Elected Directors

Jill Tsolinas, Chair

Jill Tsolinas, Chair

BC Centre of Training Excellence in Mining (CTEM)

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Jill Tsolinas has a wide breadth of experience having represented exploration, development and operating mines throughout her career. She is versed in executive oversight, organizational management, corporate governance and stakeholder communications. Jill desires to see the continual development and incorporation of innovative best-fit practices to sustain the mineral exploration and mining sector.

Jill has been a director on the AME Board since 2013 and chair since January 2021. She was acting chair of the ad hoc governance committee in 2018 and vice-chair of the Roundup committee in 2015.

She has been an advisory council member for the Centre of Training Excellence in Mining (CTEM) since 2015. Jill has additional corporate governance experience acting as corporate secretary for a private consulting company and overseeing the establishment of a private junior aggregate company. Jill is the executive director of CTEM where she uses her project management and partner engagement skills to facilitate collaborative and innovative training for mining in BC. Jill is passionate about discovering strategic partnerships to strengthen collaboration.

Jill recieved her MBA from Arden University, United Kingdom in 2019. She has a B.A. in geography and a concentration in sociology with additional certificates in leadership and mining studies.

Tara Hassan, Vice Chair

Tara Hassan, Vice Chair

Silvercrest Metals Inc.

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Tara Hassan is a Mining Engineer with extensive experience in capital markets as well as mine operations and mining technology.  She was a mining equity research analyst focused on small to mid-cap explorers, developers and producers in the precious metals space for more than 13 years. She is currently VP Corporate Development at SilverCrest Metals and a Director of Maverix Metals.  Previously she worked at VRIFY Technology as a Director, Mining Content and Strategy.  Tara worked as a mining engineer for Inco (now Vale) and Placer Dome (now Barrick Gold) holding operating, engineering and project-focused roles and working at eight different mines. She is a Professional Engineer (Ontario) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

I am passionate about helping exploration and development companies evolve their discoveries in a socially responsible way. A key element to achieving this goal is access to capital. With global experience in mining and finance, as a director of AME I believe I could continue to leverage this experience to help advocate for policies and regimes that would help to attract increased capital for investment in mineral exploration in BC.

Justin Himmelright, Vice Chair

Justin Himmelright, Vice Chair

Skeena Resources Limited

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Mr. Himmelright has over 25 years of experience in mineral exploration, environmental management and developing social licence for natural resource projects. He’s a graduate of Simon Fraser University (B.Sc.) and the University of British Columbia (M. Eng.) and is a Registered Professional Biologist in BC.

Mr. Himmelright previously served as Vice President responsible for sustainability matters for several publicly listed exploration and mining companies and has also worked as a consultant to industry and Indigenous communities on mine development proposals. He’s a former Board member of the Yukon Mine Training Association, a current Board member of the Mining Association of BC and an associate instructor at the Norman Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering (UBC) on the topic of Indigenous peoples and mining in Canada.

Diana Benz

Diana Benz

Takom Exploration Ltd

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Dr. Diana Benz has worked in the mineral exploration industry, from field to lab to office, for over 20 years. Prince George-based, BC-born and raised, her career has taken her from Osoyoos to Atlin and Whitehorse to Dawson City as well as beyond into the Northwest Territories, Ontario and Greenland.  She has also worked remotely on projects based in South America, Africa, Eurasia and Australia.

Diana’s graduate work at the University of Northern British Columbia (BC) and the University of Windsor (ON) focused on enhancing mineral exploration techniques through the use of publicly available data (BC) or by re-analyzing samples with highly-sensitive technology (ON). Diana also has an undergraduate degree in Biology (UBC), is an active prospector in BC and is currently the President of Takom Exploration Ltd., a small geological and environmental consulting firm focused on metal exploration in BC and the Yukon.

Throughout her career, Diana has experienced the challenges associated with working in the mineral exploration industry regarding prospecting, safety, operational transparency and social responsibility. To further advocate for social responsibility, Diana became a Director of Women Geoscientists in Canada last year where she has helped set up their mentoring program and is currently working on an inclusive conference initiative.

Eleanor Black

Eleanor Black

Equity Exploration

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Mrs. Black is a Partner and Senior Geologist with Equity Exploration, a leading provider of geological expertise and project management services for all stages of the exploration and mining cycle. Over the course of 15+ years industry experience, Eleanor has worked through positions of increasing responsibility with major and mid-tier mining companies including Goldfields and B2Gold Corp. Her foundational years as a field geologist were focused on gold and base metal exploration projects in northern Canada performing integral roles on Prefeasibility to Feasibility level field programs.  Eleanor is a registered Professional Geoscientist with EGBC, a graduate of the University of British Columbia (B.Sc.) and a Qualified Person as defined by NI43-101.

As board member for multiple not-for profit-organizations she has been able to contribute to the communities where she lives and works. This includes a director role with the Mineral Deposit Division of the Geological Association of Canada (MDD-GAC), and two childcare organizations each with active multi-year board positions.

Eleanor was born and raised in BC’s lower mainland where she now resides with her family.

Don Bragg

Don Bragg

Prospector

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Don Bragg has been an active prospector since 1956, working for both major and junior mining companies and has been a self-employed prospector, contractor, and camp manager since 1964. Don has been affiliated with AME since 1962 and has been very active, having served on many committees and the Board of Directors. Don was first elected to the Board in 1976.

Don continues to advocate for the prospectors as their access to land continues to be limited through regulation and prohibitions and the decommissioning of existing access roads. Don also advocates for more prospecting schools for prospective prospectors who do not have high school graduation. Further, Don recognizes the need for more options to help fund grassroots exploration work and strongly supports the important work of educating the public about the value of mining and mineral exploration to their daily lives and to the economy of British Columbia. Don is currently serving on the Land Access & Use, Membership, and Communications & Marketing Committees in addition to the Board of Directors.

Albert Chong

Albert Chong

Wheaton Precious Metals

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Albert Chong is the Senior Director, Geology with Wheaton Precious Metals. He has a wide range of progressive industry experience spanning more than three decades and has worked on projects and mineral deposits located on five continents. This includes the technical due diligence for precious metal streaming agreements worth more than US$7B. Prior to Wheaton, Albert’s experience includes exploration, development, mining, and consulting on base, precious, and rare-earth metal projects located in British Columbia, Ontario, Newfoundland, Nunavut, and Nevada.
During his early career, Albert was a member of the Noranda Exploration team credited for discovering the Eagle River gold deposit near Wawa, Ontario.
Albert’s enthusiasm for giving back to our industry is demonstrated through his ongoing volunteer work with AME’s Roundup Committee and participation in AME’s Mentorship program. He has also delivered informal technical talks at the University of British Columbia for geology and engineering students.
Albert is a Professional Geologist (EGBC), has his M.Sc.-Exploration Geoscience (CODES, University of Tasmania, Australia), and B.Sc.-Geology (McMaster University, Ontario). He resides in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia with his wife and two children.

Chris Cochrane

Chris Cochrane

A+R

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A solicitor with considerable experience, Chris represents modern treaty nations in BC and Yukon focusing on the negotiation of complex commercial agreements, regulatory affairs, consultation, and treaty implementation services.
Chris has broad experience representing modern treaty nations throughout various regulatory review and approvals processes, including multifaceted environmental assessments, ensuring clients’ treaty rights and interests are recognized and adhered to. As well, Chris has extensive experience in negotiations, having successfully concluded benefits agreements in the areas of mining, pipelines and hydroelectric facilities, as well as various funding and joint venture arrangements.
With respect to treaty implementation, Chris assists treaty governments with the development, drafting and implementation of legislation and government policies.
An experienced advocate, Chris looks at traditional legal problems from a creative and collaborative perspective and seeks strategic and practical results for his clients.
Prior to joining A+R in 2011, Chris worked as a senior solicitor for BC Hydro on a variety of indigenous, regulatory and commercial matters.

Lana Eagle

Lana Eagle

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Lana Eagle is an Indigenous relations strategist and a social innovator advising companies on how to better engage and work with Indigenous communities and to find a pathway forward through a Reconciliation framework. Her background is in banking, economic development, wealth management and mineral exploration. Lana was a “pioneer” for Aboriginal women in being one of the first to Chair a junior mineral exploration company. She is also an avid volunteer.

Lana joined AME’s Aboriginal Relations Committee (now the Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation Committee) six years ago and has served as Chair since 2013.  She is a Program Advisory Committee Member for Mining and Mineral Exploration at BCIT and a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining Diversity and Inclusion Program Advisory Committee. Lana also served as Moderator of the Aboriginal Forum at PDAC 2017. As well she sits on the Advisory Board of SEF Canada, that focuses on community entrepreneurial development in the extractive sector. Lana is a sought-out speaker and lecturer on the topic of “Indigenous Engagement and Reconciliation in Canada”.

Paul Jago

Paul Jago

Centerra Gold

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C. Paul Jago is Exploration Manager for British Columbia with Centerra Gold. He is based out of Prince George BC and often works from Mount Milligan mine. In past years, Paul was the Regional Geologist for the Northcentral and Northeast regions of BC with the Ministry of Energy & Mines. Paul is a UBC graduate where he completed studies with the Mineral Deposit Research Unit. Seasonal work for mineral exploration companies in Northcentral BC was followed by several years of near-mine exploration with Freeport-McMoRan in Southwestern U.S. A paper summarizing his Master’s thesis on the Mt. Milligan porphyry gold-copper deposit was published in 2014 by the Society of Economic Geologists. Paul has been with Centerra Gold since mid-2017.

Stephen de Jong

Stephen de Jong

VRIFY

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Stephen de Jong holds 10 years experience in the mining industry and is currently the Chairman of Integra Resources, Director of GFG Resources and Founder of VRIFY, a Vancouver based tech start-up focused on connecting mining companies to the modern-day investor.

Prior to VRify, in 2012 Stephen was appointed CEO of Integra Gold, a Quebec-focused junior exploration company, and proved to be instrumental in raising over $150 million while growing the business from a $10 million exploration company through to its $590 million sale to Eldorado Gold in July 2017.

Stephen’s influence and passion for helping shape the next generation of exploration and mining was demonstrated in his role as co-creator of Integra’s $1 Million Gold Rush Challenge held in 2016, and as co-host of #DisruptMining 2017, two events focused on accelerating innovation and the adoption of technology across the mining industry.

Stephen was born and raised in BC, has a commerce degree from Royal Roads University and currently lives in Vancouver with his wife and two young daughters.

Maggie Layman

Maggie Layman

Osisko Development Corp.

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Ms. Maggie Layman is a professional geologist with 18 years’ mineral exploration experience in diverse ore deposits throughout Canada and Mexico. Maggie is currently the Vice President of Exploration for
Osisko Development Corp and led the Barkerville Gold technical team on the Cariboo Gold Project from exploration to feasibility, running successful and compliant drill programs for the last seven years. Prior
to joining Osisko, Ms. Layman worked as a drill manager and project geologist for Vale and Independence Gold Corp. Ms. Layman holds a B.Sc. from Memorial University of Newfoundland and is registered as
a Professional Geologist with the Association of Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.

Maggie has been an active volunteer with AME since 2014. Maggie volunteered with the former AME Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Committee (2014-2020), the Roundup Committee (2018) and the AME Mentorship program (2019 – present). Maggie is passionate about advancing exploration programs to the next stage by building talented and diverse teams, taking on technical challenges and ensuring a strong ESG performance.

Thomas Mumford

Thomas Mumford

Scottie Resources Corp

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Thomas is an exploration geologist specializing in magmatic mineral deposits and alpine geological mapping. He has extensive technical and project management experience in Au, REE, Cu-porphyry, and U deposits. He is a registered professional geologist with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC), and currently acts as the Vice President, Exploration for Scottie Resources Corp. He has served as a lecturer at Carleton University and British Columbia Institute of Technology. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from University of New Brunswick, and was awarded the Leopold Gélinas medal for the best M.Sc. thesis from the GAC Volcanology and Igneous Petrology division. He holds a Ph.D. from Carleton University focused on magmatic controls of the Nechalacho REE deposit in the NWT.

Andy Randell

Andy Randell

SGDS / Below BC

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Andy is a professional geologist living in Vancouver who is tailoring his career to bring change to the minerals exploration industry. Since 2014, he has established his consulting business, SGDS Hive, which takes on graduate geoscientists and mentors them through a variety of exploration projects to help engage and educate the next generation of geologists. He also started a non-profit society, Below BC, to provide outreach to the public around Earth Science topics, which now serves several thousand people in British Columbia each year. Andy was awarded the Bedford Young Mining Leaders Award from the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum in 2016 for his ongoing contributions to the industry.

He gained his bachelors degree in Environmental Geoscience from the University of Cardiff (Wales). Outside of his own businesses, Andy also sits on the Mentoring Committee for Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia and the Geological Society Committee for the Canadian Institute of Mining, Mining and Petroleum and has several other community volunteer roles beyond the exploration industry.

Bruce Scott

Bruce Scott

Seabrige Gold

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Bruce Scott is Vice President, Corporate Affairs of Seabridge Gold Inc. since 2012 and counsel to Seabridge. For Seabridge, he provides legal services relating to corporate finance and mining matters and works extensively on the KSM Project on relationships with aboriginal groups, mineral tenure matters and support for permitting efforts, including its environmental assessment applications.  Bruce played a central role in the negotiation of Seabridge’s agreements with the Nisga’a Nation and the Gitanyow First Nation and is working towards agreements with other aboriginal groups. Formerly, from 1998 to 2011, Bruce was a partner at DuMoulin Black LLP.

Bruce has been a Director of AME since 2016 and is a member of AME’s Transboundary Relations Committee and Nenqay Deni Accord Task Force.

Victoria Sterritt

Victoria Sterritt

Teck Resources Limited

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Victoria Sterritt is a skilled exploration and mining specialist currently in the role of Exploration Manager, Canada/USA for Teck Resources Limited. She joined Teck in 2007 as a Geophysicist and has held progressively more senior and diverse roles including as a Business Analyst in the Exploration Commercial team; as a Manager with RACE21 advancing automation and digital technologies for Teck’s operations and developing innovation strategies for geoscience, water, tailings, and project development; and as Principal Business Planner for Exploration, Projects and Technical Services. She holds a BScE in Applied Geophysics from Queen’s University, an MSc from the University of British Columbia, and an MBA from Queen’s University. Victoria is a registered Professional Engineer with EGBC and has contributed to her professional community as President of the BC Geophysical Society, Technical Advisor for Geoscience BC, Councillor with the Geological Association of Canada, and Director with Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster. Currently, she sits on the AME Awards Committee. In addition, she has mentored girls as a leader with the Girl Guides of Canada and a Big Sister with the Big Sisters of Vancouver, Big Brothers of
Squamish. Victoria lives in Squamish and spends her time skiing, climbing, hiking, paddling and
with friends, family, and her dog.

Andree St-Germain

Andree St-Germain

Integra Resources Ltd

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Ms. St-Germain is the Chief Financial Officer of Integra Resources Ltd. She is an experienced mining finance executive with an extensive background in banking, mining finance and financial management. She began her career in investment banking for Dundee Capital Markets Inc. As an investment banker, Ms. St-Germain worked exclusively with mining companies on M&A advisory and financing. In 2013, Ms. St-Germain joined Golden Queen Mining Co. Ltd. as CFO. During her tenure at Golden Queen, she played an instrumental role in securing project finance and overseeing Golden Queen as it transitioned from development and construction to commercial production. She joined Integra Gold as CFO in early 2017 and helped oversee the sale to Eldorado Gold Corporation in July 2017 for C$590 million. Ms. St-Germain is currently a director of Barkerville Gold Mines and Ascot Resources Ltd.

Ms. St-Germain holds an MBA (honours) from the Schulich School of Business (York University). She is the recipient of the Young Mining Professional Eira Thomas Award (2019) and the BMO Celebrating Women 2019 Trailblazer Award (Vancouver).

Steve Robertson

Steve Robertson

Infinitum Copper

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Steve Robertson has three decades of experience in exploration and mine operations in British Columbia. In November 2017 Steve joined Sun Metals as President & CEO, from Imperial Metals where he spent the previous 24 years. Steve earned his BSc in geology from University of Alberta in 1989 and the bulk of his career has been spent in exploration.

Steve has always been actively engaged in the mining community. He previously served as director for AME BC (then the BC and Yukon Chamber of Mines), sat on the Geoscience BC Technical Advisory Committee and was a founding director of the BC Aboriginal Mine Training Association. In 2016 Steve was awarded the E.A. Scholz Award for Excellence in Mine Development for his leadership in development of the Red Chris mine.

Kevin O’Callaghan

Kevin O’Callaghan

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

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Kevin O’Callaghan is a partner with Fasken in Vancouver and the Leader of the firm’s Indigenous Law group. He is also the regional Lead for the Corporate Social Responsibility Law group. Providing strategic advice on Indigenous, regulatory, environmental and other corporate social responsibility issues, Kevin advises mining clients throughout Western and Northern Canada, and around the world.  Kevin provides strategic advice on managing projects through environmental assessment and consultation with Indigenous peoples, including advice on negotiations and agreements. However, if unavoidable conflicts arise during project development, Kevin appears before courts to assist his resource clients on challenges to licenses by local communities (including injunctions). 

Kevin was counsel for a coalition of businesses in two critical aboriginal cases at the Supreme Court of Canada: first on a leading case on Indigenous consultation and accommodation (Haida Nation v. B.C.); and second, on the leading case on Indigenous title (Tsilhqot’in Nation v. B.C.).

Appointed Directors

Kendra Johnston, President and CEO

Kendra Johnston, President and CEO

AME

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Kendra Johnston joined AME as President and CEO in June 2019 following several years of volunteer positions at AME including Director, Executive Director, Chair of the Board, Chair of the Roundup Committee and serving on numerous committees including the Finance Committee. Kendra is a Professional Geologist and mining executive with over 15 years of experience in various facets of the mineral exploration and mining industry primarily in BC and Yukon, and is a passionate industry advocate for responsible mineral exploration.

With a strong, inclusive and collaborative leadership style, Kendra provides AME with extensive, knowledge and experience in public geoscience, financial and capital markets, indigenous engagement, as well as the social and regulatory landscapes that affect mineral exploration.  Ms. Johnston’s strong leadership and advocacy helps to promote British Columbia as one of the top global jurisdictions for responsible and inclusive mineral exploration and development and as a major international hub for industry that shares our core values.

Ms. Johnston, P.Geo. graduated from the University of Victoria with BSc in Earth Science and the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University with an MBA and a Certificate in Responsible Leadership.  She was most recently the President of BC and Yukon explorer, Independence Gold Corp., with increasing levels of responsibility from Project Geologist to President.

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Harpreet Dhaliwal

Harpreet Dhaliwal

NexGen Energy Ltd.

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Ms. Dhaliwal is a financial executive with 14 years of extensive experience in the resource sector. A graduate of The University of British Columbia, Ms. Dhaliwal commenced her career in the public accounting field before transitioning to the resource sector working with Uranium One Inc., American Bonanza Gold Corp, Endeavour Mining Corporation and Leagold Mining Corp.

Most recently, Ms. Dhaliwal is the Chief Financial Officer at NexGen Energy Ltd.

Ms. Dhaliwal has vast experience in the design and implementation of financial reporting, treasury, gold sale contract negotiations, multinational tax structuring, budgeting, and forecasting. She has successfully led the financial and tax due diligence for numerous mergers and acquisitions and led the post-integration of numerous mines.

Bernie Kreft

Bernie Kreft

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Bernie Kreft is a born and raised Yukoner who operates a family-run private prospecting business active throughout BC and the Yukon. The business specializes in the identification, acquisition and development of early-stage exploration projects along with operating a seasonal placer gold mine in the Yukon. These pursuits have led to him being named Yukon Prospector of the Year in 1998 and his family being highlighted on the TV show, Yukon Gold.

Bernie currently sits on the advisory board of Kestrel Gold and has signed numerous option deals with a wide variety of public and private companies. He knows that an environment that fosters early-stage exploration is absolutely critical to the long-term health of the entire industry and that community engagement is key to helping dispel myths and negative perceptions that often surround the industry.

A physical fitness buff, Bernie also enjoys Scrabble, strategy games and watching hockey. He can be found on Twitter at his personal account @Bernie_Kreft dispensing snippets of “gold” as well as posting videos and pictures of his various prospecting adventures.

Trish Jacques

Trish Jacques

College of New Caledonia

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Trish Jacques, a 10 year member of AME, has had a lifetime involvement in the minerals industry from a variety of different personal and professional experiences. She has grown up on a number of mining properties throughout the province and is personally vested and involved in the family-owned Davidson Deposit in Smithers BC (former Yorke-Hardy Deposit). With 12 years of political experience at the municipal, provincial and federal levels, she has been a strong advocate and participant in a number of mining initiatives. For 11 years, Trish was a Municipal Councillor for the District of Mackenzie and took the lead position of the Mining Portfolio to connect with and advocate for mining projects, communities and companies in her area. She was directly involved with the Environmental Assessment process for Mt. Milligan mine as well as a founding and long-standing member of the Community Sustainability Committee.
As Regional Director for the College of New Caledonia (CNC), she initiated the development and creation of multiple courses for the BCIT online Mineral Exploration and Mining Technology program, created the Mining Industry Certificate for CNC and also instructed entry level mining courses for the College of New Caledonia. She has extensive experience collaborating and working with First Nations communities and was responsible for leading and implementing the regional Aboriginal Services Plan. She has attended many Mineral’s North conferences, assisted in fundraising for the 2015 Mineral’s North Organizing Committee, was a key note speaker for Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) as well as a member on BCIT’s Mining Program Advisory Committee. Trish holds the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation and has a MA in Leadership and Training degree. Additionally she has held a number of management and consulting roles to support businesses with organizational culture development, system optimization and Human Resources best practices in Advanced Education, Forestry and Pulp & Paper industries.  Trish is passionate about land access for resource for exploration and development, regulatory processes that support mineral exploration and the communities that we live in. Her life experience and professional accomplishments will bring a valuable perspective to the AME Board.

Martha Manuel

Martha Manuel

Indigenous Consultation & Engagement

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Martha is proud to have roots with the Neskonlith Indian Band, which is one of the 17 communities within the Secwepemculecw (Shuswap territory).  Her education includes Business Management, Public Administration, Critical Incident Management and is currently pursuing a Masters in Business & Indigenous Leadership through Simon Fraser University (SFU).

Much of what she’s learned about building effective community-industry relations was taught to her by her late father, Grand Chief George Manuel (founder of the World Council of Indigenous Peoples) and her mentor, the late John Jules of Tk’emlups te Secwepemc.   She enjoys spending time on the land and believes that the water and mountains are the best medicine to help guide her work.

She brings over 20 years of experience leading Indigenous related programs to new levels of success.  Her team effort approach is crucial in developing communication strategies that offer a collaborative approach to creating effective partnerships between community and industry.  She considers personal development/wellness, education, traditional healing and land stewardship as essential in striving for sustainability with Indigenous communities.

She began working with New Gold in 2008 as the First Nations Liaison and eventually transitioned to the Manager of Indigenous Relations.   She recently left the employment of New Gold to start her own consulting business.  During her employment with New Gold, she was a member of the Mining Association of Canada, Aboriginal Affairs Committee (MAC AAC), the Industry Training Authority, Mining Sector Advisory (ITA MSA).

Earlier this year, Martha received the Michelle Pockey Leadership Award.  The award is named in honor of the memory of a prominent lawyer and community activist, Michelle Pockey, who dedicated herself to making a positive impact with energy, mining, environmental and Indigenous issues, increasing the economic success and impact of women.  She also received the Trailblazer Award from Women in Mining Canada at the PDAC conference in March.

As she continues her work with communities across Canada, she continues to strive for the development of strategic initiatives that will create long term benefits for the communities.  “We are setting a precedence for future generations.  And we will continue to work together to maintain the foundation of respect & trust that has evolved into meaningful, productive relationships.”

Jody Shimkus

Jody Shimkus

Kirk Environmental

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Jody Shimkus is an experienced leader in environmental policy and regulatory affairs with over 25 years of private and public sector experience. Jody has significant knowledge managing politically sensitive, complex projects that involved high levels of engagement with Indigenous groups, and stakeholders, and a solid understanding of Aboriginal treaty rights and interests.
As a Project Director with the BC Environmental Assessment Office, Jody led the provincial environmental assessment review of the Canada Line Rapid Transit project, the Port Mann/Hwy 1 expansion and the South Fraser Perimeter Road projects pursuant to the Environmental Assessment (EA) Act. Jody also led provincial reviews of major mine projects that triggered both the BC EA Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012).

Jody was an Assistant Deputy Minister with the Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Natural Resource Operations and the Ministry of Mines and has a deep and sophisticated understanding of environmentally sensitive projects in BC.

As the Vice President for HD Mining, Jody directed a team of environmental and engineering consultants in the review of the Murray River Coal project, which was certified under the BC EA Act
8 and CEAA 2012 and permitted under the BC Mines Act and Environmental Management Act. Jody has worked in the Yukon and BC and sits on the Board of the Mining Association of Canada and the Mining Association of BC. She has a BA in Political Science from the University of Winnipeg and MPA from the University of Manitoba.

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Gavin C. Dirom

Gavin C. Dirom

Geoscience BC

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Gavin is well known as a trusted professional with an extensive business and government network and industry profile in Canada.

Gavin has over 25 years of experience in the Canadian mineral exploration and mining industry, with a focus on government and stakeholder relations, industry advocacy, not-for-profit association management and governance, public policy development, corporate affairs and project permitting, safety, environmental management and sustainability.

Gavin holds a M.Sc. degree in Environmental Management from Royal Roads University and a B.Sc. in Physical Geography and Environmental Science from the University of Victoria. He is also a registered Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) in the Province of British Columbia. His M.Sc. thesis and hydrogeology-related research of the Lynx underground mine on Vancouver Island was undertaken with the Geological Survey of Canada.

By invitation of the BC and Canadian governments, Gavin has represented the mineral exploration and mining industry on a number of domestic and international trade and investment missions.

Gavin continues to serve on a number of academic, industry and government-related committees and boards.

Michael Goehring

Michael Goehring

Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC)

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Michael Goehring joined the Mining Association of British Columbia as President and CEO in 2019. Mr. Goehring brings more than 20 years’ experience providing public affairs and strategic communications counsel to many of Canada’s leading natural resource companies. He joined MABC following a successful career as a partner in the Vancouver office of Canada’s largest communications firm. Michael has built a strong reputation for advancing challenging public policy files and delivering successful advocacy and communications campaigns. He brings expertise in a number of communications disciplines, including reputation management, issues and crisis management, corporate relations, media relations, stakeholder and community relations, government relations, advocacy and regulatory affairs.

Michael is a member of the Public Affairs Association of Canada, serves as vice president of the board of the Vancouver Thunderbird Minor Hockey Association, and is past president of the board of directors of the Turning Point Recovery Society.

A native of British Columbia, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and pursued Graduate Studies in International Political Economy at Simon Fraser University.

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Past Presidents

Robert Rist Hedley (1912)

Robert Rist Hedley (1912)

Hon Lytton Wilmot Shatford (1913)

Hon Lytton Wilmot Shatford (1913)

Dean Reginald W Brock (1914)

Dean Reginald W Brock (1914)

Prof John M Turnbull (1915)

Prof John M Turnbull (1915)

Nicol Thompson (1916, 1917 and 1929)

Nicol Thompson (1916, 1917 and 1929)

James M Lay (1921)

James M Lay (1921)

Frank E Woodside (1922-1928)

Frank E Woodside (1922-1928)

Dr Victor Dolmage (1930-1934)

Dr Victor Dolmage (1930-1934)

Dr William Brenton (1935-1940)

Dr William Brenton (1935-1940)

Gomer P Jones (1941)

Gomer P Jones (1941)

A E Jukes (1942-1946)

A E Jukes (1942-1946)

Mel O Brien (1947 – 1951)

Mel O Brien (1947 – 1951)

Dr Harry V Warren (1952-1954)

Dr Harry V Warren (1952-1954)

Stanley J Crocker (1955)

Stanley J Crocker (1955)

Henry L Hill (1956-1957)

Henry L Hill (1956-1957)

James A Pike (1958)

James A Pike (1958)

Dr. Christopher Riley (1959-1960)

Dr. Christopher Riley (1959-1960)

R.E. Legg (1961-1962)

R.E. Legg (1961-1962)

Staff

Kendra Johnston

Kendra Johnston

President and CEO, AME

778-772-4410 | [email protected]

Kendra is the President and CEO of the Association for Mineral Exploration BC (“AME”).  She is a Professional Geologist and senior mining executive with over 15 years of experience in various facets of the mineral exploration and mining industry.  Having spent most of her career working in BC and Yukon, she is a passionate industry advocate for responsible mineral exploration.

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With a strong, inclusive and collaborative leadership style, Kendra provides AME with extensive, knowledge and experience in public geoscience, financial and capital markets, Indigenous engagement, as well as the social and regulatory landscapes that affect mineral exploration.  Kendra’s leadership and advocacy helps to promote British Columbia as the top global jurisdiction for responsible and inclusive mineral exploration and development and as a major international hub for an industry that shares AME’s core values.

Kendra graduated from the University of Victoria with BSc in Earth Sciences and Geography and the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University with an MBA.  Kendra also holds a Certificate in Responsible Leadership from Queen’s University and a Certificate in Mining Law from York University.  Before joining AME, Kendra was the President of Independence Gold Corp., a BC and Yukon explorer, with increasing levels of responsibility from Project Geologist to President. She has also sat on numerous Boards, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Britannia Mine Museum.

Jonathan Buchanan

Jonathan Buchanan

Director, Regulatory and Technical Policy

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As Director, Regulatory and Technical Policy, Jonathan is responsible for anticipating, understanding, summarizing, evaluating and influencing public policy as it relates to mineral exploration and development, particularly in the strategic areas of land access and use, environment, health and safety and socio-economic considerations in BC.

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Jonathan joined AME in 2005. Jonathan grew up in the mining town of Elliot Lake, Ontario, and first moved to BC to study at the University of British Columbia, graduating with a B.A. in Geography. In addition to a background in communications for the mineral exploration and mining sector, Jonathan has studied, lived, and worked in Japan, and is the author of Inside the Torii Gate: The Journal of an Exchange Student in Japan.

He served as 2015-2016 Chair of the BC Technical & Research Committee on Reclamation, on which he represents AME and is a member of the Health & Safety Committee of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada. He has received the Advanced Communicator Gold award from Toastmasters International, and is an active member of Vancore Toastmasters.

Kylie Williams

Kylie Williams

Director, Communications and Member Relations

778-836-9850 | [email protected]

Kylie Williams is the Director, Communications and Member Relations at AME. She is an accomplished geologist, communications professional and award-winning writer specializing in earth science, technology, business, and responsible resource development. She worked as a geologist for many years before transitioning into communications. Prior to joining AME, Kylie ran a successful freelance writing business for over eight years, providing specialist writing services to mineral exploration and mining companies, industry associations and not-for-profits, and resource sector publications.

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With years of boots-on-the-ground industry experience and interviews with hundreds of AME members and stakeholders, Kylie truly understands the full spectrum of issues shaping mineral exploration and development in British Columbia and beyond. In the role of Director, Communications and Member Relations for AME, Kylie leverages her unique communication skills and experience to advocate on behalf of AME’s members and foster meaningful connections with government, First Nations, communities and AME’s strategic partners.

Jordan Townley

Jordan Townley

Manager, Marketing and Communications

604-630-3924 | [email protected]

As Manager, Marketing and Communications, Jordan focuses on a wide range of marketing activity including PR and Media Relations, Digital Marketing, Measurement and Analytics, Social Media Management, Media Partnerships, Content Development, E-news as well as event support for AME Roundup. Jordan is the Staff Lead for the Communications and Marketing Committee and the Editorial Sub-Committee.

Jordan joined AME in October 2018 as a Marketing and Communications Coordinator and was heavily involved in the media relations and partnerships, news circulation and photography at AME Roundup and Discovery Day.

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Upon completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Manchester UK and Newcastle Australia,  Jordan has worked in PR and Marketing for 7 years across 3 continents for different industries including renewable energy, sustainability, business and retail.

For three years running, Jordan was elected as a Board Member for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations from 2015-2018, planning and executing seminars, talks and events for PR professionals in London and across the UK.

Brenin Nobleman

Brenin Nobleman

Manager, Events

 778-227-8340 | [email protected]

As Manager, Events at AME, Brenin is responsible for the planning, management and execution of all AME events, primarily focusing on the annual AME Roundup conference. Brenin reports to the Director, Communications and Member Relations and supports the wider AME team. Prior to joining AME, Brenin worked in operations and events management.

Candice Appleby

Candice Appleby

Manager, Strategic Projects

604-354-5877 | [email protected]

Candice Appleby is the Manager, Strategic Projects at AME. She is a communications professional with over 15 years of industry experience working at exploration, mining and non-profit organizations. Previously, she was a member of the AME Roundup Committee. Prior to joining AME, Candice’s previous positions focused on a wide range of activities including: website and social media management, marketing and communications, event planning, investor relations and corporate governance.

In her role at AME, Candice is responsible for organizing events, communications and stakeholder engagement for the BC Regional Mining Alliance and managing various AME projects.

Irene Parlati

Irene Parlati

Office Administrator

604-630-8269 | [email protected]

Irene is the Office Administrator at AME and reports directly to the President and CEO. She is responsible for all AME’s office administrative functions and works closely with AME staff to support membership and events. Irene got to know AME through her volunteer experience at AME Roundup 2020.

Jasmine Lad

Jasmine Lad

Member Services Coordinator, AME

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Jasmine is the Member Services Coordinator at AME and reports to the Director, Communications and Member Relations. Jasmine plays a key role for membership services in maintaining the efficiency of the member database, coordinating member benefits and handling member inquiries.  She also works closely with AME staff in the planning and execution of all AME Events and the annual AME Roundup conference.

Becky Pitre

Becky Pitre

Manager, Accounting and Human Resources

604-630-3922 | [email protected]

Becky is the Accounting and Human Resources Manager at AME and reports to the President and CEO. She is responsible for all of AME’s accounting functions as well as the administration of all Human Resources functions. Previously, Becky worked as an accountant in the tire recycling industry and for an energy systems manufacturer.