Management & Board
Kerry M. Curtis, Interim CEO, Chairman and Director
Mr. Curtis has 31 years of experience in the Canadian mining sector. He is the former President, CEO and director of Cumberland Resources. At Cumberland, he was instrumental in advancing 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 undeveloped 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: $170 million equity financing for exploration, feasibility, environmental permitting and project construction; $250 million syndicated debt financing; and merger/acquisition transactions valued at $825 million.
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.
Wayne Hubert, 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 $3.5 billion.
Prior to his tenure at Andean, Mr. Hubert was Vice-President Corporate Development and Investor Relations with Meridian Gold Inc. During his 14 year career at Meridian, he 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.
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. 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 recently retired 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. Mr. Murphy is currently a Director of Anfield Gold Corp and was a Director of Claude Resources prior to its recent acquisition by Silver Standard Resources. He has a degree in economics from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
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.