Management and Board of Directors


Ph.D., P.Geo., CEO, Chairman, and Director

Jon North has 35 years experience in mineral exploration worldwide. In the early part of his career he completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in geology leading to a Ph.D. awarded in 1993 at the University of Western Ontario. He then worked with major mining companies including Western Mining and BHP until 1997. Since 1997, he has been the founding director of numerous junior mining companies including North Atlantic Resources that discovered the FT gold deposit in Mali, and most recently, Northquest Ltd., that was taken over by Nordgold N.V. in 2016 subsequent to the discovery of the Pistol Bay gold deposit in Nunavut, Canada.


M.Sc., Director

Daryl Hodges has been involved in the mining industry for 40 years, starting in 1977 as a geophysical operator north of Kidd Creek in Timmins, Ontario. Daryl has explored for gold across Canada and completed his M.Sc. thesis on the geology and geochemistry of a gold deposit in Val d’Or, Quebec.  He has been involved in discoveries of gold (Hoyle Pond, Hammond Reef), Tin-Tungsten (Sisson Brook, New Brunswick), copper-zinc (Snow Lake, Manitoba), nickel-copper (Manitoba), and worked internationally in Russia (Noril’sk), Finland (Keivitsa), Philippines, and China in project generation and development. After leaving Falconbridge in 1996, he worked as a mining analyst and investment banker at HSBC and Jennings Capital. As a co-founder, CEO, and Chairman of Jennings Capital, Daryl was instrumental in its growth into a substantial boutique investment dealer. He is currently President of Ladykirk Capital Advisors Inc., and a Director of HPQ Silicon Resources. and CEO of a private company Ancient Strains Limited.


CA, CPA, Director, Chair of the Audit Committee

Philip MacDonnell started in the mining business working underground at Noranda Mines, then  diamond drilling in northern  Quebec. After a business degree  and CPA degree, he participated  in the start up of an international investment dealer that expanded to offices across Canada  and  Europe. Following that he joined the venture capital business raising capital and acting as an  advisor. He sits on many boards including   a gold   mining company in Africa and a large drilling  company  in  South  America. On most boards  he chairs the   Audit   Committee.


P.Geo., Director

Elaine Ellingham is an experienced mining executive and geologist with over 30 years of experience in the mining industry. Ms. Ellingham is a consultant providing strategic management services to international mining clients. She has held roles as interim CEO for Richmont Mines Ltd. and Senior Vice President, Investor Relations with Iamgold. Elaine spent eight years with the Toronto Stock Exchange, in a number of capacities including National Leader of Mining, and Manager, Company Listings. She has a range of experience in mineral exploration, corporate development and investor relations for mining companies, including Campbell Resources Inc., Rio Algom Exploration Inc., and St. Joe Canada Inc. Elaine is currently a Director of Alamos Gold Inc. (TSX/NYSE), Almaden Minerals Ltd. (TSX/NYSE MKT) and Blue Thunder Mining Inc. (TSXV). She has an MSc in Geology and an MBA, both from the University of Toronto.


CA, CPA, CGA, ACIS, Chief Financial Officer

Carmelo Marrelli is the principal of Marrelli Support Services Inc., a firm that has delivered accounting and regulatory compliance services to listed companies on various exchanges for over twenty years. In addition, Mr. Marrelli also controls DSA Corporate Services Inc., a firm providing corporate secretarial and regulatory filing services. Mr. Marrelli is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA, CGA), and a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, a professional body that certifies corporate secretaries. He received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.