Ms. Copps, the first woman ever named to the post of Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, also served as Canada's Minister of Environment.

She was at the forefront of internationally recognized environmental assessment legislation. As Minister responsible for Canada's National Park System, Ms. Copps introduced the concept of ecological integrity, which has subsequently been adopted internationally. She also spearheaded the UNESCO convention on cultural diversity. Her leadership in areas such as environmental stewardship, and women's and minority rights has been recognized not only in Canada but throughout the world.

Ms. Copps was a long-standing cabinet member in Canada, serving as a Minister for 10 years. In addition to her role as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Environment, she also served as Minister of Canadian Heritage, responsible for parks, broadcasting, arts and culture, status of women, urban Aboriginals, multiculturalism, official language and sport policies. She is the author of two books and has also worked as a journalist, broadcaster and political commentator in both English and French. On December 30th, 2012, Ms. Copps was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, recognizing a lifetime of achievement and merit.


Mr. Steiner is a Toronto-based lawyer with a unique combination of business and public policy experience.

Mr. Steiner is a current member of the Board of Directors of Export Development Canada (EDC), the country's official export credit agency. He serves on EDC's Risk Management Committee and its Business Development Committee. He holds an ICD.D designation as an accredited corporate director in Canada.

He is currently the President and CEO of New Franchise Media Inc., a film & television development firm founded in 2010. Previously he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Economic Development Corporation (TEDCO) which specialized in real estate development, waterfront revitalization and inbound investment attraction.

In addition to extensive private sector experience, Mr. Steiner also served the Government of Canada at a variety of senior levels including in the position of Chief of Staff to the Minister of National Defense and to the Minister of Northern Development, including mining and sustainable development policies.


Mr. Stalker is an international mining executive with 45 years of experience in mine development and operations in Europe, Africa and Australia. Mr. Stalker was the Chief Executive Officer of UraMin Inc., a London-listed and Toronto-listed uranium company, from July 2005, until its $2.5 billion acquisition by Areva in August 2007. Mr. Stalker was a vice-president of Gold Fields Ltd. where he spent considerable time on the ground on its international operations. Mr. Stalker has held executive positions in some of the largest mining companies in the world and has successfully managed eight mining projects through feasibility study, development and construction phases. He has significant cobalt experience gained during his time on the Zambian Copperbelt from 1973 to 1987. Mr. Stalker operated Zambia’s only dedicated cobalt process plant and was involved in the design and construction of the plant, which is still in operation. Additionally, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Luanshya Mine from 1999-2000, after its 1997 privatization, where the bulk of the cobalt production from the Copperbelt was centered.

Mr. Stalker’s current roles include Chairman of Plateau Energy Metals, Chief Executive Officer of LSC Lithium and Director of K92 Mining Inc.


Dr. Alikaj is an internationally recognized geophysicist and is Head of the Geophysics Section, Department of Earth Sciences at Polytechnic University of Tirana (Albania). Dr. Alikaj is a citizen of both Albania and Canada and is credited with inventing IP/Resistivity technique called Real Section. He was formerly senior research geophysicist and chief scientist of Quantec Geoscience Ltd. The Real Section technique was instrumental in the discovery of the San Nicolas VMS deposit in Central Mexico which is jointly owned by Teck and Goldcorp. It has a mineral resource (M+I) of 102.5Mt @ 1.24% Cu, 1.63% Zn, 25.7g/t Ag and 0.44g/t Au (Teck May 2017 report). Dr. Alikaj has consulted on numerous exploration projects around the world. He advises European Electric Metals on geophysics and exploration.


Mr. Castelo Branco has a track record of success throughout Europe including exploration leadership roles at Lundin Mining Corporation (“Lundin”), Rio Tinto and Rio Narcea Gold Mines S.A. Mr. Castelo Branco was the Regional Exploration Manager Europe for Lundin, a global mining company with multiple projects varying from exploration through to development and mining. While at Lundin, Mr. Castelo Branco led the team credited with discovering the Semblana mineral deposit near Neves Corvo. Prior to joining Lundin, Mr. Castelo Branco was Exploration Manager (Portugal) for Rio Narcea Gold Mines S.A for eight years after his nine year role as Project Geologist for Rio Tinto, one of the world’s largest mining companies.


Mr. Gorzynski is a geological engineer with 35 years experience in exploration and mining company management. He has strong technical, management and leadership skills, and was a key person in the building and managing of several successful international junior mining and exploration companies. His technical experience ranges from management of large exploration projects in challenging settings to geology field work in isolated locations to oversight of mining operations. Mr. Gorzynski has geological engineering degrees from the University of Toronto (Honours) and University of British Columbia. Mr. Gorzynski is Vice President and Director at Fireweed Zinc and at Impact Silver.


Mr. Sveinson is a professional mining engineer with more than 45 years’ experience in Canada and internationally in the exploration, development, construction, operation and financing of mineral projects. His experience includes the development and operation of underground mines from 100tpd to 2000tpd in Zambia, USA, Venezuela and Canada including the Arctic. He has held senior positions with major consulting firms and contractors such as SNC Lavalin Inc. and Dynatec Corp. Through his wholly owned company, International Mine Builders Inc. he is currently leading the resurrection of the historic Bralorne underground gold mine owned by Avino Silver and Gold Mines in British Columbia. Mr. Sveinson is also a director of First Vanadium Corp. He is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering and a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts in General Economics in 1985.