Jim Hirst – Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Hirst is a business executive with over 40 years’ experience in corporate governance in Canada and the United States. He has a strong regulatory background and extensive experience with public companies including corporate structure, initial public offerings, secondary public offerings, private offerings, reverse takeovers, and reporting compliance. Additionally, Mr. Hirst has experience in all aspects of management having acted as a director, President and CEO of several public companies involved in a variety of corporate undertakings. These include the set-up and manufacture of food products, fuel products, real estate, aerospace, as well as mineral and oil and gas exploration.
Mr. Hirst founded Canova Resources Ltd., which successfully drilled the Yellow Jacket property near Atlin, British Columbia, Canada, resulting in a significant hard rock gold discovery and subsequent option agreement to the Homestake Mining Company.
As a director of Rock Resources Inc., his responsibilities included the development of a corporate strategy and business plan for acquisition, exploration and development of a world class copper porphyry mineral project in Chile.
Mr. Hirst graduated in 1979 from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Accounting & Management Information Systems) while he was a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commercial Crime Section. He has completed the RCMP Senior Investigators Course and the Canadian Securities Course.
James Fairbairn – Chief Financial Officer
Mr. James Fairbairn has over 30 years of experience in accounting, financial management, corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions. In addition to his executive management experience, he is well-acquainted with key corporate governance issues having served on numerous boards of both public and private companies. Mr. Fairbairn graduated from the University of Western Ontario (BA) and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA 1987), in addition to having obtained the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D)
Dwayne Yaretz – Corporate Secretary
Mr. Yaretz is a seasoned entrepreneur with more than 25 years experience in corporate leadership. Mr. Yaretz has acted for several private and publicly traded companies in various capacities including President, CEO and Corporate Secretary and is experienced in mergers and acquisitions as well as the financing of numerous ventures, both private and public. Mr. Yaretz has structured Initial Public Offerings and Reverse Takeovers in various business sectors, including mining exploration, technology and manufacturing. Mr. Yaretz has also served on various Boards of Directors, including technology companies involved in clean-tech, agri-business, sustainable packaging technologies, consumer electronics and state-of-the-art thermal and infrared imaging cameras deployed in the security and industrial sectors.
Benoit Chotard – Director
Mr. Chotard, has over 25 years of international corporate finance, management and public market expertise. He has been a Member of “Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec” since 1989. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 1989 and a MBA in 1993, both from the University of Sherbrooke. Since December 2013, he has been Managing Partner for Capital Force United, a corporate finance advisory corporation that delivers focused advice and transaction expertise. Mr. Chotard has also acted as President & CEO and Director of Orletto Capital II Inc., President & CEO, and Director of Orletto Capital Inc., both TSX-V listed companies. Mr. Chotard spent eight years as Head of the Technology Investment Group of National Bank Financial Inc.
Michael Dehn – Chief Advisor
Mr. Dehn has over 25 years of solid experience in Canada’s exploration and mining industry. Between 1994 and 2005, he worked as an exploration geologist and later became senior geologist with Goldcorp. During his 11-year tenure with Goldcorp, Mr. Dehn played a vital role in Goldcorp’s regional exploration programs within the Red Lake gold district of Northern Ontario, as well as with the Goldcorp challenge, where all of Goldcorp’s Red Lake Mine data were shared with the public and outside experts had the opportunity to win prizes totalling $575,000 if they were able to help identify and locate the next six million ounces of gold within the Red Lake mine. His expertise lies in grassroots to advanced mineral exploration, and advancing, marketing and financing junior exploration companies with dynamic potential.
As a geologist, Mr. Dehn is considered by many in the gold mining and exploration industry to be one of the foremost authorities understanding the various idiosyncrasies of the Red Lake gold camp and the many surrounding gold districts. In his previous roles with other successful mining and junior exploration companies, Mr. Dehn has been instrumental in positioning the junior gold exploration company for both strategic and operational successes very rapidly under his guidance. Mr. Dehn has proven himself as a visionary, gold discoverer and trusted adviser, by introducing unique and strategic investor groups, often outside of the mining arena, to new world-class exploration opportunities within proven and newly emerging gold camps in Ontario, Canada.
Eric Allard, P. Eng
Mr. Allard is a geological engineer with 20 years’ experience in project and operations management for exploration mining, oil & gas and construction engineering. Mr. Allard has held various positions as VP operations in junior mining companies in Canada and Africa and has been managing a geophysical services company in Canada for the last 10 years. He has participated in all levels of company management from sales and business management to technical project management. He is a member in good standing of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec.
Donald Baxter, P. Eng
Don Baxter is one of the premier graphite experts outside of China, having built one of only two producing graphite mines in North America. Don is presently Chief Executive Officer and Director of Applied Graphite Technologies. He is also a Director is Ceylon Graphite (TSXV:CYL). Prior to this, Don served as President, CEO and Executive Director of Alabama Graphite Corp, successfully completing the company’s disruptive Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) and introducing a new, battery-focused strategy. As President and Chief Operating Officer of Focus Graphite Inc., Don led Focus Graphite to wide recognition in the graphite industry, updated the company’s PEA and advanced the company to a completed Feasibility Study. He was also responsible for rapidly advancing the development of value-added graphite products, namely coated spherical purified graphite for the lithium-ion battery sector.
Don served as President of Northern Graphite Corporation and was responsible for all technical aspects relating to the Bissett Creek graphite project, including the company’s Feasibility Study, metallurgical test work, environmental and mine permitting, as well as developing battery-related graphite products. Don also served as Mine Superintendent at the Kearney Graphite Mine and was Director of Mining at Ontario Graphite Ltd. Don holds a degree in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University, is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Advanced Technology Batteries International (NAATBatt International) — a US-based not-for-profit trade association commercializing advanced electrochemical energy-storage technology for emerging, high-tech applications — and is a ‘Qualified Person’ as defined by National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101) guidelines.
Paul McGuigan, P.Geo.
Mr.McGuigan is a Professional Geoscientist, has 45 years of international experience in economic geology and mineral exploration management, spanning grassroots exploration through to mine feasibility studies and mining operations. Early in his career, he was employed by IBM Canada Ltd., Geological Survey of Canada, Pechiney Ugine Kuhlmann, Imperial Oil, and Esso Minerals Canada. For the last thirty-four years, Mr. McGuigan has operated in West Africa, the Middle East, SW Pacific, and all North and South America. His geological expertise includes iron oxide-copper-gold (IOCG), volcanogenic massive sulphide, porphyry Cu-Mo-Au, epithermal and orogenic gold, platinum, and diamond deposits. He was a founder of Diamond Quest Laboratories. He has held directorship positions in several publicly listed mining companies and is experienced with corporate governance, multi-party negotiations, public disclosure, compliance, and fund-raising for mineral exploration and mine development projects. In the public service, he was a member of the Consulting Practice and the Geoscience Committees of the Engineers and Geoscientist of BC, and President of the BC Centre for Ability Foundation.