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Management & Board Members

Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse


Rick has more than 40 years of experience in the natural resource sector and currently the CEO of Contango Ore. Before joining Contango Ore, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Trilogy Metals, currently developing the high- grade Upper Kobuk Mineral Projects located in the Ambler Mining District of Alaska. Trilogy is a company which was created in 2012 as a spin-out from NOVAGOLD, a well-known company he founded over 20 years ago. NOVAGOLD is currently finalizing permits for the 40 million ounce Donlin Gold Project in Southwest Alaska with partner Barrick Gold, the world’s largest gold company. Previous to his role as Founder, President, and CEO of NOVAGOLD, he held the position of Vice President of Exploration for Placer Dome Inc. from 1990 to 1997. In addition to his international exploration perspective, Rick brings years of working experience in and knowledge of Alaska to Contango. Rick has managed projects from grassroots discovery through to advanced feasibility, production and closure. Rick has played a key role in setting up several other corporate entities including: Alexco - where he remains a Director which is rejuvenating the Keno Hill Silver district in the Yukon; Tintina Resource (now Sandfire Resources America) which discovered and is now completing a feasibility and permitting the high grade Black Butte copper project in Montana; and SolidusGold where he is Chairman. Rick holds a Candidature degree in Science from the Université de Louvain, Belgium, and a Master of Science degree in Geology from the University of Arizona. He received the Thayer Lindsley award in 2009 for his role in the Donlin Gold discovery and the Colin Spence Award in 2016 for his role in the Bornite Discovery.

Sorin Posescu

President, CEO & Director

Sorin is a professional geologist with over 25 years of experience in natural resources exploration and development, including work on world class deposits including Donlin Gold and Galore Creek both with NovaGold. Subsequently, he participated in several discoveries in Nevada with Sierra Geothermal Power, sold to Ram Power. Sorin served as VP Exploration for Brixton Metals where during his tenure, the company made several discoveries. Sorin was instrumental in creating shareholder value when he acquired and subsequently sold the Kahuna Diamonds property (4 Million carats of diamonds resource) to Dunnedin Ventures. Sorin is a registered Professional Geologist with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. 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 has served on multiple boards as Director for both private and publicly traded resource development companies.

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).