Chairman of the Board
Jeff Swinoga is a highly accomplished mining executive with more than 25 years of executive and management experience in the areas of finance, project development and project construction. Most recently, he was the National Mining and Metals co Leader at EY Canada and CEO of an international gold company. He was also the chief financial officer of Torex Gold Resources Inc. where, during his four-year tenure, he led the US$400 million financing of Torex’s US$800 million El Limon-Guajes gold mine on the Morelos property and led his team during Torex’s transition from an exploration and development company to a mid-tier gold producer. Prior to Torex, Swinoga spent four years as the CFO of North American Palladium Ltd., during which time NAP financed and constructed the underground offset zone expansion project for the Lac des Iles Mine and acquired and built two gold producing mines in Québec. In addition, he spent three years as CFO of HudBay Minerals Inc., a company which, from its initial public offering in late 2004, grew to a market capitalization of more than $2 billion. Jeff also spent seven years at Barrick Gold Corporation as a senior officer with responsibilities that included project financing of Barrick’s Bulyanhulu and Veladero projects and chairman of Barrick’s pension committee. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto as well as a Bachelor’s degree (Honours) in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. Jeff was elected to the Board of PDAC this year and is also a member of their audit committee.
Jeff leverages years of business strategy, capital markets, M&A, finance and relationship building experience in CEO/CFO positions for intermediate to large public companies and over 25 years of experience in the sector and finance. Jeff was formerly the National Mining and Metals Co-Leader at EY Canada where he led a team of professionals across the country supporting mining and metals companies as they pursue their growth ambitions in the wake of a transformed competitive and operating landscape.
Jeff has successfully built and led finance teams through the different stages of financing, construction and production. He also brings international experience in the mining and finance industries with an extensive network, operating and project development in North and South America, as well as Africa.
Jeff has served on boards of publicly-traded companies, such as First Cobalt and Tonbridge Power. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Toronto and a four-year Honours Economics degree from the University of Western Ontario. He’s also a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Jeff was formerly the National Mining and Metals co Leader at EY Canada. He has over 25 years of international experience in the mining and finance industries, recently as CEO of an international gold company and over 12 years of CFO experience leading teams to finance and develop numerous international mining projects. Jeff has experienced with mining and processing companies at operating and development stages, including gold, silver, copper, zinc, zinc oxide, potash, cobalt, platinum and palladium, in North and South America as well as Africa. As a leader in the capital markets with an extensive network, Jeff brings a strategic perspective focused on business objectives driving growth, efficiencies, M&A and raising capital.