Management Biographies

Ian Klassen

President and Director

Mr. Klassen adds almost twenty years experience in business management, public relations, government affairs and entrepreneurialism to the Company. He has extensive experience in the administration of public companies, government policy, media relationship strategies, business/government project management and legislative decision-making. 

Mr. Klassen is an (Honours) B.A. graduate from the University of Western Ontario and is a recipient of the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada in recognition of his significant contribution to his community and country.

Alistair MacLennan


Mr. MacLennan has been working in the junior resources sector (oil/gas/minerals), in various capacities, for over thirty years. He has gained industry knowledge through founding, investment in and serving on the Boards of a number of public and private exploration companies. Mr. MacLennan is also the Chairman and director of Helijet International Inc., a helicopter airline operating a fleet of Sikorsky S76 helicopters throughout the Pacific Northwest since 1986. Mr. MacLennan is actively involved in a number of private companies which are involved in leasing, manufacturing and natural gas production.

Michele Pillon

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Pillon has 25 years of experience in the junior mining exploration sector, providing accounting and regulatory assistance to public companies. Since May 1988, she has worked as an accountant to public companies in the resource sector.

Carl Hale

B.Sc., R.P.G, Q.P. Director of Exploration

Mr. Hale received his Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of Washington in 1972. He has worked the majority of his career on mineral exploration projects in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest for various mining companies and consulting groups. He supervised massive sulfide exploration projects in the Brooks Range, Alaska, mineral reconnaissance programs in the Alaska Range and Southeast Alaska, and is presently the project manager on a gold exploration venture in the United States. Mr. Hale spent several years as a mine geologist at the Cannon Mine, a large gold mine in Wenatchee, Washington, as a geologist at the Sunshine silver mine in Idaho, managed a copper exploration project at Bornite, Alaska for three years for Kennecott and served as a geologist on a gold exploration project in Myanmar.

Ronald Handford, P.Eng., MBA, BASc


Mr. Handford is a Professional Engineer (Non-Practicing) and is President of Handford Management Inc., a private management services company. He has been a senior executive of Sixty North Gold Mining Ltd. since September 2016. He was formerly the Executive Vice President, Corporate Development for Yellowhead Mining Inc. Mr. Handford holds a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Western Ontario (1979) and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia (1974). He has over 20 years of international experience as a mining and technology entrepreneur, executive, and advisor, plus 15 years as an international mining project finance and corporate banker, including Barclays Bank and the International Finance Corporation; and six years as an engineer/project manager related to mining and resource projects.

Douglas A. Perkins, B.Sc., FGAC.


Mr. Perkins is a geology graduate from the University of British Columbia. Mr. Perkins has served on public company boards for over 25 years involving the promotion and representation of their geological properties. He has been involved in several start-ups of both public and private companies not only geological but including manufacturing, wholesale and developmental industries. From an exploration standpoint, Mr. Perkins has worked on the Gataga Trend for Cyprus Anvil where several multi million ton deposits were discovered. He also worked for UTAH, UMEX, Cominco and oversaw Freeport/ Stryker's exploration project in northern B. C. near the Windy Craggy deposit. Mr. Perkins has tropical experience in 1988 - 89 in the jungle of the Darien Gap in Panama. For the last two years he has been Sr. V.P. and Director of GMV Minerals Inc. in Guyana South America.

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