Board of Directors

John P. Sanderson Q.C., Chairman
 
Mr. Sanderson served as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company since October 1, 2009 and previously as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company from January 2009 to September 2009. He is also currently serving as the Chairman of the Board of MacDonald Mines Exploration Ltd. and has been appointed to the Audit and Capital Projects Committees. Mr. Sanderson is a mediator, arbitrator, consultant and lawyer called to the Bar in the Canadian Provinces of Ontario and British Columbia. Mr. Sanderson’s qualifications to serve as a director of the Company include his many years of legal and mediation experience in various industries.  He has acted as mediator, facilitator and arbitrator in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and the Northwest Territories, in numerous commercial transactions, including insurance claims, corporate contractual disputes, construction matters and disputes, environmental disputes, inter-governmental disputes, employment matters, and in relation to aboriginal claims.  He is a member of mediation and arbitration panels with the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute, the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre and Mediate BC.
 
Craig Scherba, P.Geol.
 
Mr. Scherba was appointed as our President and Chief Operating Officer during September 2012 and a director during January 2010.  Mr. Scherba served as Vice President, Exploration of the Company from January 2010 to September 2012.  Mr. Scherba also serves as Vice President, Exploration of MacDonald Mines Exploration Ltd., Red Pine Exploration Inc. and Honey Badger Exploration Inc., all of which are resource exploration companies trading on the TSX - Venture Exchange.  In addition, Mr. Scherba was a professional geologist with Taiga Consultants Ltd. (“Taiga”), a mining exploration consulting company from March 2003 to December 2009.  He was a managing partner of Taiga between January 2006 and December 2009.  Mr. Scherba has been a professional geologist (P. Geol.) since 2000, and his expertise includes supervising large Canadian and international exploration.  Mr. Scherba was an integral member of the exploration team that developed Nevsun Resources’ high grade gold, copper and zinc Bisha project in Eritrea. Mr. Scherba served as the Company's Country and Exploration Manager in Madagascar during its initial exploration stage.
 
Quentin Yarie, P.Geo.
 
Mr. Yarie has served as a director of the Company since 2008. Mr. Yarie is an experienced geophysicist and a successful entrepreneur.  He has over 20 years of experience in the mining and environmental/engineering sectors.  Mr. Yarie has project management and business development experience as he has held positions of increasing responsibility with a number of Canadian-based geophysical service providers. Since January 2010, Mr. Yarie has been Senior Vice President Exploration for MacDonald Mines Exploration Ltd, Red Pine Exploration Inc. and Honey Badger Exploration Inc.  From October 2007 to December 2009, Mr. Yarie was a business development officer with Geotech Ltd, a geo-physical airborne survey company. From September 2004 to October 2007, Mr. Yarie was a senior representative of sales and business development for Aeroquest Limited. From 1992-2001, he was a partner of a specialized environmental and engineering consulting group where he managed a number of large projects including the ESA of the Sydney Tar Ponds, the closure of the Canadian Forces Bases in Germany and the Maritime and Northeast Pipeline project.
 
Dean Comand
 
Mr. Comand is a former executive of Sherritt International, where he held the position of Vice President of Operations for Sherritt’s Madagascar Ambatovy Project, which is one of the largest lateritic nickel mines in the world. Ambatovy is a joint venture between Sherritt International, Japan’s Sumitomo Corp, Korea’s Resources Corp (KORES) and Canada’s SNC Lavalin Inc.. Mr Comand is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng) and Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) who earned his Maintenance Manager Professional Designation (MMP) license in 2006 and his Charter Director designation (C.Dir) in 2012. He is currently consulting for numerous clients around the world in the mining and energy sectors. Mr. Comand spent the past 3.5 years in Madagascar and successfully led the organization through construction, commissioning and operations of the project to commercial production. Throughout his career he has consistently held senior positions in complex operations, business development, environmental management, maintenance, and project construction.

Mr. Comand, P. Eng, CET MMP CDir, is a Mechanical Engineer with extensive Madagascar mining operations experience and holds his P. Eng designation in the province of Ontario as well as designation as a Certified Engineering Technologist.
 
Dalton Larson
 
Mr. Larson is a Canadian attorney with more than 35 years as a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and has significant experience in the capital markets, specifically the equity and debt sectors.

Mr. Larson is a former partner of a major Vancouver Law firm, now McMillan LLP and currently maintains a private practice along with a successful investment business. As an expert in alternate dispute resolution, Dalton has extensive experience as a professional arbitrator and mediator. He holds a Masters Degree in law from the University of London, England and has served more than 25 years as a director of several investment funds managed by the CW Funds group of companies, affiliated with Ventures West Management Inc., which was one of the largest venture capital firms in Canada. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of a Philippine ethanol company and was a founding shareholder and first Chairman of the Board of Directors of the First Coal Corporation, which started operations in 2004 and raised in excess of $65 million in equity to finance its development activities. This company was sold to Xstrata in 2011 for in excess of $150 million.
 
Robin Borley
 
Mr. Robin Borley is a Graduate mining engineering professional and a certified mine manager with more than 25 years of international mining experience building and operating mining ventures. He has held senior management positions both Internationally and within the South African mining industry. He has most recently served as Mining Director for DRA Mineral Projects and was instrumental as the COO of Red Island Minerals in a developing a Madagascar coal venture.

His diverse career has spanned resource project management, evaluation, exploration and mine development. Robin has completed several mine evaluations including operational and financial evaluations of new and existing operations across a diverse range of resource sectors. He has experience in the management of underground and surface mining operations from both the contractor and owner miner environments.
 
From 2006 through to 2012, Robin participated in the BEE management buy-out transaction of the Optimum Colliery mining property from BHP, through its independent listing and its ultimate sale to Glencore in December 2012.
 
Albert A. Thiess, Jr. 
 
Mr. Thiess brings over 35 years of accounting, finance and management experience to the Company.  Mr. Thiess served as an audit partner in Coopers & Lybrand, LLP and with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP following the merger of those firms in 1998.  He served clients in the automotive, banking, retail and manufacturing industries, as well as serving as the Managing Partner of the Detroit, Michigan and Los Angeles, California offices.  He also was elected to the Governing Council of Coopers & Lybrand.  Following the merger with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mr. Thiess managed various global functions for the newly merged firm.
 

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