Board of Directors

Miles Thompson

Chairman, President & CEO

Miles is a geology graduate of the University of Bristol (UK), the founder of Lara Exploration and has over 20 years experience working on natural resource projects in South America and around the globe, including precious and base metals, industrial minerals, oil and gas and renewable energy. Prior to founding Lara, Miles was Manager of Business Development for South African gold miner, Gold Fields Ltd, where his responsibilities included working on joint ventures and acquisitions in the Americas, Africa and Eurasia. Miles was also a co-founder and the Chairman of Reservoir Minerals (RMC), which was bought out by Nevsun in 2016 for $513m, for its Timok copper-gold discovery in Serbia.

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


Mr. Jones is a member of both the Institute of Canadian Chartered Accountants and Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts in Ontario. Since January 2009, Mr. Jones has been the Vice President of Duff & Phelps Limited, a company based out of Toronto that provides business valuation and corporate finance services. From September 2004 to December 2008, Mr. Jones worked for KPMG LLP as a Senior Assurance Accountant (Audit) and Valuations Senior Consultant. He also holds an Honours Business Administration Degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Ontario.

Williams Steers


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.