Frank Holmes
Independent Chairman
  • Chief Executive and Chief investment Officer at U.S. Global Investors, a leading mutual fund and asset management firm
  • Thought leader in both the technology and mining space and a pioneer in using a quant-approach to investing
  • Sought after keynote speaker at international investment conferences and a regular guest in business media
  • His Frank Talk CEO Blog is one of the most widely read in finance
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Denis Laviolette
President, CEO & Director
  • Over 10 years of experience in exploration, mine operations, and capital markets
  • Worked in Northern Ontario (Timmins, Kirkland Lake and Red Lake), Norway and Ghana and took on a diverse array of tasks, including grass roots exploration, start-up mine management, and advanced mine operations
  • Worked as a Mining Analyst with Pinetree Capital Ltd. and now serves as a Mining Analyst and VP of Corporate Development for ThreeD Capital Inc.
  • President of New Found Gold Corp. and Director of Xtra-Gold Resources Corp., Northern Sphere Mining Corp., and Tartisan Resources Corp.
  • BSc Earth Sciences (Geology) from Brock University
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Cejay Kim
Chief Business Officer
  • Ten years of experience in capital markets, previously serving as the CIO of Palisade Global Investment, a merchant bank specializing in the resource sector. Before that he served in a senior capacity at ReQuest Equities, a merchant bank in the junior resource sector supported by the KCR Fund, a $100 million venture managed by Marin Katusa
  • BA in Economics from the University of Calgary, MBA in Global Asset and Wealth Management from Simon Fraser University, a CFA charterholder, and a member of the Calgary CFA Society
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Vincent Dubé-Bourgeois
COO & Director
  • Co-founder of GoldSpot Discoveries
  • Worked for the Ontario Geological Survey (OGS) and Noront Resources Ltd.
  • MSc project consisted of describing and interpreting the geochemistry and geodynamic setting of the volcanic rocks hosting the gold-rich VMS Lalor deposit, Snow Lake, Manitoba
  • BSc in Geology from the University of Ottawa
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Sarah Sun
Chief Data Strategist
  • Decade of experience in financial services & Data Science
  • Previously Senior Manager, Data Strategy at TD Bank and Principal Data Scientist at Capital One Canada. Experienced in Data Strategy, Data Monetization, Innovation planning, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Data Governance
  • BMath, double major Mathematical Finance and Statistics from the University of Waterloo
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Binh Quach
  • Chartered Professional Accountant with over 20 years experience working for both public and private companies;
  • Previously, the Controller of PInetree Capital Ltd for 14 years
  • Currently, the Controller of ThreeD Capital Inc. and CFO of New Found Gold Corp. (private co)
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Donovan Pollitt
Independent Director
  • Over 15 years of resource industry experience, ranging from grassroots exploration to underground and open-pit mining explorations
  • Currently the President of Pollitt Mining, providing consulting services to mining operations and research and operations analysis to buy-side, royalty and private equity clients.
  • Previously the President and CEO of Wesdome Gold Mines
  • BASc in Mining & Mineral Engineering the University of Toronto and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Mr. Pollitt is a PEng and a CFA Charterholder.
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Ramón Barúa
Independent Director
  • CFO of Hochschild Mining plc
  • Previously the CEO of Fosfatos del Pacifico, a mining project in northern Peru owned by Cementos Pacasmayo, an associate company of the Hochschild Group
  • During 2008, Mr. Barúa was the General Manager for Hochschild Mining’s Mexican operations, having previously worked as Deputy CEO and CFO of Cementos Pacasmayo
  • Prior to joining Hochschild, Mr. Barúa was a Vice President of Debt Capital Markets with Deutsche Bank in New York for four years and a sales analyst with Banco Santander in Peru
  • Economics graduate from Universidad de Lima and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School
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Chris MacInnis, P.Geo.
Vice President
  • P.Geo, Resources Geologist with over 15 years of experiences
  • Previously a Senior Resources Geologist at SRK Consulting, providing resource estimation, geostatistics, drill hole/exploration program planning and project evaluation
  • Co-author of over 20 NI 43-101 technical reports and memos, both on local and international poly-metallic projects, including gold, silver, nickel and uranium
  • Prior to SRK, was the Lead Trainer for CAE Datamine Canada, with duties including resource estimation, project management and investor relation presentations.
  • BSc in Geology and Biology from Saint Mary’s University
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Brenda Sharp, P.Geo, M.Sc.
Chief Geophysicist
  • P.Geo, Geophysicist with over 25 years of experiences
  • Worked for CGG as part of the Interpretation Consulting Services Group, interpreting magnetic, EM and gravity datasets flown in the search for iron ore, groundwater, coal, hydrocarbon, diamond, uranium and base metals
  • Previously processed TDEM and magnetic data for CGG Geoterrex-Dighem followed by Fugro Airborne Surveys – picked the anomaly which aided in the discovery of the Matagami Perseverance Deposit
  • BSc in Geology from the University of Auckland and MSc in Geology with a focus on geophysics from the University of Auckland. Member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO), the Canadian Exploration Geophysical Society (KEGS) and the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada
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Michael Cain, P.Eng.
  • P.Eng., Geophysicist with over 20 years of experience in Earth Sciences
  • Worked as an Interpretation Geophysicist at CGG and Fugro Airborne Surveys. Experienced in the interpretation of time and frequency domain EM, gravity and magnetics in mining, oil and gas and environmental sectors
  • B.Eng. in Geological Engineering, Geophysics major from Queen’s University
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Sarane Sterckx, M.Sc.
  • Co-founder of GoldSpot Discoveries
  • Worked for the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources Naturelles in Quebec, Geological Survey of Belgium, the Royal Observatory of Belgium, with field experience in France, Indonesia and Morocco
  • MSc project consisted of working on the geochemistry of the Archean volcanic rocks of the Blake River Group in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt in relation with occurrences of VMS deposits
  • BSc in Geology/Earth Science from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, MSc in Geology/Earth Science from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and MSc in Geology/Earth Science from the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique
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Vivien Janvier, Ph.D.
  • Worked for Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd participating in the management of an exploration campaign around Meadowbank mine, and at Services Technominex Inc developing the core library
  • PhD thesis focused on the geology and metallogeny of the Paleoproterozoic banded iron formation-hosted Meadowbank gold deposit in Nunavut
  • BSc in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the Université de Bretagne Occidentale, MSc in in Earth Sciences with a Specialization in Mineral Resources, and PhD in Earth Sciences – Economic Geology from the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique
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Mireille Pelletier, M.Sc.
  • Over seven years experience working on grassroots to advance stage mapping and drilling projects in Yukon territory, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, western USA, Colombia, Chile and Turkey
  • Worked for Metallic Minerals Corp., Equity Exploration Consultants Ltd., Rainy River Resources Ltd., First Point Minerals Corp., and the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources Naturelles in Quebec
  • MSc project consisted of working on the style, geometry, timing and structural controls on ore distribution and grades in the Rainy River gold deposit, Ontario
  • BSc in Geology from the University of Quebec and MSc in Geology from the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique
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William Oswald, Ph.D.
  • Co-founder of GoldSpot Discoveries
  • Worked on geological risk analysis and GIS for Bouygues Construction and field, geological and structural mapping in Tanzania for Quebec-based MDN Inc
  • PhD thesis focused on the geology and metallogeny of the Goldcorp-owned, Musselwhite BIF-hosted gold deposit in Ontario
  • BSc in Geology/Earth Science from the UniLaSalle, MSc in Geology/Earth Science from the UniLaSalle, and PhD in Earth Sciences – Economic Geology from the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique
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Charles Bérubé, Ph.D.
  • Worked as a geophysical surveyor for Abitibi Geophysics, Inc. and a lecturer at École
    Polytechnique Montréal
  • Ph.D. thesis focused on the petrophysical properties and mineralogy of the Archean
    intrusion-related Canadian Malartic gold deposit in Québec
  • Past research experience includes the development of open-source software for
    probabilistic inversion of induced polarization data
  • B.Sc. in Physics from the Université de Montréal and Ph.D. in Mineral Engineering —
    Applied Geophysics from École Polytechnique Montréal
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Fabien Rabayrol, M.Eng.
  • Worked for Balmoral Resources Ltd. in Québec and Teck Resources Ltd. In Turkey on grassroot exploration programs
  • Currently working on the tectonic-magmatic evolution of the AnatolideTauride metallogenic belt in Turkey as a part of the industry-sponsored MDRU-Western Tethyan Metallogeny project
  • BSc in Geology/Earth Science from the UniLaSalle, MEng in Economic Geology from the UniLaSalle, and a PhD candidate in Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences from the University of British Columbia
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Shervin Azad, P.Geo, M.Sc.
  • Professional Geophysicist with advanced experience in oil & gas and mining
  • B.Sc. in Physics and M.Sc. in Earth Sciences (Geophysics) from Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Experienced in processing a wide variety of seismic data
  • Active member of PEGNL, CSEG, SEG and AAPG
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Véronique Bouzaglou, Ph.D.
  • Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from INRS, M.A.Sc. in Mineral Engineering and B.Eng. in Geological Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal;
  • Post-doctoral Mitacs fellow at École de Technologie Supérieure in collaboration with Pangeos;
  • Past research experience includes working at the Forschungszentrum Jülich laboratory in Germany developing an algorithm for the full-waveform inversion of GPR data, and at Lafarge Holcim as a Junior Engineer working on statistical analysis of the cement production process.
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Grace Dupuis, Ph.D.
  • Over five years of experience in scientific and quantitative research
  • Ph.D. and M.Sc. in theoretical particle physics from McGill University, and B.Sc. in physics from the University of Victoria
  • Doctoral thesis work involved a phenomenological study of dark matter and physics beyond the Standard Model, relating to collider experiments
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Louis Beaupre
  • Worked for Midland Exploration Inc., IOS Services Géoscientifiques Inc., and Research Assistant in Hydrogeology for Laval University
  • BEng in Geological Engineering from Laval University
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Frédéric Courchesne, M.Sc.
  • B.A. in Economics from Université du Québec à Montréal, M.Sc. in applied financial economics from HEC Montréal
  • M.Sc. project focused on optimal contracting theory in the labor force
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Lindsay Hall, M.Sc., P.Geo.
  • Geoscientist with over 25 years of field-based experience
  • Canadian and international work experience with both mineral exploration and government focussing on structural and geologic mapping predominantly in greenstone gold and epithermal/porphyry environments
  • B.Sc. in Biology and Geology from Carleton University and M.Sc. in Earth Sciences from Memorial University. M.Sc. project was field-based structural and geologic mapping that yielded a new model for the Ordovician tectonic evolution for the southern Long Range Mountains of Newfoundland
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Shawn Hood, M.Sc.
  • PhD Candidate at CODES, University of Tasmania. PhD project aims to develop novel approaches for interpreting large datasets of metalliferous-ore exploration and mining data
  • Sole Proprietor of Dynamic Geoscience Solutions, providing services to clients (Western Australia and the northeast African Arabian-Nubian Shield), including field mapping & prospecting, property assessment reports, drill programme design & supervision, machine learning-assisted geological mapping, & data compilation for mineral exploration.
  • BSc in Earth Sciences from Carleton University and MSc in Economic and Structural Geology from UBC.
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Maxine Létourneau
  • Worked for Barrick Gold, Osisko Mining and the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources Naturelles du Québec
  • BEng in Geological Engineering from Polytechnique Montréal
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Jordan Black, P.Eng.
  • Professional Engineer with over 8 years of experience as a Geotechnical Engineer. Previously, at the consulting firm Tulloch Engineering, founded the Geotechnical Engineering Division. Provided design solutions, project management and supported the business development in renewable energy, infrastructure, and mining division
  • Previously, VP of Investments at ThreeD Capital, a Toronto-based venture capital firm specializing in investments in the junior resource, blockchain, artificial intelligence, biotech and early stage technology sectors
  • Worked at the Engineering firm Hatch providing project management, construction monitoring, and design. Notable projects Projects include the design and feasibility study for the Cliffs Chromite Mine, as well as, the 100 MW wind farm in St. Remi, Quebec
  • BEng in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with a Professional Internship in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario


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Max Tian, M.Sc.
  • BMath from University of Waterloo, B.BA from Wilfrid Laurier University, M.Sc. in Statistics from McMaster University
  • MSc thesis focused on examining applications of deep learning in predicting genetic risk of polygenic traits
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Xun Wang, Ph.D.
  • Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry from University of Pittsburgh, and B.Sc. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from China Pharmaceutical University
  • Over six years of academic quantitative research experience and doctoral thesis focused on computational study of proton-disordered phases of ice
  • Over two years of industry experience in data science including quantitative finance and quantitative marketing
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Minghao Lyu
  • B. Sc in Geographic Information System from Northeast Forestry University.
  •  Knowledge of GIS, data science, city planning and graphic design.
  •  Experience on building big data platform, web development, ETL and data analysis.
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Peter Macentyre, P. Geo.
  • P.Geo Geologist with over 15 years exploration experience in Gold, VMS, and Ni-Cu-PGE deposits.
  •  Previously VP Exploration for New Found Gold Corp., and Project Geologist with Transition Metals Corp., Peter has designed and executed exploration and drill programs across Canada
  •  Specializes in 3D modeling, Resource and Reserves, QAQC, GIS, Compilation, and database management.
  •  Awarded the NWOPA’s Bernie Schneider Discovery of The Year Award 2014, for the discovery of the Sunday Lake PGE deposit, Thunder Bay, Ontario.
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