Alar Soever, P Geol. - Director and Chairman of the Board
Mr. Soever is a geologist with over 35 years of experience in the mineral exploration industry both in Canada and overseas. In addition to his management role with Miocene, Mr. Soever has held various senior executive positions with Wallbridge where he has served as President from 2003 to 2011, CEO from 2009 to 2012 and currently serves as Wallbridge’s Executive Chairman (since April 2012). Prior to joining Wallbridge as President in 2003, Mr. Soever was responsible for Watts, Griffis & McOuat Ltd's copper-nickel-PGE consulting practice. Mr. Soever was also instrumental in the spin-out of Wallbridge's Minnesota copper-nickel-platinum group properties.
Jeffrey Ackert, BSc. - President and CEO, Director
Mr. Ackert began his career as a regional geologist with St. Joe Minerals, Bond Gold Canada and LAC Minerals in the 1980s. In 1990 he became mine geologist at LAC Minerals' Golden Patricia Mine (Barrick Gold Corp after 1994) where he specialized in production and exploration. In 1996 he was appointed VP Exploration for Orezone Resources Inc. focusing on West Africa and was subsequently named VP Technical Services in 2005. During his time at Orezone, its market cap increased from $2M to over $300M due to resource development of various projects in West Africa including Essakane, Sega and Bondigui in Burkina Faso. Since 2007, Mr. Ackert has been the sole principal of JSA International Geoconsulting and since early 2008 a Director of Advance Gold Corp.
Mr. Ackert holds a BSc. in Geology from the University of Toronto.
Gregory LeBlanc, B.A., M.A. - Director
Mr. Leblanc began his career on the money market desk at the Bank of Canada in 1973 and in 1977 moved to Export Development Canada as an International Economist.
In 1984 he was hired by McLeod Young Weir, a Canadian investment dealer, which later became Scotia McLeod. In 1992 he joined Richardson Greenshields who were then acquired by RBC Dominion Securities in 1996. Greg’s entire career was spent in Ottawa where he specialized in commodity and currency futures and options. He was named a Vice-President in 1996 and held the position until he retired in 2009.
He currently acts as a commercial real estate developer in the Ottawa region and holds positions on the Boards of several quasi governmental institutions.
Mr. LeBlanc holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Economics, Math) from Queen’s University, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Ottawa.
Tony Manini - Director
Tony Manini is a geologist with over 30 years of diverse experience in the resource industry. His background covers a wide range of commodities in more than 20 countries and includes technical, commercial, senior management and executive roles in exploration, project evaluation, business development, strategy and operations with Rio Tinto, Oxiana - OZ Minerals, Tigers Realm Group and EMR Capital.
Tony is a founder and CEO of private incubator company, Tigers Realm Group and a co-founder of resource private equity firm, EMR Capital. Tigers Realm Group has listed three highly successful exploration companies, each of which has made a major discovery and is in studies and/or development stage (Tigers Realm Coal - ASX; Nexgen Energy - TSX and Asiamet Resources – AIM). He is currently Executive Chairman of Asiamet Resources Limited and an Executive Director of EMR Capital.
He has been closely involved in the discovery and development of the Sepon copper and gold mines in Laos, the early stage acquisition and development of the Prominent Hill IOCG copper-gold mine in South Australia, brownfields discoveries in the Golden Grove VHMS district in Western Australia and the discovery of the Okvau IRG gold district in Cambodia.
Mark Pfau, MSc (Geology) - Economic Geologist, Director
Mr. Pfau is a career international economic geologist with 30 years of experience in base and precious metals exploration and mine development. He has held several Chief Geologist, Exploration Manager, and V.P. Exploration positions and focuses on advanced project management, resource and reserve expansion and related issues. Mr. Pfau’s experience includes work throughout Latin America and Mexico, central and south-east Asia, and South Africa. His skills bridge the gap between exploration and production and he is a recognized QP under Geology and Ore Reserves with the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America.
Vern Rampton, P.Eng. Ph.D. (Geology) - Senior Advisor, Director
Dr. Rampton has over 40 years of experience in all aspects of mineral exploration and development in domestic and international jurisdictions, from grass roots exploration through to corporate direction and management. Dr. Rampton was President, CEO and a Director of Kinbauri Gold Corp. from its inception in 1984. He led the company in its $5M acquisition of the El Valle/Carlés mines in northwestern Spain in 2007 up to its $50M takeover by Orvana Minerals in 2009.. In the past he has been an active participant in the real estate development and agricultural sectors. He is a member of numerous professional associations, most notably a core member of the PDAC. He has authored/co-authored over seventy articles in his fields of expertise, most recently on the dispersal of ore tracers in surficial materials.
Dr. Rampton holds a B.Sc. Eng. (Geol) from the University of Manitoba and a Ph.D. (Geology) from the University of Minnesota. He is a professional engineer (Ontario) and is a “Qualified Person” under securities legislation in Canada.
Yale Simpson - Director
Yale Simpson was previously the Co-Chairman of Exeter Resource Corporation was acquired in 2017 by Goldcorp in a transaction valued at approximately $247 million. He is a professional geologist with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Geological Engineering) from the University of British Columbia. Yale has more than 30 years’ experience as a senior geologist, exploration manager and CEO of companies involved in precious metals projects in Australia, Africa, Eastern Europe and South America. Those companies include Pennzoil Company, Chevron Exploration, Australmin Holdings, Argosy Gold Mines and Black Swan Gold Mines Ltd.
He was Co-chairman of Extorre Gold Mines Ltd., a successful spinout from Exeter, which was bought by Yamana Gold Ltd. in 2012. His particular expertise is in strategic resource planning, financing and corporate communications. Yale is currently a director of Rugby Mining Limited, and Chairman of Adamera Minerals Corp.