Board of Directors

David Netherway

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr. Netherway is a mining engineer with over 35 years of experience in the mining industry. He was until the recent takeover by Gryphon Minerals Ltd (GRY-ASX), the CEO of Shield Mining Limited. He is also a former director of Afcan Mining Corporation, Orezone Resources Inc. Kazakhgold Ltd and Equigold NL. He is a mine developer and operator who was involved in the construction and development of the Iduapriem, Siguiri and Kiniero gold mines in West Africa. Mr Netherway is currently the Chairman of Aureus Mining Inc.(AUE-TSX & AAAM-AIM), Afferro Mining Inc.(AFF-TSX & AAAM-AIM), GMA Resources plc(GMA-AIM) and a non-executive director of Gryphon Minerals Ltd (GRY-ASX), Crusader Resources Ltd (CAS-ASX) and Altus Resource Capital Ltd (ARCL-LSE).

Alex van Hoeken


Mr. van Hoeken is a Dutch citizen and obtained a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1991. His early career included positions in the maritime construction industry in Nigeria, Malaysia, Qatar, and several European countries, after which he was involved in the establishment of gold and copper exploration and mining ventures in Indonesia, Mexico, and Oman. He has been active in the mining industry in various management and consulting positions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the gold, diamond, and copper sectors since 1999 and has extensive experience with remote operations. Mr. van Hoeken has been a director and managing director of several private companies and subsidiaries of listed companies since 1996. He is fluent in French, and is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining as well as a UK Chartered Engineer, and a Professional Member of the US Society of Mining Engineers.

Klaus Eckhof


Klaus Eckhof is a geologist with 20 years experience developing mineral deposits throughout Africa, South America, Asia, Australia and Russia. Mr. Eckhof worked for Mt Edon Goldmines as the business development manager before it was acquired by Teck Corporation. In 1994, he founded Spinifex Gold and Lafayette Mining; both successfully delineated gold and base metals. In 2003/4 Mr. Eckhof founded Moto Goldmines which acquired the Moto Gold project in the Democratic Republic of Congo where he and his team delineated 20 million ozs and delivered a feasibility study within 4 years from commencement of exploration. Moto was subsequently acquired by Rangold Resources.

Jacques Bouchard


A senior partner at Heenan Blaikie, Jacques Bouchard is the firm's Director of International Business. He acts as advisor for several governments, public corporations, multilateral development banks and major companies. Mr. Bouchard sits on the board of numerous corporations as well as organizations such as the Canadian Council on Africa, the Canada-Algeria Business Alliance, the Canadian Circle for the Development of Senegal, the Canada-Congo Business Council, and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal. Mr. Bouchard is the honorary general consul in Quebec for the Government of Angola.

Jim Mustard


Jim Mustard, formerly Senior Mining Analyst, Vice President, at Haywood Securities Inc. is a professional geologist and registered professional engineer. With over 25 years of industry experience with major Canadian, international mining companies, and the Government of Canada, Jim's interest focuses on the junior exploration sector to identify early stage opportunities and his global research focuses on gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, nickel, PGMs and diamonds.