R. David Russell

President, CEO & Chairman of the Board

Mr. Russell has over three decades of executive experience in the mineral exploration and development industry. From 2002 to June 2010 Mr. Russell was the Founder, President, CEO and a director of the former Apollo Gold Corporation, (Primero Mining Corp / now First Majestic Silver). His previous positions include Vice-President and COO of Getchell Gold Company/Placer Dome Gold; General Manager, US Operations, LAC Minerals Ltd. (now Barrick Gold Corporation); Manager, Underground Mining, Independence Mining Company; Project Manager, Hecla Mining Company; and Manager, Lincoln Project FMC/Meridian Gold. Mr. Russell graduated from the University of Montana, School of Minerals Science and Technology with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering.

Chris Dupont, P.Eng.

Vice President, COO, Director

Mr. Dupont is a mining engineer who has been involved with junior public companies for more than 28 years. He has held positions as senior mining engineer for Noranda and chief engineer for Exall Resources. He was also President and Director of Kayorum Gold Mines from 1992 to 1997, Director of Fieldex Exploration from 1997 to 1998, Director of Tom Exploration from 2000 to 2006, Director of Abcourt Mines from 2009 to 2013, President and Director of Explor Resources from 2005 to 2019 and has been President and Director of Brunswick Resoources Inc. since December 2013. Mr. Dupont has a B.Sc Engineering from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia and a B. Engineer (mining) from the Nova Scotia Technical College.

Mario Colantonio, P.Eng.


Mr. Colantonio has extensive experience  in engineering and management for capital and maintenance projects for mine/mill infrastructures including feasibility studies. He has held senior engineering management positions for AMEC from 1995 to 2002 and was president of a privately-owned engineering consulting firm from 2004 until 2019 when it was sold to JL Richards where he is now an Associate. He holds a B.SC. Degree in civil engineering from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.

Thomas S. Kofman


Mr. Kofman was a founder and chairman of M Partners Inc., an independent full-service investment bank until April 2018. He has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of IPC Financial Network Inc., Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of RealFund, and CFO of Freed Developments. Mr. Kofman is a Chartered Professional Accountant and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University.

Gerhard Merkel


Mr. Merkel has extensive senior executive experience.  He was CEO and CFO of Metex (Germany) Trading Company from 1994 to 2005. From 2005 to present, he has been CFO and COO of CGM Import-Export Ltd (Portugal) Import/Export, a wholesale and retail of catering equipment company and producer of catering accessories.

James T. O’Neil Jr.


Mr. O’Neil is a senior executive with 45 years of experience in the metal mining and processing industry. He has served on the board of directors or in executive positions with several junior mining companies including Jipangu International, Apollo Gold, Rye Patch Gold, Josephine Mining and Jerritt Canyon Gold. He holds a Bachelor and Master of Science from Arizona State University and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

W.S. (Steve) Vaughan


Mr. Vaughan, a lawyer, has served on various committees advising the Canadian government, the Ontario Securities Commission and the Toronto Stock Exchange on issues such as mineral policy, mineral strategy, mining finance, mining taxation, seed capital formation, and junior resource policies. Mr. Vaughan was counsel at the law firm Heenan Blaikie LLP from 2007 to February 2014 and a partner at the law firm Dorsey Whitney LLP in February 2014 until December 2016. He is currently a sole practitioner mining lawyer with an international practice.