Advisory Board Chairman
Mr. Richard Quesnel served for over 5 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines of Montreal. He has over 32 years of senior mine management and engineering experience at large gold, copper, nickel and iron ore mining properties in Canada and Western U.S.A. He has successfully developed, commissioned, operated and expanded mining operations, both open pit and underground. Since 1979, he has also worked as a mine manager or mining engineer of several mining companies including Ledcor CMI Limited, JS Redpath Limited, Les Mines McWatters, Barrick Goldstrike, Quebec Cartier Mining and Placer-Dome. He is currently also a board member of Sama Resources Inc.
J. Wayne Murton
Mr. Murton is a geological and mining consultant and the President of J.W.Murton and Associates, based in Kelowna, B.C. He is a registered Geological Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. Mr. Murton has been active in the mining industry for over 40 years with junior companies as well as major mining companies. He has managed and directed exploration programs for base metals, uranium and precious metals and has managed and directed underground mine development and production from gold, silver and copper mines as well as placer gold operations. He has been involved in a variety of projects ranging from preliminary exploration to mine management throughout North America and South America as well as West Africa. He has authored numerous property reports, qualifying and NI 43-101 reports as a QP (Qualified Person). Mr. Murton is a director of Golden Virtue Resources Inc. and Sunrise Resources Ltd. and a member of both of their Audit Committees.
David has in excess of 15 years commercial and corporate experience in the resources sector with a strong focus in transaction services and business development. In his capacity as advisor, fund manager or director, David has assisted several companies through the listing process and raising over half of a billion dollars through debt, equity and hybrid structures for leading resource companies. Prior to founding Element Capital and Eden Funds Management, David was an Associate Director at the a leading funds management group which managed Australia’s largest listed resource fund. He is currently serving on the board of the ASX listed Vimy Resources which owns one of Australia’s largest independently owned uranium resource in Australia. He also serving on the board Greater Arc Resources which is developing a base and precious metals project in the Philippines.By training, David is a Chartered Accountant gaining his experience with the international accounting firms Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young where he specialised in providing corporate and professional services to both Western Australian junior explorers and international mining companies. David also has a technical background in hydro-graphic surveying and oceanography.
Scott E. Young
Mr. Scott Young is an experienced investment banker with extensive cross-border transaction experience in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia. Scott is founder and Managing Partner of Gemini Capital in London, which is a consulting firm involved in providing strategic advice to a wide range of entities, including private businesses, multinational companies, family offices, private equity groups and sovereign wealth funds. Until founding Gemini he was a Partner of Dial Partners in London, a corporate finance advisory firm assisting companies in mergers and acquisitions and both debt and equity financings. Scott has extensive relationships developed over 20 years with a wide range of international clients across a variety of industries. Key areas of focus include: pioneering healthcare technologies (stem cells for diabetes and drug delivery technologies); alternative energy, renewables and energy efficiency; mining & natural resources and infrastructure (power generation and transport). Scott was previously with Morgan Stanley & Company in New York in the International Capital Markets group. Earlier positions include Corporate Finance, Fixed Income and Equity Sales and Syndication with LF Rothschild in New York as well as the US offices of the OECD in New York. Scott received his Doctorate in Law and MBA degrees with distinction at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mr. Ladner is a financial consultant in Zurich, Switzerland and a professional company director. He graduated in economics and business administration, majoring in auditing, from the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland. He served as a member of Swiss Admissions Commission – Listing on Swiss Stock Exchanges and as a member of the Swiss Capital Market Commission of the Swiss National Bank . Mr. Ladner was a co-founder and managing director of RP&C International, London , and served as the non-executive chairman of Bank Austria (Switzerland) Ltd..Previously Mr. Ladner was an Executive Vice President of Coutts Bank (Switzerland) Ltd. and has served on the board of several other companies, funds and banks in Switzerland and abroad including The Royal Bank of Scotland AG, Interallianz Bank AG, Asahi Bank AG, F.Van Lanschot Bankiers (Switzerland) Ltd., Energy Capital Investment Co plc, Equator Exploration Ltd.,StrataGold Corporation, Nevoro Inc., Colombia Gold plc, Porto Energy Corp. and Coastport Capital Inc.. He is presently a director of the following public companies: Oracle Energy Corp.(OEC.V), Red Rock Resources plc (RRR.L) and Guerrero Exploration Inc. (GEX,V).