Chairman & Director
Robert Bruggeman has over 20 years of experience in corporate development, equity research, and institutional sales & trading. He has a deep understanding of Canadian equity markets and the mining sector, having worked as a sell-side research analyst, desk analyst on the proprietary trading desk at TD Securities, and head of the sales and trading desk at a boutique brokerage firm in Toronto. Mr. Bruggeman advises junior mining companies on strategy, marketing, investor relations and corporate development through Alpha Advisory Services Inc. Prior to starting his consulting firm, he was Vice President, Corporate Development for a TSX-listed junior mining company. Mr. Bruggeman is a Professional Engineer (Ontario) and holds the CFA designation.
John DeCooman is Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategy at SSR Mining, which is a major shareholder of AbraPlata. His experience prior to joining SSR Mining in 2009 includes over 15 years of mining project finance and advisory responsibilities at Candente Resource Corporation, Deutsche Bank, Alex Brown and Standard Bank, as well as corporate positions in finance, business development and exploration. Mr. DeCooman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science degree from the Colorado School of Mines.
Sam Leung is Vice President, Corporate Development for Adventus Zinc Corporation and has over 10 years of experience in the mining industry focused primarily on M&A, due diligence, and strategic evaluation of operations. Prior to joining Adventus Zinc, Sam was Director, Corporate Development at Lundin Mining Corporation, where he played a key role in the evaluation and completion of several successful acquisitions valued at over US$ 2 billion, including the Candelaria mining complex in Chile. He was also responsible for joint-venture related activities with Freeport-McMoRan Inc. Prior to Lundin Mining, Sam was a due diligence and strategy consultant for Hatch Ltd.'s advisory practice based in London and Toronto, and began his career in as a metallurgist. Sam is a professional engineer (Canada) and received a B.A.Sc. degree in Engineering Chemistry, with first class honours, from Queen's University at Kingston, Canada.
Jens Mayer is a Principal with INFOR Financial. Jens has 25 plus years of experience as a mining investment banker and was Head/Co-Head of Investment Banking and the Resource Group at Canaccord Genuity from 2000-2016. While at Canaccord Genuity, Jens helped build the firm from a small regional dealer to Canada's largest independent investment bank with a global reach.Through his career, Mr. Mayer has advised on numerous M&A transactions while at Gordon Capital, Yorkton Securities, Canaccord Genuity and now at INFOR Financial. Jens holds an H.B.Sc. from Brock University and an MBA from Queen's University.
Flora Wood is a finance executive with more than 20 years’ experience leading Investor Relations (equity and debt), mainly in the mining and steel sectors. She is currently with Altius Minerals, an AbraPlata strategic shareholder, and was previously with Sherritt International, Inmet Mining, Algoma Steel and Harris Steel Group. She has also been an independent director and Audit Committee member of Treasury Metals, a gold development company since 2014. She holds a BA and MA from University of Toronto.
Hernán Zaballa is a senior partner at Zaballa Carchio Abogados in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was admitted to the Bar in 1989, and practices in the areas of Energy and Natural Resources (Mining and Oil & Gas) as well as in Administrative and Regulatory Law. Hernan was formerly a director of the Argentine subsidiaries of Barrick, Peñoles, Northern Orion, Newcrest, and Polimet/Yamana, as well as Vice President of Pan American Silver’s subsidiaries in the country. He is the author of several articles in specialized publications, and co-authored “Establishing and Conducting a Mining Business in Argentina”. In addition to memberships in the Buenos Aires Bar Association and the International Bar Association, he is a member of CAEM, and FUNDAMIN as well as the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Association and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC). Hernán also teaches law at the Universidad del Museo Social Argentina where he is Professor of Rural, Mining, and Environmental Law.