Christian Kargl-Simard

President & CEO
P. Eng

Christian is a professional engineer with over 13 years’ experience in the mining industry, having worked both in technical and finance roles. He worked for 10 years in investment banking roles at Raymond James Ltd. and Haywood Securities Inc. During his tenure in investment banking, Christian was involved in financings raising more than $7 billion, and he assisted in completing over 35 M&A transactions with companies such as Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., Altius Minerals Corporation, Arizona Mining Inc., Trevali Mining Corporation, Victoria Gold Corp., Atlantic Gold Corporation and Tahoe Resources Inc. Christian also worked for Dynatec Corporation in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta up to its sale to Sherritt International Corp. in 2007, both in metallurgical engineering and corporate development roles. Christian is an author or co-author of 3 published technical papers in the field of hydrometallurgy. His B.A.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering comes from the University of British Columbia.

Sam Leung

Vice President, Corporate Development
P. Eng.

Sam Leung has over 10 years of experience in the mining industry focused primarily on M&A, due diligence, and strategic evaluation of operations. Prior to joining Adventus Zinc, Sam was Director, Corporate Development at Lundin Mining Corporation, where he played a key role in the evaluation and completion of several successful acquisitions valued at over US$ 2 billion, and was also responsible for joint-venture related activities with Freeport-McMoRan Inc. Prior to Lundin Mining, Sam was a due diligence consultant for Hatch Ltd.’s advisory practice based in London and Toronto, and began his career in as a metallurgist. Sam is a professional engineer (Canada) and received a B.A.Sc. degree in Engineering Chemistry, with first class honours, from Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada.

Ben Lewis


Ben Lewis serves as the CFO at Altius Mineral Corporation where he has been a member of the executive team since 2006. Prior to joining Altius, Ben held roles with increasing levels of responsibility with both private and public companies. His most recent position was that of Corporate Controller for NYSE and TSX-listed CHC Helicopter Corporation. His responsibilities with AMC include overseeing its financial management and reporting as well as contributing valuation and structuring expertise to its project generation initiatives. Ben graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1991 and earned his Chartered Accountant designation in 1993.

Chad Wells

Director and Corporate Secretary
Bsc. (Hons)

Chad Wells serves as VP Corporate Development  and Board  Secretary at Altius Minerals Corporation. He has played key and diverse roles related to its major royalty acquisitions,  project generation deal structuring and management of its equities portfolio since 2002. Chad has cultivated strong relationships with a variety of retail, high net worth and institutional investors throughout North America. Prior to joining Altius Chad worked with Vale at its Voisey’s Bay mine following his graduation from Memorial University’s Earth Science Program.