Mr. Dorward is the Managing Director of Vital Metals, an ASX listed Rare Earth mining company, advancing the Nechalacho Project in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Prior to joining Vital, Mr. Dorward was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Roxgold Inc., a TSX-listed gold producer acquired by Fortuna Silver for C$884M in July 2021. Mr. Dorward has over 20 years of experience in the mining and finance industries. Prior to his time at Roxgold, Mr. Dorward served as Vice-President, Business Development at Fronteer Gold from October 2009 to April 2011 where he was an integral part of the team that sold the large Michelin uranium deposit, acquired AuEX Ventures Inc., and successfully advanced Fronteer Gold's properties prior to the company's sale to Newmont for $2.3 billion in 2011. Mr. Dorward was the Chief Financial Officer of Mineral Deposits Ltd. from 2006 to 2009, where he was responsible for financing the construction of the Sabodala Gold Project in Senegal, West Africa, and was the Chief Financial Officer at Leviathan Resources Ltd., an ASX-listed gold producer, before its acquisition in 2006. He was a non-executive director of Pilot Gold from 2011 to 2015, and is currently a non-executive director of Navarre Minerals Ltd., an ASX-listed exploration company.
Mr. Salamis has over 25 years of experience in mineral exploration, mine development and operations and was previously the Executive Chairman of Integra Gold Corp., a gold development company acquired by Eldorado Gold for C$590M in June 2017. Mr. Salamis is also a Director of Newcore Gold, a TSXV-listed exploration company. Mr. Salamis has previously held senior management positions with a number of mining companies including Placer Dome Inc. and Cameco Corporation. He has been involved in mergers and acquisitions transactions valued over $1.8 billion, either through the sale of assets, or of junior mining companies that he played a key role in building. Mr. Salamis holds a degree in geology from the University of Montreal.
Mr. Davies has over 15 years of experience in exploration and mining, and is currently the Principal, Exploration for Waterton Global Resource Management, Inc., where his primary duties involve technical evaluations and developing mining projects for study work. Prior to joining Waterton, Mr. Davies served over six years as an Exploration Manager for Kinross Gold. Prior to Kinross Gold, Mr. Davies held senior exploration management roles for Bolnisi Gold NL in Mexico and Ivanhoe Mines Mongolia Ltd in Mongolia. Mr. Davies was awarded a PhD in Economic Geology and holds a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours).
Riyaz Lalani is Managing Director at Gagnier Communications, a leading strategic PR & IR agency, serving clients across North America, Europe and Asia. He is the former Chief Operating Officer at Think Research Corporation and former Chief Corporate Officer at The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc. Mr. Lalani specializes in financial transactions, shareholder actions, crisis communications and media relations. As the founder and CEO of leading communications and stakeholder relations firm Bayfield Strategy, Inc., Mr. Lalani has extensive experience working with public companies, boards of directors, shareholders and the media. He has been involved with more than 150 shareholder actions and dozens of hostile M&A transactions. Before founding Bayfield, Mr. Lalani was the Chief Operating Officer of Canada’s largest proxy firm, where he co-led the firm’s efforts to provide confidential strategic and governance advice to more than a dozen large-cap public companies to protect against potential or threatened dissident actions.
Mr. Farncomb brings extensive experience in the capital markets to the Company. Mr. Farncomb has diverse experience advising public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions across a range of sectors. In the natural resources sector, Mr. Farncomb has worked with exploration to production stage companies in advisory and Board capacities. Mr. Farncomb is a founder and Principal at Cairn Merchant Partners LP, an independent merchant bank focused on principal investing. Prior to forming Cairn Merchant Partners, Mr. Farncomb was a Partner at Paradigm Capital Inc., a Canadian investment bank focused on small to medium-sized companies. Prior to Paradigm Capital, Mr. Farncomb held a business development role at a consumer goods company in Hong Kong. Mr. Farncomb is also a board member of several TSXV-listed and private companies. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and chairs the Investment Committee at the Flavelle Foundation. Mr. Farncomb graduated from the Smith School of Business at Queen's University with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) degree and received the Merrill Lynch Scholarship.