ABOUT US

OUR VALUE PROPOSITION.

We actually care. That’s our real difference. Optimize Group was formed by a team of people that are passionate about developing mining and mineral processing projects successfully. Since the biggest impact on the success of a project is determined by the decisions of the Owners’ team, this became our focus. Put simply, it is our vision to set the standard for unparalleled long-term value creation for mining projects.

WHY MINING? BECAUSE MINING MATTERS.

Mining is essential to maintaining and improving the lives of everyone on the planet. That’s also essential to our culture. It is not a question of whether we mine, it is a question of how.

WE’RE HERE TO
CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO.

Forging a new path is not easy. Mining owners continue to face the pressures of dwindling reserves, water, and energy resources. Volatile commodity markets, increased geopolitical risks, increasing skill shortages, and the absolute imperative that companies must add value to communities and to the environment means that we must challenge the status quo. And we’re up for the challenge.

THE OPTIMIZE ADVANTAGE

ALIGNED WITH OWNERS,
AS TRUSTED PARTNERS.

The need for efficient execution as well as cost and schedule predictability are unprecedented in the current market. The Optimize Group solution is to provide strong Owners’ Team support to bridge these gaps in a commercial model that incentivizes aligned objectives for all project stakeholders. This model ensures optimized decisions that result in “best-for-project” solutions. We establish long-term relationships with our clients to add mutual value beyond project development, while also considering ongoing operational and community impacts. In other words, we’re here to make your life easier.

WE ARE HERE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Our passion for people and the planet runs deep, and that means we’re here to make a difference by delivering long-term value. We provide the technical and execution mining solutions you need, customized for each project. We deliver our projects on-time, on budget, and to the highest possible benefit of your shareholders and community. And we do it with honesty, integrity, and through clear and timely communication. (It’s just good business.)

We’re here to make a difference that lasts. Delivering long-term value also means taking an active role in co-creating a better community by supporting programs founded on the principles of giving a hand up to people and communities we work with.

CONSISTENTLY PROVIDING
THE A-TEAM.

Choosing Optimize Group to act as your Owners’ Team guarantees you access to a full suite of project specialists, engineers and financial advisors. We foster a people-focused culture, dedicated to training and mentorship. This allows us to continue to attract, retain, and inspire top talented people in order to build a team specifically tailored to the needs of your project. Think of it as striking gold.

ALWAYS LOOKING TO
DO IT BETTER.

Delivering projects is our bread and butter.  Because this is our core competency, we are able to develop and keep abreast of industry trends and establish best practices. We integrate both waterfall and agile project management methodologies to deliver optimized customer focused value. We are committed to continuous improvement and look to implement the latest technologies while minimizing risk so you achieve maximum value. We ensure transparency, collaboration, and integrity throughout the entire process, so that you can gain a competitive advantage. We mine so you can shine.

LEADERSHIP TEAM TESTIMONIALS

TARA GILFILLAN, PRESIDENT

“I have known and worked with Tara for 15 years. She is one of the most tenacious and hard working professionals I have had the pleasure of being associated with. She has the drive to get the right people on the job at hand, and has the ability to put together very strong teams.”

Peter MacPhail, COOAlamos Gold

KENNY MACEWEN, VICE-PRESIDENT, PROJECTS

“Kenny is a natural leader with a skill for quickly analysing complex problems and then delivering solutions to solve them. He looks for opportunities to add real value and possesses that natural drive to see things through to completion. I have enjoyed working with Kenny in past roles and always found him to be professional and confident.”

Garett Macdonald, President & CEOMaritime Resources Corp.

IAN MCKENZIE, VICE-PRESIDENT, ENGINEERING

"Working with Ian is an eye opener to simplification for both construction and operations of plants. His natural talents as an engineer transform the concepts oftentimes complex to simple practical designs. I would recommend Ian on any project as principal or reviewer to unlock opportunities to reduce capital cost and improve reliability."

Philippe Gaultier, Vice PresidentIAMGOLD Corp.

MIRANDA WERSTIUK, VICE-PRESIDENT, CORPORATE ADVISORY SERVICES

“Miranda is a veteran investment banker whose clear understanding of the mining business and the capital markets supporting the industry, allow her to connect with explorers, miners and investors alike. She is a delight to work with as she has the personal touch and understands companies at a deeper level than just focusing on numbers by comprehending its strategic direction, its organizational culture, as well as long- and short term objectives. Finally, she is recognized by many for her insightful contributions to sustainability and her understanding of what it takes to build a mine!”

Louis Vos, PresidentAtlantic Exploration Finance & Business Development

FIONA FITZMAURICE, VICE-PRESIDENT, CFO SERVICES

“Fiona is a strong finance person who has outstanding acumen of both corporate accounting and control, as well as, operations finance. Fiona understands the details and brings a positive style in dealing with people.”

Greg Furyk, PartnerUHY McGovern Hurley LLP

RODRIGO NUNES, DIRECTOR, MINING

“Rodrigo is an outstanding mining leader with a holistic understanding of the mining business. He is highly motivated to improve value of the development projects and operations he is entrusted with. His acumen of project management, open pit and underground mining planning allows him to focus on the real issues without getting distracted by irrelevant details, which I believe makes his management skills go beyond mining engineering.”

Jean François St-Onge, Director Technical ServicesLundin Mining

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM GETS AROUND.

We have global execution experience (aka serious travel reward miles).

LEADERSHIP TEAM

TARA GILFILLAN

PRESIDENT

Tara is a passionate entrepreneur with experience in human resources, operations, marketing, business development, and strategic planning, having held various senior executive roles in the mining sector.

She understands the value of excellent communication, good people, and impeccable customer service.

As such she brings:

A commitment to bringing lasting value to customers, employees, and the community.
Critical expertise in finance and accounting, including a practical understanding of project financial constraints, and the need to maximize shareholder value.

An ability to see the big picture and articulate what is good for her customers' business.

Tara also brings a love and appreciation for coffee. It’s infectious.

KENNY MACEWEN

VICE-PRESIDENT, PROJECTS

Kenny is a progressive and collaborative project leader in the global mining industry.

As such he brings:

Broad experience and expertise in various aspects of technology, engineering design, construction, commissioning, and project management.

Strong capabilities in planning, design, construction solutions and project controls with strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Thoughtful leadership in establishing a team-based culture to allow for the successful development of challenging global mining projects while meeting all necessary investment criteria.

Kenny also brings a love for hockey. As a goalie, not much gets past him.

IAN MCKENZIE

VICE-PRESIDENT, ENGINEERING

Ian is an exceptional and innovative leader in process plant design complete from run-of-mine feed material to valued end products.

As such he brings:

Extensive international exposure allowing for multiple perspectives for process plant and system designs.

Implementation of detailed engineering deliverables through a team-based culture to deliver the most cost-effective and efficient system.

An innovative approach to new technologies and implementation to new process circuits with a thorough review and end-user interaction to ensure positive and everlasting client satisfaction.

Ian also brings a love for well-oiled machines. Nothing excites him more than a well designed, smoothly operated mineral process plant.

MIRANDA WERSTIUK

VICE-PRESIDENT, CORPORATE ADVISORY SERVICES

Miranda is dynamic and driven corporate finance and investment banking professional with global experience in the resource finance sector.

As such she brings:

Commitment to, and passion for, making the mining industry more sustainable and socially responsible is unmatched.

Understands the value of long-term business relationships, standing behind your product and due diligence.

Infectious energy to tackling whatever is the task at hand.

Renowned expertise in bringing together technically savvy investors with those who require capital to move to the next level.

Ability to locate the right people with the right resources to satisfy particular client requirements.

Miranda is an incurable fitness fanatic and will seldom shy away from a display of her physical strength. It is best not to challenge her.

FIONA FITZMAURICE

VICE-PRESIDENT, CFO SERVICES

Fiona is a finance leader with strong technical foundation and exceptional people skills.

As such she brings:

Expertise in public company reporting (Canada/US), corporate governance, management accounting, budgeting/forecasting, valuations, and acquisitions.

Strong ability to understand the needs of business to provide the financial insights to support good decision making.

Proven track record of identifying process improvement opportunities as well as recommending and implementing solutions.

Fiona is a persistent leader and as her family would say, she doesn't take 'No' for an answer.

RODRIGO NUNES

DIRECTOR, MINING

Rodrigo is a mining leader with international exposure to underground and open-pit mining operations, technical services and project management.

As such he brings:

Innovative thinking and strives to provide solutions to complex problems as well as a profound believer in mine to mill strategic planning and integrated NAV optimization process.

Multilingual Technical Specialist, who supports transparency in communication between the various engineering discipline groups of different nationalities, resulting in better synergy and integration in projects.

Profit awareness, with a keen eye for recognizing and responding to financial opportunities and seeks to contribute to the growth of the business

Rodrigo also brings a passion for soccer and good and sunny weather, like any Brazilian!

WE LIKE PEOPLE AND WE LOVE TRAVEL.

(And that’s why we have offices in Canada and Australia).

OUR SANDBOX

We play in a few different areas. Our unique “Owners’ Team in a Box” can be selected from any or all of the following services:

PROJECT MANAGEMENT 

  • Strategic Project Oversight & Governance
  • Study management & Stage-gating
  • Risk Assessment & Management
  • Project Controls
  • Procurement, Contracting, & Logistics
  • Training & Change Management

TECHNICAL SERVICES

  • Mineral Reserves Estimation
  • Mine Planning & Mine Design Optimization
  • Process Optimizations
  • Discipline Engineering
  • Underground and Open Pit Mining

CFO SERVICES

  • Reporting
  • Financial Due Diligence
  • Financial Strategy
  • Business & Financial Strategic Planning

CORPORATE ADVISORY

  • Capital raising via private placements with EMD registration* 
  • Non-financing  and financing roadshows to global investor base
  • Consulting on M&A transactions
  • Corporate strategic planning initiatives
  • Representation at key leading industry events
*Optimize Group Capital is a division of Waverley Corporate Financial Services Ltd. Waverley and the principals of Optimize Group Capital are registered as Dealing Representatives in the Province of Ontario through Waverley. Waverley is a registered Exempt Market Dealer pursuant to National Instrument 31-103 in the Provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES

  • Strategic Project Oversight & Governance
  • Study management & Stage-gating
  • Risk Assessment & Management
  • Project Controls
  • Procurement, Contracting, & Logistics
  • Training & Change Management

TECHNICAL SERVICES

  • Mineral Reserves Estimation
  • Mine Planning & Mine Design Optimization
  • Process Optimizations
  • Discipline Engineering
  • Underground and Open Pit Mining

CFO SERVICES

  • Reporting
  • Financial Due Diligence
  • Financial Strategy
  • Business & Financial Strategic Planning

CORPORATE ADVISORY SERVICES

  • Capital raising via private placements with EMD registration *
  • Non-financing and financing roadshows to global investor base
  • Consulting on M&A transactions
  • Corporate strategic planning initiatives
  • Representation at key leading industry events
*Optimize Group Capital is a division of Waverley Corporate Financial Services Ltd. Waverley and the principals of Optimize Group Capital are registered as Dealing Representatives in the Province of Ontario through Waverley. Waverley is a registered Exempt Market Dealer pursuant to National Instrument 31-103 in the Provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.

JOIN US IF YOU:

1. Like working with a clever, diverse group of people…
2. Thrive on solving challenges that seem impossible…
3. Are passionate about constantly learning…

4. Enjoy having fun in all aspects of your work…
5. Love to laugh…
6. Have the vision to make a real difference in the world…

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CALL US TO OPTIMIZE YOUR DAY.

145 Wellington Street West, Suite 1001, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5J 1H8

324 Queen Street , Level 23, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 4000 

Tel: (647) 621-5683 Email: info@optimizegroup.com

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