PNRL Management

Keith Morrison

Chief Executive Officer & Director

Keith Morrison

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 director and CEO of PNRL.

Dr. Mark Fedikow

President

Dr. Mark Fedikow

Mr. Mark Fedikow has more than 40 years of industry and government experience as an exploration geochemist and mineral deposits geologist. He has worked for major and junior mining exploration companies and the Manitoba Geological Survey completing his employment at the Survey as Chief Geologist of the Mineral Deposits Section. In 2001, Mr. Fedikow was the recipient of the Provincial Geologists Medal, a Canadian national award for outstanding geoscientific achievement. He has successfully applied partial and selective extraction geochemical technologies including the Mobile Metal Ions Process (MMI) in exploration programs for lode and placer gold, base metal massive sulphide, platinum group metals, magmatic nickel-copper, porphyry copper deposits and kimberlite / carbonatite in a variety of geological settings and overburden environments globally. Mr. Fedikow has published numerous articles on mineral deposits and their geochemical expressions in rock, soil and vegetation sample media. He is a Fellow of the Association of Applied Geochemists. 

Sarah-Wenjia Zhu

Chief Financial Officer

Sarah-Wenjia Zhu

Ms. Sarah Zhu has over 20 years of financing and accounting experience in the public and private equity market with a focus on the Natural Resources sector. Formerly, she held the position of Investment Manager with The Sentient Group. She holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Guangdong University of Finance & Economics and an MBA from the John Molson Business School of Concordia University. Prior to this, Ms. Zhu spent six years on an audit and systems risk consulting business with Deloitte China and gained her accounting qualification (CICPA) before migrating to Canada in 2004. She is also a CFA charter holder. She is currently CFO of PNRL.

Jaclyn Ruptash

Vice President Business Development

Jaclyn Ruptash

Jaclyn Ruptash has over 17 years of domestic and international experience in the resources sector with an accomplished background in communications, corporate governance, legal and regulatory compliance, and financing.  Prior to joining Premium Nickel Resources Ltd., Jaclyn held senior positions with several mining companies including with PNRL’s founding shareholder, formerly North American Nickel. She has been involved in all aspects of the operations with a variety of public and privately owned companies with direct responsibility for all continuous disclosure requirements, board and committee matters, corporate transactions, shareholder communications and corporate records. She has extensive experience in public and media relations, operations, and stakeholder communications.

Sharon Taylor, P. Geo.

Vice President Exploration

Sharon Taylor, P. Geo.

Ms. Sharon Taylor holds a B. Sc. from Mount Allison University and an M. Sc. from Queen’s University. She has over 35 years of experience in mineral exploration, including thirteen years with Falconbridge, Noranda, and Xstrata. She has experience in both volcanogenic massive sulfide and nickel exploration in major mining camps including Kidd Creek, Bathurst, Raglan, Sudbury and Kabanga. Her international exploration experience includes nickel projects in Tanzania and Greenland. Ms. Taylor's area of expertise is the application and interpretation of EM data and integrating results from airborne, ground and downhole EM methods. 

Gerry Katchen, P. Geo

Exploration Manager

Gerry Katchen, P. Geo

Mr. Katchen has over 23 years of experience in mineral exploration and mining in North America Greenland, Finland, Tanzania and Botswana. Gerry obtained his B.Sc from Brandon University in 1998, and has since specialized in  the global exploration for Nickel, Copper and Platinum Group Metals hosted within intrusive Mafic/Ultramafic sulphide systems. 

Gerry’s former experience with North American Palladium, Placer Dome, Continental Nickel and as Exploration Manager for PNRL has provided a solid foundation in the systematic approach and application of shallow and deep exploration technologies and methods. His career highlights include the discovery of the Ntaka Hill Nickel-Copper Deposit in Tanzania for Continental Nickel and the PQ_Deeps discovery in Ontario, Canada for Placer Dome.

Timothy H. Moran

Corporate Secretary

Timothy H. Moran

Timothy Moran is a Canadian corporate and securities law professional with over 30 years of experience advising domestic and international public and private companies.  Clients include companies with mineral exploration interests, blockchain and cryptocurrency business models and investment holding companies.  Prior to acting as in-house counsel and corporate secretary for PNRL, Timothy was the Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer of Gedex Systems Inc., a pre-revenue high technology company specializing in airborne geophysics exploration.  Prior to Gedex Systems Inc., Timothy was a partner for many years at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP with a practice specializing in the corporate, mergers and acquisitions, takeover bids and securities law areas.  Timothy has LLB and MBA degrees from the University of Western Ontario and a BASc (Industrial Engineering) degree from the University of Toronto.

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Dr. Peter Lightfoot, P. Geo

Consulting Chief Geologist

Dr. Lightfoot, who in the summer of 2016 published the first comprehensive textbook on the ore deposits of the Sudbury Igneous Complex, enjoyed a distinguished 20-year career as a geologist with Inco and Vale beginning in 1996. He was initially responsible for exploration at Voisey's Bay before being appointed Chief Geologist responsible for technical aspects of exploration programs at Voisey's Bay, Sudbury and Thompson. He received his B.A. in Earth Sciences from Oxford in 1980, his M.Sc. degree from the University of Toronto in 1982, and his Ph.D from the Open University (U.K.) in 1985. Following post-doctoral studies at the University of Toronto, he began a 10-year career with the Ontario Geological Survey in 1987 and worked extensively on the geology and geochemistry of Sudbury and Noril'sk before joining Inco in 1986. He is now an independent consultant to the minerals industry through his company, Lightfoot Geoscience Inc. He is currently a Consulting Chief Geologist to PNRL.

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