CARUBE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
Tony Houston - Interim President and CEO
Tony Houston is a geologist and senior executive with over thirty years mineral exploration, evaluation and development experience covering gold, copper-gold and polymetallic mineral systems in Australia, Asia, South and North America, Canada and Eastern Europe. Tony has previously worked with MIM Exploration, Oxiana Limited as Exploration Manager for South-east Asia, between 2009-2015 Tony was the Head of Exploration for OZ Minerals Limited responsible for exploration, evaluation and strategy. He led the team that discovered the Khamsin IOCG deposit and completed the delineation and pre-development of the world class Carrapateena IOCG deposit, both in the Gawler Craton of South Australia. Tony expanded OZ Minerals exploration activities into South America, Mexico and Canada establishing numerous joint ventures for copper-gold exploration, including the Jamaica joint venture with Carube Copper. Mr. Houston graduated in Geology and Marine Science at James Cook University in 1982 and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.
Jeffrey Ackert, BSc. - VP Business Development
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.
John McNeice, CA, CPA - Chief Financial Officer
Mr. McNeice is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant (Illinois). Mr. McNeice provides financial consulting and virtual chief financial officer services to emerging private and junior public companies. Presently Mr. McNeice is CFO of Aura Silver Resources Inc. (TSX-V: AUU) where he is responsible for financial and regulatory reporting as well as day-to-day financial management.
From September 2005 to May 2007, Mr. McNeice was Chief Financial Officer of Ur-Energy Inc. (TSX: URE), a uranium exploration and development company. He was directly involved with the management team in financing the initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange. During Mr. McNeice’s tenure, Ur-Energy raised an aggregate of $150 million in a series of private placements, the IPO and several secondary financings.
Mr. McNeice holds a B.Com. from McMaster University and is a Chartered Accountant (Ontario) and Certified Public Accountant (Illinois).
Chris Irwin, B.A., LL.B - Corporate Secretary
Mr. Irwin is a principal of Irwin Lowy LLP, a Toronto based law firm specializing in Corporate and Securities Law. Between 2004 and 2006, he was associated with Wildeboer Dellelce LLP. From 1998 to 2004, he was associated initially with Boyle & Company and subsequently with Power Budd LLP. Presently Mr. Irwin is a director and/or officer of several public companies. Mr. Irwin was Corporate Secretary for Kinbauri Gold Corp. from 2004-2009.
Mr. Irwin received his Bachelor of Arts from Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec in 1990 and his Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick in 1994. He has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1996.
Shannon Baird, MSc Economic Geology - Exploration Manager
Mr. Baird is a registered professional geoscientist in Ontario and British Columbia with over 13 years of experience in the mining industry. His experience covers a broad range of commodities and exploration techniques, from prospecting to exploration program planning, to mine development, to acquisitions and corporate development. Shannon has held geological positions with VALE, Wallbridge Mining Company Ltd., and from 2010 to 2015 has been Exploration Manager of Miocene Metals Ltd. Shannon has been active and instrumental in fostering outstanding positive relations with First Nations communities throughout Carube’s active exploration areas within British Columbia.
He is now building similar relations with the communities surrounding Carube Copper’s projects in Jamaica. Mr. Baird holds a M.Sc. degree in Economic Geology with a focus on Exploration from Laurentian University.
Trevor W. McCain, B.Sc. (Hons Geology), M.Sc. - Country Manager
Mr. McCain has broad experience in geological mapping (exploration focused), resource estimation, mine planning (bauxite industry), laboratory supervision and general corporate management. He previously worked for Cominco, Citadel Mines, Caribbean Ecosystems, University of West Indies (“U.W.I.”), Mines and Geology (Jamaica), WINDALCO and UC Rusal Alumina. He has been and is very active in community affairs. Trevor’s duties involve managing legal and financial services, logistical planning, co-ordinating exploration activities, liaising with all government departments and contributing to geological exploration. Trevor has a B.Sc. (Hons Geology) and M.Sc. (Natural Resource Management) from U.W.I.