Directors

James R. Atkinson, M.Sc., P.Geo.

Mr. Atkinson is an exploration geologist with over 40 years experience as an independent exploration and mine geologist and project manager with both junior and major mining companies including Noront, Billiton and AMEC to name a few.   His career has encompassed numerous types of mining deposits including gold, copper, base metals in Canada and internationally.  Jim has been a leader in discoveries of deposits close to the Oyu Tolgoi deposit in Mongolia, as well as in Ring of Fire, Ontario, Canada.  Jim is currently Vice President, Exploration for the Americas Silver Corporation, a TSX listed company with producing mines in Idaho and Mexico.  He obtained his BSc from Brock University, his MSc from University of Toronto and he is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario, the PDAC and the Society of Economic Geology.     

Dr. John B. Gammon

Dr. Gammon is an exploration geologist with over 40 years of exploration, government and corporate experience.  John was employed in several senior positions in mineral exploration in the private sector with Falconbridge among other companies and as a consultant.  As the Assistant Deputy Minister, Mines and Minerals in the Ontario Government for 17 years, John was responsible for developing the policies and leading the team that saw Ontario recognized as the world’s most attractive mineral exploration jurisdiction by the Fraser Institute. John was a Director of Probe Mines Limited from inception through to the discovery of the Borden Lake deposit and subsequent sale to Goldcorp for $526 million in March 2015. John is currently a director and advisor to several junior mining companies as well as a member of the board of the PDAC’s Aboriginal Affairs Committee and the International Cyanide Management Institute.  John holds a BSc and PhD and was a post-doctoral research associate at both the University of California and Princeton University as a Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellowship and Senior Visiting Fulbright Fellowship, respectively.

C. THOMAS GRUBB, P.ENG. – CHAIRMAN

Mr. Grubb is an early investor to Champagne Resources joining the board of Champagne in 2011.  He has over 30 years of management experience and provides consulting services to the process industries including the mining and materials handling industries.  Tom was a former director of QUNO Thorold from 1989 to 1999.

DANIÈLE SPETHMANN, P.GEO.

Ms. Spethmann is an exploration geologist with over 25 years experience in northern Ontario, Canada and internationally, mostly in Latin American and more recently in Botswana.  Danièle was the senior geologist and principal on two projects with significant discoveries (Choco 10 – Carolina zone and Fruta del Norte) in Venezuela and in Ecuador. Companies she has worked with include IAMGOLD, African Copper, Aurelian Resources and Bolivar Goldfields. Danièle spent her undergraduate summers mapping for the Geological Survey of Canada, completed her Geology Honor Thesis at the University of Ottawa and recently obtained her Mining Management Certificate from Ryerson University. She is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario, the PDAC, Women in Mining, and a committee member of the Toronto Geological Discussion Group.

WILLIAM TARABA 

Mr. Taraba has been involved in the resource industry for over 30 years and is an experienced director, having served on numerous boards over his career.

PETER WINNELL 

Mr. Winnell has over 30 years experience in the Canadian capital markets.  He is the past Vice Chairman of Octagon Capital where he led numerous transactions, with emphasis on the mining sector.