Advancing A New Discovery In The Parral Silver District, Mexico
Directors & Officers
Fred G. Hewett
President, CEO & Director
Fred Hewett is a Professional Engineer with over 40 years of experience in the mining industry. He graduated in 1972 from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and has worked his way through many aspects of the mining profession from Mine Geologist, Exploration Manager to Chief Engineer with several major Canadian mining companies. Mr. Hewett joined the Northair Group as Exploration Manager in 1981 and currently holds the position of President, CEO and Director of International Northair Mines Ltd. and New Dimension Resources Ltd. He is a fellow of the Geological Association of Canada, a life member of the Canadian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy and holds memberships in the Association of Professional Engineers of British Columbia, the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia and the Society of Exploration Geologists.
Mr. Burkhart is currently the Vice President of Exploration for Argonaut Gold Inc, a mid--tier gold producer with mineral properties located in Mexico. He possesses over 30 years of exploration and project management experience in Mexico, South and Central America, Canada, Alaska, Australia and the Western US. Mr. Burkhart graduated with a B.Sc. in Geology in 1979 from the University of Nevada.
Donald A. McLeod
Chairman & Director
Mr. McLeod is the founder and Chairman of the Northair Group of Companies. He possesses over 50 years experience in the mining industry and has been employed in a number of capacities within the profession ranging from prospector and miner to foreman, supervisor and resident manager. During his mining career with the Northair Group, Mr. McLeod successfully brought three mines into production. He has a strong mine finance and production background with numerous contacts throughout the industry. Having raised in excess of $200 million for exploration, development and production funding, Mr. McLeod enjoys an excellent rapport with members of the financial community. Although now retired, Mr. McLeod continues to consult; providing his knowledge and wisdom to the Northair Group of Companies.
Mr. Dircksen is the Executive Chairman & Director of Timberline Resources Corporation, which is targeting production in 2010 from its Butte Highlands underground gold property in Montana. Paul has over 35 years of experience in the mining and exploration industry which includes serving in executive, managerial and technical roles at a number of companies. Mr. Dircksen has a strong technical background that was fostered by serving as a team member on nine gold discoveries, seven of which later became operating mines. He has held senior management positions with Lacana Gold, the Cordex Syndicate, Orvana Minerals, Bravo Venture Group, and Brett Resources. Mr. Dircksen has an M.S. in Geology from the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada.
Mr. Irwin recently retired as a partner of DuMoulin Black, a Vancouver based Securities and Corporate Law firm where he practiced corporate, securities and natural resource law with a focus on mining and corporate finance. During his forty year career, Brian was a former chairman of the natural resources subsection of the Continuing Legal Education Program of the British Columbia Bar. He now sits on the boards of a number of resource based public companies.
Ryan E. Schedler
Mr. Schedler is currently the sector head of Natural Resources Investments at Trellus Management ("Trellus") in New York City. Prior to joining Trellus in 2003, he was an investment banker at Lehman Brothers and BT Alex Brown/Deutsche Bank, where he was focused on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Schedler graduated with a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering in 1993 from Lafayette College in Easton, PA, and received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1998. He began his career as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Johnstone graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1977 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree and in 1979 earned his chartered accountant designation. He has over 30 years of financial experience with public and private companies. During the past 25 years, Mr. Johnstone has focused on mineral exploration and development stage public companies throughout North and South America. Mr. Johnstone was previously Chief Financial Officer of Creston Moly Corp., during which time he played a significant role with the company prior to its acquisition by Mercator Minerals Ltd.
Ms. Nowak has over 16 years of work experience in the securities legal industry. Prior to joining International Northair Mines Brenda was a paralegal with DuMoulin Black LLP and held positions with Nexus Venture Capital Lawyers and Aber Diamond Corporation.
Dr. Frederick T. Graybeal
Advisory Board Member
Dr. Graybeal is a geologist who spent most of his 45 year career focused on base and precious metal exploration with ASARCO Incorporated, prior to retiring in 2003 as Chief Geologist. He is currently involved with a number of public exploration companies as a director or a member of the advisory board, and also consults on various exploration projects. Dr. Graybeal also provides technical advice to financial institutions and is a member of a U.S. Geological Survey group researching copper deposits in Arizona. He is a past Vice President of the Society of Economic Geologists, has served on two committees of the National Research Council, and is a recipient of the SME Dickerson and the SEG Marsden awards. He received his A.B. (1960) from Dartmouth College and his M.S. (1962) and Ph.D. (1972) degrees from the University of Arizona.
D. Bruce McLeod
Advisory Board Member
Bruce McLeod is a Mining Engineer with 25 years experience in the mining exploration and development business. Mr. McLeod primarily focuses on project development, strategic planning and financing activities. He has recently led the combination of Mercator Minerals Ltd. and Creston Moly Corp. creating a strong intermediate base metals company with a producing copper mine in Arizona and significant copper and molybdenum projects in Mexico. Mr. McLeod was a founder and Executive Chairman of Sherwood Copper Corp., which in 2008, completed a business combination with Capstone Mining Corp. and a founder of Stornoway Diamond Corporation. Mr. McLeod primarily focuses on project development, strategic planning and financing activities. His professional associations include: Member of the TSX Venture Exchange's Local and National Advisory Boards; President and Director of the Canadian Listed Company Association; membership in the Canadian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy, the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia, and the Association of Professional Engineers of B.C. and the Yukon.
Advisory Board Member
Mr. Stibbard is a Mining Engineer with expertise in mine design, construction and operations. His firm, JDS Energy & Mining Inc., currently provides a range of engineering services to mining companies world-wide. Mr. Stibbard has served or continues to serve as a Technical Advisor to numerous mining companies including: Capstone Mining Corp. (formerly Sherwood Copper Corp.), Stornoway Diamond Corp., Creston Moly Corp. and Mega Moly Inc. His extensive experience includes: Mining Manager at the BHP Ekati Diamond Mine and General Manager of Mining, Albian Sands Energy Inc., where he was accountable for leading the design, construction and operation of the 450,000 tpd Muskeg River Oilsand Mine and Tailings Dyke. Prior to Albian Sands, he was an original founding member of Western Oil Sands Inc., and a partner in the development of the Shell Muskeg River Mine. Mr. Stibbard graduated with a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering, from the Montana School of Mines in 1987.
Advisory Board Member
Mr. Zacharias is Vice President of Avisar Chartered Accountants (Langley, British Columbia) and received his CA designation in 2000. Mr. Zacharias has worked extensively with mineral exploration and development stage companies on the TSX Venture Exchange.