Luis Zapata was appointed as the Company’s CEO on June 11, 2020. He is a resources finance professional with over 14 years of experience. Mr. Zapata was most recently Director, Latin America Institutional Equities at Canaccord Genuity where he launched Canaccord's Latin America Institutional Equities business unit in 2010. Mr. Zapata was also previously Partner and Head of Capital Markets at Seminario SAB, Peru's largest independent brokerage firm and is currently President of A15 Capital Corp., a boutique merchant bank that he founded in 2013. Mr. Zapata is a frequent media commentator on the resource sector and a dual Canadian/Peruvian citizen fluent in English and Spanish.
Mr. Matysek is a geologist/geochemist by training, a successful alpha entrepreneur and creator of shareholder value with over 40 years of experience in the mining industry. Since 2004 as either CEO or Executive Chairman, Mr. Matysek has sold five publicly listed exploration and development companies, in aggregate worth over $2 billion. Most recently, he was Executive Chairman of Lithium X Energy Corp., which was sold to Nextview New Energy Lion Hong Kong Limited for $265 million in cash. Mr. Matysek was President and CEO of Goldrock Mines Corp., which sold to Fortuna Silver Mines in July 2016. He was previously CEO of Lithium One, which merged with Galaxy Resources of Australia to create a multi-billion-dollar integrated lithium company. He served as CEO of Potash One, which was acquired by K+S Ag for $434-million cash in a friendly takeover in 2011. Mr. Matysek was also the co-founder and CEO of Energy Metals Corp., a uranium company that grew from a market capitalization of $10 million in 2004 to approximately $1.8 billion when sold in 2007.
Darryl S. Cardey has been a principal of CDM Capital Partners Inc. since April 2011, a private British Columbia company involved in the business of venture capital financing and investments. Mr. Cardey has and continues to act as a director or in a senior financial role with a wide variety of private and public companies in the mining and technology sectors. Mr. Cardey holds a Chartered Professional Accountant designation from the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants, British Columbia.
Mr Rowley is an experienced corporate executive with a strong financial background having previously worked in the financial services industry for over 10 years where he gained widespread experience in corporate advisory, M&A transactions and equities markets, advising domestic and international Institutional sales and high net worth individuals. He also advised on the equity financings of numerous ASX and TSX listed companies predominantly in the mining and resources sector. Mr Rowley currently serves as Non Executive Director of Cobalt One Ltd (ASX:CO1) and as Director of Corporate Development for Galaxy Resources Ltd (ASX:GXY).
Matt is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with over 10 years of financial management experience. Prior to joining Oro X, Mr. Roma was the Director of Finance for Core Gold Inc. until the sale of the Company to an Australian Mining Company. Mr. Roma articled at Deloitte LLP where he specialized in assurance and advisory services for publicly listed mining companies based both in Canada and the United States.
Luis Miguel Espinosa Chiriboga is a resource business executive with over 15 year of experience in extractive industries and project management primarily in Ecuador. Mr. Espinosa is currently the President of Green Oil S.A., and as part of his role with Green Oil S.A. is the General Manager of Hidrotolumbi S.A. an Ecuadorian company in the business of construction and operation of a hydroelectric project. Mr. Espinosa holds a degree in business administration and is fluent in Spanish and English.