President & CEO and Director
Mr. Atkins is an accomplished mining executive who, over the past 38 years, has successfully led and financed exploration and development programs throughout the Americas. He has an extensive industry background, including a degree in geology and 5 years field experience in mineral exploration and mine development and an MBA, with additional industry experience in corporate and investment banking, investor relations, corporate development and corporate governance. As a director of investment banking for CIBC World Markets, he participated in raising over $1.7 billion in equity and debt for numerous small to large cap companies and advised on numerous M&A mandates. As a senior executive of small to large cap international mining companies he has had responsibility for planning, executing and communicating short and long-term corporate objectives and raising capital for such initiatives. In reverse chronological order Mr. Atkins was formerly the CEO of Rockex Ltd. (now Rockex Mining, CSE listed iron ore company), Castle Gold Corp. (TSX listed gold producer, acquired in 2010 by Argonaut Gold), and Crowflight Minerals Inc. (TSX listed nickel exploration and development company).
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Evans is a financial professional with over 30 years experience in the energy, mining and manufacturing industries, both domestically and internationally. Her skills incorporate all levels of controllership, treasury and internal control governance. Her work, with a variety of highly successful international exploration and production companies, has demonstrated her ability to work across cultural differences and language barriers to deliver sound financial products and controls. Ms. Evans is a CPA, CGA trained accountant and has previously served as the CFO for several TSX.V listed companies. Ms. Evans has over 15 years of experience in the oil and gas and mining sectors with responsibility for business plans, budgetary control, audits, project management and International Financial Reporting Standards and their application to multi-national teams.
Richard Simpson, BSc. Geo
Mr. Simpson is a Professional Geologist with more than 25 years of exploration experience throughout Latin America. He is a graduate from the Universite de Montreal with a B.Sc. in geology and has a strong background in grassroots, advanced project, and mine site exploration. Mr. Simpson has worked for several companies, both majors, such as Iamgold and Cambior, and juniors including Normabec, as an exploration geologist throughout South America and Mexico. This international experience has provided him with good exposure to many geological settings and mineralization processes (lateritic profiles, gold/copper porphyries, epithermal systems and skarns). In addition to his experience in Latin Americamm early in his career, he worked in Northern Quebec (Abitibi), Manitoba and Nunavut on numerous VMS and precious metal projects for Noranda and Aur Resources.