Management & Board
Jeffrey A. Pontius
CEO & Director
Mr. Pontius has over 35 years of geological experience and possesses a distinguished track record of successful discovery that now includes five precious metal deposits in North America of over 1 million ounces of gold. Significantly, he led the discovery of the new Livengood Gold Deposit in Alaska which now has a total resource of 19.7 million ounces of gold and continues to expand. Additionally, he led the discovery and development team for the Cripple Creek Deposit in Colorado, which is operated by AngloGold Ashanti and contains over 15 million ounces of gold. He also led the discovery work on two other Nevada gold deposits; Yankee Mine & Elder Creek Mine. Mr. Pontius has demonstrated exceptional skill at operating junior mining companies that have provided shareholders with excellent returns on their investments. He spent five years as the President and CEO of International Tower Hill Mines Ltd. (ITH) which has made a number of gold and copper-gold discoveries in Alaska and Nevada, the most notable being the Livengood Gold Deposit. Prior to working at ITH, Mr. Pontius spent seven years as the US and North American Exploration Manager for AngloGold Ashanti as well as participating as a Director of Anglo American (USA) Exploration Inc. and a member of AngloGold Ashanti's regional business development team.
Mr. Pontius holds a Masters Degree from the University of Idaho (Economic Geology), a B.Sc. from Huxley College of Environmental Studies (Environmental Science) and a B.Sc. from Western Washington University (Geology).
Dr. Russell Myers
Dr. Myers has over 30 years experience in exploration and project development, having exceptional skills in the utilization and integration of numerous geological methods for the definition of new deposits. Throughout a distinguished career, he has been integral in the discovery and development of several of the Corvus projects as well as defining new opportunities for the Company.
Dr. Myers spent the past four years as Vice President of International Tower Hill Mines Ltd. (ITH) directing exploration work on all projects in the portfolio inclusive of the five projects now owned by Corvus. Prior to ITH, he worked for six years at AngloGold Ashanti (USA) Exploration Inc. holding several key senior geological positions. His principal responsibilities were the development of a regional gold targeting model for western North America, inclusive of Alaska. While with AngloGold Ashanti (USA) Exploration Inc., Dr. Myers was part of an integrated team of geologists that evaluated the potential for deep targets at the Cripple Creek gold mine. He also conducted regional targeting and ground follow up for AngloGold Ashanti's Columbian exploration initiative which has defined a series of new large gold deposits.
Dr. Myers holds a Ph.D. in Geology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Dr. Myers was Summa cum Laude, B.Sc. Geology and Geophysics, Missouri School of Mines, Missouri.
Chief Operating Officer
Carl has over 35 years mining industry experience and specializes in the design and development of both open pit and underground projects. Mr. Brechtel's recent experience includes serving as President and Chief Operating Officer for International Tower Hill Mines Ltd., and various project development roles with AngloGold Ashanti including Pre-feasibility Manager and Manager of Underground Mining. Mr. Brechtel's extensive operational and project development history in various geologic settings spans projects in North America, Australia, South America and Africa. Carl holds a B.Sc. Geological Engineering from University of Utah and a M.Sc. Mining Engineering University of Utah.
Vice President - Business Development
Quentin has over 15 years of experience within the mining industry in both exploration and development companies specializing in corporate strategy and shareholder value creation. Prior to joining Corvus, Quentin played key roles in the growth and market success at International Tower Hill Mines Ltd., Cardero Resource Corp., and First Quantum Minerals Ltd.
Nevada Exploration Manager
Mark has over 25 years exploration experience focusing on Nevada gold deposits. Mark has an extensive discovery and project development track record having been part of a number of projects that have gone to mining. Prior to joining Corvus, Mark worked for Kinross, AngloGold Ashanti, Barrick, BHP, Romarco and Rubicon on various projects in the US and Canada. Mark was a key member of Barrick's Bullfrog District evaluation team and developed many of the targets Corvus is currently pursuing on the North Bullfrog project today. Mark holds a BSc degree in Geology from California State University, Fresno.
Alaska Exploration Manager
Chris has over 15 years experience focusing on various stages of gold and base metal exploration projects in Alaska. Prior to joining Corvus Chris worked for Avalon Development Corp., a mining and mineral exploration firm as a Senior Geologist with a specialty in advanced mine development analysis. Chris holds a BSc degree in Geological Enginerering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Wu is a Chartered Accountant (2009) with strong working knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards, Canadian and US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and public company reporting requirements. She is currently the CFO for Indico Resources Inc. as well as the Financial Reporting Specialist for the Cardero Group of Companies, which include Balmoral Resources Ltd. and Abzu Gold Ltd. Previously, she served as the Senior Staff Accountant and Supervisor at Smythe Ratcliffe LLP, Chartered Accountants, from 2007 to 2010, where she oversaw all aspects of financial reporting for several publicly traded companies.
Lawrence W. Talbot
Vice-President & General Counsel
Mr. Talbot is a mining lawyer with over 23 years experience representing a wide range of clients in the mining industry from individual prospectors and junior and mid-size explorers and producers through to major mining companies in both the hard-rock and industrial mineral fields. He has extensive experience acting for public natural resource companies and providing advice on all aspects of their businesses, including corporate finance; securities and regulatory matters; corporate governance and shareholder issues; and all aspects of corporate acquisitions, takeovers, divestitures and reorganizations. He is a director and/or officer of a number of public natural resource companies, including Cardero Resource Corp., International Tower Hill Mines Ltd., Wealth Minerals Ltd., Balmoral Resources Ltd. and Remstar Resources Ltd. Prior to July 1, 2006 he was a partner in one of Canada's largest law firms, and now acts as general counsel to a select group of public companies, including Cardero Resource Corp., International Tower Hill Mines Ltd. and Wealth Minerals Ltd.
Marla K. Ritchie
Ms. Ritchie brings over 15 years experience in public markets working as an Administrator and Corporate Secretary specializing in resource-based exploration companies. Since 2001, she has worked as Corporate Secretary for Cardero Resource Corp. Between 1992 to 2003, Marla worked for Ascot Resources Ltd, Brett Resources Inc, Golden Band Resources Inc, Hyder Gold Inc., Leicester Diamond Mines Ltd., Loki Gold Corporation, Oliver Gold Corporation and Solomon Resources Limited.
Chairman & Director
Mr. Perkins has been the President and a director of eBackup Inc., a company specializing in online backup solutions for computers, since 2001. Previously, he was the Marketing Manager of Intellisave Datavaults Inc. (Securinet Inc.). Mr. Perkins is also a director of USA Video Interactive Corporation and Ravencrest Resources Ltd.
Steve K. Aaker
Mr. Aaker has more than 30 years experience in the mining industry, including 18 years of association with the Franco-Nevada royalty portfolio, and served as Group Executive for Newmont Capital Limited from 2002 to 2007. Prior to the acquisition of Franco-Nevada Mining Corporation Limited (Old Franco-Nevada) by Newmont Mining Corporation in 2002, Mr. Aaker served as Vice President for Old Franco-Nevada, Euro-Nevada Mining Corp. Ltd. and Redstone Resources Inc., based in Reno, Nevada. Mr. Aaker has been associated with the majority of the U.S. acquisitions made by those companies. Prior to joining Old Franco-Nevada, Mr. Aaker was an independent geological consultant. He holds a Bachelor's degree in geology from the University of Colorado.
Anton J. Drescher
Mr. Drescher has been a Certified Management Accountant since 1981. He is currently a director of International Tower Hill Mines Ltd., a public mineral exploration and development company listed on the TSX and NYSE – AMEX (“ITH”) since 1991, a director of Trevali Mining Corporation, a public natural resource company listed on the TSX (“TV”) since 2007, a director of Corvus Gold Inc., an exploration and development company listed on the TSX (“KOR”) since 2010, a director of Dorato Resources Inc., a public mineral exploration listed on the TSXV “DRI”, since 1996 and recently appointed (2012) Dorato’s Chief Financial Officer, a President and director of Ravencrest Resources Inc, a publicly trading company trading on the CNSX (“RVT”) since 2010, Chief Financial Officer and a director of Oculus VisionTech Inc., (“OVT”), a public company listed for trading on the TSXV and the OTC Bulletin Board since December 1994 (OVTZ) involved in watermarking, President of Westpoint Management Consultants Limited, a private company engaged in tax and accounting consulting for business reorganizations since 1979 and President of Harbour Pacific Capital Corp., a private British Columbia company involved in regulatory filings for businesses in Canada since 1998.
Mr. Yarrow is a senior economic geologist with over 35 years experience in the minerals industry. He has been involved in a number of discoveries of massive sulphide, magmatic nickel, tungsten and gold during this timeframe. Recently retired as V.P. Exploration of Anglo American PLC with responsibility for North America and Europe, Mr. Yarrow has extensive experience in commercial and legal aspects of the business and new business development in a number of different countries.
Ms. Gignac is a geologist and analyst with over 25 years experience in the mining industry. She has held various roles within the financial sector including Mining Analyst and Managing Director with Northland Capital Partners, Wellington West, Dundee Securities, UBS Securities, RBC Capital Markets and Merrill Lynch Canada. Ms. Gignac's experience also includes work as an exploration geologist at Barrick Gold Corporation. She received an Honors B.Sc in Geology from McMaster University.