Board of Directors
Steven Dean | Chairman, CEO and Director
Mr. 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, most recently as President of Teck Cominco Limited (now Teck Resources Ltd.). Teck is a major diversified resource company and is the largest producer of metallurgical coal in North America and the No. 2 exporter of metallurgical coal in the world to the globe's steel manufacturers.
Prior to joining Teck, Mr. Dean was a founding director of Normandy Poseidon Group, (which became Normandy Mining) which was the largest gold producer until its sale to Newmont Mining in 2002, as well as founder of PacMin Mining 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 Chairman and a director Dia Bras Exploration Inc. (TSX-V: DIB), Spur Ventures Inc. (TSX-V:SVU), Cassius Ventures Ltd. (TSX-V:CZ) and of Infinito Gold Ltd. (TSX-V:IG).
Gregg Sedun | Founder and Director
Mr. Sedun is an independent venture capital professional based in Vancouver, Canada with 27 years of mining & industry-related finance experience. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Law Degree (LLB), he practiced corporate finance/securities & mining law in Vancouver until retiring from law in 1997. Thereafter, he founded two private venture capital firms, including Global Vision Capital Corp., where he continues to carry on venture capital investing.
Mr. Sedun has been involved as a director and/or founding shareholder in a number of successful companies including Diamond Fields Resources Inc. (founding director) which was acquired by Inco in 1996 for $4.3 billion in the largest takeover of a junior mining company in Canadian history; Adastra Minerals Inc. (founding director) which was acquired by First Quantum Minerals in 2006 for $275 million; and Peru Copper Inc. (founding shareholder) which was acquired by Chinalco in 2007 in an all-cash $840 million takeover. Mr. Sedun is also currently Executive Chairman of Goldgroup Mining Inc. (TSX:GGA), Chairman & CEO of Uracan Resources (TSX.V:URC) and former President and CEO of Diamond Fields International Ltd. (TSX:DFI).
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 with an impressive track record in both the public and private sector.
He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of TMX Group Ltd. (TMX) as well as the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). Mr. Martel chairs the Regulatory Oversight Committee of TMX, the Rules and Policies Committees of TSX, TSXV, MX and Alpha, the Governance and Nominating Committee of the BDC 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, a leading Québec full service law firm.