Christopher R. Verrico, “Chris“, has been a Director of over a dozen resource start-ups with most graduating to become listed public companies. Chris served as CEO of Aguila American Gold Ltd until Nov. 2012 and prior to that, he was with Lateegra Gold Corp., becoming CEO and then ultimately negotiating its sale to Excellon Resources Inc. in 2011. Chris was the CEO, and then Co-Chairman of West Hawk Development Corp. between 2005 and 2008, and served as a Director for Raytec Development Corp until mid-2009 when it eventually became Africa Oil Corp. Between 2000 and 2002 Chris performed IR duties for Candente Resource Corp., operating in Peru, and forged a number of strategic relationships within the industry. Chris’s experience includes 20 years of rural/remote industrial construction and contract mining while also advancing exploration projects throughout BC, the Territories, and Alaska, and managing and financing numerous projects throughout western South America, Mexico and throughout Canada.
Chief Financial Officer
Christopher Hopton brings 25 years of expertise in financial management and operations. His extensive experience covers areas of financial planning, accounting policy and business process improvement. As a business investment and finance consultant, Mr. Hopton has worked with several public and privately-held companies. Mr. Hopton was the Chief Financial Officer of Central Resources Corp., a junior mineral exploration company. Formerly, he held the position of Division Controller at Canadian Airlines where he was responsible for an annual operating budget of $200M. Mr. Hopton was also involved in the restructuring of 360 Networks, a network communications company, which led to a buyout by Bell Canada. Mr. Hopton earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada and received his professional designation as a Certified General Accountant.
Mr. Brunelle is a graduate of Queen’s University with over 30 years of exploration and management experience of Canadian and international exploration projects. Mr. Brunelle was an Officer and Director of Corner Bay Silver Inc. and played an integral part in the discovery and assessment of the Alamo Dorado silver-gold project in Sonora, Mexico. Corner Bay Silver (TSX) was merged with Pan American Silver Corp. in 2003. Mr. Brunelle was a founder, Officer and Director of Stingray Copper Inc. that took the El Pilar Copper Property, Sonora to Feasibility after which the company was acquired by Mercator Minerals Ltd. in a plan of arrangement in December 2009. Mr. Brunelle is currently a Director of several TSXV resource companies.
Edward J. Badida
Mr. Badida is a Chartered Accountant with over 40 years of financial management and corporate governance experience. Mr. Badida formerly acted as the CFO of Rio Silver. Mr. Badida has served as CFO and/or has been a board member of several companies listed on either the TSX or TSX-V over the past 30 years. Mr. Badida has also held management positions with accounting firms PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG.
Mr. Mazur is the cofounder and past Managing Director of RLG International Inc., a Performance Improvement consulting firm located today in over 30 countries. Since 1984 Mr. Mazur, in his leadership role, built the company to over 300 employees with revenue of $100M. He has retired from full-time operations at RLG and currently serves as the Board Chairman. Mr. Mazur has held past Board positions in the Oil & Gas and non-profit sectors and has chaired the compensation, strategic planning and governance committees. He has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.