Michael Collins, P.Geo, Director, CEO and President
Mr. Collins has an exceptional skill set in project development and analysis which is supported by a wide industry network. Through his work as a geologist and running a mining engineering office in Vancouver he has developed an understanding of numerous mineral camps and deposit types around the world.
His experience steps beyond mineral deposits with a breath of experience in the feasibility process and the pitfalls of project construction and optimization. With over 14 years as an officer and director of public companies, Michael understands the intricacies of building corporate structure, marketing and value accretion. Michael graduated with a BSc. Honours from Dalhousie University in 1996 and is an accredited P.Geo. with EGBC.
William M. Sheriff, Director
An entrepreneur and visionary with over 30 years' experience in the minerals industry and the securities industry and has been responsible for capital raises in excess of $300-million. Mr. Sheriff was a pioneer in the uranium renaissance as co-founder and Chairman of Energy Metals Corp. and was responsible for compiling the largest domestic uranium resource base in US history before the company was acquired by Uranium One Corp for $1.8 Billion. Mr. Sheriff presently serves as the Executive Chairman of enCore Energy Corp. and Chairman of Golden Predator Mining Corp. Mr. Sheriff also serves as a Director of Ely Gold Corp. and Director of Group 11 Technologies Inc, a private company committed to the development and application of environmentally and socially responsible precious metals mineral extraction as an alternate to conventional mining methods.
Mr. Sheriff previously served as a Director of Western Lithium USA Inc., Uranium One Inc., Midway Gold Corp., Eurasian Minerals Inc. and Starcore International Mines Ltd. Mr. Sheriff was also a registered representative, holding positions with A.G.Edwards and Mitchum Jones and Templeton, in addition to having his own securities firm. Mr. Sheriff holds a B.Sc. degree (Geology) from Fort Lewis College, Colorado and an MSc in Mining Geology from the University of Texas-El Paso and compiled one of the largest privately held mining databases in the world.
Larry Short, Director
Larry Short was born and raised in Carbonear, Newfoundland. He is a CPA, CGA, a CFP, a CIM and Portfolio Manager with ShortFinancial, Industrial Alliance, a full service wealth management practice with registered offices in St. John's and Toronto serving clients across Canada, the US and the Caribbean.
Larry has published two books, numerous articles and has been featured on CBC, BBC, Business News Network, Macleans and other national media outlets.
Larry has received several awards over the years and has just been named one of 12 finalists for Advisor of the Year 2020 by Wealth Professional Canada. In his 32 year career he has been employed as a Vice President at RBC Dominion Securities and TD Waterhouse. In 2008 he moved his team to HollisWealth.
Rod Husband, Director
Rod Husband, B.Sc. Geology, P.Geo, is an economic geologist with over 30 years experience in the junior resource sector. He served as director and officer of several Canadian public companies where he focused on their management and corporate development including the evaluation, financing, exploration and development of several quality projects culminating the development of a 3 million-ounce gold mine. He is the founding partner of Cipher Research where he has spent the last 6 years conducting research and analysis on hundreds of companies and projects and helping develop detailed valuation models used to assess prospective investment.
Christopher Huggins, Director
Mr. Huggins' experience with grassroots exploration geology, mining, construction, and technology industries provides a broad range of insights to the company. Following a Bachelor of Science in Honours Geology from the University of British Columbia, Mr. Huggins began his career as an exploration geologist with Homestake Mining in regional exploration around Eskay Creek, Snip and Stewart camps, and including project evaluations and large-scale geological and structural mapping in northern Chile. His involvement over the past 10 years in project feasibility, financing and development of creative capital equipment packages has provided mining projects and operating mines with unique opportunities to drive efficiency and manage operational risk.
Monty Sutton, Chief Financial Officer
While working towards a CGA designation in the early 1990, Mr. Sutton was a Senior Management Accountant with MacMillan Bloedel preparing budgets, analyzing costs, and assisting in the design and implementation of new accounting systems. Mr. Sutton has also worked in accounting for private companies in various consulting and advisory roles.
Monty Sutton’s first experience in the investment industry was a brief stint on the Vancouver Stock Exchange trading floor in 1987. Mr. Sutton has worked for most of his career as an investment advisor, trader, and insurance specialist with PI Financial Corp. in Vancouver. During this time he participated in raising over $100 million for junior mining companies and managed over 1,500 client accounts. On the public market side of the exploration business, while Mr. Sutton was the Corporate Development Manager with eCobalt Solutions they raised over $30 million for the development of their Idaho Cobalt Project.
Ian Herbranson, P.Geo, Vice President of Exploration
Mr. Herbranson is a Professional Geologist who brings over 10 years of mineral exploration experience from across Canada. Most recently he was Project Geologist for Balmoral Resources Ltd., acquired by Wallbridge Mining in May 2020, and was a part of the Reaper discovery in April 2020 (307.89 g/t Au over 2.97 metres including 858.00 g/t Au over 1.06 metres) and further delineation of the Ripley Zone at the Fenelon Gold Project. This followed 4 years at Goldcorp/Newmont, with 2 of those years as Project Geologist and Exploration Coordinator for the Coffee Gold Project which included overseeing a 120,000 metre infill drill program and discovery of near mine deposits such as Amerikona and Espresso. Mr. Herbranson has also served as an exploration geologist for Teck Resources Ltd, Baffinland Iron Mines Corp., and West Timmins Mining Inc. Ian's expertise includes structurally hosted orogenic gold deposits as well as the organization and execution of grass roots to pre-mining mineral exploration programs. Mr. Herbranson holds a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of British Columbia.