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board members

Board Members

Tony S. Giardini, CA, CPA


Mr. Giardini is currently Chief Financial Officer of Kinross Gold Corporation and was Chief Executive Officer of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. from May 2006 to April 2012. Prior to joining Ivanhoe Mines Ltd., Mr. Giardini spent more than 10 years with Placer Dome Inc. as Vice President and Treasurer. Mr. Giardini is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant and spent 12 years with accounting firm KPMG prior to joining Placer Dome Inc.

William Hayden


Mr. Hayden is a geologist with over 37 years experience in the mineral exploration industry, much of which has been in Africa, South America and the Asia-Pacific region. Bill was the co-founder and President of Ivanhoe Nickel and Platinum Ltd. (now Ivanhoe Mines Ltd), a Canadian company which has assembled extensive mineral holdings in South Africa, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since 1983 Bill has worked in a management capacity with several exploration and mining companies both in Australia and overseas. Bill was the President of Ivanhoe Philippines and GoviEx Uranium Inc, and a former director of Sunward Resources Ltd and HKSE listed China Polymetallic Mining Ltd. He is currently a director of TSX listed Ivanhoe Mines Ltd, ASX listed Globe Metals & Mining Ltd, Asia Pacific Mining Limited and ASX listed Noble Metals Ltd.

William Hensley


Mr. Hensley is the Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Business and Public Policy at the University of Alaska in Anchorage. He recently retired from Alyeska Pipeline Service Company where he served as Manager of Federal Government Relations in Washington, DC. Prior to his employment with Alyeska, Mr. Hensley was appointed Commissioner of Commerce and Economic Development, where he was responsible for Alaska's involvement in tourism and seafood marketing, international trade, insurance, banking and securities as well as occupational licensing. He also served on the Oil and Gas Policy Council, the Board of directors of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, the Alaska Railroad and the Alaska Industrial Development Authority. Mr. Hensley was a founder of NANA Regional Corporation, served as a director for 20 years and concluded his career there as President. While at NANA, he directed its involvement in the oilfield services area, most specifically in the environmental services and drilling ventures. He was also active in the development of the world's largest lead and zinc mine, Red Dog. He was a founder of Maniilaq, the regional non-profit representing the tribes in the Kotzebue region, and was involved in the formation of the Alaska Federation of Natives and served as executive director, President and Co-Chairman.

Gregory A. Lang


Mr. Lang is President and Chief Executive Officer of NOVAGOLD RESOURCES INC. Mr. Lang has over 35 years of diverse experience in mine operations, project development and evaluations, including experience as President of Barrick Gold of North America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barrick Gold Corporation. Mr. Lang has held operating and project development positions over his 10-year tenure with Barrick Gold Corporation and, prior to that, with Homestake Mining Company and International Corona Corporation, both of which are now part of Barrick Gold Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from University of Missouri-Rolla and is a Graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program.

Kalidas V. Madhavpeddi


Mr. Madhavpeddi has been President of Azteca Consulting LLC, an advisory firm to the metals and mining sector, since November 2006. He is also the overseas Chief Executive Officer of China Molybdenum Co., Ltd. His extensive career in the mining industry spans over 30 years including Phelps Dodge Corp. from 1980 to 2006, starting as a Systems Engineer and ultimately becoming Senior Vice President for Phelps Dodge Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, responsible for the company's global business development, acquisitions and divestments, including joint ventures, as well as its global exploration programs. He was contemporaneously President of Phelps Dodge Wire and Cable, a copper and aluminum cable manufacturer with international operations in over ten countries, including Brazil and China. Mr. Madhavpeddi is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, the University of Iowa and the Harvard Business School.

Gerald J. McConnell, Q.C


Mr. McConnell has over 30 years of experience in the resource sector. Mr. McConnell is a director and the Chief Executive Officer of Namibia Rare Earths Inc., a public Canadian company focused on the development of rare earth opportunities in Namibia. From 1990 to 2010, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Etruscan Resources Inc., a West African junior gold producer. From December 1984 to January 1998, Mr. McConnell was the President of NOVAGOLD RESOURCES INC. (“NOVAGOLD”) and from January 1998 to May 1999 he was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NOVAGOLD. Gerald McConnell, a graduate of Dalhousie Law School, was called to the bar of Nova Scotia in 1971 and received his Queen's Counsel designation in 1986.

Janice Stairs, LLB, MBA


Ms. Stairs has over 30 years of experience working with companies involved in the resource sector. Ms. Stairs is currently General Counsel to Namibia Rare Earths Inc., a TSX-V listed explorer focused on rare earths in Namibia. Prior to joining Namibia Rare Earths in September 2011, Ms. Stairs was General Counsel to Endeavour Mining Corporation, a position she assumed in September 2010 after Endeavour acquired Etruscan Resources Inc. where Ms. Stairs had held the positions of Vice President and General Counsel since 2004. Prior to 2004, Ms. Stairs was a partner with the law firm of McInnes Cooper (formerly Patterson Palmer) located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and she continues to act as counsel to the firm. Ms. Stairs practiced law in private practice for 19 years specializing in corporate finance, securities and resource-related issues for private and public companies. Ms. Stairs is a director and past Chair of Nova Scotia Business Inc., a Nova Scotia crown corporation established to promote economic development in Nova Scotia. Ms. Stairs graduated from Dalhousie Law School and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Queen's University.

Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse

President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director

Mr. Van Nieuwenhuyse has more than 40 years of experience in the natural resource sector, including his role as Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of NOVAGOLD RESOURCES INC. since 1997 and his role as Vice President of Exploration for Placer Dome Inc. from 1990 to 1997. In addition to his international exploration perspective, Mr. Van Nieuwenhuyse brings years of working experience in and knowledge of Alaska to the Company. Mr. Van Nieuwenhuyse has managed projects from grassroots discovery through to advanced feasibility studies, production and closure. Mr. Van Nieuwenhuyse holds a Candidature degree in Science from the Université de Louvain, Belgium, and a Masters of Science degree in Geology from the University of Arizona. He received the Thayer Lindsley award in 2009 for his role in the Donlin Gold discovery and the Colin Spence award for his role in the discovery of the South Reef of the Bornite deposit in Alaska.

Diana Walters


Ms. Walters has 28 years of experience in the Natural Resources sector, as an investment manager and equity investor, as an investment banker and in operating roles. Ms. Walters has been the owner and sole manager of 575 Grant, LLC, a company that provides advisory services in the field of natural resources, since 2014. She served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Metals & Mining Holdings, LLC and a member of senior management of Liberty Mutual Asset Management from January 2010 to September 2014. She was a Managing Partner of Eland Capital, LLC, a natural resources advisory firm founded by her, from 2007 to 2010. Ms. Walters has extensive investment experience with both debt and equity through various previous leadership roles at Credit Suisse, HSBC and other firms. She also served previously as Chief Financial Officer of Tatham Offshore Inc., an independent oil and gas company with assets in the Gulf of Mexico. Ms. Walters currently serves on the board of directors of Platinum Group Metals (NYSE: PLG) and Electrum Special Acquisition Corporation (NASDAQ: ELECU). Ms. Walters graduated with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Plan II Liberal Arts and an M.A. in Energy and Mineral Resources.