Suite 1480, 885 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Management & Advisors

Experienced, technically-driven & fiscally prudent management applying a methodical approach to exploration using modern techniques and up-to-date deposit models.

Company Management

Bruce Counts

President, CEO, Director

Mr. Counts has over 30 years of experience in international mineral exploration and more than 20 as a director and senior officer of publicly traded mineral exploration companies. He was directly involved in the discovery of several kimberlite fields including the Lac de Gras field which is host to the Ekati Diamond Mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Bruce holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Geological Engineering from the University of British Columbia and is a registered Professional Geoscientist.

Dwight Walker

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Walker is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 30 years of experience in finance and administration with the last 15 years in the mining sector. He has served as the Chief Financial Officer of several public companies. Mr. Walker was the CFO of ECU Silver Mining Inc, an emerging Mexico-based silver producer that managed a workforce of 500 employees and operated two mills before the company was sold through a plan of arrangement transaction valued at over $300 million. He has a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo.

Joanne "Jo" Price


Ms. Price, M.Sc., MBA, P.Geo., has 20+ years of experience as an exploration geologist and project manager. She has worked on multiple gold, poly-metallic, and graphite projects in the USA, Australia, and Canada. During her career, Jo has managed multi-million-dollar exploration programs overseeing technical direction, budgets, and operations. She has extensive experience in field operations, drill programs, technical database administration, land management, community relations, and exploration permitting in multiple jurisdictions.

Lon Shaver

Director & Audit Committee Chair

Mr. Shaver is currently Vice President at Silvercorp Metals Inc., where he oversees investor relations and corporate development activities. He has over 25 years of capital markets and corporate finance experience, mainly focused on the mining sector. He held investment banking roles with Raymond James and Merrill Lynch, assisting corporate issuers with numerous financing and M&A transactions and began his career in equity research with an institutional sell-side firm. His previous corporate experience includes Chief Financial Officer roles with a publicly-listed mining company and a private technology company. Most recently, he acted as a consultant and advisor, providing corporate development and capital markets support to a number of companies in the resource sector. He holds a B.Comm. degree, with a major in finance, and is a CFA charter holder.

Michael Sweatman

Director & Compensation Committee Chair

Mr. Sweatman possesses over 30 years of experience as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA CA) in public and private practice and has worked with and provided advice to many companies listed on the TSX Venture and Toronto Stock Exchanges. Mr. Sweatman was admitted to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia in 1982 and the Yukon in 1990. He was the principal of Michael Sweatman Limited, Chartered Accountant, from 1999 until 2015 and has operated MDS Management Ltd., a Vancouver-based management consulting and investment company, since November 1992. In addition, Mr. Sweatman has served as a director and officer of a number of public companies over the past 25 years.


Dave Skelton

Chief Technical Consultant

Dave is a Professional Geologist with more than 30 years experience in the mineral exploration industry. He was Vice President Project Development for Stornoway Diamond Corporation when the company advanced the Renard Mine in Quebec into production and has extensive experience managing projects over the full range of exploration activities from grassroots to underground evaluation. Dave is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a B.Sc. Geology (1987).

Dr. Robert Carpenter

Technical Consultant

Rob is a Professional Geoscientist with over 25 years of technical and executive experience for junior and major mining companies. He was co-founder and President and CEO of Kaminak Gold Corporation from 2005 to 2013 and led the company through the acquisition, discovery and maiden resource of the multi-million-ounce Coffee Gold Project that was subsequently acquired by Goldcorp Inc in 2016.

Rob has received awards from the Association for Mineral Exploration of British Columbia for excellence in mineral exploration (2013) and social and environmental stewardship (2008). He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Western Ontario in 2004 where he worked on the newly discovered Meliadine Lake gold deposits that are currently owned by Agnico Eagle.

Allison Rippin-Armstrong

ESG Advisor

Allison is a biologist and environmental scientist with nearly 30 years of experience in permitting, regulatory processes and environmental compliance as well as working with Indigenous organizations, resource companies, regulatory agencies, indigenous, territorial, and federal governments.

Allison currently serves as Chair on the Board of Directors of Tectonic Metals Inc., is a Director on the AER Board as well as the Board of Yukon Women in Mining. Through her consulting company, she assists companies, including Lucara Diamond Corp., in developing and implementing CSR and ESG strategies. Previously, Allison served as the Vice President of Sustainability at Kaminak Gold Corp. until it was acquired by Goldcorp in 2016. She is a founding member of the Yukon University Foundation Board where she continues to serve, and has served on NWT and Nunavut Chambers of Mines. Allison is the recipient of several awards, including the Robert E Leckie Award (2015) and the BC Women in Mining HR Diversity Award (2019).

Harvey Yesno

First Nations Advisor

Mr. Yesno is a member of the Eabametoong First Nation located at Eabamet Lake approximately 350 km NNE of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Mr. Yesno served as Chief for the following periods: 1978 – 1985, 1989 – 1991 and 2019 – 2021. He also served as President & CEO of the Nishnawbe-Aski Development Fund (1993 – 2011), Director of Community Relations for Ontario’s Ring of Fire Secretariat (2011-2012), Grand Chief of Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (2012-15) and as a Member of the Board of Directors representing the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation with the Ontario First Nations Limited Partnership (2000 – 2011 and 2018 – 2019).
Mr. Yesno is currently sits on the Board of Directors for Avalon Advanced Metals Inc. which is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange.