Founder and Chairman
Richard Warke has over 35 years of experience in the mining sector, leading companies through all stages of the mining life cycle from discovery through resource growth, feasibility, permitting and financing into production. Mr. Warke founded the Augusta Group of Companies 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: founding Ventana Gold, which discovered the La Bodega deposit in Colombia, now reported to host over 10Moz of gold, and selling the company for C$1.6B in 2011; founding Augusta Resource, which advanced the Rosemont copper project in Arizona through feasibility and permitting to its sale for C$667M in 2014; Co-Founding Equinox Gold in 2017, which is now a mid-tier gold producer with a market cap over C$2.5B; and founding Arizona Mining, which discovered the Taylor deposit and grew the Hermosa-Taylor deposit into one of the top five primary zinc deposits globally, prior to its sale for C$2.1B in 2018.