Board of Directors
Miles Thompson, BSc (Hons)
Chairman, President & CEO
Miles is an exploration geologist, with over 30 years’ experience working on natural resource projects around the globe, including precious and base metals, industrial minerals, oil & gas and renewable energy. He is a co-founder of Lara Exploration, Reservoir Capital (REO.V) and Reservoir Minerals (RMC.V). Miles and his team at Reservoir Minerals were winners of the Thayer Lindsley Award at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada in 2016 for the world class Cukaru Peki copper-gold discovery in Serbia, with the company acquired by Nevsun for US$513m later the same year. Prior to founding Lara in 2006, Miles was Manager of Business Development at Gold Fields Exploration, where his responsibilities included working on joint ventures and acquisitions in the Americas, Africa and Eurasia.
Steve Yuzpe, CFA
Mr. Yuzpe is the President and Chief Financial Officer of The Fertility Partners Inc. (“TFP”), a private company formed with the objective of becoming a world-class business partner for leading North American In-Vitro Fertilization clinicians. Before joining TFP, Steve most recently served as Senior Managing Director of Sprott Inc., and President and Chief Executive Officer of Sprott Resource Holdings Inc. He has more than 25 years of executive and financial management experience with public and private corporations. Over his career, he has developed specific expertise in financings, restructurings, financial and internal reporting, strategic development and business planning, corporate governance, investor relations, regulatory compliance, and treasury management. Mr. Yuzpe is also involved with Save the Children Canada, a charity focused on youth at risk and was previously the Treasurer, member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of Street Kids International for more than 10 years. Mr. Yuzpe holds a Bachelor of Science, Engineering (Mechanical) degree from Queen’s University along with the Professional Engineering designation (P.Eng.) and a Masters in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario. Mr. Yuzpe is a CFA charter holder and holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Christopher Jones CA, CFA
Chris Jones is an experienced professional chartered accountant, business valuator, Chief Financial Officer and financial advisor. His significant experience, keen strategic insight and ability to form partnerships with his clients lead to the ultimate goal of increasing their net worth while achieving significant corporate growth. His diverse experience enables him to offer unique solutions for maximum success and profitability.Chris is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA), Licensed Public Accountant (LPA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Business Valuator (CBV). As the youngest Partner at Williams & Partners, he advises on complex taxation strategies, growth strategies, cash flow management, financing strategies, wealth management, and succession planning. Chris advises several private equity firms on acquisition targets and appropriate due diligence requirements highlighting key risk areas and maximizing target potential while serving as an advisor to high-net worth clients and families. Chris has served as CFO to several mid-market companies. He is the CFO of both AGTA Home Health Care and Bloom Care Solutions. He currently acts as Audit Committee Chair for Lara Exploration Ltd.
Managing partner at IMC Consultoria Representacao Com. Int. Ltda. since 1985. Director of Indústrias Verolme-Ishibras S.A. (private manufacturer and repairer of ships, vessels, and off-shore platforms for oil exploration and production) and Docas Investimentos S.A. (private investment company). Independent Director of Brazilian oil and gas producer Petro Rio. Formerly, Managing Partner at Weatherhaven Brasil (private manufacturer of temporary shelters) from 2008 to 2012.