Silver Standard Resources Inc. is a Vancouver-based mining company focused on the operation, development, exploration and acquisition of precious metal projects. It is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: SSO) and on the NASDAQ Global Market (NASDAQ: SSRI).
Silver Standard owns and operates the Marigold mine in Nevada, U.S., the Pirquitas mine in Argentina and the Seabee Gold Operation in Saskatchewan, Canada. The Marigold mine has been in continuous operation since 1988. It achieved record production of 207,006 ounces of gold in 2015 and is expected to produce between 200,000 and 210,000 ounces of gold in 2016. The Pirquitas mine in Argentina is one of the largest primary silver mines in the world. Pirquitas achieved commercial production in December 2009. In 2015, the mine produced a record 10.3 million ounces of silver and is expected to produce between 8.0 and 10.0 million ounces of silver in 2016. On May 31, 2016, Silver Standard acquired Claude Resources Inc. including the Seabee Gold Operation, which has been in continuous operation since 1991. The Seabee Gold Operation produced a record 75,748 ounces of gold in 2015 and is expected to produce between 65,000 and 72,000 ounces of gold in 2016. Silver Standard also has two wholly-owned feasibility stage projects, Pitarrilla in Mexico and San Luis in Peru.
Silver Standard is equipped with an experienced management team of mine-builders and operators with proven capabilities. The Company has an enviable balance sheet with a strong cash position and investments in marketable securities. Additionally, it controls an extensive portfolio of development and exploration projects. With the right people, a strong balance sheet and a diversified portfolio, Silver Standard is well-positioned to deliver growth and long-term shareholder value.
Project Development Excellence
Strong safety leadership
Continuous pursuit of efficiencies
All processes start with good planning
Thinking creatively to solve problems and drive value
Performance managed and controlled
Always look to optimize our assets
Develop key Leaders
Hire for fit – evaluation & training
Train to have depth in supervisory skills
Good communication for alignment of employees and transparency
Work with a sense of urgency
Project Development Excellence
Build a comprehensive study process
Put the right team in place
Develop project management and controls systems
Continuous engagement of key stakeholders from concept to completion
Establish an M&A system; target to integration
Build an Exploration management system; concept to project
Operationalize portfolio management strategy & process
Develop & use capital management process
Paul Benson, M.Sc., BE, B.Sc.
President and CEO, Director
Mr. Benson serves as our President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board of Directors. He has been employed at Silver Standard since August 2015 and brings to the company 30 years of experience in various technical and business capacities. Most recently, Mr. Benson was CEO and Managing Director of Troy Resources Limited. Prior to that, for 20 years he held a number of executive and operating roles in Australia and overseas with BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, and Renison Goldfields. Mr. Benson holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Exploration Geophysics and a Bachelor of Engineering in Mining, both from the University of Sydney. He also earned a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia and a Sloan Masters of Science in Management from the London Business School.
Ms. Block has served as our Vice President, Human Resources since July 2014. She has over 20 years of experience as a human resources professional. Before joining Silver Standard, Ms. Block provided HR consulting services to various mining organizations as well as other industries, including specialty food and manufacturing. Prior to her HR consulting practice, Ms. Block was Vice President, Human Resources for Quadra FNX Mining, Vice President, Human Resources for Pan American Silver, and Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Finning International Inc. Ms. Block holds an MBA from McGill University and is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.
Mr. DeCooman is our Vice President, Business Development and Strategy. His experience prior to joining Silver Standard in 2009 includes over 15 years of mining project finance and advisory responsibilities at Candente Resource Corporation, Deutsche Bank, Alex Brown and Standard Bank, as well as corporate positions in finance, business development and exploration. Mr. DeCooman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science degree from the Colorado School of Mines.
Dr. Gilligan is our Vice President, Technical and Project Development and has 30 years' experience in the mining industry. Prior to joining Silver Standard, Dr. Gilligan was Director and Principal Consultant of J M Gilligan Consulting Pty, Ltd. in Australia, providing strategic and technical mining-related professional services to the mining industry in the fields of exploration, resource development, capital project studies and mine operations evaluation. Previous to this, Dr. Gilligan held progressively senior roles with BHP Billiton including Vice President – Special Projects, Project Director – Mine Autonomy Project, Deputy Project Director – Olympic Dam Expansion, Manager Operations – Escondida Norte and Manager Geology – Escondida. Dr. Gilligan obtained his B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geology from the University College London and his Ph.D. in Economic Geology from Southampton University.
Mr. Martin has served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since January 2012. Before joining Silver Standard, Mr. Martin served as Vice President, Business Development and Treasurer for NovaGold Resources Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Martin held executive financial roles with Finning International Inc., Zincore Metals Inc. and Placer Dome Inc. Mr. Martin is a Chartered Professional Accountant, CGA, holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario's Ivey School of Business and is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering.
Mr. Pangbourne is our Chief Operating Officer. Previously, he held the positions of Senior Vice President, Operations and Senior Vice President, Projects with Silver Standard. Before joining Silver Standard, Mr. Pangbourne was the Vice President Projects, South America, at Kinross Gold Corporation. Prior to this, he held a number of senior project and operating roles at BHP Billiton, including President and Chief Operating Officer of Cerro Matoso, BHP Billiton's nickel business in Colombia. He was also the Projects Director for BHP Billiton's Uranium Division, which includes the Olympic Dam Expansion, and Project Manager for BHP Billiton's Spence copper project in Chile. Mr. Pangbourne holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Extractive Metallurgy) and a Graduate Diploma in Mineral Processing from the Western Australian School of Mines.
Ms. Stark-Anderson is our Vice President, Legal and Corporate Secretary. She has over 20 years of experience as a lawyer. Before joining Silver Standard, she ran a law firm providing corporate secretarial, governance and securities compliance services to public, private and crown entities. Prior to starting her own firm, Ms. Stark-Anderson held progressively senior in-house counsel positions with the Spectra Energy group of companies. She also practiced law with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in the firm's Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver offices. Ms. Stark-Anderson obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts, Honours Economics from the University of Calgary.
Mr. Anglin is the Chair of our Safety and Sustainability Committee and a member of our Compensation Committee. Mr. Anglin graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Mining Engineering from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London in 1977 and attained a Master of Science degree from the Imperial College in London in 1985. Mr. Anglin spent 22 years with BHP Billiton Ltd. (“BHP Billiton”), most recently serving as Vice President Operations and Chief Operating Officer of the Base Metals Group based in Santiago, Chile, before retiring in 2008.
Mr. Benson serves as our President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board of Directors. He has been employed at Silver Standard since August 2015 and brings 30 years of experience in various technical and business capacities. Most recently, Mr. Benson was CEO and Managing Director of Troy Resources Limited. Prior to that, for 20 years he held a number of executive and operating roles in Australia and overseas with BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, and Renison Goldfields. Mr. Benson holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Exploration Geophysics and a Bachelor of Engineering in Mining, both from the University of Sydney. He also earned a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia and a Sloan Masters of Science in Management from the London Business School.
Mr. Booth began his career as a geologist on the Casa Berardi gold discoveries in Quebec. He opened Inco's exploration office in Val d'Or, Quebec and is credited with the discovery of the Douay West gold deposit in 1990 and was subsequently appointed to the board of Societe D'Exploration Miniere Vior Inc. In 1994, as Inco's Manager Exploration, Eastern North America, he conducted the preliminary assessment of the Voisey's Bay Ni-Cu-Co discovery. He later relocated to Indonesia to manage Inco's exploration office in Jakarta during which time he was involved, through a joint venture with Highlands Gold, in the discovery of the Beutong copper porphyry in Sumatra. Mr. Booth served as the CEO and President of Lake Shore Gold Corp. and later as a director. Mr. Booth, who currently serves on the Board of Directors of Pembrook Mining Corp., brings more than 30 years of experience in mineral exploration throughout Canada, Europe and southeast Asia. He became a director of Silver Standard in May 2016 as a result of the Claude Resources acquisition. Mr. Booth holds a B.Sc. in Geology from McGill University and is also a member of the Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.
Mr. Herrero was appointed to our Board of Directors in January 2013 and is the Chair of our Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and a member of our Audit and Compensation Committees. He is a resident of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and was the Executive Director of the Harvard Business School Latin America Research Center (“LARC”) until December 31, 2013, at which time he retired from that position and currently serves on the Harvard Business School Latin American Advisory Board. Prior to joining the LARC in 1999, he was the CEO of IVA S.A., Argentina's largest wool textile mill, and of Zucamor S.A./Papel Misionero S.A., Argentina's leading paper and packaging manufacturer. Mr. Herrero serves on the Board of Directors of Zucamor S.A. in Buenos Aires, Argentina, of Tyrus Capital in Monte-Carlo and of Mobile Financial Services Holding, a joint venture of Telefonica International and MasterCard, in Brussels, Belgium. He also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Governing Board of Universidad Austral, in Argentina. He sits on the advisory boards of the Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC) and the Fundación Red de Acción Política (RAP), both non-governmental organizations in Argentina. Mr. Herrero holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and a degree of Licenciado en Administración de Empresas from the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa.
Ms. Park has been a member of our Board of Directors since May 2014 and is a member of our Safety and Sustainability and Audit Committees and is our Audit Committee financial expert. Ms. Park graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction) from McGill University. She is a FCPA/FCA and has a Masters of Business Administration from the Simon Fraser University Executive program. Ms. Park spent 17 years with TimberWest Forest Corp. (“TimberWest”), most recently serving as its Chief Operating Officer before retiring in 2013. Prior to becoming Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Park also held the positions of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at TimberWest, as well as President, Couverdon Real Estate (TimberWest's land development division).
Mr. Paterson is the Chair of our Audit Committee and is our Audit Committee financial expert. He also serves on our Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. Mr. Paterson graduated from Concordia University, Montreal with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1964. Mr. Paterson has been a Managing Director of Genstar Capital, a private equity firm specializing in leveraged buyouts, since 1988. Before founding Genstar Capital, Mr. Paterson served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Genstar Corporation, a NYSE-listed company, where he was responsible for finance, tax, information systems and public reporting.
Mr. Reid serves as the Chair of our Compensation Committee and as a member of our Safety and Sustainability Committee. He has over 35 years of international business experience, including senior leadership roles in several countries. He held the position of Chief Operating Officer of Goldcorp from January 2007 until his retirement in September 2012. He also served Goldcorp as Executive Vice President, Canada and U.S.A. Prior to joining Goldcorp, Mr. Reid spent 13 years at Placer Dome Inc. in numerous corporate, mine management and operating roles, including Country Manager for Canadian operations. Mr. Reid has also held leadership positions at Kingsgate Consolidated Limited and Newcrest Mining Limited, where he was responsible for running operations throughout Asia and Australia. Mr. Reid holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mineral Engineering from the South Australian Institute of Technology and a TRIUM Global Executive MBA.
Mr. Tomsett is the Chair of our Board of Directors and a member of our Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. Mr. Tomsett graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree in Mining Engineering from the University of New South Wales, later attaining a Master of Science (Distinction) degree in Mineral Production Management from the Imperial College in London. Mr. Tomsett spent 20 years at Placer Dome Inc., latterly serving as President and Chief Executive Officer until its acquisition by Barrick in 2006.