engineering experience that includes precious metals, base metals, iron ore and industrial minerals. Mr. Roberts has held numerous positions in the mining industry, which include Canada Talc Limited, Derry Michener Booth & Wahl, Davey International, Bharti Engineering, GMP Securities, Inco Ltd, Breakwater Resources Ltd (VP Corporate Development) and VP Mining to the Canadian law firm Heenan Blaikie LLP. Since then Mr. Roberts has held positions as Mineral Engineering Consultant with the American law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Mineral Engineer for Gravitas Mining Corp and most recently as Mining Engineer at Principle Capital Partners. Since 2011, as a consultant, he has actively advised and represented the Inuit Regional Associations of the Territory of Nunavut, (Arctic, Canada) with respect to providing commercial land access lease agreements with major mining companies including the Mary River Iron Ore Project (Baffinland Iron Ore Corp. and ArcelorMattel), Meliadine Gold Project (Agnico Eagle Mines), Hope Bay Gold Project (Newmont Gold and TMAC) and the Back River Gold Project (Sabina Gold & Silver Corp.). Mr. Roberts holds a B.Sc. (Mining Engineering) and M.Sc. (Mining Engineering) from Queen's University, and an M.B.A. (Finance) from the Schulich School of Business (York University).
Natascha Kiernan is a lawyer, independent director, and entrepreneur. Ms. Kiernan received her J.D. from Columbia University and has held senior positions with several prominent international law firms, including 12 years in the New York and London offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. She has 18 years experience advising governments, financial institutions, and corporations on complex, multi-billion dollar M&A and finance transactions involving mining, energy, and infrastructure assets. In addition to Empress Royalty Corp, Ms. Kiernan serves as an independent director on the boards of Soma Gold Corp (TSXV: Soma) and Altaley Mining Corporation (TSXV: ATLY), and as a Board Member Consultant to the BC Oil & Gas Commission. She is the founder and principal of Bellevue Strategic Advisory, which provides advice to corporate clients on transaction structuring, risk management, and corporate governance. Ms. Kiernan is a frequent lecturer and panel presenter on topics related to M&A, finance, and corporate governance. She acts as a Regional Ambassador for Women Get on Board and was previously selected as a “Top 40 under 40” rising legal star by the Financial News.
David Laing has more than 35 years of experience in mining operations, projects, engineering studies, mining finance, M&A, and corporate development in both precious and base metals. Formerly a Technical Director of Endeavour Financial, David is responsible for mine technical analysis and has previously held positions as COO at Endeavour Mining Corp., Equinox Gold Corp, True Gold Mining Inc., and Quintana Resources. David has also held senior positions at Standard Bank, technical consulting at MRDI, and various roles at Billiton and Royal Dutch Shell’s mining business. David brings significant global technical expertise to Empress.
Allison Rippin Armstrong
Allison is a biologist and environmental scientist with over 25 years of experience in permitting, regulatory processes and environmental compliance, working with Indigenous organizations, resource companies, regulatory agencies, indigenous, territorial and federal governments. She served as the Vice President of Sustainability at Kaminak Gold Corp. until it was acquired by Goldcorp in 2016. Along the way, Allison found that her passion and calling leaned more to the areas of mentorship, advocacy, education and training. As Compliance Specialist at the Ekati Diamond Mine, Allison was part of the team that lead the mine toward ISO 14001 certification. There she started an Environmental Awareness program that included the formation of an Environment Club with participation from all departments at the mine site. As an independent consultant Allison has worked in Yukon, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alaska and Botswana. For the past 3 years, Allison has assisted Lucara Diamond Corp. with all matters related to environment, social and governance. She is the Chair of the Board of Tectonic Metals Inc.
Rick is CEO and director of Forum Energy Metals Corp., and a director of Impact Silver Corp. and Midnight Sun Mining Corp. Mr. Mazur, P. Geo, MBA is a geoscientist who has held positions in the international exploration and mining industry for over 40 years as a project geologist, financial analyst and senior executive on uranium, gold, base metals, coal and industrial minerals projects. Mr. Mazur graduated with a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Toronto in 1975 and obtained an MBA from Queen’s University in 1985. Mr. Mazur worked for seven years (1985 to 1991) as an integral member of the management team of Canamax Resources Inc. which discovered, financed and built three Canadian gold mines, two of which currently remain in production.