Board of Directors
Steven Dean | Executive Chairman and Director
Steven Dean is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, a Member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia. He has extensive experience internationally in mining, including as President of Teck Cominco Limited (now Teck Resources Ltd.). Teck is Canada's largest diversified resource company, is the largest producer of metallurgical coal in North America and a major producer of copper, zinc, and energy from 13 mines in Canada, United States, Chile and Peru.
Prior to joining Teck, Mr. Dean was a founding member of management of the Normandy Poseidon Group, (which became Normandy Mining) which was the largest Australian gold producer and a significant producer of base metals and industrial minerals until its acquisition by Newmont Mining in 2002, as well as co-founder of PacMin Mining Corporation which became a subsidiary of Teck Corporation in 1999. He was also a co-founder and former chairman of Amerigo Resources Ltd.
Mr. Dean is the former Chairman and a director of Sierra Metals Inc.. (TSX:SMT), and Chairman of Oceanic Iron Ore Corp. (TSX-V:FEO).
Mr. Gorman has 30 years of operations and technical experience with mining companies and projects, both in Canada and internationally. He has been involved with, led or managed large projects and mining operations for both intermediate and senior mining companies, and has extensive experience operating in northern and Arctic environments.
Most recently, Mr. Gorman was Executive Vice President of Operations for Goldbrook Ventures Inc. until Goldbrook was acquired in a successful takeover bid. Prior to his tenure at Goldbrook, Mr. Gorman was Vice President of Operations for Jien Canada Mining Ltd's Nunavik Nickel Project, as well as Operations Manager for Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.
Mr. Gorman has also consulted to investment companies, analysts, mining companies, and private investors, in respect of the value, operability, and optimization of mining properties around the globe.
Gordon Keep | Director
Mr. Keep has extensive business experience in investment banking and creating public natural resource companies. Mr. Keep currently is Executive Vice-President of Fiore Financial Corporation, a private boutique merchant banking firm. He also serves as an officer and/or director for several natural resource companies.
From January 2001 to July 2007, Mr. Keep was Managing Director of Corporate Finance at Endeavour Financial Corporation, September 1997 until March 2004, he was Senior Vice President and a director of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., and from April 1987 until October 1997, he was Vice President, Corporate Finance in the Natural Resource group of Yorkton Securities Inc. He obtained his B.Sc. in Geological Science from Queen's University in 1979 and his Master's of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia in 1983 and is a Professional Geologist in the province of British Columbia.
The Hon. John Reynolds, P.C. | Director
Mr. Reynolds' career includes substantial experience in venture capital development, resource sector development and elected political office, both federal and provincial. Mr. Reynolds served as a Member of Parliament of Canada, 1972 - 1977 and 1997 - 2006 and also as leader of Her Majesty's official opposition.
His career in the private sector has included directorships on the boards of numerous public companies, including Calibre Mining Corp. (TSX-V:CXB), Oriel Resources Plc (formerly TSX listed), Rusoro Mining Ltd. (TSX-V:RML), and Terrane Metals Corp. (TSX-V:TRX).
Jean Martel | Director
Mr. Martel is a highly experienced Québec based professional who is currently a member of the Board of Directors of TMX Group Ltd. (TMX). Mr. Martel chairs the Regulatory Oversight Committee of TMX, the Rules and Policies Committees of TSX, TSXV, MX and Alpha, and the Independent Review Committee of the Québec Bar Investment Funds.
Mr. Martel's past work in the public sector has included as Assistant Deputy Minister of Finance for Québec and Deputy Minister responsible for the Financial Sector (1988 to 1994). In 1995, he was appointed Chair of the Québec Securities Commission (QSC). From 1995 to 1999, in addition to his responsibilities as Chief Executive Officer of the QSC, he took an active role in the work of the Canadian Securities Administrators, the Canadian forum for securities regulators, and of the Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, where he had been Vice President of the Executive Committee since 1998.
Since August 1999, Mr. Martel has been a partner at Lavery De Billy LLP, a leading Québec full service law firm.Daisy Zhu | Director
Ms. Zhu currently serves as Director of Ansteel-CapitalAsia Global Engineering Inc. where her purview is focused on international business development. She holds an EMBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota acquired through LingNan Business Management School at Sun Yat-sen University.
Daisy’s past industry experience includes senior marketing and research assignments with Colgate Palmolive 1994-2003 and Wrigley Confectionary Company 2003-2009. From 2011-2013 Ms. Zhu provided business consultancy services through IPSOS to various multinational companies including Unilever, Wrigley, Colgate, GSK, LVMH, and South China Airline, among others.