Management Team & Advisors


Ronald Allan Coombes

President & CEO & Director

Mr. Coombes 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 Pine Grove Gold bearing properties in California and Nevada.



Rodger Young

Chairman & Vice President & Director

Mr. Young has extensive expertise international financing and decades 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.



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.



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.



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.



Kevin Nishi

CA, Director

Mr. Nishi is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University. He has held several director positions with exploration stage mining companies. Mr. Nishi is a partner with Smythe LLP working with several public companies listed on the TSX and TSX Venture exchanges in Canada and in the United States.



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 Federal 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.



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.



Mark Payne


Mark Payne is a registered geologist in the State of California and is an expert in the Motherlode Belt with over 40 years experience. Mr. Payne is an expert in structurally controlled lode gold mineralization, with extensive experience in active underground gold mining, Greenfields Exploration and Grownfields Exploration. He has worked on over 50 distinct lode gold projects along the Mother-Lode Belt.