Andrew Malim - Independent Director, Non-Executive Chairman
(Audit Committee Member), (Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee Member)
Mr. Malim’s experience includes over 40 years in mining finance and mine development. For over a decade he served as a founding member and award-winning analyst with the James Capel & Co. mining team. In 1981, he founded the London based Lion Mining Group, a full service mining finance and fund management business, which financed numerous notable companies and projects, including Diamond Fields Resources and the Blackdome and Snip gold mines in British Columbia. Mr. Malim has served on the boards of several Canadian publicly listed mining companies in executive and non-executive roles and has been published in various mining publications. He was also founding partner of Chevallion Partners Ltd., a London based mining finance and risk management partnership.
Ashley Kirwan, M.Sc. (Geology), P.Geo. - Director
(Audit Committee Member), (Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee Chair)
Ashley Kirwan is a professional geologist with over 12 years’ experience in the mining industry. She was part of the advancement of exploration and production assets within the Sudbury Basin (KGHM Mining formally QuadraFNX Mining), Nunavut, Nevada, and Ecuador. Ms. Kirwan is also the co-founder, President and CEO of Orix Geoscience Inc., an award-winning geological consulting firm recognized for their technical excellence, industry partnerships, and workplace culture. In 2020, Ashley was recognized with the Young Mining Professionals’ Eira Thomas award as one of the top mining industry leaders under the age of 40. Ms. Kirwan received a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a Master of Science in Geology from Laurentian University.
Thomas Puppendahl, M.Sc., MBA - Independent Director
(Audit Committee Chair), (Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee Member)
Mr. Puppendahl has over 28 years’ experience in global capital markets as a strategist, portfolio manager, investment banker and analyst. He is the founder and managing partner of Chancery Asset Management, an independent strategic advisory firm based in Singapore, specialising in precious metals and natural resources and a co-founder of a gold streaming & royalty company providing development capital to emerging gold producers. Mr. Puppendahl worked in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, emerging markets and management consulting with Merrill Lynch, Ermgassen & Co. and the Monitor Group in London and Mumbai. Mr. Puppendahl holds Master’s degrees in both Physics and Business Administration from RWTH Aachen University, Germany.
Michael Farrant, B.Comm., CPA, CA
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Farrant has 25 years’ experience in gold mining, including President and CEO of Sierra Minerals Inc., a TSX listed Mexican gold producer (now Goldgroup Mining Inc.), CFO of junior gold producers and explorers, Vice President, Treasurer and Operations Controller with Kinross Gold Corporation and Corporate Controller with Barrick Gold Corporation. Mr. Farrant was co-founder, President and CEO of Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining Inc., sold to Marlin Gold Mining Ltd. in 2015. Mr. Farrant received a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen’s University in 1992 and earned his CA in 1995 with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC).
Michael Skutezky, B.A., L.L.B.
Mr. Skutezky has over 30 years’ experience in the financial sector in Canada including, Assistant General Counsel of RBC Royal Bank, where he focused on International and Canadian Project financing and Senior VP Personal Trust, National Trust Company. Mr. Skutezky has served as an officer, counsel and director of several private and public companies and has been a founder in the going public and listing of several TSX, TSX-V and CSE resource sector companies. Mr. Skutezky holds a B.A. in Business from Bishop’s University and an L.L.B. from Dalhousie Law School. He is a member of the Canadian and International Bar Associations and the Law Society of Upper Canada.