William M. Sheriff, MSc
An entrepreneur and visionary with over 30 years’ experience in the minerals industry and the securities industry. Mr. Sheriff was the founder and previous Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Predator Corp. Prior to founding Golden Predator Corp. Mr. Sheriff was a pioneer in the uranium renaissance as co-founder and Chairman of Energy Metals Corp., and was responsible for compiling the largest domestic uranium resource base in US history before the company was acquired by Uranium One Corp for $1.8 Billion. Mr. Sheriff also serves as Chairman of enCore Energy Corp. Mr. Sheriff co-founded and previously served as Chairman of Till Capital and EMC Metals Corp., and as a Director of Western Lithium USA Inc., Uranium One Inc., Midway Gold Corp., Eurasian Minerals Inc. and Starcore International Mines Ltd. Mr. Sheriff was also a registered representative, holding positions with A.G.Edwards and Mitchum Jones and Templeton, in addition to having his own securities firm. Mr. Sheriff holds a B.Sc degree (Geology) from Fort Lewis College, Colorado and an MSc in Mining Geology from the University of Texas-El Paso and owns one of the largest privately held mining databases in the world.
Richard Goldfarb, PhD
Richard J. Goldfarb, PhD, is a globally recognized expert on orogenic gold deposits having served 36 years with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Mineral Resources Program. Dr. Goldfarb is a Research Professor at the Colorado School of Mines; Adjunct Professor, University of Western Australia; and a Distinguished Overseas Professor at China University of Geosciences, Beijing, China, as well as, a private consultant.
Dr. Goldfarb obtained his PhD Geology from the University of Colorado and is the recipient of many awards from scientific organizations around the world. He is a Fellow and Ex-President of the Society of Economic Geologists and an Honorary Lifetime Member, Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits. He has senior authored or co-authored more than 225 papers and delivered over 200 presentations in 31 countries.
Dr. Goldfarb’s expertise and research highlights include:
- Exploration targeting of orogenic gold deposits;
- Global metallogeny, with emphasis on temporal/spatial distribution of gold deposits;
- Geology of ore deposits in the North American Cordillera, with emphasis on orogenic gold and accretionary tectonics;
- Distribution and geology of lode gold deposits in China and central Asia; and,
- Geochemical applications to the understanding of ore genesis.
Mr. Fentie served as the Premier of the Yukon from 2002 to 2011, having first entered politics in 1996 as the MLA for Watson Lake. He has represented both the Yukon Party and the New Democratic Party during his tenure. As Premier he also served as Minister of Finance, Minister responsible for devolution, land claims and Yukon Energy Corp. and as the Minister of Environment. Mr. Fentie's priorities included rebuilding the Yukon economy, formalizing relations with First Nations and revitalizing the mining industry. During his tenure the unemployment rate in Yukon declined from 9.8% to approximately 4%, annual mineral exploration expenditures grew from $7 million in 2002 to over $300 million in 2011 and the value of mineral production grew 264 percent. Mr. Fentie currently is a private businessman residing in Watson Lake, Yukon.
William B. Harris
Director & Audit Committee Chairman
Mr. Harris is a partner of Solo Management Group, LLC, an investment and management consulting firm and previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hoechst Fibers Worldwide, the global acetate and polyester business of Hoechst AG. At Hoechst Fibers Worldwide, Mr. Harris managed the $5 billion operation, comprised of 21,000 employees and production locations in 14 different countries. Within Hoechst AG and its subsidiaries, Mr. Harris held various positions, including Chairman of the Board of Grupo Celanese S.A., a publicly traded company in Mexico with sales in excess of $1 billion, Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and Director of Celanese Canada Inc. a publicly-traded company in Canada and was Vice President, Treasurer and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Hoechst Celanese Corporation. He also served as the Chairman and Executive Committee member of the American Fiber Manufacturers Association.
Mr. Harris is a graduate of Harvard College (BA in English) and Columbia University Graduate School of Business (MBA in Finance).
Mr. Harris is a Director and member of the Audit Committee for enCore Energy Corp. and Chairman of Scandium International Mining Corp. He previously served on the Board of Directors for several public companies including Gold One International Limited, Potash One Inc., and Energy Metals Corporation.
Mr. Thiele, a Professional Engineer, is an independent mining consultant with over 45 years of extensive industry experience. He served as Vice President of Project Development for the Meadowbank Gold Project of Cumberland Resources Ltd. from 2002 until 2007, through the acquisition of that company by Agnico-Eagle. Mr. Thiele’s broad range of expertise includes underground and open pit designs, development, operations and engineering throughout northern and western Canada, providing services to Newmont Mines Ltd, Pioneer Metals Corporation, United Keno Hill Mines Limited, Minnova Inc., Fairfield Minerals, and Placer Group. Mr. Thiele obtained his B.Sc in Mining Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.
Tony Lesiak is Managing Director and Global Head of Mining Research for Canaccord Genuity Corp. (Canada). Mr. Lesiak is responsible for coverage of the Canadian large capitalization precious metal equities and has been researching the metals and mining sector for 20 years. Prior to rejoining Canaccord Genuity in September 2013, he was Managing Director and Senior Mining Analyst at Macquarie Capital Markets. Mr. Lesiak was a Principal and Senior Mining Analyst at Genuity Capital Markets from 2007 to 2010 and previously held senior positions in mining equity research at UBS (Toronto) and HSBC (New York and Toronto). Mr. Lesiak earned a B.Sc in Geology and an MBA (Rotman) from the University of Toronto and holds an International MBA specializing in Economics from Johannes Kepler University in Austria.
Stefan Spears has over a decade of experience as a senior executive in the resource exploration and mining industry. He began his mining career at Goldcorp, and in 2005 joined McEwen Capital Corporation to focus on resource sector investments. In 2008 he joined McEwen Mining (TSX/NYSE:MUX) as Vice President in charge of U.S. Projects. After successfully founding Coreprint Patterns Inc., an innovative sand casting pattern manufacturer whose repeat clients have included several multi-national corporations in the mining and industrial sectors, Mr. Spears rejoined McEwen Mining to address Special Projects with a focus on corporate development and to tackle technical challenges in operations. He has experience in gold exploration in Canada, USA and Mexico, and was involved in raising over C$400 million in equity capital for exploration and development projects. Mr. Spears holds a B.Sc. degree in civil engineering from Queen's University. He is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Inventus Mining Corp. (TSX-V:IVS).