Management and Technical
Irwin Olian -Chief Executive Officer, President, Chairman and Director
Mr. Olian is an entrepreneur with a background in finance and law. During the past six years,
he has developed a business as a self-employed private investment banker and business consultant
to emerging companies, in fields ranging from biotechnology to high technology. His clients have
included NASDAQ companies. He serves as chief executive officer of Famous Entertainment, Ltd.,
a privately-held independent motion picture company. Mr. Olian was a co-founder and principal
shareholder of North American Scientific, Inc., a Los Angeles based manufacturer of radioisotope
products for the medical industry, including seeds implanted for the treatment of prostate cancer.
NASI has grown from a startup to a successful NASDAQ company. Irwin was the founder and
served as CEO and Chairman of Pan African until its acquisition by Asia Thai Mining Co. Ltd. in June 2008.
Mr. Olian's prior finance experience includes a position as Senior Vice President, Investments,
with Sutro & Co. Inc., an established investment banking and brokerage firm in San Francisco. He also
served as Vice President of Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. Mr. Olian's legal experience includes a position
as a Senior Attorney for Warner Bros. Inc at Burbank Studios, a position as business affairs executive
with talent agency International Creative Management, and a position as a corporate attorney with Wyman,
Bautzer, Rothman & Kuchel in Los Angeles, and Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco.
He graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Economics and received his law degree
from Harvard Law School. Mr. Olian gained knowledge of the mining industry as a shareholder of a
number of exploratory mining companies.
Jennifer Todhunter - Chief Financial Officer, Director
Ms. Todhunter has recently served as the Company’s VP Financial Administration, and prior to that served as the Finance Manager of both the Company and its predecessor, Pan African Mining Corp., since May 2005. Ms. Todhunter has extensive accounting and finance experience, dealing with the complexities of both private and public corporations. She has spent the last thirteen years working with public companies, predominantly those in the mining industry.
Gregory Sparks – Director
Mr. Sparks, a registered Professional Engineer, has been the principal of GBS PC, a mining consulting firm, since 1994.
He has also been the General Manager of Genex Construction LLC, a heavy civil construction firm, since 2002. He was formerly
Vice President, Development of Echo Bay Mines Ltd. from 1985 to 1993. Mr. Sparks has a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from the
Missouri School of Mines. Mr. Sparks devotes approximately 25% of his time toward the Company's affairs.
Dr. Edward A. Schiller – Director, Senior Geological Consultant, Diamond and Gemstone Programs
Dr. Schiller brings over 30 years experience in mineral exploration, project management, acquisitions, financing, joint
venture negotiations and corporate governance to the Company. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he graduated with a
degree in geology from Michigan State University in 1956, and obtained his Ph.D. in mineralogy at the University of Utah
in 1963. Dr. Schiller was the Resident Geologist of the Northwest Territories Geological Survey of Canada from 1964-1966.
He has lived and worked in Canada, the United States, England, Australia, Brazil, Columbia, and has conducted mineral
exploration projects in several South and Central American, African and South East Asian countries, including Madagascar.
Dr. Schiller has consulted for the United Nations on a gemstone project in Mozambique and a mining project in Greece. He has
visited other countries on mining related projects, including Vietnam, Botswana and diamond mines in Yakutia, Russia and China.
Dr. Schiller is a former director of Dia Met Minerals Ltd., and is best known for supervising the drilling which led to discovery
of the first diamond-bearing kimberlite at Pointe Lake in 1991 (now part of the Ekati Mine production). He has written extensively
on the Lac de Gras diamond discoveries and has presented several papers on this subject at national and international meetings. Dr.
Schiller writes for several Canadian and international magazines on mining and mineral exploration and maintains a consulting practice.
Ardito Martohardjono – Director
Mr. Martohardjono has 15 years of progressive experience in the
mineral exploration industry, focusing on sample preparation prior
to chemical analysis and assay of geological samples as a lab
technician and supervisor with the two leading geochemical
laboratories in Canada and the United States. He has served as Sample Preparation Supervisor for Bondar
Clegg Canada Ltd. In Vancouver and Branch Manager of Bondar Clegg’s
Fairbanks, Alaska laboratory, as well as Prep Client Services
Office Coordinator and Sample Preparation Supervisor for Chemex
Labs Ltd. (now ALS Chemex). Among his many responsibilities was
ensuring compliance with ISO quality control standards.
W. Benjamin Catalano – Director
Mr. Catalano has been a real estate agent with The Sutton Group since 1991. Mr. Catalano devotes
approximately 10% of his time toward the Company's affairs.
Reinhard Ramdohr, Ph.D., is a highly qualified exploration geologist and mining engineer who joins the Company as Head of Exploration and Project Manager for the Yellowjacket Gold Project. With 40 years experience in gold, base metals, iron ore, uranium and gemstone exploration around the world, his experience runs the gamut from grass roots exploration and mapping to sophisticated geophysical and drilling programs, to ore reserve calculation, feasibility studies as well as overseeing formal training and education programs. He has a Mining Engineering degree from Clausthal-Zellerfeld Technical University and a Doctorate in Geology from Heidelberg University and is a frequent lecturer and published technical writer.
Dr. Andy Moore, VP Exploration, Senior diamond geologist specializing in the application of Geochemistry and Geomorphology to Kimberlitic exploration. Over 25 years experience, largely in Africa, having worked on major exploration projects for the highly successful Falconbridge diamond team, which discovered five virgin kimberlite fields in Botswana, and consulted for a wide range of companies including , Rio Tinto, Trans Hex Group and de Beers.
Linda Dandy, P.Geo., Consulting Geologist – Yellowjacket Gold Project, Qualified Person under NI43-101 with 35 years experience in exploration and development in Canada and elsewhere in the world. Provides on-site presence in Atlin, BC. Previously worked for numerous major and junior mining companies and government with extensive experience in geologic modeling, targeting, mapping and development of precious and base metal deposits.
Ian Coster, B.Sc., Geologist – Yellowjacket Gold Project, with 35 years experience in supervising diamond drilling programs and core logging/sampling. Previously worked for numerous major and junior mining companies.
Jill Pardoe, P.Geo., Consulting Geologist – permitting and environmental compliance for Yellowjacket Gold Project. Qualified Person with over 30 years experience in mineral exploration, plus experience as Senior Inspector of Mines, Permitting with the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines.
Clive Aspinall, P.Geo., Consulting Geologist – regional exploration. Qualified Person with over 40 years experience in mineral exploration in the Atlin area and worldwide.
Matt Conley, Mine Manager Yellowjacket Gold Project. Experienced fabricator of mining and drilling equipment with over 5 years of operational experience.