Mike Hoffman is an experienced mining executive with over 30 years of practice in the mining industry including engineering, mine operations, corporate development, contracting, consulting, projects and construction. He has direct experience in a number of commodities including coal, precious metals, base metals and potash. In his past duties as CEO, he was directly involved in numerous financings. Mr. Hoffman started his career in the Canadian mining industry, working his way through engineering and mine operating roles for a number of mines across Canada, including the Arctic. In the late 1990’s, he moved to Toronto with Rio Algom and worked on both the Antamina and Spence projects in Peru and Chile, respectively. He worked for Goldcorp as Vice President, Projects and oversaw both feasibility and construction of the #3 shaft mining complex, and was responsible for the due diligence and integration of Goldcorp with Wheaton River Minerals. He worked as Vice President, Projects for Desert Sun Mining on the expansion of the Jacobina Mine in Brazil and stayed with Yamana as an executive after the merger with Desert Sun Mining. After Yamana, Mr. Hoffman then became President and CEO of Kria Resources, which acquired a number of base metal projects in Canada and later merged with Trevali Resources. He was one of the founders and CEO of Crocodile Gold, which acquired a number of gold assets in Australia and subsequently, after he left, merged with Newmarket Gold. Since his time with Crocodile Gold, Mr. Hoffman has been active as Principal of M Hoffman Consulting Ltd. which provides advisory services to the mining industry. He has assisted on a number of projects including Belo Sun Mining, Brazil Potash and African Thunder Platinum.
Mr. Hoffman’s northern Canadian experience includes operating roles, contracting experience and construction experience in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, northern Manitoba and northern Ontario. In addition to being a director of 1911 Gold, he is also a director of Eastmain Resources. He has experience serving on audit committees, sustainability committees and compensation committees. Mr. Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Mining Engineering from Queen’s University and is a Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario. He has also completed the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management Director Course and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
President and CEO
Ron Clayton is a highly experienced mining executive with over 40 years in the business. He has successfully guided companies through the mining company life cycle, including advanced stage exploration, development, construction and mining. Mr. Clayton most recently acted as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Tahoe Resources Inc. until June of 2018. As member of Tahoe’s founding executive team, Mr. Clayton led the construction of the Escobal mine as the Company’s first Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President, Operations, and the General Manager of several underground mines for Hecla Mining Company. He was also Vice President, Operations with Stillwater Mining Company. In addition, Mr. Clayton has held a number of engineering and operations management positions with the Climax Molybdenum Company and Homestake Mining Company and is currently a Director of Gold Standard Ventures. Mr. Clayton earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
Blair Schultz brings over 20 years of experience in financial, operational, project finance and capital markets. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo with a Business Administration option from Wilfred Laurier University. Blair commenced his career in 2001 with one of Canada’s preeminent hedge funds, K2 & Associates Investment Management Inc., where over 13 years he held various positions, including Vice President and most notably, Head of Special Situation, Portfolio Management and Trading. Mr. Schultz is currently interim President and CEO of Eastmain Resources Inc. and serves on the board of directors since April, 2016. He also served as interim CEO of 1911 Gold Corp. from June, 2018, to January, 2019 and chairman of board of directors from its inception in March, 2018 until January 2020. His prior board memberships include Ring the Bell Capital Corp. (capital pool company launched February, 2018), which was successful with an RTO transaction for Arizona Metals Corp.; Klondex Mines Ltd. (from June, 2012, to September, 2018); OK2 Minerals (from August, 2016, to September, 2018); and VMS Ventures Inc. (from July, 2015, to April, 2016). Blair served as Chairman of Klondex Mines Ltd. from 2012 to 2014, an executive director from September 2014 to June 2015, and served as a director until the sale of Klondex to Hecla Mining Company in July of 2018. At VMS Ventures Inc., he chaired the special committee overseeing the sale of VMS to Royal Nickel Corporation.
Paul Andre Huet has over 30 years of career experience in the mining industry. He is well recognized for continually transforming, building value for shareholders, and producing positive cash flow for public and private organizations. Paul is a bilingual C-level executive with demonstrated expertise in launching, revitalizing, and leading multimillion-dollar organizations to achieve tremendous growth. He is a unique and inspiring leader, who consistently demonstrates the qualities that foster an innovative and engaging company culture, and to persevere despite challenges and complex market conditions. Presently Mr. Huet serves as Chairman and CEO of RNC Minerals, he has led the transformation of the company into a gold producer. Prior to this, Mr. Huet was President/CEO and Director of Klondex Mines from 2012 - 2018, until the acquisition by Hecla Mining Company. Paul has a strong command of capital markets and has served in all levels of engineering and operations of Mining. Paul presently also serves on the board of Elim Mining as Chairman, and has served on several non-profit and publicly traded company boards.
Mr. Huet graduated with Honors from the Mining Engineering Technology program at Haileybury School of Mines in Ontario, and successfully completed the Stanford Executive program at the Stanford School of business. In 2013 Mr. Huet was nominated for the Premiers Award in Ontario for outstanding College graduates; he is currently a member of OACETT as an applied Science Technologist and an Accredited Director.
James Haggarty is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA and CA) with experience in executive roles, as well as roles on Boards of Directors, in public and private companies.
Mr. Haggarty’s career spans across a range of industries from mining, broadcasting, sports, telecommunications and TV & Film production/post production. He has held senior executive positions as C.E.O, President, EVP Operations, VP Financial Operations and VP Corporate Development. Mr. Haggarty is currently the President of Creative Services at Deluxe Entertainment, a privately owned company that provides post-production services to the television and film industries with operations in Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Atlanta, London, Spain and India.
Mr. Haggarty has extensive experience with audit committees and public company Boards starting in 1993 with Inmet Mining (formerly Metall Mining), followed by Corus Entertainment and Rogers Communications Inc. His Board memberships include Klondex Mines Ltd (TSX and NYSE; 2012 to 2018) and Gibraltar Growth Corp. (TSX; 2015 to 2017) where he either chairs or was a member of the audit committee for each company. Mr. Haggarty was also a volunteer Board member of the Toronto Blue Jays Care Foundation (2010 to 2019). Mr. Haggarty joined the inaugural Board of 1911 Gold Corporation in 2018, and he chairs the Audit Committee.
Shastri Ramnath is a Professional Geoscientist with 20 years of global experience within the exploration and mining industry. She started her career at Falconbridge in Winnipeg in 1999 and then moved to Sudbury to join FNX Mining in 2002. She was a key member of the exploration and resource group at FNX and part of the team that discovered the Victoria Deposit. In 2010, Shastri joined Bridgeport Ventures Inc. as President and CEO where she raised over 17 million in the capital markets before merging the company with Premier Royalty. In 2012 she co-founded and co-owns Orix Geoscience Inc., a consulting firm that partners with exploration and mining companies to provide front end geological support. The success of Orix in its inaugural 3 years resulted in Shastri being nominated for the RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year for Canada and was one of 3 finalists for the Momentum Award. More recently, Shastri co-founded Exiro Minerals, a junior exploration company focused on project generation that combines technology with traditional exploration methodologies. Shastri received a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Manitoba, a M.Sc. in Exploration Geology from Rhodes University (South Africa), and an Executive MBA from Athabasca University.