Officers & Directors


Marshall Koval

President & CEO, Director

Mr. Koval is a mining executive with 38 years of corporate management, M&A, finance, mineral exploration, mine development and operations experience and has worked on mining projects in over 30 countries. He currently serves as President & CEO of Anfield Gold Corp and is a Director of Miedzi Copper Corp. Previously, Mr. Koval was a partner in Lumina Capital, LP and served as CEO of Northern Peru Copper Corp, VP of Corporate Development for Lumina Copper Corp, President of Pincock, Allen & Holt and held management positions with Golder Associates, BHP/Utah International, Inco, Meridian Minerals and Inspiration Consolidated Copper. Mr. Koval holds a BSc. in Geology from the University of Missouri and is a registered professional geologist in North Carolina and Washington.


Leo Hathaway

Senior Vice President

Mr. Hathaway is a geologist with extensive experience in the exploration and mining sector from grassroots to feasibility and development stage projects. He currently serves as Chief Geological Officer for Anfield Gold Corp. Since 2004, Mr. Hathaway was the former Chief Geological Officer for Lumina Copper Corp and the former VP Exploration for Northern Peru Copper Corp, Regalito Copper Corp, Global Copper Corp and Lumina Resources Corp as well as a former partner in Lumina Capital LP. Prior to 2004 he worked for Inmet Mining in Europe, Australia, Central and South America. Mr. Hathaway holds a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Applied Geology from the University of Plymouth, a M.Sc. in Mineral Exploration from the University of London and obtained a P.Geo from the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario in 2004.


Diego Benalcazar

Senior Vice President

Mr. Benalcazar has over 25 years experience in mineral exploration, mining property evaluation and acquisitions throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. He has held managerial and consulting positions with several international mining companies, including Homestake International Minerals Ltd. As a former President and member of the Board of Directors of the Ecuadorian Chamber of Mines, Mr. Benalcazar has actively represented the mining industry in discussions with Government authorities. Mr. Benalcazar holds a BA in geology from North Carolina State University and has completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.


Martin Rip

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Rip is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with over 19 years experience in industry and public practice providing business advice to a variety of clients. Currently, Mr. Rip is CFO of Anfield Gold Corp and Miedzi Copper Corp and the former CFO of Lumina Copper Corp and Lumina Royalty Corp. In public practice, Mr. Rip worked at Grant Thornton LLP where he served as a Senior Manager in the Assurance and Business Advisory practice. He holds a law degree from the University of Birmingham and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia and The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Mr. Rip has extensive experience in financial reporting and internal controls compliance for public companies


Lyle Braaten

VP Legal Counsel & Director

Mr. Braaten is a lawyer and the President & CEO of Miedzi Copper Corp, a private company actively exploring for copper and silver in Poland. He is also a VP Legal of Anfield Gold Corp and previously a director of Lumina Royalty Corp (prior to its acquisition by Franco Nevada). Mr. Braaten joined the Lumina group of companies in 2008 as the General Counsel of Magma Energy Corp (now Alterra Power Corp). At Magma, he assisted the company with a number of acquisitions and equity offerings including Magma's initial public offering on the TSX of $100,000,000. Prior to working with Lumina, he was a partner and then the Managing Director of a downtown Vancouver law firm of over 40 lawyers. Mr. Braaten has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Calgary and a law degree from the University of British Columbia. He is admitted to practice in British Columbia and the Yukon.

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Scott Hicks

VP Corporate Development & Communications

Mr. Hicks was previously an investment banker working with RBC Capital Markets and BMO Capital Markets. He currently serves as the VP Corporate Development and Communications of Lumina Gold. Over the last decade he has worked on a variety of equity, debt and advisory assignments while working in Canada and Australia. Mr. Hicks holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from the University of British Columbia.


John Youle

VP Corporate Affairs

Mr. Youle has worked as an adviser to governments and companies across Latin America since the early 1990s, initially as a Washington, DC-based corporate attorney, and subsequently as the General Manager of ConsultAndes, SA, a Lima, Peru-based firm that provides consulting services primarily to foreign natural resources companies. Currently, Mr. Youle serves as VP Corporate Affairs for Anfield Gold Corp and until recent, VP Corporate Affairs for Lumina Copper Corp (sold to First Quantum Minerals). He has lived in several countries, including, USA, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Mr. Youle is a graduate of Dartmouth College, with a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Heye Daun

Heye Daun


Mr. Daun is a mining engineer & MBA with over 20 years of experience with top-tier mining companies and financial groups. He is the former President and co-founder of Auryx Gold Corp. (“Auryx”) and was instrumental in leading the transformation of Auryx from initial formation as a private exploration company in 2009 through listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange's main board and eventual sale of the company to B2 Gold Corp. in a C$160 million transaction at the end of 2011. He has extensive mine building and operating experience gained working for Rio Tinto, Anglo American and Gold Fields. He is the former Mine Superintendent at Anglogold's Sadiola & Yatela Mines in Mali and a former Mine Manager at Goldfields Tarkwa mine in Ghana. After graduating with an MBA in 2004, Mr. Daun worked in mining finance, investment analysis and portfolio management.


Donald Shumka


Mr. Shumka has more than 40 years' experience in financial roles. Former President and Managing Director of Walden Management, a consulting firm specialising in natural resources. From 1989-2004, he was Managing Director, Investment Banking with CIBC World Markets and Raymond James Ltd. Prior to 1989, Mr. Shumka was VP Finance and CFO of West Fraser Timber Co, one of Canada's largest forest products companies. Currently, he is a director of Eldorado Gold Corp and Alterra Power Corp. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Harvard University.


Michael Steinmann


Mr. Steinmann has extensive experience throughout South and Central America, Europe and Asia, in exploration, mine operations, project development and corporate M&A. He has participated in numerous mine construction projects from exploration through start-up and into continuous operation. Currently, Mr. Steinmann is President & CEO for Pan American Silver Corp. Mr. Steinmann holds a Ph.D in Geology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and a M.Sc. in Geology from the University of Zurich and a Degree in Corporate Finance from Escuela Superior de Administración y Negocios, Lima.


Stephen Stow


Mr. Stow has been an adviser, investor, and executive engaged in various resource driven opportunities, startups and has global executive experience in management of public companies. He has served as the Former President & CEO of Odin Mining & Exploration Ltd and has been a Director of the company since 1994. Mr. Stow has been Principal of Zen Capital & Mergers Ltd since 1995 and served as a Director since 1994. Prior to 1995 he served as Director of Corporate Finance, Asia for the National Westminster Bank, Hong Kong Division.