Our Team

This group of highly disciplined and creative gold mining professionals has demonstrated an uncommon ability to make big discoveries in places overlooked or abandoned by others – and to leverage these elusive ‘sweet spots’ on the mining continuum into uncommon value creation and returns for shareholders. It’s in their DNA. Today, the leadership group is fully committed and vested. Because it’s not what you say. It’s what you do.

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Mark O'Dea, Ph.D., P.Geo.

Dr. O’Dea is a mining industry entrepreneur. A seasoned geologist and deal maker, Dr. O’Dea has built and financed international mining companies from Canada to Africa, taking them from exploration and discovery to development and operations. His companies are built on a common foundation: high-quality, long-life projects with lasting economic opportunities, community benefits and environmental protection.

Most recently, Dr. O’Dea co-founded and served as executive chairman of True Gold Mining. After building the Karma Heap Leach Gold Mine in Burkina Faso, West Africa, True Gold was sold to Endeavour Mining in 2016. As co-founder and CEO of Fronteer Gold, Dr. O’Dea grew the company from startup to its 2011 sale to Newmont Mining Corp., a deal that included the spin-out of Liberty Gold.

He also co-founded and served as Chairman of True North Nickel and CEO of Aurora Energy, sold to RNC Minerals and Paladin Energy in 2014 and 2011, respectively. Founder of Oxygen Capital Corp., Dr. O’Dea is currently chairman of Liberty Gold, director of Pure Gold Mining, Discovery Metals, and Sun Metals. His many honours include EY’s Entrepreneur of the YearTM for 2014 in the Pacific mining and metals category, the Globe and Mail’s Top 40 Under 40, and the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia’s Murray Pezim Award for perseverance and success in financing mineral exploration.

Jason Attew, B.Sc. (Hons), MBA
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mr Attew is a mining industry veteran who has dedicated over 25 years to the mining sector. Most recently he was the President and CEO of Gold Standard Ventures until its acquisition by Orla Mining in August 2022. Previously he served as the Chief Financial Officer at Goldcorp Inc. where, in addition to leading the finance and investor relations operations, he was responsible for Goldcorp’s corporate development and strategy culminating in the US$32 billion merger with Newmont Mining.

Mr Attew has extensive capital markets experience from his time in investment banking with the BMO Global Metals and Mining Group where he was at the forefront of structuring and raising significant growth capital as well as advising on both formative and transformational mergers and acquisitions for corporations that have become industry leaders over the past two decades and is also on the board of Evolution Mining.

Mr Attew obtained a Bachelor of Science (Hon) from the University of British Columbia as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University.

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Rob Pease

Mr. Pease was previously president and CEO of Sabina Gold and Silver, a publicly traded exploration stage mining company focused on the development of the Back River gold project in Nunavut, Canada. Mr. Pease was also a Strategic Advisor and Director of Richfield Ventures until its acquisition by New Gold in 2011. Mr. Pease was president and CEO of Terrane Metals Corp. since its inception in 2006 until its acquisition in 2010 by Thompson Creek Metals Company.

He was also employed by the Placer Dome group for 25 years until 2006. From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Pease was the General Manager, Canada Exploration and Global Major Projects, where he was responsible for managing all aspects of Placer Dome’s Canadian exploration, and overseeing the geological aspects of world-wide advanced stage, major exploration and development projects.

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Cal Everett, B.Sc.

Mr. Everett is a geologist with more than 14 years of surface and underground exploration experience with senior mining companies. He moved to the financial sector in 1990, and spent 12 years with BMO Nesbitt Burns focused on resource equities, and seven years with PI Financial Corp. in senior resource institutional sales and capital markets.

From 2008 to 2015, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Axemen Resource Capital. Mr. Everett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economic Geology from the University of New Brunswick.

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Sean Tetzlaff, CPA, CA, B.Comm.

Mr. Tetzlaff served as Chief Financial Officer, Vice-President Finance and Corporate Secretary of Fronteer Gold from 2005 to 2011. During this time, he had oversight of financial, legal and contractual matters for all of Fronteer Gold operations and international subsidiaries, and was responsible for the successful execution of numerous equity investments, asset divestitures and M&A transactions.

Mr. Tetzlaff also served as CFO of Aurora Energy Resources Inc. from 2006 to 2008, helping the company grow from initial public offering through to the advancement of one of the world’s largest undeveloped uranium deposits. Mr. Tetzlaff previously served as a Senior Manager, Tax at KPMG LLP from 1999 to 2004 and was CFO of Valerie Gold Resources Ltd. and Emgold Mining Corporation from 1996 to 1999.

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Barbara Womersley, B.Comm., CPHR, ICD.D 

Ms. Womersley is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources and brings over 20 years of experience in a variety of industries with a focus on the mining industry, including previous senior roles at Barrick Gold Corp, Lundin Mining Corp and Yukon Zinc Corp.

Ms. Womersley runs a human resources consultancy, leading projects such as leadership coaching and advising, compensation system review and implementation, recruitment for senior roles, HR policy and project management plan development, and performance management system development and implementation.

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Greg Etter, B.S. Geology, J.D.,

Mr. Etter has broad, extensive experience in the natural resources sector, including more than two decades of successfully managing diverse portfolios as a senior executive at multiple international mining companies. Mr. Etter has been responsible for government relations, legal, security, land, environment, public relations, and community affairs.

He joined Kinross Gold Corporation (TSX, NYSE) in 2007 and served in a number of roles, including Senior Vice-President, Global Government Relations, Security and Lands, prior to his retirement in 2020. He has wide-ranging experience on five continents, including significant accomplishments relating to development projects.

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Lisa Wade, B.S., M.Sc.,

Ms. Wade is an environmental engineer with over 25 years of experience in the mining industry. Ms. Wade has held environmental engineering, community relations, permitting, managerial and executive positions with a number of mining companies. From 2005 to 2019, Ms. Wade held increasingly senior positions at Goldcorp Inc., in Central America and then as Vice President, Environmental, Reclamation and Closure. Earlier in her career, Ms. Wade was with Newmont managing environmental and social matters in northern Nevada, California and at the Yanacocha Mine in Peru. Ms. Wade holds both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Montana Tech in Butte, Montana. Ms. Wade received the Alumni Recognition Award in 2014 from Montana Tech in recognition of her professional accomplishments.