Mr. Robins is a professional geologist with over 35 years of experience mainly as an independent geologist and entrepreneur. Mr. Robins has been involved in many successful exploration ventures and sat on the Boards of several successful exploration companies. Most recently he was Founder, Executive Chairman & Director of Kaminak Gold Corporation which discovered the Coffee Gold Deposits in Yukon and sold the company to Goldcorp for $520 million. In 2008 Mr. Robins was recognized for his achievements in mining exploration by the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia with the H.H. “Spud” Huestis Award. This is recognized as the highest award given for mineral exploration and is awarded to those who have made “a significant contribution to enhance the mineral resources of British Columbia and/or the Yukon Territory, through the original application of prospecting techniques or other geoscience technology.” In 2017 Mr. Robins’ companies (Bluestone Resources, Northern Empire Resources, Fireweed Zinc) have raised over $100 million.
Mr. Macdonald is a professional geologist with a diverse experience base including exploration geology worldwide and investment banking. In recent years he has focused his efforts in exploration and development as a principal of and consultant to various junior mining companies. In the past he was in the City of London where he worked in structuring financings and risk management at Macquarie Bank. In 2007 Mr. Macdonald graduated with an MBA (with Distinction) from Oxford. He completed his B.Sc. in Geology from UBC in 2000. Mr. Macdonald has a long history of mining exploration work in Yukon, including zinc projects, and originally hails from Ross River, near the Macmillan Pass Project site. He is a Professional Geologist registered with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC).
Mr. Rothwell has worked in the mining industry for over 25 years with extensive experience in oversight and corporate governance roles. He is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Kore Mining Ltd, a private mining venture with gold projects in the western United States. Most recently, he was the Director, Strategy at Goldcorp Inc., and previously acted as Chief Financial Officer for many companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. Mr. Rothwell is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) in British Columbia and a designated Chartered Accountant in Australia & New Zealand. He articled at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Australia and Canada and holds a BA in Economics from Macquarie University.
Mr. Gorzynski is co-founder of the Company and a geological engineer with 35 years’ experience in exploration and mining company management. He has strong technical, management and leadership skills, and was a key person in the building and managing of several successful international junior mining and exploration companies. His technical experience ranges from management of large exploration projects in challenging settings to geology field work in isolated locations to oversight of mining operations. Mr. Gorzynski has geological engineering degrees from the University of Toronto (Honours) and University of British Columbia and has worked on a number of zinc projects in British Columbia and Yukon. He is a Professional Engineer registered with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC).
Mr. Hajdukiewicz is a co-founder of the Company and has over 35 years’ experience in commodity markets including extensive experience in financing, trading and risk management. He was responsible for the zinc concentrate feeds to Noranda's zinc smelter at Valleyfield, Quebec as well as marketing of zinc and lead concentrates in North America. He later headed up and grew Noranda's global precious metals secondary business which was involved in precious metals concentrates, dore and scrap. During his 25 year plus tenor on Wall Street, Mr. Hajdukiewicz assisted in expanding Goldman Sachs' metals activities into base metals including zinc and lead. He headed up metals sales and trading activities at several other banks including HSBC and others. He has advised senior managements at many mining and metals companies with the strategic direction of their marketing and risk management strategies for precious and base metals. Mr. Hajdukiewicz graduated from the University of Toronto in Metallurgical Engineering and is currently a consultant to the metals and mining industry.
Mr. Rogness has worked in the mining industry for over 25 years and is experienced in treasury, finance, financial reporting, corporate development, forecasting, cash management, hedging and foreign exchange. Dan is currently consulting for various mining companies and was the Assistant Treasurer and officer at Teck Resources (formerly Teck Corporation and Teck Cominco Ltd.) from 1985-2012. Mr. Rogness is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) in British Columbia and holds a B. Com (honours) in Accounting and Management Information Systems.
Mr. Yu is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CMA) with over 20 years of experience in business and financial management. Prior to joining Fireweed, he provided financial management and reporting services to many publicly-traded companies and to private companies intending to list on the TSX Venture Exchange. As a seasoned financial manager, he has had years of proven success in helping businesses improve their performance through sound strategic planning and effective management execution.
Mr. Dare has over nine years of professional experience with respect to managing external reporting and corporate compliance for TSX Venture Exchange listed issuers. He currently serves as the Corporate Secretary and advisor for a number of junior companies. Mr. Dare works closely with external partners and service providers in the areas of legal, compliance, transfer agency, audit, banking and insurance. Mr. Dare holds a BA from Simon Fraser University.