Richard Warke has over 35 years of experience in the mining sector, leading companies from discovery through resource growth, feasibility, permitting and financing into production. Mr. Warke joined Solaris as Executive Chairman in January 2020 when it joined the Augusta Group of Companies, which he founded in 2005. Augusta has an unrivaled track record of value creation in the mining sector, with over C$4.5 billion in exit transactions since 2011. This includes: the sale of Ventana Gold for C$1.6B in 2011; the sale of Augusta Resource for C$667M in 2014; Co-Founding Equinox Gold in 2017, now a mid-tier gold producer with a market cap over C$2.5B; and the sale of Arizona Mining for C$2.1B in 2018.
President & CEO
Daniel Earle has over 17 years of experience in mining capital markets and global mining operations. Mr. Earle joined Solaris in November 2019. Prior to this, he was the Vice President and Director at TD Securities Inc. where he covered companies in the precious and base metals sectors as an equity research analyst for over 12 years. During that time, he established himself as one of the leading authorities on exploration and development stage mining projects. Prior to joining TD Securities in 2007, Mr. Earle was a senior executive with a number of Canadian and U.S. public mineral exploration and mining companies. He is a graduate and scholar of the Lassonde Mineral Engineering Program at the University of Toronto.
Chief Financial Officer
Linda Chang has over 15 years of financial professional experience and joined Solaris in November 2019. Ms. Chang is the Chief Financial Officer for Armor Minerals Inc. since her appointment in October 2015. Ms. Chang has previously worked with the Augusta Group since June 2010 where she served as Corporate Controller for Arizona Mining and Director of Finance for Titan Mining. Ms. Chang is a CPA, CA and began her career with Ernst & Young LLP after obtaining her Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Finance from the University of Manitoba.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Purni Parikh has over 25 years of public company experience in the mining sector including corporate affairs and finance, legal and regulatory administration, and governance. Ms. Parikh joined Solaris in November 2019. She is President of the Augusta Group of Companies including Titan Mining Corporation, and was previously Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Secretary of Arizona Mining Inc. and Newcastle Gold Ltd., and Vice President, Corporate Secretary Augusta Resource Corporation and Ventana Gold Corp. prior to their acquisition. Ms. Parikh obtained a Certificate in Business from the University of Toronto and a Gemology degree. She holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors, and has worked extensively with boards.
Vice President, Operations
Federico Velásquez has over 20 years of international relations experience in the areas of permitting, regulatory, government relations and indigenous/community relations, and has successfully led major projects in highly sensitive and complex sociopolitical scenarios. Since joining Solaris in 2018, Mr. Velásquez has been responsible for the operational execution of the company’s asset development strategy. Prior to Solaris, Mr. Velásquez spent more than 5 years leading corporate affairs and supporting the management of assets for Anglo American Metallurgical Coal Canada, as a Managing Director of Peace River Coal Inc. Previous to that, he held various senior leadership roles in AltaGas as well as in the Ministries of Energy and Mines and Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, respectively, for the Government of British Columbia. Mr. Velásquez’s policy making and academic contributions include the Human Security Report for the United Nations and establishing the first indigenous revenue sharing policy for natural resources in Canada.
Vice President, Projects
Mr. Wolahan is a Mining Engineer with nearly 20 years of experience leading the planning, design and execution of engineering and economic studies for mining projects globally. Prior to joining Solaris in November 2020, Mr. Wolahan worked with Ivanhoe Mines for the past seven years in various senior capacities and was responsible for project planning and management of technical programs supporting the advancement of the Tier 1 Kakula project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from Preliminary Economic Assessment through Feasibility. Prior to Ivanhoe Mines, Mr. Wolahan worked at Stantec Consulting leading a team to produce the mining design, schedule and cost estimations for various projects. Mr. Wolahan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mine Engineering from Montana Tech University.
Vice President, Exploration
Jorge Fierro has over 22 years of exploration experience in South America. Mr. Fierro has been VP, Exploration for Solaris’ portfolio of assets since 2015 when he joined the predecessor company, Lowell Mineral Exploration. Prior to this, Mr. Fierro spent 6 years as CIC Resources’ General Manager for South America, and 2 years as Rio Tinto’s Mining & Exploration Country Manager for Peru. In addition to this, Mr. Fierro spent 10 years with BHP Billiton in a variety of positions including Northern Andes and Peru Exploration Manager, Chief Mine Geologist for the Tintaya copper mine, as part of the team that discovered the world-class Antapaccay porphyry copper mine in Southern Peru. Mr. Fierro is a professional geologist with a BSc in Geology from Escuela Politécnica Nacional de Quito in Ecuador and an MSc and DIC (Mineral Exploration) from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, University of London.
Vice President, Legal
Tom Ladner joined Solaris Resources in November 2020 as Vice President Legal. Mr. Ladner is also Vice President Legal for the Augusta Group of Companies, including Titan Mining Corporation and Bullfrog Gold Corp. Prior to joining the Augusta Group, Mr. Ladner practiced law for over six years in the Securities and Capital Markets group of a major Canadian law firm. In that role, Mr. Ladner advised on multiple M&A transactions valued in excess of $1B and more than 25 public market financings raising in aggregate more than $650M. Mr. Ladner has his Honors in Business Administration (with distinction) from the Richard Ivey School of Business and his Juris Doctor from Western University.
Vice President, Investor Relations
Jacqueline Wagenaar has over 12 years of experience implementing strategic investor relations programs for publicly traded issuers. Ms. Wagenaar joined Solaris in November 2019 and has a proven track record of executing investor relations programs that result in effective investor outreach, solid stakeholder relationships and, ultimately, improved shareholder value. Ms. Wagenaar was formerly with Guyana Goldfields Inc. for over 10 years as a Director and then VP, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications and single-handedly implemented the first investor relations program. Ms. Wagenaar is a certified professional in investor relations from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and is a Board member with the Canadian Investor Relations Institute.