Management, Board of Directors & Advisory Team

Management & Board of Directors

Charles J. Elbourne

CEO, President and Director

Mr. Elbourne has over 45 years-experience in the investment industry, including 25 years involvement in mining. Charles has demonstrated considerable expertise in identifying exploration properties and negotiating acquisitions; assembling management teams, including geological and mining experts.

Mr. Elbourne started his career in the investment industry at Nesbitt Thompson Securities Ltd. while continuing with postgraduate studies at the University of Ottawa. Mr. Elbourne completed his B. Comm.; Diploma in Management Sciences, including a Master of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in Finance & Philosophy. He has also completed many industry related courses including the Canadian Securities Course, the NYSE Securities Examination and the New York Institute of Finance (Securities Analysis Course).

Subsequently, Mr. Elbourne spent 10 years as a Director and Resident Sales Manager of Deacon Hodgson, a national brokerage firm, and four years with Burns Fry, Yorkton and St. Lawrence Securities from which he eventually resigned to start his own financial planning firm and securities dealer; Tax Advantages Inc. (a registered mutual fund dealer), C. J. Elbourne Securities Inc. (a licensed Securities Dealer), and Greentree Insurance Agency Ltd.

From 2001-2004, Mr. Elbourne worked in commercial reality under the umbrella of Coldwell Banker. In 2006, he returned to Investment Banking and Provides consulting services to various Canadian Junior Exploration Companies seeking capital raising advice.

Carl J. McGill

SVP Corporate Development, Secretary Treasurer and Director

Carl has in excess of 30 years as a finance executive in Canada and the United States. He has a strong work ethic and a proven and successful track record in all aspects of management and finance. He is experienced in all areas of corporate governance as well as raising capital in the private and public markets. Since 2003, Carl has provided interim executive management and consulting services for both private and public entities. 

As a corporate advisor and Director to Carlisle Goldfields Ltd (TSX-CGJ)  he assisted in raising approximately $2 million in pre-IPO seed capital and in taking the company public on the TSX via an IPO in January 2007. Carl was then appointed President & CEO in July 2008 to guide the company through a series of regulatory and securities issues. In 2010, Carl hired an experienced mining executive to become President & CEO and transitioned to VP Corporate Development. Working together over the next four years, Carl and the new President raised in excess of $17 million. During his tenure, Carlisle’s gold asset base grew from 200,000 ounces in 2006 to approximately 5,000,000 compliant ounces by the time the company was acquired by Alamos Gold Inc (AGI-TSX) in December 2016 

Carl has also served as President of Goldtrain Resources Inc (GT-CSE) from June 2011 to May 2016 when the company was acquired by Idaho Champion Gold Mines Inc. (ITKO-CSE).  Carl was also the President & CEO of Talisker Gold Corp., a private company, from December 2013 to May 2015. Talisker’s assets were acquired by Angus Gold Inc (GUS-V) in July 2020.  

Rodney Barber

B.Sc (Geology), Director & Advisor

Rodney is a senior geologist with extensive experience in exploration and production. He was most recently employed as the Geology Superintendent for the Barrick’s Williams Mine at Hemlo, Ontario (2010-2018), a position he reached after joining the company in 2001 as a Mine Geologist and rising through the ranks to Senior Production Mine Geologist (2003), Senior Resource Geologist (2006) and Chief Geologist in 2008.

In his role at Hemlo, Rodney was responsible for extending the life of the mine by at least 18 years through the discovery and delineation of over 4.5 million oz of gold in reserves and resources. Rodney was also responsible for all aspects of production geology and exploration in the Williams underground and open pit mines as well as the preparation of NI43-101 compliant reserve reports as well as technical reports at scoping, pre-feasibility and feasibility levels.

Prior to this, Rodney held key roles in large exploration projects which added significant value for their owners. These include coordinating, planning and instituting diamond drilling during the exploration and definition phases of the Pamour 60 Pit Expansion (mined by the Porcupine JV), logging core at the Destiny gold deposit, Quebec and the Hoyle Pond 1060 Zone. Rodney also spent over 13 years in grassroots and advanced exploration throughout Canada, developing extensive experience in greenstone-hosted gold deposits, epithermal gold deposits, porphyry copper-gold, VMS base metal, komatiite associated nickel and pegmatite deposits.

Prior to joining Barrick, Rodney gained invaluable experience at Royal Oak Mines, Inc. (1995-1997); Kinross Gold Corporation (1994); Gerald Lajoie Enterprises (1993); BHP Minerals (1992-1993); Gold Fields Canadian Mining Ltd. (1990-1991); Noranda Exploration Company (1989) and other mineral resource exploration and development companies.

Rodney holds a B.Sc. (Honours) in Geology, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario (1988) and many other diplomas and certificates relating to leadership, geology as well as mine and workplace safety. He is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario, the Canadian institute of Mining (CIM), the Prospector’s and Developer’s Association of Canada and PDAC’s Health and Safety Committee.

Gerry D. White

P.Geo., B.Sc., Director

Mr. White is a professionally registered geologist and active member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario. He has worked with and advised members of the exploration and mining community extensively for the past 37 years in both the Ontario Geological Survey (OGS) and the private sector.

During this time, he has been involved with all aspects of the exploration process, from the sampling and mapping of small mineral occurrences to the location of diamond drill holes on advanced projects. He has continued to update his knowledge of geological principles and practices by attending various short courses and workshops covering ore deposit modeling, VMS, lode gold and Cu-Ni-PGE deposits, and geophysics in exploration.

Mr. White has also dealt with numerous First Nation issues and provided ongoing consultations in this arena. His working knowledge of the Mining Act has been used to advise exploration clients on staking regulations, assessment work requirements and advanced exploration issues. Mr. White has authored and co-authored several reports on natural resources. He has a number of professional mining industry affiliations and holds a Bachelor of Science (Geology) Degree, from the University of Manitoba (1979).

Victor Hugo

CPA, CMA, CFO & Director

Mr. Hugo is senior financial analyst at Marrelli Support Services Inc., providing CFO, accounting, regulatory compliance, and management advisory services to numerous issuers on the TSX, TSX-Venture and other Canadian and US exchanges. His public company experience includes preparation of financial statements, initial public offerings and business combinations transactions. Vic serves as Chief Financial Officer to a number of junior companies listed on the TSX Venture exchange.

Previously, he was the head of the Finance departments at Barrick Gold’s Hemlo operation (2016 – 2017) and Nystar’s Myra Falls mine (2013 – 2016). Mr. Hugo is a CPA, CMA and holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours specializing in Accounting and Cost and Management Accounting from Potchefstroom University in South Africa.

Advisory Team

Russell Kwiatkowski

MBA, Advisor

Russell has been an avid and successful gold prospector and mineral exploration property optionor in Thunder Bay, Ontario during the past 45 years.  Starting as an assistant geophysicist at Coldstream Mine (100 km west of Thunder Bay, Ontario), Russell then spent time with the Ontario Department of Mines and Northern Affairs’ field work teams.

Early in his career, Russell worked with such renowned geologists as Fred R. Harris, Frederick B. Johnson, and Dr. E. G. Pye and attended graduate-level courses from Dr. Trevor Page and Dr. Edward Mercy (Professor Emeritus) at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay where he received a B.Sc (1969), a B.Ed (1970), an HBA (1976), including an M.Ed in Business Administration (1982).

Along with his son Derrick, Russell received the prestigious 2004 Discovery of the Year Award from the Northwestern Ontario Prospectors Association for the Larose Project located 100 km west of the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.  In 2015, Russell was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding work and continuous dedication to prospecting in Northwestern Ontario. 

Russell has recently been working closely with the First Nations, Lac des Mille Lacs Band and the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development to develop a template prospectors Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate relationships between First Nations and mining companies.

Colin Bowdidge

Ph.D., P.Geo., Advisor

Colin has worked in mineral exploration for 34 years, primarily in Canada, but including projects in the U.S.A., South America and Europe. After working for major companies (Cerro Mining Corporation and Union Miniere) for five years, Dr. Bowdidge became a consulting geologist, which has been his principal occupation since 1974. His experience has covered exploration and development projects for a wide variety of mineral commodities, including precious metals. With a thorough knowledge of applied geology as it relates to mineral exploration, Colin also has extensive hands-on experience in modern geophysical and geochemical exploration techniques.

Colin was instrumental in the discovery of the Olden Wollastonite deposit in southeast Ontario in 1986, which contains a measured resource of 2.5 million tonnes grading 29% high aspect-ratio wollastonite. Previously mapped three times by government surveys and once by a mining company without any recognition of its wollastonite potential, this deposit has an estimated gross value of $1 – $2 billion dollars. Colin has also been involved in the development of several mines, including: the Pinebay copper mine in Manitoba, the Thierry nickel-copper mine in northwest Ontario, the Cerro Mojon gold mine in Nicaragua and the San Andres gold mine in Honduras.

Colin has served as a director and/or officer of several publicly traded mining and exploration companies, of which the best known was Greenstone Resources Ltd. Colin was educated at the University of Cambridge, where he received an M.A. degree in mineralogy and petrology, and at the University of Edinburgh, where he earned a Ph.D. in geology. He is a registered Professional Geoscientist with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.

Ikram (Ike) A. Osmani

MSc. (Geology), P.Geo, Advisor

35 years’ experience in field-based mineral exploration (for a variety of mineral commodities in diverse geological settings) as well as resource development and research encompassing geological mapping, geophysical data interpretation, diamond drill program supervision, core logging, field project planning and supervision and preparation of NI 43-101 technical reports as a Qualified Person (“QP”). Ike also has five years corporate experience included responsibilities of running publicly-traded junior resource companies in capacities of President and Vice-president.

Ike has been a principal and technical consultant, Chief, Project and Contract Geologist, VP Exploration and Geoscientist for such companies as Foundation Resources, Fieldex Exploration, Adi Gold Mining, Cameco Corporation, Homestake Canada (acquired by Barrick). Citadel Gold Mines and, the Ontario Geological Survey, among others. Ike has also explored/worked a few years in Argentina, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and India.

Ike’s many accomplishments include:

  • Developing a NI 43-101 compliant gold resource of a million ounces (Indicated and Inferred) in less than 1.5 years on Foundation’s Coldstream Project (in the Shebandowan Greenstone Belt), northwestern Ontario (2011); 
  • Completing resource estimations on eight rare earth and rare metal projects for Saudi Geological Survey, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (2014 – 2017); and 
  • Making a new discovery of significant Titanium-Vanadium mineralization while exploring and developing a magmatic Ni-Cu-PGM deposit for Aurora Platinum Corporation at Lansdowne House Mafic-Ultramafic complex, located approximately 75 km west of the “Ring of Fire” in northern Ontario, an area of vast nickel and chromite deposits (2001).

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