The Forbes & Manhattan Team

Meet the F&M Team

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Daniyal Baizak

Capital Markets

As Vice President of Corporate Development for African Gold Group (AGG), Daniyal is a seasoned professional with considerable experience providing financial and strategic advice on mergers and acquisitions and managing multiple projects for a variety of private and public companies. At AGG, Daniyal focuses on seeking attractive growth opportunities for the company.  As a seasoned investment professional with experience, knowledge and connections in the Central Asian and Russian markets, Daniyal plays a key role in navigating and finding new investment opportunities in frontier and emerging markets for F&M.

Danny Callow


Throughout his 25 year career, Danny Callow has overseen some of the largest investments and operations in African mining. In 2007, he constructed the Mutanda Mine in the DRC which he grew to the most profitable mine in the Corporate Group, the largest copper mine in Africa and largest cobalt mine in the world at the time. He followed this up by constructing 5 new vertical shafts at a Zambian copper mine--the most shafts ever sunk in Africa in one go and delivered these within time and budget. This investment in shafts and a new concentrator will provide this 80-year-old operation with a new low-cost lease of life for the next 30 years. From 2015 onwards, Mr. Callow has overseen the turnaround of a floundering copper/cobalt operation in Katanga Province in the DRC, overseeing the construction of the largest copper and cobalt mine in Africa and the most advanced processing plant in operation in Africa, on time and within budget. For the past 5 years, Danny has managed operations producing more than 400,000t of copper and 35,000t of cobalt in very challenging environments. He has been involved in the building of large scale mines for low capital and operating cost, overseeing more than $2 billion in delivered capital projects. Danny has built experienced expert and professional teams across Africa, in some of the toughest working environments and has access to these teams for future projects.

David Gower


David Gower has over 20 years of experience in exploration with Falconbridge, (now Xstrata / Glencore), most recently as Director of Global Nickel and PGM exploration. Mr. Gower was a member of the Senior Operating Team for mining projects with Falconbridge. He has led exploration teams that made brownfield discoveries at Raglan and Sudbury, Matagami, Falcondo, and greenfield discoveries at Araguaia in Brazil, Kabanga in Tanzania and Amazonas, Brazil. He has held executive and directorship positions with several junior and midsize mining companies for the past 10 years.

Deborah Battiston


Deborah Battiston is a CPA-CGA, she obtained her BA in Economics from the University of Guelph and holds an ICD.D from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Deborah has an extensive background with over 25 years of financial management, including public companies, mergers and acquisitions, tax, and financing. She also has extensive experience with fast-paced growth companies and infrastructure creation having managed the financial teams for many successful, international and domestic companies across multiple sectors, including but not limited to mining, technology and cannabis.

Dr. Andreas Rompel


Dr. Andreas Rompel has over 30 years of exploration and mining experience in a wide range of roles, including VP of Exploration, Country Manager and President & CEO. Dr. Rompel has worked in a variety of commodities, including most precious, base and energy metals. Previously, Dr. Rompel worked for Anglo American and Hochschild Mining in Africa and Latin America. He is often sought out as a keynote speaker on the subject of exploration and mining technology. Dr. Rompel brings to the Forbes & Manhattan Group an expert ability to assess new projects, high-level project organizational and multi-lingual skills. 

Fred Leigh

Capital Markets

Fred has played a key founding and executive role in the junior resources sector for nearly four decades, and has founded, director and invested in many public companies. He plays a critical role at F&M in assisting CEOs and CFOs in funding, market support and business advice.

Helio Diniz


Helio Diniz has over 39 years of experience in the mining industry. Throughout his career, he has set up numerous companies to identify, explore and develop mining and mineral opportunities in Brazil. Among many others, Mr. Diniz was responsible for the incorporation of Potassio do Brasil, Phosphates and Aguia Metais, both resulting in new discoveries of potash and phosphate deposits in the Amazon Basin region and in the Rio Grande do Sul State. He has also headed up the Brazilian team developing Belo Sun Mining gold project in the Para State and a 2-billion-barrel oil shale resource, Irati Petroleo e Energia Ltda. Mr. Diniz served as Managing Director for Xstrata Brasil. In this role, he was a primary discoverer of the world-class Araguaia Nickel Deposit. He also assembled one of the most impressive property portfolios in the prolific Carajas Mineral District. Prior to this, Mr. Diniz worked with GENCOR South Africa and was involved in the evaluation and development of the Sao Bento gold mine in Brazil, acquired by Eldorado Gold Corp.

Jed Richardson

Capital Markets

As President & CEO of Trigon Metals, Jed Richardson has led a two-decade career in mine finance and resource development, bringing invaluable executive management experience to Forbes & Manhattan. Mr. Richardson is a former research analyst for Sprott Securities and RBC Capital Markets who transitioned to the sell-side as VP Corporate Development of Amazon Mining, developing resource assets in Brazil. As CEO of Great Quest, he has successfully navigated the politics and logistical particularities of West Africa, leading the development of a fertilizer resource active in Mali. He also worked as a Mining Engineer for Alcan Aluminum in Jamaica after graduating from the University of Toronto with a B.A.Sc in Mineral and Geological Engineering.

Mark Eaton

Capital Markets

Mark Eaton is an investment professional with over 20 years of experience in equity capital markets, specializing in the resource sector, as well as +10 years serving as management and/or board member to several public mining companies. Mr. Eaton was formerly a Managing Director of Global Mining Sales, a division of CIBC World Markets of Toronto, and Manager of US Equity Sales for CIBC World Markets. He also acted as  Partner and Director of Loewen Ondaatje McCutcheon Ltd., a Toronto-based investment dealer, which he held from January 2007 until he joined the Board of UEX Corporation in March 2008. Most recently, he acted as President and CEO of Belo Sun Mining (formerly Verena Minerals), from 2010 until 2014.

Matt Simpson

Capital Markets

Prior to joining F&M, Matt worked for the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC), a subsidiary of Rio Tinto. Within this profession, he held several senior management roles including Mine General Manager making him accountable for over 650 people. Prior to joining IOC, Matt was a process engineer for Hatch, designing and constructing metallurgical refineries globally. Since 2010, Matt has personally raised $127M, been a key member of teams that raised a further $450M and successfully obtained binding commitments for bids to acquire two assets totalling $4.1B. Matt is part of the F&M Executive team involved in the selection, deal negotiation and diligence of new companies brought into the group. 

Orlando Bustos

Capital Markets

Prior to joining Forbes & Manhattan, Orlando Bustos worked in Deloitte’s Mergers & Acquisitions group providing M&A, financial and strategic advice to companies. Mr. Bustos also held corporate finance roles at Nutrien and PepsiCo Canada. He obtained a BBA (Finance) with a Joint Major in Economics from the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. Mr. Bustos is involved in the evaluation and execution of potential opportunities and provides analytical and strategic support for portfolio companies. Utilizing his diverse skillset and experience in finance and capital markets, he has been instrumental for F&M in identifying promising companies and taking them to the next level.

Paul Bozoki


Paul Bozoki is a seasoned dual Canadian and U.S. CPA with approximately 25 years of accounting, tax and corporate finance experience. He has served as CFO of several development stage TSX and TSXV-listed companies involved in mining, technology and consumer products. He also has extensive experience working in emerging markets. Mr. Bozoki began his career at EY LLP where he spent six years in the audit practice.  He has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s. Paul is veteran corporate financial executive who draws upon 25 years of experience working on six continents to support his portfolio companies. 

Ryan Ptolemy


Ryan Ptolemy is a CPA, CGA and CFA charter holder with a B.A. from Western University. He serves as CFO to a number of public and private companies in the mining sector, particularly exploration and development stage companies in South America and Africa. Mr. Ptolemy formerly served as CFO for an independent investment dealer in Toronto where he was responsible for financial reporting, auditing, budgeting and internal controls.

Saltana Abdigaliyeva

Vice President, Business Development Capital Markets

Saltana Abdigaliyeva is a seasoned communications executive, investor and a philanthropist. She brings with her an extensive background in the areas of communications, marketing and corporate development. She is a distinguished professional with a degree in Economic Sciences and Governance and a big proponent of a number of local NGO`s in Toronto.