Board of Directors

Patrick J. Mars , Chairman and Director

Mr. Mars is an independent consultant specializing in mine financing and analysis with over 30 years of experience in the investment industry. Mr. Mars has acted as Chairman, CEO, or Director for several public-traded mining companies.

C. Nigel Lees , President, CEO, and Director

Mr. Lees is a founder and past director of TVX Gold Inc., a significant gold producer in North and South America, which merged into Kinross Gold, listed on the TSX and the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Lees has over 30 years experience in the Canadian investment industry and has served on the boards of several public-traded mining companies.

Peter Bojtos , Director

Mr. Bojtos is a professional engineer with extensive experience in mineral development and production. Since 1996 following a successful career as CEO of several companies, Mr. Bojtos serves on mining company boards as an independent Director.

Gary Robertson , Director

Mr. Robertson is a Certified Financial Planner. He has worked in the financial industry for the past twenty years, and presently serves on the board of several private companies as well as on the board of four Canadian junior gold mining companies.

Peter Freeman , Director

Mr. Freeman has over 30 years of experience working in Financial Services in the City of London, including regulatory and compliance roles within authorised firms and exchanges, as well as board roles in publicly quoted companies. He is a Senior Regulatory Officer at a UK Recognised Investment Exchange; a Lay member of the Upper Tribunal (Tax & Chancery) and the Probate Committee of the ICAEW. He is also a director of TSX-V quoted Cabo Drilling Inc., of Capital Lease Aviation PLC and of Jenolan Ltd.

Thomas Puppendahl , Director

Mr. Puppendahl is a Managing Partner of Cartesian Royalty Holding PTE Ltd., a gold streaming and royalty company.  He is an investment professional with 25 years of experience in global assets as a portfolio manager, strategist, investment banker and analyst in London, India and Singapore.


William D. Love , VP, Business Development

Mr. Love is a geologist who has been involved in mineral exploration in Canada and was part of the world class Hemlo discovery team. He was also an institutional equity salesperson in London, England, for a Canadian brokerage firm. Mr. Love has spent the last fifteen years as a venture capitalist and a corporate finance specialist in a variety of resource and technology companies. Mr Love holds an HBSc (Geology- Lakehead) and an MBA (Saint Mary's).

michael h. farrant, cpa, ca, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Farrant has over 20 years' experience gold mining, including President and CEO of Sierra Minerals Inc., a TSX listed Mexican gold producer, CFO of junior gold producers, VP Treasurer and Operations Controller with Kinross Gold Corporation and Corporate Controller with Barrick Gold Corporation.  Most recently, Mr. Farrant was co-founder, President and CEO of Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining Inc., which was acquired by Marlin Gold Mining Ltd. in 2015 and co-founder, President and CEO of Puno Gold Corporation, a private company focused on mineral exploration in Peru.  Mr. Farrant holds an Honors Bachelor of Commerce from Queen's University in Kingston and earned his CPA, CA in 1995 with PricewaterhouseCoopers.


Bob Ritchie , P.ENG, QP

Mr. Ritchie is a Professional Engineer with over 40 years of experience in mine management and development, feasibility studies and mine construction. He has worked with several mining companies including Goldcorp, Noranda Mines and St. Andrew Goldfields. He was responsible for the construction of the Stock (now Brigus Gold) Mill. Mr. Ritchie is a graduate of the Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor of Science in Geology Engineering. He is also a Qualified Person (QP) as defined by NI43-101.


Mr. Hubacheck is a consulting geologist and President of W. A. Hubacheck Consultants Ltd.  He has over 35 years of experience as a project geologist, exploration manager andQualified Person for the purposes of NI 43-101, with experience in the exploration for gold, silver, base metals, uranium and diamonds in Canada and the USA.  He holds a Mining Technologist (1974) diploma from the Haileybury School of Mines and Technology, Haileybury, Ontario and a B.A.Sc. (Geol. Eng. 1977) degree from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, South Dakota.

Avrom Howard , Geologist, P.Geo

Mr. Howard obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science degree in Economic Geology from the University of Colorado (Boulder).  Subsequently, he obtained certification as a Gemologist from the Gemmological Association of Great Britain.  His professional experience spans a wide variety of mineral commodities, geological settings, countries and continents.


Orix Geoscience was incorporated on May 15, 2012 and has worked with a variety of exploration and mining companies focused on Canadian and international base and precious metal projects. The company is owned and managed by Shastri Ramnath, President and Principal Geologist, and was co-founded with Ashley Kirwan, Senior Project Geologist and Advisor and Paige Giddy, Project Geologist.

David McDonald , CPA, CA

Mr. McDonald brings over 25 years of experience in CFO roles in private and public companies, focusing on the mining industry since 2006. Mr. McDonald is a CPA, CA and holds an Honors Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University in Sudbury.