Richard Orazietti is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Westport Fuel Systems Inc., a global clean technology company in the automotive sector, since 2019. Mr. Orazietti is a senior executive with extensive experience in corporate development, capital markets, risk management, financial reporting and control, operational management, strategic planning and leading change in multiple industries, including mining, telecom and automotive. Prior to joining Westport Fuel Systems, he served as Senior Vice President, Treasurer of Goldcorp, Inc., a former NYSE and TSX listed senior gold producer, where he was responsible for financing the company’s strategic and operating objectives and managing risk exposure. Previously, he also held roles as Senior Vice President, Controller and Vice President, Internal Audit. Prior to Goldcorp, Mr. Orazietti served as Vice President, Finance at BCE Inc., Canada’s largest communications company, where he led the financial management of various operating divisions during a period of significant change in the industry. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (“CPA”) in British Columbia and holds a Global Executive MBA from the IESE Business School at the University of Navarra and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. Mr. Orazietti is also fluent in French, Italian, and Spanish.
Mr. Dawson is a geologist with over 40 years of experience in the exploration and mining business working with senior and junior mining companies in the Americas, Europe, Africa and China. He has held executive roles with several Canadian mining companies including Chief Executive Officer of GoldMining Inc., Vice President, Exploration of Brazilian Gold Corporation and Vice President, Exploration of EuroZinc Mining Corporation. He has led teams that have added significant resources and reserves at the Neves Corvo and Aljustrel copper and zinc mines in Portugal (Lundin/EuroZinc), Sao Jorge gold project in Brazil (Brazilian Gold) and more recently through acquisition of resource stage gold projects in the Americas at GoldMining. Prior to joining EuroZinc, he consulted internationally and held a number of positions with Battle Mountain Canada Inc., British Columbia Geological Survey and Esso Minerals Canada Ltd. He currently serves as a Director of GoldMining Inc., U.S. GoldMining Inc. and Freegold Ventures Limited. Mr. Dawson is a registered Professional Geologist with Engineers & Geoscientists British Columbia and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Geology from the University of Manitoba and a Masters of Science degree in Economic Geology from the University of British Columbia.
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.