Board of Directors
Shareholders’ interests and the Company’s strategic direction are overseen by a board of directors with extensive international experience in banking, finance, mining and minerals, as well as a thorough understanding of contemporary corporate governance requirements.
James K. Gowans – Chairman of the Board. Director since January 2016.
James Gowans brings over 35 years of practical management experience in most aspects of the mining industry, including exploration, major projects, operations and human resources, as well as extensive leadership experience both in Canada and internationally. Appointed as Chair in April 2016, Mr. Gowans is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Arizona Mining Inc. Prior to joining Arizona, Mr. Gowans was with Barrick Gold Corporation before retiring at the end of 2015 from his last position as Senior Advisor to the Chairman and where he also served in the roles of Co-President, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Gowans has held various senior roles for a number of major mining companies including, the DeBeers Group, including Chief Executive Officer of DeBeers Canada, Debswana Diamond Company, Cominco (now Teck), Placer Dome and Inco.
Mr. Gowans is a former Chair of the Mining Association of Canada (MAC), and is the Past-President of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM). He currently serves on the board of directors of Cameco Inc., Gedex, and Arizona Mining Inc.
Mr. Gowans is a Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mining and Mineral Process Engineering from the University of British Columbia.
Thomas A. Andruskevich – Chairman and CEO of TAA Consulting, LLC. Director since July 2016.
Thomas Andruskevich brings more than 30 years of experience in the jewelry, diamond and timepiece industry to the Board. Mr. Andruskevich is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TAA Consulting, LLC and an Operating Partner for Jewelry and Timepieces at Marvin Traub Associates. As an Independent Business Advisor and Board Director, he provides strategic, luxury goods, retail and wholesale distribution, brand development and repositioning consulting services. He is also an Executive Partner of Comvest Partners, a private equity firm.
Mr. Andruskevich has worked as a senior executive in the jewelry and luxury goods industry for over 30 years, including 16 years as the President & Chief Executive Officer of Birks & Mayors, Inc. (formerly Henry Birks & Sons) until 2012. Previously, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mondi of America, and was Executive VP, International & Trade of Tiffany & Co, where he spent 12 years. Mr. Andruskevich has also held various leadership positions in jewelry industry trade organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Robbins Bros. Jewelry Acquisition Holdings, LLC, and served as a Director of VEREIT, Inc. until September 29, 2015.
Mr. Andruskevich earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics from Lehigh University.
Graham G. Clow – Chairman of the Board of Roscoe Postle Associates Inc. Director since February 2013.
Graham Clow brings more than 40 years’ experience in all aspects of mine exploration, feasibility, finance, development, construction, operations, and closure to the Board.
Appointed a director in February 2013, Mr. Clow is the Chairman of the Board of Roscoe Postle Associates Inc. Prior to joining Roscoe Postle Associates Inc., Mr. Clow held senior executive positions, including Chief Executive Officer and operating responsibility for several publicly listed mining companies. He has lived and worked extensively in mining operations in northern Canada.
He is a Designated Consulting Engineer under the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario and Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum. For a number of years he was an Adjunct Professor at the Lassonde Mineral Institute, University of Toronto, where he lectured in resource and reserve estimation. He currently serves on the board of Barrick Gold Corporation. Mr. Clow has degrees in Geological Engineering and Mining Engineering from Queen's University.
Trudy Curran – Corporate Director. Director since August 2016.
Trudy Curran brings 30 years’ experience to the Board in mergers and acquisitions, financing, executive compensation, and governance across a range of industries including oil and gas, mining and transportation. Ms. Curran served as an officer of Canadian Oil Sands Limited from 2002 to the time of its sale in February 2016. As Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Canadian Oil Sands Limited, she was responsible for legal, human resources and administration and as a member of the executive team focused on strategy and risk management. From 2003 to 2016, she was a Director of Syncrude Canada Ltd., where she served as Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and as a member of the Pension Committee.
Ms. Curran currently serves on the Board of Directors of Baytex Energy Corp. and is a member of its Audit Committee and its Nominating and Governance Committee. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Calgary chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is a member of the board and the Finance and Audit Committee of Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta.
Ms. Curran holds a BA (with distinction) and an LLB (with distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan and is the recipient of the Governor General’s Bronze medal award. She also was named one of Canada’s top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2012.
Tim Dabson – Corporate Director. Director since August 2016.
Tim Dabson brings 35 years’ experience across the whole of the diamond industry value chain from manufacturing through distribution to consumer marketing to the Board. Mr. Dabson worked for De Beers for 33 years in a variety of positions, most recently in the role of Executive Director – Beneficiation which culminated in the transfer of De Beers’ international distribution activities from London to Botswana at the end of 2013. In this role, he also worked in close cooperation and coordination with producer country governments, including Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Canada. Following his work at De Beers, Mr. Dabson established an independent consultancy serving a diverse range of projects and initiatives within the diamond value chain.
Mr. Dabson possesses a thorough understanding of the global trends and strategic issues impacting the diamond industry from planning through to implementation and from mine to consumer with a particular focus on corporate responsibility, ethical assurance and responsible sourcing. Mr. Dabson holds a BSc. (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Brighton and is a member of the Institute of Directors in London.
David S. Smith – Corporate Director. Director since February 2016.
David Smith brings more than 30 years of financial and executive leadership experience to the Board. Appointed a director in February 2016, Mr. Smith served as the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Finning International Inc. from 2009 to 2014, where he was instrumental in overall corporate strategy development and operations performance management. Prior to joining Finning, Mr. Smith served as Chief Financial Officer and a Vice President of Ballard Power Systems, Inc. Previously, he spent 16 years with Placer Dome Inc. (now Barrick Gold Corporation) in various senior positions and four years with PwC (Pricewaterhouse Coopers).
Mr. Smith currently is a Director of Nevsun Resources Ltd. and Paramount Gold Nevada Corporation. He also serves on the Board of Governors of Collingwood School.
Mr. Smith is a Certified Public Accountant, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento. He has also completed the Institute of Corporate Directors course, Directors Education Program, and has been a member since 2009.
The Honourable Chuck Strahl – Corporate Director. Director since November 2012.
The Honourable Chuck Strahl brings more than 30 years of management and leadership experience, as well as extensive experience and understanding of government, regulations, and northern affairs to the Board. Mr. Strahl left his successful logging and road building company to be elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1993, eventually serving in six consecutive Parliaments before retiring from politics on the eve of the 2011 election. While in office, Mr. Strahl served at different times as Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, and Minister of Transport and Infrastructure. Mr. Strahl is a Director of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy (a not-for-profit organization). Mr. Strahl is also the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Westminster Regiment, and a member of the Privy Council.
Josef Vejvoda – Portfolio Manager, K2 & Associates Investment Management Inc. Director since January 2016.
Josef Vejvoda brings financial expertise to the Board, including extensive experience with and knowledge of Canadian capital markets and expertise in corporate governance. He is currently Portfolio Manager at K2 & Associates Investment Management Inc., a multi-strategy investment fund. Prior to joining K2, Mr. Vejvoda held leadership positions in investment banking and held senior roles at a number of Canada’s largest financial institutions, including Merrill Lynch Canada, Bank of Montreal, National Bank Financial and TD Securities.
Mr. Vejvoda currently serves on the boards of Absolute Software Corporation and ShoreTel Inc. Previously he served on the board of PNI Digital Media Inc., as well as Acerus Pharma Corporation.
Mr. Vejvoda obtained a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Queen’s University. He is a registered portfolio manager with the Ontario Securities Commission and has earned the Chartered Investment Manager designation from the Canadian Securities Institute. Mr. Vejvoda has also graduated from the Institute of Corporate Directors.