Ian Klassen. B.A. (Hons).
Mr. Klassen has 25 years of experience in public company management, public relations, government affairs and entrepreneurialism. He has extensive experience in public company administration, finance, government/legislative policy, media relationship strategies and project management.
Mr. Klassen is the President of a North American mineral exploration company and sits on the Board of Directors of several private and public companies. Previous to his management activities within private and public companies, Mr. Klassen held a variety of positions within federal Canadian politics including; Senior Political Advisor to the Minister of State (Transportation); and Chief of Staff, Office of the Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons.
Mr. Klassen graduated with an undergraduate Honours Degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1989. In 1992, Mr. Klassen received the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada in recognition of his significant contribution to his community and country.
Dr. D.R. Webb, B.A.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., P.Geo., P.Eng.
Dr. D.R. Webb graduated from the University of Toronto in Geological Engineering where he obtained awards for the highest marks in both third year and fourth year field camps. He obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Geological Sciences at Queen’s University and the University of Western Ontario respectively where his focus was on the structural and geochemical controls on gold mineralization in the Yellowknife Greenstone Belt. Dave subsequently is credited with discovering both the largest granitic hosted gold deposit in the Northwest Territories, and the largest gold deposit in the Yellowknife Greenstone Belt found in the past 30 years. He served as president and director of Tyhee Gold Corp where he and his team developed a high-grade gold deposit into production, Mongolia’s first hard rock gold mine. He later advanced his discoveries in Yellowknife into a multimillion ounce resource, completed economic and engineering analysis and initiated both Feasibility Studies and permitting. Dave also developed the Mon Gold Mine into the most recently permitted gold mine in the Yellowknife Gold Belt, operating for seven years, shutting down in 1997 due to declining gold prices. He recently completed permitting to commence reopening of this mine. Dr. Webb consults to the industry, providing services throughout the world and sits on the board of Lake Victoria Mining Company Inc. and Metallis Resources Inc., several private corporations, and is on the Advisory Council for the Centre of Training Excellence in Mining. As a consultant, he coauthored the qualifying report on Fortune Minerals’ Nico Deposit, recommending acquisition of what is now the largest bismuth resource in the world, hosted in a polymetallic precious-metal bearing IOCG deposit, currently through permitting and in construction.
Ms. Pillon is an accountant with several years experience in the junior mining exploration sector. Since 1988, Ms. Pillon has been providing accounting and regulatory assistance to public and private companies.
Ronald L. Handford, P.Eng., BASc., MBA
Vice President, Communications
Mr. Handford is a mining and technology entrepreneur and advisor with 18 years of CEO and senior executive experience. He has raised or participated in raising almost $80 million in private and public equity and has extensive investor, banking, industry and government contacts in North America, Europe and Asia.