Management Team

Feisal Somji, BSC, MBA

President & CEO, Director

Mr. Somji has 20+ years of experience ranging from grassroots exploration to mine development. Mr. Somji started his career managing an exploration and mine development services company with over 100 employees and divisions including diamond drilling, ground and airborne geophysics, geological consulting, geochemical analysis and laboratory services. He has acted as an officer and director of several public companies involved in gold, diamond, silver, copper, base metal and platinum assets in North America, South America, Asia and Africa. Most recently Mr. Somji was the founding President and CEO of Rio Alto Mining Ltd, with it’s La Arena gold/copper mine in Peru, having achieved commercial production in 2011, with a current annual production rate of approximately 150,000 ounces of gold from 4,000,000 tonnes of ore. Rio Alto was acquired by Tahoe Resources in 2015 for approximately $1.3 Billion. Mr. Somji also provides expertise in areas of corporate finance and governance where he has raised over $125 million and helped several projects go public. Mr. Somji has a B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from Queens University.

Anthony Jackson


Mr. Jackson brings experience in corporate compliance, financial advisory and financial reporting activities to public and private companies with Jackson & Company. Mr. Jackson spent a number of years working at Ernst & Young LLP and obtaining his CA designation before moving onto work as a senior analyst at a boutique investment banking firm. Mr. Jackson holds a bachelor of business administration degree from Simon Fraser University and the professional designation of chartered professional accountant (CPA and CA), where he is a member of the B.C. and Canadian Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants. Most recently, Mr. Jackson has had extensive experience as a director and officer of numerous publicly traded corporations.

David Schmidt


Mr. Schmidt completed his Bachelor of Applied Science (Mining) at the University of British Columbia in May, 2000, and since then has been working as a self-employed consultant to mineral exploration companies. He assists with financings, corporate and financial disclosure and corporate development. Mr. Schmidt is also currently a director of several other public companies.

Michael McPhie


In a career spanning more than 20 years, Mr. McPhie has worked throughout Canada and globally as an executive in the mining and minerals industry, and is a specialist in project development, project financing and mining-related regulatory, permitting and governance issues. Mr. McPhie currently serves as executive chairman of IDM Mining Ltd., chairman and chief executive officer (interim) of Independence Gold Ltd., and is the founder and CEO of Falkirk Resource Consultants Ltd., a permitting and regulatory consulting firm affiliated with JDS Energy and Mining Ltd.

Tim Bergen


Mr. Bergen has over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience including 21 years in mining. Mr. Bergen was the CEO of CanAm Corp (TSX-V: COE) from 2006-2012. Mr. Bergen has acted on a number of public boards since 1997, and was also founder and lead developer of Vindt Resources, a wind energy company that was amalgamated in 2008 with Shear Wind (TSX-V: SWX) where he acted as a director, SWX was bought out by Sprott Power in 2012 . Prior to getting involved in public company business Mr. Bergen grew up working in family owned alluvial gold mines in British Colombia and over the years has sold two of his privately owned companies to large international corporations including a fortune 500 corporation. Mr. Bergen currently sits on the board of Prize Mining Corp (TSX-V: PRZ-H).

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