Dennis Higgs, B. Com.
Chairman and Director
Mr. Higgs has been involved in the financial and venture capital markets in the United States, Canada and Europe for over thirty years. Mr. Higgs was one of the founding Directors and most recently Executive Chairman of Uranerz Energy Corporation before that company merged with Energy Fuels. As Executive Chairman of Uranerz for over nine years, Mr. Higgs played an instrumental role in the acquisition, financing, development, and production start-up of Uranerz's Nichols Ranch in-situ recovery uranium production facility, located in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming. Mr. Higgs currently serves on the board of Energy Fuels Inc., an integrated uranium producer focused solely in the United States, following its C$320 million business combination with Uranerz in June 2015. Mr. Higgs holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia.
Wade Hodges, M.Sc.
Chief Discovery Officer and Director
Mr. Hodges has over 30 years experience in field exploration, including 13 years as Exploration Geologist and Sr. Exploration Manager of Santa Fe Pacific Gold Corporation prior to its $2.5B merger with Newmont Mining Corporation. Mr. Hodges has had extensive involvement in the initial discovery and pre-mine development of nine gold mines in the western United States, totaling over 30 million ounces of gold.
James Buskard, MBA
President, CEO, and Director
Mr. Buskard has 18 years of experience in generative exploration, applied hydrogeochemistry, and environmental science working on projects throughout North America, and is a recognized leader in undercover exploration. Mr. Buskard joined Nevada Exploration Inc. in 2004 as a key member of the team responsible for completing the first systematic hydrogeochemistry survey of Nevada specifically for gold exploration. Mr. Buskard holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and a MBA from Simon Fraser University.
Dr. John E. Larson, Ph.D.
Dr. Larson has 35 years of international experience in exploration, development, and mining, and has worked with both major international companies and junior explorers, as well as with government geological surveys, including 16 years with BHP and BHP Billiton in various international locations, holding positions as Manager, North America Copper Exploration; Manager, Global Porphyry Copper Exploration; and Manager, Latin America Exploration. Mr. Larson holds advanced degrees in geology and chemistry from the University of Western Ontario (M.Sc.) and the Colorado School of Mines (Ph.D.).
Nancy Richter, M.Sc.
Ms. Richter is an economic geologist with more than 25 years experience exploring for and developing Carlin-type gold projects in Nevada. From 2005 to 2020, Ms. Richter was a senior member of Barrick Gold’s exploration team, managing exploration at two of Barrick’s major districts as Chief Exploration Geologist, Turquoise Ridge (2013-2015) and Chief Exploration Geologist, Cortez (2015-2017), then later leading all US exploration as US Exploration Manager (2017-2020). Prior to joining Barrick, Ms. Richter worked as an exploration and mine geologist for a number of other companies, including as a Project Geologist for Newmont at the Post/Betze Mine on the Carlin trend. Ms. Richter holds an MS in Economic Geology from the University of Arizona.
Benjamin Leboe, CA, CPA
Mr. Leboe was most recently Chief Financial Officer of Uranerz Energy Corporation before that company merged with Energy Fuels. Mr. Leboe also served as Uranerz's Ethics Officer, Principal Accounting Officer and Senior Vice President of Finance. Mr. Leboe has been Principal, Independent Management Consultants of British Columbia, since 1990. Prior to joining Uranerz he was a Senior Consultant, Management Consulting, of the Business Development Bank of Canada from 2005 to 2006. Previously, from 1995 to 2005 he was a director, Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer and Treasurer of numerous public companies in Canada and the U.S.A. From 1991 to June 1995, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of VECW Industries Ltd. He was a Partner of KPMG Consulting and its predecessor firms from 1978 to 1990.
Darcy Higgs, B. Com.
Mr. Higgs has over 35 years of experience in capital markets. Mr. Higgs has been principally self-employed as an investor since 2010. Mr. Higgs has also been providing consulting services to Nevada Exploration Inc. (TSXV: NGE) since 2015. He was registered in Canada (securities, options and futures) for over 25 years as a broker and in the United States (securities) and acted as a consultant to one of the largest private equity firms in China. Mr. Higgs has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree from the University of British Columbia.