Ian began his career in stockbroking and investment banking in Canada where he became one of the five Executive Committee members of Burns Fry (now BMO Nesbitt Burns), one of Canada's largest investment banking firms. When he resigned, he was in charge of the firm's European business.
From 1982 until 1985 Ian was Chairman and founder of Centennial Minerals Ltd, a public gold mining company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Three years after it started, the company's success was reflected by a friendly take-over by Pegasus Gold for $40 million in shares and warrants.
Ian was co-founder, Chairman & Managing Director of Galahad Gold PLC, which was founded in 2003. Galahad made four strategic investments, including Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd., Uramin Inc. and International Molybdenum PLC. He was a Director of all of these companies. In early 2008, Galahad's investments were sold and the proceeds returned to shareholders. Over its four year life, Galahad enjoyed a 66% annual IRR.
In 2008 he co-founded Agrifirma Brazil to acquire farmland in Brazil (www.agrifirma-brazil.com). He is also a Director of Western Copper and Gold Corporation. For further details of his career see www.ianwatson.biz