Robert Schafer


Mr. Schafer has nearly 40 years of experience in the mineral industry, working in the international sector with both major and junior mining companies. He is founder and Managing Director of Eagle Mines Management, a globally active private natural resources corporation. He has held executive and senior management positions with Hunter Dickinson Inc., Kinross Gold Corp., and BHP Minerals over the past 20 years. Throughout his career Mr Schafer has worked internationally, with notable experience in the far east of Russia, Southern Africa, South America and Australia.

His work has included the structuring and implementation of successful exploration strategies, project reviews and valuations leading to acquisitions, and the management of local and expatriate exploration teams operating in a wide variety of geologic environments. In addition, he is the Past-President of the PDAC and Past-President of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (CIM) in Canada, and a Past President of the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America and the Geological Society of Nevada in the USA. Mr. Schafer will be SME President in 2020-21. Mr. Schafer was the recipient of the Dreyer Exploration Award in 2018 and the William Lawrence Saunders Gold Medal from AIME (2002) and the Daniel C. Jackling Award from SME (2017) for career achievements.

Tookie Angus


Mr. R. Stuart “Tookie” Angus is an independent business advisor to the mining industry. He was formerly Head of the Global Mining Group for Fasken Martineau. For the past 30 years, Mr. Angus has focused on structuring and financing significant international exploration, development and mining ventures. More recently, he was managing Director of Mergers & Acquisitions for Endeavour Financial and was responsible for merger and acquisition mandates. Mr Angus is the former Chairman of the Board of BC Sugar Refinery Limited, he was a Director of First Quantum Minerals until June 2005, a Director of Canico Resources Corporation until it’s takeover by CVRD in 2005, a Director of Bema Gold until it’s takover by Kinross Gold in 2007, a Director of Ventana Gold until it’s takeover by AUX Canada Acquisition in 2011, a Director of Plutonic Power until its merger with Magma Energy in 2011, and Chairman of Nevsun Resources until June 2017.

Abingdon Capital


Abingdon Capital Corporation (“Abingdon Capital”) is a boutique provider of innovative corporate finance & advisory solutions. Abingdon offers advisory services to public and private companies including traditional equity, M&A, debt advisory, but has unique capabilities with extensive cross-border expertise and relationships with decision-makers across the globe. Abingdon works closely in partnership with select clients to identify and unlock market opportunities and is a registered Exempt Market Dealer (EMD) with the Ontario Securities Commission.

Mike Power, P.Geo, M.Sc.


Mike Power has over 30 years’ experience in the mineral exploration industry. He holds a Bachelors’ of Science in Geology and Masters’ of Science in Geophysics from the University of Alberta. In 1988 Mr. Power founded Amerok Geosciences Ltd. and served as President until merging to form Aurora Geosciences Ltd. in 2000 where he held the title of Vice-President until 2010. Since 2010 he has been President of Panarc Resource Ltd., a private mineral exploration company operating in Alaska, Yukon, NWT, Nunavut and Nevada. Mr. Power also serves as CEO and Director at Silver Range Resources.

Gary Vivian, P.Geo, M.Sc.


Gary Vivian is Chairman at Aurora Geosciences. Gary is a geologist with over 35 years experience in mineral exploration. Gary was provided with the Award of Merit from Geoscientists Canada (2014) for his long term commitment to the mineral exploration industry in northern Canada as well as his active role in the professional geoscience associations at both the Territorial and National level. Gary also received the Geoscience Award of Merit (2013) from NAPEG, the professional geoscience regulatory body in the NWT and Nunavut, awarded for his significant contributions to the mineral industry in the NWT and Nunavut. Gary currently sits as the President of the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines. Gary has worked across Canada, in QU, BC, SK, NB, ON, NT and NU. His management skills have been applied to large drill programs throughout the North including projects at Sunrise, Nicholas, Fishhook and Run Lakes in Northwest Territories.

Dave White, P.Geo, B.Sc.


Dave White is President at Aurora Geosciences. Dave has over twelve years of mineral exploration experience. His experience mostly lies in base and precious metals, REE, and uranium in the NT, NU, YT, QU, MB, SK, and BC. Dave has managed numerous greenfields to advanced exploration projects. David earned post-secondary degrees in Geology and Physical Geography from the University of Alberta and University of Manitoba, respectively. He has been practicing geology as a professional since April of 2009 and is registered to practice in NT/NU/YT and BC.

Raul Sanabria, P.Geo, EuroGeol., M.Sc.


Raul has over 20 years of progressive experience mainly in precious metals in the mining and exploration industry worldwide, having worked in Europe, West Africa, all over Canada and in several countries of Central and South America. Currently he serves as VP Exploration of Ares Strategic Mining and most recently the positions of Exploration Manager for Tudor Gold Corp., Chief Geologist for Red Eagle Exploration, VP Exploration of American Creek Resources, G4G Resources, Northern Iron Corp, and Principal Geologist and CEO for Condor Precious Metals Inc. Raul is also an early mover in private mining projects such as Malabar Gold Corp focused in Colombian assets, where he is mining high grade gold at small scale generating cash flow for funding larger exploration plays in the country.

Rob Gietl


Mr. Gietl is a Business Development and Operations professional with a strong track record of results across all areas of launching new business, re-branding, expansion, acquisition, procurement, logistics, supply chain, category management, concept development and implementation. He excels at developing and translating corporate strategy (public and private companies) into meaningful plans that impact growth and profitability with outstanding results. Mr. Gietl is a skilled negotiator and change management champion who keeps shareholders’ interests met in a timely manner with constant review of all R.O.I’s and operational P&L accountability. As a Project Manager, he has been involved in taking the lead on new construction and renovations of restaurants across Canada., incuding tracking schedules and budgets on construction projects and liaise with general contractors to ensure that projects are being delivered to the highest quality.

Dmitri Efimov


Mr. Efimov is the Managing Director at Cross Border Ventures, an investment banking and venture capital boutique. He also currently holds a position of Senior Vice President at Straits Financial LLC, a futures commission merchant, head-quartered in Chicago. Straits Financial LLC is part of Straits Financial Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of one of the largest public commodities and logistics companies in Asia – CWT Limited. For the past 25 years he has worked on Wall Street and in London arranging collateralized/REPO financings, and Trade Finance solutions. Cross Border Ventures represents a wide variety of clients, from high net worth individuals to corporations. Prior to Cross Border Ventures, Mr. Efimov worked at Merrill Lynch, Citibank International, Bank of America NTSA, Credit Suisse, Refco, Pali Capital, New Edge, and Jefferies Bache. Mr. Efimov has an MBA from Columbia University.