Sector Expert: Ralph Rushton
Ralph Rushton is vice president of corporate development and director of Focus Ventures. He has over 25 years of experience in mining and exploration, much of which was gained working as a geologist in Southern Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. For the last 11 years he has worked in business development and investor relations for a number of junior companies and currently serves as a director on the boards of Radius Gold Inc., Rackla Metals and MedGold Resources, as well as Focus Ventures. Rushton holds a Bachelor of Science in geology from Portsmouth University in the UK, a Master's degree in economic geology from the University of Alberta, and a Certificate in Business Communications from Simon Fraser University.
The planet's population is growing by 60 million each year. More crops on less land will mean farmers will have to use more fertilizer, and that's an investment thesis worthy of a closer look. Savvy investors will want to take a look at phosphate, a key element in fertilizer, and the companies that mine it. Focus Ventures Ltd. is earning a 70% stake in a phosphate project in Peru that should be a low-cost producer for decades to come. In this interview with The Mining Report, Focus President and Director David Cass and Vice President of Corporate Development Ralph Rushton discuss some the finer points of the phosphate market and their flagship Bayovar 12 project.