Chief Executive Officer; Director
Bradford Cooke is a professional geologist and entrepreneur with 39 years of experience in the mining industry. He has specialized in the formation, management and financing of exploration and mining companies and the acquisition, exploration, development and mining of mineral properties. Mr. Cooke founded Endeavour Silver Corp. in 2003 for the purpose of acquiring high-grade silver-gold projects in Mexico. Since that time, the Company has acquired, rebuilt and expanded three silver-gold mines in Mexico, and made a new discovery with the potential to become Endeavour’s fourth mine.
Mr. Cooke began his career as project geologist in 1976 managing mineral exploration programs for uranium, base metals and precious metals across Canada with Noranda Mines, Shell Minerals and Chevron Minerals. He later owned and operated Cooke Geological Consultants Ltd., discovering several high grade gold vein deposits for clients in British Columbia from 1983 to 1987. In 1988, Mr. Cooke launched Canarc Resource Corp., a junior gold exploration and mining company focused on exploring and developing prospective gold properties in the Americas. Canarc successfully delineated a 1.15 million oz gold resource at its core asset, the New Polaris gold mine project in British Columbia. More recently, Canarc acquired a small, high grade gold mine in Mexico.
Mr. Cooke received a B.Sc. Geology degree (Honours) from Queens University in 1976 and a M.Sc. Geology degree from the University of British Columbia in 1984. He is a member in good standing of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, The Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, the Association of Mineral Exploration in BC, and a Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada.
President and Chief Operating Officer; Director
Godfrey Walton is a professional geologist with 42 years of experience in the mining sector, specializing in the exploration, development and mining of a variety of ore deposits. From 1974 to 1993 Mr. Walton worked in project and senior geologist positions for INCO and Chevron Minerals and managed the office from an administration and technical role for Hemlo Gold Mines, managing exploration, development, prefeasibility and feasibility programs for uranium, precious metals and base metals in Canada and Ireland. From 1993 to 2004 he acted as geological consultant with G.J. Walton and Associates Ltd. in the evaluation, management development and mining of mineral projects throughout North America, South America and Europe. He joined Endeavour Silver in 2004 as President and Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Walton holds a B.Sc. Geology (Honours) from the University of Alberta and an M.Sc. Geology from Queen’s University. He has published several geological/geochemical papers in leading technical journals and is an active Member of APEGBC, CIMM, SEG, PDAC and BCYCM.
Geoff Handley (1)(2)(3)
Independent Director; Board Chair; Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee Chair
Geoff Handley is a professional geologist with more than 40 years of experience in global mineral exploration, acquisitions, corporate development and strategic planning.
From 1976 to 1981 Mr. Handley worked for BHP Exploration, Placer Prospecting and AMP Society as a geologist, geochemist and mining investment analyst respectively. Between 1981 and 1993 he rose through the ranks at Placer Pacific as Senior Geologist, Exploration Manager and General Manager. In 1993 he moved into corporate development at Placer Dome Inc. as Vice President, Senior Vice President and later Executive Vice President of Strategic Development, where he managed the defence to the Barrick takeover bid.
Mr. Handley's accomplishments include overseeing the delineation of more than 20 million ounces of gold at Porgera, 4 million ounces of gold at Granny Smith, 13 million ounces of platinum group metals at Sedibelo, 15 million ounces of gold at Pueblo Viejo, as well as the acquistions of CSR's Mineral assets (Granny Smith and Osborne projects), East African Gold Mines, Aurion Gold, Highlands Gold and Placer Pacific.
Mr. Handley holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Geology and Chemistry from the James Cook University of North Queensland, Australia. He is a member of AusIMM, AICD and the Institute of Corporate Directors. In addition to Endeavour, Mr. Handley is a director of Eldorado Gold Corp. and recent past director of PanAust Ltd, Mirabela Nickel Ltd and Boart Longyear Ltd. He joined the Endeavour board in 2006 and was appointed Chairman in 2012.
Ricardo Campoy (1)(2)
Independent Director; Compensation Committee Chair
Ricardo Campoy is a mining engineer with a decades-long career in mining, merchant and investment banking, and financial advisory roles for resource companies, financial institutions and investment funds. Mr. Campoy is the Managing Director of the Minerals Capital and Advisory practice for Headwaters MB, a merchant bank. Previously, since mid-2006, he was in private practice as a financial advisor. From 2004 to 2006 he was Managing Director and Head of the Mining and Metals Group for WestLB in New York. Prior to 2004, Mr. Campoy held senior management positions with McFarland Dewey & Co. LLC, ING Capital, Swiss Bank, Elders Resources Finance Inc., European Banking Company and Continental Illinois Bank.
Before his banking career, Mr. Campoy worked in various engineering and supervisory production positions with Inspiration Copper Inc., Dravo Corporation, BCL Bamangwato Concessions Ltd. and AMAX Inc.
Mr. Campoy holds a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a Masters of International Management (Finance) from the American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona. In addition to Endeavour, Mr. Campoy has served on a number of mining company boards and is currently interim chairman of the board for General Moly, Inc. He joined the Endeavour board in 2010.
Rex McLennan (1)(3)(4)
Independent Director; Audit Committee Chair
Rex McLennan is an independent corporate director with over 30 years of leadership experience as a financial executive in large, complex, multinational resource-based companies where his responsibilities have included financial planning, administration and reporting, treasury operations, enterprise risk management, investor relations, internal audit, IT systems and taxation functions.
Mr. McLennan began his career in 1980 with Imperial Oil Limited, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in economics, planning, treasury and capital market operations. In 1991 he Joined Placer Dome Inc., where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 1997 to 2005, following positions as Vice President and Treasurer and an operations assignment as Mine General Manager at the Golden Sunlight mine in Montana. He also served as a director of the World Gold Council.
From 2005 to 2007 Mr. McLennan served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Organizing Committee, where he led the development of the 2010 Olympic games operations budget, risk management and related financial functions. From 2008 to 2012 Mr. McLennan served as the Chief Financial Officer of Viterra Inc. (TSX:VT), a global agri-business company with annual sales of over $11 billion, market capitalization of about $6 billion and over 8,000 employees worldwide, until its acquisition by Glencore PLC in December 2012.
Mr. McLennan holds a Master of Business Administration from McGill in Finance/Accounting (Dean's Honours) and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics/Economics from the University of British Columbia. He is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (Canada) and received his ICD.D designation in June 2013. Mr McLennan currently also serves on the Board of Boart Longyear Ltd (ASX,BLY) as the board's Senior Independent Director (Lead Director), and also is a member of its Audit, Compliance & Risk Committee and Chairman of the Environmental, Health and Safety Committee.
Mario Szotlender (2)(3)(4)
Mario Szotlender is a financier and businessman with a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He has successfully directed Latin American affairs for numerous private and public companies for over 25 years, specializing in developing new business opportunities and establishing relationships with the investment community. He has been involved in various mineral exploration and development joint ventures (precious metals and diamonds) in Central and South America, including heading several mineral operations in Venezuela, such as Las Cristinas in the 1980s. He was also President of Mena Resources Inc. until it was purchased by Rusoro Mining Ltd., of which he was also President.
In addition to Endeavour, Mr. Szotlender is a director Atico Mining Corporation, Focus Ventures Ltd., Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., Radius Gold Inc. and Revelo Resources Corp. He joined the Endeavour board in 2002.
Ken Pickering (1)(2)(4)
Independent Director; Sustainability Committee Chair
Mr. Pickering is a professional engineer and mining executive with more than 45 years of experience working in the natural resource sector building and operating major mining operations in Canada, Chile, Australia, Peru and the US. Over his 40 year career with BHPBilliton, Mr. Pickering held positions of President of BHPB Copper, Vice President of BHP South America, President of Minera Escondida and General Manager of BHP Iron Ore (Australia).
Mr. Pickering was intimately involved in the planning, development and initial operation of the greenfields Escondida copper project and through several subsequent expansion phases that placed Escondida as the single largest copper mine in the world, producing 1.4 million tonnes of copper per year.
In addition to Endeavour, Mr. Pickering is a non-executive Director of Teck Resources Limited, Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd., and Enaex S.A. Chile. He joined the Endeavour board in 2012.
(1) Audit Committee
(2) Compensation Committee
(3) Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee
(4) Sustainability Committee