President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Himmel has 30 years of experience in Corporate Finance, mineral development and exploration, and is also an experienced finance executive having worked in Canadian and international investment banks in the resource and technology sectors. He was previously Founder, President, and CEO of a United States potash development company leading a team of geologists, engineers, and mineral finance professionals, taking the potash asset in New Mexico from concept to completion of feasibility and environmental approval. He has led exploration and development companies focusing on diamond exploration and Uranium exploration in Canada and the United States. Mr. Himmel holds a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) and Bachelor of Arts (Business and Finance) degrees, both from the University of Toronto. Mr. Himmel received the Chartered Accountant designation in 1981.
Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Secretary and Director
Mr. Collins has over 15 years of corporate experience as an executive, director advisor of private and public companies. His expertise spans mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, go-public transactions, commercial partnerships, accounting, and corporate governance. In recent engagements with corporate issuers, he has coordinated and executed on fundraisings totaling over $200 million in equity capital and launched active M&A programs for early stage companies. Prior to his current corporate activities, Darren worked for several investment and merchant banks, including Alegro Capital, LP in London, UK, Scotia Capital Inc. and Quest Capital Corp. (now known as Sprott Resource Lending Corp.) in Toronto, Canada. Mr. Collins holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in finance from Dalhousie University.
Mr. Smethurst has over 25 years of experience in the mining and metal-mineral resource development industry. He has held previous appointments including Vice President of Resource Development, Chief Operating Officer and Board Director for exploration companies. He has participated in sourcing capital to fund corporate development projects and has been responsible for assessing properties for acquisition and development. He has been instrumental in key discoveries and has had multiple successes in expanding resources for companies. He is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and is currently a Level 3 CFA candidate. He holds a Bachelor of Science in geology from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science in geophysics from the University of Windsor.