Stephen Quin was appointed president, chief executive officer and a director of Midas Gold, Inc. effective January 1, 2011 and guided the Company through the completion of the acquisition of Vista Gold's Yellow Pine deposit, which forms a core asset in the Golden Meadows Project, the creation of Midas Gold Corp. and its combination with Midas Gold, Inc. in April 2011, as well as the recent financing and TSX listing of Midas Gold Corp.
Prior to joining Midas Gold, Mr. Quin served as president and chief operating officer of Capstone Mining Corp. ("Capstone"), a mid-tier copper producer with mines in Canada and Mexico, and before that, as president and chief executive officer of Sherwood Copper Corporation ("Sherwood"), which was amalgamated into Capstone in November 2008. As president and CEO of Sherwood, he lead that company through the exploration, feasibility, permitting, mine financing and construction of the Minto Mine and Minto's subsequent operations, resource increases and production expansions. In 2009, Mr. Quin was co-recipient of the E.A. Scholz Award for excellence in mine development. He also successfully led Sherwood's amalgamation with Capstone. Prior to joining Sherwood, Stephen was Executive VP at Miramar Mining Corporation, where he was responsible for exploration, business development and investor relations for 18 years, and notable milestones included the acquisition of the Con gold mine in NWT, the acquisition and exploration of the Hope Bay gold project in Nunavut and the creation of Northern Orion Exploration and its acquisition and advancement of the Agua Rica copper-gold-molybdenum porphyry copper project and the San Jorge copper project, both in Argentina.
Mr. Quin is a graduate of the Royal School of Mines, London, with a B.Sc. (Honours) in Mining Geology and has over 30 years of experience in exploration, feasibility, mine development, financing and operations, as well as corporate development and general corporate affairs. He is a Professional Geoscientist registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, a Fellow of the Geologic Association of Canada and the Society of Economic Geologists, and a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy and the Society of the Institute of Mining & Metallurgy and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (UK). Mr. Quin also serves on the board of a number of publicly listed mining companies and industry associations.
Independent Director & Chairman
Upon graduation from McGill University in 1968 (major in economics and history) Mr. Nixon joined the Research Department of Baker, Weeks and Co, a prominent Institutional Wall Street brokerage, where he began his career as a research associate as a member of the Oil and Gas Research team in Montreal. He was transferred to Toronto in the early 70's and joined the Canadian Institutional Sales and Trading team as one of its founding members. Through the 1970's Mr. Nixon was actively engaged in the coverage of a number of major Canadian institutional investors. In 1980, Mr. Nixon joined Loewen Ondaatje and McCutcheon, at the time one of Canada's premier institutional boutiques, where he was responsible for expanding the company's institutional penetration in the United States, primarily covering those institutional investors that invested in the Canadian natural resources sector. In 1989, he left to become a founding partner of Goepel, Shields and Company. His role there included the start-up of a U.S. subsidiary company. Until 1998 he was President of Goepel Shields USA Inc. During that period he provided coverage of a number of the leading natural resource investors in Canada and the U.S. In 1998, he was hired by Dundee Securities to establish a US subsidiary, Prior to leaving in December of 2000, he was President of Dundee Securities USA Inc., where he continued his coverage of a number of US - based resource funds.
Since 2001 Mr. Nixon has served on the boards of a number of publicly traded junior mining companies. Currently Mr. Nixon is also on the Board of Dundee Precious Metals, Reunion Gold Corporation and Stornoway Diamond Corporation. Mr. Nixon also served on the Boards of Ariane Gold Corp which was acquired by Cambior Inc. in November 2003 and Miramar Mining Corp which was acquired by Newmont Mining in December 2007.
Mr. Earnest is the President and COO of Vista Gold Corp and was appointed its Board of Directors in November 2007. During his tenure, Vista has reported 5.4 million ounces of proven and probable reserves through the completion of feasibility studies on two projects. Prior to Vista, he was President of Pacific Rim El Salvador, S.A. de C.V. At Pacific Rim, where he was responsible for all Latin American operations including the development of the El Dorado gold project. Previously, as General Manager for Compañía Minera Dayton, he was responsible for the low-grade, heap-leach Andacollo gold operation in Chile that produced 135,000 ounces of gold per year. At Minera Dayton he guided the operation through an optimization process that resulted in a 68% increase in gold production and the achievement of design production. He had similar success as the Manager of Technical Services at Minera Rayrock's copper operation in northern Chile. Previously, he was instrumental in the completion of construction and commissioning of the Tambo gold mine in the Chilean Andes as the Manager of Engineering for LAC South America. He has over 25 years' experience in the mining industry and has had senior roles in the development, operation and improvement of major mining projects in the Americas. Mr. Earnest holds a B.S. in Mining Engineering from Colorado School of Mines.
Wayne Hubert was most recently Chief Executive Officer and Director of Andean Resources from 2006 until December 2010. When Mr. Hubert joined Andean Resources, the company had a market capitalization of $70 million and a resource base of about 800,000 ounces of gold. Mr. Hubert helped lead Andean through several discoveries increasing the resource base to over 5 million ounces of high-grade gold; completed feasibility studies, financings and permitting; and was ultimately acquired by Goldcorp for $3.5 billion.
Prior to Andean, Mr. Hubert was Vice President Corporate Development and Investor Relations with Meridian Gold Inc. During his 14 year career at Meridian Gold, Mr. Hubert gained considerable experience in the areas of finance, exploration, project development, permitting and construction.
Mr. Hubert has a bachelor of science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from Brigham Young University.
Jerry is a London-based investment banker involved in financing natural resource projects worldwide for the past 26 years. He was managing director of Canadian investment dealer, Yorkton Securities Inc., based in London, UK until 2000 and now works as an independent advisor internationally. He is a former director of Bema Gold Corporation, which was successfully taken over by Kinross in 2007, and is currently on the board of B2Gold Corp. He is also non-executive director of Mitra Energy Limited, a privately owned independent oil and gas company focused on the Asia-Pacific region.
Mike has served as a director of Vista Gold Corp. since 1995 and as Executive Chairman and CEO since 2007. Mr. Richings previously served as President and CEO of Vista from 2004-2007 and from 1995-2000. He has over 40-years' experience in development and operations in the mining industry. Previously, he was a director of Allied Nevada Gold Corp., Zaruma Resources Inc., and Triumph Gold Corp. He was previously President of Atlas Corp. which, at the time, was Granges' (Vista Gold's corporate predecessor) largest shareholder and, before that, President of Lac South America, based in Chile. Mr. Richings, a mining engineer, is a graduate of Camborne School of Mines (UK) and has a Master's degree from Queens University (Canada).
John Wakeford, P.Geo.
John has more than 30 years in worldwide exploration with extensive experience in Archean greenstone deposits, including the Hemlo and Timmins gold camps. His experience includes fourteen years with Noranda, where, among other things, he played a key role in the discovery and evaluation of the Holloway gold deposit. On the creation of Hemlo Gold Mines, Mr. Wakeford was appointed Director of International Exploration and led Hemlo's international gold exploration activities. Following the merger of Hemlo with Battle Mountain Gold, he was appointed Director of Exploration, and eventually became responsible for all of Battle Mountain's exploration efforts. After Battle Mountain, John was the Vice-President of Exploration at Miramar Mining, during which time his experience and knowledge of Archean greenstone belts enabled the company to grow the Hope Bay resource to over 10 million ounces of gold. Since 2008, John has been Senior VP, Business Development, with Sabina Gold & Silver Corporation.
Donald Young, FCA
Independent Director & Chairman of the Audit Committee
Donald Young has more than thirty five years experience working in the mining industry and, for many years, in public practice. He is a retired KPMG LLP partner. Before joining KPMG, he worked for Placer Dome Inc. (now Barrack Gold). In public practice, he worked both as an audit partner and, for a few years, as a management consulting partner focused on operational and organization reviews, governance, and control/ risk management. He is a Fellow and past president of the British Columbia Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. He currently serves on the board of Dundee Precious Metals Inc. and Wildcat Silver Corporation. He has served on the boards of other publicly listed and not for profit organizations, including Science World British Columbia, British Columbia Safety Authority and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.