CEO, President & Director
Mr. Khunkhun has over 15 years of experience in the capital markets, mineral exploration and development sector with a focus on enhancing shareholder value. He has served in a variety of strategic roles including investor relations, corporate development, chief executive officer and director. Mr. Khunkhun has been instrumental in creating a new awareness for undervalued companies including grass roots explorers, developers and producers. Mr. Khunkhun's experience in incubating and growing early stage companies through capital raises, acquisitions, joint ventures and spinouts, and his long-standing relationships with an extensive global network of high-net-worth investors, private equity and institutional investors, analysts, brokers, and investment bankers have been a valuable asset to growing mineral exploration companies.
DirectorTechnical Advisor Member of the Technical Committee
Mr. McLeod is a professional geoscientist with over 25 years of experience in mineral exploration and mining, working for a variety of major and junior mining and exploration companies. He was most recently president and CEO of IDM Mining Ltd., that recently combined with Ascot Resources Ltd. Born and raised in Stewart, B.C., he is a third-generation miner and explorer with significant exploration and development experience. Previously, he was a founder and vice-president of exploration of Underworld Resources that was acquired by Kinross Gold Corp. for $140-million after an initial resource estimate of over 1.4 million ounces gold at the White Gold deposit in the Yukon. He is a highly technical, creative and innovative exploration geologist with an ability to advance and monetize the full potential of projects to the advantage of shareholders. He is a graduate of geology from the University of British Columbia, with an MSc in mineral exploration from Queen's University. He is an active volunteer in the mining industry, as vice-chair of AME-BC, and as a director of the Britannia Mine Museum.
DirectorChair of Health, Safety and Environment Committee, Member of Compensation Committee
Don Birak is a geologist with over 37 years of experience in the minerals industry. He served as Senior Vice President of Exploration for Coeur Mining, Inc. (“Coeur”) from 2004 to October 2013. Previous to his time at Coeur, he served as Vice President of Exploration with AngloGold North America, Independence Mining Company, and Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting. In 2001, Mr. Birak was co‐recipient of the ‘Bill Dennis Prospector of the Year’ award given by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. Mr. Birak received his Master of Science in Geology from Bowling Green State University, in Ohio. Mr. Birak is a Registered Member of SME and a Fellow of the Australian IMM.
DirectorChair of Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, Member of Audit Committee
Annette Cusworth is CPA with over 25 years of financial management experience with both public and private companies. She is currently Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer at Creation Technologies, and has served as Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of RIWI Corp. since December 2014.
Ms. Cusworth’s previous experience includes CFO for Magma Energy Corp., and Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer for CHC Helicopter Corporation, and she has served on the board and acted as Chair of the Audit Committee of Northair Silver Corp. Ms. Cusworth is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary.
DirectorChairman of the Board, Member of Nominating and Corporate Governance and Compensation Committees
Darren Devine is the principal of CDM Capital Partners, a firm that provides corporate finance advisory services to private and public companies. Mr. Devine also acts as a director and/or officer to a number of junior public companies in the natural resource and technology sectors, with completed transactions including the sale of Centric Energy Corp’s Eastern African assets to Africa Oil Corp.; and the recent reverse takeovers and listings of K92 Mining Inc.; TrackX Holdings Inc.; Bee Vectoring Technologies Inc.; and Slyce Inc. In addition, he is currently an active member of the TSX Venture Exchange’s Local Advisory Committee.
Mr. Devine is qualified as a barrister and solicitor in British Columbia and in England & Wales and prior to founding CDM Capital Partners, practiced exclusively in the areas of corporate finance and securities law in Vancouver and London, England.
DirectorChair of Audit Committee, Member of Nominating and Corporate Governance and Health, Safety and Environment Committees
Prior to his retirement in May, 2016, Mr. Sabala was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hecla Mining Corporation, a silver, gold, lead and zinc mining company with operations throughout North America and Mexico. Mr. Sabala was appointed Chief Financial Officer in May 2008 and Senior Vice President in March 2008. Prior to his employment with Hecla Mining Company, Mr. Sabala was Executive Vice President – Chief Financial Officer of Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation from 2003 to February 2008. Mr. Sabala also served as Vice President-Chief Financial Officer of Stillwater Mining Company from 1998 to 2002. Mr. Sabala has served as a director of Arch Coal since February, 2015. Mr. Sabala graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.S. Business, Summa Cum Laude in 1978.
DirectorChair of Compensation Committee, Member of Audit Committee
Tom Wharton brings over 30 years of business experience in the start‐up, development, operation, and financing of early stage companies and has served as CEO, CFO or as a board member for various private and publicly traded companies. Mr. Wharton obtained a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. For the last three years Mr. Wharton has worked as a consultant for various exploration stage junior mining companies and investment funds focused on junior mining as well as oil & gas investment opportunities.