Board of Advisors
AMBASSADOR JOHN BELL (Vancouver, Canada)
Ambassador John Bell is a director on the Board of Directors of Goldcorp (NYSE: GG), which is one of the largest gold companies in the world in market value at approximately $23.5 billion. Mr. Bell is the Chair of the Sustainability, Environment, Health and Safety Committee at Goldcorp’s Board. Mr. Bell has been a director at Goldcorp since February 2005. Mr. Bell is also a director at Tahoe Resources (NYSE: TAHO), a silver producer, which has a market capitalization of approximately $2.4 billion. Mr. Bell has been a director at Tahoe Resources since June 2010.
From 1987 to 1990, Mr. Bell was the Canadian Ambassador to Brazil, and from 1975 to 1979 was Consul General of Canada in São Paulo, and as such he lived in Brazil for several years. Mr. Bell was also the Canadian Ambassador to the Ivory Coast, and concurrently to Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso; he is currently an Honorary Consul of the Ivory Coast. He also served as the Canadian High Commissioner to Malaysia. Mr. Bell was special advisor to the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Canada’s chief negotiator at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. Mr. Bell has been Chief Federal Negotiator in the British Columbia First Nations treaty process from 1999 to 2006, and served as Protocol Adviser to the Four Host First Nations at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. Mr. Bell has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia, where he also received the alumni award of distinction in 1995 as well as a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa degree in 1988. In November 2005, Mr. Bell completed the Rotman School of Business Director’s Education Program and is a certified member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
GENERAL ANTÔNIO FLORÊNCIO DA SILVA (Brasília, Brazil)
General Antônio Florêncio da Silva was most recently a 2-star General in the Brazilian Army. General Florêncio held many posts as commander in various units throughout his career, culminating with being the Commander-in-Chief of the Second Military Zone in Brazil, headquartered in Campo Grande, state of Mato Grosso. He graduated as an Army officer from the Academia Militar das Agulhas Negras em Resende, state of Rio de Janeiro, in 1972. He pursued advanced Army Officer specialization in the branch of Communications in the School of Advancement of the Brazilian Army in Rio de Janeiro, graduating in 1981. He further pursued advanced studies in Command and Joint Chiefs at the Army School of Command. Already as a general, he studied politics and strategy at the doctorate level at the Superior War College in Rio de Janeiro, the highest-level military and geopolitical training in Brazil. He was Chief of Staff of the Army in Brasilia, Distrito Federal. General Florêncio was also the Director of Munitions and Supplies for the Brazilian Army and in that capacity was in charge of all acquisitions including munitions, combat vehicles, military gear and battlefield equipment. He was a military observer as part of the United Nations mission to El Salvador and later a Chief of Operations and Vice Commander in the Region of San Vicente, El Salvador for the United Nations contingent.
After his retirement from the Army, General Florêncio has been a consultant for SAAB Bofors Dynamics in their missile program and for Brazilian construction companies. He received numerous medals of valor in Brazil including: Ordem do Mérito Militar – grau Comendador; Ordem do Mérito Aeronáutico – grau Comendador; Medalha Militar de Ouro; Medalha do Pacificador; Medalha Marechal Hermes Aplicação em Estudos – prata uma coroa; Medalha da Vitória; Medalha Marechal Mascarenhas de Moraes; Medalha Tenente Max Wolf Filho; Medalha Marechal Zenóbio da Costa; and Medalha Insígnia do Mérito Policial Militar do Estado do Mato Grosso do Sul. His international medals include the United Nations Medal – ONUSAL, and the Order of Merit of Guiana.
FERNANDO MANUEL DUARTE VIEIRA (Diamantina, Brasil)
Mr. Vieira has 38 years of mining experience and is a well-known mining engineer in Brazil. He was General Manager for Mineração Tejucana S.A., one of the most successful companies that have operated in aluvial diamond mining in Brazil. At Tejucana, he ran the mining operation, and had wide responsibilities in operational, commercial, administrative, and government relation areas. Prior to Tejucana, Mr. Vieira was the General Manager for TP Mineração S.A., a producer of aluvial gold in Brazil.
Mr. Vieira has solid experience and knowledge in the management and development of diamond and gold projects of the type that BMIX has. Additionally he has the entrepreneurial dedication needed for our team. He has interacted with the Brazilian National Mining Department on numerous occasions and has expertise in licensing and maintenance of mineral rights.
Mr. Vieira has also worked as executive for Amazon Resources and Escom Mining, both aluvial diamond and mining companies. His degree is in Mining Engineering from Universidade Técnica of Lisbon, Portugal.
CHRISTOPHER Y. WANG (Beijing, China)
Mr. Wang worked as an official in the China Ministry of Foreign Trade (now the China Ministry of Commerce). He is the former CEO of a major Chinese state-owned enterprise (SOE) in charge of North American business development and operations. He has current business relationships with all of the major Chinese SOEs in international mining and mineral resources development.