Eric Sprott has over 40 years of experience in the investment industry and has managed client funds for 37 years. Mr. Sprott entered the investment industry as a research analyst at Merrill Lynch Canada, Inc. In 1981, he founded Sprott Securities Limited (a predecessor to Sprott Securities Inc., now Cormark). After establishing Sprott Asset Management Inc. in December 2001 as a separate entity, he divested his entire stake in Sprott Securities Inc. to its employees. Mr. Sprott’s investment abilities are demonstrated by the track record of the Sprott Hedge Fund L.P., Sprott Hedge Fund L.P. II, Sprott Offshore Fund, Sprott Canadian Equity Fund, Sprott Energy Fund and Sprott's Managed Accounts. From 2008 until September 2010, Mr. Sprott served as Chief Executive Officer of Sprott, before stepping down to focus on his roles as Chairman and Chief Investment Officer.
Ron Dewhurst has held a number of Board positions, including directorships at Australian United Investment Company, IOOF Holdings Ltd, Orchard Petroleum Ltd, Rhinomed Ltd, One Vue Holdings, The National Gallery of Victoria and The Breast Cancer Network of Australia. Over the course of his career, Mr. Dewhurst has held many senior leadership roles in the US and Australia, most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Head of Global Investment Managers for Legg Mason Inc. Prior to joining Legg Mason, Mr. Dewhurst’s previous roles included terms as Chief Executive Officer of ANZ McCaughan Ltd., Managing Director at IOOF Holdings Ltd, and Head of Americas for JP Morgan Asset Management.
Dr. Graham Birch started his career in 1984 as a mining equity analyst with the London based offices of Panmure Gordon. He then moved to Kleinwort Benson Securities and then Ord Minnett. In 1993, Dr. Birch joined Mercury Asset Management as a portfolio manager in the mining and gold sectors. Mercury Asset Management was subsequently taken over by Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and then BlackRock. In 1999, Dr. Birch was promoted to Managing Director and Head of the Natural Resources Investment Team at BlackRock in London, a position he held until 2010. This team was ultimately responsible for US$50 billion of investments in Gold & Mining, Energy & Alternative Energy, Agriculture and Commodities. Dr. Birch has direct fund management experience in long only funds, hedge funds and income funds – all within the natural resources sector. Dr. Birch left BlackRock in 2010 to pursue his interests in agriculture and is the owner of a 2,100 acre farming operation in Dorset. He is currently a non-executive director of Hochschild Mining; a mid-tier silver and gold mining company. Until 2018, he was a non-executive director of ETF Securities – a pioneer in the area of precious metals ETFs. Dr. Birch has a PhD in Mining Geology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London.
Peter Grosskopf assumed the role of CEO of the Corporation in September 2010. Mr. Grosskopf has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry and an extensive background as an advisor and underwriter to companies in a wide variety of sectors. In addition to his role at the Corporation, he also serves as CEO and a director of SRLC and President and a director of Sprott Consulting LP (“SCLP”). Prior to joining the Corporation, he was President of Cormark Securities Inc. ("Cormark"). Over the course of his career, Mr. Grosskopf has established a track record of successfully building and growing businesses. Prior to joining Cormark, Mr. Grosskopf was one of the co-founders of Newcrest Capital Inc., which was acquired by the TD Bank Financial Group in 2000. Mr. Grosskopf is a CFA® charterholder, holds the ICD.D designation and earned an Honours Degree in Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration, both from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario
Sharon Ranson is a corporate director and President of The Ranson Group Inc., a company offering executive coaching and consulting services. Ms Ranson also currently serves as a director of Echelon Financial Holdings (TSX:EFH), Continental Bank of Canada, Borrowell Inc. and the Toronto Investment Board. Her volunteer roles include Chair of the Nominating Committee for the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSPIB), the Advisory Board for the Smith School of Business, Queen's University and the Campaign Cabinet for the YMCA of GTA. Prior to founding her current business in 2002, Ms. Ranson spent over 20 years in capital markets where she was a top ranked Financial Services Analyst and a senior Portfolio Manager. Ms. Ranson is an FCPA, FCA and holds the ICD.D designation. She graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce and holds a MBA from York University.
Rick Rule is the founder of Global Resource Investments, Ltd. He began his career in the securities business in 1974, and has been principally involved in natural resource security investments ever since. He is a leading American retail broker specializing in mining, energy, water utilities, forest products and agriculture.
Rosemary Zigrossi is a consultant to small to medium sized companies and serves as a corporate director. Prior to this, Ms. Zigrossi was a Director at Promontory Financial Group Canada (“Promontory”) and involved in advising clients in the asset management and banking industries in the area of risk management, regulatory compliance and governance. Prior to joining Promontory, Ms. Zigrossi was at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan ("OTPP") where she held various roles including Vice President, Asset Mix and Risk; Vice President, Venture Capital and Private Equity; and Controller. Prior to joining OTPP, Ms. Zigrossi was an Assistant Vice President at J.P. Morgan (Canada) and former auditor with KPMG. Ms. Zigrossi currently serves on the board of directors of Russell Investments Corporate Class Inc., and is a member of the Investment Committee of Sustainable Development Technology Corporation. A past governor of Trent University, Ms. Zigrossi currently serves on its investment and pension committee. She is a former member of the board of the Business Development Bank of Canada, Canadian Venture Capital Association, McMichael Canadian Art Collection and a number of privately held companies. Ms. Zigrossi is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). She holds the ICD.D designation, graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce and attended the Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development.
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