Directors and Officers
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Idziszek holds a Master of Applied Sciences degree from McGill University and has worked as an exploration geologist and exploration executive with numerous international mining companies for over 40 years. He has been recognized by his industry peers for his central role in the discovery and development of the Eskay Creek gold deposit in Canada, being designated "Mining Man of the Year" in 1990 and the "Prospector of the Year" in 1994 for his leadership of Adrian Resources Ltd. during its exploration and development of the massive Petaquilla copper-gold-molybdenum deposits in Panama now under construction as First Quantum Minerals' Cobre Panama development project. He was a director of Arequipa Resources Ltd. which discovered the Pierina gold deposit subsequently acquired by Barrick Gold Corp. in 1996 for USD $790 million. Since 2005, his principal focus was Oromin Explorations Ltd. and the exploration and development of its joint venture on the OJVG Gold Project in eastern Sénégal. In October 2013, Teranga Gold Corporation completed the acquisition of all the issued and outstanding shares of Oromin Explorations Ltd. by way of a takeover bid.
Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and obtained his Charted Accountant designation in 1975. He has acted as a senior executive and/or director of a number of public companies including numerous junior mining companies for over 35 years. In addition to his position as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of the Company, Mr. Brown is the Chief Financial Officer of Lund Enterprises Corp. and a director of Serengeti Resources Corp. From 2007 to 2013, Mr. Brown's principal occupation was acting as Chief Financial Officer of Oromin Explorations Ltd.
Mr. Kornze retired from Barrick Gold Corporation as the General Manager of Exploration for Mexico and Central America, and International Evaluations. Prior to working internationally, he was the US Exploration Manager for Barrick Gold Exploration Inc. and was responsible for the Goldstrike Mine exploration with discoveries at Betze, Meikle, Deepstar, Screamer and Rodeo. Mr. Kornze also held various positions with Newmont and Getty Mining Co. in North America. He obtained his professional engineer designation in 1977. He has acted as a consultant and director of several junior mining companies including Candente Gold Corp. (since April 2010), Goldex Resources Corporation (since June 2006), Dynasty Gold Corp. (May 2005), Mexivada Mining Corporation (October 2004) and Duncan Park Holdings Corporation (January 2003).
Steve Garwin obtained his B.S. from Stanford in 1984 and M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia in 1987, both degrees in the field of geology. He was awarded a Ph.D. in geology (with distinction) in 2001 from the University of Western Australia. Dr. Garwin has more than twenty five years of experience as an exploration geologist with large and small mining companies working in SE Asia, SW Pacific, North America, South America, China and Russia. He was employed by Newmont Mining for ten years, including more than two years as Chief Geologist–Nevada (2000-2002), and by Geoinformatics Exploration for five years as a Principal Geologist and Consultant (2003-2007). Since 2008, Dr. Garwin has consulted to several junior and major mining companies. He is an adjunct research fellow at the Centre for Exploration Targeting at the University of Western Australia (since 2001) and has recently been appointed a visiting fellow at the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University. Dr. Garwin became a fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists in 1996, a fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy in 2012 and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists in 2013. He is the technical director for the Company and provides high-level technical support and guidance for our exploration programs.
Mr. Awde is President and Chief Executive Officer of Gold Standard Ventures Corp. Mr. Awde has spent the last 12 years financing junior resource companies and has focused on institutional accounts. He has raised over $200 million for public and private companies in the resource sector. As a co-founder, President and CEO and a Director of Gold Standard Ventures, he oversees all financing, strategy, corporate activities and developments for that company. Mr. Awde received his B.A. in Economics & Finance from Acadia University and is a former sales and trading professional at a Canadian broker dealer.