Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation from August 2006 to June 2012; Chief Financial Officer of Wolfden Resources Inc. from October 2002 to May 2007; and has been a director and/or officer of various small-cap public companies. John is currently President and CEO of a large private security company.- close this window -
Mr. Lemasson is a Senior Mining Executive with over 30 years of experience in mining construction and operations within Canada, the United States and South America. He is a bilingual Professional Engineer and a graduate of the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program. Throughout his career, Mr. Lemasson has been responsible for multiple aspects of both open-pit and underground gold mining projects, from advanced exploration, through development, to production and full operations.
Since April 2016, he is the President & CEO, and a Director, of Eastmain Resources Inc., an exploration company advancing 3 key gold projects in James Bay, Northern Quebec. Other than all technical aspects, he is also directly involved in marketing, investor relations, capital markets and financing.
From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Lemasson served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Guyana Goldfields. He was directly involved in the strategic direction of transitioning from an exploration company to a developer, moving a major core gold asset, the Aurora Gold Mine, from an early resource-estimation stage to the pre-development phase, through the processes of advanced exploration, resource estimations, preliminary economic assessment and feasibility study.
From 2000 to 2009, Mr. Lemasson was an Executive with Goldcorp, where, as the Mine General Manager at Goldcorp’s Red Lake operations, he was largely responsible for production growth to 600,000 ounces per year through the development of the mine’s high-grade zone. He then became the General Manager of Projects for Canada and the United States, and was specifically responsible for the Éléonore Project, located in James Bay, Northern Quebec. In his capacity as General Manager, he was responsible for all project management activities at the Éléonore Project, leading to pre-feasibility studies for the project, particularly as they related to geology, mining and processing, infrastructure and economic analysis.
Prior to Goldcorp, Mr. Lemasson was a Project Construction Manager with Merit Consultants International, where he oversaw engineering, construction and commissioning of various projects, including Goldcorp’s Red Lake Mine in Northern Ontario.- close this window -
Steve Filipovic is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 18 years’ experience in financial management and reporting, M&A, and international risk management, taxation and structuring. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2012, prior to which he held senior finance and director roles with several listed mining companies including Zinifex and Premier’s predecessor Wolfden Resources Inc. Steve received his Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Lakehead University and practiced as an Audit Manager with Ernst & Young LLP in their Oil and Gas group prior to entering the mining sector.- close this window -
Mr. Vitton is former Executive Managing Director, Head, US Equity Sales, Bank of Montreal Capital Markets (BMO Capital Markets). As BMO’s Head of US Equity Sales, he originated and placed more than USD $200 billion through public and secondary offerings and M&A transactions until his departure from BMO in 2009. Prior to BMO, Mike was engaged as Managing Director at Burns Fry Ltd., between June 1984 and June 1994.
Mr. Vitton, through Burns Fry Ltd. and BMO Capital Markets, has acted as seed investor, lead/co‑lead underwriter or in a M&A capacity in some of the most important deals in the metal resource sector including: African Platinum Mines, Arequipa Resources, Bema Gold, Comaplex Resources, Diamond Fields Resources, Detour Gold, Dickinson Gold Mines, Echo Bay Mines, FMC Gold(Meridian Resources), Francisco Gold, Franco Nevada, Gammon Gold, Getchell Gold, Golden Shamrock, Guinor Gold, Hemlo Gold, Ivanhoe Mines, Meridian Gold, MexGold Resources, Minefinders, Moto Goldmines, Osisko Mining, Peru Copper, Wheaton River (Goldcorp), Randgold, Semafo, Sino Gold, TVX Gold, Uramin Resources, Urasia Resources, Yamana Resources and many others.
Mike was also the co-founder and former director of MMX Mineracao e Metalicos SA (Brazil) and LLX Logistica SA (Brazil). MMX sold Minas Rio and Amapa assets to Anglo American Corporation for USD $5.5 billion in cash in December 2008, returning USD $8.8 billion in cash or stock distributions to MMX IPO shareholders, offering six times return from IPO after only two years. Additionally, he was co-founder of Petro Rio, a publicly traded Brazilian oil and gas company and Manabi SA, a private Brazilian iron ore company.
Recently, Mr. Vitton acted as seed investor and capital markets advisor from inception to Newmarket Gold, sold to Kirkland Lake for CAD $1 billion, combining to form a CAD $2.4 billion company. He serves as capital markets advisor to ASX Gold Road Resources, previously raising AUD $57 million of AUD $74 million in a back stopped rights issue, prior to Goldfields 50% joint venture participation of AUD $350 million, cited as Australian 2017 Deal of the Year. Mike is a founding partner of M2‑Advisors and Partner and member of P5 Infrastructure, operating in partnership with EQT Infrastructure/CMA CGM, where EQT Infrastructure/P5 Infrastructure acquired 90% of Global Gateway South(GGS) Terminal, a deep sea terminal in Long Beach Harbor, CA.
Mr. Vitton is a Graduate (1980) of the University of Michigan Business School; former Seat Holder, NYSE; and former President, New York Society of Metals Analysts.- close this window -
Mr. Downie has been President & CEO of Premier since its inception in 2006. He has been working in the mineral exploration and mining industry for more than 25 years and was the founder of Premier’s predecessor, Wolfden Resources Inc. Awards include the 2003 recipient of the Prospectors and Developers Association Of Canada’s Bill Dennis Prospector Of The Year and several Exploration and Development acknowledgements from the Northwestern Ontario Prospectors Association. He has participated in several gold and base metal discoveries and currently serves on the board of directors (Chairman) of Wolfden Resources Corp.- close this window -
Stephen McGibbon is a Professional Geologist with extensive exploration, mine production and senior management experience. He graduated from Queen’s University at Kingston, in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Sciences. From 1994 until 2006, Stephen served as both Chief Geologist and Exploration Manager for Goldcorp Inc., at its flagship Red Lake Mine operation.
Stephen was a senior member of the team that discovered the “High Grade Zone”, one of the most important gold discoveries of the last 20 years.In his capacity as Chief Geologist and Exploration Manager, Stephen lead a talented team of geologists that helped transform the marginal, high-cost operation into an unparalleled and historic mining success.
Stephen has established a very successful track record at Premier Gold Mines Limited since 2006 that includes revitalizing the historic Geraldton mining camp with a new discovery that today exceeds 7 million ounces of gold. Premier has enjoyed a nearly ten-fold increase in its market capitalization as a result.
Mr. Begeman is a Professional Mining Engineer with over 35 years of mining experience. He Is currently the Executive Chairman of the Board of Premier Gold Mines Limited and sits on the boards of directors of Yamana Gold Inc. and African Gold Group Inc. He has served on the board of Premier Gold Mines Limited since the company’s inception in 2006 and became its Chairman in 2015. He has previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Avion Gold Corporation from 2008 to 2012, as the President and Chief Executive Officer and director of Valencia Ventures Ltd. from 2008 to 2010, as the Chief Operating Officer of Zinifex Canada Inc. from 2006 to 2008 and as Vice President, Western Operations of Goldcorp from 2000 to 2006. In his capacity for Goldcorp, he was responsible for its surface gold operations in South Dakota and the Industrial Minerals Division in Saskatchewan. Previous to his employment at Goldcorp, Mr. Begeman held various engineering and management positions with Morrison Knudsen Company in the contract mining operations group throughout the Western United States. Mr. Begeman holds a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering, a M.S. in Engineering Management and a Masters of Business Administration degree.- close this window -
Mr. Little was the founder and the CEO of Orezone Resources and Orezone Gold Corporation for over 20 years and responsible for acquiring all of the company’s key projects. During his tenure, Orezone established the most successful gold discovery track record in Burkina Faso (+12 Moz of resources). Two of the projects became mines and a third (Bomboré) was permitted for development. The Essakane Mine is still the largest producer in country at 400Koz/yr, and was acquired by Iamgold in 2008 in a take-over deal worth $350M.
Prior to Orezone, Mr. Little was influential in the success of several exploration and development projects including the Golden Patricia Mine between Red Lake and Pickle Lake, Ontario; a high-grade narrow vein underground gold deposit that operated at a head grade of 20 g/t. Mr. Little was a key member of the senior management and technical team overseeing all aspects from discovery through to many years of operations that encompassed geology, construction, mining and mine management.
Mr. Little is Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Geological) from Queen’s University in Kingston (1985). He has extensive experience in managing and financing public companies that operate in Canadian and international jurisdictions with respect to exploration, project development, permitting, construction, mining operations and all facets of mine and equipment financing.- close this window -
Shaun Drake is the President of DRAX Services Limited, a firm providing dedicated corporate secretarial services to reporting issuers. Since 2000, Shaun has delivered corporate secretarial services using his experience to provide effective and practical solutions to clients’ continuous disclosure requirements. Prior to that, Shaun worked in the global trust services industry for fourteen years in Guernsey, Channel Islands and Portugal, and provided corporate services to a private bank. He is an Associate (ACIS) of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA). Shaun also acts as Corporate Secretary to various companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and the TSX Venture Exchange.- close this window -
Anthony (Tony) Makuch is currently President & CEO of Kirkland Lake Gold Inc and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours Applied Earth Sciences) from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, and both a Masters of Science Degree in Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from Queen´s University in Ontario. Tony is also a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has his ICD.D designation. He is a professional engineer (Ontario) with over 35 years of management, operations and technical experience in the mining industry, having managed numerous projects in Canada and the United States from advanced exploration through production.
Prior to joining Kirkland Lake Gold, Mr. Makuch was President and CEO at Lake Shore Gold Inc., from 2008 until its acquisition by Tahoe Resources on April 1, 2016, where he became the Executive Vice-President and President of Canadian Operations. Between January 2006 and March 1, 2008, Mr. Makuch was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for FNX Mining Company Inc. From 1998 to December 2005 he held progressively senior positions with Dynatec Corporation, including VP, Operations. From 1992 to 1998, Mr. Makuch worked with Kinross Gold Corporation at a number of their North American operations; which included his role as General Manager of the Kirkland Lake Operations at the Macassa Mine and Timmins Operations - Hoyle Pond Mine.- close this window -