Joe Hebert, B.S. Geo.
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Hebert brings 30 years of experience from diversified mineral exploration and mining geology through to senior geologist and exploration management. 24 of these years have been focused in Nevada. Most recently, Mr. Hebert was senior exploration geologist for the Cortez Joint Venture (Placer Dome and Kennecott Minerals) located on the Battle Mountain Trend in North Central Nevada. He was a member of the exploration team who discovered the +8.5 million ounce Cortez Hills deposit. During his tenure at Cortez he directed all generative and acquisition efforts within the joint venture area of interest. This included identifying, advancing, and drilling the discovery hole at the pediment-covered ET Blue Project which Barrick now calls Goldrush. Barrick reports a resource at Goldrush of 8.4 million ounces of gold. Mr. Hebert is credited with team participation in multiple gold discoveries in Nevada and Utah over the course of his career and was instrumental in assembling the Company's exploration staff in both Elko, Nevada and Medellin, Colombia. This is the third time that Mr. Hebert and Mr. Cunningham have worked together. Each of the previous associations has resulted in successful exploration discoveries in Nevada.
Mr. Anderson is the Chairman of Purplefish Capital Management Limited, an independent Corporate Finance Advisory Firm with offices in Vancouver, Geneva, and Beijing. They also have strategic relationships with groups focused on Chinese markets. Purplefish works with companies to assist them in achieving strategic and financial objectives, and attract capital for business development and growth. Over past 25 years John has been instrumental in founding, helping found, and managing numerous companies - and successfully raising over $500 million in equity for a number of public and private companies in the United States, Canada and Europe - and has been directly responsible for numerous IPO's and cross-border public listings. His specialty is identifying undervalued opportunities and investing capital into these initiatives, and driving marketing and sales with a strong focus on corporate development.
Mr. Cragg is one of the independent directors of the Company and has served in this capacity since December, 2004. Mr. Cragg is currently President and Chief Operation Officer of MegaPath Networks Inc., a leading North American IP communciations service provider and is proficient in financial analysis, negotiations, forecasting, deal making and investment banking. He was previously President and CEO of Linmor Inc., President and COO of PSINet, and President and COO of Advanced Communications Group, Inc.
Mr. Nishi is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia and Chartered Business Valuator in practice with Smythe LLP, CPA's.
He has been a partner of the firm since 1996. Mr. Nishi holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. Mr. Nishi has extensive background in accounting and auditing for public and private companies and he is a director of several publicly traded mineral exploration companies.