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. Billingsley has worked in the mining industry for the past 45 years. He was employed as a mine geologist for several years for companies includingGranduc Operating Company (an affiliate of Newmont Mining), Hudson Bay Mining & Smelting Co. Ltd., and in surface exploration for Cominco Ltd., Sherritt Gordon, and Hudson Bay Exploration and Development Ltd. In 1983, Mr. Billingsley joined Claude Resources Inc., serving as a director and officer until 1992. With Claude, he was a key part of the team that brought the Seabee Gold Mine (Saskatchewan's largest producing gold mine with over 1 million ounces produced and still producing) into production, and participated in the discovery of diamond- bearing kimberlite in the Sturgeon Lake area of Saskatchewan. In 1993 and 1994, in his role as a consultant to Great Western Minerals, Mr. Billingsley led the team that discovered two diamond- bearing kimberlites, at Candle Lake, Saskatchewan. For fourteen years, until November 2012, Mr. Billingsley served as a director and officer of Great Western Minerals Group Ltd., a TSX-V listed company. During that time, he focused on the rare earth industry and formulated the "mine to market" strategy implemented by Great Western Minerals through the development of its mining project in South Africa along with operating two value-added manufacturing facilities specializing in the production of permanent magnet alloys. He is currently the President, CEO and director of Canadian Platinum Corp., a TSXV-listed company and serves as a director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Wescan Goldfields Inc, another TSXV-listed company."
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.