BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Mehra is an economist by training and received his BSc (Econ) in Economics and Philosophy from the London School of Economics. He is the CEO of the ASTOR Group, a private investment and advisory business, working in the fields of Mining, Tech, Biotech and Real Estate. He spent many years in the commodity trading and mining business, owning buying and selling companies over 30 years and has substantial experience in the industry. He is a director of several companies, both public and private in both executive and non-executive roles. He also devotes significant time to non-profit activities in the fields of education and healthcare.
President & CEO, Director
Mr. Haywood has over 25 years of mining industry experience and holds degrees in both Mining Engineering and Law. Mr. Haywood has held progressive career positions with Anglo Gold Ashanti, Goldfields, IAMGold, Ivanhoe, BHP and Placer Pacific at various open-pit and underground mining operations around the world, including leadership positions of Chief Mining Engineer, Mine Manager, and General Manager. He has also been a consultant mining engineer on the successful feasibility of the large Century Zinc Mine (Zn/Pb/Ag) in Australia. Mr. Haywood has recently held President & CEO and directorship positions with a number of public and private Canadian corporations (TSX and TSX.V), including the President & CEO of Calvista Gold Corporation (TSX.V: CVZ) where he was responsible for developing and executing strategies which grew the value of the company within 9 months from a C$16 million market capitalization to a realized value of over C$80 million when he arranged and completed the company’s sale.
Mr. Hopkins has broad junior resource experience in the areas of corporate finance, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, financial and management reporting. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto, and a Chartered Accountant designation and MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University. He currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Relay Medical Corp. and as Chief Financial Officer of Central Timmins Exploration Corp. Mr. Hopkins is also the former President & CEO Takara Resources Inc. and the former Chief Financial Officer US Silver Corporation.
Mr. Billings is currently President of Auxico Resources Canada Inc. (CSE: AUAG), which has a gold-silver property in Mexico and a joint venture for tantalum, niobium and rare earth elements in Colombia. He has worked directly in the mining industry since 2008 and presently serves on the boards of other junior mining companies, including St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp. (CSE: SX), Fancamp Exploration Ltd. (TSX-V: FNC) and Kintavar Exploration Inc. (TSX-V: KTR). Mark holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Harvard Business School and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). From 2004 to 2006, he was Vice-President of Corporate Finance at Desjardins Securities Inc., where he led a number of public and private financings and took companies public on the Canadian stock exchanges.