John Armstrong is an accomplished business leader having spent many years with BMO Financial Group. Most recently, he held the position of Deputy Head of Investment Banking, BMO Capital Markets where he was responsible for shaping and executing the firm's investment banking strategy across its various industry verticals, and delivering corporate finance (equity underwriting, debt underwriting and corporate lending) and advisory solutions to clients. As one of BMO Capital Markets' senior most executives, Mr. Armstrong was a member of its executive committee and various capital commitment committees. He was also a member of BMO Financial Group's Performance Committee and its Leadership Council for Diversity & Inclusion. Prior to his role as Deputy Head of Investment Banking, John was Co-Head of Mergers & Acquisitions, BMO Capital Markets where he was responsible for the firm’s full-suite of M&A advisory services, including advising on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, buyouts, valuations, fairness opinions, governance and shareholder activism. Mr. Armstrong holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia and an MBA with Honours from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
President, CEO & Director
Jason Attew is a mining industry veteran who has dedicated 25 years to the mining sector. Mr. Attew most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer at Goldcorp where, in addition to leading the finance and investor relations operations, he was responsible for Goldcorp’s corporate development and strategy culminating in the $32 billion merger with Newmont. Mr. Attew has extensive capital markets experience from his time in investment banking with the BMO Global Metals and Mining Group where he was at the forefront of structuring and raising significant growth capital as well as advising on both formative and transformational mergers and acquisitions for corporations that have become industry leaders over the past two decades. Mr. Attew is also on the board of directors of Evolution Mining and the Food Stash Foundation, a Vancouver-based non-profit whose mission is to create food & nutritional security for local residents. He holds a Master of Business Administration, Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of British Columbia.
Zara Boldt is a professional accountant (CPA, CGA) with over fifteen years of progressively senior financial leadership roles with public companies in the mineral exploration and development industry. Ms. Boldt is currently the CFO and Corporate Secretary of Lucara Diamond, a mining company, since April 2018. Ms. Boldt has also served as CFO and Corporate Secretary of Strongbow Exploration, a Canadian mineral exploration company and Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Secretary of Kaminak, where she was responsible for corporate due diligence and the negotiation, documentation and execution of a plan of arrangement for an acquisition transaction valued at $520 million. Prior to Kaminak, Ms. Boldt served as the Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Stornoway Diamond where she was a member of the senior management team responsible for arranging financing in excess of $900 million for the development of the Renard Project in Quebec.
Ron Clayton is a seasoned mining executive with over 35 years of mine operating experience and led the construction of the Escobal mine for Tahoe Resources. Mr. Clayton joined Tahoe as the first Chief Operating Officer in March 2010, was appointed President in March 2014 and was further appointed Chief Executive Officer in August 2016, serving until June 2018. Prior to joining Tahoe, Mr. Clayton was Senior Vice President, Operations, and the General Manager of several underground mines for Hecla Mining. He also held the position of Vice President, Operations with Stillwater Mining and a number of engineering and operations management positions with Climax Molybdenum and Homestake Mining. Mr. Clayton earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and is a graduate of the Tuck School of Business Executive Program at Dartmouth College.
Cassandra Joseph has more than 20 years of legal experience with a focus on mining and metals, environmental and corporate law. She has diverse experience delivering practical legal advice in both public and private sectors. Ms. Joseph currently serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Nevada Copper and previously served as Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer for Tahoe Resources. Prior to her work as in-house counsel for mining companies, she was a Senior Deputy Attorney General for the Nevada Attorney General’s Office and a partner at Watson Rounds LLP. Ms. Joseph holds a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of law and a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley.
Bruce McLeod is a mining engineer with over 30 years of experience in all areas of the mining industry. Most recently he was a Director of Kaminak, which was acquired in 2016 by Goldcorp for $520 million. Mr. McLeod is currently the President, CEO and a Director of Sabina Gold & Silver. Prior to that, he served in a senior capacity with a number successful junior mining ventures including: President and CEO of Mercator Minerals; President, CEO and Director of Creston Moly, and founder of both Sherwood Copper and Stornoway Diamond. He also served on the Board of Directors of Palmerejo Silver & Gold (acquired by Coeur Mining) and Ariane Gold (acquired by Cambior) and has been involved in numerous projects at various stages of development while with the Northair Group. Mr. McLeod was the co-recipient of AMEBC’s EA Scholz Award for excellence in mine development in 2009 and primarily focuses on project development, strategic planning, and financing activities. Mr. McLeod holds a Bachelors of Science in Mining Engineering from Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology and is a member of the British Columbia Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists.
Alex Morrison is a mining executive and Chartered Professional Accountant with over 25 years of experience in the mining industry. Mr. Morrison has held Director and senior executive positions with a number of mining companies, most recently serving as a Director of Detour Gold until December 2018 and as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Franco-Nevada from 2007 to 2010. From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Morrison held increasingly senior positions at Newmont, including Vice President, Operations Services and Vice President, Information Technology. Prior to that, Mr. Morrison was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NovaGold Resources, Vice President and Controller of Homestake Mining and held senior financial positions at Phelps Dodge and Stillwater Mining. Mr. Morrison began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP after obtaining his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Trinity Western University.
William E. Threlkeld
William Threlkeld is a seasoned mining executive with over 35 years of mine operating experience. Since 2001, he has been a Senior Vice President of Seabridge Gold where he is responsible for, among other things, designing and executing exploration and resource delineation programs. From 1997 to 2000, he was Vice President, Exploration for Greenstone Resources, responsible for resource delineation on three Central American gold deposits and development of an organization and strategy to identify new mineral investments. From 1991 to 1997, he was a Vice President and Exploration Manager at Placer Dome where he was responsible for its exploration activity and investment in South America. Mr. Threlkeld obtained a Master of Science in Economic Geology from the University of Western Ontario.
Lisa Wade is an environmental engineer with over 20 years of experience in the mining industry. Ms. Wade has held environmental engineering, community relations, permitting, managerial and executive positions with a number of mining companies. From 2005 to 2019, Ms. Wade held increasingly senior positions at Goldcorp in Central America and then as Vice President, Environmental, Reclamation and Closure. Prior to that, Ms. Wade was with Newmont managing environmental and social matters in northern Nevada, California and at the Yanacocha Mine in Peru. Ms. Wade holds both a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering from Montana Tech in Butte, Montana. Ms. Wade received the Alumni Recognition Award in 2014 from Montana Tech in recognition of her professional accomplishments.