Board of Directors

  • Chris Wright
    Executive Chairman of the Board, Director

    Mr. Wright adds significant depth to the board with over 28 years in the investment industry. He is currently the Founding Partner, President & Director of Windermere Capital (Canada) Inc, an investment firm and portfolio adviser to two private investment funds - the Navigator Fund and the Breakaway Strategic Resource Fund that are both significant shareholders of Defiance. Prior to Windermere, Mr. Wright held senior positions with RBC Dominion Securities and Solium Capital.Since 2002, he has worked with leading hedge funds and managers throughout North America to develop proprietary and customized investment solutions for institutional and high net worth investors. Mr. Wright is a Registered Portfolio Manager and a graduate of Bishop’s University.

  • Darrell Rader
    Director

    Mr. Rader, BBA, is the founder of Defiance and is responsible for the company’s marketing and financing. Having directly raised over $60 million for mineral exploration and development over the past decade, Mr. Rader has significant contacts with institutional investors. He is currently the President and CEO of Mexican-focused Minaurum Gold and previously served as the Manager of Corporate Development for Energold Drilling Corp and IMPACT Silver Corp. Over his eight year tenure, Energold grew from three drill rigs to over eighty in its fleet and IMPACT was transformed from a grass roots silver explorer into a profitable silver miner.

  • Paul Smith
    Director

    Mr. Smith, MA in Metallurgy and the Science of Materials graduated from Oxford University. He spent most of his 36 year career in the non-ferrous mining and smelting industry working with Rio Tinto Zinc, Pasminco, Mount Isa Mines and Pechiney World Trade in the UK and internationally. Most recently he was a founding shareholder and Finance Director of Ocean Partners Holdings Limited, a global trader of copper, zinc and lead concentrates. He left Ocean Partners in May 2012 to pursue investment opportunities and charitable activities.

  • Randy V. J. Smallwood
    Director
    Mr. Smallwood (P. Eng) holds a geological engineering degree from the University of British Columbia and a mine engineering diploma from British Columbia Institute of Technology. He was involved in the founding of Wheaton Precious Metals where, in 2010, he was appointed President and, in April 2011, he was appointed Wheaton’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Smallwood originally started as an exploration geologist with Wheaton River Minerals Ltd., and in 2001 was promoted to Director of Project Development, his role through its 2005 merger with Goldcorp. Before joining the original Wheaton River group in 1993, Mr. Smallwood also worked with Homestake Mining Company, Teck Corp. and Westmin Resources Limited. Mr. Smallwood was an instrumental part of the team that built Wheaton River / Goldcorp into one of the largest, and most profitable gold companies in the world. He is now focused on continuing to add to the impressive growth profile of Wheaton Precious Metals. Mr. Smallwood has served on the board of ValOro since 2005. In 2015, Mr. Smallwood received the British Columbia Institute of Technology Distinguished Alumni Award.
  • Dunham Craig
    Director
    Mr. Craig graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Degree in Geology in 1988. Upon graduation, he served as a project geologist for Cominco Exploration Ltd. and later consulted for Cominco and Kennecott Canada Inc. Subsequently, as the vice president of exploration and corporate development for Wheaton River Minerals in 1993, he was responsible for the discovery of three mineral deposits at Wheaton River’s highly profitable Golden Bear mine and for participating in the project through bankable feasibility and bank financing. He later directed the acquisition of the Bellavista Gold Project in Costa Rica and oversaw its design through bankable feasibility. From 2002 to 2005, he was a member of the management team of Glencairn Gold Inc. that acquired and developed two operating mines in Central America. Mr. Craig was previously President and CEO of Valoro from 2006-2018.


  • Peter J. Hawley
    Interim President & CEO, Director
    Mr. Peter J. Hawley, BSc, BEng, PGeo. adds significant depth to the board with his 36 years of geological and mining experience spanning grassroots exploration through to development and production. Having worked extensively with a large number of intermediate and senior mining companies including Teck, Noranda, Placer Dome and Barrick Gold, Mr. Hawley was also the founder, and currently Chairman of Scorpio Mining Corporation from 1998 to December 2014 when Scorpio combined with U.S. Gold and Silver Inc to form Americas Silver Corporation, where he still remains a Director. Peter is also the Chairman of Scorpio Gold Corporation, a low cost open pit heap leach gold producer in Nevada, USA. Mr. Hawley has a track record of raising significant funds for private and public companies along with structuring mergers and acquisitions.
  • Ronald E. Sowerby
    Director

    Mr. Sowerby, CA is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia. Mr. Sowerby was Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer of TCG International Inc. (formerly Trans Canada Glass Ltd.) of Burnaby, B.C. from January 1970 until June, 2007. Trans Canada Glass Ltd. was a public company (TSX-V) during the years 1969 until 1996 when it became private. Mr. Sowerby was Corporate Secretary of Glentel Inc. (TSX) until June, 2007 and currently a director of Glentel Inc. (since August, 1989) which subsequently was purchased by Bell Inc.for $594 million in May 2015.