Board of Directors
Blake Olafson - Director and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Olafson has over 20 years’ experience in corporate finance and portfolio management. He is the founder and managing director of Whiterock Capital, a Singapore based investment advisory firm, and is active in both mining and real estate asset finance globally. Formerly a Senior Vice President of Ivanhoe Capital Corporation, he was responsible for leading the group’s fundraising efforts primarily within Asia and looking for opportunities to invest the group’s capital. He was responsible for leading the Asia team as global head of real estate for Arcapita Pte. Limited, as well as leading new acquisitions. As Senior Vice President, Global Real Estate Group with Lehman Brothers, he was responsible for making real estate investments for the principal book of Lehman. Mr. Olafson has served as an officer or been an insider of companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, Toronto Stock Exchange and the Australian Securities Exchange.
Vivian A. Katsuris - Director, Chief Financial Officer, and Corporate Secretary
Ms. Katsuris has over 25 years of experience in the brokerage industry, the North American capital markets & public financings. She was an Investment Advisor at Global Securities Corporation from 2003 to 2013 and worked at Canaccord Capital Corp. (Canada and US divisions) from 1993 to 2003. Ms. Katsuris also served as Director, Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Secretary of Plate Resources Inc. (PLR-TSXV) from Jan 2014 to July 2016 and Director of Universal Ventures Inc.(UN-TSXV) from April 2013 to October 2017.
Ioannis Tsitos – Director
Mr. Tsitos has over 30 years’ experience in the mining industry, having spent 19 years with BHP Billiton Group. He has lived and worked in South Africa, Ecuador, Greece and United Kingdom and has been working in Canada since 2000. Originally a geophysicist, he left BHP Billiton in December 2007, where he had the title of New Business Manager for Mineral Exploration. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Athens and a Master’s degree in Applied Geophysics and Geology from the University of Birmingham, U.K. In addition, he has done management and finance studies as part of an MBA program with Herriot Watt University, Edinburgh. Mr. Tsitos brings to the Company a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience in the mining sector focused on exploration and development for a wide spectrum of commodities, from gold, base metals, nickel and diamonds to bulk minerals such as bauxite, coal and iron ore. He has done business in 32 countries. He has been instrumental in the identification, negotiation and execution of more than 50 exploration and mining agreements with juniors, majors, as well as with state exploration and mining companies. He is currently a director of Goldsource Mines Inc. and Para Resources Inc.