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).