About Us - Board of Directors

John Hick BA, LLB
Chairman/Non-Executive Director

Mr Hick has over 30 years of experience in the mining industry in both senior management positions and as an independent director, during which he has spent the majority of his time based in Toronto, Canada.

He is also an independent director of a number of TSX (or TSXV) listed mining companies including Carpathian Gold Inc., Eurotin Inc., First Bauxite Corporation, First Uranium Corporation, Hudson Resources Inc., International Minerals Corporation and St Andrew Goldfields Ltd.

Previously Mr Hick has held board and/or senior management positions with a number of other Canadian mining companies, including Medoro Resources Ltd., Defiance Mining Corp./Geomaque Explorations Ltd, Cambior Inc., Rio Narcea Gold Mines Ltd, Rayrock Resources Inc., Revett Minerals Inc. and Placer Dome Inc.

John Hick

Mr. Pieter Britz MBA, B.ENG
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Britz is an industrial engineer with over 20 years’ experience as a mining professional, and has served on the board of a number of resource companies in Canada, Australia and China. Pieter is a registered professional engineer, and a member of AusIMM.

After spending 13 years in mining in Africa with Kumba Resources, Pieter spent 3 years in investment banking with Royal Bank of Canada in Australia, until 2007 when he joined The Sentient Group ("Sentient") as an investment professional in private equity.

Pieter Britz

Sir Rabbie Namaliu GCL, CSM, KCMG, BA, MA, HonLLD
Non-Executive Director

Former Prime Minister Sir Rabbie Namaliu is a distinguished statesman and committed Papua New Guinean with ministerial experience in Foreign Affairs and Trade, Treasury, Primary Industry, Petroleum and Energy and other areas of government responsibility including being the Speaker of the Papua New Guinea National Parliament.

Sir Rabbie holds directorships of other Papua New Guinea companies, including non-executive director of Bougainville Copper Limited and Kina Securities Limited, and Chairman of the publicly listed investment company Kina Asset Management Limited. In February 2010, Sir Rabbie was appointed Chairman of Kramer Ausenco, a new joint venture of PNG engineering company Kramer (PNG) Limited and Ausenco of Australia.

He has also been appointed as a director of Interoil Corporation PNG.

Sir Rabbie Namaliu

Elizabeth Martin CMA, ICD.D
Non-Executive Director

Ms Elizabeth Martin is a Toronto based, professional accountant with a strong background in international exploration and mining companies. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has held senior and executive management roles in base metal and precious metal companies such as Northgate Mines Inc., Western Mining Corporation Limited, IAMGOLD Corporation and High River Gold Mines Ltd.

Ms Martin is currently on the board of Aura Minerals Inc. She is past Chair of the Board of St. John's Rehabilitation Hospital and is currently on the board of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Sunnybrook Research Institute as well as the HealthCare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada, all located in Toronto.

Elizabeth Martin

Richard William (Keith) Morrison P.Geo
Non-Executive Director

Mr Keith Morrison is a prominent Canadian-based mining entrepreneur with over 30 years of international experience and an accomplished background in strategy, finance, exploration, technology, global operations, capital markets and corporate development.

He co-founded two significant Canadian-based success stories, Quantec, a world-leader in deep sub-surface imaging technologies, and QGX, a Canadian-based exploration company which operated in Mongolia prior to its acquisition for $300 million. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Gedex Inc., a private exploration data technology.

Keith Morrison