Our Team

David Bending

David Bending – Director, Geoscientist

B.Sc., M.Sc., P.Geo.

Mr. David A. Bending, B.Sc., M.Sc., P.Geo. has over 25 years of experience in the mining exploration and development industry. He served 14 years with Homestake Mining Company as Exploration Manager in Latin America, as well as three years with Texasgulf Exploration and two years with Rio Tinto Exploration. Mr. Bending has held numerous senior executive and senior consulting positions with large exploration and mining companies. His work has directly resulted in the identification of several mineral discoveries and transactions in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Francisco Flores

Francisco Flores – Advisor, Mexican Country Manager

P.Eng, B.Ap.Sc., M.Sc. App

Mr. Francisco Alfonso Flores Aguirre, P.Eng, B.Ap.Sc., M.Sc. App has held several prominent positions within the Mexican Government which complement the Company’s management team, including a six year tenure as Mining Minister of the State of Chihuahua, Mexico. Mr. Flores most recently served as National Manager within the Mexican National Water Commission from June 2009 to December 2012. He also served six years starting in February 2001 as General Director of Social Enterprises within the Mexican Ministry of Economy. From October 1992 to October 1998, Mr. Flores was the Mining Minister of the State of Chihuahua, Mexico. In addition to his government posts, Mr. Flores has extensive private sector experience. Today, he is Founding Partner and General Director of Desarrollos Mineros Santa Fe, S.A. de C.V., a contractor in open pit and underground mine operations. In 2007, he also founded Mining M21, S.A. de C.V., where he executed feasibility studies and other mining project evaluations.

Robert Fedun

Robert Fedun – CEO, CFO

Mr. Robert D. Fedun has been the President and Secretary of Horizon Minerals Corp. since September 19, 2013, and Treasurer of Horizon Minerals Corp. since March 27, 2014. He serves as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Dunes Exploration Ltd. (Dynamic Resources Corp). from 1994 to 2012, where he was responsible for the daily management of business operations and daily affairs. He also serves as Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of Kingsley Resources, Inc. Mr. Fedun has been actively involved in the oil and gas industry for over forty years. Mr. Fedun holds a Degree in Engineering and Hydrocarbon Technology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Gilberto Arias

Gilberto Arias – Director, Special Advisor

A former diplomat, lawyer, and media executive, Mr. Arias adds unparalleled expertise to the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Arias was the Panamanian Ambassador to the United Kingdom from July 2009 to November 2011. He has worked with and continues to engage on multilateral climate change negotiations with a number of delegations, including Panama, the Dominican Republic and the Marshall Islands. Mr. Arias currently serves as Senior Advisor at Energeia, a network of researchers and climate change negotiators. He writes extensive policy and advisory briefs on trade, climate change and the sustainable development of the international maritime transport industry. Alongside policy work, Mr. Arias also works on implementation initiatives focusing on energy, agriculture, water and low-carbon sustainability. Mr. Arias attended the University of Virginia from 1982 to 1986, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and economics. Following his graduation in 1986, he attended the University of Cambridge, graduating with a degree in law in 1988 and an LLM in 1989. He became an associate lawyer at Arias Fabrega & Fabrega in 1990, working there for 10 years. He subsequently was an executive at the newspaper publishing group Editora Panamá America S.A., Panama, until 2009. In 2008 he became Director of Capital Bank, Panama. In 2009 he was appointed as Panama’s Ambassador to The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland where served until November 2011. He currently works as a consultant on climate change and sustainable development between Panama and Latin America, and the United Kingdom.