Lorne Woods is a successful entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in owning and operating private and public companies and over 20 years of experience in corporate communications. For the last 15 years he has worked in the financing and mining industries. His abilities can be judged by his success in helping to raise, with Sunset Cove co-founder Marc Blais, $3.5 million in a private placement on the Lima Stock exchange in September 2011. Before co-founding Sunset Cove in 2008, Woods was instrumental as Vice-President Investor Relations at Blue Note Mining, in raising $140 million.
From 2003-2006 Woods served as both a Director and Manager of Investor Relations at Osisko Mining, which is currently developing a gold property in Malartic, Quebec. In 1987 Woods co-founded Judson Woods, a boutique investor relations and corporate communications firm where he served as Vice President Investor Relations. By client request the company developed into a corporate management consultancy.
Judson Woods specialized and succeeded in introducing small cap companies to the financial and publicly traded markets. In doing so Woods displayed a canny acumen that allowed him to develop a global network of stock brokers, analysts, fund managers and institutional bankers. Woods has served as an Independent Director at a number of publicly traded companies and currently is an Independent Director on the board of Caldera Resources.
Marc Blais has more than 20 years of experience working in the North and South American mining industries. He studied at Montreal’s prestigious Ecole des Haute Etudes Commerciales, graduating with a BAA Accountancy in 1984 and a CGA in 1986. He speaks and reads French, English and Spanish and has more than 15 years of hands-on practical Latin American experience, the majority in Peru. Blais has a proven record in exploration, property evaluation, negotiation, development, private and public financings and investor relations.
From 1993 to September 2007 Blais worked at Dynacor Mines Inc., as President and CEO. In 2007 Dynacor had a gold custom milling operation and a tungsten mine. To drive investor value, Blais divided the company into two with Malaga Inc. taking the tungsten mine and Dynacor retaining the gold production. He successfully positioned the two companies to go public on the TSX.
At Dynacor Blais was responsible for financing, investor relations, mining operations and project development management, supervising a staff of 325. In 1998 he oversaw the financing and start-up of the company’s Acari Gold Mill start-up. Between 2005-2006 he negotiated the acquisition and financing of the Malaga Tungsten Mine from start-up to commercial production.
In 2008 he co-founded Sunset Cove Mining with Lorne Woods. As COO of Sunset Cove, Blais oversees the company’s wholly owned Peruvian subsidiary, Minera Sunset del Peru SAC, evaluating negotiating and managing exploration work for Gold, Silver and base metal properties. Blais has been a Director of many mining companies and currently sits on the Board of Wesdome Gold Mines Inc., where he is also President of the Audit Committee.
Jacques Arsenault is an experienced executive and consultant who for more than 20 years has specialized in the development, restructuring, acquisition, merger and sale of companies and assets in both the public and private arenas..
He has also founded and runs his own successful business, Arsenault Business Staging Group, a consultancy which focuses on two main areas, strengthening a company so that when it is sold the owners will receive the highest possible value and restructuring companies so that they become a model of efficiency with an improved bottom line and strategic position, returning increased value to their shareholders.
Mr Arsenault has consulted with the mining industry for many years. Since 2008 he has sat on the Board of Caldera Resources where he also serves as CFO. From 2006 to 2008 he served as Vice President Finance and then Chief Financial Officer at Forest Gate Resources.
Over the course of his career he has worked as financial controller for notable corporations including Videotron, AES Data. Culinar and Uni-Select, as well as being the Vice-President Finance and Administration at Quebec success story Piscines Trevi.
Among his other achievements he has introduced the AC Delco product line to the Quebec market. As Sunset Cove Mining’s Chief Financial Officer he brings a thorough knowledge of and an ability to implement best practise corporate development.