Mr. O'Brien has a total of 21 years experience in the mining business, including more than seven years in gold equity research covering developing companies to senior producers as well as precious metals forecasting, during which time he was ranked in the top five of Wall Street Journal's "Best on the Street Analyst Survey" for North American Mining Analysts two years in a row. In addition Mr. O'Brien has 12 years experience in corporate advisory and investment banking primarily focused on the mining industry where he gained global mining capital markets experience in Canada and Australia as a member of bank-owned capital markets groups. Mr. O'Brien received his B. Com from McMaster University and is a CFA Charterholder.
|Richard Simpson P.Geo|
Position: V.P Exploration and Director
Mr. Simpson is a Professional Geologist with more than 20 years of exploration experience throughout Latin America. He is a graduate from the Universite de Montreal with a B.Sc. in geology and has a strong background in grassroots, advanced project, and mine site exploration. Mr. Simpson has worked for several companies, both majors, such as Iamgold and Cambior, and juniors including Normabec, as an exploration geologist throughout South America and Mexico. This international experience has provided him with good exposure to many geological settings and mineralization processes (lateritic profiles, gold/copper porphyries, epithermal systems and skarns). Early in his career, he has also worked in Northern Quebec (Abitibi), Manitoba and Nunavut on numerous VMS and precious metal projects for Noranda and Aur Resources.
Position: President & CEO and Director
Mr. Atkins is an accomplished mining executive who has successfully lead and financed exploration and development programs throughout the Americas over the past 30 years. He has an extensive industry background, including a degree in geology and 5 years field experience in mineral exploration and mine development and an MBA, with additional industry experience in corporate and investment banking, investor relations, corporate development and corporate governance. As a director of investment banking for CIBC World Markets, he participated in raising over $1.7 billion in equity and debt for numerous small to large cap companies and advised on numerous M&A mandates. As a senior executive of small to large cap international mining companies he has had responsibility for planning, executing and communicating short and long-term corporate objectives and raising capital for such initiatives. Mr. Atkins was formerly the CEO of Rockex Ltd. (now Rockex Mining, CSE listed iron ore company), Castle Gold Corp. (TSX listed gold producer, acquired in 2010 by Argonaut Gold Inc.), and Crowflight Minerals Inc. (TSX listed nickel exploration and development company).