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Management


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

 
Doug Smith, B.Sc., P.Eng.
Executive Chairman + Director

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.

 

Anthony Huston, B.Comm.
President + CEO + Director

Positions Held: President, CEO & 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 $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 in which he holds the positions of President and Director for Graphite One.

 

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 from 1994 until 2011 and former principal and Managing Director of APEX Geoscience Ltd., a geological consulting firm with offices in Canada and Australia. Mr. Besserer was previously a director of Niblack Mineral Development Inc., Brilliant Resources Inc., Aston Bay Holdings Ltd., and Sentosa Mining Ltd. Mr. Besserer is currently a director and Vice President of Exploration for Graphite One Resources Inc. His industry experience includes exploration and property evaluations in Canada, USA, Australia, Russia, South East Asia, South America and Africa for numerous major and junior mining companies for commodities including gold, base metals, graphite and diamonds. As well, Mr. Besserer has managed exploration programs with annual exploration budgets in excess of $10 million and has been the QP for exploration programs with annual exploration budgets in excess of $20 million. Mr. Besserer is a member of The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta, and the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.

 
Dale Hansen, MA, 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. Mr. Hansen also holds a Master of Arts degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University.

 
Peter Kleespies, M.Sc., P.Geol.
Director

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.

 
Brian Budd
Director

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.

 
Jim Currie
Director

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.

 


Advisory Board:

 

Robert Cross, MBA

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.

 
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".

 

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.

 

Scott Koyich

Scott Koyich is President and founder of Brisco Capital Partners Corp., a full service Investor Relations consultancy based in Calgary, Canada. Brisco represents public companies from a multitude of sectors, therefore diversifying risk to their audience, the broader investment community. Brisco has represented approximately 12 monetized equities over its 15 year existence represented by 3 sectors, oil and gas, mining and technology.