Board of Directors

  • Amrik Virk
    Mr Virk has held a variety of senior positions in Canadian government including Minister of Advanced Education and Minister of Technology and Innovation in British Columbia(BC), Canada’s third largest province. Mr Virk’s leadership positioned the province’s technology sector for sustained and profitable growth as the 15th largest in the world. As Minister, Mr Virk launched the #BCTECH Strategy, which still currently forms the backbone of the province’s technology economy. Some notable milestones in his tenure include the instalment of the $100 million dollar #BCTECH Fund to support profitable growth of this business community. Mr Virk’s comprehensive mandate included various International Trade Missions, over a dozen Technology Accelerators, all of governments’ cyber security, real estate portfolio, as well as a large portion of all public building construction. In both of his portfolios, he managed budgets nearing $2 billion dollars. Mr Virk has extensive exposure to the complexities of the regulatory environment in government with projects that had community impacts in the tens of tens of billions dollars. He was part of the provincial team that positioned BC ‘S LNG industry as one of Canada’s largest infrastructure projects in history. He connected extensively with First Nations communities in providing education and broadband connectively to the remotest of regions. Mr Virk actively promoted the intersection of the Technology sector with mining in BC. Mr Virk bring to his role as President , three decades of extensive governance, fiscal and strategic leadership . Prior to entering government, he served over 26 years as a senior officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
  • R. Marc Bustin (Ph.D., P. Geol., FRSC)
    R. Marc Bustin is Professor of Geology in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and president of RMB Earth Science Consultants and former president of CBM Solutions Ltd. He has broad experience in mineral and petroleum exploration and exploitation. His professional experience includes employment by Mobil Oil Canada and Gulf Canada Resources prior to joining the University of British Columbia. Bustin on leave from UBC, worked with Elf-Aquitaine (France), CSIRO (France) and CNRS (Australia). Dr. Bustin has consulted in the area of mineral and fossil fuel resource evaluation and exploitation and functioned as director and technical advisor for a variety of small through large companies in Europe, Africa, North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Bustin’s experience has included assessment of Carlin type gold deposits in Nevada, and epithermal vein and placer gold deposits in Canada. Dr. Bustin has designed and managed exploration and development projects worldwide, including China, Viet Nam, Botswana, Chad, Morocco, Eastern and Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, SE Asia, India, Argentina, Colombia, and basins throughout North America. Bustin is on the board and advisory board of a number of small cap companies. Dr. Bustin received his PhD in geology in 1980 from the University of British Columbia and is a registered Professional Geoscientist in the province of British Columbia. Bustin has published over 200 peer reviewed scientific articles. He is or has been an associate editor of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geology Bulletin, Sedimentary Geology, International Journal of Coal Geology and the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. He is member of AAPG, TSOP, and CSPG. Bustin is the recipient of the A. L. Leverson memorial award from the AAPG, the Thiesson Medal from the ICCP, the Sproule career achievement award, the Gilbert H. Cady Award from the Geological Society of America and the Slipper Gold Medal from the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geology, for his contributions to petroleum exploration and development. Bustin is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Bustin is a registered professional geologist in the province of British Columbia.
  • Peter Espig
    Mr. Espig has been the president and CEO of Nicola Mining since November 7, 2013 and was the Interim president and interim CEO of Nicola Mining FROM June 9, 2013 to November 7, 2013. In August 2006, Mr. Espig founded TriaAsia capital, a private equity and consulting firm focused on raising capital for midsized companies, and pre-initial public offering investment and consulting. Mr. Espig has been a founding director of Phosplatin Therapeutics, a private biopharmaceutical company, since November 2010. He also served as Vice president of the principle finance and securitization group and Asia special situations group for goldman sachs japan. Prior to joining Goldman sachs, Mr. Espig served as vice president of Olympus capital, a private requity firm in New York. Mr. Espig is a chairman of the Vancouver center of arts and technology. He holds a bachelors of arts from the university of British Columbia and a masters of business from Columbia business school.
  • Verlee Webb
    Verlee Webb is a mining and securities lawyer with Farris LLP, and has been practicing law in the securities industry in Vancouver for over 25 years, including time as in-house counsel in the corporate finance department at a leading Vancouver-based investment banking firm. Verlee brings experience advising public companies in connection with corporate finance matters, securities regulation, mergers & acquisitions and corporate governance matters. Ms. Webb has also acted as a director and corporate secretary of numerous other TSXV natural resources issuers.

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