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With over 30 years experience in property acquisition, development and brokering, and 15 years specifically in the mining sector, Mr. Drivas has consistently been able to assemble the right teams for exciting projects with real potential. Tom is a business entrepreneur with many years experience in various industries. He is also the President and major shareholder of Appia Energy Corp., a uranium exploration company actively exploring in the Athabasca Basin of Saskatchewan and with significant uranium / rare earth metals deposits at Elliot Lake, Ontario. Appia is listed on the CSE: "API".
Mr. Skimming, P.Eng., is a professional geologist with over 40 years experience in the mineral resources industry and has served as an officer and/or director of a number of exploration and mining companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. Since 1972, Mr. Skimming has represented private and public mineral resource companies as an exploration and mining consultant and in this capacity, has traveled extensively throughout Canada, United States, Argentina, Russia, Chile, Philippines, Brazil, Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua and a number of countries in Eastern Europe on various exploration assignments. Mr. Skimming has been instrumental in the discovery and/or development of several mineral deposits which include: the Cullaton Lake, Shear Lake and Heninga Lake gold and base metal deposits in the former Northwest Territories of Canada; the world-class, Teck-Corona gold orebody at Hemlo, Ontario and the large Golden Reward, heap-leach, gold deposit in the state of South Dakota, U.S.A. Mr. Skimming obtained a B.Sc. degree from the University of Michigan and was enrolled in post graduate studies in mineral exploration at McGill University. Mr. Skimming has been a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario since 1971.
Mr. Roberston's areas of expertise are wide ranging and include executive management, exploration, mine development and operations, evaluation of businesses and performing due diligence related to projects, mergers, acquisitions and financing. Mr. Robertson has served as President of Victory Nickel, Nuinsco Resources and Yukon Gold, and is currently the President and CEO of Source Exploration Corp. He has extensive experience in gold mining operations in both North America and elsewhere. This experience includes 21 years with Placer Dome Inc. directing mining operations and development in Canada and South Africa, as well as 7 years at Royal Oak's mines in British Columbia and Newfoundland.
Mr. Robertson graduated from the University of Alaska with a Bachelor of Science, Mining Engineering. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Laurentian University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario and a member of the CIM.
Mr. Kirkham, who has 27 years of experience, is the principal of Kirkham Geosystems that specializes in 3D computer modeling and resource/reserve estimations at the preliminary assessment, pre-feasibility and feasibility study stages of mining projects.
Mr. Kirkham obtained a Bachelor's degree in Science from the University of Alberta in 1983. He became a Professional Geophysicist with the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA) in 1987, in Northwest Territories and Nunavut (NAPEGG), in BC (APEGBC) in 2005, in Ontario (APGO) in 2011 and in Manitoba (APEGM) in 2012. He is also a member of GAC (Geological Association of Canada), the Past-President of the CIM (Canadian Institute of Mining), AMEBC (Association of Mineral Exploration of BC) and PDAC (Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada). In addition, he is a Councilor for APEGBC, is the Chair of both the Geological Society and Best Practices Committee for CIM, and Chair of the Audit Committee for Geoscientists Canada.
Mr. Roulston is a mining professional with a B.Sc. in geology and over 35 years of diverse experience in the mining industry. He is Managing Director of WestBay Capital Advisors, providing business advisory and capital markets expertise to the junior and mid-tier sectors of the mining industry. Previously, he was president of a company which provided resource advisory services for US private investors. Before that, he was a mining analyst and consultant, as well as the editor of "Resource Opportunities", an independent investment publication focused on the mining industry. He has been involved in management of both large and junior resource companies and is presently a director or advisor to several companies.
Mr. Johnstone is a partner of Gardiner Roberts LLP. Mr. Johnstone attended the University of Toronto from 1977 to 1979 and then enrolled at Osgoode Hall Law School where he received his LL.B in 1982. He articled with the Law Department of Canadian Pacific and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1984. Mr. Johnstone worked for two (2) Bay Street firms (E.L. Stone & Associates from 1984-1986 and Erikson & Associates from 1986-1992) and for a period of six (6) years practiced predominantly in the areas of Corporate/Commercial and Securities Law before establishing his own Corporate Securities practice in 1992. In 2005, he joined Gardiner Roberts LLP as a partner. He is also a Director of five other public companies.
Mr. van de Water holds a B.Comm. from Concordia University, Montreal, and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants. He has had a forty year career in financial roles with a variety of companies including a multinational mining, metal processing and metal trading company and extensive experience with mining companies operating in Canada, Africa and Europe, all listed on the TSX, TSXV or LSE. He has held the positions of Controller, VP Finance, CFO and President at various times, and was the Finance Director of a large metal dealer on the London Metal Exchange. Mr. van de Water is also a Director of five other public companies.