Graphite One Resources Inc. is led by a team of individuals who have achieved outstanding results in their careers. The combined knowledge and experience demonstrates proven business strategies as well as geological and exploration expertise including:
20 plus years experience in mineral exploration, development and production
Strong corporate background
Managed major exploration programs with significant budgets
Collectively financed over $250 million for various resource companies
Charles Chebry, B.Sc., CMA
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer + Director
Positions Held: Chairman & CEO for Graphite One Resources
Mr. Charles Chebry is the CEO and Chairman of Graphite One Resources Inc. and a Director of Vela Minerals Ltd. Mr. Chebry was previously involved in the following mineral exploration companies: CEO, President and Chairman of Altiplano Minerals Ltd., Director and CFO of Happy Creek Minerals Ltd. and Director of North Country Gold Corp., formerly known as CBR Gold Corp., from inception and served as President and founder of its predecessor company Arta Enterprises Inc. Mr. Chebry is the past Chief Financial Officer of Kaminak Gold Corporation and Kivalliq Energy Corporation. Mr. Chebry is the past Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance and Director of both Olympia Trust Company and Olympia Financial Group Inc., and remains a Director. Mr. Chebry has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta and is a Certified Management Accountant.
Anthony Huston, B.Comm.
President + Director
Positions Held: President & Director for Graphite One Resources
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 $50M in his career. Mr. Huston has acted in roles to advise upon financial and acquisition transactions in many industry sectors, including real estate development, technology, bio-tech, and most recently the resource sector where he holds the position of President and Director of the publically traded company, Graphite One Resources Inc.
Dean Besserer, P.Geol.
Vice President of Exploration + Director
Positions Held: VP Exploration & Director for Graphite One Resources, Director for Brilliant Resources
Mr. Besserer, a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (1995), was a geological consultant since 1994 and former principal and Managing Director of APEX Geoscience Ltd., a geological consulting firm with offices in Canada, Peru and Australia. Mr. Besserer is currently a Director of Brilliant Resources Inc. as well as VP Exploration and Director for Graphite One Resources Inc. Mr. Besserer was formerly the Managing Director for Sentosa Mining Ltd. and a director of Niblack Mineral Development Inc. His industry experience includes exploration and property evaluations in Canada, Australia, Russia, South East Asia, North East Asia, China, South America and Africa for numerous major and junior mining companies for commodities including gold, base metals, graphite, potash, phosphate and diamonds. Mr. Besserer has managed exploration programs with annual exploration budgets in excess of $10 million and been the Qualified Person (QP) for exploration and development projects with annual budgets in excess of $30 million. Mr. Besserer is a member of The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), and the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.
Dale Hansen, CMA
Chief Financial Officer + Director
Positions Held: CFO & Director for Graphite One Resources
Mr. Hansen has over 25 years of experience in the bitumen mining and oil and gas industry and has worked for a number of Canadian and International based energy resource companies including Suncor Energy and Koch Exploration. Mr. Hansen is the past Chief Financial Officer and current Director of Vela Minerals Ltd. as well as the past Chief Financial Officer for Happy Creek Minerals and Argonaut Exploration. Mr. Hansen has a proven track record of performance at all levels of management in the resource industry and is a Certified Management Accountant.
Peter Kleespies, M.Sc., P.Geol.
Positions Held: President & Director for Altiplano Minerals, VP Exploration for North Country Gold, Director for Graphite One Resources, Director for Brilliant Resources
Mr. Kleespies is a professional geologist registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and has 25 years of experience in mineral exploration and mine development projects. Mr. Kleespies has worked for both junior and senior companies, including Metallica Resources, BHP Minerals Canada Limited, and Miramar Mining Corporation overseeing the geological aspects of grassroots through to advanced stage, major exploration and development projects in Canada, South America, Australia and Africa.
Mr. Kleespies expertise ranges from conceptual project generation, grassroots exploration, large-scale surface and underground drill programs, bulk sampling, deposit modeling and resource estimation. Mr. Kleespies has demonstrated the application of sound technical principles and ability to integrate complex geological, geochemical and geophysical datasets in the search for, delineation and development of economically viable mineral deposits. Since 2004, Mr. Kleespies has held the position VP Exploration with North Country Gold Corp. and formerly managed exploration projects at Hope Bay for Miramar Mining Corporation.
Positions Held: CEO & Director for Altiplano Minerals, VP Corporate Development & Corporate Secretary for North Country Gold, Director for Graphite One Resources
Mr. Budd has worked with North Country Gold Corp. as a Director and VP of Corporate Development since joining the company in 2009. In addition to his role in corporate development, Mr. Budd serves as Corporate Secretary for the company and 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. In addition to his role with North Country Gold, Mr. Budd also serves as a Director for Graphite One Resources Inc., and CEO and Director for Altiplano Minerals Ltd.
John Williamson, B.Sc., P.Geol.
Positions Held: Chairman, President, & CEO for North Country Gold, Chairman & CEO for Brilliant Resources, Chairman for Altiplano Minerals, Advisor for Graphite One Resources
Mr. Williamson is the founder of North Country Gold Corp., an independent consultant and entrepreneur with more than 25 years experience, including 18 years in the management, development and governance of public companies conducting worldwide mineral exploration and mining. Mr. Williamson has a Bachelor of Science, Specialization in Geology, (1988) from the University of Alberta. Mr. Williamson is a professional geologist registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). He is also a Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada and Member of the Society of Economic Geologists. During his career he has founded over 10 junior resource and or mining companies with gold, nickel and diamond-based operations in Canada, the United States, Western Australia, South America and Africa.
Mr. Williamson has served as Chairman, President, CEO, CFO, Director and or Advisor of TSX Venture and ASX listed companies. ; North Country Gold Corp. (since April 2010), Niblack Mineral Developments Inc. (April 2010 to January 2012), CBR Gold Corp. (August 1998 to May 2010), Brilliant Resources Inc. (since September 2003); Indicator Minerals Inc. (April 2001 to March 2005); Kaminak Gold Corporation (since November 2005), Graphite One Resources Inc. (since March 2006), Corsa Coal Corp., Altiplano Minerals Ltd., and Australian-listed Sentosa Mining Ltd. Of these, Brilliant Resources Inc. was named in 2007 and 2008 to the "TSX Venture 50TM", a ranking of Canada's top emerging public companies listed on TSX Venture Exchange, as a "Top 10 Mining Company" based on a formula that includes revenue, return on investment, market cap growth, and trading volume.
During his career, Mr. Williamson has been instrumental in financing over $250 million in equity or debt financing, conducted over $200 million in exploration and has grossed over $95 million in metal sales.
John Robins, B.Sc., P.Geo.
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".
Sean Mager, B.Comm.
Positions Held: President & COO for Brilliant Resources, VP & CFO for North Country Gold, Director for Altiplano Minerals, Advisor for Graphite One Resources
Sean has a Bachelor of Commerce (1989) from the University of Alberta and more than twenty years of experience in the development, management and governance of public and private enterprise. His mining background includes serving as COO of an aboriginal development corporation during establishment of BHP's Ekati Diamond Mine; as Financial Management Analyst for Resources and Economic Development with the Government of Canada's Northwest Territories; and as VP Corporate Development for a publicly listed mining logistics company. Since 1998, Mr. Mager has co-founded and developed several public companies that have conducted mineral exploration and mining worldwide, with precious metal, base metal, diamond and industrial mineral interests in North and South America, Australia, Asia and Africa.
He has served as President, Vice President, Director, Advisor, Chief Operating Officer and/or Chief Financial Officer for several TSXV and ASX listed companies, including Brilliant Resources Inc., North Country Gold Corp., Graphite One Resources Inc., Altiplano Minerals Ltd., Niblack Mineral Development Inc., Kaminak Gold Corporation, Indicator Minerals Inc., Corsa Coal Corp., and Grizzly Discoveries Inc.
Of these, Brilliant Resources Inc. was named in 2007 and 2008 to the "TSX Venture 50TM", a ranking of Canada's top emerging public companies listed on TSX Venture Exchange, as a "Top 10 Mining Company" based on a formula that includes revenue, return on investment, market cap growth, and trading volume.