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Management & Directors


John Hayes, M.Sc., MBA, P. Geo
Chairman and Director
John is a professional geologist with over 17 years of industry experience ranging from regional surveys to advanced exploration. In addition, John has many years of capital markets experience. John graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Geology (1989) and a Master of Science in Geology (1997). He also holds an MBA from Dalhousie University (2003). He is a member (P. Geo.) of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador. John was a mining analyst and Managing Director for BMO Capital Markets from 2003 until his retirement in April 2014. In his role with BMO, John covered precious and base metal companies globally from exploration to production stages. John joined Osisko Mining Inc in June 2016, where he served as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development until March 2018.
Douglas Fulcher
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Fulcher has over thirty years experience in mining exploration and project management with Pamicon Developments Ltd., a geological consulting firm in Vancouver, British Columbia. He also has over sixteen years in budgeting and financial management. Mr. Fulcher has also been a director of a number of junior mining companies.
Andrew Pooler
Chief Operating Officer and Director
Mr. Pooler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Idaho and has more than 30 years of experience as a mining engineer and operations executive. His most recent role was as Chief Operating Officer of Esperanza Resources Corp., prior to which he served as the Chief Executive Officer of PanTerra Gold Limited. Mr. Pooler spent 5 years with Abacus Mining and Exploration Corp. as Chief Operating Officer, where he had a key role in the advancement of the Ajax deposit. He also spent 5 years as Senior Vice President, Mine Operations, for Pan American Silver Corporation where he was responsible for the production performance of six operating mines located in Mexico, Peru, Argentina and Bolivia.
Peter Mercer
Director
Mr. Mercer received his B.Sc. in Earth Sciences from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. With over 10 years of experience he served the first half of his career as an Exploration Geologist with Altius Minerals Corporation working on various grass roots projects all over the Island. He is currently Vice President of Corporate Development with Rambler Metals & Mining. Peter led the feasibility study of Rambler's Ming Mine, including environmental compliance, planning, permitting, development and closure plans, and government relations.
Garett Macdonald, MBA, P. Eng.
Director
Garett is a professional mining engineer with extensive experience in project development and mine operations with over 22 years of industry experience. He has managed large technical programs through the concept, feasibility and into construction stages and has senior management and board level experience with several public companies. Most recently as Vice President of Project Development for JDS Energy and Mining, Garett was responsible for leading the Curraghinalt Feasibility Study for Dalradian Resources, a high grade, narrow vein Curraghinalt gold project in Northern Ireland, recently acquired by Orion Mine Finance for $537M. Garett also held roles in mine operations and engineering earlier in his career with senior Canadian mining firms Suncor Energy, and Placer Dome Inc. From 2009 to 2013 he served as Vice President of Operations for Rainy River Resources prior to the $310M sale of Rainy River to New Gold Inc. Garett is currently the President & CEO of Tower Resources and a director of First Cobalt, Aurelius Minerals and Gungnir Resources. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Western University's Ivey Business School and a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from Laurentian University in Sudbury.
Mark N.J. Ashcroft, P. Eng.
Director
Mark has been involved in various capacities in the global mining industry and the North American and European debt and equity markets since 1990. Mark is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Aurelius Minerals Inc. Previously, Mark served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Stonegate Agricom Ltd. from August 2008 to September 2014. From 2007 to 2008, Mark worked at Versant Partners, where he was responsible for successfully developing their mining finance business in sales, trading and corporate finance. Prior to joining Versant Partners, Mark had been employed since 2003 with Toll Cross Securities Inc., a boutique institutional firm in Toronto where he became Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking. From 2001 to 2003, Mark was a member of the Mining and Metals Team at Standard Bank's New York office where he was responsible for providing metals trading and project financing solutions to mid-tier developers and producers in Canada and Latin America. From 1999 to 2000, he was a member of the Mining and Metals Team of Barclays Capital, a leading provider of project finance to the mining industry. From 1996 to 1998, he worked in Mines Technical Services at Inco Limited's Ontario Division, where he qualified as a Professional Engineer in Ontario. various operating roles in North and South Mark holds his Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from Laurentian University and a Master of Science (Finance, Regulation and Risk Management) from the ISMA Centre of the University of Reading.
Bernard H. Kahlert
VP Exploration
Mr. Kahlert has been Vice-President of Exploration and a Director of Commander Resources Ltd. since 1990. He is a geological engineer with more than 30 years experience in international mineral exploration (including diamonds). Prior to joining Commander in 1990, he served as exploration manager for Amoco Minerals and Superior Oil in Australia, Canada and USA, as well as a consulting geologist for junior and major companies.
Niina Makela
Chief Financial Officer
Niina Makela is an accountant with 10 years' experience working with junior mining companies. She holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and her work experience includes senior accounting positions for various junior mining companies.
Jacqueline Collins
Corporate Secretary
Ms. Collins is a securities/corporate finance paralegal with over 25 years of experience as a legal administrator, corporate secretary and paralegal at both independent and national law firms, and with public resource companies. She specializes in the preparation and filing of all securities documents with Canadian and US securities regulators, including all continuous disclosure documents. Ms. Collins also serves as corporate secretary for Alto Ventures Ltd. and Forum Uranium Corp.