Management & Directors

Ronald Allan Coombes

Ronald Allan Coombes

President & CEO & Director

Ron has been involved in management of public companies and mineral exploration for over 20 years and has raised significant funding in North America and internationally for various projects, including the Storie molybdenum deposit near Cassiar in northern British Columbia. Mr. Coombes has been responsible for the acquisition, exploration and development of several potentially significant VMS copper targets at the Marshall Lake and Norton Lake properties located in Ontario, Canada, and as well on numerous other exploration properties in Canada, USA and Mexico working closely with all levels of management and personnel. He is currently a director of Lincoln Mining Corp. which is developing the Ora Cruz and Pine Grove Gold bearing properties in California and Nevada.

Rodger Young

Rodger Young

Chairman, Vice President, Director

Mr. Young has extensive international financial experience.

Mr. Young has many years of experience in the Natural resources sector including past President of a Natural resource fund, based in Toronto with NAV in excess of C$4.6 billion. Founder and Director of a major Finance House based in London and specializing in principle business of raising investment finance and development thereof within the Natural Resources sector generally. Director of various other multiple entities in unrelated businesses activities. Attributes include good corporate governance , administration thereof and raising of investment finance generally.

Brian Ray, MSc, P.Geo

Brian Ray, MSc, P.Geo

Head of Exploration, Director

Mr. Ray has over 38 years of exploration experience in North and South America, as well as in Europe. These include over 20 years as a consulting geologist working with a variety of clients and focusing on field exploration work. He also played a key role in the discovery and the advancement of several deposits including Hope Bay (12.3 million ounces) gold deposit in the Nunavut, Canada, and the Toruparu gold deposit in Western Guyana where he was responsible for preparing the first mineral resource.

Scott C. Davis

Scott C. Davis


Scott is principle of Cross Davis & Company LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Scott is a CPA, CGA and been involved for over ten years in full service accounting and management services for private and publicly-listed mining companies including CFO services, quarterly & year-end financial statements, management discussion & analysis, corporate secretary services and full cycle bookkeeping.

Lee Groat

Lee Groat



Professor Groat, grew up in Kingston, where Lake Ontario meets the Canadian Shield. Graduated from Queen's University with a B.Sc. (Honors, Geology) in 1982. From there he attended the University of Manitoba, graduating with a Ph.D. degree in 1988. In 1988-89 Was a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at Cambridge University. Landing at UBC in July 1989 and in 1999 was awarded the Young Scientist Medal of the Mineralogical Association of Canada. Throughout the 1990's Professor Groat was at various times an Associate Editor for both The Canadian Mineralogist and The American Mineralogist, and from 2001 to 2006 was Editor of The American Mineralogist. In 2002 he was awarded a Killam Prize for Excellence in Teaching. In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America. In 2009 the new mineral groatite, NaCaMn2+2(PO4)[PO3(OH)]2, was named in Professor Groats' honor. Professor Groat is a Past-President of the Mineralogical Association of Canada, and former Co-Editor (2012) and present Editor (2013-present) of The Canadian Mineralogist. In 2019 he was awarded the Leonard G. Berry Medal for distinguished service to the Mineralogical Association of Canada. Is Director of the Integrated Sciences program at UBC (see COURSES). Since 2002 Professor Groat has been an Independent Director of Strategic Metals Ltd. (V.SMD), and since 2016 I have been an Independent Director of Terra CO2 Technologies Ltd., a private company.

Dr. Allen Alper

Dr. Allen Alper


Dr. Alper received a PhD in Economic Geology and Petrology from Columbia University in New York City. He has over 40 years of experience in the mining industry. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.

Dr. Alper is the Founder, Editor-In-Chief and CEO of Metals News. He is the Founder and President of Alper Consulting. He has and continues to facilitate mergers, acquisitions, offtakes and funding for mining companies. He was a Director of Largo Resources, one of the largest producing vanadium miners in the world. He was Vice President and General Manager of OSRAM Sylvania and directed their tungsten powder and tungsten carbide businesses, the largest in the western world. He also directed its global molybdenum, rare earths, cobalt, & tantalum businesses.

In addition, he was President of Walmet Corporation, for Sylvania, in Detroit, Michigan. Previously, he was at Corning Glass Works, Corning, New York, as a Research Manager and a Senior Research Fellow of Ceramics. Dr. Alper has edited 11 books on high temperature materials and phase diagrams of metals and oxides. He served on Penn State's Materials Advisory Board. Dr. Alper was a member of the Pennsylvania Business Round Table. He holds 33 patents.

Tom Kennedy

Tom Kennedy


Mr. Kennedy, B.Comm., J.D., is a graduate of the University of British Columbia. After an initial career with the Federal Department of Justice, Mr. Kennedy has primarily focused as a legal, financial and business consultant to publicly traded companies. Mr. Kennedy is currently a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Canadian Bar Association, the British Columbia Bar Association, and an Associate member of the American Bar Association. Mr. Kennedy is a Director and/or Officer of several TSX-V and CSE publicly traded companies.

Richard Ellers

Richard Ellers


Mr. Ellers is a well-known attorney licensed by the State of California since 1971 and is authorized to appear in all of the Federalthe E and State courts in California and Nevada. He has a BA degree from the University of Oregon and a JD Degree from the University of California, Hasting College of the Law. During his lengthy law career he has specialized in land use planning and compliance with both Federal and State environmental laws. For 45 years his offices have been located in Nevada City, California, the heart of the California gold rush, which has given him a deep understanding of the remarkable history of the Mother lode gold mines. Much of his practice has been devoted to gold mining transactions and litigation.

He is an expert in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQUA), The Federal Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and the Federal Superfund Clean Up Act (CERCLA)having successfully filed and tried several mining cleanup cases in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.

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