Board of Directors


John Hick BA, LLB

Chairman/Non-Executive Director

Mr. Hick has over 30 years of experience in the mining industry in both senior management positions and as an independent director, during which he has spent the majority of his time based in Toronto, Canada. He is also an independent director of a number of TSX (or TSXV) listed companies, most of which are in the mining sector. Previously Mr. Hick has held board and/or senior management positions with a number of other Canadian mining companies, including Medoro Resources Ltd., 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.


David Danziger CPA, CA

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Danziger is Senior Vice President of Assurance as well as the National Leader of Public Companies for MNP LLP, among the largest accounting firms in Canada. He has been an accounting professional since 1980, and has extensive audit and compliance experience. Mr. Danziger has served as a director of various TSX, TSXV, NYSE and AMEX listed public companies, a number of which are in the mining sector. He is a member of the Ontario Securities Commission’s Small to Medium Sized Enterprise Advisory Committee, as well as a member of the PDAC/CPA Mining Taskforce on IFRS.


Richard William (Keith) Morrison P.Geo

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Morrison is a prominent Canadian-based mining entrepreneur with over 30 years of international experience and an accomplished background in strategy, finance, exploration, technology, global operations, capital markets and corporate development. He co-founded two significant Canadian-based success stories, Quantec, a world-leader in deep sub-surface imaging technologies, and QGX, a Canadian-based exploration company that operated in Mongolia prior to its sale for $300 million. Mr. Morrison currently also holds the positions of Chief Executive Officer of North American Nickel and Chairman of Security Devices International.


Sir Rabbie Namaliu GCL, CSM, KCMG, BA, MA, HonLLD

Non-Executive Director

A former prime minister of Papua New Guinea, Sir Rabbie Namaliu is a distinguished statesman and committed Papua New Guinean with ministerial experience in Foreign Affairs and Trade, Treasury, Primary Industry, Petroleum and Energy, as well as other areas of government responsibility including formerly holding the position of Speaker of the Papua New Guinea National Parliament. Sir Rabbie holds directorships with other Papua New Guinea (PNG) companies, including non-executive director of Bougainville Copper Limited and Kina Securities Limited, and Chairman of the publicly-listed investment company Kina Asset Management Limited. In February 2010, Sir Rabbie was appointed Chairman of Kramer Ausenco, a new joint venture of PNG engineering company Kramer (PNG) Limited and Ausenco of Australia. He is also a director of Interoil Corporation PNG.


Pieter Britz MBA, B.Eng

Director and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Britz is an industrial engineer with over 20 years experience as a mining professional, and has served on the board of a number of resource companies in Canada, Australia and China. He is a registered professional engineer, and a member of AusIMM. After spending 13 years in the mining industry in Africa with Kumba Resources, Mr. Britz spent three years in investment banking with Royal Bank of Canada in Australia, until 2007 when he joined The Sentient Group as an investment professional in private equity.