The Team

The Kivalliq team has a proven track record of discovery and over 80 years of combined geological and management expertise. The team has been involved in all aspects of exploration ranging from grass roots through to resource delineation and production. Complementing their geological experience, the Kivalliq team brings a solid understanding of capital markets and the nuclear sector.

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    John Robins, P.Geo. - Chairman
John Robins  

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 2005 with his co-founding of the Discovery Group of Companies and most recently the Aurora Resource Group. 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".

    Jim Paterson , B.Comm. - CEO, Director
Jim Paterson   Jim Paterson, B.Comm, has been a member of the Board of Directors of Kivalliq Energy Corp. since the Company's inception in 2008. Appointed CEO of Kivalliq in 2010, Jim was a driving force behind more than CDN$57M in equity financings, one of the largest uranium exploration programs on the globe, and a 200% increase in mineral resources at the Lac 50 deposit from 2010 – 2013. Jim has 17 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 $150 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, Bluestone Resources Inc., and West Melville Metals Inc. - all mineral exploration companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange.
    Jeff Ward, BSc, P.Geo - President
Jeff Ward  

Jeff Ward, BSc, P.Geo, joined Kivalliq in 2008 as VP Exploration. Appointed President of Kivalliq in 2010, Jeff consistently demonstrates excellence in Kivalliq’s activities related to exploration, fundraising, permitting, stakeholder communications, and corporate governance. Jeff co-manages the exploration programs at Genesis (Saskatchewan) and Angilak (Nunavut), which have led to multiple uranium discoveries property-wide and the delineation and rapid growth of one of the world’s highest grade uranium resources (Lac 50). Jeff 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 over 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. Mr. Ward's experience ranges from reconnaissance to advanced-stage projects throughout Canada's north. As Regional Project Manager, he directed exploration programs in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Alberta for over ten years and was responsible for program design, supervision, compliance, joint venture management and stakeholder relations.

    Andrew Berry - Chief Operating Officer
andrew berry  

Mr. Berry joined Kivalliq Energy Corp. in April 2009 as Project Manager. Appointed COO in 2010, Andy co-manages the exploration programs at Genesis (Saskatchewan) and Angilak (Nunavut). From 2010 – 2013, Andy oversaw one of the largest uranium exploration programs on the globe, which led to multiple property-wide discoveries and a 200% increase in mineral resources at the Lac 50 deposit. He holds a technical diploma in exploration geology from Sir Sandford Fleming College in Ontario. He has more than 30 years’ experience with surface and underground programs exploring and developing precious metal, base metal and diamond deposits in Canada, South America and Africa. He was an integral member of Flanagan McAdam Ltd. and the Muscocho Group, developing mining projects in Ontario, British Columbia and the Yukon. As Project Manager with Ashton Mining of Canada Inc. and Stornoway Diamond Corp., he gained more than 15 years of logistical experience exploring and operating in Canadian Arctic environments.

    Dale Wallster - Director
Dale Wallster  

Dale Wallster is a geologist and a prospector with over 30 years experience in North American mineral deposit exploration, with a focus on the targeting and discovery of unconformity-related uranium deposits since 2002. He was president and founder of Roughrider Uranium Corp., a company acquired by Hathor Exploration Limited in 2006 for its 1,000,000 acres of strategically located uranium properties in the Athabasca Basin. Dale and his team are widely credited in the mineral exploration sector for the discovery of the Hathor's Roughrider deposit. In January 2012, Hathor became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto as part of a CAD$650 million acquisition. Kivalliq will benefit greatly from Dale's guidance at a board level.

    Jim Malone - Director
Jim Malone  

Jim Malone served as co-editor of the World Nuclear Association's ("WNA") "The Global Nuclear Fuel Market Report Supply and Demand 2007 – 2030." He is currently Chairman of the WNA's Fuel Technology Working Group and is working on a high power density metallic fuel technology development with Lightbridge Corporation, and a high thermal conductivity oxide fuel with IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. He was Chairman of the Board of Hathor Exploration Ltd., which, in January 2012, became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto as part of a CAD$650 million acquisition. Jim is widely recognized as a nuclear industry and nuclear fuel expert, with more than 40 years of experience in the downstream business, most recently as vice-president, nuclear fuels, Exelon Generation Co. LLC, the largest generator of nuclear power in North America.

In 1968, Jim began his career in nuclear power as an engineer in the utility reactor core analysis section of the nuclear engineering department of United Nuclear Corporation (UNC) after receiving a B.S. in chemical engineering (nuclear) at Manhattan College, Bronx, New York in 1968. In 1972, Jim completed an MBA at Iona College, New Rochelle, New York where he was awarded the Graduate School of Business Award for Academic Excellence. He is a member of the American Nuclear Society and a Past Chairman of the ANS Fuel Cycle Waste Management Division.

    Garth Kirkham, BSc, P.Geo, P.Geoph - Director
Garth Kirkham  

Mr. Kirkham obtained a Bachelor's degree in Science from the University of Alberta in 1983, completing his degree with majors in Geophysics, Geology and Mathematics. He became a Registered Professional Geoscientist in Alberta (APEGGA) in 1987, in Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association (NAPEGG) and BC (APEGBC) in 2005, in Ontario (APGO) in 2011, in Manitoba (APEGM) in 2012 and is a member in good standing in all. He is also a member of SEG (Society of Exploration Geologists), CIM (Canadian Institute of Mining), AMEBC (Association of Mineral Exploration of BC), GAC (Geological Association of Canada) and PDAC (Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada).

Mr. Kirkham is the Incoming President Elect of the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) and will serve as President in 2015-2016. He the Chair of the CIM Best Practices Committee and the Chair of the Geoscientists Canada, Securities Committee. He is the past-Chair and President of the Mineral Deposits Division of the GAC along with being on Councillor and the Distinguished Lecturer Coordinator. He is Past Chair of the Vancouver Mineral Exploration Group (MEG) and a Councillor for the past three years with APEGBC along with being Vice-Chair of the Geoscience Committee.

Garth and other members of the EXTECH III team were awarded the 2006 Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) Barlow Medal and the Award of Merit presented by NAPEGG. In addition, Garth was awarded the JC Sproule Memorial Plaque from CIM in 2010, the Julian Boldy Award in 2012 and was also recognized as Distinguished Lecturer for 2013-2014. Garth is a fellow of both the Society of Economic Geologists and Geoscientists Canada along with receiving the Geological Association’s Distinguished Member Award in 2013.

Now after 30 years of 3D computer modeling for the geosciences, Mr. Kirkham is currently heading Kirkham Geosystems Ltd. (established in 1997), which provides consulting services to the environmental, mining, geotechnical and oil & gas industries. 

    Jim Dawson, M.Sc., P.Eng. - Director
Jim Dawson  

Jim serves as President of Dawson Geological Consulting Ltd., a geological consulting company. Mr. Dawson has been a Professional Consulting Geologist for over thirty years, and has been a Director of Public Companies In the Mineral Resource Industry for almost twenty years. Also, he has managed his own consulting Geological Firm for many years. As a partner with Kerr, Dawson & Associates Ltd. from 1972 to 1985, he participated in the discovery of the Blackdome Mine, Frasergold and Taurus Properties in British Columbia and the Big Horn Mine in Arizona. He has been an Independent Director of Minefinders Corp. Ltd., since March 18, 1996. He has been a Director of Member of Technical Advisory Board of Kaminak Gold Corp. since December 11, 2006 and served as a Director of Great Southern Enterprises Corp. since 2003. Mr. Dawson was part of the original Pan Ocean team which made the discovery of the Lac Cinquante U-Mo Occurrence in 1975. Jim Graduated from Memorial University with a B.Sc. in 1960 and an M.Sc. in 1963.

    Michelle Yeung, CPA, CA - Chief Financial Officer
    Michelle Yeung is a chartered professional accountant with five years of financial reporting experience. She earned her designation articling with a Vancouver-based accounting firm, providing audit, assurance and accounting services. Her latest experience includes providing financial reporting services to both private and TSX Venture Exchange-listed resource exploration companies, including serving as the CFO of Bluestone Resources Inc. (TSX-V: BSR). She earned her bachelor of business administration degree with a concentration in accounting at Simon Fraser University.
    Jeffrey Dare, Corporate Secretary
    Jeffrey Dare has over 7 years of professional experience with respect to managing external reporting and corporate compliance for TSX Venture Exchange listed issuers. He currently serves as the Corporate Secretary for Riverside Resources Inc. (TSX-V: RRI), Northair Silver Corp. (TSX-V: INM), Bluestone Resources Inc. (TSX-V: BSR), and Corex Management Inc., a private administration company. Through Corex Management Inc. he also advises a number of private companies spanning different industries and jurisdictions. Mr. Dare works closely with external partners and service providers in the areas of legal, compliance, transfer agency, audit, banking and insurance. Mr. Dare earned a BA from Simon Fraser University and has completed the Canadian Securities Course. After University he started his financial career working at a major Canadian bank.
    Emily McNie, BSc - Geologist
Emily McNie   Emily McNie, BSc, has been working with Kivalliq since August 2011. Ms. McNie graduated in 2011 from University of British Columbia Okanagan with a Bachelor of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Prior to working with Kivalliq, Emily worked for Romios Gold Resources.