Sector Expert: David Cass
David Cass is the president and director of Focus Ventures. He is a geologist with over 25 years of international experience in mineral exploration and mining for precious and base metals. Fifteen years of his career were spent with major mining company Anglo American Plc, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in jurisdictions such as Turkey, Iran, Eastern Europe and the Americas. Since 2006, Cass has worked for junior exploration companies exploring in Canada, Mexico, Central America and Peru. He holds a Master of Science degree in mineral exploration and mining geology from the University of Leicester and a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from London Metropolitan University. He is a practicing member (P.Geo) of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.
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.