Officers & Directors

James M. McDonald, PGeo

President, CEO & Director

Mr. McDonald has more than 30 years of combined technical and financial experience in mining sector. He co-founded and successfully developed National Gold (which merged with Alamos Minerals) to form Alamos Gold for which he was a Director and served on numerous committees until June 2012. Mr. McDonald also served as President of Genco Resources which operated the La Guitarra Silver Mine located in Mexico. Mr. McDonald is a founder of Kootenay Silver Inc. and a co-founder and former director of Northern Vertex Mining Corp.

Ken Berry, B.Comm


Mr. Berry has over 30 years of experience in finance and venture capital markets. He began his career in the Canadian brokerage industry as an investment advisor before moving on to found various publicly traded companies. His roles have included senior management positions and directorships responsible in areas of finance, business development, strategic planning and corporate restructuring. Mr. Berry is a founder of Kootenay Silver and was the co-founder, CEO and Director/Chairman of Northern Vertex Mining Corp. Prior to his career in the capital markets, Mr. Berry enjoyed a professional hockey career and was a participant in the 1980 and 1988 Winter Olympics.

Rajwant Kang, CPA. CMA

Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Secretary

Mr. Kang has over 25 years of financial experience and has held various senior financial positions within public and private companies including, Salares Lithium, Gryphon Gold, Star Shipping and Steppe Gold. He brings a extensive knowledge of finance, regulatory, accounting and public markets. Mr. Kang holds a CPA, CMA designation obtained in Canada and an HND in Business and Finance, obtained in the UK.

Dale Brittliffe, BSc, PGeo

Vice President of Exploration

Mr Brittliffe is a professional geologist with 25 years of mineral exploration experience, working on projects in Australia, Canada, Mexico, USA and Brazil. Mr. Brittliffe has particular expertise in identifying and upgrading early stage projects and boasts a solid track record of successful stakeholder negotiations resulting in amicable and productive land access agreements. Based in Vancouver,B.C., Mr. Brittliffe has 10 years of experience managing exploration projects in northern Mexico for junior exploration companies Kootenay Silver, Astral Mining and Orex Minerals Inc. and Silver Viper Minerals Corp. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Geology degree from Curtin University of Western Australia and a Bachelor of Science (Environmental) degree from the University of Western Australia and is a member in good standing of Engineers & Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC).

Dr. Tom Richards, BSc, PhD

Vice President of Exploration Emeritus

An accomplished author and co-author of numerous publications involved in the science of Geology through central British Columbia. Dr Richards was a Research Scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada during the 1970's doing regional mapping in British Columbia. He conducted regional exploration in Canada, United States and Mexico to the early 1990's as an independent geologist/prospector with Junior and Major mining companies (including Teck, Inco, Esso, Newmont, Falconbridge and Union Carbide) and throughout NW Argentina until 2007. He has been involved with Kootenay Gold in Mexico from 2007 to present.

Jon Morda, CA


Mr. Morda brings Kootenay over 20 years of experience in the mining industry, having served as Chief Financial Officer for several mineral exploration and gold producing companies. As a senior executive, Mr. Morda is highly adept in all areas of strategic corporate planning, operations, budgeting, accounting and taxation functions.

Tony Reda


Mr. Reda was fomerly Vice President of Corporate Development of Kaminak Gold Corporation which was acquired by Gold Corp in 2016. Mr. Reda was instrumental in Kaminak's growth from a startup prospect generator to a resource development company with a +5 million ounce gold resource which was acquired by Gold Corp. for approximately $520 million. During his tenure, he was pivotal in orchestrating capital raises totaling over $145 million, forming strategic alliances and joint venture agreements, and creating Kivalliq Energy Corp., a publicly traded uranium company spun out of Kaminak.

Joseph Giuffre


Mr. Giuffre has been a director of various public and private companies over the course of his 30-year career. He was previously the Chief Legal Officer of Nevsun Resources Ltd., which was acquired in 2019 for ~C$1.8 billion by Zijin Mining. He is also director, trustee, and a founder of some of the Avenue Living Group of Companies that manages over $3 billion in assets in multifamily, agriculture, commercial and self-storage real estate assets in Western Canada and the United States. He holds Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Alberta, Bachelor of Arts (Econ) from the University of Calgary and holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.


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