Board of Directors and Management

John H. Akwenye, Chairman

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

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 a Stock Broker and Corporate Finance specialist with Lévesque, Beaubien, Geofrion and National Bank Financial. 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 and has realized over US$ 70 million in transactions and financing for Namibian and African mining exploration projects. He his currently Executive Director of Deep-South Mining Company (PTY) Ltd. and Director of Haib Minerals (PTY) Ltd.

 

Tim Fernback, Vice-President, 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.

 

Ryan Cheung, CFO, Director

Ryan Cheung is the founder and managing partner of MCPA Services Inc. A chartered professional accountant firm. Ryan’s role is focused on business development, and managing all aspects of the Firm and professional services delivery. He started in 2002 at a boutique CA firm eventually moving on to a mid-sized CA firm and successfully wrote the Uniform Final Examination in September 2007. Ryan works closely with high net worth and self-employed individuals, private companies and public companies (TSX Venture listed) in various industries including general professional services, real estate, mining, and technology. He is currently director of several publicly traded companies in Canada.

 

Sadike Nepela, Director

Sadike Nepela serves as General Manager of Kalahari Minerals PLC. For a number of years, Mr. Nepela served as an Assistant to the Minister in the Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy and most recently he has been the General Manager for Westport Resources, a subsidiary of Forsys Metals Corp.(listed on the TSX). He is also a Fellow of the International Centre for Research and Training in Major Projects Management, Montreal, Canada. Mr. Nepela is a graduate of the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and has also studied at the University of Connecticut, West Hartford, USA.

 

Hugo Monette, Director

Mr. Monette is a professional engineer with a specialization in mechanical engineering. He has extensive experience in project management in the petrochemical and chemical industries and has acted as project manager for a consulting engineering firm that has conducted various assignments for several companies, including Shell Canada, Bitumar, Enerkem, Air Liquide and Petro-Canada. In 2014, he completed a Masters degree in Business Administration. He is a Director of Canada Strategic Metals: TSX-V-CJC.

 

Vivian Stuart-Willams, Vice-President Exploration

Mr. Stuart-Williams is a geologist with 46 years of experience in the mining and exploration industry, principally in the southern African region. He holds a M.Sc degree in uranium and he has been involved in base metals, gold, coal, and industrial mineral projects. Mr. Stuart-Williams has a worldwide exposure (including Liberia, Philippines, Afghanistan, Canada, Uzbekistan, Australia, Uganda, Mauritania and all of the Southern African countries). He has been involved with the Haib project from the mid-1990s as exploration Manager and subsequently as a Technical Director (geology) for Deep South Mining who held the Mineral Rights over the Haib Project during the recent exploration by Teck Namibia.

 

Windhoek, Namibia’s Capital city.