Experienced team with a strong track record of discoveries and creation of shareholder value.
Mr. Downie has over 25 years’ experience in the exploration and mining industry in North America and is currently President and CEO of Premier Gold Mines Limited. He founded the original Wolfden Resources Inc. and served as its President and CEO from 1995 to 2007, when it was acquired by Zinifex Limited for $363 million in cash. Mr. Downie received the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada 2003 Bill Dennis award, in recognition for his contribution in discovering the West Zone on the High Lake Project, in Arctic Canada. Mr. Downie holds a diploma from Seneca College, King City, Ontario.
President, CEO and Director
Mr. Little is an engineer, geologist and entrepreneur who has developed mining projects in Canada, South America and Africa. He was the founder and CEO of Orezone Resources and Orezone Gold Corp. for over 20 years and built one of the most successful exploration and mine development track records in Burkina Faso. He has extensive experience in financing and developing mining projects from exploration through to operations as well as an in depth knowledge of the capital markets and those involved in the sector. He is and has been a director and advisor to other public companies and not for profit entities. Mr. Little is a Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Geological) from Queen’s University in Kingston (1985).
Mr. Bubar is a professional geoscientist with 40 years experience in mineral exploration and development in Canada. Mr. Bubar is a graduate of McGill University (B.Sc. 1977) and Queen’s University (M.Sc. 1981). From 1984 to 1994, he worked for Aur Resources Inc. as Exploration Manager and later VP, Exploration where he was involved in gold and base metal exploration on numerous projects in the Abitibi region of Quebec. This was highlighted by Aur’s discovery of the Louvicourt Copper-Zinc VMS deposit in Val d’Or in 1989. Subsequently, he initiated a base metal exploration program for Aur in Maine and New Hampshire. Prior to joining Aur, he was involved in base metal exploration in the NWT with Kidd Creek Mines Ltd. where he participated in the discovery of the Gondor VMS deposit in 1982. Since 1995, Mr. Bubar has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Avalon Advanced Materials Inc. (formerly Avalon Rare Metals Inc.), a mineral development company with a primary focus on technology metals, including lithium, tin, indium and rare earths. He also now serves as Chairman of the Board of Imperial Mining Group, a mineral development company with assets in northern Quebec.
Mr. Atkinson was previously President and CEO, and a Director, of Centerra Gold before retiring in 2015. He has more than 40 years of experience in the mining industry with extensive background in exploration, project development and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to his ten-year tenure at Centerra, Mr. Atkinson held various senior leadership positions with Hecla Mining Company, Battle Mountain Gold, Hemlo Gold Mines and the Noranda Group. Mr. Atkinson has contributed to the discovery of several major mineral deposits and been involved in a number of large global mining projects in his career. Mr. Atkinson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from King’s College, University of London and a Masters degree in geophysics from the Royal School of Mines, University of London.
Mr. Seaman is President and Chief Executive Officer of Apex Investigation and Security Inc., a large privately owned security company. He is a director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Premier Gold Limited since May 2006 and was Chief Financial Officer of Premier Gold Mines Limited from August 2006 to June 2012 and was the CFO of Wolfden Resource Inc. from 2002 until it was taken over in 2007. Mr. Seaman was previously director and/or officer of other small-cap public companies and is an ICD.D member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
VP Exploration USA
Mr. Dudek has over 40 years of experience in various roles with junior to senior exploration and mining companies. Don has considerable experience and expertise in the exploration, discovery and development of VMS deposits like Pickett Mountain. He was previously VP Exploration for Aur Resources before it was taken over by Teck. He recently served as President and CEO of Savary Gold Corp., which was taken over by Semafo Inc. in April 2019 and also served as Senior V.P. of Technical Services for Endeavour Mining Corporation and Senior VP Exploration of Avion Gold Corporation. He holds a B.Sc. Geology (Honors) from the University of Saskatchewan.
Exploration Manager USA
Mr. Breedlove has over 30 years of experience in various roles with junior to senior exploration and mining companies. John has considerable experience in the exploration and development of base metal and gold deposits in North and South America. He was previously Chief Geologist VP for Don Run Resource. John lives in Bangor Maine and has extensive knowledge and experience in the exploration of the various mineral deposits in Maine including VMS deposits like Pickett Mountain. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Geology from the University of Maine.
VP Project Development
Mr. Ouellette is a Professional Engineer with significant experience in base metal mine permitting, development and operations, most recently supporting the design, start-up and operation of the Caribou Mine in New Brunswick for Trevali Mining Corporation. During his time with Trevali, he also gained experience in project evaluations, due diligence, project acquisition, financing support, public relations, and communications and has successfully held several senior and leadership roles throughout the transition between explorer/developer to a top 10 global zinc producer.
Mr. Kassim-Lakha has over 24 years of global experience in finance and the natural resources sector. He brings a wealth of expertise and strengths to our team which includes due diligence, asset valuation, mergers & acquisition, investment analysis, and capital markets. During his career, he served as an award-winning portfolio manager at US Global and more recently held senior management positions at bank and privately owned firms. Mr. Kassim-Lakha is the principal and founder of Blue Sail Capital a Toronto based family office.
Mr. Hoy is a Professional Geoscientist of Ontario and has been involved in the mining industry in North America for over 28 years, acting in both technical and senior management capacities for junior and major mining companies. He was Vice President, Exploration and Development for Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. and Freewest Resources Canada Inc and during this period he was a recipient of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada 2009 Bill Dennis Award, as 1 of 5 persons credited with the ‘Ring of Fire’ discoveries in northern Ontario. Mr. Hoy holds a B.Sc. degree from the University of Western Ontario, a M.Sc. degree (Mineral Exploration) from Queen’s University.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Dyll is a member in good standing of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and has over ten years of finance experience. Mr. Dyll held senior financial positions with several reporting issuers including Mega Precious Metals Inc. (TSX-V: MGP). He is currently the CFO for Source Exploration Corp. (TSX-V: SOP), and is also the Director of Operations for the Alyris Group. Previously, he has held senior positions with Cliffs Natural Resources from 2010 to 2012, Zinifex Canada Inc. from 2006 to 2010 and was previously working in public practice with BDO Canada LLP. Mr. Dyll holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Lakehead University.
Mr. Drake is Secretary to several reporting issuers including Premier Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX: PG), PC Gold Mines (TSX: PKL), Mega Precious Metals Inc. (TSX-V: MGP) and Source Exploration Corp. (TSX-V: SOP). Mr. Drake previously served as Corporate Secretary for Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Limited from 2003 to 2005 and Wolfden Resources Inc. from 2004 to 2007. He has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators since 1995.