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Corporate

Team

  • Hugh M. (Mac) Balkam

    President/CEO, Director

    Mr. Balkam was with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for 13 years, many of those involved in the investigation of stock market related fraud. In 1981, he resigned to become a financial consultant with a major brokerage firm, where he managed investments for retail clients. Since 2004, Mr. Balkam has been involved in raising venture capital and consulting for junior mining companies. Mr Balkam joined the Board of Directors and became CEO of Eskay Mining Corp during the fourth quarter of 2009. He holds a BA from the University of Toronto.

    Carmelo Marrelli

    Chief Financial Officer

    Mr. Marrelli serves as the Corporation’s Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Marrelli holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and is qualified as a Chartered Accountant and as a Certified General Accountant in Canada. In addition to acting as the Corporation’s Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Marrelli has been a principal of Marrelli Support Services Inc., a firm providing administration services to Canadian public companies, since February, 2009 and, prior to February, 2009, a partner with Marrelli & Drake Corporate Services (formerly Duguay & Ringler Corporate Services) (a firm providing administration services to Canadian public companies). Mr. Marrelli also serves as the Chief Financial Officer of several publicly-listed junior mining companies and as a director of Odyssey Resources Limited (TSX-V: ODX).

    Bill Johnstone

    Corporate Secretary

    Mr. Johnstone has been a partner at Gardiner Roberts LLP since February, 2005, practising in the areas of securities and corporate law. He is the practice leader of the firm’s securities law group. Mr. Johnstone has been practising law for over 30 years. He is also a director and/or officer of four other TSX Venture Exchange-listed companies and three Canadian Securities Exchange-listed companies.

  • Hugh M. (Mac) Balkam

    President/CEO, Director

    Mr. Balkam was with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for 13 years, many of those involved in the investigation of stock market related fraud. In 1981, he resigned to become a financial consultant with a major brokerage firm, where he managed investments for retail clients. Since 2004, Mr. Balkam has been involved in raising venture capital and consulting for junior mining companies. Mr Balkam joined the Board of Directors and became CEO of Eskay Mining Corp during the fourth quarter of 2009. He holds a BA from the University of Toronto.

    Robert Myhill

    Audit Committee Head & Compensation Committee

    Mr. Myhill is a director of six privately held companies operating in transportation and venture capital in B.C., Alberta and Ontario. From 1991 until 2006, Mr. Myhill was the President of Canadian Investors Corporation, an investment company focused on financing corporate re-organizations. Mr. Myhill actively participated in directorship and management of the investee companies. From 1985 to 1991, he invested in and raised capital for small companies in Ontario. From 1976 to 1984, Mr. Myhill was President of national companies within Southam Inc. Group and Jim Pattison Industries. He earned an HBA and MBA from the Ivey School of Business Administration at the University of Western Ontario and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse.

    J. Gordon McMehen

    Compensation Committee Head & Audit Committee

    In 2000, Mr. McMehen co-founded Conundrum Capital Corporation, a private equity real estate fund management firm which today has several sectoral real estate funds under its administration. Mr. McMehen now serves as Chairman of Conundrum Capital Corporation. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. McMehen served as Executive Vice-President, Chief Operating Officer and director of Central Park Lodges Ltd., helping to manage one of North America’s pre-eminent providers of seniors housing, long-term care and ancillary health care services. At the law firm of Gardiner Roberts, Mr. McMehen practiced corporate and commercial law from 1978 to 1998, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, corporate structure and finance. He acted as Managing Partner of the firm from 1994 to 1998. Mr. McMehen completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto in 1972 and obtained an LL.B from the University of Ottawa in 1976. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1978, and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

  • Charlie Greig, M.Sc., P.Geo.

    Charlie Greig is a geologist with over thirty years of experience in the exploration industry. His main area of expertise is in geologic mapping, particularly as it applies to mineral exploration, and he has worked on exploration projects from grass-roots to development.

    Charlie has mapped, or worked on, a number of projects which have subsequently been put into production, including La India in Mexico (Grayd–Agnico Eagle), Wolverine in Yukon (Atna-Westmin, Yukon Zinc), Alamo Dorado in Mexico (Corner Bay-Pan American Silver), Brucejack Lake (Pretium), and Bisha in Eritrea (Nevsun). He has also worked on a number of advanced exploration projects which are not yet mines, but which have either reached an advanced stage of exploration, are in development, or have had a significant history of mining. These include: Asmara (Emba Derho, Adi Nefas, and Debarwa, for Sunridge Gold), Red Mountain (Lac Minerals, Seabridge), Casino (Western Copper and Gold), and Silbak Premier-Big Missouri (Westmin, Ascot Resources). One of Charlie’s recent exploration successes is GT Gold’s Saddle South gold discovery. Tom Weis, Chief Geophysicist Tom Weis has 37 years of geophysical experience in the exploration, engineering and environmental industries worldwide. He is experienced in airborne, ground and borehole geophysical techniques. Tom was formerly the Chief Geophysicist for Newmont Mining (worldwide) and Normandy Mining (Australia and worldwide).

    Dr. Quinton Hennigh, Ph.D, M.Sc

    Dr. Quinton Hennigh is an internationally-renown economic geologist, with over 25 years of exploration experience and expertise with major gold mining companies such as Homestake Mining Company, Newcrest Mining Limited, and Newmont Mining Corporation where he last served as senior research geologist in 2007. He has since made a number of significant gold discoveries for Canadian exploration companies such as the 5 million oz. Springpole alkaline gold deposit near Red Lake, Ontario, for Gold Canyon Resources, and the Rattlesnake Hills gold project for Evolving Gold. He is currently Chairman and President of Novo Resources Corporation, which he helped start in 2010.

    Dr. Hennigh holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Missouri, and M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in geology and geochemistry from the Colorado School of Mines. He is a member of the Society of Economic Geologists, and the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America.

    John Dedecker

    John became interested in geology by way of landscape painting on the Colorado Plateau as a high school drop-out, and research telescope operator and lecturer at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ. While in Flagstaff he developed the hypothesis for remote detection of extraterrestrial caves using thermal infrared imagery with Jut Wynne of Northern Arizona University, and Tim Titus of the USGS Astrogeology Science Center. John’s field work on the Earth-Mars Cave Detection Project’s Atacama and Mojave Desert expeditions convinced him to get a formal education in Geology.

    John received his B.S. in Geology, with an emphasis on mineralogy, igneous petrology, and mathematics from North Carolina State University. He did his M.S. at UNC Chapel Hill under the advisement of Allen Glazner studying the morphology and formation mechanisms of lava tubes. John completed his Ph.D. at Colorado School of Mines under the advisement of Thomas Monecke. His doctoral research addressed several outstanding problems with current genetic models for world-class unconformity-related uranium deposits. John developed a genetic model for and proposed a new type of hydrothermally enriched carbonaceous shale-hosted vanadium deposit at Iron Point in northern Nevada, and is expanding this research into the genesis of Carlin-type gold deposits. He is a Post-doctoral Fellow at Colorado School of Mines where he is researching Au-rich VMS deposits near the Eskay Creek Mine in British Columbia.

    John was the Society of Economic Geology Student Chapter President in 2015-2016, and along with his fellow SEG officers spearheaded the development of a two-week hydrothermal geochemistry and volcanology field course in the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand. He is currently flouting all dogma in economic geology while doing geological consulting as a founding partner of BOA exploration.

    Thomas Monecke

    Thomas Monecke is an economic geologist who specializes in the formation of base and precious metal deposits in modern and ancient volcanic arcs. He has more than 25 years of experience in geological research and mineral exploration and has authored or co-authored over 100 journal papers, book chapters, government publications, and field guides during that period. Thomas graduated from the University of Freiberg, Germany, with a M.Sc. in 1996. He obtained his Ph.D. from the same university with his doctoral thesis focusing on the anatomy of a volcanogenic massive sulfide deposit in northern Australia. Between 2002 and 2008, Thomas conducted postdoctoral research at the Institute of Marine Sciences in Kiel, Germany, the University of Ottawa, and the Geological Survey of Canada on modern and ancient gold-rich volcanic-hydrothermal systems. As part of his postdoctoral research, Thomas worked on the Eskay Creek deposit in British Columbia, identifying the volcanic setting of this unusual massive sulfide deposit and studying the mineralogy of the hydrothermal alteration halo. In 2006, Thomas received the Waldemar Lindgren Award of the Society of Economic Geologists. He joined the Colorado School of Mines in 2008 where he currently teaches economic geology. Thomas runs a large research group and supervises postdoctoral fellows and graduate student working on volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits as well as epithermal and porphyry deposits around the world.

    Tom Weis

    Chief Geophysicist

    Tom Weis has 37 years of geophysical experience in the exploration, engineering and environmental industries worldwide. He is experienced in airborne, ground and borehole geophysical techniques. Tom was formerly the Chief Geophysicist for Newmont Mining (worldwide) and Normandy Mining (Australia and worldwide)

    Andrew Mitchell, B.Sc., P. Geo

    Andrew Mitchell is a geologist who has been actively engaged in mineral exploration for nearly 10 years. He has been involved in exploration projects from grass roots through to development.

    Andrew worked for much of this time with Archer, Cathro and Associates Ltd., where he spent his field seasons mapping and running drill programs in the Yukon and northern BC. He is currently the Project Manager at SSR Mining’s SIB property, where 9,334 m of diamond drilling was completed in 2017 (optioned from Eskay Mining Corp). He has been involved in a number of exploration projects, including that at ATAC Resources’ Tiger property and Nadaleen trend Carlin-type prospects, and Rockhaven Resources’ Klaza property. He has also served as a project geologist on a number of early stage drill programs for Strategic Metals Ltd.

    Neil Prowse, M.Sc.

    Neil Prowse is a geologist who has worked in the exploration industry for almost 10 years, and in a variety of exploration programs ranging from grass roots through to advanced drilling programs.

    Neil received his Master’s Degree in geology from Carleton University in 2017. He was a key member of the exploration team on the 2017 SIB drill program, being involved in pre-season planning, core logging and post-season interpretation. Neil was also the lead GIS specialist on the SIB program. He has worked with C.J. Greig & Associates in various capacities since 2009.