Board of Directors
J. BIRKS BOVAIRD
Chairman of the Board
For a majority of his career, Mr. Bovaird’s focus has been the provision and implementation of corporate financial consulting and strategic planning services. He was previously the Vice President of Corporate Finance for one of Canada’s major accounting firms. He is Chairman of GTA Resources and Mining Inc. (TSX-V:GTA)as well as a member of the audit and compensation committees. He is an independent director of Noble Mineral Exploration Inc. (TSXV:NOB) where he is a member of the audit committee and chair of the compensation committee. He also serves as an independent director and member of the audit committee of Interactive Capital Partners Corporation (ICPC) which is a reporting issuer whose common shares are not currently trading. ICPC is in the process of preparing the necessary financial reports in order to bring the company back into good standing with the Ontario Securities Commission. Mr. Bovaird has previously been involved with numerous public resource companies, both as a member of management and as a director. He is a graduate of the Canadian Director Education Program and holds an ICD.D designation.
PAUL A. CARROLL
Mr. Carroll has had a lengthy business career in the mining industry, both as a lawyer and as a director and/or officer of many mining companies. He has been engaged in the mineral exploration and mining industry in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Central and South America, Africa, China, Russia and Kazakhstan. Mr. Carroll is President of Carnarvon Capital Corporation, a corporate management and advisory company based in Toronto, Canada. Companies with which he has been extensively involved include Dundee Corporation, a full-service investment bank, Corona Corporation, where he was a member of the Executive Committee, Zemex Corporation, Royex Gold Mining Corporation, Campbell Resources Inc., Cobra Emerald Mines Ltd., Lacana Mining Corporation where he was Chair, Arcon International Resources plc where he was Chair, Tahera Corporation, World Wide Minerals Ltd. where he is President and Chief Executive Officer, Poco Petroleums Ltd., Mascot Gold Mines Ltd., United Keno Hill Mines Ltd., Repadre Capital Corporation (now IAMgold Corporation), Crowflight Minerals Inc., War Eagle Mining Company Inc. and Diadem Resources Ltd. From 2004 to 2005, as one of the committee of “independent directors” thereof, Mr. Carroll was a director of Argus Corporation Limited and Hollinger Inc. and in 2005 he was Chief Executive Officer. He was a director of The Uranium Institute (now the World Nuclear Association) in 1998. In addition to the Corporation, Mr. Carroll is currently a director of: World Wide Minerals (TSX, CDN, OTC); and War Eagle Mining Company Inc. (TSX-V). Mr. Carroll serves on the Audit Committee of War Eagle Mining Company Inc.
BRUCE D. HANSEN
Mr. Hansen is currently Chief Executive Officer and a director of General Moly Inc., a position he has held since 2007. Prior to that, Mr. Hansen was Senior Vice-President, Operations Services and Development with Newmont Mining Corporation. He worked with Newmont for ten years holding increasingly senior roles, including CFO from 1999 to 2005. Prior to joining Newmont, Mr. Hansen spent 12 years with Santa Fe Pacific Gold, where he held increasingly senior management roles including Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Vice President Finance and Development. Mr. Hansen holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Mr. Hansen is also a director and serves on the Audit Committee of ASA Gold and Precious Metals Ltd. (NYSE).
Mr. Higgs has been involved in the financial and venture capital markets in Canada, the United States, and Europe for over thirty years. He founded his first junior exploration company in 1983 and took it public through an initial public offering in 1984. Since then, Mr. Higgs has been involved in the founding, financing, initial public listing, and building of several companies. Mr. Higgs was directly involved with the founding and initial public offering of Arizona Star Resource Corp. and the listing and financing of BioSource International Inc., both of which were the subject of take-over bids. Most recently, Mr. Higgs was one of the founding Directors and subsequently Executive Chairman of Uranerz before it merged with Energy Fuels. Mr. Higgs was Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Uranerz from February 1, 2006 until June 18, 2015. Mr. Higgs is currently Chairman and a director of Nevada Exploration Inc., a TSX Venture Exchange mineral exploration company (TSX.V:NGE). Mr. Higgs holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia.
Mr. Kirkwood is a principal of the Kirkwood Companies, including Kirkwood Oil and Gas LLC, Wesco Operating, Inc., and United Nuclear LLC. Mr. Kirkwood has been with the Kirkwood Companies for over 35 years and has been involved in all aspects of oil and gas exploration and operations. From 2000 to date, the Kirkwood Companies have grown from less than 500 barrels of oil per day and 7 employees to over 3,000 barrels of oil per day and 60 employees with field offices in: Ft. Washakie, WY; Baggs, WY; Moab, UT; and Ely, NV. The Kirkwood Companies have identified, evaluated, negotiated and closed over $110,000,000 of production acquisitions in the Rocky Mountain States. Bob is a 1982 graduate of the University of Wyoming, with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering.
Benjamin Eshleman III
Mr. Eshleman is the current President and CEO of Mesteña, LLC, a privately held energy company headquartered in Corpus Christi, Texas. As President and CEO, he is responsible for the oil, gas, and uranium leasing activities under 200,000 mineral acres located in South Texas. Mesteña built, operated, and mined several million pounds of uranium through its Alta Mesa plant in the mid-2000’s. Mr. Eshleman also sits on the board of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, a well-known business association advocating land owner rights. Ben is a 1979 graduate of Menlo College, with Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Ms. Filas is internationally recognized as a thought-leader on a variety of topics including mining, waste management, environmental and social responsibility, leadership, and sustainability, and she has experience in both developed and developing countries on six continents. From 2003 to 2009, Ms. Filas served as the President and Chief Executive of Knight Piésold and Co., a leading global mining and environmental consulting firm, where she held various roles of increasing responsibility from 1989 to 2009. From 2011 to 2013, Ms. Filas served as the President of Geovic Mining Corp., a publicly-traded mining company with an advanced cobalt, nickel and manganese exploration project in Cameroon, among other exploration ventures. From 2015 to 2016, she was a Director of Moroccan Minerals Ltd., a private company that explored copper, gold, and silver prospects in Morocco and Serbia. Ms. Filas’ operational background includes hands-on experience with operating gold and coal mines and processing facilities; executive experience in consulting, public companies, and non-profits; and technical expertise in base and precious metals, coal, uranium and industrial metals in various engineering and environmental capacities. In addition, Ms. Filas was the first female President of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration. She currently serves as the Nominations Chair and Chair of the Board of Governors for the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville, Colorado and is a part-time Professor of Practice at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Ms. Filas is a graduate of the University of Arizona, and a Licensed Professional Mining Engineer in Colorado and Nevada.