Executive Management Team

Jim Gallagher, P.Eng.

Executive Chair

Jim Gallagher, P.Eng.

Mr Gallagher is a Professional Mining Engineer with over 35 years of experience in mine operations, projects and executive management. He was most recently CEO of North American Palladium where he lead an operational turn-around which culminated in the sale of the company to Impala Platinum of South Africa late in 2019. Previously Mr Gallagher was Global Director of Mining for Hatch leading a large mine design and EPCM team on numerous projects around the world. He also spent over 20 years with Falconbridge in a number of engineering, project and operational management roles. Mr Gallagher has been a board member of Harte Gold, Continental Gold and the Ontario Mining association.


Abraham Drost, M.Sc, P.Geo.

CEO & Director

Abraham Drost, M.Sc, P.Geo.

Mr. Drost is Professional Geoscientist (Ontario) with a 35 year career and is a former President and Director of Sabina Gold and Silver (SBB:TSX), former President and Director of Sandspring Resources Inc. (SSP:TSXV) and former CEO, Director of Source Exploration Corp. (SOP:TSXV) now Mexican Gold Corp. Mr. Drost is a former Chairman of Premier Gold Mines USA Inc. and the former CEO and founding Director of Premier Royalty Inc. (NSR:TSX), prior to the sale to Sandstorm Gold. He was a former CEO and then Director of Mega Precious Metals Inc. (MGP:TSXV) at the sale to Yamana. Mr. Drost was most recently CEO and Director of Carlisle Goldfields Ltd. (CGJ:TSX) at the sale to Alamos Gold (AGI:TSX). Previously, Mr. Drost was Regional Land Use Geologist with the Ontario Government.


Mike Garbutt, P. Eng., MBA

COO

Mike Garbutt, P. Eng., MBA

Mr. Garbutt is a Professional Mining Engineer with a 25-year career in mine operations, projects, and engineering. He was most recently the Deputy General Manager with IAMGOLD at the Côté Gold Project with a primary focus on the operational readiness of the asset. Prior to this Mr. Garbutt was a Senior Principal and Mining Sector Leader with Stantec Consulting, supporting major mining companies in the execution of a wide range of capital projects and studies across the globe. He was also the General Manager of Sudbury Operations for KGHM and held senior technical and operating roles during a 14-year career with Glencore. Mr. Garbutt holds an MBA from Laurentian University and serves on the board of the Ontario Mining Association and select non-profit organizations.


Kelsey Chin, CPA, CGA

Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary

Kelsey Chin, CPA, CGA

Kelsey is a chartered professional accountant, certified general accountant and a graduate of the University of British Columbia (BCom). Ms. Chin has over 15 years of experience in audit, finance and accounting within the mining, exploration, health care and technology industries. She has served as a director and executive officer for numerous publicly traded companies, where she was responsible for all aspects of financial services, financial reporting, corporate governance, and has led numerous financings, mergers and acquisitions to successful completion.


Geoff Heggie, PhD., P.Geo

Vice President Exploration

Geoff Heggie, PhD., P.Geo

Geoff Heggie is a Professional Geoscientist of Ontario with 20 years of mineral exploration experience, acting in both technical and management capacities. Geoff is specialized in Ni-Cu-PGE deposits in both the Mid Continent Rift and Archean with experience extending to Archean Au, Cu-Zn, and Cr. Previously Geoff served as Exploration Manager with Clean Air Metals, Senior Geologist for Noront Resources exploring in the Ring of Fire, Special Project Geologist with Panoramic PGMs Canada and Magma Metals. Geoff holds a B.Sc. degree from University of Saskatchewan, a M.Sc. from Lakehead University and Ph.D. from the University of Western Australia.


Kris Tuuttila, P.Geo (Limited)

Director of Permitting, Sustainability and Community Relations

Kris Tuuttila, P.Geo (Limited)

Mr. Kris Tuuttila, B.Sc., P.Geo. (Limited) brings 19 years of management experience in environmental consulting for projects across Canada. He has directed multidisciplinary environmental projects and impact assessments relating to various stages of mine development in northern Ontario, including at the Lac des Iles palladium mine 60km northwest of the Thunder Bay North Project. Kris has developed meaningful relationships with various Indigenous communities of northwestern Ontario and has been instrumental in signing several partnership agreements to provide economic and training benefits to area First Nation communities.


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