James (Jim) Megann
President and Chief Executive Officer
Jim is a mining executive and a business leader. He served as Director of Investor Relations and Marketing for Linear Metals Corporation and has more than 25 years experience in the communications and marketing industry.
Prior to joining Linear, Jim was Senior Vice President of m5 Marketing Communication. There he led teams in a wide variety of communication disciplines ranging from, on-line marketing programs, public relations, market research and promotional programs. His client experience is equally as wide in scope ranging from other publicly traded companies, to automotive, consumer goods, business-to-business, manufacturing and commodities industries.
Mr. Megann also worked for 2 years with Weber Shandwick, a leading public relations company, as a senior consultant on media issues, government, and community relations programs. Mr. Megann studied a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Wade K. Dawe
Chairman, Member of the Company's Audit Committee, Member of the Company's Compensation Committee
Wade K. Dawe is Chairman of Stockport Exploration Corporation and Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Brigus Gold. Mr. Dawe has been an entrepreneur in Canadian mining and venture capital industries since 1994 and has consistently demonstrated strong results for shareholders through strategic planning and quality acquisitions and partnerships. Since 2004 he has raised over $200 million in equity financing. Mr. Dawe currently serves on the Board of Immunovaccine. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) where he serves on the Advisory Board to the Faculty of Business Administration. His philanthropic activities include establishing and personally funding the annual James R. Pearcey Entrepreneurial Scholarship at Memorial University. Mr. Dawe, a native of Newfoundland and Labrador, is also a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), an international organization for business leaders.
Mr. Makori is a Professional Geologist (P. Geo) and the Project Manager for Stockport Exploration's Kenyan project. Prior to this role he was instrumental in the initial exploration activities under B&M and East African Pure Gold in Kenya.
Mr. Makori has over 20 years experience as a Mining Geologist in Tanzania and Kenya.
Manager, Government and Community Relations
Mr. Oketch is based in Kenya. Over the last 17 years he has worked for a number of locally and internationally funded NGOs in administrative, accounting, and communication capacities. He has worked for Africa Peace Forum as an assistant accountant, Operation Save Innocent Lives Sudan ( OSIL-SUDAN) and The Government of Kenya / World Bank - a project empowering local communities to engage in sustainable and wealth creating livelihood activities.
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Robert Randall has extensive experience with public company reporting and financial operations within the exploration and mining sectors. Rob was the Corporate Controller of Etruscan Resources Inc. from 1997 to 2011 overseeing the financial operations for all aspects of its gold exploration and production activities throughout West Africa, as well as, its diamond operations in South Africa. He also served as Controller of NovaGold Resources Inc. from 1997 to 2001. Rob also currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of NSGold Corporation and NWest Energy Corp. and provides financial consulting services to other companies within the mining sector. Rob graduated with a Commerce Degree from St. Mary's University in Halifax and obtained his CA designation in 1987 with Coopers and Lybrand Chartered Accountants where he was appointed as a Principal in 1995. He is a member of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants of Canada and Nova Scotia.
Mr. Mbugua is a resident of Nairobi, Kenya and Chairman of TransCentury, a leading Kenyan investment company traded on the Nairobi Securities Exchange. Mr. Mbugua is also a founder and currently the Chief Executive Officer of Abcon Group of Companies, a diversified group of companies involved in chemicals and the manufacturing of breakfast cereals. He is also the Chairman of East African Cables (K) Ltd., as well as a director of Proctor & Allan EA Ltd., Flashcom Ltd. and Zeniki Investment Ltd. Mr. Mbugua has a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics from Makerere University.
Brian MacEachen is a Director of Stockport Exploration Corporation.
Mr. MacEachen's involvement in the mining industry, and experience as a Chartered Accountant overseeing the financial management of publicly-traded companies, spans 25 years.
Mr. MacEachen joined the Linear group in 2004 and most recently served as President and CEO of Linear Metals for just over four years. Prior to joining the Linear group his experience included senior positions with Franco-Nevada Mining Corporation and Aur Resources Inc. including working with teams that successfully advanced exploration stage projects through to commercial production with involvement in directing the feasibility, engineering, project financing and construction related to projects in both North and South America.
Mr. MacEachen has served as a director of Avalon Rare Metals Inc. since 1998.
A native of Ontario, Mr. MacEachen earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University and resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Independent Director, Member of the Company's Audit Committee, Member of the Company's Compensation Committee
Mr. Sheppard is President and Managing Partner of Strategic Concepts, Inc. As managing partner, he directs both the private and public company advisory consulting services offered by the company. He is currently providing consulting services in the areas of economic modeling, employment and industrial benefits monitoring, as well as negotiations related to Impacts and Benefits Agreements with First Nations across Canada. Mr. Sheppard has a Masters of Development Economics from Dalhousie University, where his area of concentration was regional development from a Canadian perspective. Mr. Sheppard also has a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree from York University's Glendon College with a focus on economic though and international business. He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Memorial University where he majored in economics.
Mr. McKay is an accomplished entrepreneur having successfully owned and operated businesses in the hospitality industry for over 25 years, where his proficiency in cost control and meticulous attention todetail has delivered long term success. Mr. McKay is currently the president of two private companies that have commercial and residential property interests in Northern and Southern Ontario and in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Mr. McKay received a Bachelor Of Arts Degree (Economics) from The University Of Western Ontario and currently resides in Espanola, Ontario.