Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Barry Hildred,
Chief Executive Officer

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.

Michael Welch,
Chief Operating Officer

With more than 30 years of experience, Mr. Welch was previously the Managing Director and President of the Board of Directors for Lundin Mining Corporation’s (“Lundin”) Somincor Operations, which include the Neves-Corvo copper and zinc mine in Portugal. Prior to that, he was responsible for the construction completion and start-up of operations for Lundin’s Eagle Mine in Northern Michigan, U.S.A. Before joining Lundin, Michael was the Vice President of Operations for Xstrata Nickel’s Raglan Operation in Quebec, Canada.

Andrew Boushy,
Senior Vice President, Projects

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,
Director of 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.

Chantae Lessard,
Director, Social Performance and Engagement

Ms. Lessard’s expertise is in emerging social performance developments. She has 20 years of experience in the mining industry, most recently as Manager Corporate Social Responsibility, providing support and technical oversight to Lundin Mining operations in North America, Chile, Spain, Portugal, and Sweden on the relevant aspects of community relations, stakeholder engagement, and social responsibility. She also played a critical role in successful permitting, construction, and operation of Eagle Mine.  Ms. Lessard started her career at Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Utah Copper mine where she spent ten years in various roles from legal, communication, and community relations. Ms. Lessard has an Associate of Arts degree in the Paralegal Field, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, a Master of Professional Communication degree, and a Graduate Diploma in Community Relations. In addition, she completed a program at the University of Arizona on Rebuilding Native Nations.

Jeff Lynott, P.G.,
Director of Exploration

Mr. Lynott is a licensed professional geologist with more than 30 years of experience in mineral exploration, mine development, environmental site investigations and reclamation. He completed his B.S. degree in Geology at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and his M.S. degree in Geology at Michigan Technological University. He has been responsible for design, management and execution of geological investigations ranging from grass-roots mineral exploration to advanced mining projects. Jeff has played an integral role in understanding the geology of the Back Forty Deposit; beginning with the initial drilling effort in 2002 to definition drilling in 2010 and 2011, which led to the development of the current geologic model. In addition, he has conducted a variety of hydrogeological investigations, environmental site investigations and remediation projects including designing and managing a geological and environmental site characterization of a closed iron mine and mill complex.

Mr. Lynott has also worked on several other advanced mine development projects, including the PolyMet Project and the Tamarack Project in in Minnesota, and the Lynne Deposit and the Crandon Deposit in Wisconsin. He is currently the Qualified Person for the Back Forty Project.

David Anderson,
Director of Environment and Regulatory Affairs

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.

Board of Directors

Edward Munden,

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.

Barry Hildred,

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 is also the Chairman of The Children’s Aid Foundation of 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.

Kevin Drover,

Mr. Drover has over 40 years of experience in management, operations, and project development with mining companies developing and producing mining operations located in Canada, the U.S., Latin America, and in other foreign jurisdictions. Mr. Drover has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of Aurcana Corporation, a Canadian silver mining company, since July 2014. From November 2013 to March 2015, Mr. Drover served as Chief Executive Officer and a director of Oracle Mining Corp. (formerly, Gold Hawk Resources Inc.), a Canadian-based mining company that owns the Oracle Ridge copper mine in Arizona and previously owned the Coricancha Mine in central Peru until it sold the asset to Nyrstar in 2009. From June 2006 to June 2011, he served as Chief Operating Officer and then Chief Executive Officer of Oracle Mining Corp. Previously, Mr. Drover served as Chief Operating Officer of Glencairn Gold Corporation, where he was responsible for two gold mining operations in Latin America, and as Vice President of Operations at Kinross Gold Corporation, where he was responsible for six operating mines worldwide.

Jacques Perron,

Mr. Perron has worked in the mining industry for more than 35 years and has extensive technical and operations experience. Mr. Perron was appointed as a director of Aquila Resources Inc. in November 2018. He also serves on the boards of Centerra Gold Inc., Victoria Gold Corp. and TMAC Resources Inc. Most recently Mr. Perron was President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. Prior to joining Thompson Creek in 2013, Mr. Perron was President and Chief Executive Officer of St Andrew Goldfields Ltd. since 2007. Previous senior management positions included Senior Vice President of IAMGOLD Corporation from 2006 to 2007 and Vice President, Canada of Cambior Inc. from 2004 to 2006. From 1984 to 2004, Mr. Perron held a variety of increasingly senior management positions with Cameco Inc., Placer Dome Canada Limited, Breakwater Resources Ltd., Cambior Inc., JS Redpath Ltd. and Noranda Inc. Mr. Perron has also been a director of the Canadian Mineral Industry Education Foundation since 2007. Mr. Perron has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from l’École Polytechnique de Montréal.

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.

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 COO of Belo Sun Mining and has held senior executive positions at various organizations worldwide.

Joseph de la Plante,

Mr. de la Plante is a metals and mining executive with public company experience in all aspects of the mine development cycle. He played a key role in the creation of Osisko Gold Royalties where he led the execution of two major transactions and over $1B in financing transactions in his role as Vice President of Corporate Development. Prior to this, Mr. de la Plante was with Osisko Mining Corporation through the development, operation and subsequent $4.3B sale of the Canadian Malartic mine in 2014.

Prior to his executive roles, Mr. de la Plante advised resource clients in both merger & acquisition advisory and financing at a large Canadian investment bank.

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