Marimaca Copper is managed by a team of highly experienced professionals in the fields of exploration, development, operations as well as the capital markets.
Mr Michael (Mike) Haworth joined the Board of Directors of Marimaca Copper in February 2016. He was nominated by Marimaca’s largest shareholder, Greenstone Resources, a specialist mining and metals private equity fund which he co-founded. Mike’s considerable market and corporate finance skills provide the Board with valuable financial, corporate and strategic input. Mike previously worked as a Managing Director at JP Morgan in London where he was Head of Mining and Metals Corporate Finance. Mike is currently a Director of Excelsior Mining, Northern Vertex, Adventus, Ncondezi Energy and an Alternate Director of Metro Mining and Heron Resources. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He is a British national and UK resident.
Audit Committee Member
Compensation Committee Chairperson
Mr. Hayden Locke joined the Company in July 2020. Hayden is a highly experienced mining executive, having spent the latter part of his career developing and leading successful LSE and ASX-listed mining companies. Prior to that he worked in investment banking with J.P. Morgan and mining private equity with Barclays Natural Resource Investments. Since early 2018, Mr. Locke has been Chief Executive Officer of AIM-listed Emmerson Plc (“Emmerson”), a Moroccan focused potash development company, where he remains on the board as a Director. Prior to this, Hayden was Head of Corporate for ASX-listed gold developer Papillon Resources, which was acquired by B2Gold in late 2014 for US$600 million, and Head of Corporate and Technical Services (Geology, Mining and Processing) with ASX-listed potash developer, Highfield Resources.
Ms Petra Decher joined the Board of Marimaca Copper in April 2018 as an Independent Director. As a well known and respected finance executive in the Canadian resources sector, Petra’s contribution to the Board is focused on her strong finance, corporate governance and public reporting expertise. Petra has served as the Vice President Finance and Assistant Company Secretary for Franco Nevada and President and Chief Financial Officer of Geoinformatics Exploration, an international exploration company. She currently serves as an Independent Director of Ascendant Resources and Rockcliff Metals. Until recently Petra was the Lead Independent Director of Integra Gold before it was acquired by Eldorado Gold. Petra is a Canadian Chartered Public Accountant and holds a Diploma in Public Accountancy from McGill University and Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Concordia University. She is a Canadian resident.
Audit Committee Chairperson
Compensation Committee Member
Mr Tim Petterson was appointed as an Independent Director of Marimaca Copper in November 2018. He was nominated by and represents Tembo Capital, the Company’s second largest shareholder. Tim is qualified as a mining engineer, which complemented by a career in investment banking, brings a combination of technical and corporate expertise to the Board. Tim is currently Managing Director for Mining at Kepis & Pobe, a Vancouver based natural resources investment company. He is also a founder and Executive Chairman of Minera Cobre, a Canadian private copper exploration company active in Colombia. Prior to relocating to Canada, Tim served as Head of Global Mining Research at both HSBC James Capel and ABN AMRO, having led many high-profile public offerings and financings. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from, and is an Associate of, the Camborne School of Mines.
Mr Colin Kinley joined the Board of Marimaca Copper in February 2016 as an Independent Director and was subsequently appointed Chairman in June 2017. Colin is an internationally respected explorationist in the upstream resources sector. He is currently CEO of Kinley Exploration, a private integrated project management advisory firm servicing the mining and oil and gas sectors, co-founder and COO of Eco Atlantic Oil and Gas, an independent oil and gas company, and CEO of Jet Mining, a proprietary and patented hydraulic borehole mining company. Colin previously served as an executive at Layne Christensen responsible for energy operations, specialized drilling, mining technologies and remote site operations. He is a Director of Excelsior Mining. Colin holds a Bachelor’s in Business from the Alberta Southern Institute of Technology. He is a Canadian national and resides in the USA.
Mr Alan Stephens is a Non-Executive Director of Marimaca Copper. He co-founded the Company in 2005 and transitioned from his executive to non-executive role in 2018. Alan is a respected exploration geologist, known for his involvement in the discovery of some of the world’s most significant copper mining operations. It is this geological experience and knowledge that Alan brings to the Board. Alan has served as the Vice President of Exploration for First Quantum and Exploration Manager for Cyprus Amax, managing exploration teams in Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia. Alan is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists and of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He holds a Bachelor’s in Mining Geology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, University of London. Alan is a British and US national, resident in the UK, and fluent in Spanish.
Luis Albano Tondo
CEO & Director
Mr Luis Tondo joined Marimaca Copper as the President, CEO, and an Executive Director in June 2017. As an experienced mining engineer with almost 30 years of experience in Latin American mining, notably at mid-tier copper and gold producers, he is well suited to developing value at the Company’s Marimaca project. Prior to joining Marimaca Copper, Luis served as COO for Grupo Minero Las Cenizas, where he was responsible for operations, projects and business development in Chile, Project Development Director for Kinross in Brazil and Chile and worked for Rio Tinto in various operating roles. Luis is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Qualified Person for the purposes of NI 43-101. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mining Engineering from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil; a Master’s in Engineering from the University of Queensland, Australia; and an MBA from the Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil. Luis is a Brazilian national, resident in Chile and fluent in English and Spanish.
Our Management Team
Luis Albano Tondo
CEO & Director
Mr Luis Tondo joined Marimaca Copper as the President, CEO, and an Executive Director in June 2017. As an experienced mining engineer with almost 30 years of experience in Latin American mining, notably at mid-tier copper and gold producers, he is well suited to developing value at the Company’s Marimaca project. Prior to joining Marimaca Copper, Luis served as COO for Grupo Minero Las Cenizas, where he was responsible for operations, projects and business development in Chile; Project Development Director for Kinross in Brazil and Chile; as well as for Rio Tinto in various operating roles. Luis is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Qualified Person for the purposes of NI 43-101. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mining Engineering from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil; a Master’s in Engineering from the University of Queensland, Australia; and an MBA from the Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil. Luis is a Brazilian national, resident in Chile and fluent in English and Spanish.
Leonardo Araya Muñoz
Chief Financial Officer
Mr Araya was appointed CFO of the Company in April 2019. He brings to Marimaca Copper over three decades of accounting, financial and corporate finance experience across the various industries in South America. Leonardo has held a variety of senior executive and board positions at SGS, Wyeth Laboratories , Unifood and Sur Latina Auditores Consultores. He is a Chilean certified commercial engineer and public accountant and auditor, having graduated from the University of Santiago Chile. Leonardo is a Chilean national, resident in Chile and fluent in English.
Vice President of Exploration
Mr Sergio Rivera joined Marimaca Copper in November 2011 as VP Exploration, the department for which he took full responsibility in June 2018. A respected Chilean geologist, Sergio has over 30 years’ experience and is credited for his involvement in several significant copper discoveries in Chile. Sergio is a member of the Society of Economic Geologist, the Society of Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits, Instituto de Ingenieros de Minas de Chile, Colegio de Geologos de Chile and Sociedad Geologica de Chile. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology and a Master’s degree in Economic Geology from the Universidad Católica del Norte. Sergio is Chilean national, resident in Chile and fluent in English.