Management and Directors
Marc Prefontaine, President and Chief Executive Officer, Director
A Professional Geologist with over 25 years of experience. Mr. Prefontaine graduated with a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Alberta and a M.Sc. in Mineral Exploration from Queen's University. Most recently Marc served as President and CEO of Grayd Resource Corporation. During his eight years as CEO of Grayd, Mr. Prefontaine assembled the land package in Mexico that ultimately became the La India Project. He and his geological team made two gold discoveries. During his tenure Grayd grew from a small exploration company with a market capitalization of $5 million to a successful development-stage company culminating with its 2011 acquisition by Agnico Eagle Mines for $275 million. Agnico built the mine and achieved commercial production within two years of the acquisition. Prior to Grayd, Marc spent his career living and working internationally for Teck Resources, Hunter Dickinson, Northair Group and Lac Minerals. He ran exploration projects and offices throughout North America, South America, Southern Africa, Asia and Central Asia.
Hans Smit, Chief Operating Officer, Director
A Professional Geologist with over 30 years of experience in all aspects of the mineral industry; from grassroots exploration to mine feasibility studies, environmental permitting and corporate development. As VP Exploration for Grayd Resource Corporation, he was one of the key people who brought the La India heap-leach gold project in Mexico from the grassroots exploration stage to an advanced project. Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd paid $275M to acquire Grayd and recently brought La India into production, using a mine and production plan based on Grayd’s work. Hans has guided exploration, feasibility, and permitting work on other advanced gold projects including at Dublin Gulch in the Yukon and Red Mountain in British Columbia. He also managed the feasibility, environmental assessment and permitting of the Swamp Point Aggregate Mine located on the coast of B.C. Recent work includes managing resource estimations and a preliminary economic assessment on silver-base metal vein projects in northern Mexico.
Paul Robertson, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Robertson is a Chartered Professional Accountant with extensive experience in the mining sector, including assisting junior resource companies with their financial reporting and regulatory requirements. He has over twenty years of accounting, auditing, and tax experience. Currently, he is the managing partner of Quantum Advisory Partners LLP, a professional services firm dedicated to assisting publicly listed companies with their financial reporting, taxation and regulatory requirements. He was previously the CFO of Grayd Resource Corporation that was acquired by Agnico Eagle in 2011. Mr. Robertson holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario (1993) and obtained his Chartered Accountant designation from the British Columbia Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1997.
Charles Jeannes Non-Executive Chairman, Director
Mr. Jeannes served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Goldcorp Inc. from 2009 until April, 2016, and Executive Vice President, Corporate Development from 2006 until 2008. From 1999 until the acquisition of Glamis Gold Ltd. (“Glamis”) by Goldcorp, he was Executive Vice President, Administration, General Counsel and Secretary of Glamis. Prior to joining Glamis, Mr. Jeannes worked for Placer Dome Inc., most recently as Vice President of Placer Dome North America. He is also currently a Director of Tahoe Resources Inc. and Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. (formerly Silver Wheaton Corp.) and serves as a University of Nevada, Reno (“UNR”) Foundation Trustee (a non-profit Board). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UNR and graduated from the University of Arizona School of Law with honours in 1983. He practiced law from 1983 until 1994 and has broad experience in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, public and private financing and international operations.
Richard Hall, Director
Appointed a director of IAMGOLD in 2012 and Chairman of Klondex in 2014, Mr. Hall brings over 40 years of exploration, development, mining and corporate experience. Mr. Hall is a former Chairman of Kaminak Gold. From 1999 to 2008 he served as President and CEO of Metallica Resources Inc., where he was involved in all aspects of the company's development including the financing, construction and commissioning of the Cerro San Pedro gold-silver mine in Mexico. While at Metallica, the El Morro deposit was discovered in Chile and was brought through to a final feasibility study in conjunction with Metallica's operating partner on the project, Xstrata Copper. In August 2008, Metallica was part of a $1.6 billion merger with Peak Gold Ltd. and New Gold Inc. to form what is now New Gold Inc. Mr. Hall also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Northgate Minerals from July 2011 until October 2011 when Northgate was acquired by AuRico Gold. From 2008 until 2011 he held the position of Chairman of Grayd Resource Corporation when Grayd was acquired by Agnico Eagle in November 2011. Mr. Hall holds a Bachelor and a Masters Degree in Geology and an MBA from Eastern Washington University. He has also completed an Executive Development Program at the University of Minnesota.
George Albino, Director
Dr. Albino, Ph.D. was a Managing Director and Mining Analyst at GMP Securities, L.P., Research Division from 2010 until 2016. Prior to this, he was an Analyst at Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd., Research Division from June 2002 until 2010, focusing on North American precious metal producers and exploration companies as well as base metal, uranium and diamond companies. Dr. Albino has over 35 years of experience in mining and finance, having been a geologist for 18 years and as a highly-ranked sell side analyst covering mining (principally gold) stocks for 19 years. Before joining the financial services side of the business, he worked for 18 years in the mining industry, academia and government as an Exploration and Research Geologist exploring for precious metals, base 17 metals and diamonds. He is also currently a Director of Eldorado Gold Corporation. Dr. Albino has a Ph.D. from The University of Western Ontario, an M.S. from the Colorado State University and a B.A.Sc. from Queen’s University.
Tim Haldane Director
Retired mining professional with international project development experience. Most recently held the position of Senior Vice President of Operations - USA & Latin America at Agnico Eagle Mines Limited from 2014 until February, 2017.
Jean Robitaille, Director
Jean Robitaille is a Mining Graduate of the College l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue with a specialty in mineral processing. Mr. Robitaille is Senior Vice-President, Business Strategy and Technical Services with Agnico Eagle, a position he has held since the beginning of 2014. Prior to his appointment, he served Agnico Eagle in various capacities for more than 25 years, most recently as Senior Vice-President, Technical Services and Project Development, Vice-President, Metallurgy & Marketing, General Manager, Metallurgy & Marketing and as Mill Superintendent and Project Manager for the expansion of the LaRonde mill. Before joining Agnico Eagle, Mr. Robitaille worked as a metallurgist with Teck MiningGroup. Mr. Robitaille serves on the CMIC (Canada Mining Innovation Council) Board of Directors since May 2014. Mr. Robitaille won the 2010 Mineral Processor of the Year Award at the annual Canadian Mineral Processors (CMP).
Steven Thomas, Director
Mr. Thomas is currently the Vice President, Controller at Goldcorp Inc., having previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Goldcorp Operations, Canada. Mr. Thomas has over 30 years of financial experience, with the last 13 years in the mining industry including De Beers Canada Inc. where he served as the Chief Financial Officer. He joined De Beers’ London based Diamond Trading Company (DTC) in 2003 to establish an internal audit function for its global operations and was promoted shortly thereafter to the Head of Finance. Mr. Thomas is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a Joint Honours Degree in Accounting and Economics from the University of Wales in the United Kingdom.