Directors and Management
Malcolm L Stevens - Executive Chairman & President
Malcolm qualified as Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in Perth, Western Australia in 1972 after completing a Bachelor of Commerce at Curtain University. Since then Malcolm has worked in a number of International Investment Banks which led to the establishment of his own licensed Investment Dealer, CanAustra Investments Ltd in Sydney1988. The resource sector has been the main focus of business activity from the work on the project financing of Woodside’s North West Shelf Gas Project (Australia’s largest private sector bank financing at the time) in the early 1980’s to being a major participant in the development of the modern gold loan financings in Australia and Canada from 1982 to the mid 1990’s.
Malcolm headed up the establishment of two private equity funds’, one internationally in 1996 and the other in Australia in 2000. These funds were focused primarily on venture capital mainly for the resource sector. Malcolm has been Chairman of a number of private and public companies and today is Executive Chairman and President Sphere Resources Inc. in Canada and Executive Chairman of AAP Carbon Ltd in Hong Kong.
Marshall Auerbach - Non-Executive Director
Marshall Auerback has some 28 years experience in the investment management business, serving as a global portfolio strategist for RAB Capital Plc, a UK-based fund management group with $2bn under management since 2003. He also serves as an economic consultant to PIMCO, the world’s largest bond fund management group, and a non-executive director of Pinetree Capital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. From 1983-1987, he was an investment manager at GT Management (Asia) Limited in Hong Kong, where he focussed on the markets of Hong Kong, the ASEAN countries (Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand), New Zealand and Australia. From 1988-91, Mr Auerback was based in Tokyo, where his Pacific Rim expertise was broadened to include the Japanese stock market. From 1992-95, Mr Auerback worked in New York for the Tiedemann Investment group, where he ran an emerging markets’ hedge fund. From 1996-99, he worked as an international economics strategist for Veneroso Associates, which provided macroeconomic strategy to a number of leading institutional investors. and helped Mr Veneroso research "The Gold Book Annual 1998". From 1999-2002, he managed the Prudent Global Fixed Income Fund for David W. Tice & Associates, a USVI-based investment management firm, and assisted with the management of the Prudent Bear Fund. Mr Auerback graduated magna cum laude in English & Philosophy from Queen’s University in 1981 and received a law degree from Corpus Christi College, Oxford University in 1983.
Christopher Tucker - Non-Executive Director
Mr. Tucker is currently President and CEO of Tucker & Partners (www.tuckerandpartners.com), a company engaged in international strategic advisory and business development services to growing companies, mostly in the technology and clean technology sectors. In this role, Mr. Tucker has assisted companies from around the world in penetrating new markets, forming strategic partnerships and raising finance.
Prior to forming Tucker & Partners, Mr. Tucker worked for leading European investment banks in London, including Kleinwort Benson, Paribas Capital Markets and WestLB, in equity research and corporate finance. During the 1990s he was involved in many of the IPOs in the European telecommunications sector. Mr. Tucker spent the early part of his career in the UK’s electricity industry, initially as a physicist and subsequently as a strategic planner.
Mr. Tucker has an M.A. in physics from the University of Oxford and an M.Sc. in electronic and electrical engineering from the University of London.
The addition of Mr. Tucker to the Board will enable the Company to expand its corporate strategy to explore investments in high value and/or demand led commodities such as lithium, sodium carbonate and sodium sulphate.
Gordon Yule - P. Geo. - Non-Executive Director
Mr. Yule is a registered professional geoscientist and a qualified person under NI 43-101 standards. He has extensive experience in mineral resource project management ranging from grassroots and reconnaissance exploration, land assessment and property acquisition, resource evaluation, advanced exploration to underground mineral development, environmental planning and site rehabilitation. Gordon is a successful gold explorationist having supervised 405 diamond drill holes, totaling 113 km of drill core on 20 surfaces and one underground project, six with significant gold resources, with an average of 70% successful hits for gold, over six years. He has designed, executed or intimately involved with numerous advanced drill programs for deposit evaluation with significant gold or copper resources.
From 2008 to 2010 Mr. Gordon Yule was the Executive Vice-President of Skybridge Development Corp. and the Vice-President of Exploration for Mega Precious Metals.
Gordon was involved with the discovery or evaluation of numerous deposits, including five past and present producers which includes the Laverty Dyke, Red Lake, Ontario - Bell Creek Mine, Timmins, Ontario - Musselwhite Mine & Detour Lake Mine, Ontario.
One of Gordon's great personal achievement was being the semi-finalist in Goldcorp's world wide web Internet "Gold Rush Challenge" in 2000.
Tom Needham - CFO
Mr. Needham has a strong work history in accounting and finance for both public and private companies. He is a well-respected financial executive with over 20 years of experience working with resource companies in the public sector, both national and internationally. Mr. Needham’s experience in the resource sector has included companies operating in the United States, Brazil, Guyana, Venezuela, South Korea, China and Europe, with capital and operating budgets ranging from $50M to $100M. Mr. Needham obtained his C.A. designation in the UK which provides him with all the necessary tools of financial management for reporting operating results to Sphere’s Board of directors, liaising with financial institutions, and complying with today’s complex regulatory reporting requirements