Chief Executive Officer, Corporate Secretary and Director
Marshall Farris is the founder, President and a registered dealing representative of Ascenta Finance Corp. He has over 25 years of experience assisting public and private companies with corporate operations, capital development, corporate communications and regulatory compliance activities. As the President of Ascenta Finance Corp., Mr. Farris has participated in raising over $125 million in capital financing for public and private companies. Mr. Farris has completed the Investment Funds Institute of Canada's Exempt Market Products Course.
Mr. Farris has held management positions in various public and private corporations over the course of his career.
Additionally, Mr. Farris is a co-founder of the Ascenta Foundation, a 100% volunteer-run charity that provides urgent medical, dental, optometric and surgical services to medically underserved communities around the world. Marshall is also involved in various British Columbia based private businesses including property development in Fort St. John and food & beverage development and management focused on the South Okanagan wine region.
President and Director
David Thornley-Hall is a senior executive with 25 years of diversified experience in the mineral exploration, mining and finance industries. Previously David spent 8 years with Western Potash Corp., most recently as Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary. He was a leading member of the Commercial Team at Western Potash Corp., responsible for securing over $110 Million in strategic equity investment in two separate transactions, initially with a Chinese State Owned Enterprise and subsequently with a Chinese Private Equity firm. Before entering the mining industry, David worked in the Canadian dollar bond market beginning as a broker on Bay Street and rising to the position of Managing Director of the Canadian business at Exco Shorcan in London England.
Chief Financial Officer
Tracy Mabone is the Chief Compliance Officer of Ascenta Finance Corp. and has over 20 years of experience in the legal and financial industries. She ensures that Ascenta Finance meets all compliance regulations and is the key contact for investors and facilitates the closing of financings for the firm.
Tracy completed the Investment Funds Institute of Canada's Exempt Market Products Course and Officers', Partners' & Directors' Course in November, 2011 and is a member of the Private Capital Markets Association's Fintech and Innovation Committee.
Alistair Waddell is an exploration Geologist with 23 years of international experience in the mining industry. His diverse global experience bridges both junior and major companies giving him a broad vision of the mining industry.
Mr. Waddell is one of the founders and former President and CEO of GoldQuest Mining Corp. a junior exploration company focused on the Dominican Republic. Alistair was formally Vice President - Greenfields Exploration for Kinross Gold Corp. responsible for global Greenfields exploration.
During his career he has lived and worked in the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Venezuela, Australia and Canada. He has a Degree in Geology and is a member of both the Society of Economic Geologists and the Australian Institute of Metallurgy and Mining.
Ian Graham is a mining professional with over 28 years of experience in the technical characterization and financing of mineral deposit exploration and development. Mr. Graham’s 20 years with the major mining companies Anglo American and Rio Tinto has been followed by experience in founding and financing public companies in the minerals sector. In his roles with both the major and junior companies, Ian has been involved with exploration for mineral deposits, from targeting through discovery and the delineation to feasibility of projects. He has experience with the modeling of project economics (DCF) and the structuring of project and company financing. Ian’s project roles have taken him to southern Africa, Canada, the US, India, Russia and Latin America; as Chief Geologist with the Project Generation Group at Rio Tinto his focus was of a global nature. Ian’s corporate roles have involved establishing Canadian companies with projects active in Canada, the US, Colombia and Peru: these companies have completed financing in the Americas, Europe and China. Mr. Graham’s mine and advanced projects include the Diavik Diamond Mine (Northwest Territories, Canada), Resolution Copper (Arizona, USA), Eagle Nickel Mine (Michigan, USA), Lakeview Nickel (Minnesota, USA), Bunder Diamonds (India) and the Milestone Potash Project in SK, Canada. Mr. Graham was one of the founding directors of Ultra Power Systems, a vanadium redox battery company based in Australia.
Whilst involved with the Milestone Project, owned by Western Potash Corp., Mr. Graham and David Thornley-Hall, President and Director of the Company, worked closely on negotiations with financiers and major public and SOE mining companies to attract financing for resource, feasibility and project development work.
Mr. Graham graduated from the University of Natal (now Kwa-Zulu Natal) in Durban, South Africa with a B.Sc. in Geology and Applied Geology (1984) and B.Sc. (Hons) in Geology (1985). He previously chaired the Mineral Deposit Research Unit at UBC.