130,000 oz of Gold / year - Q4 2009
Exploration & production. Properties in Nicaragua, Colombia, Panama & Russia
Clive T. Johnson
President, Chief Executive Officer & Director
Clive Johnson was involved with Bema and its predecessor companies since 1977. When Bema was created by the amalgamation of three Bema group companies in 1988, Mr. Johnson became the Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Johnson was instrumental in Bema’s transition from a junior exploration Company to an international intermediate gold producer. Bema had producing gold mines in Russia, Chile and South Africa and development projects in Russia and Chile. In February 2007, Bema and Kinross Gold Corporation completed a plan of arrangement whereby Kinross purchased all of the outstanding shares of Bema, valuing Bema at over CdN$3.5 billion.
Secretary, Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Roger Richer has over 20 years experience in mining law, corporate finance and international business transactions and practices. He has BA and LLB degrees from the University of Victoria. Mr. Richer was with Bema since its inception in 1988.
President of Consolidated Puma Minerals Corp., a TSX-V listed company.
Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Mark Corra has over 25 years mining experience. Mr. Corra will oversee the financial reporting, cash management and tax planning of B2Gold. He is a Certified Management Accountant, with a diploma in financial management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Mr. Corra was previously with Bema since 1990 as Controller, and was appointed Vice President of Finance in 1995. Prior to Bema he spent 11 years in accounting at Placer Dome.
Senior Vice President of Exploration
Tom Garagan is a 1980 geology graduate from the University of Ottawa. He has worked in North and South America, East and West Africa and Russia. Mr. Garagan was with Bema since 1991 and was appointed Vice President of Exploration in 1996. Mr. Garagan was instrumental in several discoveries, including the Cerro Casale and Kupol deposits.
Senior Vice President of Production and Development
Dennis Stansbury is a mining engineer with over 32 years of engineering, production and management experience at surface and underground mines. After working for a number of gold mining companies in South America and the United States, he joined Bema as Vice President South America in 1994 and was appointed Vice President Production and Development in 1996.
Vice President of Investor Relations
Ian MacLean began his Investor Relations career in 1996 with Nevsun Resources. In 2001 Mr. MacLean joined Bema as the Manager of Investor Relations and was appointed Vice President Investor Relations in 2006. Mr. MacLean has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
Robert Cross has more than 20 years of experience as a financier in the Mining and Oil & Gas sectors. He has served as a director of numerous public and private companies. He is Non-Executive Chairman of Northern Orion Resources Inc., and Founder and Non-Executive Chairman of Bankers Petroleum Ltd. Between 1996 and 1998, he was Chairman and CEO of Yorkton Securities Inc. From 1987 to 1994, he was a Partner — Investment Banking with Gordon Capital Corporation in Toronto. He has an Engineering Degree from the University of Waterloo (1982), and received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1987.
Robert Gayton is a Chartered Accountant and has acted as a consultant to various public companies since 1987. He was Vice President of Finance with Western Silver Corporation from 1995 to 2004 and was a director of Western Silver Corporation (2004 – 2006), Bema Gold Corporation (2003-2007) and Doublestar Resources (2000 – 2007), each of which were “taken over”. Mr. Gayton is currently a director of Nevsun Resources Ltd., Northern Orion Resources Inc., Amerigo Resources Limited, Intrinsyc Software International, Inc., Canadian Zinc Corporation, Palo Duro Energy Inc., Quarterra Resources Inc. and Western Copper Corp.
Jerry Korpan has been an investment banker in London, England since 1985. He is currently Executive Director of Emergis Capital S.A., a property development company based in Antwerp, Belgium, and Executive Vice President of Bema affiliate, Consolidated Puma Minerals Corp. Prior to forming Emergis, he was Managing Director of Yorkton Securities in London, England. He was a director of Bema from 2002 to 2007.
Dr. Barry Rayment is a mining geologist with 35 years experience in base and precious metal exploration and development. Dr. Rayment obtained his Ph.D. in Mining Geology at the Royal School of Mines, London. Formerly an exploration manager for Gold Fields Mining and Amselco, Vice President of Glamis Gold and President of Bema Gold Corporation, he is currently President of Mining Assets Corporation, a private company providing consulting services to the mining industry, based in Laguna Beach, California.
John Ivany retired from Kinross Gold Corporation in 2006 having served as Executive Vice President since 1995. Prior to this Mr. Ivany held executive positions with several resource companies including Noranda Inc., Hemlo Gold Mines Ltd., Prime Resources Corp. and International Corona Corporation. He is currently a director of Allied Nevada Gold Corp. and Breakwater Resources Ltd.