Stephanie Killam, Chair of the Board

Stephanie Killam has lived in Mackenzie since 1972. She and her husband Donald have raised their two children in the community. Stephanie was the senior secretary at Mackenzie Secondary School from 1979 to her retirement in 2006.

Stephanie is committed to the community and the region, promoting initiatives which improve economic, health and educational opportunities. She is well-versed in environmental issues and the balance that is required between those concerns and the economic development and diversification of the community's future.

The depth of her involvement in the community, region and province is exemplified by the many Boards and Associations of which she has been or is currently a member. Politically, she has been a municipal councillor for nine years and has served as Mayor of Mackenzie since being elected in 2005.

Jeff Christian

Jeff Christian, Partner at the firm Lawson Lundell LLP, practicing exclusively in the energy and natural resource sectors. He represents clients before regulatory tribunals such as the BC Oil and Gas Commission, National Energy Board, and Alberta Utilities Commission. He also advises clients in regard to regulatory and legislative reform initiatives, and in regard to cross-border energy and natural resource development and litigation. He is recognized for his expertise in those sectors by Chambers Global, Lexpert, and Martindale-Hubbell, among others. He is called to the bar in BC, Alberta and Northwest Territories, and has a background in geotechnical engineering and earth sciences.

Gavin C. Dirom, President & CEO, and Director

Gavin C. Dirom has over 25 years of experience in the Canadian mineral exploration and mining industry, with a focus on government and stakeholder relations, industry advocacy, not-for-profit association management and governance, public policy development, corporate affairs and project permitting, safety, environmental management and sustainability.

As President and CEO of the Association for Mineral Exploration (AME) from 2008 to 2017, Gavin managed a number of professional staff and volunteer-based committees, provided executive leadership to AME's Board of Directors and represented over 400 corporate and 4,000 individual members with interests in mineral exploration and development. Gavin led AME through some challenging times and was honoured with the Gold Pick award from the Kamloops Exploration Group in April 2017.

Before AME, Gavin held the role of Vice President, Environment, Health and Safety at the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC). On behalf of MABC members, his work focus was on project permitting, health & safety, environmental management and sustainable development, including supporting the successful effort to build major infrastructure in B.C. such as the Northwest Transmission Line. Prior to MABC, Gavin served as Senior Policy Advisor with Natural Resources Canada on permitting, environmental assessment and federal regulatory process issues facing mineral exploration and mining projects in western Canada, such as Galore Creek, Red Chris and Kemess.

Gavin holds a M.Sc. degree in Environmental Management from Royal Roads University, a B.Sc. in Physical Geography and Environmental Science from the University of Victoria and he is also a registered Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) in the Province of British Columbia. His M.Sc. thesis and hydrogeology-related research of the Lynx underground mine on Vancouver Island was undertaken with the Geological Survey of Canada. For this work, he was awarded the Jake McDonald Memorial Scholarship by the BC Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation.

Mike Gatens

Mike Gatens founded Unconventional Gas Resources Canada in 2007. Mr. Gatens previously founded MGV Energy in 1997, which became wholly owned Canadian subsidiary of Quicksilver Resources in 2000. From 1982 to 1997, Mr. Gatens was with the consulting firm, S.A. Holditch & Associates, Inc. in College Station, TX & Pittsburgh, PA, leaving as VP Eastern Division and Director. From 1980 to 1982 he was with Bass Enterprises Production Co. of Ft. Worth. Mr. Gatens received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Doug Konkin

A professional forester, and graduate of University of Alberta (BSc Forestry) with 34 years in forest/land management and environmental leadership, Mr. Konkin is an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia in the Faculty of Forestry, a Provincial Chief Negotiator regarding aboriginal economic agreements, and part-time community forester in his home municipality of Whistler, BC. In his role as a Deputy Minister with the BC provincial government from 2003-2013, he led forest, land and environmental public sector agencies --- driven by the goal to improve resource management through building engagement, teamwork, efficiency and collaboration with all stakeholders. Mr. Konkin received the Lieutenant Governor's Medal of Excellence in Public Administration (2013) for designing and implementing an integrated and durable approach to resource management.

John Milne, Treasurer

John Milne, CPA, CA, is an audit partner at KPMG LLP. Originally from Vancouver, John attended the University of British Columbia and obtained his chartered accountant designation in 2000. He is a member of KPMG's Energy and Natural Resources practice providing audit and audit-related services to a variety of clients, comprising mainly companies in the mining industry, junior oil and gas companies, and large forestry clients. John has extensive experience with public companies operating in the resource sector and has worked at various client operations throughout BC as well as internationally. He assists companies with the accounting for complex organizational structures, financing arrangements, joint arrangements and business acquisitions, and with their Canadian and US securities filings. Since 2011, John has also acted as a mentor to UBC Sauder School of Business MBA students.

Nalaine Morin

Nalaine Morin, Principal at ArrowBlade Consulting Services, is nationally recognized for her work in environmental assessment. She has led and managed the environmental review of several large resource development projects on behalf of First Nations. Her deep technical background in both mining and environmental assessment processes combined with being of Tahltan descent has enabled her to understand and to identify methods for the connection and support of both First Nation traditional knowledge and western science together in a way that bridges cultural understanding on both sides. Nalaine provides services in technical review, regulatory support, negotiations, community consultation and environmental resource management.

Nalaine has gained a national reputation for effectively managing complicated resource project issues in a cross cultural setting. Many of the innovative processes she has helped develop have been subsequently adopted for use at the Provincial level. Nalaine works with First Nations across Canada on projects as varied as mining, pipelines and highway infrastructure. In 2009, Nalaine's expertise was recognized by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency when she was selected as a panel member for the review of a major mining project in BC.

Nalaine holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of British Columbia and a Mechanical Engineering Technology Diploma from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She has recently acquired certification as an Environmental Professional, certified by the Canadian Environmental Certification Approvals Board. Nalaine currently resides in Leduc, Alberta.

Christine Ogryzlo

Christine Ogryzlo taps into her experience as a communicator to help bridge the gap between the minerals industry and the communities near which they operate. Christine has decades of experience as a journalist, business researcher and communications manager.

She was a producer with CBC radio for 12 years. In 1994 she established her own business research and communications company. Over the next 10 years, she chaired two committees of the Vancouver Board of Trade and served on its board of directors in 2001 and 2002. In 2004 she was on the founding committee for the Northwest Community College School of Exploration & Mining in Smithers and sits on its advisory committee. Christine is President and Communications Manager for Smithers Exploration Group, which represents the minerals industry in northern BC.

Christine is a previous director with the Association for Mineral Exploration (AME) and has served on several AME committees, including Communications and Aboriginal Relations.

Donna Phillips, Vice Chair

Donna Phillips has thirty years of professional experience in business with particular focus in the areas of finance, corporate planning, land negotiations, business development, government relations, stakeholder/community relations and Indigenous negotiations in the energy industry.

Ms. Phillips is the Executive Vice President, Corporate Development of Canbriam Energy Inc. a company with an organic growth story now producing >30,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

Prior to joining Canbriam in 2007, Donna held the position of Director and Vice President, Land at Direct Energy/Centrica Canada Ltd. She began her oil and gas career in Finance at SaskOil, following which she worked in Corporate Planning, Asset Management and Land at Wascana Energy/CanOxy (now Nexen).

Donna is actively engaged as a member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers British Columbia Executive Policy Group.She is an active member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen and is currently President of the Petroleum Acquisition and Divestiture Association where she has been a board member since 2006.

Ms. Phillips holds a Bachelor of Administration from the University of Regina and a CPA CMA certification.

Robert Quartermain

Over his 40-year career in geology, exploration and development, working in 18 countries, Dr. Quartermain established a solid track record in building shareholder value in the field of precious metals exploration and development. He was the president of Silver Standard Resources for 25 years building it from a fledgling exploration to an operating mining company with a market capitalization of over $2 billion.

After leaving Silver Standard, Quartermain launched Pretium Resources Inc. with one of Canada's largest IPOs in 2010 and is currently Executive Chairman. Pretivm owns the low cost high grade gold mine in Northern British Columbia.

Dr. Quartermain holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of New Brunswick, a Master of Science degree in mineral exploration from Queen's University and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of New Brunswick in May 2009.

Recognizing the importance of education and recruitment in the field of geology, Robert Quartermain supports his alma mater, the University of New Brunswick (UNB), through philanthropic initiatives for the Quartermain Center for Earth Sciences, the Quartermain Sports Medicine Centre, and annual Robert Quartermain Geology Scholarships.

Dr. Quartermain is a past president of the World Silver Institute, recipient of the AMEBC Murray Pezim Award for Perseverance in Mineral Exploration and the CIMM VALE Medal for Distinguished Service to the Canadian Mineral Industry.

Carlos Salas
Executive Vice President & Chief Scientific Officer, and Director

Carlos Salas is a professional geologist, with over thirty years of wide-ranging energy sector experience including; senior positions and directorships in public and private companies.

Initially schooled as a geologist specializing in ancient rivers, he began his professional career with a major oil & gas company, then as an explorationist in several 'start-ups' where he honed his entrepreneurial and business skills. He then went on to work at a medium-sized consultancy where he managed a large group of professionals.

In his current role of Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at Geoscience BC he provides, technical leadership to initiatives promoting informed resource management decision-making through earth science.

Alan Winter

Dr. Winter has wide experience at senior levels in the technology sector and in government, including such roles as the President and CEO of Genome BC for 15 years, the founding President and CEO of the New Media Innovation Centre in Vancouver, the President of the ComDev Space Group in Ontario, and the President and CEO of MPR Teltech Ltd. in Vancouver. During his tenure as CEO, six companies were spun out of MPR, including PMC-Sierra and Sierra Wireless. Prior to MPR, Dr. Winter worked for Telesat Canada and the federal Communications Research Centre in Ottawa, where he was responsible for the satellite-aided search and rescue project (Sarsat). The international Cospas/Sarsat system continues to be instrumental in saving many lives.

Alan Winter is currently the Innovation Commissioner for the Province of British Columbia. He is also a director of Geoscience BC, Ontario Genomics, Oceans Network Canada, and the Victoria Hospitals Foundation. Dr Winter has been director of over 30 organizations across Canada. In 2007, he received a Leadership Award from LifeSciences BC. On the federal side, he was Chair of the Communications Research Centre, Deputy Chair of the Council of Science and Technology Advisors (CSTA), and a member of the Expert Panel on Research Performance and Science Funding, Council of Canadian Academies.

Dr. Winter is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is a Fellow of the Canadian Astronautics and Space Institute and was a recipient of their inaugural Alouette Award. Dr. Winter received his Ph.D. from Queen's University, Kingston and was recognized by the Queen's alumni Legacy of Achievement.


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