Directors and Advisors

Christopher Taylor, M.Sc.

Chairman

Christopher Taylor, M.Sc.

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 Great Bear Resources, which made a district-scale gold discovery in Canada and was taken over by Kinross Gold for $1.8bn. Former geologist with Imperial Metals exploring for copper porphyries in North America.


Claudia Tornquist, M.Eng, MBA

President and CEO, Director

Claudia Tornquist, M.Eng, MBA

Formerly General Manager at Rio Tinto working extensively with Rio Tinto’s 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

Independent Director

Chad Ulansky, B.Sc. P. Geo

Professional geologist with over 30 years of mineral exploration experience that includes the original Ekati diamond discovery. His career has spanned fifteen countries on four continents. Currently President and CEO of Cantex Mine Development and Metalex Ventures.


Kevin Tomlinson, HBSc. MSc.

Independent Director

Kevin Tomlinson, HBSc. MSc.

CEO of C3 Metals and Chairman of Bellevue Gold. Twenty years as resources investment banker, M&A advisor and company director for companies including Centamin, Orbis Gold and Medusa Mining. Former Chairman of Cardinal Resources, leading its C$587 million sale to Shandong Gold. Structural geologist and investment banker with over 35 years' experience in exploration, development and financing of mining projects globally in the North American, Australasian and European markets. 


Steven Krause, CPA, CA, ICD.D

Independent Director

Steven Krause, CPA, CA, ICD.D

Has worked extensively with mining, mineral exploration and development stage companies in Canada and the United States.  CFO of Viva Gold and President of Avisar Chartered Accountants. Former CFO of Bear Creek Mining and former chairman of Luna Gold, where he led the $360m merger with JDL Gold to form Trek Mining.


Lana Eagle, CDI.D

Independent Director

Lana Eagle, CDI.D

Ms. Eagle is an Indigenous relations strategist and a Social Innovator advising companies on how to better engage and work with Indigenous communities. Her background is in banking, economic development, wealth management and mineral exploration. Ms. Eagle is a pioneer for Aboriginal women in being one of the first to chair a mineral exploration company in Canada, Electra Gold Ltd. She is an elected Board Member of the Association for Mineral Exploration BC and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, an appointed member of BC’s Indigenous Business and Investment Council and a Director of Geoscience BC. Ms. Eagle is a member of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation in Saskatchewan.

 


John Robins, P.Geo

Advisor

John Robins, P.Geo

John Robins is a professional geologist, prospector and entrepreneur with over 35 years of experience in the mining industry. In 2022 he was the recipient of the AME's Murray Pezim Award for his significant contribution to the financing of exploration and development projects over the last 20 years. He was also awarded the Spud Huestis Award in 2008 for having made significant contributions to mineral exploration in British Columbia and Yukon. 

Mr. Robins has been involved in several notable discoveries, including the 5M oz Coffee Gold deposit in Yukon, the Three Bluffs gold deposit in the Committee Bay greenstone belt, the Aviat / Churchill diamond districts of Nunavut, and the Great Bear project in north-western Ontario. Through his entrepreneurship, John has been instrumental in over CDN$3B in M&A activity and has generated over $1B in direct and indirect mineral expenditures throughout Canada, Latin America, and Australia. Notable recent successes include the sales of Great Bear Resources Ltd. to Kinross Gold Corp. for $1.8B, Great Bear Royalties Corp. to Royal Gold Inc. for $200M, and Kaminak Gold Corp. to Goldcorp for $510M.

John’s outstanding strategic guidance, technical expertise, strong industry relationships, and steadfast adherence to ethical practices, underpin his status as a leading steward of the junior mining industry. He currently acts as Chairman of Fireweed Metals Corp. and K2 Gold Corp.  Mr. Robins is also a Director of Elemental Altus Royalties and a Strategic Advisor to Defense Metals Corp., Kodiak Copper Corp., ValOre Metals Corp., and Prospector Metals Corp. 


Jim Paterson, B.Comm

Advisor

Jim Paterson, B.Comm

Principal of Discovery Group and has been actively involved in marketing and corporate development activities for the group companies since 2002. Over two decades of experience in the mining industry, including capital raises, acquisitions, joint-ventures, spin-outs, RTOs, and IPOs. Chairman and CEO of ValOre Metals, raised more than $60 million in equity for ValOre, leading to multiple discoveries. 


Carolyn Clark Loder, MLS-Indian Law, MA

Advisor

Carolyn Clark Loder, MLS-Indian Law, MA

Ms. Loder possesses more than 30 years of senior professional experience in the public and private sectors in mining, mineral rights management, land management and indigenous relations. Headed up Minerals Rights and Public Lands for Freeport-McMoRan, the world's largest publically traded copper producer, as well as Mineral Rights and Tribal Relations for LafargeHolcim, the world’s largest cement manufacturer.


Tom McCandless, Ph.D., P.Geo

Technical Advisor

Tom McCandless, Ph.D., P.Geo

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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