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Sean Samson

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.

President, CEO and Director

Paul Davis

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).

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Mr. Gingras is a CPA, CMA and holds an MBA.  He has more than twenty years of experience in finance, strategic planning, project management, accounting policy and financial reporting.  Travis previously held CFO and executive level positions in a number of publicly traded exploration and mining companies including as CFO of Integra Gold Corp (formerly TSXV:ICG, purchased by Eldorado Gold in 2017).

Travis Gingras


MBA - Strategy, Finance


Board of Directors

Christopher Wolfenberg



Mr. Wolfenberg is a Partner with the law firm of Dentons Canada LLP.  Prior to Dentons, he was Partner with Fasken Martineau LLP and prior thereto a Partner with Norton Rose Fullbright. 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.

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.

Julie Ward

P.Eng, MBA


Mr. Cartier is a trained engineer with extensive financial and commercial experience, particularly in Quebec, including with La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Hydro Québec. He began his career as a consultant in Montréal with Capgemini and after business school with Direct Energy. Mr. Cartier holds a Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering from Polytechnique Montréal, an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and a Global Professional Master of Laws, also from the University of Toronto. He is fully bilingual in French and English and is a member of L'Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.





Mark Isto

Mark Isto, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Royal Gold Inc. is a Mining Engineer with over 35 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.

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