The foundation of our business is the Management Team, which comprises an experienced group of professional geologists with complementary skills across a broad range of commodities and countries. The local and international Management Team is all South America based and has been in every case for at least 10 years, with a proven track record of discovery and strong local relations with government and in the communities in which we work. Our Management Team is overseen by an internationally experienced Board with depth of experience in the capital markets and exploration to mine development.
Miles Thompson BSc (Hons), FIMMM
Executive 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.
Michael Bennell BSc, MSc, MAusIMM
Vice President Exploration
Michael, a graduate of the University of Tasmania (Australia), with a M.Sc. from the Cambourne School of Mines (UK), was until June 2006 Exploration Manager at the Crixás Gold Mine in Goiás State for AngloGold Ashanti Brasil Ltda. Mr. Bennell has a track record of exploration success for both gold and base metals in Australia, Brazil and West Africa. In Brazil he made the initial discovery of the Boa Vista nickel deposit in Goiás. In West Africa, working for BHP between 1988 and 1999, he was directly involved in the discovery of five gold deposits: Belahouro and Essakan in Burkina Faso, Kubi and Mampon-Aboronye in Ghana and Tongon in the Ivory Coast and worked on many other deposits in West Africa including the gold deposits of Morila and Syama (both in Mali), Fayalala in Guinea and the Syola laterite nickel deposit (Ivory Coast).
Christopher MacIntyre B.Comm (Hons)
Vice President, Corporate Development
Chris is a Commerce Business graduate from Queen’s University (Canada), and previously served as the Vice President Corporate Development for the Company Reservoir Minerals Inc. (TSXV: RMC) prior to the sale to Nevsun Resources (TSX: NSU). His primary responsibilities include corporate and project finance, strategic development, and corporate communications. Previously he was Manager, Corporate Development with Universal Power Corp. (TSXV:UNX).
Since 1994, Kim has been the Corporate Secretary of several public companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange. Ms. Casswell has played an important role in the growth of these companies and is familiar with regulations governing public companies in several jurisdictions.
Chief Financial Officer
David is a Chartered Accountant who has over 30 years’ experience in the mining and exploration business, with over 20 years in a large multinational corporate environment, primarily with Cominco Ltd. holding various positions in corporate finance. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Miles was the corporate controller for Quest Capital Corp. (formerly Viceroy Resource Corporation). For the past eight years Mr. Miles has been the CFO of a number of TSX Venture Exchange listed junior exploration companies. He also currently serves as the CFO of Lara Exploration Ltd (TSXV: LRA), Iron Creek Capital Corp. (TSXV: IRN) and Legend Gold Corp. (TSXV: LGN). He was formerly the CFO of Inca Pacific Resources Corp., Nevgold Resource Corp. Eurasian Minerals Inc., Sanu Resources Ltd., Prospector Consolidated Resources Inc., Standard Uranium Inc., Esperanza Resource Corp., Colombian Mines Corp., and Alexco Resource Corp.
Project Manager Brazil
Helio is a co-founder of Lara’s Brazilian business, an exploration geologist and environmental engineer with over forty years experience in Brazil as an investor, consultant and technical manager. Helio worked previously with Vale, Billiton (now part of BHP Billiton), Barrick and has consulted for a wide range of mining and exploration companies.