• Leadership

    Mining industry professionals with over 100 years of combined experience

We have a recognized team of industry-leading professionals with a wealth of experience in exploration, project development, mining operations and corporate finance.

Management

Keith Henderson M.Sc.

President & CEO and Director, Vancouver

Daniel Marinov M.Sc.

Vice President Operations, Bulgaria

Stuart Mills M.Sc.

Director of Geology, Bulgaria

Valentin Velikov Buhov M.Sc.

Exploration Manager, Bulgaria

Darren Morgans CPA, CA

Chief Financial Officer, Vancouver

Dani Palahanova CPA, CGA

Director of Finance, Vancouver

Joyce Musial (Hons) B.Sc.

Vice President Corporate Communications, Vancouver

Arie Page BA, LLB

Corporate Secretary, Vancouver

Directors

Keith Henderson

Director

Dr. Mark Cruise

Independent Director

Steven Dean

Director

Mike Hoffman

Independent Director

Daniel Marinov

Director

Keith Henderson M.Sc.

President & CEO and Director, Vancouver

Keith has 25 years’ global experience in the mineral exploration industry throughout Africa, Europe, and North and South America. He was educated in Europe, graduating with B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. in geology and has extensive experience in multiple mineral deposit types and commodities.  Keith worked with Anglo American Exploration in Europe and North America, leading a number of exploration projects and ultimately, he was appointed project manager for Anglo Coal as the company made its first entry into Canada. In 2007, Keith joined Cardero Resource Corp. as Executive Vice-President, where he played a critical role in advancing the Pampa de Pongo through a positive scoping study and ultimate sale for US$100 million cash.  He was formerly President & CEO at Dorato Resources and is currently President & CEO at Latin Metals, focused on project acquisition and exploration in Argentina and Peru. 

Daniel Marinov M.Sc.

Vice President Operations, Bulgaria

Daniel has 25 years of international experience in the mining and mineral exploration industry including 5 years in an underground production environment.  He holds a Master of Science degree in mineral exploration from the University of Mining and Geology of Sofia, Bulgaria.  He has extensive experience in precious, base metal and industrial minerals exploration having worked throughout Eastern Europe, Asia, Australia, as well as Central and South America. Daniel was most recently Vice President Exploration at Trevali Mining.  In his career, Daniel has undertaken senior geological and managerial roles with Anglo American and Rio Tinto.  Prior to Trevali, Daniel was the project exploration manager at Anglo’s Michiquillay porphyry copper-gold-molybdenum deposit in Peru.  Daniel serves as Executive Director in each of three subsidiary corporations in Bulgaria.

Stuart Mills M.Sc.

Director of Geology, Bulgaria

Stuart has an M.Sc. in Mineral Exploration & Mining Geology and 30 years’ experience working in minerals exploration and advanced feasibility projects.  He is a skilled and enthusiastic explorationist with a number of significant discoveries under his belt, including the Galat Sufar gold deposit in Sudan (maiden resource of 28.8Mt @ 2.2 g/t Au, 0.8 g/t cut-off; approximately 2 million ounces).  Stuart’s early career was with Anglo American, working initially as Senior Geologist in Bulgaria, Turkey, Yemen, Iran, and Ireland and he was ultimately appointed Principle Geologist Asia-Pacific, having responsibility for exploration in China, India and Australia.  In Australia, Stuart was responsible for Anglo’s Myrtle zinc discovery in the Batten Trough.  Later, Stuart worked with Lundin Mining as Regional Exploration Manager Africa-Eurasia where he had exploration responsibility for Lundin’s Ozernoe zinc – lead deposit in Siberia.  He was also part of the Lundin M&A team and Lundin’s exploration representative on the Tenke Fungurume ownership team.  He was later Exploration Manager with technical responsibilities on all of Red Back Mining’s projects and was part of the M&A team that sold Red Back to Kinross for $7.2 billion.  Most recently, he was country manager for Orca Gold in Sudan and managed exploration funded by the $65M RTO of Canaco Resources, discovering Galat Sufar.  Stuart has global experience having actively explored and/or reviewed projects throughout most of the world.

Valentin Velikov Buhov M.Sc.

Exploration Manager, Bulgaria

Valentin graduated with an M.Sc. in Geology and Exploration Drilling from the University of Mining and Geology "St. Ivan Rilski" in Sofia, Bulgaria. Since then he has accumulated more than 25 years of international exploration and mining experience with companies such as Minorco, Anglo American, Hereward Ventures, Ivanhoe, Dundee Precious Metals, Lundin Mining and Kinross, where he worked for 7 years exploring the Kupol gold mine and defining the Dvoinoe gold mine. His experience spans Yemen, Central Asia, Russia, Serbia and India, as well as his native Bulgaria. He has extensive experience with the Velocity projects and he previously worked on the Rozino gold deposit with both Hereward and Ivanhoe (Asia Gold).

Darren Morgans CPA, CA

Chief Financial Officer, Vancouver

Darren Morgans, a Canadian CPA, CA, has been a practicing finance professional since 1995 and has worked with Canadian and Australian publicly listed resource companies for 20 years.  Mr. Morgans was most recently the CFO of Perpetua Resources Corp. (formerly Midas Gold Corp.).  Prior to joining Perpetua in 2011, he was the Controller and Secretary for Terrane Metals Corp. prior to its acquisition by Thompson Creek Metals.  He has also worked for Place Dome Inc. and Mount Isa Mines.  Mr. Morgans began his career with PwC after obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland.

Dani Palahanova CPA, CGA

Director of Finance, Vancouver

Dani is Canadian-Bulgarian, CPA, CGA with over 15 years of experience in managing and leading finance and accounting functions of publicly listed Canadian companies with international presence. Ms. Palahanova has held positions as CFO, Controller and Corporate Secretary for various junior exploration and technology companies in Vancouver. She was an instrumental member of the finance team that supported Asanko Gold Inc. transition from a late stage exploration company to a mid-tier gold producer. Ms. Palahanova has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria, and holds an MBA degree from Simon Fraser University.

Joyce Musial (Hons) B.Sc.

Vice President Corporate Communications, Vancouver

Joyce has 35 years of investor relations and corporate development experience with public companies in the mining sector.  She has a wide range of experience with exploration, development and producing mining companies, and was a member of a management team that successfully advanced a junior exploration company through development to acquisition.  Joyce’s background includes ten years with Placer Dome, five years with Cumberland Resources, and management and consulting roles in a variety of mineral resource companies including Teck Resources, Lundin Group, Hunter Dickinson Group, Viceroy Resources, Batero Gold and InZinc Mining. She has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of Western Ontario and has completed the Canadian Securities Course.

Arie Page BA, LLB

Corporate Secretary, Vancouver

Arie Page obtained her law degree in 2004 and was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2005. Ms. Page has been working with public resource companies in the minerals sector for over 14 years and currently also serves as corporate secretary to several other issuers.

Keith Henderson

Director

Keith has 25 years’ global experience in the mineral exploration industry throughout Africa, Europe, and North and South America. He was educated in Europe, graduating with B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. in geology and has extensive experience in multiple mineral deposit types and commodities.  Keith worked with Anglo American Exploration in Europe and North America, leading a number of exploration projects and ultimately, he was appointed project manager for Anglo Coal as the company made its first entry into Canada. In 2007, Keith joined Cardero Resource Corp. as Executive Vice-President, where he played a critical role in advancing the Pampa de Pongo through a positive scoping study and ultimate sale for US$100 million cash.  He was formerly President & CEO at Dorato Resources and is currently President & CEO at Latin Metals, focused on project acquisition and exploration in Argentina and Peru. 

Audit Committee

Dr. Mark Cruise

Independent Director

Dr. Mark Cruise is an exploration and mining professional with in-excess of 25-years global experience having discovered, developed and operated mines in Europe, South America, Canada and Africa.  Mark has held a variety of professional and executive positions with Anglo American and various TSX / TSX-V listed exploration and development companies. He co-founded Trevali Mining (TSX: TV) which he built into a large global zinc producer with a +$1B market capitalization. Mark is CEO and director at New Pacific Metals Corp., where he leads the team advancing the recently discovered multi-million ounce Silver Sand deposit in Bolivia.  Mark is also Chair of Whitehorse Gold Corp (TSX-V:WHG).

Audit Committee , Compensation Committee (Chair) , Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee

Steven Dean

Director

Steven Dean is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, a Member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia. He has extensive experience internationally in mining, including as President of Teck Cominco Limited (now Teck Resources Ltd.). Prior to joining Teck, Mr. Dean was a founding member of management of the Normandy Poseidon Group, (which became Normandy Mining) a co-founder of PacMin Mining Corporation which became a subsidiary of Teck Corporation in 1999. He was also a co-founder and former Chairman of Amerigo Resources Ltd. More recently, Mr. Dean was Chairman, CEO and founder of Atlantic Gold Corporation, focused on gold exploration, development and production in Nova Scotia, which was sold to St. Barbara Limited in 2019 for $802 million after building its Moose River Consolidated Mine on time and on budget and operating at the lowest decile cost profile in the gold sector.

Mr. Dean is a recipient of the Viola R. MacMillan Award from the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) for individuals demonstrating leadership in management and financing for the exploration and development of mineral resources. He is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Artemis Gold Inc. (TSX-V: ARTG), Chairman of Oceanic Iron Ore Corp. (TSX-V: FEO), Director of Velocity Minerals Ltd. (TSX-V: VLC) and Director of St Barbara Limited (ASX: SBM).

Compensation Committee , Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee (Chair)

Mike Hoffman

Independent Director

Mike is an experienced mining executive with over 35 years of practice in the mining industry including engineering, mine operations, corporate development, contracting, consulting, projects and construction. He has experience in a number of commodities including coal, precious metals, base metals and potash. Mike has held various engineering and mine operating positions in northern Canada and South America. Mike is currently Chair and a director of 1911 Gold and a director of Fury Gold, and is a former director of Trevali Mining and Trigon Metals. Mike holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Mining Engineering from Queen’s University and is a Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Audit Committee (Chair) , Compensation Committee , Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee

Daniel Marinov

Director

Daniel has 25 years of international experience in the mining and mineral exploration industry including 5 years in an underground production environment.  He holds a Master of Science degree in mineral exploration from the University of Mining and Geology of Sofia, Bulgaria.  He has extensive experience in precious, base metal and industrial minerals exploration having worked throughout Eastern Europe, Asia, Australia, as well as Central and South America. Daniel was most recently Vice President Exploration at Trevali Mining.  In his career, Daniel has undertaken senior geological and managerial roles with Anglo American and Rio Tinto.  Prior to Trevali, Daniel was the project exploration manager at Anglo’s Michiquillay porphyry copper-gold-molybdenum deposit in Peru.  Daniel serves as Executive Director in each of three subsidiary corporations in Bulgaria.

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