Jordan Trimble, B.Sc., CFA
Director, President and CEO
Jordan Trimble is the President and Chief Executive Officer as well as a Director of Skyharbour Resources Ltd. By background, he is an entrepreneur and has worked in the resource industry in various roles with numerous companies specializing in management, corporate finance and strategy, shareholder communications, deal structuring and capital raising. Previous to Skyharbour, he was the Corporate Development Manager for Bayfield Ventures, a gold company with projects in Ontario which was successfully acquired by New Gold (TSX: NGD) in 2014. Bayfield made a high grade gold and silver discovery at its Burns Block property in the Rainy River district which is now a part of the producing Rainy River Mine.
Through his career Mr. Trimble has founded and helped manage several public and private companies and has been instrumental in raising substantial amounts of capital for mining companies with his extensive network of institutional and retail investors. He is a frequent speaker at resource and mining conferences globally and has appeared on various media outlets including BNN and the Financial Post. Mr. Trimble holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Minor in Commerce from the University of British Columbia and he is a CFA® Charterholder currently serving as a Director of the CFA Society Vancouver.
James G. Pettit
Director, Chairman of the Board
Jim Pettit is the Chairman of the Board of Skyharbour Resources Ltd. Mr. Pettit is currently serving as a Director on the Boards of several public resource companies and offers over 30 years experience within the industry specializing in finance, corporate governance, management, and compliance. He specializes in the early stage development of private, as well as public companies. His background over the past 30 years has been focused primarily within the resource sector and he was previously Chairman and CEO of Bayfield Ventures Corp. which was sold to New Gold in 2014.
Richard Kusmirski, P.Geo, M.Sc.
Director, Head Technical Advisor, and Qualified Person
Rick Kusmirski, P.Geo, M.Sc., Head of Advisory Board, has over 40 years of exploration experience in North America and overseas, and has actively participated in the discovery of a number of uranium, gold and base metal deposits. For several years, in his capacity as Exploration Manager, he directed Cameco Corporation's (TSX: CCO) uranium exploration projects in the Athabasca Basin. In 1999, Rick joined JNR Resources becoming Vice President of Exploration in 2000. Subsequently, he directed the exploration program that led to the discovery of the Maverick Zone on the Moore Lake uranium joint venture in the Athabasca Basin in Saskatchewan with partner Kennecott Canada. Rick became JNR's President and CEO in January of 2001. In February of 2013, Denison Mines Corp. (TSX: DML) successfully acquired all of the outstanding shares of JNR by way of a friendly all-share take-over bid.
David Cates, CPA, MAcc
David Cates, CPA, MAcc, is a Director of Skyharbour. He is the President and CEO of Denison Mines (TSX: DML) and Uranium Participation Corp (TSX: U). Prior to being appointed the President and CEO position Mr. Cates served as Denison's Vice President Finance, Tax and Chief Financial Officer. As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Cates played a key role in the Company's mergers and acquisitions activities - leading the acquisition of Rockgate Capital Corp. and International Enexco Ltd. Mr. Cates joined Denison in 2008 and held the position of Director, Taxation prior to his appointment as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Cates held positions at Kinross Gold Corp. and PwC LLP with a focus on the resource industry.
Paul Matysek, M.Sc., P.Geo
Paul Matysek is a Strategic Advisor for Skyharbour and is a mining entrepreneur, professional geochemist and geologist with over 35 years of experience in the mining industry. He was the Founder, President and CEO of Energy Metals Corporation ("EMC"), a premier uranium company that traded on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges. Mr. Matysek led EMC as one of the fastest growing Canadian companies in recent years, increasing its market capitalization from $10 million in 2004 to approximately $1.8 billion when it was acquired by a larger uranium producer, Uranium One Inc., in 2007. In December of 2017, Mr. Matysek was involved of the sale of Lithium X Energy corp. for $265M to NextView New Enenergy. Mr. Matysek was the President and CEO of Goldrock Mines Corp. which on June 7th, 2016 announced it had entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Fortuna Silver Mines (NYSE:FSM) (TSX:FVI) for $129 million on a fully-diluted in-the-money basis. Previously, Mr. Matysek was the President and CEO of Lithium One Inc., which developed a high quality lithium project in northern Argentina. In July 2012, Lithium One and Galaxy Resources merged with a $112 million plan to create a fully integrated lithium company. Prior to Lithium One, Mr. Matysek was the President and CEO of Potash One Inc. where he was the architect of the $434 million friendly takeover of Potash One by K+S Ag, which closed in early 2011.
Dave Billard, P.Geo.
Dave Billard is a geologist with over 35 years of exploration and development experience, searching for uranium, gold and base metals in western Canada and the western US.. He is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan (1984) and Professional Geoscientist registered in Saskatchewan. He was Chief Operating Officer, Vice President Exploration and Director for JNR Resources Inc, prior to their acquisition by Denison Mines in 2013. Dave was instrumental in the discovery of JNR’s Maverick and Fraser Lakes B zones and, earlier in his career, participated in the discovery and development of several significant gold deposits in northern Saskatchewan. Before joining JNR Dave was a geological consultant specializing in uranium exploration in the Athabasca Basin of Saskatchewan and prior to that, was employed by Cameco Corporation for over 12 years. Mr. Billard is currently a geological consultant based in Saskatoon and is a Director of Troymet Exploration Corp.
Christine McKechnie, M.Sc.
Christine McKechnie is a geologist specializing in uranium deposits, in particular basement-hosted unconformity-related deposits in the Athabasca Basin and surrounding area. Since starting her career, she has worked for several companies (Claude Resources Inc., JNR Resources Inc., CanAlaska Uranium Ltd., and Cameco Corp.) carrying out gold and uranium exploration and working underground at the Eagle Point Mine; in addition to a summer mapping with the Saskatchewan Geological Survey. She completed her B.Sc. (High Honors) in 2008 from the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), and in early 2013, she completed a M.Sc. thesis at the U of S on the geology and origin of the Fraser Lakes Zone B pegmatite-/leucogranite-hosted U-Th-REE deposit in northern Saskatchewan. As part of her thesis, she co-authored four peer-reviewed journal papers on the Fraser Lakes Zone B deposit and other basement-hosted uranium prospects in northern Saskatchewan. Her paper (co-authored with Dr. Irvine Annesley and Dr. Kevin Ansdell) entitled “Geological Setting, Petrology, and Geochemistry of Granitic Pegmatites and Leucogranites Hosting U-Th-REE Mineralization at Fraser Lakes Zone B, Wollaston Domain, Northern Saskatchewan, Canada” received the 2015 CIM Barlow Medal for Best Geological Paper.
Investor Relations Manager
Nick Findler has worked in various investor relations and corporate development roles with over four years of capital markets experience. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria as well as his Canadian Securities Course designation. Nick has been the Investor Relations Manager at Skyharbour since 2016, and previously worked at Kin Communications, an IR firm based in Vancouver, where he worked with mining, technology and transportation companies.
Donald C. Huston
Don Huston is a independent Director of Skyharbour Resources Ltd. He has been associated with the mineral exploration industry for over 30 years and has extensive experience as a financier and in-field manager of numerous mineral exploration projects in North America. He was born and raised in Red Lake, Ontario and spent 15 years as a geophysical contractor with C.D. Huston & Sons Ltd. as mineral exploration consultants in northern Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Mr. Huston serves as a Director of 5 Canadian public resource companies.
Amanda Chow, CPA, CMA
Amanda Chow serves as an independent Director of Skyharbour Resources Ltd. Ms. Chow is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and a graduate of Simon Fraser University where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree. She began working with public companies in 1999.
Thomas S. Drolet, BEng, MSc, DIC
Mr. Drolet is a uranium and nuclear industry specialist and principal of energy consultancy Drolet & Associates Energy Services Inc. Mr. Drolet has had a plus-40-year career in the energy sector, where he spent 26 years with Ontario Hydro in various engineering, research and operations functions. He formed and headed Canada's research and development program into fusion (CFFTP) in 1982 and then moved into international commercial work with Ontario Hydro International, where he was named president and CEO in 1993. Mr. Drolet was then appointed managing director of American Electric Power Canada, and president of Canadian Energy Opportunities Inc. where he was involved in mergers, acquisitions and other consulting activities in the Canadian and U.S. power sectors. Mr. Drolet earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Royal Military College of Canada, a master of science degree in nuclear technology/chemical engineering, and a DIC from Imperial College, University of London, England. He is a frequent guest and keynote speaker on nuclear energy at global conferences.
Tamás Bakacs, MBA
Mr. Bakacs is an experienced and successful global resource fund manager who started his career in mergers and acquisitions at Arthur Andersen LLP. Following the completion of his MBA studies in 2004, Mr. Bakacs joined Baillie Gifford & Co. in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, where he became the global equities analyst for the firm’s flagship Long-Term Global Growth portfolio (Funds Under Management, “FUM”, of $14 billion) covering mid- to large-cap equities in various markets and indexes. Subsequently, he was chosen to be the head of the firm's specialist Oil and Gas Energy sector group (FUM of $15 billion). Recently, Mr. Bakacs was an investment manager and senior analyst at Compass Asset Management JSC in Almaty, Kazakhstan (FUM of $250 million), a frontier emerging-markets-based hedge fund focusing on commodity-linked equity investments. Mr. Bakacs is currently a portfolio manager at ACCESS Fund Management Ltd., where he manages a junior-mining-focused commodity equity fund in Budapest, Hungary. Mr. Bakacs is a graduate of St. Francis College (BS, Accounting, 1999, Summa Cum Laude) and the University of California, Los Angeles (MBA, 2004).
Mr. Andreas Norlin
Mr. Norlin is the founder and Managing Director of the International Thorium Energy Organization, an international and multi-stakeholder advocacy platform with the goal of facilitating the pathway to power the world with thorium fueled nuclear energy. Through the organization, Mr. Norlin has aided development in the area of nuclear energy since 2009 with a continuously growing community of nuclear proponents. He has a vision to power the world with clean, safe and affordable energy. Mr. Norlin has a background in Physics and Technology Development from Lund University and has been published in Nature. He also holds a patent for a laser plasma wakefield accelerator technology he developed in laboratories at Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. Through his unique network and experience in the fields of energy, nuclear and thorium he can advise on related matters.
Simon Dyakowski, CFA, MBA
Simon Dyakowski has over ten years of corporate finance, corporate development, and capital markets advisory experience. He holds an MBA - Finance from the University of British Columbia, is a CFA charterholder, and holds an undergraduate Finance degree from the University of Western Ontario. His recent focus is advising venture stage and growth-oriented public market issuers on deal structuring, capital markets, and corporate development strategies. He previously held relationship coverage roles at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Royal Bank of Canada dealing with investment grade and mid-market Canadian corporate clients in the Energy, Power & Utilities, Forest Products, and Diversified Industries sectors. His professional experience is rooted in equity research and equity sales coverage roles he held at Salman Partners and Leede Financial. His coverage universe included publicly held companies in the Mining, Energy, Forest Products, Heavy Industrial, and special situations sectors.