Management and Directors
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).
Bill Love, B.Sc. (Geology), MBA
Mr. Love is a geologist who has been involved in mineral exploration in Canada for the last 35+ years. He was part of the discovery team for the world-class Hemlo deposit. Mr. Love was also an institutional equity salesperson in London, England for a Canadian brokerage firm and spent the last 15 years as a venture capitalist and a corporate finance specialist in a variety of resource and technology companies. Mr. Love received a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geology from Lakehead University in 1981 and a Masters of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University in 1984.
Jim O’Neill, B.B.A., CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
Mr. O’Neill has over 30 years’ experience as a finance executive with multi-national businesses operating in Canada, the USA, the UK, Turkey and Kenya. His extensive public company financial management and governance experience spans junior mining exploration, development and operations, including appointments as CFO and Corporate Secretary of Aldridge Minerals Inc. and Virtus Mining Ltd. He currently serves as CFO and Corporate Secretary of Red Pine Exploration Inc., Western Gold Exploration Ltd. and as CFO of Waseco Resources Inc. Mr. O’Neill received a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1982 and earned his CA in 1985 with Ernst & Whinney (now KPMG).
Ashley Kirwan, M.Sc. (Geology), P.Geo.
Independent Director (Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee Chair)
Ms. 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. a geological consulting firm recognized for their technical excellence, industry partnerships, and workplace culture. Ms. Kirwan received a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a Master of Science in Geology from Laurentian University.
Joshua Bailey, MBA, M.Sc. (Geology), P.Geo.
Independent Director (Audit Committee Member)
(Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee Member)
Mr. Bailey is a professional geologist with over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry, with a focus on mineral exploration, corporate development, and investor relations. He currently serves as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Exiro Minerals Corp., an innovative private mineral exploration company. Prior to that, Mr. Bailey spent 13 years at Wallbridge Mining Company Limited, serving as Vice President Exploration, where he played a key role in the acquisition and early exploration of the Fenelon gold project in Quebec. Mr. Bailey received both a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Memorial University and Masters of Science from Laurentian University, in Geology, and an MBA from Athabasca University. He also serves as Chair of the Ontario Prospectors Association, having been past president and a director since 2011.
Thomas Puppendahl, M.Sc., MBA
Independent Director (Audit Committee Chair)
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.
Director, Non-Executive Chairman (Audit Committee Member)
(Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee Member)
Mr. Lees has over 30 years’ experience in investment banking and financing. He was a founder and past director of TVX Gold Inc., a significant North and South American gold producer, which merged with Kinross Gold Corporation in 2003. He has served as a member of the Listings Committee of the Toronto Stock Exchange as well as an officer and board member of several publicly listed junior mining companies. Most recently Mr. Lees served as a director of Yamana Gold Inc., including Chairman of the Compensation Committee.
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.