CEO & Director
Paul Wood has led and executed numerous transactions across the globe in minerals exploration and in other sectors. With a background in company formation, transaction structuring and M&A, he has a reputation for successfully driving projects to completion in multiple jurisdictions including Canada, USA, Europe, China, Japan and Africa. Prior positions include Corporate Development at Celestica, a multinational electronics manufacturer, and at Spar Aerospace, an Aerospace, Defence and Communications company and he held M&A positions at Ernst & Young (Toronto) and CIBC Wood Gundy (UK). He received a BA from Dalhousie University and his MBA from University of Toronto Rotman.
PRESIDENT & DIRECTOR
Mr. England has been involved in the public markets since 1983, beginning his career working at the Vancouver Stock Exchange as a floor trader. Since 1995, Mr. England has been directly involved with public companies in various roles, including investor relations, directorships and senior officer positions. To date, Mr. England has been directly responsible for raising in excess of $60-million for mineral exploration and acquisitions.
Chairman of the Board & Director
Educated in England, Vic is a Chartered Professional Accountant with more than 50 years experience in the mining industry, including more than 15 years with Cominco Ltd. and McIntyre Mines Ltd. in a wide variety of senior financial positions from Controller to Chief Financial Officer. Over the past 30 years Vic has founded, financed and operated several mining and advanced stage exploration and development companies, including the original Yamana Gold Inc., Aura Minerals Inc. and Nevoro Inc. (sold to Starfield Resources). Vic founded the original Yamana in early 1994, and served as President and CEO and then Chairman of the Board and Lead Director until 2008. He served as Chairman of Osisko Mining Corp from November 2006 up to its sale for $4.1 billion to Agnico Eagle and Yamana in June, 2014. Osisko unlocked the porphyry gold target at Malartic and, in 6 years from first drill hole to commercial production, created the largest open pit gold mine in Canada. He served as a director of Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd. (spun out of the Osisko Mining sale) from June, 2014 to May, 2018 and as chairman ?of Nevada Copper Corp. from February, 2012 to February, 2017. He now serves as Chairman of Osisko Bermuda Ltd., Osisko Gold Royalties offshore subsidiary that controls all of its assets outside of North America.
Mr. Lacoste has an extensive background in mining leadership, operations, finance and capital raising. After earning his bachelor's degree in Economics from McGill University in Montreal, Mr. Lacoste started a career in finance at the Montreal Stock Exchange where he worked for National Bank Financial and, subsequently, Merrill Lynch Canada. In 2000 he left Montreal for Toronto to join Northland Power, a wind power energy corporation, as Vice President of Acquisitions. Mr. Lacoste is now currently President, CEO and Director of Monarch Gold, a gold producer with a Measured & Indicated resource in excess of 2.5 million ounces.
MARGOT NAUDIE, CFA
Ms. Margot Naudie, CFA is President of Elephant Capital Inc. Ms. Naudie has 25 years of investment experience managing long-only, long/short, and global natural resource strategies. Her extensive experience in mining investing includes the management of natural resource mandates at TDAM, where she served as Managing Director, and CPPIB, where she was Senior Portfolio Manager for the Global Materials sector. She has been voted a Brendan Wood TopGun in 2009 to 2013. She holds an M.B.A. from the University of Western Ontario, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/Economics from McGill University, and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Douglas Hunter, M.Sc., P. Geo
Vice President of Exploration
Mr. Hunter has worked continuously in mineral exploration and mineral deposit evaluation professionally for the past 40 years. He is an Ontario registered professional geologist (APGO, 2002) and has been a member of the PDAC since 1977. Doug began his career with the Ontario Department of Mines and moved into industry in the mid 1970's. He has exploration management experience with both junior and senior mining companies throughout the world with a focus on gold and base metals. Doug is a co-founder and was senior officer (vice-president, exploration and director) of two publicly trading companies; Wallbridge Mining Company Limited and Duluth Metals both of which were listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). Wallbridge was awarded in 2004 the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada E3 award (Environmental Excellence in Mineral Exploration).
Mr. Logan is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and received both his BA and his MBA from the University of Toronto and received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1996. Mr. Logan is a former Director and Chief Financing Officer for Almonty Industries Inc. (September 2011 to March 2017), a TSXV listed company. Prior to joining Almonty in 2011, Mr. Logan spent 15 years in Canadian Capital Markets Industry where he held a number of senior management positions including Managing Director, Investment Banking at Desjardins Securities Inc. from 2007 to 2011 and Director, Investment Banking at Westwind Partners Inc. and Partner at Loewen Ondaatje McCutcheon Limited and Executive Director, Investment Banking at CIBC World Markets. Mr. Logan is a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Eurocontrol Technics Group Inc., a TSXV listed company, and former Director of Pinetree Capital Ltd., a TSX listed company.