Board of Directors

 

Margaret Kent, Chairman of the Boardmargaret_kent

Margaret “Peggy” Kent has spent almost 40 years in the resource industry, becoming a leader in the financing and development of new projects and taking on development projects that major companies had passed on. Her education includes a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Nevada and an M.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering from the Mackay School of Mines and Geology at the University of Nevada. She has been the chairman and CEO of a number of publically traded resource companies and has been responsible for the development and operation of seven mining operations, and 2,200 employees, with the largest being the $500 million dollar Kemess project in Central British Columbia, Canada.

Ms. Kent has founded four publicly traded companies and several private companies. Over her career she has raised over $1.5 billion of capital in the equity and public and private debt markets for the acquisition and development of mining projects. Ms. Kent has completed several mergers and acquisitions, including a simultaneous merger of five TSX-listed companies to form Royal Oak Mines. As a part of the Royal Oak Mines formation, she acquired the Canadian Pamour and Giant gold mines out of soft receivership of the Australian owner. After acquiring the assets and forming Royal Oak Mines, she implemented an operating turnaround that increased production and decreased costs. While Chairman, President and CEO of Royal Oak she conceived and launched a $2.2 billion takeover bid for Lac Minerals and arranged a $600 million standby debt facility.

She is the recipient of several industry awards including Northern Miner’s "Miner of the Year" in 1991, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s Viola MacMillan Developers Award in 1993, Canadian Financial Post's "Newsmaker of the Year" in 1994, Canada’s top woman CEOs in 1997 and IBM top 50 women in the world in 1998, and the YWCA Woman of distinction award.

 

kim_tylerKim Tyler, President, CEO, and a Director 

Mr. R. Kim Tyler, P.Geo., has been appointed President, CEO and a Director of the Company. Mr. Tyler is a mining and exploration professional with over 40 years of progressive management and executive experience in gold, base metals and industrial minerals with companies including Vale, Rio Tinto, Royal Oak Mines and Cominco Ltd. Mr. Tyler brings strong technical expertise that, besides mineral exploration, includes mine operations management experience in both open pit and underground mining operations. Since 2007 Mr. Tyler has served as President and Director of Canadian Arrow Mines Limited, a junior exploration and development company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. During his tenure leading the executive team through exploration to pre-development phases, Mr. Tyler has managed successful financings, property acquisitions, NI 43-101 Resource and PEA studies, and various mining agreements including First Nations, custom milling and concentrate off-take agreements. Under his leadership the Company was awarded “Developer of the Year” in 2008 by the Northwestern Ontario Prospectors and Developers Association and received a public award of recognition for best business practices by the Grand Chief of the First Nations within Treaty #3. Mr. Tyler has also held positions as Manager of Projects Evaluation North America for a TSX listed mid-tier gold producer as well as Operations Manager for two other TSX-listed junior gold development companies.

Mr. Tyler is a Professional Geoscientist registered in both British Columbia and Ontario. He has worked within both junior and major mining and exploration environments. As such he has had exposure to innovation and best industry practices from a number of corporate cultures.

 

terry_bybergTerrence H. Byberg, Vice President and a Director 

Mr. Byberg has 43 years of international mining experience in Canada, USA, Mexico, Greece, Australia and the Philippines, with extensive public company experience in the areas of management, production and operations.

He has been: Founder and Vice President of Mining for Chieftain Metals, Inc.; Founder, President and CEO of Silver Eagle Mines, Inc.; President and Chief Operating Officer of Philippine Gold; General Manager for Exall Resources; General Manager for TVX in Northern Quebec and Greece; and General Manager for Royal Oak in Yellowknife, NWT.

Mr. Byberg began his career, in 1972, with the Dome Group in Red Lake where, during a 17 year period, he worked as a Surveyor and Ventilation Engineer, Miner, Shift Boss, Training and Safety Superintendent, Assistant Mine Superintendent and Mine Superintendent. Still within the Dome Group he transferred to Detour Lake Mine, based in Timmins Ontario, where he was the Production Superintendent from 1988 thru 1990.

Mr. Byberg is a Graduate of the Haileybury School of Mines.

 

mike_pageMichael Page, FAusIMM, Director

Michael Page is also the President of Exploration Services Int'l, a 22 year old consulting company that focuses on metals exploration and mining. He was CEO Maple Minerals Corp., now owned by Trevali Mining Corp, which owns the Caribou mine and mill near Bathurst, New Brunswick. He was previously Vice President of MC Intergeo, which manages the mining assets of Mikhail Prokhorov, one of the world's wealthiest men. Formerly Mr. Page was Director for Geological Exploration at MMC Norilsk Nickel, the world's largest producer of nickel and palladium and one of the leading producers of platinum and copper. Previously he was Vice President of the Ivanhoe Mines group of companies in China and Southern Africa, and Exploration Manager for Golden Shamrock Mines in West Africa and Australia. Before that, he was Chief Geologist Americas with Australian mining giant WMC, and was involved in the exploration of the Olympic Dam uranium-copper-gold-silver ore body, the world's largest uranium deposit. As a consultant, his clients have included WMC Resources, BHP Billiton, Gold Fields, and Rio Tinto.

 

mike_robb2R M (Mike) Robb, P.E., Director

Mr. Robb has 46 years of international mining experience, with extensive experience in the areas of management, design, construction and operations.

He was VP of Development for Silver Standard Resources from 2005 to 2007 where his responsibilities included the design and construction of the Minas Parquitas mine in Argentina.

From 2001 to 2003 he was VP of Mina Magestral (Queenstake), where he was responsible for the construction and initial operation of the company’s first producing mine and served as Director of Operations (Mexico) for Eldorado Gold from 1995 to 1997 where he directed the doubling of gold production at the La Colorado mine and the opening of a new mine.

Since 2007, Mr. Robb has been an Independent Consulting Engineer providing management and mining engineering services to firms worldwide.

He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. He is also a Member of the PE Exam Committee of the Society of Mining Engineers, author of nine technical papers, and co-author of one patent and one reference book.

Mr. Robb is a Retired Colonel USMC Reserve, a Viet Nam veteran and a Graduate of the University of Idaho.