Board of Directors
Mr. Fortier obtained his law degree in 1964 and was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in June 1965. He held various increasingly senior positions at Noranda and in 1989 was appointed as Senior Vice-President of Noranda, responsible for the strategic positioning of Noranda in Québec. In July 1991, he became President and Chief Executive Officer of Kerr Addison Mines Limited, a Noranda affiliated company. In 1993, he became President and CEO of a predecessor company to Cambell Resources Inc. of which he remained President until December 2009. He is a member of the Board of Excellon Resources Inc. and Ferrinov Inc. Mr. Fortier was Chairman of the Board of the Conseil du Patronat du Québec from June 1998 to June 2002 and is an Honorary Member of the foundation de l'Université Laval, having served as its Chairman from September 1997 to September 1999.
Mr. Ryan is founder and CEO of First General Securities Inc., a venture management and investment company in Vancouver, B.C. He has served as a director and officer of a number of public and private technology, financial and mining companies and was formerly Chair and CEO of Discovery Enterprises Inc. a British Columbia Crown corporation providing equity capital to emerging technology companies. Mr. Ryan holds a B. Comm. from the University of Saskatchewan and an MBA form the University of Western Ontario.
Mr. McFarland's experience covers a range of investment banking activities including, general corporate advisory work on financial strategies, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, public and private financings, venture capital, tax shelters, securities analysis, and corporate restructurings. He is a principal of McFarland, Dewey & Co., a financial advisory firm based in New York. He was a Director of Placer Dome Inc. for over 30 years and has served as a member of the board of directors for several mining companies including, Dome Mines Limited and Masonite International Corporation. Mr. McFarland holds a law degree from Yale University.
Mr. Eaton is a highly regarded, well known Canadian businessman and philanthropist. Mr. Eaton serves as Chairman of Notae Investments Ltd and the Eaton Foundation. He has sat on the boards of a number of publicly traded companies in the mining sector. Mr. Eaton created the Thor E. and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation, which contributes to the livelihood of hospitals, environmental groups and Canadian cultural institutions, such as the Royal Ontario Museum, St. Michael's Hospital, the National Ballet of Canada and the Atlantic Salmon Association.
Mr. Fernández is a recognized Mexican businessman and entrepreneur and serves as a manager or director of a number of Mexican and international companies. He is the founder and president of Grupo Empresarial Maestro, S.A. de C.V. (Credito Maestro), a company that offers microcredit loans to unionized government employees in Mexico. He has previously acted as General Manager in Mexico of Grupo IBADESA (a Spanish financial services company), Vice President of Camil Group, and was the founder and President of FERDAM, which provides insurance products to unionized government employees. Mr. Fernández was also a ranked professional tennis player on the ATP Tour and was captain of Mexico's Davis Cup team from 2000 to 2006.
Mr. Cahill was previously Vice President Corporate Development of Pelangio Exploration Inc., a junior gold exploration company active in Ghana, West Africa. Prior to Pelangio, Mr. Cahill was a lawyer in the M&A and corporate securities practices at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. At Davies, he advised on public and private transactions valued at over $15 billion, including Barrick's acquisition of Placer Dome in 2005. He also advised on public offerings totaling over $2 billion dollars for various Canadian companies. Mr. Cahill is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization, the Law Society of Upper Canada and a board member of the Mining Association of Canada. Mr. Cahill holds a law degree from the University of Western Ontario and an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto.
Mr. Goodman’s investment experience spans more than 40 years as a securities analyst, portfolio manager and senior executive, and he has an established reputation as one of Canada's most successful investment counsellors. Among his accomplishments, Mr. Goodman is also the founder and benefactor of the Goodman Institute of Investment Management, a graduate school for investment management at Concordia University, Chancellor of Brock University and Chairman Emeritus of the Canadian Centre for Diversity. Mr. Goodman completed his undergraduate studies in science at McGill University and graduate studies in Business Administration at the University of Toronto. He achieved a Chartered Financial Analyst degree from the University of Virginia in 1967. A doctorate of laws, honoris causa, was conferred upon him by Concordia University in 1997. Mr. Goodman has served on a number of public company boards.
Ms. Dimitrov has over 20 years of experience in building, operating and streamlining businesses in mining and financial services. She served as CEO and previously as CFO of Orvana Minerals and as Executive Vice Chair of Baffinland Iron prior to its acquisition for $600M. Previously, she served as COO of Dundee Securities, SVP Strategic Initiatives with Raymond James and corporate counsel with a Canadian law firm. Ms. Dimitrov is or has been a director of a number of mining companies including Aldridge, Alloycorp, Baffinland, Commonwealth Silver (Chair) and Orvana and has chaired or been a member of various committees of such boards. She has also served as a director of the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments. Ms. Dimitrov has an Executive MBA from Kellogg and Schulich business schools and a law degree. Ms. Dimitrov was chosen as one of the top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining for 2016 and is a Canada Board Diversity Council – 2016 Diversity 50 Candidate.
Dr. Laurence (Laurie) Curtis
Dr. Curtis brings over 40 years of experience in the mining industry and capital markets, with a proven track record in corporate development, mine development and project financing. He is the founder of Intrepid Minerals, and was a key member of the senior management and technical teams overseeing all aspects from discovery through operations. Under his guidance as CEO and COO, Intrepid transitioned through merger and acquisition to become a gold producer and developer, ultimately attaining a market capitalization in excess of $1.2 billion. During his distinguished career as an exploration geologist, Laurie was involved with a number of worldwide discoveries including the initial discovery and staking of the Back River gold belt, which now hosts the 5M-ounce gold deposit held by Sabina Gold & Silver Corp., and led teams to the discovery of several epithermal systems in the Caribbean Basin. He was actively involved as director of several junior developers with producing mines on several continents including, Wheaton River Minerals, High River Gold Mines, Breakwater Resources and Buryatzolo. Dr. Curtis has also held several positions in the financial sector including, Research and Analyst Mining for Clarus Securities, Vice President and Senior Analyst Global Resources for Dundee Capital Markets. Most recently he has become Technical Advisor, Capital Markets for a number of funds, including the Tribeca Global Resources Fund. Dr. Curtis is currently Chair of Eastmain Resources and a director of Toachi Mining Inc.