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Nolan Watson is a Canadian businessman, humanitarian, and philanthropist. Before founding Sandstorm, Nolan was CFO at Silver Wheaton Corp.
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Nolan is known for his contribution to finance innovation in the mining industry. He began working in mine finance with Silver Wheaton Corp., where he was named the Chief Financial Officer in 2006 and was the youngest CFO (age 26) of a New York Stock Exchange listed company. He graduated from Sauder (with honors) at 19 years of age.
Nolan was awarded the "BC Gold Medal" on the final CA examination, scoring the highest mark in Western Canada and becoming the Valedictorian of in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. He went on to complete the Chartered Financial Analyst designation through the CFA Institute, and was later recognized as one of the "Most Motivated" CFA charterholders by CFA magazine.
Although Nolan’s area of focus during his time at Deloitte was mining and metals, he had not considered a career in the industry until he was given the opportunity to join Silver Wheaton alongside Ian Telfer, the highly regarded mining entrepreneur. Telfer’s new venture aimed to create the first ever ‘metal streaming company' by completing Volumetric Production Payment transactions. At 25 years of age, Nolan became the Controller of Silver Wheaton and a short time later by the age of 26, was named Chief Financial Officer. In his four-year tenure with Silver Wheaton, Nolan helped raise over US$1 billion in debt and equity to fund the organization’s growth to a multi-billion market capitalization.
In 2008, Nolan co-founded Sandstorm Resources Ltd. (now Sandstorm Gold Ltd.) and has sat as a member of the board of directors of Gold Wheaton Corp., Bear Creek Mining Corp. and True Gold Mining Inc.
Nolan's talk at TEDxVancouver, titled "Compassion Kills"
Amidst his business endeavours, Nolan has always been a philanthropist at heart and in 2005 he founded Nations Cry, a Canadian charitable organization focused on providing world class education to underprivileged children in Africa. Nations Cry is a volunteer based organization with a financial structure such that 100% of all donations go directly to the end cause, helping the children who need it. Nolan's vision has led Nations Cry to Sierra Leone, a country that was marred by more than a decade of civil war ending in 2001. Nations Cry has completed two school building projects in Sierra Leone.
In February 2012, Nolan gave a presentation at TEDxVancouver entitled, “Compassion Kills” arguing that more charities should focus on long-term sustainable solutions rather than meeting immediate needs.
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