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Paul West-Sells (President & CEO - WESTERN COPPER AND GOLD)
YMA Chair

Dr. West-Sells has 20 years' experience in the mining industry. After obtaining his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Metallurgical Engineering, he worked with BHP, Placer Dome, and Barrick in increasingly senior roles in Research and Development and Project Development. For the past 5 years Dr. West-Sells has worked for Western Copper, holding a number of technical and executive positions. Currently, as the President and COO of Western Copper and Gold, Dr. West-Sells oversees the day to day operations of the company.




John McConnell (President & CEO - VICTORIA GOLD CORP.)
YMA Director

John has more than 35 years of mining experience, mostly spent in Canada's northern territories. Previously, he was President and CEO of Western Keltic Mines until it was acquired by Sherwood Copper. During his career he was Vice President, Northwest Territories Projects for De Beers Canada where he was primarily responsible for the permitting and development of the Snap Lake Diamond Mine. His experience also includes 12 years with Breakwater Resources Ltd / Nanisivik Mines Ltd in operations at the Nanisivik Zinc and Lead Mine on the northern tip of Baffin Island, and he spent six years with Strathcona Mineral Services Ltd. where his work included engineering, feasibility studies and project development. John is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines, with a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering. He is also a Director of public companies; Hudson Resources Inc., Abacus Mining & Exploration Corp. A strong advocate for the mining industry, he is also a director of industry organizations; Klondike Placer Miners' Association (KPMA), Yukon Chamber of Mines (YCM) and the Mining Association of Canada (MAC).




Clynton R. Nauman (President & CEO - ALEXCO RESOURCE CORP)
YMA Director

Mr. Nauman brings over 35 years of diversified experience in the mineral industry, ranging from exploration and business development to operations and business management in the precious metals, base metals and coal sectors. Mr. Nauman is also currently the CEO of Asset Liability Management Group and has held various executive and operations positions with Nerco Minerals and Coal companies (now Rio Tinto), Kennecott and Viceroy Resource Corp. Mr. Nauman holds a BSc (Hons) in geology from Otago University, New Zealand.



Diane Garret (President & CEO - WELLGREEN PLATINUM)
YMA Director

Diane R. Garrett has more than 20 years of senior management and financial expertise in the field of natural resources. Most recently she held the position of President and CEO of Romarco Minerals Inc., taking the multi-million ounce Haile Gold Mine project from discovery to construction. Prior to that, she held numerous senior positions in public mining companies including; Vice President, Corporate Development of Dayton Mining Corporation, Vice President Corporate Development of Beartooth Platinum Corporation. Earlier in her career Dr. Garrett was the Senior Mining Analyst and Portfolio Manager in the precious metals sector with US Global Investors.

Dr. Garrett is also a director of OceanaGold Corporation, a global gold producer and TriStar Gold, an exploration company focused in Brazil.

Dr. Garrett holds a PhD in Engineering in addition to a Master of Arts in Mineral Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.



Douglas Eaton (President & CEO - STRATEGIC METALS)
YMA Director

Doug Eaton obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta in 1971 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of British Columbia in 1980. He has been with Archer, Cathro & Associates (1981) Limited since 1971 and has been a principal of that consulting firm since 1981. He has exceptional knowledge of Yukon geology and has contributed to several important discoveries. Mr. Eaton has served as a director and officer of numerous public companies on the TSX Venture Exchange since the mid-1980s but is now highly focused on Strategic.




Graham N. Downs (CEO - ATAC RESOURCES LTD)
YMA Director

Mr. Downs began his career in the mineral exploration industry over 20 years ago with Archer, Cathro & Associates (1981) Limited, a consulting geological engineering firm focused in Yukon. Mr. Downs held a number of positions within Archer, Cathro ranging from prospecting to managing early and advanced stage exploration programs. Mr. Downs transitioned his field experience into marketing and communications for a number of junior resource companies before focusing on business development including financing and property transactions. In 2007, Mr. Downs was appointed CEO of ATAC Resources Ltd. Since that time, ATAC has successfully advanced its project generator model to solely focus on its flagship Rackla Gold Project, which hosts Canada's first Carlin-type gold district.

 
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