Merida Minerals Inc. is a mineral exploration company focused on developing the long-term mining potential of the Zn-Cu-Pb enriched PBR property in the low-risk and historic mining district in Southwest Spain. The property in Extremadura, Spain, has been acquired by Merida Minerals Corp. and it covers an area of 90km2. The Merida Minerals management team is comprised of industry veterans with over 80+ years of combined mineral exploration and production experience in multiple jurisdictions including the successful management of several Spanish and international mining companies. With support from the local government and sophisticated mining infrastructures, the company will initiate a series of development and exploration work on the historical sites.
The core of the Merida Minerals management team was responsible for Iberian Minerals. At the time of the sale to Trafigura, Iberian was generating over $70 million in profit
Norman Brewster, P. Geo
Chief Executive Officer & Director
Mr. Brewster has been involved in mining internationally for more than 30 years serving on many public and private company boards over his career in the mineral industry. Norman was the Executive Chariman, and interim President of Iberian Minerals Corp., successfully financing, developing and putting into production the AguasTenidas Mine in Andalucia, Spain. During his tenure, Mr. Brewster led negotiations for the purchase of the Condestable Mine in Peru by Iberian Minerals Corp., and led a committee in reviewing the successful bid by Trafigura Group Pte. Ltd. (Revenue in 2015 of $97B) to acquire Iberian Minerals Corp. Mr. Brewster also sat on a committee, as a Director of Spider Resources Inc., which reviewed the successful all cash acquisition of Spider Resources Inc., by Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. Currently Mr. Brewster is the President, Director and CEO of Cadillac Ventures Inc., with a development project in New Brunswick (Tungsten). Mr. Brewster holds Bachelor of Science and Education Degrees from Acadia University and was approved as a Member of the Association of Geoscientists of Ontario.
Kyle Appleby, CA
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Appleby is a seasoned CFO, with management and board experience working at multiple companies over the past 18 years. Currently, Kyle is the CFO of Renforth Resources; DigiMax and Spaceify which all benefit from Kyle’s accounting expertise and pedigree. He has also served on the boards of several companies, including URU Metals and Captor Capital among others. Kyle has a Master’s Degree from Southern Federal University and earned his Chartered Accountant Designation in 2001. Since that time has worked both the audit and the issuer side of the business, concentrating on providing, contract CFO services to a number of reporting issuers and private companies, active in the resource, agritech, technology and cannabis spaces with experience in take-overs and amalgamations.
Brian H. Newton, P. Geo
Mr. Newton has over 35 years of experience in all facets of exploration from business development and program management to field supervision and program execution. He is a managing partner with Minroc Management, a mining exploration service consulting firm, where he has ample experience in planning, budgeting and executing mining exploration programs in small and medium sized mining companies prospecting to advanced surface and underground programs. Brian is actively involved in projects in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nunavut, and has been active in Spain, Mexico and Columbia. He has experience in writing technical reports for mining companies, including the NI 43-101 technical report for the PBR Project.
Board of Directors
Eduardo Olarte, JD
Mr. Olarte has been working as an international lawyer focusing on business and corporate law. He has a law degree from the University of Barcelona, and a master’s degree in international & Comparative Business Law from London Metropolitan University. His practice focuses on business law with specific expertise on the inter-jurisdictional transaction in the mining and energy sector, and has been advising companies worldwide, including the UK, Canada, and Australia. He has experience in drafting title and corporate legal opinion for companies to comply with stock exchanges in London, Toronto, and Sydney in raising funds for Spanish exploration and other mining operations.
Rahim Allani, MBA
Mr. Allani has been involved in Canadian and international capital markets for 20 years. He is now a Managing Director at OCI Inc, a global corporate finance advisory firm focuses on cross-border mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, and go public work. He has extensive experience in working with Canadian and international mining companies for financing and going public on exchanges in North America and Asia; and sits on board s and advisory boards for companies in several countries. He holds a MBA degree from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University and a BA(Hons) from the University of Toronto.
Mr. Burns has over 40 years of experience throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America. Mr. Burns was directly involved in the discovery of Escondida, the world’s largest copper deposit located in Chile, and also multiple copper and gold projects in Chile and Canada. Mr. Burns has been involved in publicly traded mining companies for 35 years and is an experienced board member as well as previously founding his own junior resource company. He is currently a consultant to several groups working primarily in Chile and Peru, where he has several of his own projects under option to third parties and also provides properties of merit for international junior resource companies. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons Geology) from the University of British Columbia, is fluent in Spanish and currently resides in Argentina.
Miguel Cabal, Eurogeol
Miguel Cabal is a Eurogeologist with more than 20 years of experience in the mining sector. Born and raised in mining environments, he works as a consultant and advisor to national and international mining companies where he works in mining project management, geology and geotechnics, direction of environmental impact studies, environmental authorizations and natural resources. He is President of the Scientific Committee of Metallic Mining Hall in its first two editions (2015 and 2017 – the Spanish equivalent of the PDAC event held in Toronto annually). He is also a Member of the Editor Committee of the Rocks and Minerals Magazine of Fueyo Editores. Lastly, he has also worked as an advisor for construction companies such as Ferrovial Agromán and Acciona.