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Board of Directors

Chris Castle


Mr. Castle is a chartered accountant with more than 44 years of experience in the investment and corporate finance sectors.

His mining and mineral exploration background includes projects with Amoil NZ, Kanieri Gold Dredging and Australian Anglo-American. His investment sector experience includes Brierley Investments and Regina Confections/Charter Corporation Group.

He is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of both TSX.V listed Chatham Rock Phosphate Limited and USX listed Aorere Resources Limited. He is also non-executive director of NZX listed SMW Group. 

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Duncan T. Blount

CEO & Executive Director

Mr. Blount has over 13 years of experience focused on the natural resources sector.

He was previously Head of Emerging & Frontier Market Commodities at RWC Partners, where he was responsible for developing their commodity and natural resources portfolio strategy. Throughout his career, Mr. Blount has been an early investor (pre-IPO or IPO) in numerous public and private West African oil & gas companies. He also has experience in physical mineral trading and structuring off-take agreements.

He holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA in Language & World Trade from Samford University.

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Alan Le Bis

Non-executive Director

Mr. Le Bis worked for nearly two decades as a geophysicist and exploration manager with British Petroleum and has been an independent technical consultant to oil & gas companies throughout the world.

He has worked both domestically and internationally, with experience in India for Canoro Resources Limited, Gabon for Ocelot Energy Inc, Nigeria for Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum Co Ltd., West Africa for Abacan Resources Corp. and Equator Exploration Ltd. and in Western Canada for Apache Corporation. He has also been a director of AC Energy Inc, Destiny Resources and Eagle Energy, all active in the oil and gas industry.

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Denis Poelzer

Non-executive Director

Mr. Poelzer has over 20 years of experience in investment advisory, consulting, and executive management.

He is a retired Investment Advisor from BMO Nesbitt Burns, where he focused on portfolio management and insurance and financial investment products, including significant investments in Canadian and international oil & gas companies. 

Mr. Poelzer was President of a private bio energy company in the renewable natural gas industry in 2017 and 2018. He has also consulted for Canadian and international oil & gas, mining, and clean energy companies on finance and corporate structure, as well as compliance. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Colombia. 

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