Board of Directors
Mr. Soever is a geologist with over 35 years of experience in the mineral exploration industry, both in Canada and overseas. He was the President of Wallbridge from 2003 to 2011, and prior to that was involved with Wallbridge in a consulting capacity as head of Watts, Griffis, and McOuat's copper-nickel-PGE practice. He has been instrumental in the growth of Wallbridge, including leading the spin-out of two new companies Duluth Metals Limited and Miocene Metals Limited.
Position: Lead Director
Mr. W. Warren Holmes is a mining engineer with more than 40 years of experience in the mining industry. He is a Director of HudBay Minerals Inc. and Lead Director of Foraco International SA. From 1964-1986 he worked for Noranda Inc. in a series of supervisory, technical and management roles, becoming Vice President and General Manager of the Noranda-owned Pamour Porcupine Mines Ltd. in 1985. From 1986-2002 Mr. Holmes held successive senior management positions with Falconbridge Ltd., including Senior Vice-President, Canadian Mining Operations. Mr. Holmes has previously served as President of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum, Chair of the Ontario Mining Association, and Co-Chair of the Ontario Mineral Industry Cluster Council.
Position: President & CEO and Director
Mr. Kord is a Mining Engineer with over 30 years of experience in the mining industry, spanning a career during which he has held progressively more responsible roles in both operations and management. During the early part of his career with Falconbridge, Mr. Kord was involved in mining operations in both Sudbury and Timmins. Most recently he was Executive Vice President, Global Mining for a large Canadian firm. Mr. Kord's expertise includes managing large multidisciplinary teams of engineers and operators as well as extensive experience in developing business growth plans and in mergers and acquisitions.
A former National Hockey League player and a 1989 inductee to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Mr. Sittler is a self-employed businessman and is currently a consultant to the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club in areas of community relations and marketing. He is a Director of Frontline Gold Corporation and also a Director of Margaret Lake Diamonds Inc.
Mr. Farsangi has an extensive operations background and knowledge of the nickel industry, with a history of employee and community engagement. Most recently, he was Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Royalties. He is a director of INV Metals Inc. and Gowest Gold Ltd. Earlier he was Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Vale Inco Limited with the responsibility for leading the operations of Vale Inco's wholly-owned subsidiaries. Prior to joining Vale Inco, Mr. Farsangi had a long career with Falconbridge Limited. Subsequently he was President, Gramercy Alumina in Louisiana and St. Ann Bauxite in Jamaica for Falconbridge. Mr. Farsangi received a Ph.D. in Mining Engineering from McGill in 1996 as well as an M.B.A. from Queen's University Business School in 1998. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, the Canadian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy, and the Transition Board of Canadian Mining Innovation Council.
Mr. Day is the General Manager and one of the principals of William Day Construction Limited, a large diversified surface and mining contracting company in Northern Ontario. He has over 40 years of experience in the mine services, forestry and sawmilling sectors of Northern Ontario, and managed Gogama Forest Products Ltd. for William Day Construction Limited from 1989 to 2007.
Ms. Wilkinson is an Executive Consultant with over 25 years of consulting, corporate and operations experience with both large, multi-national corporations and junior start-up businesses. Prior to establishing her consulting practice, Janet was Senior Vice President-HR for Iamgold Corporation (2006-2009) and held progressively responsible positions with Noranda and Falconbridge (1988 - 2006). Janet has worked with more than 70 mining and metals businesses in 30 political jurisdictions in Africa, Europe, Australia, South and North America. She has a Masters of Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto.
Mr. Pesner is the President of Hermitage Canada Finance Inc., which specializes in financial advisory, mergers and acquisitions and divestiture services to a range of corporations. Between 1977 and 2003 he held a number of roles, including partner, senior partner and board member at KPMG in Montreal. He brings extensive audit committee and governance experience as a board member with companies in a variety of industries including, but not limited to, mining (Richmont Mines Inc.), retail (SAQ - Société des alcools du Québec, Le Chateau) and financial (Fonds Régional de Montréal FTQ).