BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Brent Willis, Bsc. Eng, CEO
Mr. Willis has over 30 years of experience successfully leading, managing and advancing Canadian and international projects in the mining industry. Brent started his career working in the energy service sector as a drilling fluid engineer and manager with Dynamic Drilling Fluids Ltd. Career highlights include advancing the Jubilee Barite Mining Operation from discovery to production as President and chairman of the board at Tiger Ridge Resources Ltd. Advancing the Payback Barite Mine from discovery to production as president and chairman of the board with Blackfire Exploration Ltd, a public company.
Dr. Merle E. Olson, D.V.M., M.SC., Co-Founder, Director, Research & Business Development, Chief Medical Supply Ltd.
Dr. Olson attended the University of Regina receiving a BSc in Chemistry and Biology in 1975. He then attended the University of Western Ontario where he received a Master’s degree in Chemistry. Attended the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) and following graduation in 1981 practiced in Pincher Creek, Alberta. In 1984 Merle accepted a position at the University of Calgary (U of C). During this period he had over 200 papers, 45 patents and 30 graduate students in infectious diseases and pharmaceutical development. In 2004 Dr. Olson retired to found a Veterinary Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Company, Alberta Veterinary Laboratories (AVL). Dr. Olson currently acts as VP of Research and Business development for AVL and Chief Medical Ltd. a human pharmaceutical manufacturer, at their 81,000 sq ft GMP manufacturing plant in Calgary, AB. These companies produce over 80 novel and generic products for veterinarians and humans and employ over 80 pharmaceutical, chemical and engineering scientists. Dr. Olson has produced novel veterinary pharmaceutical products for horses for control of pain, inflammation, parasites and infections. Dr. Olson continues to conduct human and veterinary pharmaceutical product development and is active in the laboratory and conducting clinical trials.
Charles Littlejohn, Chair of Comp Committee, Member Audit Committee, Director
Mr. Littlejohn attended Western University, receiving his BA in science, with a strong background in biochemistry, physiology and geology. His postgraduate work over the next few years was in pharmacology and pathological chemistry, where we performed considerable research on matters of drug toxicology and high blood pressure. He later entered the oil and gas industry and held various positions of responsible charge before entering law school to earn a cum laude doctorate in law. In the early 70’s he was a co-founder and director of a mutual fund management company. For the past 28 years he has managed a small, privately held hedge fund and from time to time has also been an adjunct professor of law at the Southern California Institute of Law. In recent years he has served as a director of two publicly-traded companies, viz., Sienna Gold, Inc and Peruvian Precious Metals, Inc.
Trent Abraham, Director
Mr. Trent Abraham is a proven leader, senior executive, entrepreneur, consultant, and owner with over 31 years of success in energy services, oil & gas, mining, agriculture, blending and manufacturing, chemicals, global procurement and distribution, logistics and freight. Trent is currently the COO and President of Midwestern Mud and SOS Environmental. He also has an advisory role with Emprada Minerals LLC., a global mineral company. Trent has held senior executive positions at Emprada Minerals, Brichem Corporation / Brichem Supply Ltd., Sodium Solutions, Millennium Technologies, Ltd., Sun Coast Materials and Spirit Mountain Environmental.
Randy Henkle, P.Geo, Director
Mr. Henkle is a consultant geologist with over 45 years experience in mining and engineering geology and minerals exploration. Randy’s work history includes projects in Western Canada, Western and Eastern US, Mexico and South America. He is a proven prospect generator. His discovery & acquisition track record includes 3 gold-silver mines (two of which are now mined out, with one presently an active producer) and 2 producing chemical/specialty limestone mines. Randy generated and staked both the ULI and Lithium King Lithium brine prospects; both of which were vended into Voyageur. His broad areas of geologic expertise include experience in both industrial minerals, precious and base metals and mineral brine deposits. His business expertise includes leadership, strategic planning, project management and project acquisition. Randy is currently the President & Chief geologist at Henkle and Associates, a boutique geologic consulting firm, in Nevada, USA.
Ron Sifton, ICD.D, CPA.CA, Director, Chair the Audit Committee
He was an integral part of the management team of Newalta Corp that delivered dynamic growth making Newalta one of Canada’s largest waste management companies. Ron was the Executive VP, CFO and director of Newalta Corp. (now Tervita Corporation). Newalta (Tervita) is a leading provider of industrial waste management and environmental services in Canada. Director, Chair of Audit Committee: Calgary Handibus Association a non-profit organization devoted to accessible transportation in Calgary. Director, Chair of Audit: Compensation and Special Independent Committees. BQE Water, a public company specializing in mine water treatment and management. Director and member of Compensation Committee, Tellus Holdings an Australian waste management company. Director and member of Audit Committee (Chair), Compensation Committee, Corporate Governance Committee & Special Independent Committee – Ceiba Energy Services, a service provider of stand-alone water disposal and oil treating