Charles J. Elbourne, Director, President, CEO
Charles has over 45 years experience in the investment industry, including 25 years involvement in mineral exploration and mining originally starting with St. Anthony Resources Inc., TLC Explorations Inc., and more recently, TRI.
Charles has demonstrated considerable expertise in: (a) identifying and negotiating the rights to exploration properties, including the properties optioned by TRI; and (b) assembling management and operational teams, including geological and mining experts.
Charles started his career in the investment industry at Nesbitt Thompson Securities Ltd., while he continued with post-graduate studies at the University of Ottawa. After completing his B. Comm., Charles obtained his Diploma in Management Sciences, including a Masters in Business, with a concentration in Finance and Philosophy.
During that time, he also completed his course in Securities Analysis from the New York Institute of Finance. Subsequently, he spent 10 years as a Director and Resident Sales Manager of Deacon Hodgson, a national brokerage firm, and four years with Burns Fry, Yorkton and St. Lawrence Securities.
Upon resigning from St. Lawrence Securities, Charles established his own financial planning firm, Tax Advantages Inc. (a registered mutual fund dealer), C. J. Elbourne Securities Inc. (a licensed Securities Dealer), Greentree Insurance Agency Ltd., and Markinch Capital Corp. (“MCC”), a merchant bank.
Brent Thompson, Director
With 25 years in management, and pride of business ownership, Brent brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the venture.
Since 2011, Brent Thompson has been the President of BAT Financial, a Calgary based security trading and portfolio management firm with intentions of expanding into the financial services market.
In 2014, Brent identified a significant consolidation opportunity in the Alberta flooring sector. In June of that year, BAT Financial acquired CLI Corporation, Century Carpet One Calgary, Century Floor Fashions Ltd., Chestermere, and Century Floor Coverings (all based in Calgary) and Brent has assumed the role of President CEO of all entities, which now successfully operates under the Century Carpet One brand.
Prior to the establishment of BAT Financial, from 1989 until 2011, Brent held management and executive roles of ever-increasing responsibility in the food manufacturing industry. During this time (2000-2011), he owned and operated Pure Country Meats, Alberta’s largest privately held abattoir. In this capacity, Brent was responsible for finance, marketing, regulatory compliance, and operations.
In 2011, he designed and executed a successful divestment strategy for Pure Country Meats that included a smooth transition to new ownership.
Russell Kwiatkowski, Director
Russell has been an avid and successful gold prospector and mineral exploration property optionor in Thunder Bay, Ontario during the past 45 years. Starting as an assistant geophysicist at Coldstream Mine (100 km west of Thunder Bay, Ontario), Russell then spent time with the Ontario Department of Mines and Northern Affairs’ field work teams.
Early in his career, Russell benefited from the mentorship of such renowned geologists as Fred R. Harris, Frederick B. Johnson, and Dr. E. G. Pye. In addition, his knowledge of geology was augmented by attending graduate level courses offered by Dr. Trevor Page and Dr. Edward Mercy (Professor Emeritus) at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay where he received a B.Sc(1969), a B.Ed(1970), an HBA (1976), including an M.Edin Business Administration (1982).
Along with his son Derrick, Russell received the prestigious 2004 Discovery of the Year Award from the Northwestern Ontario Prospectors Association for the Larose Project located 100 km west of the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Russell has recently been working closely with the First Nations, Lac des Mille Lacs Band and the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development to develop a template prospectors’ Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate relationships between First Nations and mining companies.
In 2015, Russell was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding work and continuous dedication to prospecting in Northwestern Ontario.
Rudolf Wahl, Director
Rudy may be considered the itinerant prospector who has been constantly in search of new mineral discoveries during the past 24 years. His prospecting tenacity has continuously resulted in significant new findings in the Marathon –Hemlo Mining Camp, including diamond discoveries (2008), several gold occurrences, discovery of a large Para Lamproite site (2012) and, over the past 3 years, the discovery of 17 new rare earth occurrences, 2 uranium occurrences, 2 new Niobium P205 occurrences –all within the Thunder Bay South District.
On April 3, 2012 Rudy was rewarded for his perseverance at the Northwestern Ontario Prospectors Association Awards Banquet held at the Northwestern Ontario Mines and Minerals Symposium Thunder Bay. NWOPA President John Halet presented Rudy with the Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding work as a prospector in Northwestern Ontario.
From 1989 to 2005, Rudy was Mechanical Leader working underground at Barrick Gold Corporation’s Hemlo Williams Mine.
From 2005 to 2008 Rudy continued to work for Barrick Gold in the role of Continuous Improvement Coach / Facilitator / Coordinator; this role included linking continuous improvement projects to business strategy; coach and support CI representatives and project leaders, and work with leaders to educate workgroups in CI improvement processes.
In 2015 Rudy Wahl received the Bernie Schneider’s “Discovery of the Year Award” for his discovery of Niobium in the Thunder Bay region.
Joanne Williams, Corporate Secretary
Joanne has had a long and successful career in the field of corporate administration. From 1994 to 2001, Mrs. Williams reported directly to the President of Battery Plus Inc. where she assisted in expanding the business to more than 90 stores across Ontario. She was also responsible for senior administrative matters, including corporate financial management and the efficient operation of the company’s head office.
In 2004, Joanne was recruited by Markinch Capital Corp. where she has once again demonstrated superior expertise in corporate administration. This led directly to her appointment as Vice-President Administration for Business Vacations Inc. (a related company).
Joanne currently serves in a senior administrative capacity for TRI.
Since the early 1990's, Joanne has endeavoured to ensure she is well-positioned to provide the highest possible level of service in her field. To this end, she has earned more than 15 certificates in various business computer applications.
Dr. Colin Bowdidge -Geologist (Advisor)
Colin R. Bowdidge was educated at the University of Cambridge, where he received an M.A. degree in mineralogy and petrology, and at the University of Edinburgh, where he earned a Ph.D. in geology. He is a registered Professional Geoscientist with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario. He has worked in mineral exploration for 34 years, primarily in Canada, but including projects in the U.S.A., South America and Europe.
After working for major companies (Cerro Mining Corporation and Union Miniere) for five years, Dr. Bowdidge became a consulting geologist, which has been his principal occupation since 1974. His experience has covered exploration and development projects for a wide variety of mineral commodities, including precious metals. With a thorough knowledge of applied geology as it relates to mineral exploration, Dr. Bowdidge also has extensive hands-on experience in modern geophysical and geochemical exploration techniques.
Dr. Bowdidge was instrumental in the discovery of the Olden Wollastonite deposit in southeast Ontario in 1986. This deposit contains a measured resource of 2.5 million tonnes grading 29% high aspect-ratio wollastonite. The property had previously been mapped three times by government surveys and once by a mining company without any recognition of its wollastonite potential. The Olden deposit has an estimated gross value of $1to $2 billion dollars.
Dr. Bowdidge has been involved in the development of several mines: the Pinebay copper mine in Manitoba, the Thierry nickel-copper mine in northwest Ontario, the Cerro Mojon gold mine in Nicaragua and the San Andres gold mine in Honduras. Dr. Bowdidge has served as a director and/or officer of several publicly traded mining and exploration companies, of which the best known was Greenstone Resources Ltd.
Dr. Mary Louise Hill –Geologist (Advisor)
Mary Louise is a Professor of Geology at Lakehead University with strong ties to the minerals industry. She has executive and board experience, with expertise in governance.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) and Women in Mining Canada –Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario Branch. She also serves on the Board of Governors for Lakehead University and is Lakehead University's academic representative on the Council of Ontario Universities. She is Chair of the Board of Directors for Thunder Bay Literacy Group where she has volunteered since 2004.
From 1999 to 2004 Mary Louise served as Vice-President (Academic) and Provost at Lakehead University. For sixteen years prior to that she served on the faculty and in various academic administrative roles at Temple University in Philadelphia. She has earned numerous awards for distinguished teaching at both Lakehead and Temple Universities.
Mary Louise is an accomplished field geologist with experience gained over the past forty years in the Canadian Shield, the U.S. Appalachians, the Canadian Cordillera and the Canadian Arctic. Her current research on structural control of mineral deposits involves collaboration with industry in the mining and mineral exploration sector. These research collaborations have led to important new discoveries, enhanced delineation of economic mineralization and helped mitigate geological risk. She leads workshops for industry and has delivered more than fifty presentations at professional conferences.
Mary Louise earned an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Science at Carleton University in 1978 and a Ph.D. in Geology at Princeton in 1985.
David Malouf -Mining Development (Advisor)
David Malouf, a 1978 graduate of HaileyburySchool of Mines brings his lifetime of hands-on experience in Canadian mining to the Company as it continues its exploration programs in the Geraldton-Beardmore (Ontario) Gold Camp, Quebec and the Dominican Republic. David will be particularly focused on advancing the Company's business development programs and, ultimately, the development of its properties into income generating mines.
After graduation in 1978 David went to work as a stope miner at the Henderson Mine in Chibougamau, Quebec to learn to drill and blast. The following year, he went on his own and generated income from a lease on a Quebec property.
In 1980 he took over as a General Manager of Norbeau Mine's underground exploration project at a time when only 1/4 of the project had been accomplished and 3/4 of the budget had been expended. David put his innovation to work, and produced 2,000 ounces of gold by doing a cleanup of the old mine; which allowed the completion of the program and enabled the operation to remain open for a further two years until it was sold to Northgate Exploration in a multi-$million transaction.
In 1993, David was appointed President of RoxmarkMines Limited in the Geraldton-Beardmore Gold Camp after he successfully assembled many of the past producers under the umbrella of that company. He served in this capacity until 2006 when he accepted the position of Vice-Chairman Business Development and Corporate Affairs. In this role, David negotiated a Joint Venture between Roxmarkand Premier Gold Mines, which is now developing a multi-million ounce resource -a major development for the region.
Since 2007, David has been actively assembling properties in the Tashota Gold belt through Plum Tree Gold Corp. and he controls two advanced properties of merit in Chibougamau, Quebec.