Corporate

Management & Directors

John Robins
Chairman & Director

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.

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Brandon Macdonald
CEO & Director

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).

 

 

 

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Adrian Rothwell
Director & Audit Committee Chair

Mr. Rothwell is the President and CEO of Lucky Minerals Inc., focused on gold and copper exploration on its 550km2 Fortuna Concessions in Ecuador. He is also founder and director of KORE Mining Ltd, currently  developing the Imperial and Long Valley projects in the USA and exploration projects in Canada and a former executive at Goldcorp Inc.. Formerly also CFO for NuLegacy Gold Corp, Kiska Metals, and MBMI Resources Inc. A British Columbia Chartered Professional Accountant and member of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand. Mr. Rothwell holds a BA in Economics from Macquarie University.

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George Gorzynski
Executive Vice President & Director

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).

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Peter Hemstead, CPA, CMA
Director

Mr. Hemstead has over 20 years of finance experience and has a proven track record of providing strong financial leadership. He has extensive experience in financial management, corporate finance, project finance, treasury, commercial banking, marketing/sales, financial risk management, insurance, and tax planning. Mr. Hemstead is a Chartered Professional Accountant with an Honours Economics degree from the University of Western Ontario. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Bluestone Resources Inc. where he is a key executive in financing and moving the Cerro Blanco gold project toward production. He is also a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Fiore Gold Ltd., a growth oriented gold producer and explorer with the producing Pan Mine as well as a suite of exploration projects in Nevada. He previously held a senior financial executive role for 10 years with Capstone Mining Corp., leading the financial team through the successful expansion from a development stage mining company to an intermediate producer. His expertise and experience will be a great benefit to Fireweed as the Company advances its Macmillan Pass Project toward production.

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Gilles Dessureau
V.P. Exploration

Mr. Dessureau is a Professional Geologist with over 15 years of exploration and development experience in the Western Cordillera including Yukon and British Columbia along with other locations throughout North America including Nevada, Ontario and Quebec. Mr. Dessureau is the Owner/Principle Geologist of Solidus Geological Services and has been providing geological and project management services to a number of clients including Golden Predator Mining Corp., Columbus Gold Corp., Colorado Resources Ltd., BMC Minerals, among others since 2007. Mr. Dessureau was instrumental in advancing the Wolverine polymetallic VMS deposit, located in the Yukon, through pre-feasibility and into commercial production beginning in 2010, and was involved with advancing Golden Predator’s Brewery Creek and 3 Aces deposits. Mr. Dessureau graduated with a Master’s degree from Laurentian University in Sudbury following a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from St. Mary’s University in Halifax. He is a Professional Geologist registered with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC).
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James Scott
Senior Vice President Projects

Mr. Scott is a Professional Geologist with over eighteen years’ experience in mineral exploration and development, having worked with leading mining companies, junior exploration companies, and provincial and federal government surveys. Mr. Scott brings diverse experience in geology, studies, engineering, innovation, project management, and leadership in the advancement of projects from exploration through to acquisition and early development. For eight years Mr. Scott was the technical lead on Kaminak’s Coffee Project leading up to and following acquisition by Goldcorp Inc. for $520M.  Previously, he had led the resource definition program for Richfield’s Blackwater Davidson project which led to its acquisition the following year by New Gold Inc. for $550M. Mr. Scott holds an M.Sc. from the University of Alberta and a B.Sc. from Carleton University.
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Marcus Chalk
Director

Mr. Chalk has over 25 years experience as a leading strategic and capital markets advisor in the global metals and mining industry. Prior to founding GenCap Mining Advisory in May 2020, he spent the past 14 years leading the Vancouver mining investment banking team at Scotiabank. Prior to that, he was at Macquarie North America (Toronto and Vancouver) and CIBC Wood Gundy (Toronto, Sydney and Vancouver). He holds a Honours Business Administration and a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and is a CFA Charterholder.
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Neil MacRae
Investor Relations Manager

Mr. MacRae attended the University of Calgary and started his career in 1994, spending 10 years as a commodity trader and concentrate marketer for Mitsui & Co. (Canada) Ltd.  Over the next 14 years, Neil then moved into investor relations roles with such companies as First Majestic, NovaGold Resources, and Santacruz Silver Mining as well as a role at Farallon Mining which operated the Campo Morado Zinc Mine in Mexico which was taken over by Nyrstar in 2011.
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Eduardo Yu, CPA, CMA
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Yu is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CMA) with over 20 years of proven success in business and financial management roles.  Prior to joining Fireweed, Eddy provided management services to private companies seeking to improve their overall performance.  More recently, Eddy has been providing financial management and reporting services to publicly-traded companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange.

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Jeffrey Dare
Corporate Secretary

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.

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