Management & Directors
Mr. Metzen is the founder of international shipping, trading and financing companies. He has extensive experience in world-wide shipping and infrastructure bringing product to market, being in the business for over 40 years.
His involvement with Africa spans over 35 years focusing on the Republic of Guinea for the last 10 years.
Michael Baumbach is currently on the board of directors of a number of diamond companies. Mr. Baumbach has been a consultant to the corporation since its inception and brings with him extensive, shipping and marketing experience and local knowledge of mining in West Africa, particularly in the alluvial diamond mining sector of Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea.
Mr. Baumbach has 35 years experience in the global diamond industry predominately in rough and polished diamond trading and sales. Michael’s background includes all aspects of the diamond trade from mining through to retail sales and professional consultancy. With extensive experience in the areas of mining and exploration, Mr. Baumbach has been involved in numerous projects throughout Africa and from 1980 to 1985 was involved in the alluvial mining of gold in Ghana, Africa. As the founder of Hard Rock Diamonds SL Ltd he has been involved in the alluvial mining of rough diamonds in Sierra Leone since 2005.
VP Exploration, Director
Mr. Lafleur is a geologist with over 30 years of experience in various capacities, both in Canada and internationally (West Africa, Ecuador and Mexico), with a range of industry companies, such as Newmont Mining Corporation, Falconbridge Limited, and Placer Dome Inc. He most recently was Director and Head of Exploration for Champion Minerals Ltd., a TSX listed company, where he was instrumental in the advancement of their 2 billion tonne iron ore assets in the Quebec/Labrador iron ore trough. Mr. Lafleur has lead teams in the search for base metals, gold, nickel, iron, titanium, vanadium and uranium. His firm is currently running the drilling and exploration program for Nevado Resources Inc., at La Blache Quebec, a higher grade iron ore, titanium and vanadium project.
Ms Metzen received her B.A. in Political Science from McGill University and her Bachelor of Law degree, LL.B., from Université de Sherbrooke. She has over 15 years experience specializing in joint ventures and corporate restructuring. Ms Metzen advises on a variety of domestic and international mergers and acquisitions. She has a significant track record in the logistics sector, having served on the board of directors of multiple private companies. Ms Metzen is fluent in English, French and German.
Greg Adourian is co-founder and President of an international Information Technology company that he built together with his partner from the ground up. He is responsible for implementing the Corporation’s strategic growth plan and coordinating and directing the management team. Mr. Adourian has acquired extensive understanding in the management sector that spans more than 15 years. He is fluent in English, French, Armenian and Arabic.
With over 15 years of financial accounting and reporting experience, Ms Metzen has actively led the finance department of several high tech enterprises. She has worked extensively with corporations in directing their financial planning and supporting their rigorous growth initiatives. She has acquired extensive knowledge in business development and specializes in offering clear and strategic long term visions. Ms. Metzen holds a B.Com from McGill University and is currently Chief Financial Officer of an international technology corporation.
Strategic, multidisciplinary entrepreneur with an eye for innovation.
Loarn Metzen studied Finance, worked with a gamut of clients and founded multiple successful businesses. He is fluent in English, French and German.
Dr. Yindong Yang
Advisor to the Board, Director
Dr. Yang is the senior research scientist and head of steelmaking and chemical analysis laboratory at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto. He mastered at the Beijing University of Science & Technology and obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He spent four years as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Toronto thereafter. He was project manager at the Beijing Central Iron and Steel Research Institute for hot metal and stainless steel dephosphorization, and was a guest researcher in MEFOS Metallurgical Research Centre, Lulea, Sweden for a China-Sweden joint research program on the treatment of high phosphorus ores and hot metal. He is adjunct professor at Wuhan University of Science and Technology as well as the Beijing Central Iron and Steel Research Institute. He serves as grant application reviewer for Chinese National Foundation for Natural Science, and is advisor to several large companies in the mining, metallurgical, renewable energy and energy storage fields. He has strong ties with several engineering companies from ferrous and nonferrous industries, such as the Beijing Capital Engineering and Research (CERI) and Tangshan Iron and Steel Design and Research institute and a number of steel producers in China and elsewhere.