Mr. McKenzie is an entrepreneur with over 25 years’ experience managing, owning and operating companies within the Canadian private and public equity sectors. He has been active in the resource sector and associated capital markets since 2007, raising in excess of $70 Million in investment capital. From 2002-2006, he was the President of Worldmax Inc., Canada's largest independent partner of MTS Allstream Corp. Between 1999-2002 he variously served as Vice President, President and CEO of a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T Canada and US-based AT&T Corp, helming a voice and data network spanning from Vancouver to Halifax. From 1988-1999, he was the President and sole shareholder of Mediapro Inc., a voice and data enterprise with offices in major centres Canada-wide, until he sold the company to AT&T Canada in early 2000. He has spearheaded multiple business and technical initiatives for major organizations such as the Dept. of National Defense (DND/MARCOM), Lucent Canada, BCE and AT&T Global Solutions. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Peter Manuel is a Chartered Accountant with more than 17 years experience providing consulting services to companies in a range of sectors, with a focus on the financial services and resource sectors. He joins Ucore having spent the last 10 years in England and The Republic of Ireland providing assurance, strategic planning, corporate finance and other consulting services to a portfolio of both public and private entities including licensed banks, proprietary trading operations, and international corporate treasuries. Mr. Manuel holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Dalhousie University.
Mr. MacDonald has over 25 years experience implementing award winning business development and marketing programs at a regional and national level. As Vice President of Sales, Mr. MacDonald was responsible for Mediapro Communication's growth as AT&T Canada's leading Canadian Business to Business sales partner. Mr. MacDonald subsequently took over all responsibilities of the Atlantic Regional Vice President of AT&T Canada Corp. As VP of Operations for Premier Executive Suites Mr. MacDonald consolidated four business units into one regional operation that was awarded Atlantic Canada's, "Best Places to Work" in 2009/10/11. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University.
Randy is a professional geologist with over 25 years’ experience in the mining industry covering a wide range of commodities and settings with projects ranging from grass-roots exploration through development, mining, and reclamation. He has geological and environmental project management experience based in Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Canada, New Zealand, Chile, Guyana and Bolivia. Randy specializes in project planning and development studies, consultation, permitting, compliance, and water quality treatment strategies. Randy graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of British Columbia.
Since 1989, Mr. Schrider has been involved in manufacturing, engineering and managing complex structural and mechanical systems projects. He was the founder and president of Schrider & Associates, Inc. (SAi) and Alton Bay Design, LLC (ABD); both engineering services firms, for a period of 17 years. Prior to that he held various engineering and management roles in several North American shipyards and in a synthetic lubricant manufacturing facility. Mike received a Bachelor of Science in engineering from the University of New Orleans and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Louisiana.
Mr. Ryan is the Founder of Neocon International, a multi-million dollar automotive OEM design and lean manufacturing company which he conceptualized in 1993. From its start-up he was the strategic architect responsible for raising capital, assembling and directing a team of R&D engineers, establishing niche product opportunities such as lighter weight materials tapping into OEM "green" initiatives, developing process QA standards and procuring equipment and facilities to deliver to international markets. Under Mr. Ryan's design, Neocon was acquired in 2002 by Exco Technologies, Ltd., a publically traded TSX company. With this new structure Ryan was able to access additional capital to develop expanded manufacturing facilities in both the USA and Mexico serving customers such as Toyota, Nissan and General Motors. Prior to founding Neocon, he held positions as V.P. Operations for Plastics Maritime Ltd. and Design Engineer for T.S.Simms and Company. Mr. Ryan mentors MBA students and graduating design engineers from Dalhousie University from which he holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree. He is the recipient of the APENS Award from the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia as the most likely to serve society in an ethical manner.
Dr. Dostal is Professor Emeritus of Geology at Saint Mary's University in Halifax. He has over 35 years experience in geology, ore deposit studies, and geochemistry. He has published more than 250 scientific papers, and is a widely acknowledged expert on uranium mineralization in granitoids and volcanic rocks and mobility of uranium in metamorphic and volcanic rocks. He is the recipient of the 2005 Career Achievement Award of the Volcanology and Igneous Petrology Division of the Geological Association of Canada and the 2007 Gesner Medal for Distinguished Scientist of the Atlantic Geoscience Society. He is also Honorary Professor of Mongolian University of Science and Technology in Ulaanbaatar.
Mr. Meister has over 25 years of management and business development experience across Canada. Since 1995, Mr. Meister has been strategically involved in various key business initiatives involving the mining industry, oil and gas industry, and utility companies across northern and western Canada. Currently, Mr. Meister is employed with Williams Engineering Canada Ltd as Director, Client Development and Delivery. As a member of the senior leadership team, Mr. Meister’s key responsibility in addition to managing the northern Canada operating region includes creating a business development service line as well as directing the project management function of Williams engineering deliverables. Previously, Mr. Meister worked at Stantec (formally Jacques Whitford Stantec AXYS) as the operations manager for northern Canada and Business Development Manager for ARDICOM, an aboriginal partnership between Northern Aboriginal Services Company (NASCo), Arctic Cooperatives Limited (ACL) and Northwestel. He has also worked with various communities and key stakeholders, including First Nation businesses and regional organizations.
Mr. Clarke is a Partner at Miller Thomson LLP, a Toronto-based business law firm. He has over 19 years of experience in investment banking, financial advisory services, corporate and securities law as well as teaching experience at the university level in the fields of business law and corporate finance. His law practice focuses on advising public companies, institutional investors and investment banks in regard to securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, shareholder activism, continuous disclosure, stock exchange matters and securities regulatory compliance matters. His M&A experience includes advising special committees in connection with take-overs, reorganizations, and searching for and prioritizing strategic alternatives. Geoff has extensive experience with clients in the mining sector. Geoff was formerly a partner at a large international business law firm that was a six-times recipient of a global "Mining Law Firm of the Year" award. He was later the President of a full-service institutional investment dealer with offices in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. His role at the dealer included providing financial and strategic advice to mining industry companies regarding off-take agreements, joint-ventures, strategic partnerships and raising capital.
Dr. Lehn is a pioneer in Supramolecular Chemistry, a field that comprises modern day Molecular Recognition Technology (MRT). He was awarded the 1987 Nobel Prize in Chemistry together with Donald Cram and Charles Pedersen for his synthesis of cryptands, and was instrumental in launching the now flourishing field of Supramolecular Chemistry, often referred to as Host-Guest Chemistry, or chemistry beyond the molecule. Dr. Lehn is a Director of the Institut de Science et d'Ingénierie Supramoléculaires at the Université de Strasbourg, France and continues to innovate in the field of intermolecular interactions. His group has published over 900 peer reviewed articles in chemistry literature. Dr. Lehn is an advocate of Clean Chemistry principles as applied to the resource development, industrial and manufacturing applications, and health sciences sectors.
Mr. Johnson is the President of Tyler Rental Inc., an Alaska-based enterprise with over $50 million in assets and 75 employees, which he founded as a start-up in 1989 and subsequently grew to a multi-state enterprise. Mr. Johnson formed Alaska Ship and Drydock ("ASD") to operate the Ketchikan Shipyard under contract with the State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities in 1993. Working in conjunction with the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA), he guided an $80 million shipyard expansion project at ASD, including a new 2,500 ton dry-dock, upland ship berthing and an 80,000 square foot ship assembly hall and production support complex. He sold the company to Vigor Industrial in 2012, having grown it into a thriving enterprise with annual revenues of $35 million and up to 200 employees. In addition to Tyler and ASD, Mr. Johnson's business operations and ownership experience includes such Southeast Alaska enterprises as Ty-matt Construction and Ketchikan Ready Mix and Quarry. Mr. Johnson resides in Ketchikan and has been a resident of Alaska for 33 years.
Frank Högel has served as CEO at Peter Beck Performance Fonds GbR, bringing with him over 15 years of experience in the financial sector. He is an Asset Manager actively involved in the financial evaluation of companies and convertible debenture structuring. Mr. Högel has international financing experience, the ability to analyze expansion and acquisition opportunities, and expertise with Canadian resource companies. He has a broad base of involvement in global investments, primarily focused on the structuring, initiation, and completion of international convertible debenture financings. His background includes more than 13 years of direct experience in the mining industry, expertise as an international financier / investor and a successful track record as a consultant and stock broker in London, England. He serves on the Board of Directors of numerous public companies and is a Member of the Advisory Board of Concept Capital Management Ltd. Mr. Högel has a Masters of Business Administration (FH) degree from the University of Nurtingen, Germany, with a focus on Financial Management, Banking, and International Business & Management.
Dean G. Popps served two Administrations as the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASAALT) and the Army Acquisition Executive (AAE). He served in the Department of the Army as a political appointee from 2004 to 2010. He officially retired from government in April 2010 after his successor was confirmed by the United States Senate. Mr. Popps led the execution of the Army’s acquisition function and the acquisition management system which included more than 600 Army and Joint Programs of Record and an annual procurement budget of $90B during wartime. His responsibilities included providing oversight for the life cycle management and sustainment of Army weapons systems and equipment from research and development through test and evaluation, acquisition, logistics, fielding, and disposition. Mr. Popps also oversaw the Elimination of Chemical Weapons Program. In addition, he was responsible for appointing, managing, and evaluating Program Executive Officers (PEOs) and managing the 42,000 person Army Acquisition Corps and the Army Acquisition Workforce. In 2009, he appointed the first woman to a PEO position in the history of the Army Acquisition Corps. He was also responsible for communicating key acquisition messages and information to Congress. Mr. Popps has had a long and accomplished career in the private sector both before and after his government service. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. He and his wife reside in McLean, Va and have four adult children.
Mr. Barry is the Chairman of the Board of Alaska Power and Telephone (AP&T). He is the former Chairman of the Alaska Import Development & Export Authority (AIDEA), the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA), and Co-Chair of the Taiwan Alaska Trade and Cooperation Council (TATCC). He served on the Executive Council of the Urban Land Institute and the Government Affairs Committee of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Board Member of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, and three terms as President of the Anchorage Community YMCA. As owner of Eagle Development Corporation, he participated in the development of hotels, office buildings, and retail centers in Alaska, including the state’s first regional mall, Anchorage 5 th Avenue, and the state’s first large mixed-use project, Dimond Center. Prior to this, he held multiple executive positions at the National Bank of Alaska (NBA), where he initiated a number of pioneering undertakings, including Alaska’s first trust investment department, first venture capital company, first commercial leasing operation, and first commercial real estate department. He joined NBA from the University of Washington with a major in Finance in 1963.
Mr. De Smedt is the Chief Financial Officer of Radar Acquisitions Corp., a publicly-traded coal resource exploration and development company based in Calgary, Alberta. He had previously been a Business Consulting Partner with IBM Canada Global Business Services since 2002 and brings more than 20 years experience in the finance/accounting/auditing and management consulting industry. Starting as a Chartered Accountant in Belgium with increasing responsibilities for major publicly traded companies, he became a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada in 1998. In 2000, he took over responsibility for the Travel & Transportation industry consulting practice for the Canadian Marketplace. Prior to taking on a management consulting role and his industry leadership role, Mr. De Smedt worked in the Audit and Business Advisory Services Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Brussels, Belgium and Montreal, Canada. In this capacity, he held senior manager responsibilities for major audit engagements and financial due diligence assignments. Mr. De Smedt holds a Bachelor of Commerce & Finance degree from VLEKHO University in Brussels, Belgium.