Management has diligently positioned the Aurora Mineral Resource Group and its member companies at the forefront of modern exploration, applying innovation, sound business strategies and global experience to a diverse project portfolio. Our team has been strategically created to ensure the right people are in place to advance our projects. They represent financial, exploration and development experience and knowledge across a broad spectrum of commodities. We are committed to delivering results to our shareholders, to our partners and to each other.
Company Presidents & CEOs
John Robins, P.Geo. Chairman - Kivalliq Energy Corporation, Kaminak Gold Corporation, Director, Bluestone Resources Inc.
Mr. Robins is a professional geologist based in Vancouver, BC, with over 25 years of experience as an independent exploration geologist and entrepreneur. A 1984 graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Geology, Mr. Robins initially worked as a self employed prospector and geologist in BC and Northern Canada. In 1988, he founded Hunter Exploration Group, one of Canada's most successful private exploration companies. Mr. Robins has also been active in starting several successful public exploration and development companies culminating in 2011 with his founding of the Aurora Mineral Resource Group of Companies. In addition to his role with the Aurora Mineral Resource Group, Mr. Robins also sits on the Boards of several successful publically traded exploration companies.
His experience in everything from grass roots exploration to production is complemented by his success in the capital markets and financing activities. In 2008, Mr. Robins was recognized for his achievements in mining exploration by the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia with the H.H. "Spud" Huestis Award. This is recognized as the highest award given for mineral exploration and is awarded to those who have made "a significant contribution… to enhance the mineral resources of British Columbia and/or the Yukon Territory, through the original application of prospecting techniques or other geoscience technology".
Eira Thomas, President, CEO & Director – Kaminak Gold Corporation
Ms. Thomas is a Canadian geologist whose career in the mining industry spans more than 20 years. She served as a geologist with Aber Resources Ltd. (now Harry Winston Diamond Corporation) from 1992 to 1997, leading the field exploration team that discovered the Diavik Diamond Project pipes in the Northwest Territories in 1994 and 1995. She was promoted to Vice-President Exploration for Aber in 1997, a post she held for two years, and served on the Board of Directors from 1998 to 2006. Diavik became Canada’s second diamond mine when it went into production in 2003.
Ms. Thomas is currently a director of a number of other public companies and organizations, including Suncor Energy Inc., Dundee Precious Metals Inc., Strongbow Exploration Inc., Lucara Diamond Corp., the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), the University of Toronto (U of T) Alumni Association, the Lassonde Advisory Board of the U of T, and she is a member of the U of T President’s Internal Advisory Council. Previously, Ms. Thomas held the positions of President of Navigator Exploration Corporation, CEO and Director of Stornoway Ventures Limited, and President, CEO and Director of Stornoway Diamond Corporation.
In 2004, Ms. Thomas was honoured as one of "Canada's Top 40 under 40" by the Caldwell Partners and the Report on Business Magazine. Three years later (May 2007), she was awarded The William Harvey Gross Award, bestowed annually by the Mineral Deposits Division of the Geological Association of Canada, to a geoscientist less than 40 years of age who has made a significant contribution to the field of economic geology in a Canadian context. Later that year (November 2007), Ms. Thomas was selected as one of “Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women”. In March 2008, she was one of only four Canadians that year to be named to the “Young Global Leaders”, by the World Economic Forum. In May 2009, Ms. Thomas was a recipient of the CIM’s (Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy) Past Presidents’ Memorial Medal, awarded to a member under 45 who, by his/her accomplishments, has set an outstanding example to young members of the Institute and to young men/women contemplating a career in the minerals industry. In 2010, Ms. Thomas received the Minerva for BC Women Natural Resources Award. Ms. Thomas graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in Geology in 1990.
David McAdam, CEO - Bluestone Resources Inc.
Mr. McAdam has a proven track record as a transformation and operational executive with experience in the domestic and international mining sector. As the CFO of Eastern Platinum Limited ("Eastern") and Finance Director of Barplats Investments Limited ("Barplats"), he was the financial lead in the consolidation of Eastern and Barplats including the offer to minorities and the successful inward listing of Eastern onto the JSE. Mr. McAdam has held numerous director and officer positions on domestic and overseas entities, from CFO of start-up TSX.V entities through to Finance Director of a Fortune 150 company based in Houston, Texas.
Rory O. Moore, Ph.D. President, CEO - West Melville Metals Inc.
Rory Moore is an exploration geologist with 28 years of international experience in mineral exploration and management. He is the President and CEO of the West Melville Metals Inc. a private iron ore and specialty metals exploration and development company based in Vancouver B.C. with projects in Nunavut, Canada and Greenland.
Rory completed his PhD in Geochemistry under Professor John J. Gurney at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1986. Thereafter he spent a number of years as a post doctoral researcher at UCT during which time he published widely and became an internationally recognized academic in the field of upper mantle research. In 1990 Rory established "Mineral Services Australia" in Perth, Australia and for the next 2 years he and John Gurney served as the primary geological consultants to DiaMet Minerals in the lead-up to the discovery of the Ekati Diamond Mine in Canada in 1991. Rory was head-hunted by BHP Minerals to establish and manage the highly successful diamond exploration team that was responsible for the exploration and evaluation of Canada's first diamond mine (Ekati). Over the following several years Rory held a succession of senior executive positions with BHP including global diamond exploration manager and ultimately Manager: Non-Ferrous Minerals, which involved responsibility for BHP's exploration effort for diamonds, coal and industrial minerals worldwide. In 1997 Rory left BHP to become the CEO of a publicly listed Canadian exploration company (Canabrava Diamond Corp). He rejoined Mineral Services in 2002 in the position of CEO, with his main focus being building the diamond business in Canada. In October 2008, Rory became Managing Director of Mineral Services and overall CEO of the MSGroup of companies. He joined the Aurora Mineral Resource Group with West Melville Metals Inc. in 2011.
Jim Paterson, CEO - Kivalliq Energy Corporation & Director – Bluestone Resources Inc., and Kaminak Gold Corporation
Jim Paterson, B.Comm., has been a member of the Board of Directors of Kivalliq Energy Corp. since the Company's inception and also serves as the Company's CEO. Jim has over 14 years of corporate experience with several North American publicly traded companies, participating in acquisitions, joint-ventures, spin-outs, reverse transactions and IPO's. Since January 2010, Jim has been involved as an executive or as an active director of companies which have raised in excess of $125 million in equity financings. Jim founded, was President & CEO, and Director of Corsa Capital Ltd. - a company which acquired and capitalized coal mining assets in the USA. He also serves as a director of Kaminak Gold Corporation, Niblack Mineral Development Inc., and Bluestone Resources Inc. - all mineral exploration companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange.
Jeff Ward, BSc, P.Geo. President - Kivalliq Energy Corporation
Mr. Ward obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Geology from the University of Western Ontario and is a registered professional geologist in British Columbia and Alberta. He has 25 years experience exploring for base metals, precious metals and diamonds with companies such as Corona Corporation, Ashton Mining of Canada Inc. and Stornoway Diamond Corporation, where he worked on reconnaissance to advanced-stage projects throughout Canada's north. As regional Project Manager, Mr. Ward directed exploration programs in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut for over eight years and was responsible for program design, supervision, compliance, joint venture management, and stakeholder relations.
Company VPs of Exploration
Dave Kelsch, Vice President of Exploration & Director - Bluestone Resources Inc.
Mr. Kelsch has been active in mineral exploration since 1985, focusing on diamond exploration for the past fourteen years. Between 1992 and 1998, he was a senior geologist with Kennecott Canada Exploration Inc. During this time Mr. Kelsch was responsible for managing the Lac de Gras exploration efforts and played an integral role in the discovery and development of the kimberlites that were incorporated into the Diavik Diamond Mine. Since 1998, Mr. Kelsch has been an independent consultant and advisor working for both junior and major diamond explorers including Diamonds North Resources Ltd. as manager of their Victoria Island Project.
Tim Smith, M.Sc., Vice President, Exploration - Kaminak Gold Corporation
Tim has over 15 years experience in mineral exploration and mining, having graduated with a M.Sc. in Geology in 1994 from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. The first part of his career was spent with a major gold miner in the Archean Yilgarn Craton of Western Australia, where he was part of a team which discovered and developed two stand-alone gold mines in the greenstone belts of the Eastern Goldfields.
In 2000, he subsequently moved into the junior exploration sector with Tanami Gold NL. Starting as Project Geologist and working his way up to Geology Manager, Tim headed up all geological functions across the Company. In this role, Tim was responsible for the exploration of a major landholding (up to 70,000km2) and the resource development and eventual mine geology of the Coyote Gold Project, which is now Australia's most remote operating open cut and underground gold mine. As an offshoot to Tanami Gold, Tim also led the geology team for Jabiru Metals Ltd during the bankable feasibility study into the VHMS Cu-Zn-Ag Jaguar Deposit, which is also now an operating underground mine.
Chief Financial Officer
Jonathan Singh, BAccS, C.G.A . - CFO - Kaminak Gold Corporation, Kivalliq Energy Corporation, West Melville Metals Inc., and Bluestone Resources Inc.
Mr. Singh is a member of the Association of Certified General Accountants of BC and Canada and has over 17 years of experience in the various areas of tax, financial reporting, internal audit and treasury, for both publicly traded resource companies and public practice accounting firms. Previously, Mr. Singh held various financial roles in the mineral resource industry, including serving as corporate controller for Magma Energy Corp. (a predecessor to Alterra Power Corp. AXY:TSX) and Silver Standard Resources Inc. (SSO:TSX), as well as working in the tax group for KPMG. Mr. Singh holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science degree from the University of Calgary.
Lauren L. Elliott – Corporate Secretary
Lauren L. Elliott (BA, BJus, LLB) has been involved in the mineral exploration industry since 2003. She has worked with AME BC on both Mineral Exploration Roundup and Member Services, and Geoscience BC on a variety of other industry related events and projects. While continuing her education Lauren obtained experience in the biotech industry and venture capital community, as well as working in London, England with the major US law firm WilmerHale LLP. She has degree in history from Simon Fraser University, another in justice from Royal Roads University, and a law degree (LLB) from the University of London (England). In her personal time Lauren sits on the board of the Museum of Vancouver and travels extensively.