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 publicly traded mining companies and is currently a Director of Yamana Gold and Aura Minerals.

C. Nigel Lees , President, CEO, and Director

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

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.


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).

David McDonald , Chief Financial Officer

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.

Geological Consultants

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.