Larry was appointed CEO of Spanish Mountain in 2015. During his tenure, the Company’s value has gone from $6m to $180m and growing. He has over 30 years of business and financial experience, gained primarily in the mining and resources sectors. Most recently, Larry was Chief Financial Officer for Spanish Mountain and two junior mining companies where he was heavily involved in raising capital and the successful construction of mines in North America. Previously, Larry was Manager, Corporate Development, at Placer Dome Inc. until its acquisition by Barrick Gold Corp. and participated in several high-profile, international acquisitions. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant in Canada.
As a Director since 2008, Christopher is a mining engineer and was President of Micon International Limited, mineral industry consultants from its founding in 1988 to mid-2005. He has been active in the consulting area since 1967 when he joined David S. Robertson & Associates, Micon's predecessor firm. Prior to joining Robertson & Associates, he was in charge of mine design and operation for Canada's first oil sands operation. He has directed or participated in the preparation of feasibility studies for mineral deposits in Canada, the United States, Africa, Europe and Asia. These projects have involved base metals, precious metals and potash, and initial capital expenditures of up to about $500 million. Christopher served as Chairman and lead director of Meridian Gold Corp. prior to that company's merger with Yamana Resources Inc.
As a director since 2011, Mr. Coxe has over forty years of institutional investment experience in North America and has maintained a highly visible presence in major business communities as an advisor to corporate boards and speaker for business conferences and industry events worldwide. He has been a strategic consultant to several major gold mining companies. For BMO Financial Group, Don was Global Portfolio Strategist and published Basic Points, the flagship investment journal. The launch of the Coxe Commodity Strategy Fund was the largest IPO in Canada in 2008 and was followed by the Coxe Global Agribusiness Income Fund in Canada, and the Virtus Global Commodity Stock fund in the United States. Mr. Coxe was also advisor to the Global Commodity Strategy investment group with BMO Global Asset Management. Prior to his roles with BMO, he was the top-ranked Bond manager in Canada, and worked in investment strategy roles on Wall Street and Bay Street. He began his investment career as founder and CEO of Mucana, the investment arm of Mutual Life. Consistently named as a top portfolio strategist by Brendan Wood International, Mr. Coxe was awarded a lifetime achievement award in 2011.
Mr. Janes is a long-time shareholder of Spanish Mountain Gold, currently holding over 11 million shares and has a solid understanding of the company’s development and plans.
With his expertise in finance and governance, and as an investor in mining companies, he is making an immediate contribution to the Board as the company advances the Spanish Mountain Gold project.
Currently Mr. Janes is a trustee and the largest unitholder in the publicly traded trust, SIR Royalty Income Fund. He was instrumental in stopping a proposed going- private transaction at $3.55 per unit in early 2021 and was ultimately appointed to the board of trustees where he helped restore regular monthly distributions. The trust unit value is now over $13.
His work career comprised 39 years at Janes Family Foods, where he was Chair and CEO. Under Mr. Janes’ leadership, the business became one of Canada’s leading frozen food brands and was ultimately sold in 2012.
Mr. Janes is a philanthropist and has sat on numerous industry and charitable boards over the years. He is a resident of Toronto, with an undergraduate degree from McGill University and a MBA from York University.
(1) Member of Corporate Governance Committee
(2) Member of Compensation Committee