Management and Board of Directors
Dr. Keith Barron, President, CEO, Chairman
Dr. Barron is an exploration geologist with over 33 years experience in the mining sector. He has consulted on all continents except for Antarctica, searching for commodities such as gold, silver, diamonds, uranium, copper, platinum, and industrial minerals. In 2001 he privately co-founded Ecuador gold explorer Aurelian Resources Inc., which was listed on the TSX-V in 2003 and made the colossal Fruta del Norte gold discovery in 2006. The company was bought by Kinross Gold in 2008 for $1.2 billion. He is the founder and a Director of Guyana, Colombia and Argentina uranium explorer U3O8 Corp (TSX:UWE). He is also Chairman and Director of Firestone Ventures (TSXV:FV) and President of private sapphire miner Potentate Mining in Montana, USA. At the PDAC convention in March 2008 he was awarded the Thayer Lindsley International Discovery Award for his role in the discovery of the Fruta del Norte gold deposit and he was also jointly named the Northern Miner’s Mining Man of the Year 2008. He holds a PhD in Geology from the University of Western Ontario and a BSc. (Hons) in Geology from the University of Toronto. Dr. Barron is currently an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Western Ontario.
Elaine Ellingham, Director
Ms Ellingham is an experienced mining executive and geologist with over 30 years of experience in the mining industry. Ms. Ellingham is a consultant providing strategic management services to international mining clients. She has held roles as interim CEO for Richmont Mines Ltd. and Senior Vice President, Investor Relations with Iamgold. Elaine spent eight years with the Toronto Stock Exchange, in a number of capacities including National Leader of Mining, and Manager, Company Listings. She has a range of experience in mineral exploration, corporate development and investor relations for mining companies, including Campbell Resources Inc., Rio Algom Exploration Inc., and St. Joe Canada Inc. Elaine is currently a Director of Richmont Mines Inc. (TSX) and Wallbridge Mining Company Ltd. (TSX). She has an MSc in Geology and an MBA, both from the University of Toronto.
Donna McLean, CFO
Donna McLean has served as CFO, Treasurer and Controller for numerous publicly-traded and private companies. She has worked for several mining exploration companies including Intrepid Mines Ltd., Excalibur Resources Ltd. and Firestone Ventures Inc.. Ms. McLean is founder and President of DMc CORPORATE SERVICES INC., a private company that provides financial and administrative services to established and emergent businesses, operating in a variety of sectors and industries.
Jean Paul Pallier, Chief Geologist
Mr. Pallier is a geoscientist with over 21 years experience in the mining industry. He has worked on gold exploration projects in French Guiana in the capacity of field geologist progressively through to Project Manager. Mr. Pallier contributed to the discovery and the development of Camp Caiman (1.6 Moz gold resource) and worked in Paul Isnard project (3.89 Moz gold resource) both in French Guiana. He has experience in Uranium exploration, having led an exploration team in Mongolia. He holds an MSc in Geology from Lorraine Université and a BSc (Maitrise) from the university of Oviedo (Spain) and UBO – Brest.
Gerald Harper, Director
Dr. Harper is a geoscientist and professional engineer with fifty years of world wide, resource industry experience, having worked for several major world mining companies, managing exploration activities, developing mines and managing operating mines. He is President of Gamah International Limited, a mineral industry consulting firm. He was President of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada from 1998 to 2000 and still represents the association on several committees. From 2004 till July 2009 Dr. Harper was Senior Vice President, Mongolian Operations of Western Prospector Group Ltd., when it was taken over by a subsidiary of China National Nuclear Corporation to acquire its Gurvanbulag uranium mine. He was a founder (in 2007) and until he left Mongolia, the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mineral Industry Safety Association of Mongolia. Dr. Harper is a director and President of Minfocus Exploration Corp. which has made a zinc discovery in British Columbia. He was a director of Mustang Minerals Limited and NWM Mining Corporation. He is co-discoverer of the Current Lake platinum, palladium-rich, copper, nickel deposit near Thunder Bay and the Mayville copper, nickel deposit in Manitoba. He holds a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in geology from University of London.
Marvin Kaiser, Director
Mr. Kaiser is a Certified Public Accountant with over 40 years of experience in the mining industry. He spent 12 years with The Doe Run Company, an international natural resource company focused on the mining, smelting, recycling and fabrication of metals, where he held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at his retirement in 2006. Previously, he was Chief Financial Officer of Amax Gold Inc., a publicly listed gold mining company, from 1989 to 1993. He has served on the School of Accountancy Advisory Board at Southern Illinois University since 1988 and serves as a director of the Southern Illinois University Foundation. Mr. Kaiser currently serves as a director of Gryphon Gold Corporation, Uranium Resources Inc. and Apollo Gold Corporation. Mr. Kaiser graduated from Southern Illinois University.
Richard Spencer, Director
Led the exploration teams that:
• Discovered the 3.3 million ounce Quimsacocha / Loma Larga gold deposit in Ecuador (also contains 23 million ounces of silver);
• Increased the gold reserve at the Las Cristinas deposit in Venezuela by 65% from 10.2 million ounces to 16.8 million ounces;
• Discovered a belt of porphyry copper deposits in Ecuador. Resources are: 23 billion pounds of copper & 4 million ounces of gold in the Mirador, Panantza & San Carlos deposits.