BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mr. Gauthier holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa and a M.B.A. from Concordia University. He was the Founder, President and CEO of Dundee Sustainable Technologies Inc. until December 2014. Involved in the mining industry for over 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
PRESIDENT & DIRECTOR
Mr. Billings is a former investment banker, having raised hundreds of millions of dollars for small-cap companies, including several junior mining companies. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and he is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He 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.
RICHARD BOUDREAULT, P.Phys., B.Sc., M. Eng., MBA, FRSC, HFRCGS, FCMOS, FInstP, FCASI, FWAAS, FCAE, FIAA, AFAIAA, SMIEEE
A successful serial entrepreneur and C-level executive, Mr. Boudreault has held top corporate executive positions in organizations of all sizes in both the private, public and governmental sector and has sat on over 30 boards including a few public corporations, as well as crown agencies. He is recognised for his Governance, Regulations and ESG issues. He has led organizations across a variety of sectors including advanced materials, natural resources and metallurgy, clean technology, and on energy (hydrocarbon and nuclear). From 2005 to 2014, Mr. Boudreault was CEO of the cleantech metallurgical process and mining Orbite Aluminae, where he raised over $140M in financing from institutional and government sources and grew the firm from start-up to publicly traded company with a valuation of $500M at exit. He has developed REE processes and specialise in heavy elements extraction, separation and purification. Mr. Boudreault holds a bachelor’s in applied physics, an MBA and a professional master’s degree in engineering, which he earned at Cornell. He continues to be involved in academia, having published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and scientific publications and hundreds of patents. He is adjunct professor at École Polytechnique Montréal for Chemical Engineering and at the University of Waterloo in Earth Sciences where he teaches and performs applied research on environmental chemical engineering, green chemistry processes, geophysics, planetary and earth sciences and clean tech innovation. He also is a visiting scholar in Chemical Engineering at McGill U.
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 has recently retired as the group chairman at Kingswood Holdings Ltd., the owner of KW-Wealth, having assets under management of approximately £7 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. Inwentash has more than 30 years of investing experience. He is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of ThreeD Capital Inc. Mr. Inwentash co-founded Visible Genetics, the first commercial pharmacogenomics company, in 1994 and exited in 2001 to Bayer. Through two decades leading Pinetree Capital, he created significant shareholder value through early investments in Queenston Mining (acquired by Osisko Mining Corp. for $550-million), Aurelian Resources (acquired by Kinross for $1.2-billion) and Gold Eagle Mines (acquired by Goldcorp for $1.5-billion) to name a few. Mr. Inwentash obtained his B.Comm from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. In 2007, he was an Ontario finalist for the Ernst & Young entrepreneur of the year award. In 2012, Mr. Inwentash received an honorary degree, doctor of laws (LL.D) from the University of Toronto for his valuable leadership as an entrepreneur, his philanthropy, and inspirational commitment to making a difference in the lives of children, youth and their families.
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.
VICE PRESIDENT - LATIN AMERICA
Mr. Diaz has 20 years of experience in the business world (MBA, Financial Engineer Graduate). Mr. Diaz was an advisor to two former Presidents of Colombia, Mr. Juan Manuel Santos and Mr. Alvaro Uribe Velez.