Management Team & Advisors

John Robins, P.Geo.
Executive Chairman

Mr. Robins is a professional geologist with over 30 years of experience as an independent exploration geologist and entrepreneur. Most recently John was the founder and Chairman of Kaminak Gold which was purchased for $520 million by Goldcorp Inc. in 2016.

A 1984 graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree in geology, Mr. Robins initially worked as a self-employed prospector and geologist in British Columbia and Northern Canada. In 1988, he founded Hunter Exploration Group, one of Canada's most successful private exploration companies.

In 2008, Mr. Robins was recognized for his achievements in mining exploration by the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia with the H.H. "Spud" Huestis Award. This is recognized as the highest awards given for mineral exploration.

Mr. Robins has also been active in starting several successful public exploration and development companies culminating in 2005 with his co-founding of the Discovery Group of Companies. Mr. Robins also sits on the Board of several successful publicly traded exploration companies.

Darren Klinck
President, CEO & Director

Mr. Klinck is a graduate of the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary and is a highly regarded mining executive with a broad range of international experience.

Darren was most recently Executive Vice President & Head of Corporate Development for OceanaGold Corporation responsible for overseeing the capital markets as well as the mergers and acquisitions strategy. Over the past ten years at OceanaGold, Mr. Klinck’s various responsibilities have also included oversight of project teams managing exploration, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and community engagement programs as well as extensive government relations activities.

Peter Hemstead, CPA, CMA
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Hemstead is a Chartered Professional Accountant with an Honours Economics degree from the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Hemstead has over 20 years of finance experience, with the last 10 years spent in a senior financial executive role at Capstone Mining Corp., leading the finance team through the successful expansion from a development stage mining company to an intermediate producer. He has a proven track record of providing financial leadership and his extensive experience in financial management, corporate finance, project finance, treasury, commercial banking, marketing/sales, financial risk management, insurance and international tax planning.

David Cass, P.Geo., M.Sc.
Vice President Exploration

Mr. Cass is a geologist with over 25 years of international experience in mineral exploration and mining for precious and base metals, with most of this time focused in Latin America. David has spent 15 years of his career with major international mining company Anglo American plc, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in jurisdictions including South and Central America, Mexico, Canada, Turkey, Iran and Eastern Europe. Mr. Cass’ time at Anglo also include four years as Senior Geologist in Peru, and six years as Exploration Manager for North America, where he was responsible for Anglo's exploration programs throughout Canada, Central America, Mexico, mainland USA and Alaska. More recently, Mr. Cass has managed junior exploration companies with projects in Peru, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Colombia.

Mr. Cass holds a Masters of Science degree in Mineral Exploration and Mining Geology from the University of Leicester, UK (1990) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from London Metropolitan University. He is a practicing member (P.Geo) of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia and Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists.

David Gunning, P.Eng.
Vice President Operations

Mr. Gunning is a graduate of Mining Engineering from the University of British Columbia (1983) and a practicing Professional Engineer since 1989. Mr. Gunning has over 35 years of operational experience in underground mining, processing and exploration in Canada, the United States, Mongolia and Mexico. For the last 8 years, Mr. Gunning acted as Chief Operating Officer and Director or Starcore International Mines during which time he was responsible for all aspects of the San Martin gold mine located in central Mexico. During his tenure at Starcore the company developed many successful strategies to aid the nearby community while improving the environmental footprint of the operation.

Stephen Williams, P.Eng., MBA
Vice President Corporate Development & Investor Relations

Mr. Williams was previously a Director at Canaccord Genuity Corp. in the metals and mining investment banking team. He provided strategic advice to clients on acquisitions, mergers, and equity financings. Stephen is a professional engineer by background and worked for Freeport-McMoRan in an operational and process development capacity. He holds a B.A.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University.

Advisors

Alf Hills
Technical Advisor

  • Professional Engineer with over 40 years of evaluating, developing, constructing, general management and board experience
  • 26 years with Placer Dome, including Vice President Evaluations, Mine General Manager and other various construction, start-up and operating positions

Jay Dick
Geothermal Advisor

  • Over 30 years in international geothermal experience
  • Extensive background in developing and managing commercial geothermal development projects
  • Including oversight and supervision of exploration programs, high-temperature drilling, reservoir engineering modeling, and working closely with geothermal power plant engineering and construction

Allison Rippin-Armstrong
Corporate Social Responsibility Advisor

  • Environmental Scientist with over 20 years of experience
  • Former Vice President, Sustainability of Kaminak Gold where she led the company’s permitting and CSR programs; similar roles at BHP Billiton and Argonaut Gold