Mr. Bonifacio was the Co-Founder and Director of American Bonanza Gold Corp. (now Kerr Mines) from 2002 – 2012 during the initial development and advancement of the Copperstone Project into a high grade underground mining opportunity. Recently 2019 stepped back in as CEO and Director of Kerr Mines, The mine is fully permitted with significant mining infrastructure, mineral resources and processing infrastructure in place.
Mr. Bonifacio was the Founder, President and Director of Nevada Copper since its inception in 2005 until his retirement in February 2018. Over the 13-year period, he led and directed efforts at every stage of the Company’s efforts which included resource expansion, feasibility studies and the successful permitting of both the underground and open pit deposits at the Company’s Pumpkin Hollow project located in Nevada. Additionally, Mr. Bonifacio led efforts toward the completion of production-sized headframe, hoist and 1,900-foot-deep, 24-foot diameter concreted lined production sized shaft, all of which will lead to a shortened construction period at Pumpkin Hollow. Mr. Bonifacio was also integral to Nevada Copper attaining a significant refinancing package in December 2017, which now currently positions the Pumpkin Hollow project to progress into commercial production by early 2020.
Currently Chairman and Director of CopperBank and Independent Director of Candente Copper Corp.
Over his 30 years of experience in senior executive roles in the mining industry, Bonifacio has raised directly over $700 million in capital through equity and project debt financings for projects of merit as well as being involved in corporate transactions aggregating in excess of US$1 billion.
Mr. Bonifacio is a Chartered Professional Accountant with extensive experience and knowledge of operations, capital markets, project finance, mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Bonifacio has held previous senior executive roles with Getty Resources Limited, TOTAL Energold Corp., an energy and gold producer and Vengold Inc., gold producer prior to founding American Bonanza and Nevada Copper.