Directors & Officers

Senior Management Team

Stephan Theron - CEO

  • +18 years of senior management, capital project development and M&A experience within the mining industry.
  • Current CEO of Trigon Metals. Former CEO of Forbes Coal (Buffalo Coal), and director of True Gold Mining.
  • He has structured numerous mining focused investments and has worked on mining projects throughout Africa.

Sékou Konate – Country Manager

  • +22 years as a civil servant working for the Malian Ministry of Public Works and Transportation.
  • + 20 years of experience facilitating exploration and mining activities in Mali; former experience with Golden Shamrock , SEMAFO , OREZONE, Golden Rim and African Gold Group.
  • Former management experience at Direction Nationale des Travaux Publics, Chief Division of Supply Fuel at Petrostock State Company.

Brett A. Richards - President and COO

  • + 30 years of expertise in mining and metals, with a focus on M&A, mine development and senior level operations.
  • Current President of Richards Enterprises Inc., a mining consulting firm, and formerly held senior executive roles in West Africa, including CEO of Octéa Ltd, the transition CEO of Roxgold and the CEO of Avocet Mining. He also held other senior management positions at Katanga Mining Ltd, Kinross Gold and Co-Steel Inc.
  • Fellow of the Institute of Directors in London; a member of Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technologists and (O.A.C.E.T.T. - Mechanical Engineering); a member of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (P.D.A.C).

Ryan Ptolemy - CFO

  • CPA, CGA, and CFA holder with +15 years of experience in the public and private sectors.
  • He has served as CFO to a number of companies in the mining sector, particularly exploration and development stage companies

Board of Directors

  • Stan Bharti, P. Eng, M. Eng. - Chairman
  • Professional mining engineer, business consultant, international financier, and seasoned entrepreneur.
  • + 30 years of professional experience in business, finance, markets, and operations.

Bruce Humphrey - Director

  • + 35 years experience working in senior management roles with both junior and senior mining companies.
  • Formerly served as Chairman of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines, President and CEO of Desert Sun Mining, and Senior Vice President and COO of Goldcorp.

John Begeman - Director

  • +35 years of experience as a professional mining engineer.
  • Current Executive Chairman of Premier Gold Mines, director of Yamana Gold Inc. and Aberdeen International.
  • Former President and CEO of Avion Gold, President, CEO and director of Valencia Ventures, COO of Zinifex Canada, VP Western Operations for Goldcorp.

Stan Bharti, P. Eng, M. Eng. - Chairman

  • Professional mining engineer, business consultant, international financier, and seasoned entrepreneur.
  • + 30 years of professional experience in business, finance, markets, and operations.

Bruce Humphrey - Director

  • + 35 years experience working in senior management roles with both junior and senior mining companies.
  • Formerly served as Chairman of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines, President and CEO of Desert Sun Mining, and Senior Vice President and COO of Goldcorp.

John Begeman - Director

  • +35 years of experience as a professional mining engineer.
  • Current Executive Chairman of Premier Gold Mines, director of Yamana Gold Inc. and Aberdeen International.
  • Former President and CEO of Avion Gold, President, CEO and director of Valencia Ventures, COO of Zinifex Canada, VP Western Operations for Goldcorp.

Stan Bharti, P. Eng, M. Eng. - Chairman

  • Professional mining engineer, business consultant, international financier, and seasoned entrepreneur.
  • + 30 years of professional experience in business, finance, markets, and operations.

Bruce Humphrey - Director

  • + 35 years experience working in senior management roles with both junior and senior mining companies.
  • Formerly served as Chairman of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines, President and CEO of Desert Sun Mining, and Senior Vice President and COO of Goldcorp.

John Begeman - Director

  • +35 years of experience as a professional mining engineer.
  • Current Executive Chairman of Premier Gold Mines, director of Yamana Gold Inc. and Aberdeen International.
  • Former President and CEO of Avion Gold, President, CEO and director of Valencia Ventures, COO of Zinifex Canada, VP Western Operations for Goldcorp.