Position: President, CEO & Director
Mr. Tafel holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and contributes over 30 years of corporate structuring, strategic planning, financing and management experience to the Company. Prior to Centurion he has been an officer and director of a number of publicly listed companies. He has been instrumental in raising well over $100 million for resource, life sciences and technology companies.
He co-founded MBMI Resources Inc., which became a nickel producer in the Philippines (reaching a market capitalization of $400 million). He led the spin-out of Garson Gold Corp (from MBMI) and as CEO went on to acquire the New Britannia gold mine in Manitoba from Kinross/High River. Garson was subsequently acquired by a Canadian based mining company. Prior to his public company experience, Mr. Tafel managed private investment funds at the largest independent Canadian securities firm.
Position: Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Wright brings over 20 years’ experience to Centurion as President and CEO of Seatrend Strategy Group. He currently serves as a Director of Demetra Minerals, and Good Ventures, and previously served as a Director with Pacific Community Resources Society, Budly Software, the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association and several community associations and municipal advisory boards, including the Gateway Stakeholders’ Advisory Committee for the City of Coquitlam. Additionally, Mr. Wright currently serves as the CFO for several public and private companies including: GTEC Holdings, Portofino Resources, PayVida Solutions, and Demetra Minerals. Prior to Seatrend, Mr. Wright spent 6 years in a senior role at Deloitte LLP. He has broad experience working with senior management developing strategies and solutions to business issues mainly related to corporate finance, cost and risk management, and governance focused on clients in the mining, technology, and regulated marijuana sectors. He has been interviewed by Global Business Reports for their report “Territories Mining and Exploration 2012”; and authored “Extracting Value — Yukon Mining 2011” for the Yukon Chamber of Mines.
Mr. Wright is a Chartered Professional Accountant (Certified Management Accountant). He has extensive negotiation training, including the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School programs: “Advanced Negotiation Skills” and “Strategies, Skills and Tactics of Negotiation”. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts, with honours in Environmental Economics from Brock University.
Position: Country Manager – Argentina
Sebastian is responsible for tactical delivery of the Argentine operations, including community relations, vendor management, and local administration. Sebastian has over 15 years of experience in the oil & gas and mining industries along with a degree in environmental engineering from the University of Buenos Aires.
Having lived in Vancouver for over ten years Sebastian relocated back to Argentina in 2010 to be the Country Manager for junior mining company specializing in fertilizers where he managed the start up of the company. As an Argentine/Canadian Sebastian has a unique understanding of both Argentine and Canadian business practices allowing him to bridge professional and cultural gaps effectively.
Mr. Wilkinson has extensive international experience in the resource sectors that includes positions as Chief Executive Officer, senior management, and business consultant. Over his 38-year career, his capital markets experience includes being the founding officer and director of a number of public and private companies, as well as founding partner of several “flow through” investment funds and limited partnerships.
During the 1990’s, he was the Vancouver-based analyst for Canada’s largest bank, RBC Dominion Securities Inc., responsible for small capitalization, gold and base metal companies.
Mr. Wilkinson holds an MBA from Clarkson University, Potsdam New York; an M.Sc. (Geology) from Carleton University and B.Sc. (Geology) from the University of Western Ontario.
Mr. Cawkell is a member of the British Columbia Bar Association, and, in 1987, he co-founded the law firm Cawkell Brodie LLP, where he remains as Managing Partner. For over 25 years, he has been involved in technology industries within public, private and venture capital markets; successfully fulfilling the roles as a professional advisor and as a principal / investor. In his professional capacity, he has focused on intellectual property, technology transfer, financial and transaction structuring, and securities law. Mr. Cawkell is an investor and founder of a number of private companies, where he has held executive management positions, and currently sits on the board of a number of private and public companies. He has served as director and officer of a number of public companies involved in the life sciences, technology and mining industries. He is also a past member of the National Research Council of Canada IMB/ INH Advisory Board and the British Columbia Securities Commission’s Securities Law Advisory Committee.
Joseph Del Campo
Mr. Del Campo holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation. Mr. Del Campo began his career with Falconbridge Limited and spent over 19 years working within the Falconbridge group of companies at progressive financial positions, including Controller and Treasurer of Falconbridge Dominicana which operated in the Dominican Republic and Falconbridge Gold Corporation which had operations in Africa and Canada. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Del Campo has been a director and Vice-President Finance and CFO of a number of companies listed on the TSX and the TSX Venture Exchange.