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.
Keith is a partner at the Cicero Group, a 200-person leading strategy consulting and market research firm based in Salt Lake City and is also the founder and a director of The Common Interest, a citizens' group of more than 1,700 Republicans, Democrats, and independents. In 2014, he founded Common Sense PAC with top Idaho business leaders and retired Republican lawmakers. Within Idaho, Mr. Allred is notable for being the 2010 Democratic candidate for Governor of Idaho. Mr. Allred has also served as a professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Oxford's Said School of Business, and at Columbia University, he holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and BA in American History from Stanford University.
Victor Flores joined the Midas Gold board in March 2016,is a Partner at Paulson & Co. and Co-Portfolio Manager of the PFR Gold Fund, and has been responsible for the firm's gold mining investments since November of 2009. Prior to that he was a Managing Director and Senior Gold Analyst with HSBC Securities (USA) from March 1998 through November 2009 and served as Portfolio Manager and Analyst at US Global Investors from January 1988. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned both a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geological Sciences and a Master's Degree in Energy and Mineral Resources. He achieved the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1992.
Mr. Kim joined the Midas Gold board in March 2016 and has been a Partner at Paulson & Co. Inc. since 2011, where he oversees natural resource investments, specializing in gold, base metals, bulk commodities and oil & gas. Prior to that, commencing in 2009, he was a generalist analyst covering event arbitrage investment opportunities across broad sectors and capital structures. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he received his BA in Economics with honors.
Laurel currently serves as Executive Director of the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts and also serves on the Idaho Non-profit Center Board of Directors. Previously, Ms. Sayer spent more than two decades working with the Idaho congressional delegation, most recently in Idaho as the director of natural resource issues and policy for Congressman Mike Simpson. Ms. Sayer served on the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce from 2003 to 2009, including serving as chair from 2007 to 2008. She was appointed by Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter to the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and served as vice-chair from 1999 to 2014, and also served as chair and vice-chair of the Idaho Falls Arts Council from 1999 to 2012. Ms. Sayer has developed substantial expertise in building consensus amidst diverse opinions and political ideologies of key stakeholders in a variety of situations, successfully creating meaningful relationships with local, state, regional and federal government agencies.
Donald Young, FCA
Independent Director & Chairman of the Audit Committee
Mr. Young, FCPA, FCA is a retired KPMG partner (2005). He was an audit partner during his career and for a number of years, also worked as a management consulting partner focused on operational and organization reviews, governance, and control/risk management. He currently serves on the board and chairs the audit committee of Dundee Precious Metals Inc. (since May 2010). He has served on the boards and chaired audit committees of other publicly listed mining companies and has served on the governing boards of not for profit organizations, including Science World British Columbia, British Columbia Safety Authority and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is a Fellow and past President of the British Columbia Chartered Accountants and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.