Management and Directors
Marc Prefontaine, President and Chief Executive Officer, Director
A Professional Geologist with over 25 years of experience. Mr. Prefontaine graduated with a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Alberta and a M.Sc. in Mineral Exploration from Queen's University. Most recently Marc served as President and CEO of Grayd Resource Corporation. During his eight years as CEO of Grayd, Mr. Prefontaine assembled the land package in Mexico that ultimately became the La India Project. He and his geological team made two gold discoveries. During his tenure Grayd grew from a small exploration company with a market capitalization of $5 million to a successful development-stage company culminating with its 2011 acquisition by Agnico Eagle Mines for $275 million. Agnico built the mine and achieved commercial production within two years of the acquisition. Mr. Prefontaine is a director of Santa Cruz Silver Mining Ltd. Prior to Grayd, Marc spent his career living and working internationally for Teck Resources, Hunter Dickinson, Northair Group and Lac Minerals. He ran exploration projects and offices throughout North America, South America, Southern Africa, Asia and Central Asia.
Hans Smit, Chief Operating Officer, Director
A Professional Geologist with over 30 years of experience in all aspects of the mineral industry; from grassroots exploration to mine feasibility studies, environmental permitting and corporate development. As VP Exploration for Grayd Resource Corporation, he was one of the key people who brought the La India heap-leach gold project in Mexico from the grassroots exploration stage to an advanced project. Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd paid $275M to acquire Grayd and recently brought La India into production, using a mine and production plan based on Grayd’s work. Hans has guided exploration, feasibility, and permitting work on other advanced gold projects including at Dublin Gulch in the Yukon and Red Mountain in British Columbia. He also managed the feasibility, environmental assessment and permitting of the Swamp Point Aggregate Mine located on the coast of B.C. Recent work includes managing resource estimations and a preliminary economic assessment on silver-base metal vein projects in northern Mexico.
Paul Robertson, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Robertson is a Chartered Professional Accountant with extensive experience in the mining sector, including assisting junior resource companies with their financial reporting and regulatory requirements. He has over twenty years of accounting, auditing, and tax experience. Currently, he is the managing partner of Quantum Advisory Partners LLP, a professional services firm dedicated to assisting publicly listed companies with their financial reporting, taxation and regulatory requirements. He was previously the CFO of Grayd Resource Corporation that was acquired by Agnico Eagle in 2011. Mr. Robertson holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario (1993) and obtained his Chartered Accountant designation from the British Columbia Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1997.
Troy Fierro, Non-Executive Chairman, Director
A successful mining engineer with over 30 years of industry experience in the mining/consulting sectors. Mr. Fierro graduated with a Bachelor of Science - Mine Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines where he previously served on the Advisory Board. He has been an independent consultant in the mining industry, between his full-time assignments, since 2008 and currently sits on the Pure Gold Mining board and previously held board positions with Gold Canyon and Timberline Resources. He has previously held executive positions with Gold Canyon, Fronteer Gold Inc., Metallica Resources Inc., and Coeur d'Alene Mines where he has overseen the development, construction or management of mines in Nevada, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Alaska. At Fronteer, which was acquired by Newmont Mining Corp. for $2.1 billion, Mr. Fierro acted as COO. He was also Vice President Operations of Metallica where he played the lead role in the construction of the Cerro San Pedro Mine in Mexico. In August 2008, Metallica was part of a $1.6 billion merger with Peak Gold Ltd. and New Gold Inc. Mr. Fierro was a director of Grayd Resources which was acquired by Agnico-Eagle in December 2011.
Alain Bureau, Director
Alain Bureau trained as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces and also holds a degree in engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada. Mr. Bureau has over 15 years of experience in the mining and construction field in Canada and Latin America. He has been involved in major international projects such as Pinos Altos Mexico, La Ronde, Raglan, Altonorte, Izcaycruz, Yauliyacu and Escondida, the world’s largest copper mine located in Chile. He also worked in Peru within the context of mining projects and for several major Canadian mining corporations. Mr. Bureau was a national construction manager in Venezuela and in the Dominican Republic for the Canadian engineering and construction firm Desseau-Soprin International. Mr. Bureau is a member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec.
Richard Hall, Director
Appointed a director of IAMGOLD in 2012 and Chairman of Klondex in 2014, Mr. Hall brings over 40 years of exploration, development, mining and corporate experience. Mr. Hall is a former Chairman of Kaminak Gold. From 1999 to 2008 he served as President and CEO of Metallica Resources Inc., where he was involved in all aspects of the company's development including the financing, construction and commissioning of the Cerro San Pedro gold-silver mine in Mexico. While at Metallica, the El Morro deposit was discovered in Chile and was brought through to a final feasibility study in conjunction with Metallica's operating partner on the project, Xstrata Copper. In August 2008, Metallica was part of a $1.6 billion merger with Peak Gold Ltd. and New Gold Inc. to form what is now New Gold Inc. Mr. Hall also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Northgate Minerals from July 2011 until October 2011 when Northgate was acquired by AuRico Gold. From 2008 until 2011 he held the position of Chairman of Grayd Resource Corporation when Grayd was acquired by Agnico Eagle in November 2011. Mr. Hall holds a Bachelor and a Masters Degree in Geology and an MBA from Eastern Washington University. He has also completed an Executive Development Program at the University of Minnesota.