Management & Directors

Richard D. Williams, M.Sc., P.Geo

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Richard Williams is a Professional Geologist with a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Geology from Portsmouth University, and a Masters degree in Mineral Exploration from Queen’s University, Ontario. He also serves as CEO of Cornish Metals (TSX-V/AIM:CUSN), formerly Strongbow Exploration, focused on the South Crofty tin project in Cornwall UK. He has over 30 years of experience in the mining and mineral exploration sector principally in southern Africa, and south and Central America. Richard has spent the last 16 years in public company corporate management, and has developed a wide network of business and financial contacts.

J. Patricio Varas, P.Geo.


Mr. Varas is a Professional Geoscientist and Mining Executive with over 38 years’ experience in mineral exploration, mine development and corporate management. He has extensive experience in developing precious and base metal exploration and mining projects around the world. He has played integral roles in the discovery of world class mineral deposits and mines (Santo Domingo Sur Cu-Fe - Chile, Diavik Diamonds - NWT, Milestone Potash - Sask), delivery of major feasibility studies and has overseen significant mineral asset sales and corporate transactions.

Krysta Chapman

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Chapman is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA) and Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder. She holds a Bachelor of Mathematics and a Masters in Accounting from the University of Waterloo. Prior before she was the Corporate Treasurer at Sandstorm Gold Ltd., Krysta worked with Pathway Capital Ltd., a private venture capital firm, as Chief Financial Officer, managing several private and public mining companies.

Stephen Leahy

Chairman and Director

Mr. Leahy is a businessman who has participated actively in the formation, growth and financings of numerous mining and oil & gas companies in Canada and internationally. Since 1981 Mr. Leahy has served as President, Chairman, CEO or Director of numerous private and publicly traded companies with listings on the TSX Venture Exchange and TSX including Startech Energy, Wellco Energy Services and First Silver Reserve.

After having been Chairman & CEO of North American Tungsten Corporation Ltd. for more than 20 years, Mr. Leahy recently moved on to providing advisory services through his own company Westpac.

Dr. Mark V. Sander


Dr. Sander holds a PhD in Ore Deposits and Exploration from Stanford University (USA) and has been active in the mineral resource industry for the last 25 years in operations, strategy and exploration, with a focus on Copper, Gold, and Nickel and Platinum projects. Dr. Sander was formerly the VP of Strategy and Planning for BHP Copper, COO and then President & CEO of Mandalay Resources. Dr. Sander is a principal of Plinian Capital and actively involved in management of its portfolio companies through Board and consulting positions.

Mr. Andrew Thomson


Mr. Thomson is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Soltoro Ltd. which was acquired by Agnico Eagle Mines in June of 2015. Mr. Thomson is an entrepreneur who has actively been exploring in Latin America since 1993. Mr. Thomson is fluent in French and proficient in Spanish and currently acts as the President of Palamina Corp.

Danièle Spethmann, P.Geo.


Ms. Spethmann is President and CEO of Warrior Gold and has over 30+ years’ experience in northern Ontario, Canada and internationally in Latin American and Botswana including senior geologist and principal on projects with significant discoveries (Choco 10 - Carolina Zone, Venezuela and Fruta del Norte, Ecuador). Ms. Spethmann studied geology at the University of Ottawa and completed the Mining Management Certificate at Ryerson University. 

Bernardo Alvarez Calderon


Mr. Bernardo Alvarez Calderon is founder and CEO of Analytica Mineral Services which operates 3 underground gold mines currently operating in Peru. Mr. Alvarez Calderon holds a B.Sc. in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and has taken the Owners / President Management Program at the Harvard Business School.