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. He was the Founder, President, CEO and Director, from 2002 to 2010, of the former Apollo Gold Corporation, (Rebranded as Brigus Gold and later merged with Primero Mining and First Majestic Silver) and he developed the Black Fox Project. Additional positions included Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Getchell Gold Company/Placer Dome Gold, General Manager, US Operations, LAC Minerals Ltd. (now Barrick Gold), Manager, Underground Mining, Independence Mining Company, Project Manager, Hecla Mining Company, Manager, Lincoln Project FMC/Meridian Gold. Mr. Russell graduated from the Montana School of Mineral Science and Technology with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering.

Mario Colantonio, P.Eng.


Mr. Colantonio is a professional engineer and has been active in the mining industry since the mid 1980’s. He received a B.SC. Degree in civil engineering from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario in 1985. His primary focus has been the engineering and management for capital and maintenance projects for mine/mill infrastructures including feasibility studies. He has held senior engineering management positions for AMEC and was president of a privately-owned engineering consulting firm for 16 years which was  sold in 2019 to JL Richards where he is now an associate.

Michael Hobart


Mr. Hobart is a partner in Fogler, Rubinoff LLP’s securities department where he has practiced since 2002. He represents private and public companies, investment dealers and other market participants in a variety of corporate transactions, with specific emphasis on the mining and natural resources sector. He earned a B.A. at McGill University (1982) and a LL.B. at the University of New Brunswick (1985). He has held directorships and senior officer positions with several public companies in Canada. Mr. Hobart was called to the Ontario Bar in 1987.

Thomas S. Kofman


Mr. Kofman has over 25 years of experience in North American capital markets as both issuer and banker. He was a founder and chairman of M Partners Inc., an independent full-service investment bank until April 2018. Mr. Kofman 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 as well as of Freed Developments. He currently advises companies on corporate acquisitions and capitalizing events on a consulting basis. 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 is the former CEO and board member of Gryphon Gold Corporation and has held senior executive positions with major international mining companies Grupo Mexico, ASARCO, and Southern Copper Corporation. 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).

Richard F. Nanna


Mr. Nanna has over four decades of experience as an exploration geologist in Canada, US and overseas. He was Executive Vice President of Exploration at Apollo Gold responsible for exploration and development of the Black Fox Mine, Timmins, Florida Canyon, Nevada and Montana Tunnels Mine, Montana. Mr. Nanna was instrumental in the discoveries and developments at FirstMiss Gold, Getchell/Turquoise Project (18.5 million ounces of gold discovered) and Central Asian Minerals. He currently provides geological consulting services. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master Degree in Geology from Akron University, Ohio.