Management & Directors
Garett Macdonald, MBA, P.Eng
Position: President, CEO and Director
Mr. Macdonald has over 22 years of industry experience as a mining engineer including an extensive background in project development and mine operations. He has been involved with several public companies at both management and board level and has managed large technical programs through concept, feasibility and into construction. After roles in mine operations and engineering with senior Canadian mining firms Teck, Placer Dome and Suncor Energy, Mr. Macdonald served as the Vice President of Operations for Rainy River Resources prior to the acquisition of Rainy River by New Gold Inc. in 2013. Most recently Mr. Macdonald has served as Vice President of Project Development for JDS Energy & Mining, a leading engineering, construction and private mining firm, where he led that company’s Eastern Canadian business operations. Mr. Macdonald holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Western University’s Ivey Business School and a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from Laurentian University.
Position: Chairman of the Audit Committee, Director
Mr. Nikolakakis has over 20 years of corporate finance, accounting and senior management experience within the mining sector. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Rubicon Minerals Corporation and was the former Chief Financial Officer of Rainy River Resources (“Rainy River”), where he was responsible for the corporation’s strategic plan, as well as its financial and reporting activities. As an integral part of Rainy River, Mr. Nikolakakis successfully raised more than $150 million. Prior to Rainy River, Nick was the Vice President of Corporate Finance at Barrick Gold Corporation ("Barrick"), where he led a US$1.0 billion project financing deal for Barrick’s Pueblo Viejo project in the Dominican Republic and successfully negotiated a US$1.5 billion corporate revolving credit facility. Other previously held positions by Mr. Nikolakakis include, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Placer Dome Canada, and Treasurer at North American Palladium Ltd. Mr. Nikolakakis holds an Applied Science degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey School of Business.
Position: Chairman of the Board, Director
Mr. Shields was engaged in the practice of law from 1979 through 2006 in Calgary and Vancouver, specializing in corporate and securities law and mergers and acquisitions. In 2006 he left the law business and joined Providia, a group engaged in public company start-ups. Mr. Shields was a founding shareholder of Ryland Oil Corporation, and served as its President and a member of the Board from 2007 until its sale to Crescent Point Energy in 2010. Mr. Shields was also a founding shareholder of Rainy River Resources Ltd., a TSX listed gold exploration company. He was elected to the Board of Directors of Rainy River in 2008 and was engaged as Vice President in 2009. He was subsequently appointed General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in 2011, positions he held until the sale of Rainy River to New Gold Inc. in 2013.
Mr. Shields holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Stuart Averill, B.Sc. (Hons.), P.Geo.
Mr. Averill is Chairman of Overburden Drilling Management Limited (ODM), a company that he founded in 1974 to develop and apply indicator mineral methods for mineral exploration. He has progressively advanced this novel technology and is now recognized as its pioneer and leading authority. Mr. Averill's specialty is early-stage exploration projects in frontier areas but he has also performed many detailed investigations, including demonstrating that Bre-X's drill core samples had been salted with placer gold grains. He has played a leading role in the discovery of several mineral deposits and new mineral districts in Canada including the very productive Casa Berardi and Rainy River gold districts. He is a former director of Nuinsco Resources Limited and was a director of Rainy River Resources Ltd. from 2005 until the company was acquired by New Gold Inc. in 2013 for $310 million.
Mr. Averill holds a BSc. (Hons.) in geology from the University of Manitoba. He has published several influential papers on indicator minerals and was presented with the PDAC's Distinguished Service Award in 2003.
Mr. Clark is presently Vice President of Project Development for Coeur Mining, Inc. (“Coeur”). Mr. Clark spent the early part of his career working in contract mining where he gained valuable operational experience in mine development, construction and shaft sinking. Prior to joining Coeur, Mr. Clark worked with the De Beers Group of Companies where he held managerial roles in Supply Chain, Business Improvement and most recently as Senior Operations Manager of Snap Lake Mine. Mr. Clark supervised the operation’s performance group before transitioning the mine into a state of care and maintenance. Mr. Clark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics as well as a Bachelor of Engineer in Mining from Laurentian University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business.
Position: Interim CFO
Ms. Burianyk has over 15 years of industry experience serving as CFO for various TSX-V and CSE listed companies . Ms. Burianyk is a CPA, CA and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University. Ms. Burianyk was previously employed as an audit manager at a Canadian accounting firm where she specialized in the mining industry.
Position: Corporate Secretary
Mrs. Hodges is the principal of Benchmark Governance, providing corporate compliance, administration and governance support to private and public companies in the resource and technology sectors. Mrs. Hodges has over fourteen years’ of experience serving on and for, numerous boards of directors of publicly listed companies. Mrs. Hodges specializes in corporate, commercial and securities law, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions.