Advisory Board

Mr. Arnoldus Brand

Mr. Brand, is a Namibian entrepreneur with 12 years of experience working on major construction and mining projects in Africa. As an experienced commodity Trader/Broker, Arno has been involved in numerous public transactions and company financings. 

Mr. Arno Brand is currently President, Chief Executive Officer & Director at Gratomic, Inc., a resources company operating the Aukam Graphite Project in southern Namibia. He also holds positions at Boswell Capital Corp. and Valley Mining One Corp. He has served as a director and/or officer of several public and private companies. Arno attended Technical School with a qualifying trade in Fitting and turning and Basic Engineering. He also completed an apprenticeship in project management and site management in civil sub surface construction.

Mr. John Sabine, BA, LLB

Mr. John Sabine is Senior Counsel to Bennett Jones LLP and has formerly served as a partner of several other leading Canadian law firms. Mr. Sabine is widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading corporate, mining and securities lawyers and has over 40 years of legal expertise in mining, corporate reorganizations, securities, financings and mergers and acquisitions. In addition to advising public companies and investment banks, Mr. Sabine has served as a director of a number of public and private companies. Mr. Sabine is a graduate of Western University and a member of the Law Society of Ontario.

Ms. Patricia (Patti) Tirschmann, HBSc., M.Sc., P. Geo.

Ms. Tirschmann has 25 years of exploration experience specializing in magmatic nickel-copper sulphide deposits. Most recently, Patti served for six years as Vice President, Exploration for Continental Nickel Limited where she assembled and led the exploration team which discovered and delineated new nickel sulphide zones and established NI 43-101 compliant mineral resource estimates at the Ntaka Hill project in Tanzania. Prior to joining Continental Nickel, Patti worked for over eighteen years with Falconbridge Limited/Xstrata plc in various roles including Senior Geologist, International Nickel Sulphide Exploration. She has extensive experience developing, implementing and supervising exploration programs in the major Canadian nickel belts of Sudbury, Thompson and Raglan and has international experience comprising projects in Norway, Greenland, Alaska, Chile, Australia and Tanzania. Patti possesses graduate and post-graduate degrees in Geological Sciences from the University of Manitoba and is a registered professional geoscientist in the Province of Ontario.

Mr. Alex Balogh

Mr. Balogh is the former Chairman and CEO of Falconbridge Ltd., Deputy Chairman of Noranda Inc. and CEO of Noranda Minerals Inc. He has served as Chairman, International Council on Metals and the Environment (ICME), Chairman, Council of Mining and Metallurgical Institutes, Director, Mining Association of Canada, and as a member of other not for profit national and international organizations. Mr. Balogh also sits on The Sentient Council, an advisory body to The Sentient Group, and is a current member of the Advisory Board of Hatch Associates. Mr. Balogh has at various times sat on the Board of Directors of fifteen listed companies. Mr. Balogh is a metallurgical engineer and has more than 40 years of experience in the mining and metallurgical industry.

Mr. Ole Christiansen, M.Sc.

Ole Christiansen holds an MSc in Geology from the University of Aarhus, Denmark (1990) and has more than 25 years of experience of mineral exploration in Greenland. Ole has held various positions with Nunaoil A/S, Ujarak Minerals ApS, Greenland Business Development Corp., and subsequently the “Minerals Office” (before the creation of BMP) at the Government of Greenland. Since 1999, Ole has been the President and CEO of Nuna Minerals A/S.

Mr. Mark Thompson

Mr. Thompson is a metals and mining specialist and has extensive knowledge of the mining sector in both public and private markets. Mr. Thompson is currently the executive Chairman of Treliver Minerals Ltd, non-executive Director of TSX-V listed Margaret Lake Diamonds Inc and holds a number of other directorships in private companies engaged in mineral exploration. He is a former Chief Investment Officer and co-founder of Galena Asset Management Ltd, the fund management arm of Trafigura Beheer b.v., and partner at Apollo Management, one of the world's largest alternative asset managers. Mark holds a masters degree in Physics from Oxford University.

Mr. Christopher Messina

Mr. Messina is an experienced investment banker with over 20 years experience in the capital markets. He has advised multiple global exchanges, commodity producers and traders, private equity firms, corporations and sovereign wealth funds. He is currently an advisor to artificial intelligence and big data software companies focused on applying advanced computational techniques to the global capital and cyber security markets. He has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, where he was a National Merit Scholar, and an MBA in Finance from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

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