Board of Directors
Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Steve Orr is the Chief Executive Officer of Sunshine Silver Mining & Refining. Steve brings nearly 40 years of experience in the minerals industry, principally with Homestake Mining Company, where he ultimately served as President of Homestake Canada Inc.; Barrick Gold Corporation, where he was Managing Director of Australia & Africa operations; OceanaGold Limited, where he served as Chief Executive Officer; and Ventana Gold Corp., where he was President & Chief Executive Officer. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Business Administration from St. Mary’s College in California.
Jeb Burns brings exceptional qualifications to SSMRC. In addition to his role as CIO at Municipal Employees’ Retirement System of Michigan (MERS), he serves on the Western Michigan University Foundation Investment Committee, the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute Board of Directors, the Michigan History Foundation Board of Directors and the Mackinac Associates Board of Trustees. He is also the Co-founder and past President of the West Michigan Global Initiative (WMGI).
Karl Hanneman brings Sunshine Silver Mining & Refining over 35 years of mining industry management and technical experience as an executive, manager, mining engineer, mine operator, and entrepreneur. Mr. Hanneman is the Chief Executive Officer of International Tower Hill Mines, Ltd. (ITH), a NYSE-American and TSX listed company, where he leads a team advancing a 10-million-ounce gold resource in Alaska through project optimization. Mr. Hanneman joined ITH as Project Manager in 2010. Prior experience includes 12 years for Teck Resources Ltd. (“Teck”), where he was the Alaska Regional Manager for the $350 million Pogo Gold project throughout the period of underground exploration, feasibility study, project design, and permitting. After the Pogo Gold project was operating, Mr. Hanneman became Teck’s Director, Corporate Affairs, Alaska and served as Teck’s senior corporate representative supporting Alaskan corporate objectives for both the Red Dog and Pogo Mines.
Mr. Hanneman also serves as a director of Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc., a private company with an operating coal mine in Alaska, and a director of Northrim BanCorp, Inc., a public bank holding company engaged in commercial banking in Alaska. Mr. Hanneman has a B.S. Degree in Mining Engineering, magna cum laude, from the University of Alaska.
Wayne Kirk has over 35 years of experience as a corporate attorney, including nine years’ experience as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Homestake Mining Company, and over 10 years of experience as a director of publicly held companies. Mr. Kirk is currently a director of Gabriel Resources (TSX), Electrum Ltd. and Wellgreen Platinum Ltd. Mr. Kirk holds a law degree from Harvard University and has been a member of the California Bar since 1969.
David Peat has over 30 years of experience in financial leadership in support of mining companies. He is a director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Electrum Special Acquisition Corporation, and a director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Sunshine Silver Mining & Refining Corporation. Mr. Peat was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Frontera Copper Corporation from 2006 through 2009, Vice President and Global Controller of Newmont Mining Corporation from 2002 through 2004, and Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Homestake Mining Company from 1999 through 2002. Mr. Peat received a Bachelor of Commerce, Honours in Business Administration from the University of Windsor in 1976 and a Bachelor of Arts, Economics from the University of Western Ontario in 1975. Mr. Peat has been a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (formerly known as the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario) since 1978.
Mr. Igor Levental is President of The Electrum Group, a privately-held global natural resources investment management company. With more than 30 years of experience across a broad cross-section of the international mining industry, Mr. Levental has held senior executive positions with major mining companies, including Homestake Mining Company and International Corona Corporation.
He is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors of NOVAGOLD Resources Inc., one of the most significant precious metals exploration and development companies in the industry. In addition, he has served on Boards of Directors of several other mineral explorers and developers, including Gabriel Resources Ltd. and NovaCopper Inc. (now Trilogy Metals Inc.).
Mr. Levental is a Professional Engineer of the Province of Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Alberta.
Mr. Roberto Diaz is the former Chief Operating Officer of Fresnillo PLC. He has over 40 years’ experience in the mining industry. Mr. Díaz first joined Peñoles in 1977 and, following roles with other groups, re-joined Peñoles in 2007 were he also served as Fresnillo’s Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Project Development.
His career as an operating miner includes underground and open pit mining, heap leaching and conventional leach and flotation milling operations.
Mr. Diaz is a professional Mining Engineer and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering and Concentrator Plants from the University of Guanajuato; a Master’s degree in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines; an Executive MBA from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico; and a Master in Global Business from Tulane University.
Ali Erfan brings over 20 years of experience in senior roles in the venture capital and private equity industry, including a senior partner at 3i Group, Plc. Mr. Erfan serves as a board member and Vice Chairman of The Electrum Group. He also serves as a board member of several other Electrum Group portfolio companies and was a founding board member of Leor Energy. Mr. Erfan also founded the Cogito Scholarship Foundation, which awards gifted refugees scholarships to study at the most prestigious schools in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Erfan has an MBA from the London Business School and a BA and an MA in Politics, Philosophy and and Economics from Oxford University.