Mr. Fitzgerald became non-executive Chairman of Anaconda Mining following the company’s acquisition of Orex Exploration in 2017. Mr. Fitzgerald was Chairman and CEO of Orex, the initial developer of the company’s flagship Goldboro Project. Additionally, he represents the company on the board of Novamera Inc., a spin-out and venture-backed mining technology company.
Mr. Fitzgerald joined the board of directors of Bespoke Holdings in 2018 and became Interim-CEO in 2019. He completed the merger of Bespoke and Lehua Group International in 2019 and remains non-executive Chairman of the combined entity. Previously, Mr. Fitzgerald was advisor to the Board of Directors of Kuterra L.P., a pioneering sustainable aquaculture business, and a founding shareholder of Hesat Acquisition Corporation, a private company specializing in animal genomic sciences.
Mr. Fitzgerald is a co-founder of Stope Capital Advisors, a Toronto-based merchant bank focused on the resource and agriculture sectors. With 30+ years of investment banking experience, Mr. Fitzgerald has sourced and executed a wide variety of complex transactions across multiple industries. Mr. Fitzgerald received a B.A. with Distinction from Bowdoin College, a MSc. (Econ) from The London School of Economics and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
President and CEO, Director
Kevin Bullock is a registered Professional Mining Engineer in the province of Ontario. Kevin was Volta Resources Inc.’s President and CEO and was the founding President and CEO of Goldcrest (a Volta predecessor company) since its inception in 2002. Kevin was instrumental in the growth of Volta from a shell company through to the ultimate sale of the company to B2Gold at the end of 2013. Kevin has over 30 years of experience, at senior levels, in mining exploration, mine development, mine operations and capital markets. Throughout his career, Kevin has been involved in projects from inception through exploration to development and production. Kevin was most recently the CEO of Mako Mining Corp. and is currently a director of B2Gold. Mr. Bullock has also worked for Kirkland Lake Gold and Iamgold Corporation.
Mr. Lawrick is currently the President & CEO of Magna Terra Minerals Inc., a TSXV listed precious metals exploration company, as well as the Managing Director of Thorsen-Fordyce Merchant Capital Inc., a private Toronto based merchant bank focused principally on the mineral industry. Mr Lawrick was the Founder of Anaconda Mining Inc., after merging his private company – Colorado Resources Inc with Anaconda Gold Corp in 2007. He served as President & CEO of the Anaconda until 2010, and has served as an officer and/or director of several other private and public mining and mineral exploration companies, including Volta Resources Inc. (TSX), Franconia Minerals Corporation (TSX), Brionor Resources Inc. (formerly Normabec Mining Resources Ltd.) (TSXV), and Serengeti Resources Inc. (TSXV). Mr. Lawrick holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (BCOM) from the University of Calgary.
Dr. Byron has more than 30 years of domestic and international experience in field work, research, and senior management experience in gold, base-metal, magmatic nickel & PGE, diamond, and gemstone exploration, spanning employment within the mineral exploration industry and government. Dr. Byron was Vice-President, Exploration of Aurora Platinum Corp. until its acquisition by FNX Mining in 2005. As the initial Vice-President, Exploration of Lake Shore Gold he directed expansion of their exploration projects in the Timmins Gold Camp and oversaw the growth of the Timmins West deposit to more than 1.2 million ounces of gold. In 2008, Dr. Byron joined Nighthawk Gold Corp. and began developing projects in the Northwest Territories. As director and Chief Geologist he supervised their expansion including the acquisition and advancement of the former producing Colomac Gold mine. Dr. Byron was one of five co-founders and directors of Falco Resources Ltd, and served as Vice-President, Exploration from its inception in 2010 until his resignation in May 2015. Dr. Byron is attributed with the rediscovery of the Horne 5 deposit - Falco’s premier asset. Dr. Byron is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nighthawk Gold Corp and he is currently director of Brionor Resources Inc., X-Terra Resources Inc. and Nighthawk Gold Corp., companies listed on the TSXV. Dr. Byron also served as Vice President of Exploration of Stronghold Metals Inc. (2010) and President and Chief Executive Officer of Nighthawk Gold Corp. (formerly Merc International Minerals) (September 2008 to September 2010). Dr. Byron is a professional geoscientist registered in Ontario and the Northwest Territories, and holds a B.Sc. in Geology from Geneseo State University, New York (1983), a M.Sc. in Geology from Laurentian University in Sudbury (1990) and a Ph.D. in Geology from Carleton University in Ottawa (1999).
Ms. Oke is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA -CA) and currently provides senior financial and advisory services to organizations assisting them to improve the efficiency and productivity of their businesses. Ms. Oke was previously with Hudbay Minerals Inc. where she was the Vice President, Finance and the Chief Financial Officer of the Manitoba Business Unit. She was responsible for global financial reporting, and for the Manitoba operations finance, tax, and treasury functions, financial planning and analysis, procurement, contract administration, warehousing and logistics. She has experience in treasury, capital structuring, systems implementation, organizational redesign, M&A due diligence, and M&A integration. Prior to joining Hudbay in 2007, Ms. Oke was a senior manager in the Transaction Tax Practice of Ernst & Young LLP, where she developed more than 10 years of Canadian income tax experience.