Mike Mutchler, President & CEO
Mr. Mutchler, who is currently a Partner and Advisory Board Member at Whittle Consulting Pty. Ltd., has over 30 years’ experience as a mining engineer in both open-pit and underground mining operations. At Whittle, Mike conducts Enterprise Optimisation using its proprietary software for mining projects worldwide. Prior to Whittle, Mike was COO for Largo Resources where he was responsible for the construction, commissioning, operations and expansion of the Maracas Vanadium Mine and Mill in Bahia, Brazil. Mike’s extensive experience also included the position of COO of Rainy River Resources, Vice President Project Development for Kinross Gold Corporation, Mine & Infrastructure Manager for Kinross’s Cerro Casale project in Chile, Project Director for Kinross’s Paracatu Mine in Brazil, and he held managerial positions at Kinross and ASARCO. Mike holds a BSc (Mining Engineering), South Dakota School of Mines & Technology; MBA, Webster University, Missouri; Executive Juris Doctorate degree, Concord School of Law, Kaplan University; and Chartered Directors Certificate, The Directors College, McMaster University.
Roland Uloth, Executive Chairman
Mr. Uloth has over 20 years as a seasoned mining executive, as well as a business professional with over 45 years of combined experience. This includes being President and Director of River Gold Mines; in 2006, upon the completion of the merger between Wesdome and Eagle River mines, Mr. Uloth became Chairman of the combined company. Mr. Uloth became Chairman, and then CEO of the combined company from 2007 – 2010 where he led Wesdome through several of its most profitable years, and reopened the Kiena Mine. In 2013, Mr. Uloth rejoined Wesdome and successfully restructured the Company. He held this position until last year and still remains on the Board.
Hemdat Sawh, CFO
Mr. Sawh is a Certified Professional Accountant, and holds an MBA degree in accounting from York University, a BSc degree in geology from Concordia University and a graduate diploma in geology from McGill University. Mr. Sawh has over 16 years of accounting and auditing experience at Grant Thornton LLP, culminating in the position of principal, where he acted as lead supervisor for auditing teams of businesses with a concentration in publicly listed mining companies. Mr. Sawh has over 12 years’ experience serving as Chief Financial Officer of Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd., Scorpio Mining Corporation, Crystallex International Corporation, and Goldbelt Resources Ltd., all TSX listed mining companies with assets in Canada, Mexico, Venezuela and Burkina Faso, respectively.
Richard Brown, Business Development
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.
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.
Colin Sutherland, Independant Director
Colin is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 20 years of financial and operational experience. Most recently he served as President of McEwen Mining Inc. During his tenure, the share price more than tripled, the Company grew its treasury, met operational guidance and improved its financial guidance. Immediately prior to McEwen, he was Managing Director and CEO of Archipelago Resources Plc, which operated a large producing gold mine in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. In 2013, Mr. Sutherland led the successful privatization of Archipelago, and continued to deliver significant returns to its shareholders. During his tenure gold production grew to 200,000 ounces per annum, and costs were significantly reduced. Mr. Sutherland has also held senior financial and executive roles with Timmins Gold, Capital Gold, Nayarit Gold and Aurico Gold.
Stephen Stow, Independent Director
Mr. Stow has been an adviser, investor, and executive engaged in various resource driven opportunities, startups and has global executive experience in management of public companies. He has served as the Former President & CEO of Odin Mining & Exploration Ltd and has been a Director of the company since 1994. Mr. Stow has been Principal of Zen Capital & Mergers Ltd since 1995 and served as a Director since 1994. Prior to 1995 he served as Director of Corporate Finance, Asia for the National Westminster Bank, Hong Kong Division.
Buddy Doyle, Director
Buddy Doyle is a geologist that has a record of continuous discovery during his long career. He has earned the distinction of having seen 2 substantial projects from discovery through the decision to mine, through mine build and opening. He brings over 36 years’ experience, 23 of them spent in various positions at Rio Tinto PLC.
Mr. Doyle led the team that discovered the Diavik diamond deposits in 1994-1995. Mr. Doyle saw this multi-billion dollar project from discovery to mine opening. In 2007 he received the Hugo Dummett diamond award for excellence in Diamond exploration. He has also authored/co-authored numerous scientific papers on related topics. Since leaving RTZ Mr. Doyle has led Amarillo a million ounce open pit gold mining project, with robust economics, poised to move to operations. 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.