Wade Hodges, M.Sc.
CEO and Director
Mr. Hodges is a former director and the former Vice President for Exploration for Battle Mountain Gold Exploration Corp. (OTC-BB: BMGX). He has over 30 years experience in field exploration, including 13 years as Exploration Geologist and Sr. Exploration Manager of Santa Fe Pacific Gold Corporation (now Newmont Mining Corporation - NYSE: NEM). Mr. Hodges has had extensive involvement in the initial discovery and pre-mine development of nine gold mines in the western US, totaling over 30 million ounces of gold.
Dennis Higgs, B. Com.
Chairman and Director
Mr. Higgs has been involved in the financial and venture capital markets in the United States, Canada and Europe for over thirty years. Mr. Higgs was one of the founding Directors and most recently Executive Chairman of Uranerz Energy Corporation before that company merged with Energy Fuels. As Executive Chairman of Uranerz for over nine years, Mr. Higgs played an instrumental role in the acquisition, financing, development, and production start-up of Uranerz's Nichols Ranch in-situ recovery uranium production facility, located in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming. Mr. Higgs currently serves on the board of Energy Fuels Inc., an integrated uranium producer focused solely in the United States, following its C$320 million business combination with Uranerz in June 2015. Mr. Higgs holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia.
Ken Tullar, B.Sc.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Tullar has over 25 years of exploration experience, including 20 years dedicated to gold exploration in Nevada. He has been involved in the discovery and development of five gold mines with resources totaling in excess of 7 million ounces of gold. His resume includes 8 years with major mining companies such as Nerco Minerals, Echo Bay Exploration and LAC Minerals.
James Buskard, MBA
Mr. Buskard joined NGE’s exploration team in 2004 with a background in applied hydrogeochemistry and spatial modeling, and he was a key member of the Company’s sampling team responsible for completing the first systematic hydrogeochemistry survey of Nevada specifically for gold exploration. In 2006 Mr. Buskard took on the role of Vice President Corporate Development, and in 2014 became President. With more than 10 years of exploration industry specific experience, his expertise includes: property transactions, corporate finance, corporate governance, generative exploration methods, and exploration data management. Mr. Buskard holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo.
Cyrus Driver, CA
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Driver is a Vancouver based chartered accountant and was founding partner in the firm of Driver Anderson since its inception in 1981. He is currently a partner with Davidson and Company LLP after merging with them in 2002. While providing general public accounting services to a wide range of clients, Mr. Driver specializes in servicing TSX Venture Exchange listed companies and members of the brokerage community. His wide knowledge of the securities industry and its rules enable him to give valuable advice to clients within the industry with respect to finance, taxation and other accounting related matters. Mr. Driver currently serves as director and/or Chief Financial Officer of several TSX Venture Exchange companies.
Dr. John E. Larson, Ph.D.
Dr. Larson has 35 years of international experience in exploration, development, and mining, and has worked with both major international companies and junior explorers, as well as with government geological surveys, including 16 years with BHP and BHP Billiton in various international locations, holding positions as Manager, North America Copper Exploration; Manager, Global Porphyry Copper Exploration; and Manager, Latin America Exploration. Mr. Larson holds advanced degrees in geology and chemistry from the University of Western Ontario (M.Sc.) and the Colorado School of Mines (Ph.D.).
Benjamin Leboe, CA, CPA
Mr. Leboe was most recently Chief Financial Officer of Uranerz Energy Corporation before that company merged with Energy Fuels. Mr. Leboe also served as Uranerz's Ethics Officer, Principal Accounting Officer and Senior Vice President of Finance. Mr. Leboe has been Principal, Independent Management Consultants of British Columbia, since 1990. Prior to joining Uranerz he was a Senior Consultant, Management Consulting, of the Business Development Bank of Canada from 2005 to 2006. Previously, from 1995 to 2005 he was a director, Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer and Treasurer of numerous public companies in Canada and the U.S.A. From 1991 to June 1995, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of VECW Industries Ltd. He was a Partner of KPMG Consulting and its predecessor firms from 1978 to 1990.