David Fennell received his law degree in 1979 from the University of Alberta and practiced in the areas of corporate and resource law until 1983, when he founded Golden Star Resources (''Golden Star''). During his term as president and CEO, Golden Star became a TSE 300 company and one of the largest and most successful exploration companies. In 1998, Mr. Fennell left Golden Star to become chairman and CEO of Cambiex Explorations Ltd, which became Hope Bay Gold Corporation ("Hope Bay''). He held this position until the merger of Hope Bay and Miramar Mining Corporation ('' Miramar'') where he continued as executive vice-chairman and director for the combined entity until its takeover, in January 2008, by Newmont Mining Corporation. He was chairman of Ariane Gold Corp. (''Ariane'') from August 2002 until its acquisition by Cambior Inc. in November 2003, and was a director of Palmarejo Silver and Gold Corporation (''Palmarejo'') until the merger with Coeur d'Alene Mines Inc. He was chairman of Maximus Ventures Ltd. until the business combination with NFX Gold Inc. to form Bear Lake Gold Ltd. (''Bear Lake'') where he continues as executive chairman. Mr. Fennell is also currently an officer or director or both of a number of publicly-traded resource companies.
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
James Crombie graduated from the Royal School of Mines, London, in 1980 with a B.Sc. (Hons) in mining engineering, having been awarded an Anglo American scholarship. Mr. Crombie held various positions with DeBeers Consolidated Mines and the Anglo American Corporation in South Africa and Angola between 1980 and 1986. He spent the next 13 years as a mining analyst and investment banker with Shepards, Merrill Lynch, James Capel & Co. and finally with Yorkton Securities. Mr. Crombie was vice president, corporate development of Hope Bay from February 1999 through May 2002 and president and CEO of Ariane Gold Corp. from August 2002 to November 2003. Mr. Crombie was president, CEO and a director of Palmarejo until the merger with Coeur d'Alene Mines Corporation in December 2007. Mr. Crombie is also currently an officer or director or both of a number of publicly-traded resource companies.
Executive Vice President Exploration and Director
Sean Hasson obtained his B.Sc. in geology from the University of Western Australia. He has extensive experience in exploration/development project management, exploration and mining geology, project generation, structural analysis, exploration geochemistry, project scheduling and budgeting, quality control program management and corporate development activities. He has previously worked in both exploration and mining capacities on Archean greenstone gold and base metal projects in Western Australia and northern Canada and has had extensive exposure to mineralized epithermal-porphyry environments in South America, the Philippines and more recently in the Western Tethyan belt of Eastern Europe/Asia.
Director, Chair of the Audit Commitee
Elaine Bennett has over 20 years of experience in the mining industry. Ms. Bennett has been Vice President, Finance and CFO of Sabina Silver Corporation since 2008. Prior to joining Sabina, Ms. Bennett was VP Finance and CFO for Miramar Mining Corporation which was developing the Hope Bay gold project in Nunavut. Ms. Bennett was part of the successful management team that grew Miramar from a $75 million market cap company to a $1.5 billion company and which cumulated in a sale to Newmont. Prior to joining Miramar, Ms. Bennett spent 10 years at the Con Mine in Yellowknife and served in a number of roles, including Mine Controller. Ms. Bennett also serves on the board and chairs the audit committee of junior exploration company listed on the TSXV. Ms. Bennett is a Certified General Accountant (British Columbia), is a member of Financial Executives Institute and a member of the North West Mining Association.
Director, Chair of the Environmental, Health and Safety Committee
Robert Minto graduated from the University of Wales in 1964 with a BSc in metallurgy. He also obtained a MSc and a PhD (honours) in metallurgical engineering from McGill University. From 1973 until his retirement in January 2013, he has worked for the SNC-Lavalin Group, one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world, in a variety of positions, including vice-president technology, process plants division; vice-president metallurgical technologies, industrial division and vice-president, mining and metallurgy division. Dr. Minto's is currently president of MinTor consultants Inc. He is a registered professional engineer in Canada and in Europe and is also a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) registered in the UK.
Director, Chair of the Compensation and Corporate Governance Committee
Jonathan Goodman has been the president and CEO of DPM since 1993. He has over 20 years experience in the resource and investment industry, working as a geologist, senior analyst, portfolio manager and senior executive. Mr. Goodman joined Goodman & Company Investment Counsel in 1990, where he was responsible for the selection of Canadian equities and played a major role in developing asset allocation strategies, before becoming the company's President. He was also a founder of Goepel Shields and Partners, and investment firm (now part of Raymond James Financial). Mr. Goodman graduated from the Colorado School of Mines as a Professional Engineer and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toronto. He is a CFA charterholder, and is a director of several publicly-traded resource companies.
Louis-Pierre Gignac, graduated from McGill University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Mining Engineering. He then obtained a Master of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal. His career began with Cambior Inc. (now part of IAMGOLD Corporation) where he started as a Financial Analyst and progressed to Senior Mine Engineer and Project Mine Engineer-Mine Superintendent for various international projects, based in Montréal and abroad. He is currently Vice President, Mining Engineering with G Mining Services Inc. He is a registered member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec and the Canadian Institute of Mining.
Adrian Goldstone holds a BSc and MSc from the University of Auckland. He is executive vice president, sustainable business development of Dundee Precious Metals Inc. Prior to joining Dundee Precious Metals in 2006 Mr. Goldstone was the managing director of Kingett Mitchell Ltd., a diversified resources and environmental consultancy based in New Zealand. Prior to that he was part of the international development group of Colorado-based Cyprus Minerals Company. Mr. Goldstone has 20 years of experience in the minerals sector in development and operating projects and in corporate positions, and has been involved in mineral projects in Africa, Russia, Europe, Asia, the Americas, Australia and New Zealand.
John Wakeford has more than 30 years in worldwide exploration with extensive experience in Archean greenstone deposits, including the Hemlo and Timmins gold camps. His experience includes fourteen years with Noranda, where, among other things, he played a key role in the discovery and evaluation of the Holloway gold deposit. On the creation of Hemlo Gold Mines, Mr. Wakeford was appointed director of international exploration and led Hemlo's international gold exploration activities. Following the merger of Hemlo with Battle Mountain, he was appointed Director of Exploration, and eventually became responsible for Battle Mountain's exploration efforts. Subsequently John was the Vice-President of Exploration at Miramar Mining during which time his experience and knowledge of Archean greenstone belts enabled the company to grow the Hope Bay resource to over 10 million ounces of gold. From 2008 until January 2012 Mr. Wakeford was the senior vice-president, corporate development of Sabina Gold & Silver Corp., where he continues as a director.