Management and Directors

James Hesketh


Mr. Hesketh has over 35 years of experience in mining company positions, including over 12 years in public company CEO roles, and positions in mining finance, business development, and mine engineering, development, and operations with companies including Atna Resources Ltd, Canyon Resources Corporation, NM Rothschild & Sons (Denver) Inc., Cyprus Amax Minerals Company, Pincock, Allen & Holt, Inc., and Dresser Industries Inc. He holds a B.S. in Mining Engineering and a M.S. in Mineral Economics, both from the Colorado School of Mines.

Steven Krause


Steven has worked extensively with mining, mineral exploration and development stage companies in Canada and the United States.  Mr. Krause is also the CFO of Bear Creek Mining Corporation and President of Avisar Chartered Accountants. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Trinity Western University and is a registered CPA in the state of Illinois. 

Christopher E. Herald


Mr. Herald is currently President, CEO and Director of Solitario Zinc Corp. Mr. Herald also served in various senior management roles and finally as President, CEO and Director of Crown Resources Corporation from 1990 until Crown was acquired by Kinross Gold Corp in 2006. Prior to joining Crown Mr. Herald was a senior geologist for Echo Bay Mines and Anaconda Minerals. Mr. Herald was a past chairman of Denver Gold Group, a not-for-profit industry association recognized for organizing preeminent North American and European gold conferences for institutional investors. Mr. Herald received a MS in Geology from the Colorado School of Mines and a BS in Geology from the University of Notre Dame.  

Gary B. MacDonald


Mr. MacDonald is a business Consultant who has founded and developed businesses in the mining and other sectors. He has over 25 years’ experience in the mining industry both private and public. He has been a director and officer of several public companies. He has a successful track record with corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions. He is CEO and director of Newlox Gold Ventures Corp. since 2014, director of Mega Copper Ltd. since 2012, director of La Imperial Resource Corp since 2012, was a director of Gran Columbia Gold Corp from 2004- 2009, Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp from 1999 -2007, Cierra Pacific Ventures Ltd from 2004-2007, Tapango Ventures from 2004 to 2008, Tapestry Ventures from 2004 -2007. 

Brad Blacketor


Mr. Blacketor was previously CFO of Luna Gold Corp, Midway Gold Corp, Gold Resource Corporation, Bear Creek Mining Corporation and Metallica Resources Inc.; and he served on the board of directors as audit committee chairman for Kaminak Gold Corporation and Grayd Resource Corporation.  Mr. Blacketor holds a B.S. in Business Administration with distinction from Indiana University as well as an MBA from Colorado State University. He is a registered CPA in the state of Colorado.

Edward (Ted) Mahoney

Mr. Mahoney became a Director of the Company in March 2019 – previously Chief Geologist at the large-scale Kinross Round Mountain Mine, Chief Geologist and Business Development Manager for Barrick North America, Chief Geologist at Barrick’s Eskay Creek Mine in British Columbia, Manager of Project Development with Miramar Hope Bay, Manager of Geology for Sutton Resources and various geologic positions with the Giant Yellowknife/Pamour Group of companies. Mr. Mahoney holds a BSc in Geology from the University of Calgary, is a registered Professional Geoscientist in British Columbia, and a Registered Member of the SME.