Director and Board Chairman
Mr. Himmel has over 30 years of corporate and finance experience in the Canadian markets, having worked as an executive and director of public companies, and corporate finance, institutional sales and research professional for notable Canadian and US financial institutions, including Deloitte, TD Securities and Merrill Lynch Canada. His experience also includes the completion of significant financial transactions and commercial partnerships internationally as well as the oversight and development of management teams and boards. Mr. Himmel holds Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) and Bachelor of Arts (Business and Finance) degrees, both from the University of Toronto. Mr. Himmel received the Chartered Accountant designation in 1981.
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Torres has over 15 years of experience in the Latin American market, including infrastructure projects and project finance, management strategy, team development, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Torres was previously head of business development for SNC-Lavalin, Colombia, and was instrumental in growing the company from two people to more than 2,000 people in Colombia over the course of three years. Mr. Torres has overseen the development of projects totaling over $1 billion in capital expenditure, including the development and construction of Colombia’s tallest skyscraper. Mr. Torres holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Masters of Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Georgetown University.
Mr. Monaghan has over 25 years of experience as an advisor, founder and board member with investment banks, merchant banks and public companies. Mr. Monaghan has served in senior executive roles with British and Canadian investment and advisory firms. Over the course of his career, he has completed billions of dollars of transactions for growth companies internationally. In the last five years, Mr. Monaghan has served as Managing Director of Dalvay Capital Corp., an investment and advisory firm focused on Latin American growth opportunities.
Mr. Yañez has over 15 years of commercial and legal experience in Colombia and internationally. In the last five years, Mr. Yañez has served as Legal Manager of Pacific Exploration and Production, the largest independent oil company in Colombia and as Partner of his law firm Yañez & Associates. Upon engagement with the Resulting Issuer, Mr. Yañez will execute standard non-competition and non-disclosure agreements. Mr. Yañez has a law degree from Universidad del Rosario and an LL.M in corporate law from Instituto de Empresa.
Mike Beck is the founder and Managing Director of Regent Advisors LLC, a corporate finance advisory and investment firm. He has advised on equity and debt financings for private and public companies in the natural resources sector, including Signet Petroleum Limited, West African Minerals Corporation, Polo Resources Limited, Direct Petroleum Exploration Inc., Titanium Resources Group, Copper Development Corporation, UraMin Inc., Diamond Fields International Ltd., Weda Bay Minerals Inc., Regent Pacific Group Limited and CCEC Ltd.
Mr. Beck was a Managing Director at N M Rothschild & Sons with responsibility for the firm’s mining, oil and gas advisory and investment activities. Prior thereto, Mr. Beck was the founder and President of Librion Group Inc., a corporate finance boutique. He also was with the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group, where he oversaw the structuring and financing of a large number of natural resource projects in Africa. Mr. Beck has also been a founder or co-founder of a number of companies listed on the Canadian, Australian and London stock exchanges. He has an M.S. in Engineering from Princeton University and a B.S. (High Honors) in Engineering from Rutgers University.
From December 2000 to November 2006, Mr. Fox was the 55th President of Mexico. Prior to his presidency, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Coca Cola Latin America. Mr. Fox is the Founder of Centro Fox, a non-profit foundation dedicated to serving communities in Mexico and Latin America. Through his various business and community interests, Mr. Fox has been highly vocal and is a well-respected advocate for the legalization of medical cannabis throughout the Latin American region. He currently serves on the board of directors of a US based cannabis publication advocating for cannabis legalization.
Livia M. Maduri
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Ms. Maduri brings a broad range of legal experience gained in private practice and in-house at a multinational life sciences company. Prior to joining Khiron, Ms. Maduri was the Director of Legal Services at Patheon Inc., part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, and previously, an Associate at Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP (now Gowling WLG) in Toronto. In addition, Ms. Maduri brings over ten years’ experience in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance roles at several multinational pharmaceutical companies in Canada. Ms. Maduri obtained her B.Sc. (Pharmacology Specialist) degree from the University of Toronto, and her LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School. Ms. Maduri was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2007.