Directors and Officers

Jason Nickel

Chief Executive Officer, Director

Mr. Nickel is an experienced Mining Executive and Engineer, Investor and Entrepreneur with a diverse 25-year mining background in operations, engineering, feasibility and exploration / development of venture capital projects. Most recently he held position as Mine Manager for a significant Canadian emerging Gold producer, leading the production and development of new underground and pit operations. He has provided management and consulting services to the industry since 2008 and has been heavily involved with several junior resource public companies and mining project start-ups, mainly in BC and the Arctic; since 2011, Jason has served on 4 TSX-V / CDNX / CSE venture company boards. He holds a degree in Mine Engineering from UBC and a GDBA in Business Administration from SFU Segal Graduate School of Business. Previously his experience includes several roles from Mine Planner, Sr. Mine Engineer, Mine Foreman, to Chief Engineer, Mine Manager and Vice-President, primarily in copper and gold operations and projects.

David McAdam

B. Com., Independent Director, Audit and Corporate Governance Committees

Mr. McAdam has over 30 years of finance and operations experience in large and small capitalization companies, where has been the financial lead in raising over $250 million in equity and securing over $100 million in debt. Mr. McAdam has been the financial and/or operational lead in over 90 acquisitions, including the integration of the target companies. Mr. McAdam has been the Chief Financial Officer of several public and private companies including a number of public and private BC-based mining companies (one a Vancouver based TSX company with producing assets in South Africa and public reporting across the TSX-AIM-JSE exchanges). Other sectors include for-profit provider of English as a Second Language training to foreign students (Executive advisory and Investor Relations), a Fortune 150 waste management/recycling company (VP Ops and Director of Finance). These roles required reporting to public company Audit, Safety and Risk Committees along with full Board presentations in a Fortune 150 Company. Most recently David has been providing executive advisory consulting services to small and medium sized start-up enterprises leveraging his extensive experience in financial/operational integration/optimization and measurement, financial planning and analysis (including annual budgets and rolling forecasts), mergers and acquisitions (buy and sell side), due diligence, investor relations (TSX.V and JSE), systems strategy, implementation oversight and management, risk management and regulatory compliance.

Oliver Foeste

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Foeste is the founder and Managing Partner of Invictus Accounting Group and brings over 10 years of financial reporting and executive experience across numerous industries including junior exploration and mining companies. Previously, Oliver has held senior management and executive positions in multinational and small capitalization companies listed in Canada and the United States.

Thomas Hawkins PhD, P.Geo


Thomas Hawkins is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 as a registered professional geologist (EGBC)
who has nearly 20 years of international experience identifying, assessing, and advancing mineral exploration projects. He graduated in 2004 from Imperial College, London, with a Masters in Geology and Geophysics, and gained a PhD in Geology in 2012 from the Natural History Museum, U.K. Thomas has extensive experience managing projects in Ghana, Mexico, Canada, U.S.A. the U.K., and Kazakhstan. Most recently, Thomas was part of the Kenorland Minerals team that discovered the Regnault deposit and was Vice President of Exploration of Northway Resources, a Vancouver-based Alaska exploration company. In 2018, as President of Vanmin Development Corp., Thomas discovered the Vanadium Pass deposit, British Columbia. His PhD research furthered the understanding of the Central Asian deposit camps and IOCG type deposits.

Scott Young


Mr. Young was an investment advisor holding both his Canadian and U.S. securities licenses up until 2000. He has worked as a corporate governance and communications consultant since 2000 in the technology, mining and pharmaceutical industries, with clients trading on both Canadian and American stock exchanges. During the 2020 Winter Olympics he was an in-house consultant with Alda Pharmaceuticals which was the infection control sponsor for the games. The Company was also named in the TSXV Top 50 listed companies the same year. He was the Managing Director of Sonoma Resources Inc., which completed a reverse takeover of Element Lifestyle Retirement Inc. in December 2015. Over the last five years, he has providing consulting services and has held directorships with issuers listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and Canadian Securities Exchange.   

Janet Francis

Corporate Secretary

Janet has over 15 years; experience in the field of regulatory compliance and corporate governance. She has served as a director or officer of a number of public companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange, and Canadian Securities Exchange in the technology, education, and mining sectors. She is principal of a corporate secretarial firm providing services to publicly-listed and other reporting issuers and to companies seeking to go public.

T. Gregory Hawkins


Mr. Hawkins has been involved in the mining exploration and investment industry since 1969. He has been variously responsible for the identification and/or delineation of 10 mineral deposits in Canada, USA, Chile, Ghana, Mali and Zäire (DRC) with 7 deposits taken to production.