|President & CEO, Director
||Jeffrey Ackert, BSc.
||John McNeice, CA, CPA
Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development; Director
|Vern Rampton, Ph.D., P.Eng
||Chris Irwin, BA, LL.B
||Darrell Munro, BBA, LL.B
CARUBE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
Jeffrey Ackert, BSc. - President and CEO, Director
Mr. Ackert began his career as a regional geologist with St. Joe Minerals, Bond Gold Canada and LAC Minerals in the 1980s. In 1990 he became mine geologist at LAC Minerals' Golden Patricia Mine (Barrick Gold Corp after 1994) where he specialized in production and exploration. In 1996 he was appointed VP Exploration for Orezone Resources Inc. focusing on West Africa and was subsequently named VP Technical Services in 2005. During his time at Orezone, its market cap increased from $2M to over $300M due to resource development of various projects in West Africa including Essakane, Sega and Bondigui in Burkina Faso. Since 2007, Mr. Ackert has been the sole principal of JSA International Geoconsulting and since early 2008 he has been VP Business Development, Exploration and a Director of Advance Gold.
Mr. Ackert holds a BSc. in Geology from the University of Toronto.
John McNeice, CA, CPA - Chief Financial Officer
Mr. McNeice is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant (Illinois). Mr. McNeice provides financial consulting and virtual chief financial officer services to emerging private and junior public companies. Presently Mr. McNeice is CFO of Aura Silver Resources Inc. (TSX-V: AUU) and Mazorro Resources Inc. (TSX-V: MZO) where he is responsible for financial and regulatory reporting as well as day-to-day financial management.
From September 2005 to May 2007, Mr. McNeice was Chief Financial Officer of Ur-Energy Inc. (TSX: URE), a uranium exploration and development company where he was responsible for financial and regulatory reporting as well as day-to-day financial management. He was directly involved with the management team in financing the initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange. During Mr. McNeice’s tenure, Ur-Energy raised an aggregate of $150 million in a series of private placements, the IPO and several secondary financings.
Mr. McNeice holds a B.Com. from McMaster University and is a Chartered Accountant (Ontario) and Certified Public Accountant (Illinois).
Vern Rampton, P.Eng. Ph.D. (Geology) - Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development; Director
Dr. Rampton has over 40 years of experience in all aspects of mineral exploration and development in domestic and international jurisdictions, from grass roots exploration through to corporate direction and management. Dr. Rampton was President, CEO and a Director of Kinbauri Gold Corp. from its inception in 1984. He led the company in its $5M acquisition of the El Valle/Carlés mines in northwestern Spain in 2007 up to its $50M takeover by Orvana Minerals in the fall of 2009. During his tenure at Kinbauri he was responsible for its corporate strategy and management and as an officer and director played a leading role in all aspects of corporate governance, finances, strategy and development of the Company. In the past he has been an active participant in the real estate development and agricultural sectors. He is a member of numerous professional associations, most notably a core member of the PDAC. He has authored/co-authored over seventy articles in his fields of expertise, most recently on the dispersal of ore tracers in surficial materials.
Dr. Rampton holds a B.Sc. Eng. (Geol) from the University of Manitoba and a Ph.D. (Geology) from the University of Minnesota. He is a professional engineer (Ontario) and is a “Qualified Person” under securities legislation in Canada.
Chris Irwin, B.A., LL.B - Corporate Secretary
Mr. Irwin is a principal of Irwin Lowy LLP, a Toronto based law firm specializing in Corporate and Securities Law. Between 2004 and 2006, he was associated with Wildeboer Dellelce LLP. From 1998 to 2004, he was associated initially with Boyle & Company and subsequently with Power Budd LLP. Presently Mr. Irwin is a director and/or officer of several public companies. Mr. Irwin was Corporate Secretary for Kinbauri Gold Corp. from 2004-2009.
Mr. Irwin received his Bachelor of Arts from Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec in 1990 and his Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick in 1994. He has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1996.
Darrell Munro, BBA, LL.B - Corporate Administration
Mr. Munro’s business career includes ten years in the practice of law (criminal and civil), ten years as an investment advisor and thereafter twelve years of experience in all aspects of corporate management including financing and investor relations for both private and public small cap companies. He was Manager of Corporate Communications for Kinbauri Gold Corp. for two years prior to its takeover by Orvana Minerals in the fall of 2009.
Mr. Munro has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick and a Bachelor of Law degree (LL.B) from Queen’s University. He is actively involved in coaching minor football as well as fund raising for various athletic programs and charitable initiatives.
Trevor W. McCain, B.Sc. (Hons Geology), M.Sc. - Country Manager
Mr. McCain has broad experience in geological mapping (exploration focused), resource estimation, mine planning (bauxite industry), laboratory supervision and general corporate management. He previously worked for Cominco, Citadel Mines, Caribbean Ecosystems, University of West Indies (“U.W.I.”), Mines and Geology (Jamaica), WINDALCO and UC Rusal Alumina. He has been and is very active in community affairs. Trevor’s duties involve managing legal and financial services, logistical planning, coordinating exploration activities, liaising with all government departments and contributing to geological exploration.
Trevor has a B.Sc. (Hons Geology) and M.Sc. (Natural Resource Management) from U.W.I.
Alar Soever, P Geol. - Director and Chairman of the Board
Mr. Soever is a geologist with over 35 years of experience in the mineral exploration industry both in Canada and overseas. In addition to his management role with Miocene, Mr. Soever has held various senior executive positions with Wallbridge where he has served as President from 2003 to 2011, CEO from 2009 to 2012 and currently serves as Wallbridge’s Executive Chairman (since April 2012). Prior to joining Wallbridge as President in 2003, Mr. Soever was responsible for Watts, Griffis & McOuat Ltd's copper-nickel-PGE consulting practice. Mr. Soever was also instrumental in the spin-out of Wallbridge's Minnesota copper-nickel-platinum group properties.
Marz Kord, Mining Engineer - Director
Mr. Kord is a Mining Engineer with over 25 years of experience in the mining industry, spanning a career over which Mr. Kord has held progressively more responsible roles in both operations and management. He currently serves as the President and CEO of Wallbridge. 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.
Gregory LeBlanc, B.A., M.A. - Director
Mr. Leblanc began his career on the money market desk at the Bank of Canada in 1973 and in 1977 moved to Export Development Canada as an International Economist.
In 1984 he was hired by McLeod Young Weir, a Canadian investment dealer, which later became Scotia McLeod. In 1992 he joined Richardson Greenshields who were then acquired by RBC Dominion Securities in 1996. Greg’s entire career was spent in Ottawa where he specialized in commodity and currency futures and options. He was named a Vice-President in 1996 and held the position until he retired in 2009. He currently acts as a commercial real estate developer in the Ottawa region and holds positions on the Boards of several quasi governmental institutions.
Mr. LeBlanc holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Economics, Math) from Queen’s University, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Ottawa.
Mark Pfau, MSc (Geology) - Economic Geologist– Director
Mr. Pfau is a career international economic geologist with 30 years of experience in base and precious metals exploration and mine development. He has held several Chief Geologist, Exploration Manager, and V.P. Exploration positions and focuses on advanced project management, resource and reserve expansion and related issues. Mr. Pfau’s experience includes work throughout Latin America and Mexico, central and south-east Asia, and South Africa. His skills bridge the gap between exploration and production and he is a recognized QP under Geology and Ore Reserves with the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America.
ADVISORS & CONSULTANTS
Robert Garrett, Ph.D., BSc. - Advisor Economic Geology and Geochemistry
Bob Garrett studied Mining Geology at Imperial College, London. He received his BSc. in 1963 and PhD. (Applied Geochemistry) in 1966. He joined the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) in 1967. He was a member of the team that designed and implemented Canada’s National Geochemical Reconnaissance program. His work led to improved geochemical exploration methods and procedures for interpreting geochemical data. He participated in Canadian International Development Agency projects in Brazil (1977-79), Malaysia (1985-86) and Jamaica (1984-93). The latter including a discovery that led to the development and operation of a gold mine. In the 1990s he undertook regional till and soil studies in the Prairies to support diamond exploration. He retired from the GSC in 2005, but remains an active geochemist continuing to work with colleagues at the GSC. He currently collaborates with Jamaican scientists on the geochemistry and sources of trace elements in Jamaican soils and implications for agricultural production. He has published extensively on his work throughout his career, during which he has been active in the Association of Applied Geochemists, formerly the Association of Exploration Geochemists, serving on Council between 1976 and 1987, and on various committees and Editorial Boards.