At the recent Precious Metals Summit in Beaver Creek, Colorado, Robert Quartermain, the chairman and CEO of Pretium Resources (TSX: PVG; NYSE: PVG), moderated a discussion with his long-time friends Tom Kaplan, chairman of the Electrum Group, a private precious metals company based in New York, and Ross Beaty, the founder and chairman of Pan American Silver (TSX: PAA; NASDAQ: PAAS). Kaplan, Beaty and Quartermain have been friends and comrades for decades, not only sharing a passion for silver, initially, and later gold, but a variety of philanthropic interests as well. All three sit on the board of Panthera, an organization that Kaplan and his wife Daphne created in 2006 that is dedicated to preserving wild cats and their critical role in the world’s ecosystems.
Panthera’s biologists, law enforcement experts and wild cat advocates develop strategies to protect cheetahs, jaguars, leopards, lions, pumas, snow leopards and tigers and their landscapes. In addition, Beaty and his wife Trisha have set up the Sitka Foundation, which supports land and ocean conservation, scientific research on nature and the environment, education on the importance of a healthy environment, and public policy on ways to preserve and protect the planet.
In an exclusive interview with The Northern Miner following the conference’s keynote presentation, senior staff writer Trish Saywell sat down with Kaplan and Beaty and picked up where Quartermain left off, in a free-wheeling, lighthearted discussion about the pair’s similarities and passions, and the people they admire.
Read the entire interview at The Northern Miner.