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, CEO & 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 CEO 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.
Mr. Bruce Winfield, M.Sc., P.Geo, has over 35 years of experience in the mining industry. Following 14 years with major mining companies Texasgulf Inc. and Boliden Inc., he focused on exploration in Central America and Mexico as VP Exploration for Greenstone Resources and Eldorado Gold Corp. leading to the exploration and development of five gold deposits including the Oronorte Gold Mine in Colombia; the open pit, heap leach Santa Rosa Gold Mine in Panama; the 60,000 oz per year La Libertad Gold Mine in Nicaragua; and the 40,000 oz per year San Andres Gold Mine in Honduras. Subsequently as President and CEO, Mr. Winfield has led companies exploring primarily in South America for the last 14 years.
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.
Mr. Gorzynski, P.Eng., is a professional geologist and engineer with over 30 years of experience in the exploration, development and operation of mining projects in Canada and internationally. His experience encompasses a wide variety of commodities with an emphasis on precious and base metals, most recently as Vice President of Exploration for IMPACT Silver Corp. where he was instrumental in identifying, acquiring, and expanding the profitable Royal Mines of Zacualpan Silver Mine in Mexico. Mr. Gorzynski also serves on the board of several other junior companies.
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.
Mr. Scammell, P.Geo., has 43 years of experience in the mining and exploration industry primarily in North America and México. He was the Country Manager (México) for Teck Corporation and its Mexican subsidiary from 1992 - 2000. He was the Country Manager (México) for Teck Corporation and its Mexican subsidiary from 1992 - 2000. Under his direction, Teck discovered the 73 million tonne San Nicolas massive sulphide deposit in Zacatecas and the El Limon gold skarn in Guerrero, México. From 2004 until December 2010, he was responsible for the administration and execution of exploration, development and initial production of the Nuestra Señora polymetallic silver mine owned by Scorpio Mining Corporation in Sinaloa, México.
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.