Directors & Management

John M. Darch, Chairman & Director

John brings over 35-years’ experience in the financing and management of natural resource related projects in both the public and private sectors. In 1981 he co-founded the Vancouver-based Crew Group of Companies which created various natural resources companies including gold (Crew Development Corp. Canada, Greenland & Africa), diamonds (Botswana Diamond Fields Corp., Botswana & South Africa), geothermal (Western GeoPower Corp., Canada), oil & gas (Crew USA, USA), coal, antimony, nickel, and copper (Crew Development Corp., Africa, Zambia & Philippines), tin (South Crofty Holdings, England) and potash (Asia Pacific Resources, Thailand). John has successfully secured over USD 300-million in private and public funds from North America, UK and Europe, through listings on the Stock Exchanges in Canada, USA, UK, Germany, Norway and South Africa.


Kenneth MacLeod, President; CEO; Director

Ken has 35 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, financier and executive officer in the resource and energy sectors, having served as President, CEO and director of various public and private companies operating in the Americas, Asia and Africa. He served as President & CEO of Kakanda Development Corp. from 1994 until 2001 and for Western GeoPower Corp. from 2001 until its acquisition by Ram Power Corp. in 2009. Ken also launched and recently sold a private, successful Renewable Energy company currently operating in the Philippines.

Melvin Herdrick, Vice-President, Exploration

Melvin Herdrick is a professional geologist and a member of SME-AIME professional mining organization. He has over 35 years’ experience in mineral exploration in the US and Mexico and has been involved in the successful discovery and re-evaluation of six economically viable deposit with three in production and one in pre-production. He has extensive experience in the exploration of gold, silver and copper deposits as well as in uranium, iron and nickel resource evaluations.

Mel has spent the past 20-years focused on the discovery and development of gold and silver mineralized deposits in Northern Mexico. He is currently overseeing exploration at Sonoro’s Cerro Caliche deposit where he recently identified a cluster of eight northwest trending gold-dominant structures surrounded by parallel sheeted veinlets and stockwork veinlets. Mel also performed surface and underground sampling of the main mineralized shear vein at the company’s Chipriona concession which lead to the project’s acquisition by Agnico Eagle Mines in 2016. From 2006 Mel served as Vice President of Exploration for Pediment Gold Corp. until its takeover by Argonaut Gold in 2011. During this time, he discovered the two-million-ounce Los Planes deposit at the San Antonio gold project in Baja California Sur and discovered one-million ounces of gold with significant silver at the closed La Colorado mine now back in operation.

From 1994 until 2002 Mel served as Chief Geologist for Phelps Dodge Mexico. He was the exploration geologist at the Morenci and Tyrone open pit copper mines and was involved in the exploration and discovery of multiple deposits including the La Florida-Barrigon and Piedras Verdes copper deposits. Mel also served as the Senior Exploration Geologist at Kennecott Copper where he was part of the discovery team for the Vermillion River deposit and the Spar Lake deposit, now the Troy copper-and-silver underground mine.

Jorge Diaz, VP Operations Manager, Mexico

Jorge is a professional mining engineer with over 25-years’ experience in the development and construction of metal mines in Sonora, Mexico. Jorge is also the founder of Interminera, S.A de C.V., a mining consulting, engineering design and construction service company based in Sonora Mexico. Starting in 2011, Jorge began exploration on a gold property in Quiriego, Sonora bringing it to production in 2016 as a mid-size open pit gold producer.

From 2009 to 2016 he served as the general manager of the San Antonio project for Argonaut Gold overseeing land negotiations, environmental studies, engineering and operations design. From 2004 to 2006, he was the general manager of the El Cairo project for Morgain Minerals overseeing design, construction and initial production. From 2002 to 2004, he served as general manager of the Mulatos project for Alamos Gold playing a leading role in developing a new mineral resource model and reengineering the project.

Curtis Turner, Director

Curtis has over 15 years’ experience in business and finance; including mergers and acquisitions, public reporting and operations, as well as community and government relations. He is currently the CFO for Rawhide Mining LLC, a producing heap-leach gold mine in Nevada, which is majority owned by Coral Reef Capital, a Private Investment firm. Previously, Mr. Turner was the CEO and director of Candelaria Mining Corp. and held a senior management position at Argonaut Gold Inc., where he was a key member of the team that successfully completed four acquisitions totaling over $700 million. Prior to his position at Argonaut Gold, Mr. Turner was CFO at sodium cyanide manufacturer Cyanco International LLC., Director of Finance at Yamana Gold Inc. and Corporate Controller at Meridian Gold Inc.

Stephen Kenwood P. Geo., Director; Qualified Person

Steve has a Bachelor of Science (Geology) degree from the University of British Columbia and over 20 years’ experience in the global mining sector including 12 years in the management of junior exploration companies. Steve worked as a geologist with Cominco Ltd. on the Snip gold mine and as a project geologist on Eskay Creek polymetallic massive sulphide deposit. He also worked as a geologist at the Petaquilla copper-gold porphyry deposit in Panama.


Salil Dhaumya, CPA, CMA; Chief Financial Officer

Salil previously served as the Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer and Secretary of Pan American Goldfields Ltd (Formerly Mexoro Minerals Ltd.) He also served as a Controller and General Manager of Aquilini Investment Group, a private real estate development company. Salil earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree from Panjab University, India in 1985 and obtained a certified management accountant designation in British Columbia, Canada in 2004.



Neil Maedel, Executive Director, Corporate Finance

Neil is a Southeast Asia based venture Capitalist with an extensive background in the analysis and finance of small cap companies beginning with The Minicap Analyst in 1988, and later Protrader Finanz AG which were based in Switzerland and which are associated with numerous highly successful start-ups in North America. Neil was Director, Business Development at Switzerland-based Manas Petroleum, when it assembled a 5-country portfolio of large light oil prospects, ranging from high risk exploration to discovery appraisal. He was also Chairman of Pan American Goldfields, directing the executive team which turned around the troubled company, doubling its interest in its principal asset to 80%, while more than doubling the size of the resource from 800,000 to 2,000,000 AuEq ounces, as defined in a NI 43-101 compliant Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA). Pilot gold production was also initiated ultimately reaching over 2,000 AuEq ounces per month, with a goal of funding the deposit’s development. In 2014 Neil co-founded, as a director, Kenadyr Resources, which is currently drilling to define high-grade gold zones now demonstrated to extend from ZiJin Mining’s TBL mine in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Katharine Regan, Corporate Secretary

Katharine has over 25 years’ experience in generating Business Development Programs across multiple industries in both the private and public sectors. Her particular expertise is in project development, administrative operations and corporate communications. As an independent consultant, Katharine also assists companies implement and maintain corporate governance, regulatory compliance and corporate social responsibility.

James Taylor, Director

Mr. Taylor spent 35-years as an investment advisor with several firms, including Canaccord Investment Corp and Yorkton Securities from 1980 to 2011; Richardson GMP from 2011 to 2014; and Dundee Goodman from 2014 to 2016. During his employment as an investment advisor, Mr. Taylor participated in the financing of numerous exploration and venture companies that grew to success as significant mineral producers. Mr. Taylor also serves as a director at Auston Capital and Captiva Verde Land Corp.

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