BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mr. Gauthier holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa and a M.B.A. from Concordia University. Founder, President and CEO of Dundee Sustainable Technologies Inc. until December 2014. In the last 20 Years he has been involved in raising over $500 million dollars of financing in various projects.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Mr. Billings has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and he is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He has been an investment banker, having raised hundreds of millions of dollars for small-cap companies, including several junior mining companies. Mr. Billings also founded and managed companies in the junior resource sector, in addition to being CEO, CFO or a director of a number of publicly traded resource companies in Canada and abroad.
BERNARD JUN HE
With over 20 years of operational and investing experience, Mr. Jun HE has successfully completed a number of multijurisdictional joint venture transactions and has effectively conducted business in China, Hong Kong, North America, Africa, and Europe. In 2002, Mr. He began to invest in mineral exploration and mining in West Africa - Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Niger. Mr. Jun HE controls a gold tailings mine, the Tounte Project located in Burkina Faso. He was also instrumental in assembling a 250 sq km highly prospective gold property in Burkina Faso. Recently Mr. Jun HE has spent a significant amount of time in Niger establishing operations focusing on the exploration of uranium properties. Mr. He holds an MBA from Universite de Nice Business School in France as well as a Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies from IAE Paris. He has been elected the 2014 best Asia Pacific Business Award.
During his 20 year career in technology investment, Mr. Whittaker led initiatives in product development, and managed several advanced technology investment programs. He holds several patents on these technologies, which are in production today. Mr. Whittaker has applied his experience in clean technology development and investment to help traditional industries in the energy, mining, manufacturing, transportation, agriculture and forestry sectors become more sustainable. Mr. Whittaker was the founding Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Canada’s largest clean technology fund where he helped grow the organization from $100M to over $1B in funds under management, leveraged by an additional $1.9B in private sector capital. Mr. Whittaker attracted over $430M of matching funding from the defence industry as part of their offset and growth strategies. In addition to managing a portfolio of over 200 companies, Mr. Whittaker has received the Governor General’s Award for Academic Excellence.
KENNETH ‘BUZZ’ WEST
A former soldier and head of Reuters, Middle East and Africa, Mr. West has spent the last 25 years as an entrepreneur in the fields of natural resources, high technology and security. He is currently the group chairman at Kingswood Holdings Ltd., the owner of KW-Wealth, having assets under management of approximately £2 billion. Highly experienced in the financial services arena, Mr. West was the founder and chairman of Ashcourt Rowan plc, which had assets under management of approximately £6 billion. Mr. West was also the chairman of the leading loss adjustor GAB Robins, taking them from management buyout to trade sale to the US group Crawford. He was the senior non-executive director to the Norwegian telecom company, Norcon plc. Mr. West is group chairman at the property developers Blackmore Group Ltd. and chairman of its subsidiary Blackmore Bond plc.
Mr. Brouwer holds a bachelor degree in Science (Geology) from University of Waterloo, Ontario. He worked for Falconbridge for 30 years in Canada and in the Dominican Republic. From 1996 to 1999 when he retired, he was an exploration manager for Latin America. Mr. Brouwer is very knowledgeable about the gelology, mining and processing of nickel laterites in Latin America.
Mr. Lau holds a BSc. (Chem) from Concordia University and a MBA from University of Ottawa. Founder and Chairman of Rockhound Limited in Hong Kong. Since his return to Hong Kong in 1994, he has served as Senior Executive position in various industries, including financial services, real estate, telecom and retail jewellery. Mr. Lau is a member of the Chemical Institute of Canada and the Canadian Institute of Mining Metallurgy & Petroleum. From 2012-2015 he is Dean's Advisory Board member of the Telfer School of management of the University of Ottawa.