Management and Directors

Gregory Bowes, B.Sc. (Geology), MBA, P.Geo. – CEO and Director. Mr. Bowes has over 30 years of experience in the resource and engineering industries. He holds an MBA from Queen’s University and an Honours B.Sc., Geology degree from the University of Waterloo.  Mr. Bowes was Senior Vice President of Orezone Gold Corporation (ORE:TSX) from February 2009 to June 2010, and was Vice President, Corporate Development of its predecessor, Orezone Resources Inc., from January 2004 until September 2005 and was Chief Financial Officer from October 2005 to March 2007, and from April 2008 to February 2009.  From December 2006 until April 2008, Mr. Bowes served as President, CEO and a director of San Anton Resource Corporation, which was then listed on the TSX.

Iain Scarr, B.Sc. (Geology), MBA – Director. Mr. Scarr is founder and principal of IMEx Consulting, which provides business development, mining and marketing services to the industrial minerals industry. Mr. Scarr is currently engaged as Project Director – Sudamérica – Chemicals Division, ADY, Enirgi Group Corporation, working on a major lithium brine development in Argentina.  Mr. Scarr previously performed the role of Country Manager and General Manager – Development for Galaxy Resources Limited’s (GXY:ASX) flagship Sal de Vida lithium and potash brine project in Argentina.  Mr. Scarr spent 30 years with Rio Tinto Exploration and was most recently Commercial Director and VP Exploration, Industrial Minerals Division.  He holds a B.Sc. in Earth Sciences from California State Polytechnic University and an MBA from Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

Ron Little, P.Eng – Director. Mr. Little is the President, CEO and a director of Orezone Gold Corporation (ORE:TSX-V) and is a director of Premier Gold Mines Limited (PG:TSX). He is a professional engineer and geologist with more than 30 years of experience in mine operations, mine development, project finance and exploration. Mr. Little has spent the last +20 years focused on African projects and was the founder of Orezone Resources Inc., a company that developed Essakane, the largest gold mine in Burkina Faso that was taken over by IAMGOLD for $350M in 2009.  Mr. Little has been a director of other public and private companies and held senior operating positions in both major and junior gold producing companies.

Jay Chmelauskas, B.A. Sc., MBA – Director.  Mr. Chmelauskas was formerly the President and CEO of Western Lithium Corp. (Now Lithium Americas Corporation LAC:TSX), where he led the company through a business development strategy in lithium,  and commissioned an industrial minerals business to service the energy and chemicals industry.  Mr. Chmelauskas was previously President and CEO of China Gold International Resources Corp. Ltd. (formerly Jinshan Gold Mines) where he successfully managed and led the company during all phases of the commissioning of one of China’s largest open pit gold mines.  Mr. Chmelauskas has considerable experience in the exploration, development and mining industry, including a large Placer Dome gold mine, and a business analyst position with chemical manufacturer Methanex Corporation.  Mr. Chmelauskas has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Geological Engineering from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University.

Donald H. Christie, CPA, CA – Director.  Mr. Christie is the President, CEO and a Director of Norvista Capital Corporation (NVV: TSX-V); the Director of Rockcliff Copper Corporation (RCU:TSX-V) and the CFO and a Director of Nevada Zinc Corporation (NZN: TSX-V).  Mr. Christie is a Chartered Professional Accountant.  Mr. Christie formerly held the role of Chief Financial Officer at Rockcliff Copper Corporation as well as Continental Gold Limited (CNL:TSX).    Prior to his involvement with Continental Gold Limited, Mr. Christie co-founded Ollerhead Christie & Company Ltd., a privately held Toronto investment banking firm which sourced, structured and syndicated debt private placements and provided financial advisory services to a client base comprised primarily of colleges, universities, schools boards and provincial government agencies.  Prior to founding Ollerhead Christie & Company Ltd., Mr. Christie served as a Managing Director of Newcourt Credit Group (TSX, NYSE), which was subsequently purchased by the CIT Group, Inc.  Mr. Christie holds an Honours B.Comm degree from Queen’s University.

K. Sethu Raman, Ph.D – Director. Dr. Raman is a professional geologist with over 40 years of international experience in all phases of exploration and development and has held senior executive positions in several public mining companies.  He spent 13 years with Campbell Chibougamau Mines, Campbell Resources and Royex Gold Group of companies (now Barrick Gold) in various management positions including Vice President (1980-86), where he played a key role in gold discovery and development of six operating gold mines and major acquisitions including Hemlo Gold Mine and the Nickel Plate Gold Mine.  From 1986 to 2004, Dr. Raman was President and CEO of Holmer Gold Mines Limited that has, over the years, discovered and developed the Timmins Gold deposit.  On December 31, 2004, Lake Shore Gold Corp., a TSX listed company, acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of Holmer.  Dr. Raman is currently a director of CBD Med Research Corp (CMB.H:TSXV) and SGX Resources Inc. (SXR:TSVX) and was previously a director of Zara Resources Inc. (ZRI:CSE).  Dr. Raman holds a Ph.D (1970) in geology from Carleton University, Ottawa and a UNESCO Post-Graduate Diploma (1965) from University of Vienna, Austria.

Edward Buiel, Ph. D. – Advisor.  

John S. Rogers P.Eng, M.Sc. – Senior Project Advisor. Formerly Manager of Nanisivik and Detour Lake Mines and Director of Operations, Saudi Arabian Mining Company.