Colin Smith


Mr. Smith is a registered Professional Geologist (P.Geo.) in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories with over 17 years' experience advancing exploration and mining projects in North and South America, ranging from early-stage project generation and exploration, to M&A takeover.

He has garnered a technical expertise in epithermal and mesothermal gold, ultramafic associated platinum group metals, porphyry copper-gold, diamonds, unconformity-related uranium, and coal. Mr. Smith was appointed VP of Exploration for ValOre Metals Corporation in 2021, and continues in this role. Before joining ValOre, Mr. Smith was Senior Exploration Geologist at the Seabee Gold Operation (>1.5 Moz gold produced) for Claude Resources Inc. Claude was subsequently acquired by SSR Mining Inc. in 2016 for $337M CAD. Smith designed and implemented all Seabee-based exploration activities, resulting in multiple auriferous discoveries and resource delineation.

Mr. Smith holds a B.Sc. degree in Geology from the University of British Columbia, and an M.Sc. degree in Economic Geology from the University of Victoria.

Charles Straw

President, Director

Mr. Straw is a second-generation economic geologist with over 26 years’ experience in mineral project assessment and exploration management in the Americas, Australia and China.

He has more than 15 years experience in executive management for both private and listed junior explorers on major global stock exchanges. His expertise includes company financing, joint ventures, resource definition and feasibility studies plus economic analysis and project management of all phases of project assessment from target generation to BFS. Mr Straw’s experience is largely on metalliferous minerals projects in a broad range of deposit styles and geological terranes. Mr Straw has a broad international network of technical, management, drilling and funding teams providing access to high-quality people, projects and capital.

Kevin Lynn


Mr. Lynn as a Chartered Accountant / Strategy Consultant has over 30 years’ experience incubating, funding, growing and listing companies, whilst acting in the role of either Director, Company Secretary and/or CFO. He is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants (Australia), Australian Institute of Company Directors and Financial Services Institute of Australia, from which he gained his Master of Applied Finance and Investment.

Michael Rapsch

Vice President Corporate Development

Mr. Rapsch has over 16 years of in-depth capital markets experience in the resource sector, including several senior roles as Vice President Corporate Communications and Corporate Development. In these roles, he was responsible for the implementation, management and execution of all marketing and investor relations related programs. His tenures included 4 years at SilverCrest Mines until the acquisition by First Majestic for $154 million in 2015. From 2015 to the end of 2018, he was leading the investor relations activities for SilverCrest Metals which owns the Las Chispas silver and gold project in Sonora, Mexico. During his career, he was also instrumental assisting companies with capital raises. In early 2019, Mr. Rapsch founded Cologne Communications Corp. and has been successfully providing investor relations consulting services to publicly trading resource companies.

Jonathan Lotz

Chairman & Director

Mr. Lotz is the senior lawyer and the founder of Lotz & Company. Prior to Lotz & Company, he worked as a partner at the international law firm, Heenan Blaikie LLP, where he headed the firm's Vancouver corporate securities and mining practices. He has represented public and private companies in all aspects of corporate and securities matters, and has acted for a variety of clients in the natural resources, energy, real estate and technology sectors in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. Mr. Lotz is a member of the Bars of British Columbia and New York, and holds a B.Comm and LL.B from the University of British Columbia.

John Robins, P.Geo.


As an award-winning prospector with 35 years experience in professional geology, Mr. Robins is a steward of the junior mining industry and the co-founder and principal of Discovery Group. His entrepreneurship has created over $2.6 billion in M&A activity and generated over $1 billion in direct and indirect expenditures.

He was involved in several monumental discoveries including the Yukon's 5 million oz Coffee Gold deposit, Ontario's Great Bear Project, the Three Bluffs gold deposit in the Committee Bay greenstone belt, and the Aviat/Churchill diamond districts of Nunavut.

Mr. Robins holds many leadership positions in the industry including Executive Chairman of K2 Gold, Chairman of Fireweed Metals, a Director at Elemental Altus Royalties, and acts as a Strategic Advisor to Kodiak Copper, Prospector Metals, and ValOre Metals.

Grant Duddle


Mr. Duddle has over 20 years’ experience in equity markets as a stock-broker focused on extractive industries. He has extensive experience raising capital for mining and exploration projects in a wide range of jurisdictions and commodities.

Jim Paterson


Mr. Paterson is a principal of Discovery Group and has been actively involved in marketing and corporate development activities for the group’s companies since 2002. He has 22 years of industry experience, including capital raises, acquisitions, joint-ventures, spin-outs, RTOs, and IPOs. Mr. Paterson is the Chairman and CEO of ValOre Metals Corporation and was a driving force behind more than $60 million in equity financings for ValOre that lead to multiple discoveries and a 200% increase in mineral resources at ValOre's Angilak uranium project.

He was a long-standing and active director of Kaminak Gold Corp. (acquired by Goldcorp.), and a founding director of Northern Empire Resources Corp. (acquired by Coeur Mining) and Bluestone Resources Inc. (until 2020). In 2007, he founded Corsa Capital Ltd. Corsa's 2008 IPO lead to a 2010 transaction which created a leading U.S. metallurgical coal producer with a C$250M market capitalization. He is also a founder and principal of Brunswick Capital, a private merchant bank.

David Sadowski


Mr. Sadowski is a finance industry professional who has spent two decades focused on the metals and mining sector. He currently serves as Managing Director and a senior leader of mining investment banking at Canaccord Genuity, a premier global financial services firm and the largest independent investment dealer in Canada. Mr. Sadowski’s experience includes years as an exploration geologist and top-ranked equity research analyst in mining asset evaluation, including visiting more than 150 global projects and mines, with a focus on corporate finance and M&A advisory, leading to billions of dollars in total transaction value.