Robert McLeod, President & CEO
Mr. McLeod is a professional geoscientist and is President and CEO of IDM Mining Ltd. as well as a Director of the Company. He is a third-generation miner, born and raised in Stewart B.C., near the Company ’s flagship Red Mountain Project. Previously, he was founder and VP Exploration of Underworld Resources. Kinross Gold Corporation acquired Underworld for $140M after an initial resource estimate of over 1.4Moz gold at the White gold Deposit in the Yukon. He is a highly technical, creative and innovative exploration geologist. He was also VP Exploration and CEO of Full Metal Minerals Ltd., an Alaska-focused exploration company with numerous discoveries to his credit. He has over twenty-three years' experience in mining and mineral exploration, working for a variety of major and junior mining companies. Mr. McLeod's exploration strategy is a multi-tiered approach, including: conceptual geologic ideas with prospecting, early-stage project advancement focusing on discovery, and advancing mid-stage projects towards feasibility. As an exploration geologist and project manager at Miramar's Hope Bay project, Mr. McLeod was part of the team that discovered the Naartok deposit, as well as expanding and delineating the Boston and Doris deposits. He was previously Vice-President of Exploration for Atna Resources and is currently a director of Lithium-X, Genesis Metals, Redstar Gold, Independence Gold Corp and Gold Standard Ventures. He is graduate of Geology from the University of British Columbia, with an M.Sc. in Mineral Exploration from Queens University. He is an active volunteer in the mining industry, as an executive director of AME-BC, and as a director of the Britannia Mine Museum.
Michael McPhie, Executive Chairman
In a career spanning more than 20 years Michael has worked as a founder, director and executive leading the financing, permitting and development of resource projects on four continents. He is a specialist in regulatory, permitting, and governance issues in the mining sector globally. In addition to serving as Executive Chairman of IDM Mining Ltd., Michael is the Founder and CEO of Falkirk Resource Consultants Ltd. and Managing Director of JDS Gold Ltd.
Prior to this, Michael was President and CEO of Curis Resources Ltd., a publicly traded copper mining company headquartered in Vancouver that was taken over in 2014. Michael also served as a Director and Executive Vice President of Exeter Resource Corporation, CEO of the Mining Association of British Columbia and a Policy Director with Canada's Department of Natural Resources. Michael is a Director of Independence Gold, recent past Chair of the Board of the Association for Mineral Exploration BC (AMEBC) and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).
Michael earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Simon Fraser University, a Masters of Science degree from Royal Roads University and is a registered Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP). He is a strong advocate for responsible development, sustainability and good practice in business globally.
David Parker, Director
David Parker recently joined the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Applied Science on a two year secondment as an Adjunct Professor and Executive in Residence. In addition to teaching in the graduate program, Mr. Parker is developing new programs and initiatives related to governance of the extractives sector, integrated resource management and sustainable livelihoods. He is also working closely with academia, the mining industry, civil society, and government to establish the recently announced Canadian International Institute of Extractive Industries and Development.
Mr. Parker was previously Vice President Sustainability at Teck Resources Limited and is currently on secondment. Over the 22 years that he has been with Teck, Mr. Parker has led and collaborated in several initiatives to advance Teck's approach to sustainability and has been particularly focused on creating mutually respectful and collaborative relationships with First Nations people in Canada. He has conceived and implemented a number of visionary initiatives, such as the Sullivan Round Table, a conference co-chaired by Teck, the City of Kimberley and the World Bank to examine best practices in mine closure. Mr. Parker was the inspiration for the Zinc Saves Kids program with UNICEF, which is active in saving children's lives in Nepal, Peru and India. He also developed Teck's role in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and chaired the Olympic Sponsor's Sustainability Initiative.
Mr. Parker has chaired the Mining Association of British Columbia and the International Council on Mining and Metals Social and Economic Development Task Force. He currently serves as a director on the boards of UNICEF Canada, the Mining Association of British Columbia, and Science World. His education includes a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Acadia University, a Bachelor of Law degree from Dalhousie University and a Masters of Law degree from the University of British Columbia where he has served as an adjunct professor in environmental law.
Andrew Farncomb, Director
Mr. Farncomb graduated from the Queen's University School of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree. He is a founding partner of Cairn Merchant Partners LP, an independent merchant bank offering a full range of advisory services to public and private companies. Mr. Farncomb has extensive experience advising public and private companies on mergers, acquisitions and financing transactions, in the natural resources, consumer products, industrial, technology and media sectors. Mr. Farncomb was formerly a Partner and Investment Banking professional at Paradigm Capital Inc., a Canadian investment dealer. Mr. Farncomb sits on the Board and is Chair of the Investment Committee at the Flavelle Foundation.
Gernot Wober, Director
Mr. Wober, B.Sc., P.Geo. is Vice-President of Exploration for Oban Mining (TSX:OBM). He has over 25 years diverse exploration and mining experience including 16 years for the Hunter Dickinson Group. He has extensive experience with Canadian projects, particularly in British Columbia and Yukon. He has worked on numerous deposit types and metallogenic belts, including in: USA (Alaska and Nevada), Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Sudan, Eritrea, Mozambique and South Africa.
Duncan Middlemiss, Director
Mr. Middlemiss, PEng, is the president, chief executive officer and a director of Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. Prior to joining Wesdome, he was president, chief executive officer and a director of St. Andrew Goldfields Ltd. until its acquisition by Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. in January, 2016. Mr. Middlemiss joined St. Andrew in July, 2008, as general manager and vice-president of operations, later assuming the role of chief operating officer. He was appointed as president and chief executive officer in October, 2013. He earned a BSc in mining engineering at Queen's University in 1989 and worked for Inco Ltd. (now Vale Canada Ltd.) as mine design engineer until 1995. He subsequently joined Barrick Gold Inc. at the Holt-McDermott mine, where he held the position of chief mine engineer. In 2002, he joined Foxpoint Resources (now Kirkland Lake Gold Inc.), where he was instrumental in overseeing the rehabilitation, development and commencement of production at the Macassa mine, beginning as engineering and production manager and later as mine manager. Mr. Middlemiss is a native of Kirkland Lake, Ont., and has extensive experience in the mining of gold deposits in the Abitibi greenstone belt.
Susan Neale, Chief Financial Officer
Susan is a chartered accountant with over 20 years experience in corporate transactions, public markets and in-depth accounting and auditing, working with mineral exploration, development and operating companies in Canada and throughout the world.
Shobana Thaya, Investor Relations/Corporate Communication
Ms. Shobana Thaya is the principal of Vertex Strategies Inc., a Toronto based full-service marketing communications and investor relations firm supporting key public companies to strengthen their investor relations activities and effectively communicate shareholder value for maximum exposure among analysts, portfolio managers, stockbrokers, institutional and venture capital investors, individual investors, and the media.
Wayne Corso, Project Management – Engineering
Wayne has over 33 years of diverse mining engineering experience. He started his career with Homestake Mining at the company’s namesake mining operations at Lead, South Dakota. With BHP Minerals' mine services group, he supported exploration, new business development and operations with engineering analysis and economic evaluations for various projects. He was recruited to join the bulk sampling and development team at Ekati diamond mine in Canada's NWT where he played an instrumental role in the development of the project. Over the past decade, Wayne has been Vice-President of Engineering for JDS Energy and Mining Ltd, executing numerous successful feasibility and EPCM contracts in challenging locations. Wayne is a graduate in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
Harry Pokrandt, Advisory Board
Harry recently retired as Managing Director for a major international investment banking firm, leading its Metals & Mining Group at its Vancouver office. Harry was previously involved with resource-focused investment bank boutique Orion Securities Inc., where he worked in Institutional Sales for over 20 years. Since then, Harry has worked on numerous financing and advisory assignments in the metals and mining sector.