President and Director
Mr. A. Cohen is also the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf & Pacific Equities Corp., a publicly listed real estate company. Mr. A. Cohen was a past director of Chauvco Resources Ltd., an international oil and gas company and a current director of Gendis Inc., a private energy, real estate and agribusiness company. He received a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration degree from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska.
Mr. J. Cohen is the President and CEO of Gendis Inc., a private company involved in commercial real estate management as well as the energy and agribusiness sectors.
James is a past-Chair of both the Manitoba Museum and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet and is the incoming Chair of the Manitoba Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. He is also a current member of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and a past board member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.
James received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Western Ontario.
Mr. Elkin is an international entrepreneur and investor who has served as Director and CEO of a number of private and public companies. Fields of activity have included portfolio money management, real estate, manufacturing, and mining. He has an MBA degree from the Harvard Business School and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Mr. Hubacheck is a consulting geologist and President of W. A. Hubacheck Consultants Ltd. He has over 45 years of experience as a project geologist, exploration manager and Qualified Person for the purposes of NI 43-101, with experience in the exploration for gold, silver, base metals, uranium and diamonds in Canada and the USA. He holds a Mining Technologist (1974) diploma from the Haileybury School of Mines and Technology, Haileybury, Ontario and a B.A.Sc. (Geol. Eng. 1977) degree from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, South Dakota. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Hubacheck served as a director of Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd. (TSX: AEM) and, from 2004 to 2006, he served as a director of Contact Diamond Corporation (acquired by Stornoway Diamond Corporation). Mr. Hubacheck is currently consulting project manager for RJK Explorations Ltd.
John H. Paterson
Chairman and Director
Mr. Paterson has a diversity of experience gained with both major and junior mining companies. He is a professional engineer and has served on many boards of mining and exploration companies. Mr. Paterson was President and CEO of Aurogin Resources Ltd. (“Aurogin”) from 2002 to 2007, which developed the El Sastre gold mine prior to merging with Morgain Minerals (which formed Castle Gold Corp.). Before joining Aurogin, Mr. Paterson was President and CEO of Geomaque Explorations Ltd. from 1991 to 2001, where he directed the development of two heap leach gold mines, the San Francisco gold mine located in Sonora, Mexico and the Vueltas Del Rio gold mine located in Honduras. Mr. Paterson received his B.Sc.(Eng.) and M.Sc. from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
Robert E. (Dutch) Van Tassell
Mr. Van Tassell has served as a director of numerous mining companies listed on the TSX Exchange. From 1982 to 1998, he served as Vice President Exploration for Goldcorp Inc. Mr. Van Tassell has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology from Mount Allison University.
Mr. Nigel Lees has over 30 years of experience in investment banking and financing. He was a founder and past director of TVX Gold Inc., a significant North and South America 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.
Dr. Paul Lhotka is a professional geologist with over 35 years in the mining and mineral exploration business with 23 of those years while living in Argentina. He is a technical specialist in exploration, geology, geochemistry, and mineralogy related to metallurgy. He has been directly involved in multiple discoveries and their development. Paul received a B.Sc. in Science from the University of Manitoba and a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta and is registered with the association of Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.