Technical Advisors

Mr. Hyde has over 18 years of experience in the mineral exploration industry, most recently as a Senior Exploration Geologist with New Gold Inc. Mr. Hyde has worked on numerous deposit styles and is experienced with project management over a broad range of mineral project development, from exploration and discovery to production stage. Mr. Hyde holds a B.Sc. in Earth Science from Memorial University.

Mr. Ashcroft has been involved in the global mining industry and the North American and European debt and equity markets since 1990. Mr. Ashcroft is currently the President & CEO of Aurelius Minerals Ltd. He served as President & CEO of Stonegate Agricom Ltd. from 2008 to 2014, where he successfully led the company to a $51.75 million IPO and listing on the TSX in 2010.  From 2007 to 2008, Mr. Ashcroft successfully developed the mining finance business of Versant Partners in sales, trading and corporate finance. From 2003 to 2008 he worked with Toll Cross Securities Inc., a boutique institutional firm in Toronto where he became Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking. From 2001 to 2003, he was a member of the Mining and Metals Team at Standard Bank’s New York office, where he was responsible for providing metals trading and project financing solutions to mid-tier developers and producers in Canada and Latin America. From 1999 to 2000, he was a member of the Mining and Metals Team of Barclays Capital, a leading provider of project finance to the mining industry. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Ashcroft worked in Mines Technical Services at Inco Limited’s Ontario Division, where he qualified as a Professional Engineer in Ontario. From 1990 to 1996, through his undergraduate studies, he worked in various operating roles in North and South America and Australia. Mr. Ashcroft holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) degree from Laurentian University and a Master’s of Science (Finance, Regulation and Risk Management) from the ISMA Centre of the University of Reading.

Mr. Leslie was most recently the Senior Project Geologist at Richfield Ventures Corp.'s (now New Gold Inc. NGD:T) successful Blackwater Gold project southwest of Prince George, BC. During his time at Richfield, Mr. Leslie was an integral member of the discovery team at the Blackwater Gold project where he supervised the exploration and resource drill program that led to the most recent resource estimation of 6.52 Moz Au (NGD News Release September 19, 2011). Mr. Leslie has been involved in mineral exploration and government geoscience since 2005, working on numerous deposit styles both in grassroots exploration and in production. He holds a B.Sc. degree in geology from the University of Alberta and a M.Sc. degree in geology from the University of British Columbia.