James M. Bannantine, PE, MBA
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Bannantine was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Great Panther Silver in August 2017 and is a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Bannantine is responsible for the development of the Company’s strategic direction as well as for its day to day operations. Mr. Bannantine has more than 20 years' experience in senior management level roles in both private and public companies spanning several industries.
Before joining Great Panther Silver, Mr. Bannantine served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Aura Minerals Inc. and was the co-founder and Managing Partner of Atlantic Capital Group. Prior to Atlantic Capital Group, Mr. Bannantine had served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Broadwing Corporation and held several positions over ten years at Enron Corporation culminating as CEO of Enron South America.
Mr. Bannantine holds a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science, mechanical engineering concentration, from West Point. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and has served 12 years in the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Jim Zadra, CPA, CA, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Zadra joined Great Panther in September 2011 and has responsibility for corporate finance, including financial reporting, planning & forecasting, taxation, and treasury. Mr. Zadra is a Chartered Accountant and has over 15 years of experience in senior corporate finance roles with significant experience in the areas of financial reporting, taxation, strategic planning, capital markets, M&A and corporate governance.
Prior to joining Great Panther, Mr. Zadra served over three years as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of DDS Wireless International Inc. (DD: TSX). Prior to DDS he was Vice President of Finance, North America, at Sophos, (2003-2008) a leading global information technology security company with a offices in 19 countries. Mr. Zadra has also held senior roles at ActiveState Corporation, Canaccord Capital and Deloitte, and has served as a director for several venture stage public companies.
Mr. Zadra holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Queen's University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of British Columbia.
Ali Soltani MS
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Ali Soltani was appointed Chief Operating Officer in September 2014 and has responsibility for overseeing Great Panther's operations.
Mr. Soltani has more than 30 years of mining experience in precious metals and copper operations. Prior to joining Great Panther, and during his tenure with Newmont Mining and Phelps Dodge, Mr. Soltani served in numerous senior operating and technical leadership roles, including planning and engineering, management of unit operations and mine sites, project evaluations, and mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Soltani holds a master's degree in Mining Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Brian Peer, B.A.Sc.
Vice President Operations, Mexico
Mr. Peer was appointed Vice President of Operations, Mexico in August 2017 and has more than 30 years of mining experience including 19 years in senior management. Most recently, he was General Manager with Red Eagle Mining in Colombia, responsible for implementing new narrow vein mining methods. Previously, Mr. Peer held the position of Country Manager, Mexico for Alamos Gold, where he was responsible for the safe and efficient operation of two mines and the development of two additional underground mines. Mr. Peer also worked for Coeur Mining and for ten years at Barrick Gold. He is a graduate from the University of Texas El Paso with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and is fluent in Spanish.
Samuel Mah, P.Eng., M.A.Sc.
Vice President Corporate Development
Mr. Mah joined Great Panther Silver in April 2017 as Vice President Corporate Development with the responsibility of identifying and evaluating acquisition opportunities to meet Great Panther Silver’s growth objectives.
Mr. Mah has more than 20 years’ experience in the mining industry and was most recently employed at Silver Wheaton Corp. as Senior Director Project Evaluations where he was a key player in conducting the technical appraisal and due diligence reviews for their streaming deals. During his tenure of more than eight years, he evaluated over 300 projects and mines spread across 43 countries. Prior to Silver Wheaton Corp., he held engineering roles with AMEC Americas (Metals and Mining), SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc., Goldcorp Inc. and Placer Dome Inc. (now Barrick Gold Corporation).
Mr. Mah is a Registered Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mining and Mineral Process Engineering, and a Master of Applied Science degree, both from the University of British Columbia.
Matthew Wunder, P. Geo.
Vice President Exploration
Mr. Wunder was appointed Vice President Exploration in May 2017 and is responsible for overseeing all exploration activities undertaken by Great Panther Silver as well as playing a key role in the evaluation of M&A opportunities.
Mr. Wunder is a Professional Geologist and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Western University in London, Ontario. He has 30 years of experience in the mining industry, including 15 years with a major producer and over 10 years as a senior executive for several junior companies. He has successfully led multiple discoveries throughout the Americas and was recognized and honored as co-recipient of the Colin Spence award for Excellence in Global Mineral Exploration (AME-BC, 2010).