Buddy Doyle, President and CEO
Buddy Doyle is a geologist’s geologist who has earned the distinction of having seen 2 substantial projects from discovery through the decision to mine. He brings to the Company a disciplined, scientific approach to mineral exploration honed in over 28 years’ experience, 23 of them spent in various positions at Rio Tinto PLC and its subsidiaries (RTZ). His most recent position at RTZ was Exploration Manager/Vice President of Kennecott Canada Exploration Inc., where, leading a staff that numbered up to 100 individuals, he was responsible for diamond exploration in North America from 1992 to 2004. At Kennecott Canada, Mr. Doyle led the team that discovered the Diavik diamond deposits in 1994-1995. Prior to transferring to Kennecott Canada, Mr. Doyle was a key member of the Kennecott Exploration Australia team that discovered the multi-million ounce Minifie gold deposits at Lihir in 1987-1988. Mr. Doyle is recognized by his peers in the exploration industry as an authority on diamond exploration and kimberlite geology. He was recognized by his peers recently, receiving the Hugo Dummett diamond award for excellence in Diamond exploration in 2007. He has also authored numerous scientific papers on related topics. Mr. Doyle remains active in the diamond sector through a consultancy and non-executive directorships, but his sole focus in gold is Amarillo. Mr. Doyle is a graduate of the Queensland University of Technology, with a BSc in Applied Geology. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Society of Economic Geology, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the Society of Exploration Geochemists.
Richard Brown, Business Development, Director
Richard Brown, an experienced geologist resident in Brazil, is the local face and manager of the Company’s exploration activity. Mr. Brown has extensive worldwide experience in both mineral and petroleum exploration. For the last 12 years he has lived in South America, establishing local companies and acquiring a portfolio of mining properties in Ecuador, Peru, Argentina and Brazil. Mr. Brown combines a thorough knowledge of the local business culture with an extensive network of industry contacts, assets whose importance to the Company have already been amply demonstrated by the acquisition of the properties at Mara Rosa and Lavras do Sul. He is fluent in Portuguese as well as Spanish. Mr. Brown earned a BApp.Sc in Geology at Curtin University, Western Australia and an MBA at the Business School, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Rostislav ("Rosty") Raykov, Independent Director
Mr. Raykov has served as a director of Fennec Pharmaceuticals Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company, for the last six years, and as Chief Executive Officer since July 2009. Mr. Raykov is also a General Partner at DCML,a private investment partnership. Prior to DCML,Mr.Raykovwasa co-founder and portfolio manager for Alchem Investment Partners, an event driven hedge fund. He also worked as a portfolio manager for Purchase Associates, an event driven hedge fund owned by John Levin & Co., and began his career as a financial analyst in the natural resources group at Bear Stearns. Also served on the board of Wesdome, a publicly traded gold mining company. Mr. Raykov graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.
Patrick Power, Independent Director
Mr. Power is a seasoned venture capitalist and financier with over 20 years’ experience as a stock market professional and as a director of public companies. He is President and CEO of Arctic Star, a diamond exploration company and is a director a Zimtu Corporation and investment company. In the past, Mr. Power has served as a director of other mineral exploration companies, including International Samuel Exploration Corp., Solitaire Minerals Corp., First Narrows Resources Corp. , Goldtex Resources Ltd, Western Potash Corp. He has raise over $200M in Venture Capital during his career.
David Birkett, Independent Director
David Birkett graduated in 1985 from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. He is the President and founding Director of Distinct Resources Corp, a private oil company. David was the President of AltaGas Natural Gas Storage Ltd. and Alton Natural Gas Storage Inc. as well as the President, Chief Executive Officer and founding director of Landis Energy Corporation until it was acquired by AltaGas Ltd. in 2010. He has over 25 years experience with public companies in the areas of corporate development, management, finance and exploration.
Scott Eldridge, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Eldridge is well seasoned in the financial industry focused on the resource sector, he is a co-founder of Euroscandic International Group Inc., a private company offering accounting and investment banking services to natural resource companies. Mr. Eldridge also currently serves as President & CEO of Euroscandic, a position he has held for the last 7 years. During his time in the industry he has been responsible for raising in excess of $500 million in combined equity and debt financing for mining projects varying from exploration to construction financing around the globe. Mr. Eldridge has a B.B.A. from Capilano University, and an M.B.A. from Central European University.