President, CEO and Director
Mr. Samson is a mining executive with more than 20 years of management and financial experience. He was most recently Vice President & Head of Corporate Development at FNI Mining for four years, including a period of six months as interim COO, responsible for safety, mine development and operations at a 250 person underground mine near Sudbury, Ontario. In 2012, he won the Canadian Young Mining Leader award from the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum. Prior to FNI, he was Vice President Commercial Development at Kinross Gold Corporation for five years where he had diverse, multi-functional responsibilities including: supply chain, energy, merger integration, enterprise risk and capital approvals, leading a team of more than 300 people across eight countries. Before Kinross he was a management consultant at Bain & Company and traded for investment banks in New York and Europe. Mr. Samson received his A.B. from Harvard University and an MBA from Cambridge. He is a past PDAC board member and a Cleantech advisor at MaRS, a Toronto based Innovation Centre.
BSc Honours Geology
MSc Economic Geology
VP, Technical and Director
Mr. Davis has over 30 years of executive, exploration and mine management experience for large multinational and junior companies. Most recently, Mr. Davis was VP Exploration at FNI Mining and over his career he has headed mining and exploration teams in the discovery, development and mining of projects in Canada, Finland, Australia and Peru. His responsibilities include scoping and feasibility studies; project and mine permitting, environmental compliance and reporting, off-take and acquisition agreement negotiation, implementation and monitoring, corporate development, asset evaluation, due diligence analysis and economic models. Mr. Davis also has direct experience in other corporate functions including budgeting, financing, investor relations and regulatory reporting and compliance. Mr. Davis graduated from the University of Western Ontario (BSc- Honours Geology) and the University of Alabama (MSc- Economic Geology).
Ms. Yap is a Chartered Accountant with 20 years of accounting, taxation and management experience. After starting her career at KPMG in the mining and forestry sector, she held senior positions in various industries including mining, oil and gas, information technology and real estate. She is an instructor at BCIT and served on the Financial Executives International board for several years. Ms. Yap graduated from the University of British Columbia (BComm).
BComm, CPA (CA)
Board of Directors
Mr. Wolfenberg is a Partner with the law firm of Fasken Martineau LLP since 2015 and prior thereto a Partner with Norton Rose Fullbright since 2010. Mr. Wolfenberg holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor of Laws from Queen's University and a Master of Laws from Cornell Law School. Mr. Wolfenberg is a member of the Law Society of Alberta.
Mining Engineer, CFA
Mr. Berlet is a graduate of Mining Engineering from Queen’s University (1990) and holds a Diploma in Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1991). Mr. Berlet is a CFA Charter Holder (2004) and has business experience in both finance and the mineral industries. Mr. Berlet is also President, CEO and Director of Stakeholder Gold Corp and a Director of Canuc Resources Corporation.
Mr. Delaney is a Managing Director in Investment Banking at Beacon Securities Limited, an independent Canadian investment dealer. Prior to joining Beacon in 2015, Mr. Delaney worked in investment banking at Paradigm Capital Inc. Mr. Delaney holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University.
Ms. Ward is a Professional Engineer who has spent most of her career at Hatch, working in the mining and metals industry. After business school, she joined Bain and Company as a strategy consultant, and is currently a Director at Canadian Shield Capital, a private equity investment and advisory firm partnered with Hatch. Ms. Ward holds a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. She is fully bilingual in French and English.
Mark Isto, VP Operations at Royal Gold Inc. is a Mining Engineer with over 30 years international experience in mine management and project development, including as COO of FNI Mining and EVP-Projects at Kinross Gold. Mr. Isto holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology as well as an MBA from the University of Nevada – Reno.
Nirvan Nuckchedee, VP Business Development at SNC-Lavalin is a Professional Engineer and helps clients develop and structure projects at the firm’s Mining and Metallurgy business. Mr. Nuckchedee has deep project experience, holds dual Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry degrees from the University of Ottawa and is fully bilingual in French and English.
Magnús Árni Skúlason
Magnús Árni Skúlason, is Managing Director of Reykjavik Economics ehf, a strategic consulting firm based in Iceland. Mr. Skúlason is an economist and commercial expert, with extensive board experience. Mr. Skúlason holds a Bachelors and Masters in Economics from Háskóli Íslands/ the University of Iceland and an MBA from Cambridge.