Directors and Advisors

Christopher Taylor, M.Sc. P. Geo


Mining entrepreneur and founder of Kodiak Copper. Structural and economic geologist with more than 20 years of industry and research experience with both mid-tier producer and junior exploration companies. Founder and CEO & President of TSX-V listed Great Bear Resources, which made a recent district-scale gold discovery in Canada. Led the spin-out of Solstice Gold Inc and is a current Director.

Claudia Tornquist, M.Eng, MBA

President and CEO, Director

Formerly General Manager at Rio Tinto working extensively with Rio Tinto’s diamond and copper operations. Also held the position of EVP Business Development for the streaming company Sandstorm Gold. Director of Silver One Resources and former director of Kennady Diamonds, leading the $176m sale of the company to Mountain Province as chair of the special committee of the board.

Chad Ulansky, B.Sc. P. Geo


Professional geologist, is currently President and CEO of Cantex Mine Development Corp. and Metalex Ventures Ltd.  Has mineral exploration experience that includes the original Ekati diamond discovery and has since spanned fifteen countries on four continents.

Gary Schellenberg, B.Sc. Geology


Economic geologist and explorationist with 30 years of industry experience including diamond exploration in the Northwest Territories. President of Coast Mountain Geological Ltd., a Vancouver-based geological consulting. Founding director of Winspear Resources, which sold the Snap Lake diamond mine to DeBeers in the 1990’s.

Steven Krause, CPA, CA, ICD.D

Lead Independent Director

CFO of Viva Gold Corp. and former CFO of Bear Creek Mining. Former chairman of Luna Gold, where he led the $360m merger with JDL Gold to form Trek Mining.

Tony Ricci, CPA, CA

CFO and Director

Chartered Professional Accountant with 25+ years for Canadian and US listed public companies. Former Director and CFO of mining companies with a combined market capitalization near $2 billion including Norsmont Mining, Keegan Resources (currently Asanko Gold Inc), Petaquilla Minerals and Petaquilla Copper. Formerly with KPMG and AMEC Engineering Inc.

Charles (Chuck) Fipke, Ph.D.

Technical Advisor

Discoverer of Canada’s first diamond mine at Ekati, NWT, Dr. Fipke’s vision and scientific insight was instrumental in the emergence of the Canadian diamond industry. Dr. Fipke is a world-renowned expert on diamond exploration and indicator mineral geochemistry and has received an honorary Doctorate of Technology from Okanagan University College and numerous awards.

John Robins, P.Geo


Driving force within the Vancouver mining sector as co-founder of Kaminak Gold, Northern Empire, Hunter Exploration, Stornoway Diamond, Kivalliq Energy (ValOre Metals) and North Country Gold. Mr. Robins was also involved in the successful sale/merger of several other public companies including Grayd Resources (Agnico Eagle), Troon Resources (Grenville Strategic Royalty), Arauco Minerals (Kinross), Creston Moly (Mercator) and Northair Silver (Kootenay Silver).

Jim Paterson, B.Comm


Mr. Paterson has 19 years of corporate experience with North American publicly traded companies, participating in acquisitions, joint-ventures, spin-outs, reverse transactions and IPO’s. Since January 2010, Mr. Paterson has been involved as an executive or as an active director of companies which have raised in excess of $175 million in equity financings.

Tom McCandless, Ph.D., P.Geo

Technical Advisor

Dr. McCandless has over 40 years of exploration experience, with a focus on base metal porphyry exploration in southwestern North America and diamonds in the Arctic. He is a professional geologist (BC/NT/NU) and an adjunct professor at the Universities of Arizona and Alberta. Currently he is president of MCC Geosciences Inc., and Vice-President Exploration for Mountain Province Diamonds Inc.

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