Lara is a prospect generator dedicated to the identification, acquisition and exploration of precious and base metal deposits and other resource opportunities in South America. The Company currently holds a portfolio of mineral properties in South America (Brazil, Colombia and Peru) and China.
The Company’s strategy is to:
* Advance its projects through prospecting and early-stage exploration
* To seek partners through joint ventures or other associations to fund detailed exploration and project development.
* To maximize its discovery opportunities while minimizing its funding requirements and risk.
Lara is building a large multi-commodity portfolio through growth and acquisition of new projects and opportunities. Currently, Lara has a portfolio of mineral properties in Brazil, with on-going exploration programs for phosphate rock, potash, nickel, gold, tin, copper, iron, lead and zinc mineralization. In Peru, the Company has 18 properties in Central and Southern Peru and continues to review acquisition opportunities. The Company also holds a substantial portfolio of phosphate exploration claims in Colombia and is actively seeking to expand its presence in the country.
Miles Thompson, a geology graduate of the University of Bristol (UK), is the founder of Lara Exploration and has over twenty-five years experience working on natural resource projects in South America and around the globe, including precious and base metals, industrial minerals, oil and gas and renewable energy. Prior to founding Lara in 2006, Miles was Manager of Business Development for South African gold miner, Gold Fields Ltd, where his responsibilities included working on joint ventures and acquisitions in the Americas, Africa and Eurasia.
Andre Gauthier has over 30 years experience in the mining exploration industry. He has a very high reputation as an international explorationist, and had expertise in South America. Previously, Mr. Gauthier headed Cambior's operations in the Andes and Peru for 9 years and participated in the discovery of their "La Arena" gold deposit, among multiple other successes in acquisitions, discoveries and developments of precious metal and base metal projects.
Vice President, Exploration
Mr. Bennell, a graduate of the University of Tasmania ( Australia), with a M.Sc. from the Cambourne School of Mines (UK), was until June 2006 Exploration Manager at the Crixás Gold Mine in Goiás State for AngloGold Ashanti Brasil Ltda. Mr. Bennell has a track record of exploration success for both gold and base metals in Australia, Brazil and West Africa. In Brazil he made the initial discovery of the Boa Vista nickel deposit in Goiás.
Vice President, Corporate Development
Mr. MacIntyre's primary responsibilities include corporate and project finance, strategic development, and corporate communications. His promotion from Manager of Corporate Development to Vice-President of Lara Exploration Ltd. followed his promotion to Vice President Corporate Development from the role of Manager, Corporate Development with Reservoir Capital Corp. TSXV:REO in April 2010 and after his experience with Universal Power Corp. TSXV:UNX from October 2008 until March 2010.
Since 1994, Ms. Casswell has been the Corporate Secretary of several public companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange. Ms. Casswell has played an important role in the growth of these companies and is familiar with regulations governing public companies in several jurisdictions.
Mr. Miles is a C.A. with a B.Sc. in geology, and has over 25 years experience in a large multinational corporate environment, where he has held various positions in corporate finance. He has extensive experience in the mining industry, as the CFO for a number of junior exploration companies which are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and whose exploration projects are located in Europe, Asia, Africa and Central and South America.
Mr. Ikeda was a founder of and is currently the Technical Director of Laras' Brazilian business Pan Brazilian Mineração Limitada. Mr. Ikeda is an exploration geologist and environmental engineer with over forty years experience in Brazil as an investor, consultant and manager. Previous experience includes work for CVRD, Billiton, Barrick and consulting for a wide range of clients, large and small. He is currently involved in a variety of exploration and environmental projects in the Amazon region as either investor or contractor.
Note: Directors not included
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