EXECUTIVE TEAM AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Graphite One Resources Inc. is led by a team of individuals who have achieved outstanding results in their careers. Their combined knowledge and experience demonstrates proven business strategies as well as expertise in exploring, developing and operating mining properties - including:
- Extensive experience in mineral exploration, development and production
- Strong corporate backgrounds
- Managed major exploration, development and operating programs with significant budgets
- Collectively financed over $250 million for various resource companies
Executive Chairman + Director, Chair Audit Committee
Mr. Smith has over 35 years of experience in the international coal industry as a senior executive and corporate director. He was General Manager of Xstrata Coal Canada from August 2011 to June 2013, a role assumed following Xstrata Coal's purchase of First Coal Corporation in August 2011. Mr. Smith had been President, CEO and Director of First Coal since May 2007 where he raised over $50 million in equity and directed its sale to Xstrata. Mr. Smith is also the past President and Director of Andalex Resources Inc. and successfully directed the sale of Andalex in 2006.
Mr. Smith holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and a B.Sc. in Biology, both from the University of Alberta. He has completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and has earned the ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors. He has been a director of the Mining Associations of BC and Utah as well as the Coal Associations of Canada and Kentucky. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and numerous professional organizations.
President and CEO + Director
Mr. Huston holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of British Columbia. He is a successful entrepreneur with a background in business development and finance. Having served as Managing Partner in both public and private companies, Mr. Huston played an integral role in raising in excess of $100 million in his career. He has acted in roles to advise upon financial and acquisition transactions in many industry sectors, including real estate development, technology, bio-technology and most recently, the resource sector.
Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
Mr. Ahlgren is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant and has extensive experience having served as CFO and Corporate Secretary with AQM Copper Inc. and previously with First Coal Corporation, until its purchase by Xstrata Coal Canada. Recently, Mr. Ahlgren has been assisting in the restructuring of a company with operations in Argentina and with a mining company in transition following a purchase of a mine in the United States. Prior to First Coal, Mr. Ahlgren served as Vice President Finance with Kinross Gold Corporation. Mr. Ahlgren is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Accounting and Finance.
General Manager Operations
Mr. Hembree has over 35 years of experience in the mineral resource industry including experience in exploration, development and production of both open pit and underground operations. Prior to joining Graphite One, Mr. Hembree held the position of Vice President of Exploration and Qualified Person with Kimber Resources Inc., where he was instrumental in the sale of their Monterde gold-silver deposit in Mexico. Previously he was US Exploration Manager and Q.P. for Golden Predator Mines US. Mr. Hembree has also worked as Chief Geologist at the open pit operations of Mineral Ridge Resources and Mt. Hamilton Mining Co. as well as US Exploration manager for Queenstake Resources USA. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Geology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and is a Certified Professional Geologist with the A.I.P.G. and is a Registered Geologist in the State of Oregon. Mr. Hembree will act as the Qualified Person for Graphite One under NI 43-101.
Director, Member of Compensation Committee
Mr. Budd has worked with North Country Gold Corp. as a Director and VP of Corporate Development since joining the company in 2009. Mr. Budd was appointed to President of North Country Gold in February of 2014. Mr. Budd has played an integral role in North Country Gold's financing, public relations and corporate development activities. Brian has an extensive management and corporate development background with over 25 years of entrepreneurial and sales leadership experience in the resource and high tech industries. His business acumen includes the development and execution of comprehensive business and financing plans, corporate communication programs as well as strategic planning for both the domestic and international markets.
Director, Chair of Compensation Committee, Member Audit Committee
Mr. Currie is a mining engineer with over 34 years of experience in the mining industry, having worked on projects in many countries around the world. Early in his career, he worked in various engineering roles for a number of major mining companies including Placer Development Ltd. (now Barrick Gold), Brenda Mines Ltd. (Noranda Group) and Fording Coal. More recently he worked in executive management roles for First Quantum Minerals, Miramar Mining and most notably, New Gold Inc. (from 2008 to 2011), where he eventually became Executive Vice-President and COO. Over the past two years, Mr. Currie has worked with junior explorers/developers/miners Kimber Resources and Elgin Mining, helping them advance their projects. Mr. Currie has a Bachelor of Science in Mining from Queen's University, and has been a Professional Engineer since 1982.
Director, Member of Audit and Compensation Committees
Mr. Smith is a senior mining executive with over 35 years of executive management experience in the international mineral exploration and mining industry. Mr. Smith is currently President and CEO of Heatherdale Resources Ltd. (HTR TSX-V). Heatherdale is focused on the exploration and development of the advanced stage Niblack polymetallic deposit in Alaska.
Prior to his current role with Heatherdale Resources Ltd., Mr. Smith spent 32 years with Rio Tinto plc. During his tenure with Rio Tinto, he held numerous senior management positions culminating as Managing Director of Exploration, Australasia Region based in Perth, Australia. Prior to that, Mr. Smith held the role of Exploration Executive reporting to the Head of Exploration for Rio Tinto based in London. His international experience included the role of Country Exploration Manager, Chile for Riominex (subsidiary of Rio Tinto) based in Santiago from 1994 – 1997. Mr. Smith is the founding member of Rockford Resources LLC, a private minerals consulting company, and has successfully managed exploration programs in Alaska for over 17 years.
Mr. Cross has more than 20 years of experience as a financier in the mining and oil & gas sectors. Mr. Robert M. D. Cross is the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of B2Gold Corp. In 2002, he was Chairman of EAGC Ventures, which purchased a 120,000 ounce per year South African gold mining operation. The company was subsequently sold to Bema Gold Corporation of which he was also a director. Bema Gold Corporation was sold to Kinross Gold in 2007 for $3.3 Billion. He is co-founder and Non-Executive Chairman of Bankers Petroleum Ltd., a Director of BNK Petroleum, co-founder and Chairman of Petrodorado Energy Ltd., and until October 2007, was the Non-Executive Chairman of Northern Orion Resources Inc. Between 1996 and 1998, Mr. Cross was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yorkton Securities Inc., and from 1987-1994 he was a Partner, Investment Banking of Gordon Capital Corporation in Toronto. Mr. Cross has an Engineering Degree from the University of Waterloo and received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1987.
Scott Koyich is president and founder of Brisco Capital Partners Corp., a full service investor relations and business development consultancy based in Calgary, Canada. Brisco works with public and private companies from a multitude of sectors, therefore diversifying risk to their audience, the broader investment community. Brisco has represented approximately 12 monetized equities in the oil and gas, mining and technology sectors over its 17 year history.
Mr. Robins is a professional geologist based in Vancouver, BC, with over 25 years of experience as an independent exploration geologist and entrepreneur. A 1984 graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Geology, Mr. Robins initially worked as a self-employed prospector and geologist in BC and Northern Canada. In 1988, he founded Hunter Exploration Group, one of Canada's most successful private exploration companies. Mr. Robins has also been active in starting several successful public exploration and development companies culminating in 2005 with his co-founding of the Discovery Group of Companies and most recently the Aurora Resource Group. In addition to his role with the Aurora Resource Group, Mr. Robins also sits on the Boards of several successful publically traded exploration companies.
His experience in everything from grass roots exploration to production is complemented by his success in the capital markets and financing activities. In 2008, Mr. Robins was recognized for his achievements in mining exploration by the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia with the H.H. "Spud" Huestis Award. This is recognized as the highest award given for mineral exploration and is awarded to those who have made "a significant contribution to enhance the mineral resources of British Columbia and/or the Yukon Territory, through the original application of prospecting techniques or other geoscience technology."