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Management & Board Members

Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse


Rick has more than 40 years of experience in the natural resource sector. He is the founder of NovaGold Resources, where he remains a Director, currently permitting the 40 million ounce Donlin Gold Project in Southwest Alaska with partner Barrick Gold, the world’s largest gold company. He is currently President and CEO of Trilogy Metals (formerly NovaCopper), focused on developing the world class Ambler Mining District in Northwest Alaska. Rick has managed projects from grassroots discovery through to advanced feasibility, production and closure. Rick has played a key role in setting up several new corporate entities including: Alexco (TSX:AXR) which is rejuvenating the Keno Hill Silver district in the Yukon; Tintina Resource (TSX:TAU) which discovered and is now completing a feasibility and permitting the high grade Black Butte copper asset in Montana; and most recently SolidusGold (TSX:SDC). Rick is the recipient of the 2015 Colin Spence award for Excellence in Mineral Exploration from AMEBC. He also received the Thayer Lindsley award in 2009 for his role in the Donlin Gold discovery. Rick also received the Robert R. Hedley award for excellence in Social and Environmental Responsibility in 2007.

Sorin Posescu

President, CEO & Director

Sorin is a professional geologist with more than 20 years of experience in natural resources exploration and development, including work on world class deposits as Donlin Gold and Galore Creek both with NovaGold. Sorin has worked for major to junior resource companies throughout Europe, USA and Canada. He has extensive experience in M&A and strong background in corporate and project valuation. Sorin is a registered Professional Geologist with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.

Steve Khan


Steve has over 30 years of experience in the investment arena, including retail, institutional sales, corporate finance, capital markets, and investment banking. He has focused on corporate development services (including structuring, financing, strategic planning, etc.) for private and public companies through his consulting firm over the past 13 years and has experience in financing and managing resource related companies in the coal, coalbed methane gas, tin, gold, copper and uranium sectors. Steve is currently director and Executive Officer of numerous private and public companies, and serves on several audit, compensation and nominating committees of Canadian, US and Asian entities.

Joe Piekenbrock


Joe has over 40 years of experience working in the minerals exploration and development sector. He was the former VP of Exploration of NovaGold Resources and NovaCopper Inc (now Trilogy Metals Inc). Joe has a wealth of northern experience through years of exploration for both Cominco and Placer Dome in Alaska. He has managed exploration from grassroots discovery through advanced acquisitions, in South America for Placer Dome and Brett Resources. Joe is the recipient of the 2015 Colin Spence award for Excellence in Mineral Exploration from AMEBC. He also received the Thayer Lindsley award in 2009 for his role in the Donlin Gold discovery.

Raj Chowdhry


Raj has over 30 years of experience in the capital markets. He is the Founder and President of Futura Capital Ltd., a private venture capital company that has been involved in the venture capital business since 1981 and raises funds for various venture capital projects around the world. He is the former director of Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. and founding director and President of Camphor Ventures Inc. Raj is currently Director, Officer, and Chairman of several public and private companies trading on global stock exchanges, including the TSX Venture Exchange.

Kara Norman

Interim CFO

Kara has over 20 years of professional experience in non-profit, manufacturing, and resource exploration sectors. She is a chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA).