Brian Paes Braga
Managing Director in British Columbia, Canada
Brian Paes-Braga is a Canadian entrepreneur, capital markets executive, and philanthropist. Currently, he serves as a Partner and Managing Director at Fiore Group, a leading merchant bank which builds, invests, finances and advises firms in the natural resource, technology, food and beverage and entertainment sectors. He also serves as Principal, Head of Merchant Banking at Stream Asset Financial, a leading Canadian alternative asset manager.
2008 marked the beginning of Brian's career in finance at just 20 years of age, when he was hired as a stock broker at Jordan Capital, during what was one of the worst financial crises in modern times. Brian was able to navigate a market filled with uncertainty, quickly becoming the youngest Vice President at the firm and spending the next four and a half years helping to grow the business from five employees to over 50, opening offices in both Calgary and Colombia.
After Jordan Capital, Brian joined Pathfinder Asset Management where he was responsible for running Intrynsyc Capital, Pathfinder’s exempt market dealer arm. Transitioning from being a broker to merchant banking gave Brian front row access to some of the CEOs and companies his firm was helping to bring public and capitalize in Canada.
This experience is what eventually led Brian to found his own company in 2015, Lithium X Energy Corp., a lithium resource company. Brian saw Lithium X as a way to fill a void in the lithium market. Lithium X paved the way for small-cap natural resource speculators to gain exposure to electric vehicles during the consumer electric battery boom. In just two and a half years, Brian and his team successfully raised approximately $53 million before he sold Lithium X to an international company for $265 million in March 2018.
Brian now sits on the Board of Directors of two Fiore Group portfolio companies, DeepGreen Metals, a company offering a new and disruptive approach to supplying the world with metals needed for economic growth and clean technologies, and Thunderbird Entertainment, a content production studio that works with leading over-the-top platforms as well as Canadian and International broadcasters to produce the freshest content with the most talented storytellers in the world.
In 2019, Brian was appointed Chair of Thunderbird Entertainment Board of Directors. He is also a lead investor in Nude Beverage Group and is part of the strategic advisory board of Gold X Mining Corp (formerly Sandspring Resources).