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.
Mr. Ronald Stewart is a mining professional with over 35 years of experience in the mining industry and related capital markets. Early in his career he led the discovery team at the 5 million-ounce Musselwhite deposit in Ontario and was an integral team member of the discovery and advancement of the Wallaby deposit in Western Australia. Mr. Stewart was President and CEO of Beaufield Resource Corp., which was acquired by Osisko Mining Inc. in 2018. He spent eight years as an award-winning equity analyst with Dundee Capital Markets, Clarus Securities and Macquarie Capital Markets. Prior to that he was EVP Exploration with Kinross Gold Corp. He is currently President and CEO of Highlander Silver Corp and VP Corporate Development with LaSalle Exploration Corp. He holds a H.BSc. in geology from Lakehead University in Ontario.
Ms. Edie Thome brings a wealth of senior leadership experience in government relations, governance, environmental permitting and compliance as well as on-the-ground experience working with stakeholders, First Nations and indigenous groups, elected officials and land owners on projects and operations in the natural resource sector. Through her work, she has a proven track record of success with advocacy efforts at both the provincial and federal levels and, specifically, contributing to changes to the legislative and regulatory frameworks that support responsible resource development within Canada.
Most recently, Ms. Thome was the President & Chief Executive Officer of The Association for Mineral Exploration (AME) in Vancouver, B.C. Prior to that appointment, as the Director - Environment, Permitting and Compliance, Aboriginal Relations and Public Affairs at BC Hydro, she was responsible for permitting and compliance, Aboriginal relations and government/public affairs for the ~$9b Site C Clean Energy Project. Her management experience also includes 4½ years as Vice President, Customer Service, Airport Operations and Corporate Communications for Harmony Airways.
Ms. Thome brings a keen understanding of leadership and governance, gained through her service both in the AME Board of Directors and as the Chair of the Board of the Canadian Hydropower Association ("CHA"), a national, non-profit organization. In addition, Ms. Thome serves as an independent director for Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd.
Ms. Thome is completing her Directors Education Program through the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds an Architectural Technology diploma as well as a BFA from The University of Alberta.
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.