David Tafel

CEO and Director

Mr. Tafel holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and contributes over 20 years of corporate structuring, strategic planning, financing and management experience to the Company. He is currently CEO of Centurion Minerals Ltd., an agri-gypsum fertilizer company with operations in Argentina. He has been an officer and director of a number of publicly listed companies. He co-founded MBMI Resources Inc., which became a nickel producer in the Philippines (reaching a market capitalization of $400 million). He lead the spin out of Garson Gold Corp (from MBMI) and as CEO went on to acquire the New Britannia gold mine in Manitoba from Kinross/High River. Garson was subsequently bought out by a Toronto based mining company for over $35 million. Prior to his public company experience, Mr. Tafel managed private investment funds at the largest independent Canadian securities firm.

Kenneth Cawkell


Mr. Cawkell is a member of the British Columbia Bar Association, and, in 1987, he co-founded the law firm Cawkell Brodie LLP, where he remains as Managing Partner. For over 25 years, he has been involved in technology and mining industries within public, private and venture capital markets; successfully fulfilling the roles as a professional advisor and as a principal / investor. In his professional capacity, he has focused on intellectual property, technology transfer, financial and transaction structuring, and securities law.

Stephen Wilkinson


Mr. Wilkinson was the Vancouver-based mining analyst for RBC Dominion Securities Inc. in the mid to late 1990's. From 1999 to 2002, he was President, CEO and a director of Northern Orion Explorations Ltd. He is currently the CEO of Blue Star Gold Corp. Mr. Wilkinson has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario (Geology, 1976), a Master of Science from Carleton University in Ottawa (Geology, 1983) and an MBA degree from Clarkson University in New York (1995).

Jeremy Wright, CPA, CMA

Chief Financial Officer and Secretary

Mr. Wright brings over 20 years’ experience to Portofino Resources as President and CEO of Seatrend Strategy Group. He currently serves as a Director of AmWolf Corp., Freeform Capital Corp., Centurion Minerals Ltd., Demetra Minerals Ltd., and Good Ventures Community Contribution Corp.; and previously served as a Director with Pacific Community Resources Society, Budly Software Inc., PreveCeutical Medical Inc., and the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association. Additional to Portofino, Mr. Wright currently serves as the CFO for several public and private companies including: AmWolf Capital Corp., Freeform Capital Corp., and Centurion Minerals Ltd., and previously served as the CFO for GTEC Cannabis Co. (ending AUG-2019) and Demetra Minerals Ltd.

Prior to Seatrend, Mr. Wright spent 6 years in a senior role at Deloitte LLP. He has broad experience working with senior management developing strategies and solutions to business issues mainly related to corporate finance, cost and risk management, and governance focused on clients in the mining, technology, and regulated marijuana sectors. He has been interviewed by Global Business Reports for their report "Territories Mining and Exploration 2012"; and authored “Extracting Value – Yukon Mining 2011” for the Yukon Chamber of Mines.

Mr. Wright is a Chartered Professional Accountant (Certified Management Accountant). He has extensive negotiation training, including the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School programs: “Advanced Negotiation Skills” and “Strategies, Skills and Tactics of Negotiation”. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts, with honours in Environmental Economics from Brock University.

Sebastian Cattaneo, B. Eng.

Country Manager, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sebastian is responsible for tactical delivery of the Argentine operations, including community relations, vendor management, and local administration. Sebastian has over 15 years of experience in the oil & gas and mining industries along with a degree in environmental engineering from the University of Buenos Aires. Having lived in Vancouver for over ten years Sebastian relocated back to Argentina in 2010 to be the Country Manager for junior mining company specializing in fertilizers where he managed the start up of the company. As an Argentine/Canadian Sebastian has a unique understanding of both Argentine and Canadian business practices allowing him to bridge professional and cultural gaps effectively.

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