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.
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. 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.
Mr. Bergin is an accomplished and seasoned executive with over 29 years of experience in financial markets and business building. Mr. Bergin is currently the CIO and President of Hillhead Capital Inc. and brings a wealth of global expertise due to his extensive experience on Wall Street working with premier institutions including Credit Suisse, Barclays Capital and Toronto Dominion Bank. Mr. Bergin also served on the Endowment Committee for the Family and Children’s Agency in Connecticut and is a member of the New York Dean’s Advisory Counsel for Wilfrid Laurier University, of which he is a graduate.
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.
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.
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.