A management team and Board of Directors with extensive experience in the metals and mining industry, and networks across all aspects of the industry. This ensures a deep understanding of our mining partners’ objectives, as evidenced by our rapid growth and ability to access bilateral deal flow since our inception.
Director (Independent) and Chair
Ms. Whittaker is a seasoned capital markets lawyer with more than 30 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance. She is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, as well as a member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and the Audit Committee at Detour Gold and has been since December 2018. Prior to her retirement in 2018, she was a senior partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, a global law firm, where she was the national leader of the firm’s Mining and Commodities Team in Canada from 2012 to 2015 and a member of the firm’s Canadian partnership committee (board) from 2014 to 2017. Ms. Whittaker also previously served on the Continuous Disclosure Advisory Committee of the Ontario Securities Commission. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) and an LL.B. from Queen’s University.
Founder, Director and Chief Executive Officer
Shaun is an international mining executive with 25 years of experience working around the globe in operational, financial and executive leadership roles in some of the world’s largest and fastest growing mining companies. Prior to founding Triple Flag, Mr. Usmar served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Barrick Gold Corporation, from 2014 to 2016, where he helped restructure the company. He joined Xstrata in 2006 as an early senior executive member of the management team that grew the company into one of the world’s largest diversified miners at the time of its acquisition by Glencore in 2013. While at Xstrata his roles included General Manager of Business Development in London, CFO of Xstrata’s global Ferro-Alloys business in South Africa, and CFO of Xstrata’s global Nickel business in Canada. Prior to Xstrata, Mr. Usmar worked at BHP Billiton in Corporate Finance in London, and started his career in mining in operations in the steel and aluminum industries as a production engineer. Mr. Usmar is a member of the Board of Directors of Peabody Energy Corporation and a director of Make-A-Wish Canada.
He holds a BSc Eng in Metallurgy and Materials from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, both with distinction.
Ms. Allen serves as Audit Committee Chair on the boards of Richards Packaging Income Trust and EcoSynthetix, Inc. She also serves as Audit Committee Chair and is the former Compensation Committee Chair II for BrandAlliance Inc., a private North American promotional marketing company. Ms. Allen has over 10 years’ experience with executive roles held in various not for profit entities, and was the first woman elected to the Global Board of PricewaterhouseCoopers where she served a 4-year term, in addition to her elected position on the Board of PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada, serving an 8-year term. With both the WXN ‘Diversity 50’ Champion distinction and the ICD.D designation, Ms. Allen has also served on numerous board committees. As a former PwC Assurance partner with 34 years’ experience, she has worked with clients and member firms of PwC in Canada, the US, Europe and Asia, and across many industries. She has advised companies on valuations, acquisitions, carve-outs, going public and internal control systems. As a member of PwC’s Global Steering Committee for its Global Code of Conduct, she advised on a refresh of its content, training materials and website. Ms. Allen is a graduate of the University of Toronto, with a Bachelor of Arts degree and holds both her US CPA and Canadian FCPA (FCA) designations.
Mr. Baker was Executive Chairman of Golden Star Resources Ltd. from January 1, 2013 and his title was amended to non-Executive Chairman on November 1, 2013. He served as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Kinross Gold Corporation from June 2006 to November 2010. Mr. Baker has substantial experience in operating mines and projects, including projects in Chile, the United States, Africa and the Dominican Republic. Mr. Baker currently serves as an independent director of Antofagasta plc and Sherritt International Corporation and previously served as an independent director of Aurelian Resources Inc. from September 2008 to October 2010, Augusta Resources Corporation from September 2008 to September 2014, Underworld Resources Inc. from May 2010 to January 2011, Eldorado Gold Corporation from May 2011 to December 2012, Pacific Rim Mining Corp. from March 2012 to November 2013, Rye Patch Gold Corp. from December 2016 to May 2018 and Alio Gold Inc. from May 2019 to June 2019. He holds a Bachelor of Science in geology from Edinburgh University.
Mr. Cicirelli is a Portfolio Manager and US Head of Insurance at Elliott Management Corporation, a NY-based investment firm, which he joined in 2005. Previously he worked at TH Lee Putnam Ventures, a private equity fund, and at J.P. Morgan & Company. Mr. Cicirelli graduated from Dartmouth with a Bachelor of Arts in government and economics, and from Harvard with a Master of Business Administration. Mr. Cicirelli is Chairman of the Prosperity Life Insurance Group and also serves on the board of Aeolus Capital Management and the New York Board of the non-profit All Stars Project. Mr. Cicirelli is a former Trustee of the West Side Montessori School in New York.
Sir Michael has extensive capital markets and corporate transaction experience. He is currently Chairman of Macsteel International, a leading commodity trading company, as well as a Director of Dangote Cement Plc., Africa’s leading cement producer. From 2001 until its merger with Glencore in 2013, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Xstrata, one of the world’s largest global diversified mining and metal companies. Prior to joining Xstrata he was Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Billiton plc. He participated in the creation of the Ingwe Coal Corporation in South Africa, the listing of Billiton on the London Stock Exchange, the merger of BHP and Billiton into the largest diversified mining company in the world and the successful merger of Xstrata and Glencore.
Mr. O’Hagan’s career spans over 30 years of leadership in commodities sales and trading as well as natural resource investing and operating businesses.
Mr. O’Hagan built his career (1991 to 2013) at Goldman Sachs where he was a Partner leading the Global Commodities sales/trading and investing businesses. His range of activities included client execution, financing, and investing in operating businesses across energy, metals, agriculture and investor products. Between 2008 and 2010, Mr. O’Hagan served a special assignment when the firm became a Federal Reserve regulated bank holding company as the founding CEO of Goldman Sachs’ commercial bank, GS Bank USA.
More recently, Mr. O’Hagan was a Managing Director at The Carlyle Group (2016 to 2019), a global investment firm where he focused on industrial and commodity-related investments within the Equity Opportunity Fund. Immediately prior to joining Carlyle, he was an operating advisor at KKR & Co. in the Energy and Real Assets group. From 2015 to 2017, Mr. O’Hagan was a board member of NYSE listed Stillwater Mining until its sale to Sibanye Gold.
He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Trinity College (BA) and holds an MA from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He serves on the advisory board of Johns Hopkins SAIS and is a board member of World Bicycle Relief, a social enterprise operating in sub-Saharan Africa.