John H. Akwenye, Chairman, Director
Mr. Akwenye is a Namibian retired lawyer with over 30 years of experience in business development in Namibia. From 1994 to 2008, he was Chairman of Guinas Investents (PTY) Ltd a Swapo owned investment company. He has been chairman of the Namibian Airports Company from 2001 to 2004. He is Director of Corporations such as Areva Resources Namibia and PE Minerals and he his currently Chairman of Deep-South Mining Company (PTY) Ltd and Director of Haib Minerals (PTY) Ltd.
Pierre Léveillé, President & CEO, Director
Mr. Léveillé has over 28 years of experience in the International financial sector and 20 years of experience in the mining exploration industry. Mr. Léveillé has started is career as an Investment Advisor and an Investment Banker with a large Canadian Securities brokerage firm. From the mid 1990’s to today, he has been Executive and Director of several exploration companies active in Africa. He has financed and managed exploration projects in Namibia since 1996 including the acquisition and operation of a diamond mine. He has realized over US$ 75 million in transactions and financing for Namibian and African mining exploration projects.
Jean-Luc Roy, COO, Director
Mr. Roy has been a major contributor to the development of several important corporations in Africa during the last 30 years working for majors, mid-tiers and junior exploration companies. Mr. Roy’s experience includes being Managing Director in the Democratic Republic of Congo for First Quantum Minerals Ltd; President & CEO of El Nino Venture Inc, which was mainly focusing on the Democratic Republic of Congo projects; Chief Operating Officer of Ampella Mining Ltd (division of Centamin PLC) where he was supervising exploration and development of the projects in West Africa and General Manager of Resolute Mining Ltd where he was supervising all operations in Mali. Mr. Roy holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University.
Pierre Matte, Director
Mr. Matte has over 20 years experience in the mining industry. The majority of Mr. Matte's experience has been in Africa. He has been Director of Finance and Administration for Etruscan in Niger, for the Kenor Group in Guinea and for Anglogold in Mali. He has been General manager and Country Manager for Nevsun Resources and Avion Gold on the Tabakoto mine in Mali. He has been General manager for Roxgold in Burkina Faso. His experience includes exploration and development programs management, mines construction and mines operations. Mr. Matte holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting sciences from “Université du Québec”, Montreal
Thomas Tumoscheit, Director
Mr. Tumoscheit has over 28 years of experience in commodities sales, procurement, trading and manufacturing. His career started as a sales engineer with GfE and since then he had roles in a number of mining and trading companies, including Frank & Schulte, Alcoa and Gerald Metals. He is currently Head of Projects for Euro Alloys Ltd. Mr. Tumoscheit holds a Ph.D in Electrometallurgy from the National University of Science and Technology MISiS Moscow.
Tim Fernback, Director
Tim Fernback has over 20 years of experience in the venture capital and investment banking industries. He is currently the Regional Director for the CFO Centre Limited, responsible for all operations in Western Canada. The CFO Centre is the world’s leading provider of part-time Chief Financial Officers for mid-tier businesses. The company has over 350 active CFOs worldwide. Mr. Fernback holds an Honours B.Sc. from McMaster University, and holds a MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of British Columbia. Mr. Fernback holds a Certified Professional Accounting (CPA) designation in Canada and is currently director of several publicly traded companies in Canada.