Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Guy Le Bel,
President & CEO

Mr. Le Bel brings more than 35 years of experience in business and project development, strategic and financial planning, and permitting in the Americas to Aquila. Most recently, he was CEO and CFO of Golden Queen Mining Ltd. until its acquisition in 2020 by Falco Resources Ltd. Mr. Le Bel was previously Vice President, Evaluations for Capstone Mining Corp. and Vice President, Business Development for Quadra/FNX Mining Ltd. Mr. Le Bel also held business advisory, strategy and planning, business valuation, and financial planning management roles at BHP Billiton Base Metals, Rio Algom Ltd., and Cambior Inc., together with independent consultation mandates across the industry. He provides extensive experience across base and precious metals industries in the Americas. Mr. Le Bel has held board positions in numerous junior exploration and mining companies since 2007 and currently serves on the Board of Pembridge Resources plc. and Kintavar Exploration Inc. Mr. Le Bel holds and MBA Finance from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commericales (Montreal), a Master Applied Sciences, Mining Engineering from the University of British Columbia and a B.Sc. Mining Engineering from Universite Laval. He is a Professional Engineer (O.I.Q.).

Barry Hildred,
Executive Chair

Mr. Hildred is a senior executive and successful entrepreneur with varied business leadership experience. Mr. Hildred was founder of The Equicom Group, a company specializing in strategic financial and investor relations services for Canadian public companies. In 2007, The Equicom Group was acquired by the TMX Group, owner and operator of the Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange. Mr. Hildred also serves on the Board of Directors of the The Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada where he is Past-Chair.

Stephanie Malec,
Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Malec has extensive financial management and reporting experience in the mining sector. She started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, managing audits of public companies. Prior to joining Aquila, she has held increasingly senior financial positions. Ms. Malec previously held the role of Chief Financial Officer at Malbex Resources Inc. and Controller at both Starfield Resources Inc. and Dundee Precious Metals Inc. Ms. Malec is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. She is a graduate of Victoria College at the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Finance.

Andrew Boushy,
Technical Advisor

Mr. Boushy brings more than 25 years of experience in project delivery, engineering design, strategic planning, contract management, construction and operational improvement to his role at Aquila. He has worked domestically and abroad in various project, construction and consulting roles. Most recently, Mr. Boushy was Vice President and General Manager at Ausenco Canada, Mining and Minerals, with regional responsibility for corporate development, project oversight and client relationship. Prior to that he held various project management positions at Xstrata Nickel, Kinross Gold, Hatch Africa and the Nuclear Waste Management Organization. Mr. Boushy has a degree in Applied Science from Queen’s University and is a Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario.

David Carew,
VP, Corporate Development & Investor Relations

Mr. Carew has extensive capital markets and corporate development experience in the mining sector. Mr. Carew began his career in investment banking with a focus on raising capital for mining clients. Before joining Aquila, Mr. Carew was Vice President of Corporate Development & Investor Relations and Corporate Secretary of a development stage mining company. He graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business with an HBA degree.

David Anderson,
General Manager

Mr. Anderson brings 25 years of experience in environmental monitoring, impact assessment, regulatory affairs and permitting, and most recently served as the Director of Environment for Highland Copper’s Copperwood project where he was involved in the project from exploration, through completion of feasibility and permitting.  Mr. Anderson also brings years of legislative and government affairs experience in mining regulation and mining tax reform. He has served on numerous state, tribal and federal committees and worked with regional non-government organizations in shaping conservation policy, protection of water resources and environmental remediation.  Mr. Anderson has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies from Northland College with an emphasis in policy and law.

Bob Mahin,
Director of Exploration

Mr. Mahin is a senior level geologist with thirty years of experience guiding mineral exploration programs. Since 1990, Mr. Mahin has been based in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, progressing from fieldwork to managing multi-million dollar exploration programs in the pursuit of gold and base metals. Mr. Mahin worked at Aquila from 2002-2011 as Senior Exploration Geologist where he led three major drilling campaigns at Back Forty. In 2009, he received his Certified Professional Geologist accreditation from the American Institute of Professional Geologists and is an NI 43-101 Qualified Person in Mineral Resources and exploration programs. He joined the Eagle nickel-copper project in the Upper Peninsula as the Senior Mine/Resource Geologist in 2011 and progressed to Chief Geologist. From 2013 to 2020, Bob was Eagle Mine’s Senior Manager for Exploration and ushered the discovery of a satellite ore deposit near Eagle which is now in production.

Michael Foley,
Director of Environment & Infrastructure

Mr. Foley has 32 years of experience as a Civil Engineer in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and northern Wisconsin. Over the last several years he has served as a Senior Project Manager for Coleman Engineering Company (“Coleman”), where he has been the lead Coleman contact for number of mining, industrial, utility and municipal clients. With Coleman, Mr. Foley has been instrumental in working with the mining consulting team on the Copperwood Mining Project to obtain a variety of regulatory permits for both Orvana Resources and Highland Copper. Prior to being employed by Coleman, Mr. Foley’s worked on seeing numerous projects through to construction completion for local units of government and counties, as well as working as the Operations Manager for a hot mixed asphalt contractor. Mr. Foley has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering (with an Environmental emphasis) from Michigan Technological University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in both Michigan and Wisconsin.

Board of Directors

Barry Hildred,
Executive Chair

Mr. Hildred is a senior executive and successful entrepreneur with varied business leadership experience. Mr. Hildred was founder of The Equicom Group, a company specializing in strategic financial and investor relations services for Canadian public companies. In 2007, The Equicom Group was acquired by the TMX Group, owner and operator of the Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange. Mr. Hildred also serves on the Board of Directors of the The Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada where he is Past-Chair.

Edward Munden,
Lead Director

Mr. Munden has been a Director of Aquila since October 2001. Since 1989, he has been a Director and co-founder of a private investment company with a portfolio of energy, mining and technology software companies. From 2001 to present, Mr. Munden has focused on the development and financing of energy companies and of oil and gas leasing and drilling projects, primarily in Texas. From 1999 to present, Mr. Munden has been a Director of Mustang Minerals Corp., a Toronto-based TSXV-traded mineral exploration company. In 1994, Mr. Munden co-founded a Dallas-based NASDAQ-traded energy company engaged in the exploration, development and acquisition of oil and natural gas properties, and held senior level positions including Director, Chairman, President and CEO until it was sold in December 2001. Mr. Munden has held various positions in public and private energy, mining and technology companies for more than 35 years. He is a professional geological engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.

Andrew W. Dunn,

Mr. Dunn is the Managing Partner of Canadian Shield Capital, a private equity investment and advisory firm focused on building great Canadian businesses with strong management teams. Mr. Dunn spent 27 years at Deloitte, most recently serving as Vice Chair of Deloitte Canada and Chair of its Client Cabinet, responsible for the firm’s largest client and government relationships. He played numerous roles on the firm’s Canadian and global executive teams, including Managing Partner of Tax in Canada. In 2012, Mr. Dunn co-founded Altas Partners (“Altas”), serving initially as Chief Operating Officer and Co-Managing Partner.   Mr. Dunn serves on the boards of the McMichael Canadian Collection (where he is Chair of Planning and Development), the Children’s Aid Foundation (where he is Treasurer and Chair of the Audit Committee) and the Upper Canada College Foundation (where he is Chair of the Audit Committee). He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCPA, FCA) and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Accounting from the University of Waterloo.

Ian Pritchard,

Mr. Pritchard has over 30 years of experience in project and operations management in the mining industry both in North America as well as internationally. Mr. Pritchard’s mining experience includes the management of pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, engineering, procurement and construction management projects. He is currently COO of Belo Sun Mining and SVP Technical Services at Troilus Gold.

Pamela Saxton,

Ms. Saxton is a business executive with over 35 years of experience in domestic and international public company finance roles, primarily in mining, software and oil and gas. Ms. Saxton served on the board of Pershing Gold Corporation from November 2017 until it was acquired in April 2019. Ms. Saxton has held senior executive finance positions at several mining and oil and gas companies, most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. from August 2008 to October 2016. Prior to 2008, Ms. Saxton was Vice President Finance—U.S. Operations of Franco-Nevada Corporation, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of New West Gold Corporation, Vice President and Controller of Amax Gold Inc. and Assistant Controller of Cyprus Amax Minerals Inc. Ms. Saxton also was the Vice President and Controller-Payments Division of Western Union/First Data Corporation and served as Vice President of Finance, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer for J.D. Edwards & Company. Ms. Saxton began her career with Arthur Andersen & Company after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Colorado. Since September 1987, she has served as a Trustee and since January 2017 serves as Vice President for the Viola Vestal Coulter Foundation, which provides scholarships to various colleges and universities, with a focus on mining. She is also the Past Chair of the Board for the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, a state chamber of commerce.

Paul Johnson,

Mr. Johnson is a mining engineer with close to 40 years of experience in the mining industry. He joined Osisko Gold Royalties in August 2017 as Open Pit Project Evaluation Manager until his retirement in January 2020. Before joining Osisko, Paul worked for Hewitt Equipment, Mining Division as Senior Manager Strategic Development. He also worked for BlackRock Metals on their Iron Ore/Vanadium project as VP Mine Development. He joined the Osisko Mining Corporation team as Manager Mining and General Manager of Technical Services. He was part of the initial development team for their Canadian Malartic project. Previously, he occupied the Mine Engineering Manager position for Iamgold following the acquisition of Cambior where he held several positions for sixteen years all related to Open Pit mine operation. He actively participated in the development of Rosebel Gold Mines as Mine Manager from feasibility study to construction and operation. Paul began his career in the Quebec North shore area working for Quebec Cartier Mining and Quebec Iron and Titanium. He holds a Bachelor of Mining Engineering from Laval University, Quebec.

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