Rob Pease has more than 30 years of experience in global exploration and mine development. He was a director of Lune Gold and was most recently President and CEO of Sabina Gold and Silver Corp. from November 2011 until his retirement in February 2015. In 2006, Rob founded Terrane Metals Corp. to develop the Mount Milligan project in BC, Canada. Terrane Metals was acquired by Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. for $700 million in 2010. Rob is a former director and strategic advisor to Richfield Ventures Corp. that was exploring the Blackwater gold project in BC, Canada. In 2011, Richfield Ventures was acquired by New Gold Inc. for $500 million. The majority of Rob’s prior career was spent at Placer Dome Inc. His last position there was GM, Canada Exploration & Global Major Projects. In 2010, the Association of Mineral Exploration BC named Rob their “BC Mining Person of the Year”.
Christian Milau was the CEO of Luna Gold from August 2016 until it merged with JDL Gold in March 2017 to form Trek Mining. Before joining Luna Gold, Christian was the CEO of True Gold until it was acquired by Endeavour Mining for approximately $240 million in April 2016. At True Gold, Christian was integral to development of the Karma Gold Mine where, under his leadership, True Gold was able to successfully negotiate agreements with the government and community in Burkina Faso, recommence construction, complete development, and reach production, all in under 14 months. Christian is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant with over 20 years of experience in mining and finance. In addition to his background in finance and capital markets, Christian brings important operational, government and stakeholder relations experience, including successfully negotiating various community, security, fiscal and tax agreements. Prior to True Gold, Christian held senior positions at Endeavour Mining, New Gold, BNP Paribas in London, and Deloitte. Christian is currently a director of Northern Dynasty and Plateau Uranium.
Greg Smith was the CEO of JDL Gold and was a director of Luna Gold. Prior to his role with JDL, he held the roles of CEO and founder of Anthem United, President and CEO of Esperanza Resources prior to its sale to Alamos Gold, and CFO of Minefinders Corporation prior to its sale to Pan American Silver. Previously Greg has held management positions at both Goldcorp and the mining division of KPMG LLP, and he also acted as a director of Premier Royalty prior to its sale to Sandstorm Gold. Currently Greg is a director and the Audit Committee Chair of both Chesapeake Gold and Royalty North Partners. Greg is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant and was the recipient of the 2013 CA Early Achievement Award and the 2014 Business in Vancouver Top 40 under 40.
Felipe Alves is a mining engineer with a Master’s degree in the political economics of resources, bringing extensive financial and technical expertise to Trek Mining. Felipe was a director of Luna Gold. He is a Brazilian native who combines international capital markets experience with an extensive local network of governmental and regulatory agencies, resource financiers, and technical, legal and tax consulting services. He is founder and CEO of Frontera Minerals Group. His previous work experience includes roles as an Investment Manager at a small mining-focused private equity fund based in Brazil and at Rand Merchant Bank, and various technical and operating positions at several open pit and underground mining operations. He was previously a board member of CPX Cement and is currently on the board of the Brazilian Association of Mineral Exploration Companies (ABPM).
Marcel de Groot is a Chartered Accountant and is co-founder and President of Pathway Capital, a Vancouver based venture capital company that has played a significant role in the organization and development of a number of mining companies. Marcel was a director of JDL Gold, and currently serves on the board of Asanko Gold.
David Lowell is one of the world’s most successful exploration geologists with a track record that includes the discovery of more than 15 large scale mines, including the Toromocho and La Escondida copper deposits. David has participated in nine major prefeasibility or bankable feasibility studies and has been the Chairman and founder of four companies, two of which went on to be sold for values of approximately $1 billion. David has published more than 50 articles, the most notable work being the Lowell Guilbert model of porphyry ore deposits that has gone on to become compulsory learning for geology students worldwide. David has been the recipient of over 30 professional awards including induction into the American Mining Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Engineering. He holds a Bachelor’s of Mine Engineering from the University of Arizona, a Masters of Geology from Stanford University, and has been awarded several honorary degrees. David was the Chairman of JDL Gold.
Jim O’Rourke holds a degree in Mining Engineering and has more than 40 years of hands-on experience in mine evaluations, development, project financing, marketing and operations in Canada, the United States, South America and the Philippines. He gained valuable mine development and operating experience while involved in the start-up phase of five major mines over 14 years with Placer Development Limited. As President of Princeton Mining Corporation he was responsible for the acquisition of the Similco open pit copper mine; the evaluation, financing and development of the Cassiar underground block cave mine; and the acquisition, evaluation, financing and development of the Huckleberry open pit copper mine. Currently, was a director of JDL Gold, is currently President and a founding shareholder of Copper Mountain Mining and has served as a director of numerous public and private companies in mining and property development. Jim has served as a director of the Mining Association of Canada, the Vancouver Board of Trade and a director of the British Columbia Mining Association. Jim was the 2005 recipient of the Edgar A. Scholz Medal for Excellence in Mine Development in British Columbia and the Yukon, and the recipient of the Mining Person of the Year award for British Columbia in 2010. In 2011 he was a recipient of the Order of British Columbia for his economic contributions to mine development in British Columbia. In 2013, Jim was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.
Dan Wilton is an Investment Partner with Pacific Road Capital, and was a director of Luna Gold. Dan joined Pacific Road in 2013 and has more than 20 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance in the mining industry. His transaction experience includes advising on over $10 billion in mergers and acquisition transactions and over $1 billion in corporate financings. Formerly Dan was Managing Director and Head of Global Mining and Metals at National Bank Financial, Managing Director in Business Development at General Electric and held other senior financial positions at leading financial institutions. He sits on the Board of Directors and is Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee for Providence Health Care in Vancouver, Canada. Dan holds a B.Comm (First Class Honours) from Queen’s University and an MBA (with Distinction) from INSEAD in France.