Richard J. Mazur
President, CEO & Director
Mr. Richard Mazur, P. Geo, MBA is a geoscientist who has held positions in the international exploration and mining industry for over 35 years as a project geologist, financial analyst and senior executive on uranium, gold, base metals, coal and industrial minerals projects. Mr. Mazur worked over a ten year period (1974-1984) as a uranium exploration geologist in Saskatchewan, Nunavut, Yukon, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces for Pan Ocean Oil Ltd. Currently he is also a Director of Alto Ventures Ltd, Impact Silver Corp. and Midnight Sun Mining Corp.
Mr. Mazur graduated with a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Toronto in 1975 and obtained an MBA from Queen’s University in 1985.
Mr. Balme is an active participant in a number of overseas resource ventures, both public and private. Mr. Balme is the Managing Director of Carter Capital Ltd. and A.M.C. Limited, two private UK investment funds. He identifies early stage opportunities in the resource sector and arranges financings to advance projects to the public market. Mr. Balme is also a Director of Ortac Resources plc, which has an option to earn a 100% interest in the Kremnica Gold project in Slovakia.
Mr. Cowan is associate counsel with the law firm of Lang Michener LLP in Vancouver and has practised in the area of securities and corporate finance for over 15 years. He represents numerous public and private companies in the mining and technology sectors and is also a director of Alto Ventures Ltd. and Gulfsands Petroleum plc.
Mr. Larry Okada is a member of both the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Washington State Certified Public Accountants Association with over 32 years experience providing financial management services to publicly traded companies, with emphasis on junior mineral exploration companies. He holds a B.A. in Economics and was in public practice with his own firm of Staley, Okada and Partners and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Mr. Okada will act as Chairman of Forum’s Audit Committee.
Michael A. Steeves, CFA
Mr. Steeves has been involved in the mining industry for over 40 years. He is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of Zazu Metals Corporation, which is developing a large zinc-lead-silver deposit near the Red Dog mine in Northern Alaska. Prior to joining Zazu Metals, Mike was Vice President of Investor Relations for Glamis Gold, and also served as Director of Investor Relations for Coeur D’Alene Mines, Homestake Mining and Pegasus Gold. Mr. Steeves also worked as a mining analyst for many years with a number of Canadian Investment firms and as a geologist for senior mining companies in Canada and the United States. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology and a Master of Science Degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Paul Dennison has over 35 years executive experience with three of the world’s leading investment banks: Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch & Deutsche Bank. His operational expertise has served at the highest level in the investment banking industry covering key areas such as transaction origination, equity and debt securities underwriting, syndication, structured products, bank supplementary capital, and portfolio management. Presently, Paul is based in Zurich and Singapore as Managing Director with his firm, Investments Asia Swiss GmbH, an introducing broker specializing in sourcing and securing international investment capital for clients.
Janet Meiklejohn, MBA, CPA (Ca), is the Managing Principal of Emerald Capital, which provides strategic consulting services, including corporate governance, finance, and marketing to emerging growth companies. A former Institutional Equity Sales VP focused on the mining sector with leading Canadian investment banks including Desjardins Securities, National Bank, Salman Partners, and Macquarie Capital from 1997 to 2015, Janet also grew up in Saskatchewan and has maintained a long standing interest in the developement of the province’s uranium industry. Janet is Vice President Finance and Investor Relations with the Very Good Food Company, a leading plant-based food technology company based in British Columbia, and was recently appointed Chief Financial Officer of Empress Royalty Corp.