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 Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, Development & Exploration for Millennial Lithium Corp. (ML:TSXV). He is founder and principal of IMEx Consulting, which provides business development, mining and marketing services to the industrial minerals industry. Mr. Scarr previously was Project Director for Enirgi Group at the Rincon lithium project in Argentina and prior to that was Country Manager and General Manager – Development for Galaxy Resources Limited’s (GXY:ASX) flagship Sal de Vida lithium and potash brine project. 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). Mr. Little has over 30 years of experience in mineral exploration, mine development, mine operations and capital markets. He has spent the last 20 years focused on African projects where he was the founder of Orezone Resources Inc., a company that developed Essakane, the largest gold mine in Burkina Faso and was taken over by IAMGOLD in 2009 in a deal worth $350M. 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 is a technology and mining developer and financier, and was previously CEO and President of Western Lithium Corporation (WLC:TSX, now Lithium Americas, LAC:TSX), CEO of specialty clay producer Hectatone Inc. (now RheoMinerals Inc.), and President and CEO of Jinshan Gold Mines (now China Gold International Resources Corp. Ltd.). He has overseen the development and patenting of a novel lithium extraction technology, overseen development of modifier technology for fluids, and has successfully managed and led the financing, exploration, development, construction and commissioning of mining and industrial minerals operations including the commissioning of one of China’s largest open pit gold mines and the development of a leading international lithium company. Mr. Chmelauskas has considerable experience in the exploration, development and mining industries, including operational experience with Placer Dome at a major Papua New Guinea gold mine (now Barrick Gold), and as a business analyst with Methanex Corporation, a specialty chemical manufacturer. 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 – Chartered 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 subsequently combined with the CIT Group, Inc. While at Newcourt, Mr. Christie was involved in the structuring and syndication of over $1.5 billion of transactions. Mr. Christie holds an Honours B.Comm degree from Queen’s University.
K. Sethu Raman, Ph.D – Director. Dr. Raman is a serial mine finder and a successful entrepreneur with more than 46 years of international experience in all phases of exploration, mine development, acquisitions and operations as well as experience in related financial and legal areas. He has pioneered many new exploration concepts and strategies which have led to the discovery of eleven significant gold, silver, copper, zinc, phosphate and uranium deposits located near established mining camps, seven of which went on to become producing gold mines in Canada. As President and CEO of Holmer Gold Mines Ltd. (1985-2004) and Director and Advisor to Lake Shore Gold Corp. (2004-2016), Dr. Raman has been the driving force behind the discovery and development of the Timmins West Gold mine in a previously unknown extension of the Timmins Mine Trend which produced over 70 M ounces of gold. This new trend currently hosts several deposits and profitable mines operated by Lake Shore Gold which accepted a friendly $945M takeover offer from Tahoe Resources Inc. (THO:TSX) in 2016. Dr. Raman previously spent 13 years with Campbell Chibougamau Mines/Campbell Resources and the Royex Gold Mining Group of companies controlled by Ned Goodman. He joined as a Research Geologist and held various management positions including Vice President from 1980 to 1986. He played a key role in the discovery and development of six gold mines in Quebec, Ontario and the Canadian Arctic increasing the group’s market capitalization from $25M to $1B. Subsequently, these companies were sold to Home Stake Mining (now Barrick Gold) and Patino Mining Corp. Dr. Raman holds a Ph.D. in Geology from Carleton University, Ottawa and a Post-Graduate Diploma from the University of Vienna, Austria. Dr. Raman is currently a director of CBD Med Research Corp. (CMB.H:TSXV) and SGX Resources Inc. (SXR:TSVX)
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.