Mr. Giustra is the Chairman of ALLEGIANT and the Chairman of Columbus Gold Corp. In 2015 Columbus was selected from a peer group of some 1,200 mining companies as a TSX Venture 50 company - a ranking of the top 10 companies in each of the five major industry sectors that make up the TSX Venture Exchange. In 2015 and in 2017, Columbus was included among the best-performing stocks on the OTCQX Best Market, an annual ranking of the top 50 U.S. and International companies traded on the OTCQX market. In 2016, Columbus was 1 of only 2 Metals & Mining Sector companies to graduate from the TSX Venture Exchange to the Toronto Stock Exchange, during the previous one-year period.
Mr. Giustra has been actively engaged in funding and managing mining companies for more than 24 years. He is a former investment banker with the Québec based national investment dealer Whalen Béliveau (later acquired by Canaccord Capital) where he co-founded the institutional equity sales department with a specialist focus on the mining sector. He has raised millions of dollars for the exploration and development of mining projects globally, and has held director and senior executive positions with a number of listed mining companies. Mr. Giustra has completed option and joint venture arrangements on numerous mineral exploration projects and has successfully negotiated agreements with some of the world's leading miners, including Teck, Agnico Eagle, IAMGOLD, First Quantum, Nord Gold, Alacer Gold, and the world's two largest gold mining companies, Newmont and Barrick. Mr. Giustra is a former member of the TSX Venture Exchange's Local Advisory Committee. He holds an economics degree from the University of Western Ontario.