Warren Gilman was appointed Chairman and CEO of CEF Holdings in 2011. Prior to that he was Vice Chairman of CIBC World Markets. He was previously Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific Region for CIBC for 10 years where he was responsible for all of CIBC’s activities across Asia. Mr Gilman is a mining engineer who co-founded CIBC’s Global Mining Group in 1988. During his 26 years with CIBC he ran the mining team in Canada, Australia and Asia and worked in the Toronto, Sydney, Perth, Shanghai and Hong Kong offices of CIBC. He has acted as advisor to the largest mining companies in the world including BHP, Rio Tinto, Anglo American, Noranda, Falconbridge, Meridian Gold, China Minmetals, Jinchuan and Zijin and has been responsible for some of the largest equity capital markets financings in Canadian mining history. At CEF he will apply this experience to developing a long term portfolio of quality resource investments.
Warren is a regular contributor to mining industry forums and discussions. In addition to bi-weekly commentary on commodity and mining issues for the CNBC Asia Network he has annually co-chaired Diggers and Dealers in Kalgoorlie and the China Nickel Conference in Shanghai as well as presented annually to the Asia Mining Congress in Singapore and Mines and Money Hong Kong as well as various CIM events in Canada.
Warren obtained his B.Sc. in Mining Engineering at Queen’s University and his MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University. He is a member of the International Advisory Board at Western and also the Dean’s Advisory Board of Laurentian University.
CEF Holdings Ltd. is owned 50% by CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd., the HK listed flagship company of Mr Li Ka-shing, and 50% by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, one of Canada’s largest banks. CEF was originally established in 1974 with a banking license in HK and it developed into a diversified financial services company over its first 30 years with operations in banking, life insurance, stock brokerage, futures and merchant banking. Since 2000 CEF has divested all of these businesses and, under the direction of Warren Gilman, has refocused its business strategy on the resource sector. This focus centers on the mining, forest products and fertilizer sectors including equity and structured debt facilities for both public and private companies.