Directors and Advisors

Cherie Leeden

BSc.(hons)  MAIG


  • Ex Rio Tinto and LionOre
  • 20 years of proudly promoting a responsible mining industry, the past 10 years at CEO level
  • Former founder and CEO of Battery Minerals
  • Founder of private natural resources project Generation Company, NV Resources and local Director for Hog Ranch Minerals Inc. (Rex Minerals Limited)
  • Nevadan gold focused and based for the past 5 years
  • Track record of negotiating and executing win-win business transactions with Fortune 500 companies

Craig Parry

BSc.(hons)  MAIG


  • Ex-Rio Tinto, Oxiana, G-Resources, Tigers Realm Group and EMR Capital
  • Has raised +$200M in the past 12 months
  • Led geology and resources for Rio Tinto’s Kintyre uranium project and advised on sale to Cameco
  • Co-founder and former head of Business Development for Tigers Realm Group
  • Former founder and CEO of Tigers Realm Coal
  •  Co-founder and former Senior Advisor of EMR Capital
  • Co-Founder and former Director of NexGen Energy Ltd.

Walter Coles Jr.


  • CEO of Skeena Resources
  • Extensive M&A experience in the resources sector
  • Ex analyst for Cadence Investment Partners and UBS Investment Bank in New York
  • B.A. in Economics from the University of Richmond

Mike Cowin


  • Over 25 years investment experience in the wholesale funds management sector in Australia
  • Previously, was an equity partner and Director of Northcape Capital, a boutique investment fund based in Australia which manages over A$10 billion.
  • Principal of Corom Funds Management, Chairman of Dominos Pizza Japan Inc. and a Director of Apache Industrial Services, Queens Road Capital, CTE Investments, Rockmaster Resources Corp. and Walcott Resources Ltd.

Vince Sorace


  • Mining and technology entrepreneur with >30 years of international business and capital markets experience
  • President & CEO of Kutcho Copper, Director of E79 Resources Corp and Founder and Chairman of MineHub Technologies Inc.
  • Raised over $250M in equity and debt in recent financings
  • Prior roles include Founder, President and CEO of various private and public resource companies

Gavin Cooper



  • 35 years in finance, strategy & senior management
  • Former CEO and Director of Standard Lithium Ltd.,  former Director of Nevada Geothermal Power Inc., founding shareholder and former Director, Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc.
  • Former Director of Finance and Administration of Yarrows Ltd. (1,300 employees)
  • Former CEO of Catamaran Ferries International. ($450 million ship construction project)
  • CFO of Kutcho Copper Corp. and District Metals Corp.

Debra Struhsacker



  • Hardrock mining advocate and policy expert with 35 years of experience with the key federal and state environmental and public land laws and regulations governing mineral exploration and mine development
  • Proven track record in state and federal legislative and administrative venues in securing project permits for exploration and mining projects  
  • Unique combination of communication skills and expertise that effectively bridges the communication gap between the technical, political, and public opinion factors influencing policy decisions about mineral exploration and development, public lands, and the environment

Keith Peck


  • 30 years Investment Banking experience in the resource sector including hundreds of capital markets transactions (equity and debt), takeover offerings, business valuations, and expert financial testimony
  • Vice President and Director of RBC Dominion Securities Inc., First Marathon Securities Inc. and Vice Chairman of Yorkton Securities Inc.. Chairman of Orezone Gold Corporation ($40 million with RCF) and initial investor group (Convertible Debenture and Bridge Loan) to purchase Cerro Blanco from Goldcorp Inc.
  • Sole financial advisor to Skeena Resources Inc.. Initiated, structured, and assisted on the negotiations on the acquisition of the Snip Mine and Eskay Creek, including the purchase of the “Back-in Right” from Barrick Gold Corporation for approximately $75 million
  • Applied Economics – Princeton University. Chartered Business Valuator (CBV)

Michael Konnert


  • Co-founder and Managing Partner of Inventa Capital which has raised over $80M for portfolio companies in 2020
  • Founder and CEO of Vizsla Resources which is developing one of Mexico’s highest-grade Ag camps
  • Co-founded and sold Cobalt One Energy to Blackstone Minerals in 2017
  • >10 years of experience in resources and capital markets
  • Bcom in Entrepreneurial Management from Royal Roads University


David Johnson

 MSc. GDipAppFin. MAIG


  • Ex-Rio Tinto, WMC, LionOre and Independence Group (IGO Ltd)
  • >25 years global exploration experience across wide range of deposit types
  • Led successful in-mine exploration team at IGO, with key role in two discoveries
  • Geophysicist specializing in potential field and electrical/EM methods, and integration with other exploration datasets
  • Proven mineral resource discoverer

Regina Molloy

BSc. (hons)


  • >25 years experience as a multi commodity economic geologist
  • Skilled in Mineral Exploration and  Mine Development
  • Ex BHP, Newcrest, Barrick, Battery Minerals
  • Global experience exploring and discovering a range of deposit styles
  • Experience with junior and large company investment strategies

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