Waterton Global is composed of professionals committed to conducting the highest level of due diligence when evaluating investment opportunities.
Our Investment Management team has a 12-year track record of making investments in public and private companies in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Our Project Evaluations team has over 200 years of combined experience and has evaluated over 350 projects with values ranging from $10 million to $3.6 billion.
From project evaluation to execution, our team offers technical expertise to evaluate projects and guide them from acquisition to successful exit.
James Hennessy – Chairman
James served as President and CEO of ING Mutual Funds with approximately $100 billion under management. He has held senior executive positions with other mortgage banking, investment banking, and financial services companies. James was also a New York City-based corporate lawyer advising on M&A and corporate finance matters. In addition, James serves on several boards. He has served on boards associated with Arizona State University, including the ASU Law School Centre for Law Science and Innovation, and recently served as a lead director of Allis Chalmers Oil & Gas Services (NYSE) and a director of a Michigan-based mutual fund and institutional asset management company.
Isser Elishis – Managing Partner, Chief Investment Officer
Isser oversees the investment decision-making process and portfolio investment strategy. His responsibilities include investment management, deal structuring and execution, portfolio monitoring and exit strategy assessment. As Chief Investment Officer, Isser has overseen more than $9 billion invested in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Previous to Waterton, Isser was Senior Vice President and Director at HSBC, where he ran the Toronto-based Equity Structured Finance Group, a group that executed over $7 billion in transactions during his leadership.
Cheryl Brandon, CFA – Partner, Investment Management
Cheryl is responsible for deal origination, deal structuring and execution, portfolio monitoring and exit in the precious metals mining business. Prior to joining Waterton Global, Cheryl managed a resource investment strategy for Canada’s third largest hedge fund where she focused on global investment opportunities in the precious and base metals sectors. Cheryl has 10 years’ experience evaluating and financing mining companies; she began her investment career as a research analyst in 2003 and became a Chartered Financial Analyst Charter Holder and member of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts in 2007.
Gordon Fernandes – Managing Director, Investments
Gordon’s principal focus includes the origination and execution of new investment opportunities in the precious metals mining business. Gordon has 10 years’ experience in capital markets and has been involved in over $5 billion of resource financings. Prior to joining Waterton Global, Gordon was a Director of Institutional Sales at a Canadian investment bank where he specialized in discovering and financing junior mining and energy companies. Gordon studied at the University of Toronto and began his career as a financial analyst with RBC Capital Markets.
Inessa Gribanovskaia, CFA – Quantitative Analyst, Investments
Inessa contributes to the investment process through market surveillance, quantitative modeling and data analysis. Inessa has extensive experience in financial engineering, pricing, and valuation across numerous asset classes. Prior to joining Waterton, Inessa acted as a lead financial engineer for Algorithmics, a risk management software company. She has also held a fixed income quantitative analyst position with a broker/dealer in Chicago. Inessa holds a degree in Statistics from the University of Waterloo, a BBA Finance degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as the CFA designation.
Calum MacBeth – Analyst, Investments
Calum supports the investment team by researching global economic factors and asset-specific initiatives, creating financial models to help facilitate deal structuring and execution, and maintaining benchmarking tools relevant to Waterton’s investment analysis. Calum’s background is in statistical, economic, and financial modelling. Prior to joining Waterton, Calum was an analyst at the National Bank of Canada after holding associate roles at TD Securities and Scotiabank. Calum holds a Master of Financial Economics from the University of Toronto and a degree in Mathematics and Economics from Queen’s University.
Mark Hill, B.Eng. – Partner, Head of Mining
Mark is the head of the evaluations group and conducts asset evaluations and due diligence reviews by leading a multi-disciplined team through the diligence process. This process includes identification and evaluation of new investment opportunities, preliminary screening, technical due diligence, financial modeling, and industry benchmarking. Mark has 25 years’ experience in the mining industry, most recently with Barrick Gold as the Vice President of Evaluations and previously as the Vice President of Mining, Capital Projects. Prior to Barrick Gold, Mark held senior positions with BHP Billiton, AngloGold Ashanti, Placer Dome and WMC Ltd. Mark has a wide variety of international operations, project and construction based experience. Mark has a Bachelor in Mining Engineering (B.Eng.) and a Graduate Diploma in Mineral Economics.
Jack McMahon – Partner, Head of Mining Operations
Jack is responsible for leading, developing and managing Waterton Global’s operating teams. Jack has over 30 years’ experience leading high quality operational and project mining teams in North America, South America, Asia and Africa. He recently served as Chief Operating Officer of a Barrick Gold / Antofagasta Joint Venture (Tethyan Copper). Jack has a proven track record of successful operations and maintenance management on projects ranging from definition through to production.
Michael Woloschuk, P.Eng., B.Sc – Principal, Evaluations, Mineral Processing
Michael conducts asset evaluations and due diligence reviews by leading a multi-disciplined team through the diligence process. Michael is also responsible for process plant design, metallurgy and operational support. Mike joined Waterton Global in 2012 after working with Barrick Gold’s corporate evaluations group. Mike has 18 years’ experience in the mining industry, including senior roles in technology development, operations and engineering consulting. Michael has managed process and technical teams at all stages of the project cycle. He has held leadership roles with Hatch, Bateman Engineering and Aker Solutions. Michael is a member in good standing of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.
Jackie Wheeler, P.Eng – Principal, Evaluations, Mine Engineering
Jackie conducts asset evaluations and due diligence reviews by leading a multi-disciplined team through the diligence process. Jackie is involved in underground and open pit mine design, optimization and operational support. Jackie joined Waterton Global in 2013 after working with Barrick Gold’s corporate evaluations group. Prior to Barrick Gold, Jackie was the Senior Mine Engineer (Projects / Planning) at Teck’s Quebrada Blanca Mine in Chile. Jackie has also held a variety of operational, technical and supervisory roles in Canadian mining operations. Jackie holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining.
Heather White, P.Eng – Director, Evaluations
Heather provides technical support for Waterton Global’s evaluations and operations groups. Her area of expertise is in developing optimized mine plans, and operating and capital cost estimates for underground operations. Prior to joining Waterton Global, Heather worked for Barrick Gold as a Principal Mine Planning Engineer based in Perth, Australia. Heather also worked as a mining engineer at various Canadian operations including Hemlo (gold), Musselwhite (gold), Cigar Lake (uranium), and Inco (nickel). Heather holds a BASc, and P.Eng.
Chad Yuhasz, P.Geo., B.Sc – Director, Exploration & Resource Estimation
Chad has 11 years of industry experience, both domestic and international, focusing on resource estimation and advanced Geostatistics for precious and base metal deposits. Chad joined Waterton Global in 2013, after working 7 years with Teck Resources Ltd. While with Teck, Chad worked as a Senior Geostatistician in the Corporate Resource Evaluations Group, estimating resources for advanced projects, conducting annual due diligence reviews for operations, and participating in corporate development due diligence reviews. Chad worked the last 2 years on a secondment to Teck Chile, leading the Resource Estimation team for the Teck Quebrada Blanca Operation and Phase 2 project. Prior to Teck Resources, Chad worked in various roles from a production geologist to Chief Geologist for Claude Resource Inc. in Northern Saskatchewan. Chad holds a Bachelors of Science Major in Geology from the University of Regina, with a Citation in Applied Geostatistics from the University of Alberta, and is a member in good standing with Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC.
Nicos Pfeiffer, P.Geo – Manager, Geology & Resource Estimation
Nicos provides technical support for the evaluations and operations groups. His area of expertise is exploration and resource modeling. Prior to joining Waterton Global, Nicos worked for Barrick Gold at Hemlo Gold Mines where he conducted geostatistical reviews, resource and reserve estimation, geologic modeling and drill targeting. Nicos has also worked at Barrick Gold’s Ruby Hill and Bald Mountain Mines in Nevada and the Canadian Exploration Group based in Vancouver. Nicos holds an Honours B.Sc. in Earth Science from Carleton University with a Citation in Applied Geostatistics from the University of Alberta.
Tyler Hilkewich, B.Sc, M.Eng., P.Eng – Analyst, Mine Engineering
Tyler provides technical support for Waterton Global’s evaluations and operations groups. His area of expertise is in developing optimized pit shells, mine plans, and operating and capital cost estimates for open pit operations. Prior to joining Waterton Global, Tyler worked for Barrick Gold as the Mining Projects Coordinator based at Lumwana, Zambia. Tyler also worked as a mining engineer at the Ruby Hill mine in Nevada and at Barrick Gold’s corporate office in Toronto, Canada. Tyler holds a BA, B.Sc, P.Eng and M.Eng.
Jordan Lianza, B.Sc – Analyst, Evaluations
Jordan conducts mining analysis and provides analytical support to Waterton Global’s evaluations, operations and investment groups. Jordan’s responsibilities include life of mine financial modeling, benchmarking, and coordinating internal industry reports and presentations. Prior to joining Waterton Global, Jordan worked at Barrick Gold as an Evaluations Analyst for the Corporate Development group and as a Risk Analyst for the Capital Projects group. Jordan holds an Honors Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and is currently enrolled in the MBA program at Rotman School of Management in Toronto.
Richard Wells, CPA, CA – Partner, Chief Financial Officer
Richard is responsible for all financial aspects of Waterton Global’s corporate office and operating subsidiaries including accounting, reporting, taxation, investor relations and administrative matters. Richard serves as the Chair of Waterton Global’s Valuation Committee. He also provides financial oversight as a board member for Waterton Global’s various operating companies. Richard was previously a Manager of Financial Reporting at a Canadian automotive company, Magna International, Inc. He was awarded the Canadian Chartered Accountant designation (Ontario Honour Role) in 2002 while employed in the audit practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Sean Mullin – Chief of Staff
Working directly with the Chief Investment Officer, Sean supports Waterton Global’s senior management by coordinating activities across the firm’s departments and disciplines. In this role, Sean is involved with investor relations, financial reporting, investment due diligence, investment structuring, asset development and fund / portfolio strategy. Prior to joining Waterton Global, Sean held senior economic roles in Office of the Premier and the Office of the Minister of Finance in Ontario. Sean has an MBA from Oxford University, an MA (Economics) from McGill, and a B.Sc from the University of Toronto.
Andrea Treier, CPA, CA – Director, Financial Reporting
Andrea’s role includes responsibility for financial and investor reporting relating to Waterton Global’s portfolio as well as preparing and implementing appropriate accounting policies. Andrea also manages the preparation of the annual financial statements and directs the year end audit process. As a Chartered Professional Accountant, Andrea joined Waterton Global from the audit practice of KPMG Canada LLP. In her position as Manager in the Energy & Natural Resources group Andrea specialized in the mining industry and worked exclusively with both junior and global mining companies.
Chris Gotsis – Director, Finance
Chris provides accounting, reporting and administrative support to Waterton Global’s corporate office and operating subsidiaries. Chris is also responsible for treasury and commodity settlement functions for Waterton Global and its operating subsidiaries. Prior to joining Waterton Global, Chris worked as an independent financial consultant specializing in the implementation of accounting software for the junior mining sector. Chris previously worked for CIBC and State Street in accounting and reporting functions. In these positions, Chris was responsible for IIROC, MFDA and other regulatory reporting, financial reporting and fund valuation.
Kalman Schoor – Partner, Chief Strategist
Kalman is the Chief Strategist of the Investment Adviser and is involved with developing the strategic direction of the firm and implementing strategic decisions. In addition, Kalman assists with the general management of the Investment Adviser. Prior to joining the Investment Adviser, Kalman worked with Isser at HSBC’s Equity Structured Finance Group and has consistently worked with Isser on various projects since then.
Kamal Toor, LL.B, JD – Partner, General Counsel
Prior to joining Waterton Global, Kamal practiced law at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (Toronto, Canada) and Allen & Overy LLP (Singapore). In each of his prior roles, Kamal advised both Canadian and international clients on corporate finance, M&A and securities law matters. Kamal has received a B.Comm, an LL.B. and a J.D. and is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Laura Fernandez, LL.B – Director, Associate General Counsel
Laura conducts comprehensive due diligence analyses on prospective investments and investment counter-parties, and identifies legal issues and risks associated with Waterton Global’s potential transactions and investment structures. Laura assists in negotiating transaction terms, generating and drafting legal documents, and the legal oversight of asset management following execution. Prior to joining Waterton Global, Laura was a member of the mining and financial services groups at Heenan Blaikie LLP (Toronto, Canada), where she acted for financial institutions and junior and mid-size mining companies. Laura holds a B.A. and an LL.B from the University of Western Ontario and Ottawa University, respectively. She received a Certificate in Mining Law from Osgoode Hall and is a lawyer in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Aaron Wolochatiuk, J.D. – Associate General Counsel
Aaron conducts comprehensive due diligence analyses on prospective investments and assists in reviewing and generating legal documents. Prior to joining Waterton Global, Aaron articled at Heenan Blaikie LLP (Toronto, Canada). Aaron has competed in and been awarded numerous awards at international advocacy competitions, including the award for best written submission at a North American and European competition on the law of the World Trade Organization. Aaron holds a J.D. from Queen’s University, a Certificate in International Business Law from the Bader International Study Centre, and is a lawyer in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada.