President, CEO and Director
Rob McLeod is professional geoscientist with over 25 years of experience in mineral exploration and mining, working for a variety of major and junior mining and exploration companies, primarily in Alaska, B.C., Yukon and Nevada. He was President and CEO of IDM Mining Ltd. recently acquired by Ascot Resources Ltd., and prior to that, a founder and VP Exploration of Underworld Resources acquired by Kinross Gold Corporation for $140M after an initial resource estimate of over 1.4 million ounces gold at the White Gold deposit, Yukon. Rob is a director of other public companies in the mining industry and an active volunteer, as Chair of AME, and as a director of the Britannia Mine Museum.
Donald J. Birak
Mr. Donald J. Birak is a senior geologist with over 40 years of experience in the minerals industry. Currently, he consults on mineral property assessment and greenfields and brownfields exploration programs. Previously, Mr. Birak was Senior Vice President of Exploration for Coeur Mining Inc. with responsibility for the design and guidance of all aspects of the company's global exploration, serving as qualified person, activities and also served as Vice President of Exploration for AngloGold Ashanti North America (formerly Independence Mining Co.) and Hudbay Mining (formerly Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting). In 2000 he was distinguished with the "Bill Dennis Prospector of the Year" award presented by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, along with his key exploration team members, in recognition of new copper and zinc deposit discoveries in the Flin Flon-Snow Lake region of Manitoba, Canada.
Jessica Van Den Akker
Ms. Jessica Van Den Akker is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA) and Certified Public Accountant (US) (New York) with 15 years' experience in the venture and resource sector. She gained extensive experience through a Canadian audit firm providing reporting and accounting assurance services to Canadian and US publicly traded companies, primarily in natural resources, for ten years and has more recently spent the last five years serving as CFO for various venture issuers including Klondike Gold Corp, Gold X Mining and HIVE Blockchain Technologies. She is currently the CFO for Kore Mining, and a Director Northway Resources Corp. and Last Mile Holdings Ltd.
Ms. Van Den Akker is a graduate of Simon Fraser University where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration. She is also Treasurer for The Association of Mineral Exploration and serves as on the Membership Committee of CPA BC.
Julia Gartley is a professional mineral process engineer with over 10 years of experience of operational and corporate experience in project management, metallurgical test programs, process optimization, operational support and engineering design. Julia currently is a director of BBA Consultants, a private engineering firm and Team Lead, Mineral Processing. She brings a wealth of practical experience including corporate development of new projects and properties, on-site optimization, and operational support. Julia’s experience includes acting as Project Director for the engineering of large projects, report writing, leading senior management decision-making workshops, conducting on-site due diligence visits and technical report review and writing.
In addition to Julia’s technical experience, Julia is an active volunteer in the mining community. She has been serving as Community Liaison for the Canadian Mineral Processors BC/Yukon branch for over seven years, and as Vice-President of the Board for Mine Shift (formerly Me Too Mining) for four years. She is also actively involved with Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum National (“CIM"), where she has most recently served as a stream chair coordinating the technical presentations for The Value of People stream in CIMBC22. In May 2022, Julia was a recipient of CIM’s Bedford Canadian Young Mining Leaders Award, which recognizes the exceptional achievement and potential of young leaders.
Matthew Moore brings a wealth of experience in community and economic development working with First Nations and Indigenous groups and governments. Matthew previously spent many years working with the Nisga’a Tribal Council on the Nisga’a Treaty with British Columbia and Canada, the first modern First Nations Treaty in the Province. He also worked for the First Nations Economic Development Corporation with an emphasis in construction, was CEO of Giltxat’in Development Corp. in Greenville BC and was a member of the Nisga’a Tribal Council prior to their Treaty.
Matthew is a citizen of the Nisga’a Nation and a graduate of Simon Fraser University where he received a Bachelor of Arts, Major in Economics and diploma in Business Plan Development. From the Sauder School of Business, Matthew received his Professional Realtor license, currently practicing on Vancouver Island. Matthew is Head of the House Wissen Xbiltkw and holds the name Wissen Xbiltkw. He is an active volunteer, carver and author of the book “The Name of My Blanket is Hlbin Hloxs.”