President & Chief Executive Officer
Anthony Julien is an accomplished executive with Australian and international experience focused on start-up and growth organisations. Since 2013, Anthony has concentrated exclusively on the mining industry having roles as Chairman of Oregon Resources Corp, CEO of Cancana Resources Corp (TSXV: CNY) and currently CEO of Meridian Mining. His dynamic leadership style enables him to excel in demanding environments with a focus on building sustainable businesses. As CEO of Meridian he has successfully navigated the complexities of foreign ownership and through a pragmatic and focused approach built a team that has developed, grown and scaled Meridian’s exploration and production opportunities in Brazil.
Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary
Jonathan Richards brings over a decade of resource-focused accounting and auditing experience to his role as CFO. He has accumulated extensive experience with TSX and Venture-listed companies, as well as numerous private companies all over the world. Jonathan holds a bachelor’s degree in management studies with first-class honours from the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia.
Chief Marketing Officer
Jason Ollivier has a bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology from Charles Sturt University, and has held senior positions in marketing, corporate communications and television. Before joining Meridian, he consulted for a select group of Australian companies, developing marketing and sales strategies targeting local and international markets.
Chief Operating Officer
Carlos Braga has held a number of senior positions in the Brazilian mining and fertiliser industries, specialising in strategic planning and implementation. Formerly a senior associate at AT Kearney, he moved to MBAC Fertiliser in 2009. As VP of Operations, he also managed new business development and coordinated the implementation of new policies and procedures as part of the process of listing the company on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Carlos earned a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from Sao Paulo University and a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University NY.
Vice President Business Development
Mike Bennett has been sought after to manage numerous exploration projects across South America. He has worked as a Chief Geologist and Country Manager and in 2008 was responsible for overseeing mining and exploration projects with more than 100 employees in Brazil and Mexico for ECI. Mike has also held senior local government appointments in South America including as mayor of Porongo, Bolivia, President of the Municipal Association, Bolivia, and President of the Chamber of Mines in Santa Cruz. With more than 30 years of mining experience, he brings a wealth of practical experience and a deep understanding of South American culture.
Chief Geologist, Qualified Person
Adrian has over 20 years of experience in exploration, resource delineation and project generation roles for industrial minerals, gold and base metals. He currently leads a team of 13 geologists in a multi-commodity exploration program for Meridian which has confirmed a new style of hydrothermal manganese mineralization and identified a number of emerging gold and tin targets. Adrian holds a B.S.c. Hons, PhD from Monash is a fellow of AusIMM and is the qualified person for Meridian.
Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Barry Bolitho holds qualifications in both metallurgy and chemistry and has over 30 years of experience in the minerals industry. Over the last 15 years, he has held a number of executive management positions in the resource sector including board positions with both producing and exploration-stage companies. Barry has experience developing Feasibility Studies and project evaluations. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
President, CEO and Director
Mr. Julien is Chairman of Rio Madeira, CEO of Oregon Resource Corporation and President of Meridian Mining. He has started and sold various companies over the past 30 years; he sold his mobility software company to Epicor in 2009. In 2011, he joined SAP and focused on providing software solutions to major accounts in energy, mining and retail. Mr. Julien attended the University of New South Wales where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce – Economics and Japanese Studies.
Doug has more than 30 years of experience in both corporate finance and junior mining. He was previously the CFO of a Brazilian junior gold mining company overseeing operations and a debt-restructuring process as part of a new management team. Doug has Brazilian and Canadian citizenship and holds a Masters of Business Administration with a major in finance from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University and a Bachelor of Arts (History) from the University of British Columbia.
Peter Weidmann has over a decade of private equity experience as a fund investor and in direct co-investments, including several years with Macquarie Bank. He started his career at KPMG and Deutsche Bank, more recently having been an Investment Director with BTV Group in Munich. Peter is currently a Director with The Sentient Group. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and an M.S. in Finance and Computer Science from the University of Mannheim in Germany.
Alister Hume, an investment manager with the Sentient Fund and based in London, UK, was appointed as a non-executive director to the Meridian Board in August 2017. Mr. Hume established the Sentient UK office in 2013 to manage a number of mining investments within the Sentient portfolio. Prior to joining Sentient Mr. Hume worked at RBS Morgan’s in an Investment Advisor role with a focus on metals and mining. Mr. Hume holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Sydney.