Position: President, CEO & Director
Mr. Butler is a geologist who brings over 30 years of international industry experience in exploration, resource modeling and mining. He actively engages in property acquisitions, development and divestment and has been involved in several mine developments, both open cast and underground mines. Mr. Butler has served on several boards of directors of listed companies in Canada and Australia. Recent roles include having worked for Kinross Gold Corporation for 8 years in Canada, USA, Brazil, Chile and Africa. Mr. Butler currently serves as a Director of TSX-listed Redhill Resources Corp. and ASX-listed Audalia Resources Limited. Mr. Butler holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Otago University of Dunedin, New Zealand and is an active member of the AusImm (1989), Fellow of the Geological Society of London (2011), PDAC (2003 and SEG (2001).
Position: Chief Financial Officer & Director
Cyrus Driver is a chartered accountant with an extensive experience as a Chief Financial Officer and in various senior financial positions for a number of public and private companies. He was a founding partner in the firm of Driver Anderson since its inception in 1981. He continues to be a partner in the firm of Davidson and Company LLP after merging with them in 2002. While providing general public accounting services to a wide range of clients, he specializes in servicing TSX Venture Exchange listed companies and members of the brokerage community. He also serves on the boards of several listed companies. His wide knowledge of the securities industry and its rules have enabled him to give valuable advice to clients within the industry with respect to finance, taxation and other accounting related matters. Mr Driver currently serves as director of Bellhaven Copper & Gold Inc, Cobra Venture Corporation, Orko Silver Corp, Aldrin Resources Corp., Gold Jubilee Capital Corp., Tesoro Minerals Corp., and Far Resources. He is also CFO of Mezzi Holdings, Inc., Maxim Resources Corp, Mira Resources Corp., Nevada Exploration Inc. and Wind River Energy Corp.
Dr. Stone is a mining engineer with over 30 years of consulting experience in the metal mining industry. His principal expertise is in mining rock mechanics, where he has provided designs and operational advice for both open pit and underground operations worldwide. He has also authored a number of pre-feasibility and feasibility studies based on his broad knowledge of current underground mining methods, capital and operating costs and project development requirements. Dr. Stone currently serves as the US representative on the International Minefill Council, and is past Chairman of the 7th International Symposia on Mining with Backfill, held in Seattle, Washington in September of 2001. Dr. Stone received a B.Ap.Sc. in Geological Engineering from the University of British Columbia, a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and an Executive MBA from Queens University. Dr. Stone is a licensed professional engineer in a number of US and Canadian jurisdictions, and is an active member of CIM, SME, NWMA and PDAC. Dr. Stone is a director of Formation Metals, President, COO and a director of Damara Gold Corp., and a director of Hillcrest Petroleum and Javelle Capital Corp., all TSX Venture Exchange listed companies.
Kjeld Thygesen is the managing director of Lion Resource Management, a London-based mining and corporate finance consultancy firm that is the advisor to several leading mining and natural resource funds, including Excelsior Mining Fund, Azure Energy Fund and Tiger Resource Finance Plc, an AIM-listed finance company. Mr. Thygesen has more than 31 years' experience in the mining investment business. Before founding Lion Resource Management in 1989, Mr. Thygesen held various positions with NM Rothschild & Sons and was an international mining research analyst at James Capel. Mr. Thygesen has also held the position of Director of Ivanhoe Mines since February 2001.
Position: Manager - South Africa Exploration
Mr. O'Connor has been the resident director of Superior Mining Corp S.A. (Pty) Ltd. since 2004. He has a wide range of experience gained from having run his own successful consulting business for over 26 years. Michael is the managing director of Middelvlei Gold Investments, a gold investment company. He has has a post-graduate diploma from the London School of Economics, and has read for an MBA at the Witwatersrand Graduate School of Business.
Position: Senior Technical Advisor
Dr. Snowden was appointed as the Company's Senior Technical Advisor with the role of monitoring, overseeing and supervising the Company's South African ventures. Phil Snowden is the co-founder and former managing director of the global consulting firm Snowden Mining Industry Consultants, which was acquired by Downer Edi, a large Australian industrial company. Dr. Snowden has been involved in the mining industry for 36 years since graduating from the University of London (Zimbabwe campus) in 1970 and subsequently completed a doctorate in Archean tectonics in 1976. He lectured in structural geology at Rhodes University in South Africa for six years before joining Anglo American's gold division based in Welkom, where he developed a strong interest in the geology and mining of the Witwatersrand Reefs. In his role as a consulting geologist, Dr. Snowden has acquired a wide range of experience in most commodities globally and a particularly keen appreciation of the mining industry in southern Africa.