Board of Directors
Ms. Hardy is an accomplished mining professional with extensive experience in project management, corporate due diligence and governance, property exploration and evaluation as well as environmental compliance. From 1996 through 2004, Ms. Hardy served as the Manager of Health Safety Environment with Pan American Silver Corp. where she was responsible for corporate oversight of health, safety and environmental issues at operating subsidiaries in Peru, Mexico and Bolivia, as well as development projects in Argentina, Canada and the USA. In 2004, Ms. Hardy reactivated a consulting company that she founded in 1986 and currently provides environmental, corporate development and corporate governance services to clients consisting primarily of junior natural resource companies working in Mexico and Canada. On January 17, 2011, Ms. Hardy became a director of Critical Elements Corporation (CNSX: CRE). On May 17, 2012, Ms. Hardy became a director of Camisha Resources Corp. (TSX Venture: CRN). In addition, Ms. Hardy has been Principal of Nimbus Management Ltd since 1989. Nimbus Management Ltd is a consulting firm that provides project management expertise in the areas of environment, community and technical services for clients in mining and mineral exploration.
Mr. Thibault is a registered mining engineer with over 30 years of experience in engineering, operations, management and consulting experience in North and South America and is currently an independent mining consultant providing management services to select clients. Mr. Thibault recently held the position of President, Chief Executive Officer and director of Antioquia Gold Inc. (TSX Venture: AGD/ OTCQX:AGDXF).
From 1996 to 2006, Mr. Thibault was based in South America where he worked in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. While based in Buenos Aires, Argentina he held the position of President of High American Gold Inc., a publicly traded junior mining company, and Managing Director of Procesadora de Boratos Argentinos S.A., a private industrial mineral company. In Santiago, Chile he was the General Manager of the consulting firm BGC-AVOT Engineering Inc. In 2006/07, he held the position of Vice President, Minerals of Daleco Resources Corp., a United States based publicly traded company. Before moving to South America, he worked for Fording Coal Ltd., a Canadian based company, in progressively responsible positions.
Mr. Thibault has a B.Sc. (Mining Engineering) from Queen's University and is fluent in English, Spanish and French.
Mr. Downey is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Elgin Mining Inc. (TSX: ELG), a TSX listed company focused on the exploration and development of gold properties located in Canada, the US and Mexico. Mr. Downey served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Aura Minerals Inc. (TSX: ORA), a TSX-listed company that is focused on the acquisition, exploration, development and operation of gold and base metal properties in the Americas, from April 2007 to June 2011 and has over 25 years of international experience in the resource industry. Mr. Downey was President, Chief Executive Officer and director of Viceroy Exploration Ltd. prior to its acquisition by Yamana Gold Inc. in 2006 for CDN$600 million (approximately US$600 million). Prior to that, he was President of Consolidated Trillion Resources Ltd. and Oliver Gold Corporation, where he negotiated the successful merger to form Canico Resource Corp., which was purchased in 2006 by Companhia Vale do Rio Doce for over $800 million. He has held senior engineering positions at several large-scale gold mining operations and has also held operating positions at several mining projects for Anglo American Corporation in South Africa. Mr. Downey is also a member of the board for a number of resource companies in the mining sector. Mr. Downey holds a Bachelor of Science (Hon.) degree in Engineering from Queen's University in Belfast, Ireland and is a registered member with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.
With over 15 years of finance and corporate development experience, Mr. Hanson is currently a director of Van Arbor Asset Management, a division of ZLC Private Investment Management Inc., which he founded in 2003. Mr. Hanson also served as Chairman and Managing Director of Van Arbor Asset Management from 2004 until 2008. In addition, Mr. Hanson has been President of Discovery Management Services Ltd. since 2001. Discovery Management Services is a venture capital consulting firm assisting early-stage companies in the development of short and long-term financing strategies. In 2009, Mr. Hanson served as President and CEO of PanAsian Petroleum. He has also served on numerous other private and public company boards.
Mr. Henderson is a professional engineer with 28 years of international experience in operating, building and acquiring mineral properties. Mr. Henderson has been Chief Operating Officer with Amerigo Resources Ltd. since June 2012 with responsibilities for operations in Chile. From 2004 to 2012, he was with Kinross Gold Corporation ultimately serving as Senior Vice President Technical Services responsible for mine planning, mineral resources and reserves, and energy. Prior to Kinross, Mr. Henderson worked in mine operations with Rand Mines and De Beers and then with SNC Lavalin and Hatch delivering engineering services to international mining clients.
Mr. Henderson holds a BSc. Chemical Engineering degree and a Masters in Business Administration degree both from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Position: President & CEO