Daniel WhittakerExecutive Chairman
Mr. Whittaker has held senior positions in the mineral industry for the last 20 years. Most recently, he was a founder of GoGold Resources Inc., a mineral exploration, development and production company. Daniel held senior management positions with GoGold from January 2008 to January 2016 and also served as a director of GoGold from inception to January 2013. He founded Ucore Rare Metals Inc. in 2006 and served as an officer and director to March 2008.
Mr. Whittaker holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics Degree and a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He also has held the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute since 1995.
Mr. Verran has over 20 years of international experience in the mining and mineral exploration industry. He is a recognized business and technical leader with a proven track-record of project generation, discovery and project advancement, in both Africa and Canada. Mr. Verran currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Fortune Bay Corp., a TSX-V listed exploration and development company. Previous roles include Vice President, Exploration for Denison Mines Corp., Executive Technical Director for Remote Exploration Services (Pty) Ltd , and Exploration Manager for Manica Minerals Limited.
Mr. Verran holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a Bachelor of Science in Geology (Honours) from the University of Cape Town and a Master of Science in Exploration Geology from Rhodes University. Mr. Verran is a registered P.Geo (APEGS) and Professional Natural Scientist (SACNASP).
Ms. Maske is an experienced Namibian capital markets executive. She co-founded Eos Capital in 2015 and led it as Managing Partner until 2022, building the business from a start-up to Namibia's biggest private equity firm with N$1.1bn (approx. C$85 million) of assets under management across 3 funds. Prior to Eos, Nicole had extensive organizational and operational improvement experience from a broad range of sectors and leading businesses, both private and state-owned, across Africa while at McKinsey and Company, Liberty Life in South Africa and Old Mutual Africa. Nicole is an MBA graduate from London Business School, holds a Bachelor of Business Science from the University of Cape Town, is a qualified Actuary with the Namibian and South African Actuarial Societies and a certified Financial Risk Manager with the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). Ms. Maske’s passion is to sustainably develop Namibia by creating jobs and empowering rural communities.
Mr. Hansen is a geologist and venture capitalist with significant public markets experience. Mr. Hansen has 30 years of experience in the exploration and mining industry and is currently the CEO of Cascada Silver Corp., a company he co-founded and took public in 2020. He is also the President of Swansea Holding Inc., a privately-held venture capital firm investing in the software technology industry and the Treasurer of both Aviation InterTec Services, which specializes in aviation maintenance software solutions, and EZStuff Software, a publisher of scientific data collection software. Prior to Cascada Silver Corp., CEO of ATEX Resources from May 2019 and June 2020. From 2009, Mr. Hansen was the co-founder and CEO of Atacama Pacific Gold Corporation until it was sold to RIO2 Limited in 2018. Mr. Hansen was the co-founder and CEO of Andina Minerals Inc. from 2004 through 2009. Prior to 2004, he held senior head office positions with TVX Gold Inc. and Kinross Gold Corporation, as well as operational positions with Inco Limited (now CVRD Inco Limited). Mr. Hansen received a Geological Technician diploma from Cambrian College in 1983 and an Honours Bachelor of Science, Geology degree from Laurentian University in 1988.
Paul is an accomplished business executive and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in media, finance and politics. Paul spent a decade as a leader in the broadcast and new media industry as CTVglobemedia’s Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs. He also held senior positions in public service, including with the Government of Canada as Director of Operations to Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, and as a senior aide to two Premiers of Newfoundland and Labrador; Clyde Wells and Brian Tobin. Paul Co-Founded Difference Capital Financial Inc. and currently serves on a number of private and public boards.