Michael Rowley, BSc, RPBio
President & CEO, Director & Audit Committee Member
Mr. Rowley has over 20 years executive experience in the exploration, mineral testing, and mine environmental industries. One of Group Ten’s founding shareholders, he is also active in Bravada Gold and Granite Creek Gold, both public exploration companies, and is an Officer of Sierra Mountain Minerals Inc.
Tim C. Thiessen, B.Comm., CA
Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Secretary
Mr. Thiessen is a Chartered Accountant with 20 years of international accounting and finance experience. Currently CFO at Metallic Minerals Corp. and Foran Mining, he previously held this position with SnipGold Corp. and Aurcana Corporation. Mr. Thiessen spent 7 years as VP Finance for Endeavour Financial Ltd., an advisory firm in the mining industry specializing in M&A, debt and equity financing and was part of a team that spawned industry-leading companies such as Silver Wheaton Corp., UrAsia Energy Ltd., Peak Gold Ltd. and Coastal Energy Corp. Mr. Thiessen is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada and has also held the positions of Controller with Endeavour Mining Capital Corp. and Auditor for Deloitte LLP, with a focus in the mining and financial services industries.
Chris Ackerman, LLB
Senior Manager - Corporate Communications
Mr. Ackerman is a graduate of the UBC Faculty of Law, with extensive experience in both government and private industry, including five years as Senior Manager – Corporate Communications with Wellgreen Platinum and Senior Business Development Advisor with the Yukon Ministry of Economic Development. He is presently also Senior Management at Metallic Minerals Corp., a Yukon-focused silver exploration company.
Board of Directors
Executive Chairman and Director
Mr. Gregory Johnson has 30 years of experience in the mining industry with a record of success in exploration, development and financing of large-scale base and precious metals projects from discovery stage through advanced economic assessment. In addition to his expertise in the exploration for platinum group elements, gold, silver, nickel and copper, Mr. Johnson has developed broad experience in the capital markets and has been involved in raising over $650-million in project financing for his companies, as well as building their shareholder bases and securing participation of major institutional investors.
He began his career with Placer Dome Inc. (now Barrick Gold Corp.) where he held various senior roles in domestic and international exploration. One of the founders of NovaGold Resources, Mr. Johnson was a co-recipient of the PDAC’s Thayer Lindsay International Discovery Award for his role in the discovery and advancement of the 40-million-ounce Donlin Creek gold deposit in Alaska. As President and CEO of South American Silver and Wellgreen Platinum, Mr. Johnson led the significant expansion and advancement of several major precious and base metal deposits. He currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Metallic Minerals Corp., a leading silver explorer in the Yukon Territory.
Mr. Johnson has also been recognized for his work in sustainable development and community engagement and was awarded the Robert E. Leckie Award by the Yukon government for excellence in environmental stewardship. Mr. Johnson holds a BSc Honors in Geology from Western Washington University.
Mr. Hamilton has more than 20 years of mining sector experience both as an investment banker and exploration geologist. His broad industry expertise includes transaction structuring and the sourcing of debt and equity funding from public and private groups for mining companies, corporate strategy and M&A.
Mr. Hamilton began his career in mineral exploration in South America and later worked for over eleven years in investment banking in London and Sydney, specializing in structured finance and M&A. A successful entrepreneur, Mr. Hamilton has held senior executive and independent director positions in public and private resource companies and has co-founded and/or managed successful enterprises in Canada and South America in mining and other sectors, including agribusiness. Mr. Hamilton has a BSc in Geology from the University of Edinburgh and an MSc in Mineral Project Appraisal from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College.
Mr. Harris is a second-generation Yukon prospector and miner. He is the founder and a director of Northern Freegold Resources Ltd. which advanced several significant gold-copper-silver deposits at Freegold Mountain in the Yukon. Mr. Harris’ experience ranges from project generation through acquisition to exploration management, permitting and mining throughout the Americas, including the formation and management of public exploration companies. He was awarded the Yukon Prospectors’ Association award for Prospector of the Year in 1994. Mr. Harris has played a key role in the development of the Yukon assets to date through Denali Resources Ltd. and will play a central role in exploration operations and community relations going forward.