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.

Mark Lotz

CFO & Corporate Secretary

Mr. Lotz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a joint major in Economics.  He is a Chartered Professional Accountant with 26 years of post-qualification experience and has extensive experience in the capital markets across a broad cross-section of industries including SaaS (software as a service), manufacturing, mining, technology, and financial services.  Mr. Lotz has held CFO and other senior financial positions with several well-known mining and exploration companies.  He has also served as a senior executive officer in the securities brokerage industry.  Prior to that, he served as a securities regulator, following his tenure at Coopers & Lybrand where he focused on the mining and tax sectors.

Kevin Rafferty

Senior Geologist

Mr. Rafferty has over a decade of experience in classical field geology and extensive knowledge of the North American Cordillera. His technical expertise includes geological mapping, structural geology, stratigraphy, clastic sedimentation, and regional target generation. Before joining Gold Basin, Kevin spent 4 years advancing both brownfield and greenfield exploration projects in North and South America with SSR Mining Inc.

Mr. Rafferty graduated with a B.Sc. in Geology from Weber State University and is a current graduate student (M.Sc.) in Geology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Michael Povey


Mike Povey is a mining engineer with over 40 years of worldwide experience in the resource sector in a wide range of commodities. He has held senior management positions in various public companies including Rio Tinto and Anglo American, with surface and underground mining operations in Africa, North America, and Australia. Over the past 20 years, Mike has held positions as Chairman, Managing Director and Technical Director of several ASX and AIM listed companies where he has led project acquisitions, exploration programs, JV negotiations and equity raisings.

Mike is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and holds a number of Certificates of Competency, including a West Australian Mine Managers Certificate.

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.

Anthony Balic


Mr. Balic is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and is a Principal of Katuni Capital Corp., a private company providing corporate finance, accounting and capital advisory services to private and public companies.  Mr. Balic serves as a director and/or officer to a number of junior public companies in the natural resource sector and was previously a senior manager at Deloitte LLP, where he specialized in assurance and advisory services for publicly listed mining companies based both in Canada and the United States.