Board of Directors & Founders
Mark O’Dea Ph.D., P.Geo.
Mark O’Dea has built and financed international mining companies from Canada to Africa, taking them from exploration and discovery to development and operations. His companies are built on a common foundation: high-quality, long-life mines with lasting economic opportunities, community benefits and environmental protection. Most recently, Dr. O’Dea co-founded and served as executive chairman of True Gold Mining. After building the Karma Heap Leach Gold Mine in Burkina Faso, West Africa, True Gold was sold to Endeavour Mining in 2016. As co-founder and CEO of Fronteer Gold, Dr. O’Dea grew the company from startup to its 2011 sale to Newmont Mining Corp., a deal that included the spin-out of Liberty Gold. He also co-founded and served as Chairman of True North Nickel and CEO of Aurora Energy, sold to Royal Nickel Corp. and Paladin Energy in 2014 and 2011, respectively. Founder of Oxygen Capital Corp., Dr. O’Dea is currently chairman of Liberty Gold, director of Pure Gold Mining, Discovery Metals, and NexGen Energy. His many honours include EY’s Entrepreneur of the YearTM for 2014 in the Pacific mining and metals category, the Globe and Mail’s Top 40 Under 40, and the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia’s Murray Pezim Award for perseverance and success in financing mineral exploration.
Since 1993, Mr. McInnes has been the founder, president and a director of a number of publicly traded mineral exploration companies. Mr. McInnes was a Director of Fronteer Gold (2001 to 2011), founder of Kutcho Copper Corp. (formerly Western Keltic Mines Inc.), True Gold Mining and True North Nickel. He was the founder and Vice Chair and CEO of Plutonic Power Corporation, that invested $1 billion in creating BC’s largest independent clean power company. He is currently Vice Chairman of Alterra Power Corp. Mr. McInnes is a past Chair of the Independent Power Producers Association of British Columbia, a past Governor of the Business Council of British Columbia, past President and Director of the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia, and past Director of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. He is a recipient of AME BC’s Gold Pan Award, a lifetime Achievement Award from CEBC, an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award and holds a Honorary Doctor of Technology Degree from BCIT.
Sean Tetzlaff CPA, CA
Sean Tetzlaff is an experienced financial professional with over 20 years of experience in the mining industry. Recently he served as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Blue Gold Mining, which merged with Riverstone Resources in 2012 to become True Gold Mining. He also served as CFO, VP Finance and Corporate Secretary of Fronteer Gold from 2005 to 2011. During this time, he had oversight of financial, legal, and contractual matters for all of Fronteer Gold operations and international subsidiaries. He was responsible for the successful execution of numerous equity investments, asset divestitures, and merger and acquisitions transactions including the sale of Fronteer to Newmont for $2.3 billion in 2011. Mr. Tetzlaff also served as CFO of Aurora Energy Resources from 2006 to 2008, helping the company grow from initial public offering through to the advancement of one of the world’s largest undeveloped uranium deposits. Mr. Tetzlaff has a tax background, having worked with KPMG LLP from 2000 to 2004.
Glen Garratt P.Geo.
Mr. Garratt completed a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of British Columbia in 1972 and has pursued a career in mineral exploration since that time. After working for a number of major and junior mining companies he founded a consulting/contracting company in 1979 and continues to service the mineral exploration community as President of Mincord Exploration Consultants Ltd. In 1986 Mr. Garratt co-founded Eastfield Resources Ltd., a TSX-Venture Exchange listed company, which focused on mineral exploration in western North America. Subsequently Mr. Garratt has been active in developing several other junior exploration companies and is currently an officer and director of Eastfield as well as Cariboo Rose Resources Ltd. Woodjam Copper Corp. and Lorraine Copper Corp.which also trade on the TSX-V.
Special Advisor to the Board
Rick Bailes M.Sc., P.Geo.
Mr. Bailes served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Gold Hunter Corp., (International Curator Resources Ltd.) from September 2002 to April 17, 2009 and also served as its Vice President. Mr. Bailes had been an Independent Director at True Gold Mining Inc. from 1996 until its acquisition by Endeavour Mining in 2016. He served as a Director of Canadian Gold Hunter Corp. from 2002 to 2009, as a Director at Fortress Minerals Corp. from 2005 to 2011, as Director of Champion Resources Inc. (subsequently Red Back Mining Inc.), as a Director of Riverstone Resources Ltd. and as a Director of Newstrike Capital Inc. until December, 2008.
Steve Robertson, President & CEO, P.Geo.
Steve Robertson joined Sun Metals from Imperial Metals, a mid-tier mining company that has been involved in the development and/or operations of five mines, primarily in British Columbia. In 2013 Steve was appointed as Vice President, Corporate Affairs with responsibilities including government relations, community relations, aboriginal affairs and corporate communications. As a member of the executive team, he was actively engaged in the planning and execution of strategies to meet Imperial’s corporate objectives. Prior to his VP appointment he was Manager of Exploration at Imperial including responsibility for Red Chris exploration, feasibility, permitting and development, and also exploration at Mount Polley. He designed and executed many exploration programs including the highly successful deep drilling at Red Chris. Mr. Robertson has nearly three decades experience in exploration and mine operations in British Columbia. Always actively engaged within the mining community, he has served as director for AME BC and sat on the Geoscience BC Technical Advisory Committee. As well, he was a founding director of the BC Aboriginal Mine Training Association. Mr. Robertson was awarded the 2016 E.A. Scholz Award for Excellence in Mine Development for his leadership role in development of the Red Chris mine.
Ian Neill, VP Exploration, P.Geo.
Ian Neill is a registered professional geologist with over 25 years of experience in leadership and discovery, working throughout the Americas exploring for base metals, gold and diamonds. Ian has extensive experience working in northern and remote conditions with both major and junior mining companies. As project manager of the Wolfden Resources High Lake project in Nunavut, he led the team which was awarded the 2003 PDAC Prospector of the Year award for the discovery of the West Zone VMS deposit (18mT). Mr. Neill also managed the MMG discovery of the High Lake East VMS deposit (5mT) in Nunavut in 2012 and was part of the Kennecott Canada discovery team at the Diavik Diamond project. Ian obtained a B.Sc. (hons.) degree in Geology from the University of British Columbia in 1992. Mr Neill’s most recent experience was as Canadian Exploration manager for the Australian based mid-tier miner MMG, which included time seconded to the Global Zinc team evaluating CRD deposits in Peru.
Peter Megaw Ph.D., P.Geo.
Dr. Megaw, C.P.G. is President of INDEX/Cascabel and co-founder of MAG Silver Corporation. He has a Ph.D. in Economic Geology from the University of Arizona and more than 35 years of relevant experience focused on silver and gold exploration. He is a certified Professional Geologist by the American Institute of Professional Geologists and an Arizona Registered geologist. Dr. Megaw has been instrumental in a number of mineral discoveries in Mexico including new ore bodies at existing mines, Excellon Resources’ Platosa Mine, and MAG Silver’s Juanicipio-Fresnillo, Zacatecas; and Cinco de Mayo-Pozo Seco, Chihuahua. He was instrumental in assembling the Mexican property portfolio now held by Revolution Resources Corp. and arranged the acquisition of X-Strata’s Latin American holdings by Linear Gold. Dr. Megaw has served on the Board of MAG Silver since 2005, Candente Gold since 2009 and Minaurum Gold since 2010. Dr. Megaw was awarded the Society of Mining Engineers 2012 Robert M. Dreyer Award for excellence in Applied Economic Geology and the Carnegie Mineralogical Medal for 2009. He is the author of numerous scientific publications on ore deposits and is a frequent speaker at academic and international exploration conferences.
Bill Morton M.Sc., P.Geo.
Mr. Morton, serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lorraine Copper Corp., Consolidated Woodjam Copper Corp., Eastfield Resources Ltd., and Cariboo Rose Resources Ltd. He has been Vice President and Partner of the Mincord Exploration Consultants Ltd. since 1987. He has been Technical Advisor of Fort St. James Nickel Corp. since February 2015. He has been involved in the senior management of public resource companies for almost 20 years and is or has been a Director or Technical Advisor to more than a dozen public resource companies in that time. He has been a Professional Geologist since 1972 and is a Member of the BC Association of Professional Engineers and is a Member in good standing with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. Mr. Morton holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from Carleton University and a Masters of Science Degree from the University of British Columbia.
Jim Oliver Ph.D., P. Geo.
Dr. Oliver has more than 25 years exploration experience specializing in global mineral deposit evaluations and early to advanced stage project valuations, with particular emphasis on belt, regional and detailed geological mapping programs, lithologic, structural and alteration mapping, Archean and Epithermal gold, porphyry copper, molybdenum gold, SedEx and REE mineral systems. He has successful track record. He served as Vice President of Geology for the Hunter Dickinson (HDI) Group of Companies, where he was instrumental in the successful acquisition of several mineral projects and deposits and provided leading edge geoscience input on a diverse range of deposit types. He has worked on five continents, in 25 countries and examined or worked on approximately 400 mineral occurrences or deposits. He served as a Geological Consultant to major mining companies, to junior companies and to government geological surveys. He is a committed and energetic explorationist.
Gerry Ray Ph.D., P.Eng., P. Geo.
Dr. Ray completed his undergrad and graduate studies in England before heading to Africa, Asia and Australia. Eventually he came to Canada and settled in British Columbia where he worked with career with the BCGS and mapped several mining camps and carried out thematic studies on a number of deposit types. His initial work focused on gold veins in the Coquihalla Gold Belt and Harrison Lake areas. He subsequently went on to study skarns, massive sulphides and iron oxide copper-gold deposits. Based on this work, Gerry has become a regular contributor to “Economic Geology”. His true passion is skarn deposits and his work on the famous Hedley gold skarn developed into a study of all types of skarns throughout the province. He now works around the globe as a consultant to mining companies.