Our Team

WARREN NEWFIELD - Founder, Chairman & CEO, Tau Capital; Founder, Talon Metals Corp.; Founder, True Blue 

  • In 1997, founded Platexco Inc., a platinum exploration company fold for C$191mm to Impala in 2000
  • In 2001, founded AfriOre Ltd., a platinum exploration company sold for C$496mm to Lonmin in 2007
  • In 2005, founded CIC Energy Corp., a coal exploration company sold for C$116mm to Jindal in 2012
  • Named by MiningMX as one of the 100 most influential people in southern Africa's mining industry in 2008

HENRI VAN ROOYEN - Partner, Tau Capital; CEO, Talon Metals Corp.

  • Manages day-to-day operations and new project evaluation and investment process
  • Founded the largest silica mine in South Africa, which was sold to a South African mining group
  • Created one of South Africa's largest offshore diamond exploration projects, which was sold to a private Swiss group
  • Chartered Accountant

SEAN WERGER - Partner, Tau Capital; President, Talon Metals Corp.; Principal, True Blue 

  • Manages project-related negotiations and M&A activity, as well as legal and compliance matters
  • Previously a lawyer with Lax O'Sullivan Scott LLP, a commercial litigation firm based in Toronto, Canada
  • LL.B/MBA

MIKE SHAW - VP Exploration, Tau Capital; VP Exploration, Talon Metals Corp.

  • Exploration Geologist with over 25 years experience
  • Manages the identification, selection, review and assessment of all new projects
  • Previously spent 10 years as a geological consultant with Geo-Consult International (Pty) Ltd
  • Previously spent 10 years as an exploration geologist for JCI Limited

DR. ETIENNE DINEL - Senior Geologist, Tau Capital; VP Geology, Talon Metals Corp.

  • Structural Geologist with over 15 years experience
  • Evaluates prospective projects from a geological, technical and scientific perspective, and utilizes a vast network of academic collaborators to provide insight into whether a project has technical merit
  • Previously spent 3 years in academia as a Term Lecturer in Structural Geology and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Tectonic of Archean Terrane at the University of Toronto (Canada)
  • Ph.D. in Economic Geology

VINCE CONTE - VP Financial Evaluation, Tau Capital; CFO, Talon Metals Corp.; CFO, True Blue

  • Chartered Accountant, Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Business Valuator with over 12 years experience
  • Works with internal and external geological, mining, metallurgical and infrastructure experts to formulate in-house financial models
  • Previously a Senior Manager with Deloitte & Touche LLP, practicing in the Financial Advisory Group and advising numerous mining companies and investors in the areas of valuations, M & A, and due diligence investigations

MIKE KICIS - VP Corporate Development and Legal Affairs, Tau Capital; Managing Director, True Blue

  • Commercial lawyer with over 10 years experience
  • Oversees all legal, compliance and regulatory matters
  • Previously a senior associate with Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP in London, UK and Calgary, Canada
  • LL.B/HBA