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Mr. Yulan Guo (4)

Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Guo joined the Company as a Non-Executive Director on May 15, 2015 and became an Executive Director on July 26, 2015 upon his appointment to the position of interim Chief Executive Officer at that time. He acted in the capacity of interim Chief Executive Officer from July 26, 2015 to September 1, 2015 and assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer on September 1, 2015.

Mr. Guo commenced his career in 2008 with China International Capital Corporation Limited, the leading investment bank in the greater China market where he most recently held the position of Vice President of the Investment Banking Department.

Mr. Guo has extensive transaction experience in capital markets in mainland China, Hong Kong and the United States of America. He has arranged significant equity and debt financings and been involved in mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Guo has developed industry expertise in the financial and operational aspects of the metals and mining, power, and energy sectors. Previously, Mr. Guo was a Director of Novel Sunrise Investments Limited.

Mr. Guo graduated from Peking University where he obtained Master of Science and Bachelor of Science Degrees. He completed the Master of Business Administration program at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. Mr. Guo is a member of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.

Mr. Mao Sun (1) (2),(3)

Independent Non-Executive Director and Interim Lead Director

Mr. Sun joined the Board of Directors on November 5, 2015 as an Independent Non-Executive Director and was appointed as Interim Lead Director on August 16, 2016.

Mr. Sun is the founding partner of Mao & Ying LLP (formerly SunRonkai LLP), a private accounting firm offering tax, assurance and management consulting services.

Mr. Sun has over 15 years of experience in the accounting sector and has extensive knowledge of Canadian accounting standards, International Financial Reporting Standards and Canadian taxation laws. Mr. Sun has extensive experience with Canadian listed companies and was the Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Yalian Steel Corporation. Prior to founding SunRonkai LLP, Mr. Sun was the audit manager in Vancouver office of KPMG, an internationally recognized accounting firm.

Mr. Sun graduated from Columbia University in New York with a Master Degree of International Affairs, International Finance and Business and a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from Nanjing University, China. Mr. Sun is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia, the Canadian Tax Foundation and the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.

Mr. Yingbin Ian He (1) (2),(3)

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. He joined the Board of Directors on May 17, 2017 as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

Mr. He, has over 30 years of experience in the mining industry. Mr. He is currently an independent non-executive director of China Gold International Resources Corp. Ltd. which is dually listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. He is also a director of Zhongrun Resources Investment Corporation, which is listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, a director and president of Tri-River Ventures Inc. which is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSX-V”) in Canada and a director of Vatukoula Gold Mines Plc which was previously listed on the AIM of the London Stock Exchange. Prior to these, Mr. He served as a director and president of Spur Ventures Inc. which was listed on the TSX-V in Canada. In his early career, Mr. He worked as a mineral process engineer and coal preparation engineer in Canadian mining companies and an engineering consulting company.

Mr. He obtained his doctoral and master’s degrees in mineral process engineering from the University of British Columbia in Canada and his bachelor’s degree in coal preparation from Heilongjiang Institute of Mining and Technology (now known as the Heilongjiang University of Technology) in China.

Mr. Zhu Liu (1) (2),(3),(4)

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Liu joined the Board of Directors on August 6, 2015 as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

Mr. Liu has had a distinguished career in the shipping industry spanning over 40 years. As former Deputy Chief Executive Officer and President of China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (“COSCO”), Mr. Liu gained extensive operation and management experience derived from overseeing the company’s large multinational logistics enterprises. This position also provided him with unique transportation and logistics industry expertise. While at COSCO, Mr. Liu led the debt restructuring of Orient Overseas Hong Kong Corporation on behalf of COSCO.

Mr. Liu studied in France, first at the Faculty of Arts of University of Paris from 1964 to 1967 and subsequently at the University of Grenoble. In 1987 Mr. Liu obtained the title of Senior Economist in China and in 1989 was a member of the China Strait Affairs Council. Mr. Liu is a member of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.

Ms. Jin Lan Quan (1),(2),(3)

Independent Non-Executive Director

Ms. Quan joined the Board of Directors on August 6, 2015 as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

Ms. Quan is an independent financial planner and business consultant based in Sydney, Australia. Prior to her current role, Ms. Quan developed extensive and diverse finance and audit experience during her time as an audit partner with Arthur Anderson in Sydney, Australia. Ms. Quan has extensive experiences in financial consulting services with specialist skills in external auditing, internal audit structuring, corporate financing and risk management and business acquisition.

Ms. Quan is a certified public accountant of China and a member of the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is also a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of United Kingdom and a member of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.

Mr. Wen Yao

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Yao joined the Board of Directors on May 18, 2017 as a Non-Executive Director.

Mr. Yao is currently a Managing Director of CIC Capital Corporation (“CIC Capital”), a wholly owned subsidiary of China Investment Corporation (“CIC”). Mr. Yao is responsible for CIC Capital’s global investment in the metals and mining industry and management of its existing portfolio assets in the same sector. Prior to joining CIC Capital in 2015, Mr. Yao had been a Managing Director at the Legal and Compliance Department of CIC since 2010. He has extensive experiences and knowledge in legal aspects for the investment in public and private companies, post-investment management and compliance, risk management, corporate governance policies and various corporate matters. Prior to CIC, Mr. Yao was in private practice at leading international law firms in the United States (the “’US”) and the United Kingdom, representing public and private companies in a variety of industries, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and financings, venture capital financings, strategic alliance and joint venture transactions, public and private offerings, and cross-border transactions.

Mr. Yao received Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees from Kellogg School of Management and Pritzker School of Law of Northwestern University in the US, respectively.

Mr. Aminbuhe (4)

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Aminbuhe was appointed as an executive director of the Company in September 2015 and became a non-executive director of the Company in November 2017.

Mr. Aminbuhe has diverse senior experiences, covering sales and marketing, logistics and operation management, in the coal industry in China and Mongolia. Mr. Aminbuhe is the Chairman of the Canada Inner Mongolia Chamber of Commercial. He is also the Vice President of the Industrial and Commercial Federation of Alashan League in Inner Mongolia, as well as a member of Executive Committee and Standing Committee. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Aminbuhe was Executive Director at National United Resources Holding Limited and was the Chairman of Inner Mongolia Ejina Jin Yun Kun Tai Industrial Development Co. Ltd.

Mr. Aminbuhe graduated from the Beijing Institute of Technology with a Bachelor Degree in Management Engineering and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.

  • Member of Audit Committee
  • Member of Compensation and Benefits Committee
  • Member of Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
  • Member of Health, Environment, Safety and Social Responsibility Committee


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