Director & Independent Chairman
James (Jim) Gowans has over 30 years of experience as a senior executive in the mining industry, with notable roles at Debswana Diamond Company in Botswana, DeBeers SA, DeBeers Canada Inc., PT Inco, Cominco/Teck and Placer Dome Ltd. Mr. Gowans has served on the boards of numerous Canadian publicly traded mining companies, including Cameco, Arizona Mining, Trilogy Metals, Detour Gold, New Gold, Marathon Gold, Paycore Minerals and Treasury Metals where he currently serves as Chairman. He was also CEO and interim president of Trilogy Metals Inc., held roles as CEO, president, and director at Arizona Mining Inc., and served as co-President of Barrick Gold Corporation before becoming a senior advisor to the Chairman of the Board at Barrick Gold Corporation.
He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mineral Engineering degree from the University of British Columbia and has attended the Banff School of Advanced Management. He is a past chair of the Mining Association of Canada.
Mr. John Hick has over 40 years of experience in the mining industry in both senior management positions and as an independent director, and in some cases the non-executive Chairman, to a number of publicly listed companies, including Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Inc. and Mako Mining Corp. Previously, Mr. Hick has held board and/or senior management positions with a number of other Canadian mining companies, including Quebec Precious Metals Corp., Medoro Resources Ltd., St. Andrew Goldfields Ltd., First Uranium Corp., Defiance Mining Corp./Geomaque Explorations Ltd, TVX Gold Inc., Cambior Inc., Rio Narcea Gold Mines Ltd, Rayrock Resources Inc., Revett Minerals Inc. and Placer Dome Inc. Mr. Hick holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto, and a LLB from the University of Ottawa.
HR and Compensation Committee (Chairman); Audit and Risk Management Committee; Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee
Chief Executive Officer & Director
Mr. Keith Morrison has over 40 years of global experience in the resources sector with an accomplished background in strategy, finance, exploration, technology, global operations, capital markets and corporate development. Formerly, Mr. Morrison co-founded two significant Canadian-based success stories, Quantec, a world-leader in deep sub-surface imaging technologies, and QGX, a Canadian-based public exploration company which operated in Mongolia prior to its acquisition. Since 1986, Mr. Morrison has continuously served on private and public company Board of Directors, and senior management teams as CEO. During this period, he has been in leadership positions through multiple commodity cycles and several black swan events. He is currently a Director and CEO of PNRL.
Mr. O’Reilly is a Corporate Director. He was Managing Partner and a member of the Management Committee of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, a leading Canadian law firm, from 1997 until his retirement from those positions on May 31, 2010. He was a partner of that firm from 1976 to December 31, 2011, except for the period between August 1993 and January 1996 when he served as an executive officer of Russel Metals Inc., one of North America’s leading metals distribution companies. Mr. O’Reilly has served as a director of Russel Metals Inc. since May, 2009, and has at various times served as Chair of its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, its Management Resources and Compensation Committee and its Environmental Management and Health and Safety Committee.
During his time practicing law, Mr. O’Reilly advised individuals and public and privately owned corporations in connection with the purchase and sale of corporations and business operations in a wide variety of industries, including, in particular, the financial services sector, industrial manufacturing and distribution, retail sales, truck transportation, food processing and oil and gas exploration and development. He acted on behalf of corporate borrowers in secured and unsecured loan transactions, including project financings, and in loan restructurings. He advised underwriters and issuers with respect to the public and private distribution of equity and debt securities and the public distribution of mortgage-backed securities, and he acted as an advisor to senior management, boards of directors, independent committees of boards and major shareholders of both public and private corporations in connection with a wide range of corporate activities.
In his capacity as Managing Partner at Davies, Mr. O’Reilly had primary responsibility for a wide range of firm management matters, including firm strategy, delivery of legal services, client relationships, other business development initiatives, lawyer recruitment, regulatory compliance, financial reporting, professional education and partner compensation.
Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee (Chairman); HR and Compensation Committee; Sustainability Committee
Mr. Don Newberry has over 20+ years of experience in a variety of senior financial and project management leadership roles and he is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Ohio Truck Sales. Don has spent most of his career working internationally in the Mining industry for Diavik Diamond Mines, Cleveland Cliffs, and Nyrstar. He is experienced in overseeing large mining projects from studies through to execution, risk management, M&A, integration, and implementing financial controls and oversight of company's assets. Mr. Newberry completed his bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) at Ottawa University, Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Global Management at University of Phoenix, and he also completed the Program for Leadership Development (PLD) at Harvard Business School. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant / Certified Management Accountant (CPA, CMA). He is currently a director of PNRL.
Technical Committee (Chairman); Audit and Risk Management Committee; Sustainability Committee
Mr. Jason LeBlanc has over 20 years of financial, business and capital markets experience in the mining industry. Most recently, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Yamana Gold Inc. from 2017 to 2023, following successively senior roles with Yamana since 2006 that included debt and equity raises totaling over $2 billion and extensive M&A and other corporate transactions totaling over $15 billion. Mr. LeBlanc holds a Master of Finance degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Windsor. He also holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Audit and Risk Management Committee (Chairman); HR and Compensation Committee
Mark Christensen has spent the last 30 years as a specialist advisor/banker in public and private capital markets. He has experience in a broad range of corporate and capital market transactions, from mergers and acquisitions and "grey market" trading, to equity and debt structured financings totalling in the tens of billions of dollars. Mr. Christensen is the Founder and CEO of KES 7 Capital Inc., a Toronto-based, merchant bank and single-family office that targets bespoke investments in the resource, healthcare, real estate and technology sectors. Prior to founding KES 7, Mr. Christensen was Vice Chairman and Head of Global Sales and Trading at GMP Securities (now Stifel Canada), which was one of Canada's largest independent investment banks, where he served as a member of the Executive Committee, Compensation Committee and New Names Committee. Previously he worked in equity research at Midland Walwyn Capital Inc. (now Merrill Lynch/Bank of America) and corporate finance at Goepel McDermid Inc. (now Raymond James Financial). Mr. Christensen's background in geology and geophysics has provided him with valuable insight into extractive resource industries. He holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Windsor, Canada and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Hull, United Kingdom.
Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee; Sustainability Committee