Management & Board
Wayne Hubert, CEO and Director
Mr. Hubert was most recently CEO and director of Andean Resources Limited from 2006 until December 2010. When he joined Andean, the company had a market capitalization of $70 million and a resource base of about 800,000 ounces of gold. Mr. Hubert helped lead Andean through several discoveries which increased the resource base to over 5 million ounces of high-grade gold as well as subsequent feasibility studies, financings and permitting. Andean was ultimately acquired by Goldcorp for US$3.5 billion.
Prior to his tenure at Andean, Mr. Hubert was with Meridian Gold Inc. for 14 years, ultimately taking on the role of Vice-President Corporate Development and Investor Relations.
During his career, Mr. Hubert gained considerable experience in the areas of finance, exploration, project development, permitting and construction. He has a bachelor of science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from Brigham Young University.
Kerry M. Curtis, Chairman and Director
Mr. Curtis has 35 years of experience in the Canadian mining sector. He is the former President, CEO and director of Cumberland Resources. At Cumberland, he directed the advancement of the Meadowbank gold project in Nunavut through discovery, deposit delineation and resource expansion from 200,000 ounces to 4 million ounces to become one of Canada’s largest gold resources. Mr. Curtis further led the project through bankable feasibility, development permitting, project financing and initial construction until the company was acquired by Agnico-Eagle Mines in 2007 in a transaction valued at ~$730 million. Meadowbank is currently one of Canada’s largest producing gold mines.
Prior to Cumberland, Mr. Curtis focused on exploration to production stage polymetallic deposits in Canada, working with a variety of senior and junior mining companies including Minnova, Kennecott Canada and Redfern Resources.
Mr. Curtis has completed over $1 billion in mining transactions during his career including: equity financing for exploration, feasibility, environmental permitting and project construction; syndicated project debt financing; and merger/acquisition transactions.
He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Geology and is a Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.
Louis Montpellier, Director
Mr. Montpellier attended the University of British Columbia and received his law degree from the University of Victoria. He began practising law in Vancouver in 1981 and worked exclusively in the capital markets as counsel to emerging issuers and listed public companies engaged in mineral exploration and mining from 1983 to 2010. He is a former founding director and senior officer of Extorre Gold Mines Ltd. which was acquired by Yamana in 2012 for ~$395 million. He continues to be involved as an independent director for a number of companies in the mining sector.
John Murphy, Director
Mr. Murphy has over 25 years of banking experience in the mining sector. He retired in June 2015 as Managing Director of Investment Banking and Co-Head Mining and Metals at Raymond James Ltd. after 21 years with the firm. Prior to joining Raymond James, Mr. Murphy worked for more than six years at Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS) in its corporate lending, restructuring and risk advisory activities. He has a degree in economics from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He is a former director of Claude Resources which was acquired by Silver Standard for ~$470 million.
Steve Vanry, CFO
Mr. Vanry is a holder of the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and the Canadian Investment Manager designation and is a member of the CFA Institute as well as the Vancouver Society of Financial Analysts. His business career includes over seventeen years with publicly traded natural resource companies at both management and board level during which time he focused on strategic planning, fund raising, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance and financial reporting. In 2003, he founded Fury Explorations Ltd., a company with advanced stage silver projects in Nevada which subsequently merged with Golden Predator Mines Inc. Mr. Vanry currently provides consulting services in corporate finance, business development and merchant banking and serves as director and/or officer for a number of public companies in the mining sector.
Lesia Burianyk, Controller
Ms. Burianyk has over 15 years of industry experience with TSX-V and CSE listed companies. She is a former audit manager at a Canadian accounting firm specializing in the mining industry. Ms. Burianyk is a CPA, CA and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University.
Joyce Musial, Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Ms. Musial has over 25 years of management and corporate communications experience with public companies in the mining sector. She has a wide range of experience with exploration, development and producing mining companies, and was a member of a management team that successfully advanced a junior exploration company through development to acquisition. Ms. Musial’s background includes ten years with Placer Dome, five years with Cumberland Resources, and management and consulting roles in a variety of mineral resource companies. She has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of Western Ontario and has completed the Canadian Securities Course.
Brian McGrath, B.Sc., P.Geo.
Mr. McGrath is a Vancouver-based Consultant with over 25 years of experience in the Americas exploring for gold and base metal targets. Mr. McGrath is a director of Valterra Resource Corporation and has held geological positions with the Manex Resource Group, Cumberland Resources Ltd. (the team successfully built a multi-million ounce reserve), the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines, Homestake Exploration Canada, Echo Bay Mines and Redfern Resources.