John Booth, Director and Chairman
Mr. Booth is a partner with Conservation Financial International; an FSA authorized, UK based alternative asset manager that he joined in 2004. He is also the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Midpoint Holdings Ltd., an online Foreign Exchange matching service. A qualified lawyer in Ontario, New York and DC, John articled on Bay Street with Aylesworth, Thompson in 1989 before moving to London to join the structured finance group of the non-dollar derivatives capital markets desk at Merrill Lynch International. He has also worked for ICAP, ABN AMRO Bank, CIBC, the World Bank and Climate Change Capital at various points during a 24-year career in financial services. He has experience with both public and private equity, M&A, structured finance, and capital markets and has co-founded three finance sector start-ups during his career – one sold, one merged and Midpoint Holdings. John holds a BSc (Hons) in Biology and Environmental Science from the University of Guelph, LLB & JD from the joint international law program at the Universities of Windsor and Detroit and LLM in International Finance, Tax and Environmental Law from Kings College, University of London.
He is also the Chairman of Sacre-Coeur Minerals (SCM.V), serves on the board of directors of H2O Innovation (HEO.V), Maya Gold and Silver (MYA.V), Tirex Resources (TXX.V) and on the board of the Ottawa RiverKeeper charity. John currently resides in London, England.
Marc Henderson, President, Chief Executive Officer & Director
Mr. Henderson has an economics degree from the University of Colorado. He has more than 20 years experience in running junior mining companies. Marc has been President of a number of public companies, including MineFinders from 1987 to 1994 and Republic Goldfields Inc, listed on the American Exchange, from 1988 to 1994. While at MineFinders, he was responsible for acquiring the Dolores property, which contains in excess of 2.0 million ounces of gold and 160 million ounces of silver.
Peter Mullens, Vice President of Exploration & Director
Mr. Mullens has a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Geology, from Monash University in Australia, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He has worked in the industry for over 20 years in a number of different roles. Peter’s experience includes 6 years as a Mine geologist for Rio Tinto and Mt Isa Mines at Broken Hill and Mt Isa in Australia. In addition his career has brought him to Asia and several South and Central American countries.
Peter was District Manager Argentina, and then for all of Central America for Mt Isa from 1994 to 1997. He followed this with a 6 month consultancy in China. He spent 5 years as an independent consultant geologist based out of Lima, Peru, before returning to Australia in 2004, where he designed and supervised the Laramide’s exploration program.
Scott Patterson, Director
Mr. Patterson joined First Service Corporation in February 1995 and has held several senior positions before being appointing to his current role of President and Chief Operating Officer. From May 1993 to January 1995, Scott was an investment banker at Loewen, Ondaatje, McCutheon Ltd., and prior to that he was at Bankers Trust. Mr. Patterson is a Chartered Accountant and was employed at Price Waterhouse from 1983 to 1987. Scott joined the Board of Laramide in 1995.
Paul Wilkens, Director
Mr. Wilkens holds an MBA from the University of Rochester and a Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering. Paul brings to the Company over 30 years experience with Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E), where he served as President as well as in several other senior positions during his tenure. While at RG&E, Paul provided direction and leadership to the company’s electric generation, including the RE Ginna and Nine Mile 2 nuclear power plants. While under his leadership, Ginna received commendations from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for its engineering organization and from the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations for top performance.
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Each of the Committee members is considered an independent director. The Audit Committee operates under the guidelines established by Multilateral instrument 52-110 – Audit Committee. In addition to carrying out its statutory legal responsibilities (including review of the Company’s annual financial statements), the Audit Committee reviews accounting policies and issues and all financial reporting, including interim financial statements and management’s discussion and analysis in the Company’s Annual Report. The Audit Committee meets with the Company’s external auditors (with and without management) and with members of management at least once a year to assist it in the effective discharge of its duties. The Audit Committee also recommends to the Board the firm to be appointed as the Company’s auditors and the terms of their remuneration.
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Each of the Committee members is considered an independent director. The Compensation Committee was established to assist the Board in settling compensation of directors and senior executives, and developing and submitting to the Board recommendations with regard to other employee benefits. The Compensation Committee reviews on an annual basis the adequacy and form of compensation of the senior executives and directors to ensure that such compensation reflects the responsibilities, time commitment and risk involved in being an effective executive officer or director, as applicable.