GREG HAWKINS – Chairman to the Board of Directors
Mr. Hawkins holds a BSc in Geology from the University of Alberta and an MSc in Mineral Economics from McGill University. He has been involved in the Mining Exploration and Investment industries since 1969 and has been variously responsible for the identification and/or delineation of 10 mineral deposits in Canada, USA, Chile, Ghana, Mali and Zaire. Mr. Hawkins is currently a Director of New Pacific Metals Corp. and was the Founding Project Consultant and/or Founding Director of seven public and private Exploration/Development ventures and has participated in or been responsible for the definition of at least one resource/reserve in every case, with six of those cases resulting in production in the USA, Chile, Ghana, Mali and DRC, collectively accounting for over $2.1 billion in market cap at the companies’ respective peaks. In 1990 Mr. Hawkins started CME, an international full service consultancy and contracting firm with 100+ clients in 25 countries and 3000 employees. He has authored a number of papers on exploration, exploration philosophy and mineral economics since 1979.
BRIAN THURSTON – Chief Executive Officer, Director
Mr. Thurston is a professional geologist and holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Thurston has over 26 years’ experience working as a geologist around the globe including North, Central and South America, Africa and India. He has experience working on projects from grass roots to feasibility level. Mr. Thurston was instrumental in the initial exploration, land acquisition and development of Aurelian Resources’ Ecuador grass roots exploration and held the position of Country Manager in Ecuador from 2004 to 2006. Kinross in 2008 acquired Aurelian Resources in a $1.2B friendly deal. Mr. Thurston transitioned from geologist to corporate positions in 2004 and has founded several public companies and held positions of director and officer, as well as served on multiple committees including audit, disclosure and corporate governance. In addition, he has been a director of Chemesis since March 2017.
Jamie Lewin – Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Lewin is a Chartered Professional Accountant, who also holds an MBA with a specialization in financial management and a Certification in Public Companies. In addition, he completed an LLB at Laval University and a BA in Economics from Western University. He has served as Chief Financial Officer of several junior mining companies and has more than 20 years’ experience in accounting and finance for private and public companies in the brokerage and investment, manufacturing, distribution, resources and service sectors.
Faizaan Lalani – Director
Mr. Lalani is an Accounting/Finance professional with over 10 years of experience covering auditing, financial reporting, corporate finance, and operations management, Faizaan also founded his own apparel company, successfully selling the brand across North America over the last four years. Recently, Faizaan was instrumental in a multi-million dollar raise for a privately held company through various US offerings. Prior to this, he worked in the audit and assurance group at PwC, where he obtained his CA,CPA designation, gaining experience in both the public and private sectors. Faizaan currently is on several board positions for both private and public companies.
Andy Graetz – Director
Mr. Graetz is a certified mining engineer with over 35 years’ international mining experience having worked in Canada, the United States, the Philippines, Kazakhstan and South Africa in senior mine operational, corporate development, and CFO/finance administrative roles. He has held senior management positions with Altynalmas Gold, an affiliate of Ivanhoe Mines, Thistle Mining Inc., the Placer Dome Group of Companies, Lonrho South Africa Ltd, and the Gencor Group of Companies. Further, he has served as Chief Financial Officer for public and private companies for 10 years and has been a board member of CGA Mining Ltd. and Yellowhead Mining Inc. Mr. Graetz holds a Bachelor of Science in the Branch of Mining Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, a Masters in Business Administration from Brunel University in the United Kingdom and a South African Mine Managers Certificate for Metalliferous Mines.
Samir Patel – Director
Mr. Patel is a securities lawyer with over 11 years of experience in securities and corporate law, particularly in relation to M&A transactions, continuous disclosure requirements, corporate governance and equity financings. He is currently General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at First Mining Gold Corp., a gold exploration and development mining company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, and has been with First Mining Gold since June 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Patel spent three and a half years as Corporate Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Wellgreen Platinum Ltd. (now Nickel Creek Platinum Corp.), a Canadian PGM-Ni mining exploration company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Before joining Wellgreen, Mr. Patel spent four years at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, a leading national law firm, practising as a securities lawyer in the firm’s Securities & Capital Markets Group in Vancouver. Whilst at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Mr. Patel’s practice involved advising clients in a variety of sectors with respect to securities, corporate and commercial law matters, with a focus on clients in the mining sector. Mr Patel has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from the University Nottingham in the United Kingdom.