Bahman Yamini - Director, President & CEO
Mr. Yamini has served as President & CEO since May 2002. His professional career has focused on international trade and the supply of industrial products and systems to developing economies, specializing in the automotive and telecommunications industries, which has involved cooperation with a number of major international corporations. His primary focus is Canasil’s development strategy and operations, project acquisition agreements and the Company’s cooperation agreements with joint venture partners. Mr. Yamini holds degrees in Engineering Science, Production Engineering and Business Management.
Kerry Spong VP Finance, CFO
Mr. Spong is an accountant with over 16 years of experience in public and private practice. He has worked in the preparation and review of financial data including audit work for a wide range of mineral exploration companies. He currently acted as a Director of Primary Metals Inc. and CFO of Riverstone Resources Inc. and is currently also the CFO of Gitennes Exploration Inc.
Erme Enriquez – Director Exploration and Development, Mexico
Mr. Enriquez, a graduate of Universidad de Sonora (B.A. Geology) and Colorado School of Mines (M.Sc. Economic Geology and Exploration), joined the mining industry in 1982 as a mine geologist for Luismin at its Tayoltita mine. He has held a variety of positions including Chief Geologist at the Tayoltita Mine and as Exploration Manager for Mexico with Luismin and former Wheaton River Minerals Ltd. (now Goldcorp). His team was involved in major discoveries in all three major areas of Luismin’s operations: the San Dimas district, the San Martin District and La Guitarra District. He joined former Capstone Gold Corp. (now Capstone Mining) in 2003 as Exploration Manager for Mexico. Mr. Enriquez was responsible for the acquisition of five projects for the company from Grupo Bacis that included the current Cozamin Mine operating in the state of Zacatecas. In 2004, he became an independent consultant to various Canadian and Mexican companies including Canasil until 2007 when he became a full time Director of Exploration.
Mr. Enriquez is affiliated with several professional geological associations including: the Geological Society of America, the Association of Mining Engineers, and the Metallurgists and Geologists of Mexico, of which he was president in several districts. Mr. Enriquez is also a member of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (CPG 11214) and the Society of Economic Geologists where he has held the positions of correspondent and president for the Mexico and the Caribbean districts.
Graham H. Scott - Corporate Secretary and Legal Counsel
Mr. Scott is a partner in the law firm MOI Solicitors of Vancouver, B.C., specializing in the areas of mining and securities law. Mr. Scott holds undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Economic Geology, and prior to his legal career was a practicing Exploration Geologist in North America and Africa. Mr. Scott is a well-recognized keynote speaker at legal and industry related conferences and provides insight into the understanding of both legal issues and the technical requirements necessary for the successful management of mineral exploration and mining companies.
Alvin W. Jackson – Director
Mr. Jackson has over 35 years of worldwide experience in mineral exploration and development. During his career he has been directly involved with the exploration drilling and pre-feasibility studies on two major gold deposits (Detour Lake, Ontario, Canada and Golden Cross in New Zealand) and one porphyry copper deposit (Huckleberry, B.C., Canada), all of which subsequently became producers. His experience includes work as an Exploration Manager for Cyprus Minerals Canada Inc. and serving as President and COO of EuroZinc Mining Corp, between 1989 to 1992 and from 1999 to 2005, where he directed that company in its acquisition of the Aljustrel and Neves Corvo zinc and copper mines in Portugal. EuroZinc subsequently grew to a market cap of over $1.5 billion before merging with Lundin Mining. Currently, Mr. Jackson serves as Director and VP Exploration and Development of Freegold Ventures Ltd. As well as serving on the boards of several publicly listed companies.
Michael McInnis – Director
Mr. McInnis brings over 35 years of experience in mineral exploration in North America and overseas to the Company. He provides sound management expertise with over 25 years of experience in managing public resource companies and has a demonstrated track record in acquiring and developing high quality mineral projects. He serves on the Boards of several other minerals companies including Riverstone Resources Inc., Abacus Mining & Exploration Corp., and Victoria Gold Corp.
Arthur Freeze - Director
Mr. Freeze has extensive experience in mineral exploration and mining development programs and evaluating projects for both senior and junior resource companies. He has held consulting, supervising, and management positions with major and junior mining companies including: Cominco Ltd., Echo Bay Mines and Pan American Silver Corporation. He has extensive international experience in North, Central and South America, and acted as the principal Consulting Geologist for Wheaton River Minerals and Goldcorp Inc. from 2003 to 2007. Mr. Freeze serves on the boards of several publicly listed companies.
Iain F. MacPhail - Director
A Chartered Accountant, Mr. MacPhail served as a principal of a public accounting practice in Vancouver, B.C., from 1988 to 2007. Prior to establishing his own firm, he specialized in the tax practices of two major accounting firms in Vancouver and Toronto. Mr. MacPhail has been an officer, director and Chief Financial Officer of several private and public resource companies where his responsibilities included finance, administration and regulatory reporting. Mr. MacPhail was Chief Financial officer of Far West Mining Ltd. until the acquisition of Far West in June 2011 by Capstone Mining in a transaction valued at $725 million.
Jerry D. Blackwell – Advisor to the Board and Qualified Person
Mr. Blackwell is a professional geologist and has worked in the mining exploration industry for over 40 years. He has extensive experience with exploration and mining operations in Latin America and Canada, in particular Mexico, Peru and British Columbia. Mr. Blackwell has also served as a senior executive, including acting as President and Director, of publicly listed corporations since 1993. Mr. Blackwell is a self-employed consulting geologist, and has acted as a consultant to a variety of Canadian exploration companies and multinational miners. Prior to that he was a project geologist with Cominco Ltd. Mr. Blackwell currently serves as a director of Aurcana Corporation and Gitennes Exploration Inc.
Gary D. Nordin - Advisor to the Board
Mr. Nordin is a leading exploration geologist with a proven track record of identifying and developing mining projects. As a co-founding Director and Vice President of Bema Gold Corporation, he successfully identified significant open pit type heap leach gold reserves in the United States and Chile, including the Refugio deposit (6 to 8 million oz). Subsequently, as a founding Director, Executive Vice President and Chief Consulting Geologist of Eldorado Corporation Ltd. from 1990 to 2000, Mr. Nordin participated in the discovery and development of several important gold deposits, including the La Colorada Mine in Mexico (1.0 million oz.), the Kisladag deposit (8.0 million oz.) in Turkey. Mr. Nordin has served on the Board of Directors of several publicly listed exploration and mining companies, such as Nevada Pacific Gold before its takeover by US Gold, and continues to serve as a Director of several publicly listed companies.