Ms. Walton has over 25 years’ experience providing independent management and consulting services to the mining industry, with a focus on northern Canada. Previously she served as President and Chief Executive Officer, Firestone Ventures Inc. from 2005 to 2012, and as director of Northern Tiger Resources Inc. from 2008 to 2013. Most recently, she provided expertise on mineral resource development policy for the Government of Alberta from 2013 to 2018. Ms. Walton holds a M.Sc. in Economic Geology from the University of Alberta, is a professional geoscientist registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), and holds a graduate gemologist diploma from the Gemological Institute of America.
Ms. Zhou brings in over 10 years of experience in finance from private and public companies. She started her professional career at Ernst & Young LLP and has spent most of her career in various finance roles in the resource industry, with a focus on mining companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. She is experienced in financial reporting under both IFRS and U.S. GAAP. Ms. Zhou comes to the Company from Golden Predator Mining Corp., where she recently served as Corporate Controller. Ms. Zhou holds a M.Sc. in Finance from University of Saskatchewan, with a research focus on corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. She also holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from University of Macau.
Mr. Marino brings more than 25 years of mineral exploration experience to the Company which includes consulting or staff positions with Eurasian Minerals Inc., Golden Predator Mining Corp., Victoria Gold Corp., Largo Resources Ltd., Bema Gold Corp., Geoinformatics Exploration and others. His specialties include field mapping, underground mapping, ore deposit exploration and evaluation, with significant experience in the Yukon and Nevada. Mr. Marino held the position of principal field geologist at Solgold in Ecuador. He has also been involved in exploration projects in numerous areas around the world including Mexico, Mongolia, Alaska, Siberia, Sweden, Colombia, Ecuador, and Argentina.
Mr. Marino holds a Master of Science in geology from Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada, Reno, and a Professional Master in Mineral Exploration from ITC, Delft in the Netherlands. He also conducted PhD studies in Natural/Mineral resources at the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi.
Shawn has over 20 years of experience prospecting gold across the Yukon and has been rapidly expanding his prospecting in Canada’s Newfoundland. A global leader in his field, his prospecting and specialization on advanced soil work led to the discovery of the millions of gold ounces including the Golden Saddle & Arc, Coffee, and QV gold resources. This success has also been recognized with Shawn winning the 2011 PDAC Prospector of the Year Award, 2010 Spud Huestis Award and the 1998 Yukon Chamber of Mines Prospector of the Year Award. Shawn continues to be an active participant with his technical teams, constantly improving efficiencies with his methodological exploration techniques.