Team

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    • Robin Birchall
      CEO & Director

      Robin Birchall

      CEO & Director

      Mr. Birchall brings more than eighteen years of experience in the financing and management of resource companies. He was most recently the Executive Chairman of Silver Bear Resources. Previous roles include CEO of a private oil and gas E&P company as well as V.P. Investment and Corporate Banking with BMO Capital Markets (“BMO”), where he completed a variety of high profile transactions for resource companies. Prior to BMO, Mr. Birchall was V.P. Corporate Finance at Canaccord Adams Ltd. Mr. Birchall earned an MBA from the University of Cape Town, a MSc in European and International Politics from Edinburgh University, a Première Degré en Langues Literature et Civilisation, from Stendahl Université and a BA from Queens University.

    • Wajd Boubou
      President

      Wajd Boubou

      President

      Wajd Boubou is an experienced executive with a demonstrated 26-year history of achievements in the Telecommunications and Computer Networking industries. Skilled in Operations Management, People and Financial Management, Complex Contract Negotiations, and IT Strategy. Mr. Boubou held various leadership positions in multinational conglomerates, including Schlumberger and Cisco Systems. His most recent role was Service Delivery Executive at Cisco systems where he managed top tier accounts and owned multi-million-dollar P&L responsibilities. He worked on large projects in Asia, Europe, Middle East & Africa, and North America. Mr. Boubou is a strong operations professional with a proven track record of successful execution of business strategies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and MBA focused on Management from the University of Strathclyde in the UK. He has also completed additional studies at the Ottawa Carleton Institute for Electrical and Computer Engineering.

    • Daniel Crandall
      CFO

      Daniel Crandall

      CFO

      Daniel Crandall is a Senior Manager at Marrelli Support Services Inc. possessing over 10 years of experience working with public companies. He specializes in providing Chief Financial Officer, accounting, regulatory compliance, and management advisory services to numerous issuers on the TSX, TSX-Venture, CSE and other international exchanges. Dan is a CPA, CA and has an Honours Bachelor of Accounting (Co-op) degree from Brock University. Previously, he was a Manager at Collins Barrow Toronto LLP, a public accounting firm where he worked for over five years.

    • Jonathan Henry
      Chairman of the Board

      Jonathan Henry

      Chairman of the Board

      Jonathan was President and Chief Executive Officer of TSXV-listed Gabriel Resources Ltd. from June 2010 to July 2018. Between 1994 and 2010 he worked with Avocet Mining PLC, now a West African gold mining and exploration company operating the Inata Gold Mine in Burkina Faso, in a variety of senior management capacities including Finance Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. During his tenure at Avocet he oversaw successful exploration, feasibility study, mine development and capital funding activities, plus a number of acquisitions and disposals of mine assets in Portugal, Peru, USA, Tajikistan, Burkina Faso, Malaysia and Indonesia.  Jonathan is a director of Irish and AIM listed Ormonde Mining plc where he chairs the Remuneration Committee.  He is also a director and chair of the Audit Committee of African gold explorer Ashanti Gold, also listed on the TSXV.

    • Michael Jones
      Director

      Michael Jones

      Director

      Mr. Jones is a Professional Mining Engineer who held various mine management roles for 13 years working at Gencor, De Beers, Debswana and as Consulting Mining Engineer for Iscor. Mr. Jones then joined Canaccord Capital in 1997, initially as a research analyst, then as an international corporate finance professional before his appointment as Head of UK Mining Investment Banking. In 2010, he joined African Minerals Limited, and associated companies, as a corporate executive before establishing Makerfield Resources Limited. Mr. Jones has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mining from the Royal School of Mines (Imperial College) and a postgraduate business qualification from the University of South Africa (UNISA); he is a Chartered Engineer (UK) and a Registered Professional Engineer (South Africa), and is a member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IMMM), and of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM).

    • Eugene Lee
      Director

      Eugene Lee

      Director

      Eugene Lee is a Chartered Professional Accountant with extensive experience working with Canadian-based international public companies in the areas of corporate finance, metal marketing, financial reporting, and corporate governance. His experiences in the mining industry encompass roles as senior management to director roles with greenfield projects to intermediate gold and base metal producers. He is currently the Director, Marketing of Hudbay Minerals Inc. He also serves as a director and audit committee chair of Canoe Mining Ventures Corp. and Giyani Gold Corp. Previous roles include Chief Financial Officer of Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining Inc., Chief Financial Officer of Premier Royalty Inc., Vice President, Finance and Assistant Corporate Secretary for Northgate Minerals Corporation and Senior Accountant at Centerra Gold Inc. Eugene articled with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the audit and assurance group before transferring to PwC’s consulting practice focusing on corporate bankruptcies and restructurings. He is a graduate of Trinity College at the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Finance.

    • Scott Breard
      Director

      Scott Breard

      Director

      Scott Breard is a business and marketing professional as well as an author and speaker. Mr. Breard attended the University of Guelph prior to opening his first retail store, Hot Shots Games in 1999 at the age of 25. Mr. Breard is currently Executive Director of DiRoNA. He has previously held senior positions as Director of Marketing with Olhausen Billiards, USA and Vice President of Marketing with Jack Nathan Health’s Clinics at Walmart, Canada.

    • John Petersen
      Director

      John Petersen

      Director

      John Petersen has been engaged in the practice of law for 37 years and is a global thought leader on energy storage and sustainability issues. His diverse experience in corporate finance, natural resource development and advanced battery technologies give him a unique perspective on the technical, economic and supply chain challenges of energy storage, vehicle electrification and alternative energy. From February 2003 through January 2007, John served as a director of Axion Power International, Inc., including a two-year stint as board chairman. John is a 1976 graduate of the College of Business Administration at Arizona State University and a 1979 graduate of the Notre Dame Law School. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in May 1980 and was licensed to practice as a Certified Public Accountant from March 1981 through December 1990.

    • Roger Moss
      Qualified Person

      Roger Moss

      Qualified Person

      Roger Moss, Ph.D., P.Geo, is a qualified person in accordance with Canadian regulatory requirements as set out in NI 43-101, and is responsible for the technical information provided by Giyani Metals Corp. Mr. Moss is the owner of Moss Exploration Services, CEO of CKR Carbon Corporation and President of Nikos Explorations Ltd. Mr. Moss has a Ph.D. Geology from the University of Toronto.

    • Dr. Ian Flint
      Chief Metallurgist

      Dr. Ian Flint

      Chief Metallurgist

      Dr. Ian Flint has been active in the industry for over 25 years with experience ranging from engineering review, test work, pilot plants, process design, equipment design, metallurgist, and director of more than 30 projects. Dr. Flint holds a Bachelor of Science (Biology; 1983) and Bachelor of Engineering (Geo; 1986) and Masters of Engineering (Metallurgy and Material Science; 1989) degrees from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in mining and mineral processing engineering (2001) from the University of British Columbia.

    • Dr. Benny Otim
      Political Advisor

      Dr. Benny Otim

      Political Advisor

      Dr. Benny Otim has extensive experience in education, diplomacy, conflict resolutions and humanitarian efforts. He recently retired from the UN after 23 years. Benny is a founder and director of two companies engaged in mining and telecommunications in Africa.

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