President and CEO, Director
Mr. Burns is the President and founding partner of two private geological consulting firms and is also a Director of Canadian International Minerals Inc. Mr. Burns has over 9 years of exploration management experience. In that time, he has been central to structuring and completing multiple property acquisition deals between both private and public companies.
In March of 2006, Mr. Engdahl became the president, chief executive officer and a director of Great Western Minerals Group (GWMG). During Mr. Engdahl's seven years as chief executive officer of GWMG, the company acquired key assets which positioned GWMG to become one of the first fully integrated rare earth companies in the world and raised over $150-million for GWMG's growth. Mr. Engdahl resigned as president and chief executive officer of GWMG in September, 2012, and as a director in November, 2012.
Prior to GWMG Mr. Engdahl was the managing partner of Cascadia Development Corp., a corporate finance, M&A (mergers and acquisitions), and consulting group that was acquired by a major Western Canadian accounting firm where Mr. Engdahl became the managing senior partner for its corporate finance group for Saskatchewan, then later became the managing partner for Alberta. During this time he was involved in many transactions totaling in the hundreds of millions. Mr. Engdahl worked in the Canadian banking system with Bank of Montreal and as vice-president of Barclays Bank of Canada. Mr. Engdahl also previously held positions as director of Claude Resources and president, chief executive officer and director of Shore Gold, and presently sits on the board of Formation Metals Inc. and is the Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Mr. McKnight served Canada as a Member of Parliament for fourteen years, nine of those as a senior member of cabinet. During those nine years, Mr.McKnight held seven portfolios, including Labour, Canada Mortgage and Housing, Indian Affairs and Northern Development, National Defense, Agriculture and Energy, Mines and Resources (1984 until resigning in 1993). As a successful private businessman, Senior Minister and member of the Inner Cabinet, Mr. McKnight developed a unique strategic planning ability that is so important in today's global business environment. He is Chairman of McKnight & Associates; former director of several public companies including Cline Mining Corporation and Great Western Minerals Group Ltd.; Treaty Commissioner for Saskatchewan; and an Honorary Chief, Muskeg Lake Cree Nation.