BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Abraham (Braam) Jonker
Non-executive Chairman, Director
Mr. Jonker has more than 20 years of extensive management, accounting, and corporate finance experience across five continents, mostly in the mining industry. He currently serves as Non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mandalay Resources Corp. (MND: TSX). Previously, Mr. Jonker was Chief Financial Officer of Western Coal Corp. at the time of its takeover by Walter Energy for $3.3 billion. He is a member of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales as well as South Africa. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accounts in the United Kingdom and holds a Master’s degree in South African and International Tax from Rand Afrikaans University.
Mr. Leisman is currently a Vice President at Wexford Capital LP, which he joined in 2011. Prior to joining Wexford, he was a Senior Analyst at Red Kite Capital Management for the Mine Finance funds. Previously, he was an Associate at Standard Bank working in the Structured Commodity Products and Mine Finance groups. Mr. Leisman holds an MBA from New York University and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Mr. Bullock is a registered Professional Mining Engineer in the Province of Ontario. He was President and CEO of Volta Resources Inc. and founding President and CEO of Gold Crest (a Volta predecessor) since its inception in 2002. Mr. Bullock was instrumental in the growth of Volta from a shell company through to its ultimate sale to B2Gold at the end of 2013. With more than 25 years of experience, at senior levels, in mining exploration, mine development, and mine operations, throughout his career he has been involved in projects from inception through exploration to development and production.
BSc (Hons), MSc Geology, PhD Geochemistry, Director
Dr. Lipson has more than 40 years of global experience in the mining industry. A graduate of the University of Witwatersrand, he earned his PhD from the University of Cape Town. Dr. Lipson was Chief Geologist for Gold Fields Exploration, Inc. (Gold Fields), a part of Gold Fields Ltd., and recently left the organization after 36 years. Gold Fields is one of the world’s leading gold producers, with nine operating mines in Australia, Ghana, Peru, and South Africa. Dr. Lipson strengthened the Company’s competitive position by assessing the geological potential of gold projects around the world. Guiding the strategic direction for exploration investments, he targeted projects ranging from greenfields to producing mines through joint-venture opportunities or acquisitions. Additionally, he pioneered the development of the knowledge-based software solution, Global Business Area Rating System (GBAR) to identify the most gold-prospective areas on the globe based on geological criteria, but balanced by sovereign risk.
A natural leader, Dr. Lipson strongly believes in coaching and mentoring the next generation of Earth Scientists. An active member of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) since 1992, he mentors in economic geology.
CPA, CGA, President and Director
Ms. Evans, founder of Golden Reign, is a Certified General Accountant with extensive experience in both the Junior mining sector and the corporate securities industry. Ms. Evans has 17 years of experience as a Director and/or Officer, working with a number of public companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange.
Mr. Conlon has been involved in the mining industry since 1972, first as owner of Webcon Equipment Inc. He has more than 40 years of experience in the resource industry. Prior directorships include Western Canadian Coal Corp., Cambrian Mining PLC, Coal International Limited, and Mandalay Resources.
Mr. Meyer is a Professional Engineer with a degree in Geology (University of British Columbia, 1962). His career has spanned more than 40 years, starting as an exploration geologist with Phelps Dodge Corporation of Canada and later as Senior Geologist with Gibraltar Mines Ltd. In 1967, he became a partner at the consulting firm Western Geological Services, and in 1975, formed his own consulting firm. In 1979, he joined Teck Exploration Ltd. as Exploration Manager for Western Canada and the United States and until 1998 served as President. From 1993 to 1998, he was Vice President Exploration for Teck Corporation, responsible for the direction of its exploration activities and those of its associated companies worldwide. While there, he forged several deals with Junior mining exploration companies and sat as Teck’s representative on the Boards of Directors of those Junior companies. Currently, he is on the Boards of Minco Silver, Minco Base Metals (privately owned), and GGL Resources.
Mr. Dennis has more than 35 years of experience with CHC Helicopter Corporation, specializing in Global Operations, and extensive background providing services to the mining and oil and gas sectors. For 20+ years he served as a senior Officer, Director, and consultant to numerous resource companies.