Kirkland Lake Gold's Board of Directors represents experience with successful resource development projects around the world.
A mining industry veteran, Harry Dobson was the Chairman and the co-founder of American Pacific Mining, along with Brian Hinchcliffe. American Pacific Mining purchased for $15 million and successfully re-opened the El Mochito zinc and silver mine in Honduras. The El Mochito mine was re-opened and due to cost re-structuring, operating costs were reduced so that the mine operated in the lowest third of the industry. American Pacific Mining sold for more than $100 million within three years of having been founded.
He has served as a director and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kirkland lake Gold since October 11, 2001. In addition to his activities with the Corporation Mr. Dobson engages in various merchant banking and venture capital activities in North America and Europe. Mr. Dobson was formerly Deputy Chairman of Lytton Minerals Limited (publicly traded diamond exploration company) and Glenmore Highlands (publicly traded mineral exploration company).
Mr. Hinchcliffe has decades of experience in the development of mining projects and mine finance. Brian spent the first ten years of his career working at the J. Aron trading arm of Goldman Sachs, where he was responsible for the mining industry sector, working in both New York and London. Following this, Mr. Hinchcliffe was the founder of American Pacific Mining with Harry Dobson, and then Jordex Resources. Jordex acquired the previously explored Loma de Hierro nickel laterite deposit in Venezuela, which is located, with excellent infrastructure, 65 kilometers southwest of Caracas. Jordex re-verified the reserves and the overall commercial viability of the project, and sold 85% of the deposit to Anglo American Corporation for $65 million with Anglo assuming the responsibility for project financing, development and management. The Loma de Hierro mine was built at a cost of US$500 million and commenced commercial production as a low cost, long-term producer early in 2001.
Mr. Hinchcliffe received a BA from the State University of New York, and attended graduate school at the Hagan Business School at Iona College.
Mr. Tessier has over thirty years of experience in underground mining in various ascending positions, including seven years overseeing the initial underground mine expansion project and subsequent underground mine operations at Goldcorp's Red Lake Mine between 1999 and 2006. That operation produced over 600,000 ounces in 2005, and over 2,800,000 ounces from 2000 to 2005.
In Ontario, Mr. Tessier has also worked in operations, engineering, or management at the Denison Mine in Elliot Lake, the Dome Mine in Timmins, the Golden Giant Mine at Hemlo, and for JS Redpath Limited out of North Bay. Mark earned a B. Sc. in Mining Engineering with honors from Queen's University, and is also a graduate of the Mining Technologist Program at the Haileybury School of Mines.
John S. Thomson, a Chartered Accountant from Scotland who has also studied at INSEAD, has worked internationally in a variety of senior roles for companies including PepsiCo. Most recently, Mr. Thomson has built up a successful consulting business providing advice to institutional shareholders and management teams in the media, minerals and technology sectors. He is a non-Executive Director of Parragon Publishing Ltd., a successful international publisher with operations in Europe, India, the UK and USA.
Ms. Klessig has over 27 years of experience in global mineral exploration, development and production. She was a founder and former President and CEO of Western Uranium Corp and continues to serve as a director. Ms. Klessig began her career with Homestake Mining Company as the mine geologist at the company's uranium Pitch Mine in Colorado. Throughout her career she worked for a number of the large mining firms including Cyprus Minerals, Amselco, BP Minerals, Kennecott and Gencor where she held positions ranging from exploration geologist to exploration manager. In addition to her considerable exploration experience, Pamela has participated on a number of feasibility teams on a variety of projects reviewed by Amselco and BP Minerals. She also worked for Indochina Goldfields, now Ivanhoe Mines, during its Initial Public Offering as the Vice President of Investor Relations. As a complement to her technical expertise she was a stockbroker for four years with A.G. Edwards and Sons, Inc., now Wells Fargo Investment Advisors. Pamela holds a Bachelor in geology from Western State College, is a Certified Professional Geologist and a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101 standards.
Ms. Klessig is the Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit and Governance Committees.
Mr. Brian Bayley is a director and Co-Chairman of Quest Capital Corp., a publicly traded mortgage investment corporation listed on the TSX, Amex and AIM. He is also a director and President of Ionic Management Corp. (formerly Quest Management Corp.), a private management corporation.
Mr. Bayley is a member of the Audit, Compensation, and Governance Committees.
Mr. Gabriel is a resident of Monaco where he is the principal and managing director of SCS Trevor Gabriel et Cie, a real estate brokerage firm. He has had an extensive and varied career in the accounting, corporate finance and international business fields. Mr. Gabriel is also a director of Yachting Riviera, a yacht brokerage company.
He is a non-executive director of Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. and a member of the Audit Committee.
Mr. Gabriel is the Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Operations, Governance, and Compensation Committees.
Dawn Patricia Whittaker is a partner of Norton Rose Canada LLP and a senior member of the law firm’s Toronto business law group. Ms. Whittaker is Norton Rose’s Canadian Mining and Commodities Leader. She has over 20 years experience providing corporate finance, M & A, corporate governance, disclosure, reporting and executive compensation advice to mining and resource companies. Dawn is also a member of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, a former member of each of the Ontario Securities Commission’s Continuous Disclosure Advisory Committee and the Canadian Institute of Investor Relations’ Issues Committee.
Ms. Whittaker is the Chair of the Governance Committee.
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