President and CEO, Director
Ron purchased his first exploration drilling company, Ideal Drilling, in 1980. In 1981, he added a second exploration drilling company and increased sales and net income significantly. Those companies were combined to become Major Drilling Group International Inc., a publicly traded company that has traded on the TSX since March 1995 (TSX:MDI). Ron served as President and Chief Executive Officer until 2000 and during this time was a key driving force in building Major Drilling into one of the largest mineral drilling service companies in the world (33 operations in 15 countries).
Since leaving Major Drilling in 2000, Ron has served as the President of Royal Oaks Real Estates Inc. and Royal Oaks Golf & Country Club. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Northeast Bank since 1990. During 2006 Ron was appointed Chairman of the Board for Beaver Brook Antimony Mine Inc., and he remained so until bringing the operation into production during early 2008. Beaver Brook is the largest antimony mine outside of China.
During 1995 Ron was named Atlantic Canada’s Entrepreneur of the year as presented by Governor General of Canada.
Paul Bartos, Ph.D.
Director and Co-Chairman of the Board
Dr. Bartos is a noted authority on epithermal deposits and is currently Chief Geologist with Anglo Gold Ashanti. Prior to this, Dr. Bartos was Vice President/Chief Geologist with Esperanza Resources Corp.where he was instrumental in the discovery of the San Luis bonanza vein deposit. This deposit, which was recently sold to Silver Standard Resources, has proven and probable reserves of 503,313 tonnes averaging 17.95 g/t Au, 446.14 g/t Ag (290,484 ounces gold, 7,219,435 ounces silver). San Luis represents one of the highest grade precious metal deposits found in recent years. Prior to this, Dr. Bartos was with ASARCO Inc., with his most recent position as Latin American Exploration and Business Development Manager. Among other accomplishments, he was responsible for the discovery and development of the San Bartolome silver deposit in Bolivia. This deposit, containing an estimated 107 million ounces of proven and probable silver reserves, is currently in production by Coeur Mining.
Roger Doucet, B.Sc. in Geology is retired from Agnico Eagle Mines, where he was Director of Exploration for Mexico and has been an officer of several public and private mineral exploration companies including Ancash Mining, Dynacor Mines Inc., Morrison Minerals Ltd., and Inca Drilling S.A. Peru. From 1975 to 1988, he worked for Lac Minerals Ltd. during which he discovered the Bousquet 1 gold mine and was involved with discovery of the Doyon Gold Mine. He was granted the “Prospector of the Year” Award in 1978 by the Québec Prospectors Association for the discovery of the Doyon and Bousquet #1 deposits in Abitibi, Quebec. Mr. Doucet was in charge of the re-evaluation of the East-Malartic and Canadian Malartic mines which lead to the discovery of large, low grade gold zones. Mr. Doucet was the Exploration Manager for Agnico-Eagle Mines in Mexico since 2006 with responsibilities that included mineral exploration activities at Agnico’s sites including Pinos Altos.
Terrance (Terry) Byberg -Director
A graduate of the Haileybury School of Mines, Mr. Byberg is an accomplished mining executive who has over 40 years of international mining experience in Canada, USA, Mexico, Greece, Australia, and Philippines. He is currently Executive Vice President of Stratabound Minerals and has previous held positions as VP of Mining for Chieftian Metals, President of Silver Eagle Mines, and General Manager of TVX Gold and Royal Oak Mines.
William D. Macdonald
Mr. William D. Macdonald is a former Director and Logistics Manager of Landdrill International Inc. (“Landdrill”). Landdrill is a Canada-based company engaged in providing drilling services throughout Mexico and Nicaragua. The company offers drilling services, including surface and underground diamond core drilling, directional drilling, reverse circulation hammer, reverse circulation blade, reverse circulation grade control, blast-holed drilling, water well drilling, geotechnical and environmental drilling.
Jacques F. Monette
Mr Jacques F. Monette is a career miner whom has been engaged in every facet of underground mining for more than 40 years. He has been a Director of Gold Bullion Development Corp. since 2008. His previous experience includes Shaft Project Coordinator with Cementation Canada Inc., Vice President of Operations/Mining Division for Wabi Development Corp., Vice President of Development for CMAC Mining Group, Operations Manager for Moran Mining and Tunneling, as well as Area Manager for J.S Redpath Group.
CFO – Director
Brian Crawford CPA, CA has over 30 years experience as a senior financial executive of private and public corporations. Brian, a Chartered Professional Accountant, is a former partner of BDO Canada and is currently Chief Financial Officer and a Director of several reporting issuers. Brian is also the CEO of a private corporate finance company.
Ian McGavney – Chief Operating Officer
Mr. McGavney is an experienced junior mining company executive with prior roles in both public and private companies. From 2003 to 2009 he was a founder and President of Skye Capital Corporation Inc.. Skye Capital Corporation assisted in founding, financing, and managing junior exploration start ups as well as restructuring situations.
From 2009 to 2016, Mr. McGavney served as an Investment Advisor with TD Wealth-Private Investment Advice, a division of TD Bank Group. Since 2016, he as acted an independent finance/marketing consultant to several public and private mining/exploration companies.