Ms. McLeod-Seltzer has been directly involved in more than $4 billion in corporate transactions in the past 25 years and has been instrumental in helping build a number of successful mineral companies, including, Arequipa Resources, Francisco Gold, Miramar Mining, Bear Creek Mining, Stornoway Diamonds and Peru Copper Inc. Ms. McLeod-Seltzer was named Mining Man of the Year by The Northern Miner in 1999, and in 1997 she was given the “Award for Performance” by the Association of Women in Finance. She has also held positions on the Financial Post’s “Power 50”. Ms. McLeod-Seltzer is currently Chairman of Bear Creek Mining Corp and the Independent Chair of the Kinross Gold Board of Directors. She is a recognized leader in the minerals industry for her ability to create growth-focused companies that generate significant shareholder value.
Ms. Thomas brings more than 25 years experience in the mining industry, including 14 years with Aber Diamond Corporation (now Dominion Diamond), where she served in ever increasing roles from initial discovery as a geologist to Vice President Exploration and ultimately a Director of the Board. She was co-founder of Stornoway Diamond Corp., serving first as CEO and then as Executive Chairman. There she led the acquisition of the Renard diamond deposit which subsequently became Quebec’s first diamond mine. In 2007, she founded Lucara with partners Lukas Lundin and Ms. Catherine McLeod Seltzer. Ms. Thomas most recently served as CEO of Kaminak Gold Corporation which was acquired by Goldcorp in 2016 for $520 Million. Ms. Thomas is also a Director of Suncor Energy.
Ms. Boldt is a professional accountant (CPA, CGA) who has held progressively senior financial leadership roles with several public companies in the mineral exploration and development industry. Prior to her appointment as the CFO & Corporate Secretary of Lucara, Ms. Boldt served as the CFO & Corporate Secretary of Kaminak Gold, where she was responsible for corporate due diligence and the negotiation, documentation and execution of a Plan of Arrangement for an acquisition transaction valued at C$520 million. Prior to Kaminak, Ms. Boldt was the Vice-President, Finance & CFO for Stornoway Diamond Corporation where she was a member of the senior management team responsible for arranging financing in excess of $900 million for the development of the Renard Diamond Mine in Quebec. Ms. Boldt has most recently served as the CFO & Corporate Secretary for Strongbow Exploration Inc. Presently, Ms. Boldt is a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for Bluestone Resources Inc. and Gold Standard Ventures Corp.
Dr. Armstrong has over 25 years of combined experience in mineral exploration, mining and government. Dr. Armstrong has been involved in the planning and execution of successful diamond exploration and sampling programs ranging from generative to delineation and valuation. Dr. Armstrong has strong capabilities in the assessment and analysis of diamond size distributions, content modeling, and value distributions.
Ms. Hira is an experienced executive with over 24 years in the mining sector. She began her career as a Canadian geologist working in diamond, base metals and gold exploration. And later transitioned to capital markets where she spent 16 years working in Canada, the UK and Australia working with mining companies listed in North America, Australia, South Africa, UK and Europe, and dealing with a global buy side client base. Ms. Hira holds a Bachelor of Science, Honours Degree from Queen’s University and is a CFA Charterholder.
Mr. Lincoln is one of the leading valuation experts in the diamond industry who has more than 30 years experience in Manufacturing, Valuation, Sales, Production, Operational and Marketing management roles globally. He was previously fully accountable for all final valuations and assortments for De beers sight boxes, and mine sample valuations in Russia, Angola, Namibia, South Africa and Botswana as well holding the position of Managing Director of a substantial diamond polishing facility. Mr. Lincoln joined Lucara in 2014 bringing with him a highly successful background in the achievement of profitable business growth through the creation and execution of successful sales strategies.
Ms. Lahri is an accomplished Professional Accountant with a Masters in Strategic Management (BCOM, FCCA), with more than 17 years’ experience in the mining industry, including 10 years within Corporate Finance at Debswana at the senior management level. She has also served as a board member in the Debswana Pension Fund, Botswana Accountancy College, and Pula Medical Aid. She currently serves as a director on the board of First National Bank declared the leading bank in Botswana. Ms. Lahri has served as Boteti’s CFO and Director since March 2013, responsible for Finance, Administration, and Security. In May 2018 she was promoted to Managing Director, being the first woman and the first Motswana woman to serve in this capacity for a diamond mining company in Botswana.