Joshua Bleak, Director – Mr. Bleak is a fourth‐generation miner from an Arizona mining family that has developed gold, silver, copper and uranium properties throughout the southwestern United States. He is currently the President and CEO of Passport Potash, a publicly traded Canadian potash exploration company. He was previously President of American Energy Fields, Inc., a U.S. publicly‐traded uranium company. Currently he serves as a director for a number of Canadian junior mining exploration companies and is President of North American Environmental Corp., a consulting company specializing in mining project management, permitting, lobbying and land tenure.
Jim Rasmussen, Director – Mr. Rasmussen has over 40 years of mining-related experience. The development of his expertise in the uranium industry began while with Energy Fuels Nuclear, Inc. in 1977. Most recently, Mr. Rasmussen served as the Manager of Exploration for Uranium One Americas, where he executed and oversaw the evaluation, exploration and development of underground and surface mineable uranium deposits.
Mr. Rasmussen’s U.S.-based exploration experience in both base and precious metals includes serving as a general manager for an exploration service company and working as a contract geologist for ASARCO. Mr. Rasmussen has also operated an underground gold mine development project in Honduras, and has worked on mining project evaluations in Panama and Peru.
Corey Dias, Director – Mr. Dias began his capital markets career in institutional equity research at CIBC in the Canadian Telecommunications sector and has gained further equity research and equity sales experience in other sectors – including mining – at other boutique investment firms. In addition, Mr. Dias was a Vice President at Fortress Investment Group, a major U.S.-based hedge fund, where he was involved in the management of a $400 million investment portfolio. Mr. Dias”s past experience also includes time spent as a management consultant in the Stockholm office of The Monitor Group, a U.S.-based strategy-consulting firm. Mr. Dias holds a Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Steve Butrenchuk, Director – Mr. Butrenchuk is a P.Geo. registered in the Province of British Columbia with over 44 years of experience in mineral exploration, including project evaluation and management. His experience has included the exploration for precious and base metal, tungsten, uranium and industrial mineral deposits throughout Canada, United States, Chile and Peru. Mr. Butrenchuk is presently a Director of Oxford Resources Inc. and Goldstar Minerals Inc. and is a former President and CEO of Pacific Potash Corp., Passport Potash Inc. and Gold Ridge Exploration Corp.
Don Falconer, Director – Mr. Falconer has over 35 years of experience in the uranium and nuclear utility sectors. His experience in the private sector includes positions with a number of prominent uranium companies, including Southern Cross Resources (the predecessor of Uranium One), Uranium One and Aurora Energy Services, where he focused primarily on uranium marketing and sales. In addition, Mr. Falconer has over 16 years of Board experience with publicly traded companies in various roles, including Energy Fuels (Director), Southern Cross Resources (Director and Corporate Secretary) and AusAmerican Mining (Chairman and Director). Finally, Mr. Falconer spent 7 of his 20 years with Ontario Hydro in its Nuclear Division.
Toby Wright, Director – Mr. Wright, a registered geologist, has over 20 years of environmental consulting experience, along with experience in project and program management for mining-related environmental and regulatory programs. In 1994, he served as lead hydrogeologist for Western Nuclear Inc.’s Split Rock uranium mill reclamation project. Since then, Mr. Wright’s experience included his role as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Technical Assistance Contract Manager for the Moab UMTRA project and his position as Environmental Manager for the Conventional Mining Group of Uranium One Americas. In 2010, Mr. Wright formed Wright Environmental Services Inc. to service mining clients throughout the western U.S. in the area of applied hydrology related to mining and milling projects.
Mr. Wright holds a Master of Geotechnical Engineering from Colorado State University.