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.


Christopher O. Naas

P.Geo., Director, Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Naas has over 34 years’ experience in the mineral exploration field in Canada, USA, South America and Africa and brings extensive experience in the supervision of mineral exploration programs in that have successfully developed mineral resources from grassroot prospects.


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.


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

P.Geo., Chairman to the Board of Directors

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.


Samir Patel

Independent Director, Chair of Governance Committee

Mr. Patel is a securities lawyer with over 11 years of experience in securities and corporate law, particularly in relation to M&A transactions, continuous disclosure requirements, corporate governance and equity financings. He is currently General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at First Mining Gold Corp., a gold exploration and development mining company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, and has been with First Mining Gold since June 2016. Prior to that, Mr Patel has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from the University Nottingham in the United Kingdom.


Gordon Neal

Independent Director, Audit and Corporate Governance Committees

Mr. Neal is currently President of Neal & Company Consultants, having provided more than 30 years of capital markets and corporate governance advisory services to public and private companies. Neal & Company have raised more than $700,000,000 for companies across many sectors including precious metals, oil and gas, forestry and clean tech industries. From August 2017 to March 2021, Gordon was President of New Pacific Metals Corp, with prior positions as VP Corporate Development at Silvercorp Metals, and for 9 years was VP Corporate Development at Mag Silver Corp. in the 1990s, Gordon was also the founder and president of Neal McInerney Investor Relations, which at the time, was the second largest investor relations firm in Canada. During the 1980s, Mr. Neal was Communications Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Canada and Immigration Special Assistant to the Minister of Employment and Immigration. Mr. Neal holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.


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.