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. Howes retired as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dundee Precious Metals after serving in that role for seven years. He is a Professional Mining Engineer with over 40 years' experience in the mining industry. He is a visionary leader in mining, organizational innovation and transformation to create competitive advantage and was recognized as the Outstanding Innovator of 2016 by the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame. Throughout his career, Mr. Howes has been closely associated with the practices that make for world-class mining operations, including Inco’s North Mine, which won the 2006 Ryan Award as the safest mine in Canada. His extensive industry experience includes progressive technical, operating, management and project roles in many of the largest underground mines and mining companies throughout Canada and internationally. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Torex Gold and an independent director on the Boards of both Hudbay Minerals and Anaconda Mining.
Ted Kavanagh, until his retirement in March 2021, was Director of Metals & Mining Finance, Americas for Société Générale where he originated and executed corporate and project finance facilities, marketed metals and foreign exchange hedging and trading lines, and provided related advisory services. From 1991 until joining Société Générale in 2013, he acted in a similar capacity for a series of banks including Standard Bank of South Africa, HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc., Republic National Bank of New York, and Mase Westpac Inc. His clients at these institutions ranged from greenfield project developers to the largest international mining corporations, and featured project finance across the commodity spectrum, including precious and base metals, ferro-alloys and steel production.
Prior to 1991, Mr. Kavanagh held senior geological and business development positions with companies including FMC Gold Company, Meridian Minerals Corporation and Denison Mines (US) Inc.
Mr. Kavanagh holds a Master’s degree in Geology from Dartmouth College (Hanover, New Hampshire) and an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Western University (London, Ontario).
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.
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.