Ian Berzins is a seasoned mining executive with over 35 years of experience in engineering, operations, maintenance, human resources, senior operations and mine finance. He holds a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University. Ian has led a number of management teams in Canada at operations including Thompson Creek Metal’s Mount Milligan Mine and San Gold Corporation’s Rice lake Mine. He has significant experience working with First Nations and has raised money in the capital markets.
David Johnston is the founder of Braveheart Resources Canada Inc. (now Canadian Critical Minerals Inc.) For many years David has been very active in the Calgary business community and with several local and international charitable organizations. A former miner with Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting, he also has considerable public company experience as a director and launched an insurance company, Capital Benefits Corp., 25 years ago that remains successful today. He is a director of the Chamber of Mines for Eastern British Columbia and was the driving force in assembling an exceptional land package in the West Kootenays over a period of several years through Braveheart.
Heather Kennedy holds a B.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering from Queen's University and is a registered professional engineer in the Province of Alberta. She has worked in senior roles in both the private and public sector. Her 23 years of mineral processing plant experience covers mine liaison, operations, projects and capital expansions. Additionally, she has 18 years of policy, regulatory, human resources and external relations leadership all focused on the intersection of resource extraction and community development. For more than 20 years she has contributed to numerous not-for-profit and community organizations.
Gestur Kristjansson holds a BA in Advanced Applied Economics from the University of Manitoba as well as a MBA from the University of British Columbia. Additionally, he is a chartered professional accountant (CPA, CA) and recently obtained his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mr. Kristjansson has over 30 years of experience in accounting, financial management, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. He has participated in multiple equity and debt raises with over $400 million sourced. He previously held the role of Chief Financial Officer and VP Finance of a publicly listed Canadian gold mining company for a period of eight years during which he was also interim President and CEO. Mr. Kristjansson brings valuable experience to CCMI as it transitions to a producing mining company. Mr. Kristjansson is a business owner/operator and resides in Winnipeg with his wife and two sons.
Aaron Matlock is an entrepreneur who is well versed in operational logistics and risk management. Having completed a diploma in Agriculture Finance from the College of Lethbridge in 2002 and a Degree in Economics from the University of Lethbridge in 2004, he currently operates his multi generational family farm. He also co owns Lucky Drilling Ltd. a core drilling business located in Creston, BC. Aaron is an active Village Councillor as well as sitting on several local service groups and boards.
John Morgan is a seasoned mining executive with more than 40 years' experience in all facets of mining with increasing responsibility in managing both domestic and international mining operations. He holds a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of British Columbia and is recognized as an individual with a strong technical and financial background able to deliver solid results in challenging and dynamic business environments. His experience includes direction of numerous public and privately-owned companies as well as an internationally owned joint venture. Mr. Morgan recently retired from his position of President, COO and Director at Atlantic Gold Corporation having led a team which acquired, evaluated, financed and constructed a gold property in Nova Scotia that is on track to produce an average of 84,000 oz Au per year for the next nine years.
Christopher Stewart is a Professional Engineer with over 30 years of management, operational and technical experience in the mining industry. Mr. Stewart began his career working for DMC Mining where he built, expanded, and operated various mine operations across Canada and the USA. He then transitioned over to the company side of the mining business, working with several mining companies in senior leadership roles including being the President & CEO for Minto Metals, Treasury Metals and Liberty Mines. He was also the President & COO for McEwen Mining which had operations in Canada, USA, Mexico and Argentina and was the Vice President of Operations for Kirkland Lake Gold where he led the impressive operational turn around of the Macassa Mine in Kirkland Lake, ON, Canada. Mr. Stewart is also currently a Director for Cassiar Gold (GLDC.V) and ESGold (ESAU.CN) and owns CWS Mining Services, a small mining consulting company. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University.