Frank Giustra

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Frank Giustra
BornAugust 1957 (age 63)[1]
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
CitizenshipCanadian
Alma materDouglas College
OccupationBusinessman, philanthropist
Known forLionsgate
Board member ofInternational Crisis Group
Spouse(s)Alison Lawton (2000–2007; divorced)
Children2
Parent(s)Giuseppe and Domenica Giustra

Frank Giustra CM OBC (born August 1957) is a Canadian businessman, mining financier and global philanthropist, who also founded Lionsgate Entertainment. He is CEO of Fiore Group of Companies and Co-Chair of International Crisis Group. From 2001 to 2007, he was the chairman of the merchant banking firm, Endeavour Financial, which financed mining companies.

Early life[edit]

Giustra was born in August 1957[2] in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, the son of Giuseppe and Domenica Giustra,[3] who immigrated to Canada. His father worked in the mines as a driller and blaster.[4] Giustra spent his childhood in "Italy, Argentina and Texada Island off the British Columbia coast."[4] He spent his middle school years in Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada, and graduated from high school there in 1976. Giuseppe Giustra was a Sudbury nickel miner, who introduced his son to his broker. He graduated in 1979 from Douglas College where he spent his first year playing trumpet in the school's music program before switching over to business and finance.

Investment industry[edit]

Giustra began his career in the investment industry in 1978 with Merrill Lynch as an assistant trader and then as a stockbroker. Giustra raised "billions of dollars and developing a loyal following of investors in mining ventures" while at the Vancouver Stock Exchange as broker.[5] He left in 1996 before the mining sector collapsed.[5]

Yorkton Securities[edit]

In the early 1980s, Giustra left Merrill Lynch to create a resources-financing group in Europe for the new firm Yorkton Securities. He is said to have "transformed Yorkton into a major force in the world of international mining finance."[6] In 1990, he became president of the company and, in 1995, was appointed chairman and CEO.

Goldcorp[edit]

In 2001, Giustra and a group of investors took control of Wheaton River Minerals, which was then a junior company. By 2005, Wheaton merged with Rob McEwen's Goldcorp. As the price of gold rose, Ian Telfer, a "mine entrepreneur...turned an insignificant shell company into a billion dollar gold producer." In 2005 Goldcorp absorbed Wheaton River Minerals.[7] According to Bloomberg News, Wheaton River Minerals was the precursor for both Goldcorp and Endeavour.[4] By 2014, Goldcorp was the world's fourth-largest producer of gold.[8]

Endeavour Financial (2001–2007)[edit]

From 2001 to 2007, Giustra was chair of Endeavour Financial, a merchant banking firm which financed mining companies.

In June 2007, when Giustra stepped down as chairman of Endeavour Financial "to pursue his philanthropic interests", he became Endeavour's exclusive financial adviser. In that capacity he oversaw the November 2007 merger between Petro Rubiales and Pacific Stratus, creating Petro Rubiales Energy Corporation.[9] The parent company of Endeavour Financial was Endeavour Mining Capital, which was then led by Frank Holmes.[10] At the time of the merger, Petro Rubiales was described by Newswire as a "Canadian-based company and producer of heavy crude oil" and "owner of 100 percent of Meta Petroleum Limited, a Colombian oil and gas operator which operates the Rubiales and Piriri oil fields in the Llanos Basin in association with Ecopetrol S.A. the Colombian, state-owned oil company. The Company [was] focused on identifying opportunities primarily within the eastern Llanos Basin of Colombia."[9]

According to a 2007 article in The Globe and Mail, in that year Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp purchased a controlling share in the Rubiales oil fields for $250 million. Through the deal, Colombia's state oil company, Ecopetrol SA became a partner with Pacific Rubiales. By 2007 Pacific Rubiales was trading on the TSX.[10][11]

Although oil had been discovered there in 1982, when the original company, Pacific Rubiales, was established, production began in 1988. By 2011, the Rubiales oil field was the largest in Colombia and along with Frank invested in the business to pursue the legacy of lionsgate.[12]

Leagold Mining (2017-2019)[edit]

By 2017, Giustra was chairman of Leagold Mining which acquired the Los Filos deposit in Guerrero state, Mexico, a deposit that Giustra says, is twice the size of the Wheaton River Mineral's assets.[4] In 2019, Leagold Mining was sold to Equinox Gold Corporation.

Lionsgate Entertainment and Thunderbird Entertainment Group[edit]

After he left investment banking in 1996, served as chairman of Lions Gate Entertainment from 1997–2003.[13] He hoped to capitalize on the growing film industry in Vancouver. The company bought a number of small production facilities and distributors. Its first success was American Psycho, which began a trend of producing and distributing films far too controversial for the major American studios. Other successes included Affliction, Gods and Monsters, Dogma, Crash and the Michael Moore documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, which turned out to be the studio's highest-grossing film. In 2000, Giustra left the firm and it was taken over by Jon Feltheimer and Michael Burns. Giustra sold most of his stake in Lionsgate in 2003.

In December 2010, Giustra returned to Lions Gate Entertainment as a member of the board of directors.[14]

In August 2011, it was announced,[15] by Alcon Entertainment that Ridley Scott would direct the new Blade Runner film. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO's of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.

Giustra is a major shareholder of Thunderbird Entertainment Group, a pure play content production studio creating award winning original programming in scripted, factual and animation that includes Atomic Cartoons and Great Pacific Television. Based in Vancouver, with offices in Los Angeles, Toronto, Ottawa and London, Thunderbird partners with leading OTT platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime and traditional broadcasters like CBC and Discovery. Thunderbird's projects include Highway Thru Hell for Discovery, Oscar winning Blade Runner 2049, CSA winning Kim's Convenience for CBC and Netflix, and the animated Emmy winning series Beat Bugs for Netflix. Thunderbird's animation company, Atomic Cartoons is producing Last Kids on Earth based on the New York Times best selling book series for Netflix and is in development on Eerie Elementary and Princesses Wear Pants to name a few.

Fiore Group of Companies[edit]

Mr. Giustra is President and CEO of the Fiore Group, a private firm managing a broad portfolio of private equity investments and companies, focussing on natural resources, entertainment, art, food and lifestyle. The portfolio is as varied as Mr. Giustra's interests – Modern Farmer Media Inc., and he is the founder of Domenica Fiore, award winning Olive Oils which is named after his mother, a company that produces olive oil.[16] His entrepreneurial success includes founding Lionsgate Entertainment, now one of the world's largest independent film companies. Giustra is a major shareholder of Thunderbird Entertainment Group, a company focused on content and distribution in the television and film sector.

Mr. Giustra has an established track record of building natural resource companies through access to capital and creative deal-making. As President and later Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yorkton Securities in the 1990s, he grew the firm into a leading natural resource investment bank. As Chairman of Endeavour Financial from 2001 to 2007, his vision and leadership led to the successful launch of numerous resource companies, including Wheaton River Minerals Ltd. (acquired by Goldcorp Inc.), and Silver Wheaton Corporation.

Giustra is frequently quoted regarding gold and currency markets in publications such as Globe and Mail, Kitco News, StockHouse.com, GoldEditor.com and his own blog FrankGiustra.com

Awards[edit]

2019 Order of Canada, C.M.

2018 Inducted into the BC Laureates Hall of Fame

2018 International Crisis Group In Pursuit of Peace Award

2017 Elton John AIDS Foundation Enduring Vision Award

2016 Order of British Columbia, O.B.C.

2015 Vancouver International Film Festival Screen Industry Builder Award

2014 Dalai Lama Humanitarian Award

2013 Douglas College Distinguished Alumni Award

Philanthropy[edit]

Frank Giustra is a strong believer in philanthropy and devotes much of his time to a variety of causes both locally and globally. Mr. Giustra brings an entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy to catalyze new ideas and innovations that can be scaled and shared.

The Giustra Foundation[edit]

The Giustra Foundation (formerly Radcliffe Foundation) was established in 1997 by Frank Giustra. The Vancouver-based foundation supports initiatives focused on women and children, education, homelessness and refugee resettlement in British Columbia and elsewhere in Canada. The Giustra Foundation is involved in the global refugee crisis by providing humanitarian aid, along with being the founding partner in the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative.

The Giustra Foundation also has been worked with the Vancouver Foundation and the City of Vancouver on Streetohome, a community-based initiative established in 2008 which brings together non-profits, civil society groups, business, governments and citizens to address homelessness in Vancouver. Giustra sits on the board of Streetohome Foundation and chairs the capital campaign. He also donated $5 million to the foundation in 2010.[17]

The Giustra Foundation has contributed $30M towards the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI), which works with governments and other partners to increase access medical care for HIV+ people.

Acceso[edit]

In 2007, Mr. Giustra and President Bill Clinton launched the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, which in 2020 transitioned into a new independent entity named Acceso. Acceso is a social business builder. Acceso, with support from Mr. Giustra, invested start-up capital, built from scratch, and manages agribusinesses in Colombia, El Salvador, and Haiti.[citation needed]

Frank Giustra Social Enterprise Partnership and Initiative|website=Cgepartnership.com|accessdate=2016-05-19}}</ref>[18] CGSGI aims to alleviate poverty in the developing world in partnership with the global mining community. Giustra committed $USD 100 million plus half of what he earns in the resource industry for the rest of his life. Carlos Slim Helú, the Mexican businessman and one of the richest men in the world, made a matching contribution.[19]

On June 17, 2010, Giustra joined with Carlos Slim and President Clinton to create a $20 million fund to assist small businesses in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.[20]

International Crisis Group[edit]

In 2020, Frank Giustra was named co-chair of the International Crisis Group. He has been a trustee of the International Crisis Group since July 1, 2006,[1] an international, non-profit, non-governmental organization whose mission is to prevent and resolve deadly conflicts through high-level advocacy.

In 2005, the foundation began supporting the International Crisis Group,[21] an independent organization working to prevent and resolve deadly conflict on five continents through analysis and high-level advocacy. With the support of Giustra, who sits on the executive committee, and contributions that total $10 million, the International Crisis Group is a leading independent, non-partisan, source of analysis and advice to governments and intergovernmental bodies like the United Nations, European Union and World Bank on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict.

Personal life[edit]

In 2000, Giustra married Alison Lawton, a Canadian investor, activist, and producer of documentary films on humanitarian crises. Giustra and Lawton divorced in 2007 and have two children together.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Frank Giustra, President & Ceo from Vancouver". Check Director. October 27, 2017. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  2. ^ "Hive Blockchain Closes $30 Million Financing, Completes $7 Million Investment by Genesis Mining, and Acquires 2nd Data Centre". October 11, 2017. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  3. ^ "Archived Profile: Frank Giustra". Canada.com. 2007-06-21. Archived from the original on 2016-06-04. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  4. ^ a b c d Pearson, Natalie Obiko (May 17, 2017). "Billion-Dollar Gold Dream Lures Mining Maverick Out of Hiatus". Bloomberg News. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Becker and, Jo; van Natta Jr., Don (January 31, 2008). "After Mining Deal, Financier Donated to Clinton". The New York Times. Retrieved October 27, 2017. The New York Times had reported that UrAsia Energy Ltd. purchased "the right to buy into three uranium projects controlled by Kazakhstan's state-owned uranium agency, Kazatomprom making UrAsia "one of the world's largest uranium producers in a transaction ultimately worth tens of millions of dollars to Mr. Giustra.
  6. ^ "The Pursuit of the Wealth for the Greater Good", by Patrick Brethour, Andy Hoffman, Sinclair Stewart, The Globe and Mail, June 22, 2007
  7. ^ Sudol, Stan (December 31, 2016). "Sudbury Accent: Meet Canada's new mining leaders". The Sudbury Star. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  8. ^ Simon Walker, "Gold: new fundamentals, Engineering & Mining Journal, Feb. 2015, v.216 n.2 p.34
  9. ^ a b "Petro Rubiales and Pacific Stratus Agree to Merger to Create Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp". Vancouver and Toronto. November 12, 2007. Retrieved October 27, 2017. Petro Rubiales Energy Corp. (TSXV:PEG) and Pacific Stratus Energy Ltd. (TSX: PSE) combined to form the new unique company "Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp... [Endeavour Financial International Corporation], was the "exclusive financial advisor for Petro Rubiales.
  10. ^ a b Hoffman, Andy (March 27, 2007). "Renaissance Man". The Globe and Mail. Special to the Globe and Mail. Retrieved October 27, 2017. The New York Times first broke the story of their trip to Kazakhstan this past January. Shortly after that, The Wall Street Journal reported that Clinton also introduced Giustra to the president of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe. [In 2006], a Giustra-connected shell company, now called Pacific Rubiales Energy, paid $250 million for control of a Colombian oil-field operation. As part of the deal, Pacific Rubiales, which now trades on the TSX, became a partner of Ecopetrol SA, Colombia's state oil company. This article describes a June 2007 high-profile fund raiser held in Toronto with celebrities in attendance.
  11. ^ Emshwiller, John R.; de Córdoba, Jos&eacute (February 14, 2008). "Bill Clinton's Complex Charities: Former President Works Global Ties". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 27, 2017. In September 2005, Bill Clinton and his aides staged a three-day philanthropic event at which they gathered hundreds of millions of dollars of commitments from the rich and powerful to help the world's poor. Mr. Clinton's staff also found time to help a wealthy Canadian businessman, Frank Giustra. At the gathering, a Clinton aide arranged for Mr. Giustra to be introduced to Columbian President Alvaro Uribe. [They talked for about ten minutes]...
  12. ^ "Pacific Rubiales Branches Out Into Refining, Coal". November 18, 2010.[dead link]
  13. ^ "Funding Universe" Lionsgate Entertainment Corporation History Fundinguniverse.com, Retrieved on July 19, 2012
  14. ^ Dave McNary (2010-12-16). "Lionsgate board candidates won handily". Variety. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  15. ^ "With Ridley Scott, new 'Blade Runner' gets a credibility stamp". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. 2011-08-18. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  16. ^ Lee, Jenny (May 29, 2013). "Vancouver media and mining mogul Frank Giustra's new love: Olive oil". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  17. ^ Frances Bula. "Mining magnate donates $5-million for housing". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  18. ^ "Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership".
  19. ^ Parsons, Claudia (June 22, 2007). "Clinton, mining industry launch anti-poverty effort". Reuters. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  20. ^ Andy Hoffman. "Giustra teams with Clinton, Slim on Haiti fund". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  22. ^ "Archived Profile: Alison Lawton, human rights activist and documentary filmmaker". Canada.com. 2007-06-21. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-05-19.