Mr. Wyprysky is the founder and Chairman of Chieftain Metals Corp. a mineral development and exploration company. He identified Chieftains’ first project, the high grade polymetallic Tulsequah mine in British Columbia and led the restructuring of over $200mm of its previous project debt and subsequent acquisition and financing in a highly successful IPO and assembled and led the development team that brought the project to full BFS, permitted, construction ready status. In a previous role as President of SRA he arranged approximately $150 million of project development financing and negotiated key smelter contracts to restart the Gordonsville Tennessee Zinc mine. Mr. Wyprysky brings experience and expertise from a successful career of over 25 years as a senior partner at major Canadian investment banks including, Burns Fry (predecessor to BMO Nesbitt Burns), Gordon Capital, Scotia Capital, and was also Founder and President of Harris Partners, a boutique investment bank. During his investment banking career in addition to being responsible for numerous corporate financing transactions he led and pioneered several industry financial innovations including research and project tax partnerships, split share structures, public hedge fund units and silver streaming structures and brings extensive knowledge of global financial markets and resource financing to the acquisition and financing of development activities of the Corporation. Mr. Wyprysky received his BA in Economics and Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario and his MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Mr. Fontaine is the former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (‘‘AFN’’). He is the longest serving National Chief in AFN history and the only one to be elected for three terms. He has been instrumental in raising awareness of the importance of human rights to the lives of all Canadians, and First Nations peoples in particular. He is a member of the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba. Mr. Fontaine holds honorary doctorates of laws from Brock University, the University of Windsor, Lakehead University, the University of Winnipeg and the Royal Military College of Canada. He was honoured with the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 1996 and is a Member of the Order of Manitoba. On March 18, 2022 in Montr´eal, he received the Equitas Human Rights Education Award, which recognizes and celebrates exceptional contributions made in the field of human rights education.
As AFN National Chief, Mr. Fontaine led the successful resolution and settlement of the 150-year Indian residential school tragedy, which led to a historic apology by the Canadian government. He also signed the Declaration of Kinship and Cooperation of the Indigenous and First Nations of North America and was the first indigenous leader to address the Organization of American States. Mr. Fontaine also acts as a Senior Advisor to Ogilvy Renault LLP, counsel to Chieftain.
Mr. Mah has 25 years of experience in the mining industry and an extensive background in mine development, taking projects from evaluations through design and construction into operations. Mr. Mah was the Chief Operating Officer of Yukon Zinc Corporation and was responsible for overseeing the development and operations of the Wolverine Mine in Yukon, Canada. Prior to joining Yukon Zinc, Mr. Mah was with Placer Dome Inc. where he managed evaluations, design and construction for international and Canadian mining projects. He provides strategic direction for the growth of Chieftain.
James R. Pickell
Mr. Pickell is a professional geoscientist and President of Orca Geosciences Ltd., which provides technical consulting services to the Corporation. Mr. Pickell has over 35 years of exploration and mining experience primarily with Anglo American plc internationally, including in Canada, Brazil, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Mexico, Alaska, USA, Namibia, Spain and Portugal, as well as with Hudson Bay Exploration and Development Co. Ltd. in the Flin Flon Snow Lake Greenstone Belt of Manitoba, Canada. Mr. Pickell initiated and directed the work responsible for the discovery of several economic and near economic volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) and magmatic NI-CU-PGE deposits within and adjacent to Flin Flon, and the Cape Smith (Raglan) Belt in Northern Quebec. Mr. Pickell is a recipient of the PDAC Bill Dennis Prospector of the Year Award (2000) for the discovery of VMS deposits in the Flin Flon-Snow Lake Greenstone Belt. Mr. Pickell has provided consulting services to Chieftain since October 16, 2012.
Director, Chair of the Audit Committee
Prior to 1996, Mr. Raleigh held the position of the Chief Engineer of Falconbridge Limited and Technical Consultant to Falconbridge Chile S.A., a subsidiary of Falconbridge Limited. Since then, he has provided consulting services relating to various mining projects. In his position with Falconbridge, he contributed to the development of many mines, including the Collaghuasi copper mine in Chile and Raglan in Quebec and he has been involved in the operations of the Kidd Creek mine in Ontario. He has operated mines in Canada, Central and South America and Haiti. He continues to be involved in mine development in Canada and overseas.
Kenneth J. Sangster
Mr. Sangster is a mining professional with 48 years of experience in various roles with Anglo-American, Rio Tinto and Outokumpu Copper Resources and has worked throughout Europe, Africa, Australia, and North and South America. He is a Graduate Metallurgist (Glasgow UK); Professional Chartered Engineer; Member of the Institute Materials Minerals and Mining; and Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Richard S. Sutin
Director, Chair of the Governance and Compensation Committee
Mr. Sutin is a senior partner with Norton Rose Canada LLP, a leading international law firm, where he practices corporate and securities law and is co-chair of the firm’s Cleantech practice. Throughout his career, Mr. Sutin has been on several corporate boards and, in his practice, regularly advises boards and special committees on governance and other matters. Mr. Sutin is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1977.
Edward A. Yurkowski
Mr. Yurkowski served as Chief Executive Officer of Procon which, in addition to the resource company, is a full mining provider through Procon Mining & Tunnelling Ltd until he retired from that position in 2014. He currently serves as a director and consultant for Procon.
Mr. Yurkowski has been involved in the mining and civil contracting industries since 1966, including ownership and management of two large mining construction contracting companies. Mr. Yurkowski received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1971 from the University of Saskatchewan and currently serves as a director of a number of other TSX and TSX Venture Exchange listed companies, including Imperial Metals Corp., Fortune Minerals Ltd., Golden Band Resources Inc., BC Moly Ltd. and Copper Lake Resources Ltd.
Mr. Marshall has over 35 years’ experience in the mining industry and has worked for extended periods of time in every continent on the Earth (except Antarctica). Specializing in underground mining Keith has developed a wealth of technical and managerial experience and has spent the last twenty years in senior mine leadership roles (General Manager and above). Keith’s last two operational roles with Rio Tinto were as Managing Director of the Palabora Mining Company in South Africa and President of the Oyu Tolgoi Project in Mongolia. Also, Mr. Marshall, previously served as General Manager at the Greens Creek project in Alaska.