Team

Directors

Jamie Sokalsky, Honours B.Comm., CA

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Sokalsky serves as Chairman of the Board. He previously served as the Chairman of Probe Mines Limited, a predecessor of the Corporation, from 2014 until 2015. Mr. Sokalsky has over 30 years of experience in financial management, corporate finance, corporate strategy, mining operations and mine development with over 20 years in the industry. Mr. Sokalsky was President and Chief Executive Officer (June 2012 to September 2014), Chief Financial Officer (1999 to 2012) and Executive Vice-President (June 2004 to September 2012) of Barrick Gold Corporation, the world’s largest gold producer. Mr. Sokalsky is currently the lead director on the board of directors of Agnico Eagle Mines Limited and is also a member of the board of directors of Royal Gold Inc. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Lakehead University and received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1982.


David Palmer, Ph.D., P.Geo

President & CEO

Dr. David Palmer has over 25 years of experience as an exploration geologist in the Canadian and international mining industry. Dr. Palmer was appointed the President and CEO of Probe Mines in 2004, leading the successful team that was responsible for two major mineral discoveries, including the multi-million ounce Borden Gold deposit, until it was acquired by Goldcorp in 2015. In addition to working extensively throughout Canada, he has a broad range of experience in a variety of commodities in South America, South Africa, India, Greenland and Scandinavia.


Gordon McCreary, B.Sc, MBA

Director

Mr. McCreary, a Mining Engineer with an MBA, has over 50 years of experience in the mining and exploration industry with over 30 years focused on gold. He joined the board of Probe Mines in 2012 and continued on as a director with Probe Metals following Goldcorp’s acquisition of Probe Mines in 2015. He is the past President/CEO of Castle Mountain Mining Company Limited, a gold exploration and development company focused on the restart of a heap leach project in California. Mr. McCreary is also the past President/CEO and Director of Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation, a company that he co-founded and advanced to the cusp of development before it was taken over for $600 million by ArcelorMittal, the largest steel company in the world. His previous roles included being a founding officer of Kinross Gold Corporation where he served for 11 years as Vice President Corporate Development and Investor Relations and a combined 5 years as Vice President of Dundee Bancorp Inc. and Investment Analyst with affiliate Corona Corporation (now part of Barrick Gold Corporation). Prior to that, he worked as a mining analyst in the brokerage industry and at various staff and line functions as a mining engineer. Mr. McCreary has a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering and an MBA, both from Queen’s University. Mr. McCreary has been a member of the board of directors of several publicly traded junior mining companies.


Basil Haymann

Director

A director of Probe Metals’ predecessor company, Probe Mines, from 2013 to 2015, Mr. Haymann has over 50 years of experience founding and taking companies to top levels of success in their industries. His strategic vision, creativity, and ability to attract highly skilled and very talented people have enabled him to build businesses as diverse as precious metals and gems, fabric structures, and high-speed 3D laser imaging technology. Mr. Haymann is a serially successful entrepreneur who has excelled, not only in bringing new products to market; but also in quick turnaround of unprofitable businesses, acquisition of competitors, and sale of his successful companies, as he moved on to new challenges. In 2002, he founded D4D Technologies LLC (now E4D Technologies) to develop 3-D laser technology for dentistry (sold in 2011). In 2009, he co-founded Guard-All Building Solutions Ltd., a business which manufactures and installs tension fabric buildings. In 2014, Mr. Haymann acquired FabriTec Structures LLC. In 2016, he sold 50% of FabriTec Structures LLC and Guard-All Building Solutions Ltd. to Pfeifer of Germany and sold the remaining 50% of each company to Pfeifer in 2019.  In 2018, Mr. Haymann founded Emerald Sun LLC and is currently its Chairman of the Board.


Dennis Peterson, Honours B.Comm., LLB

Corporate Secretary, Director

A director of Probe Mines Limited from 2001 until its acquisition by Goldcorp in 2015, Mr. Peterson has 25 years of experience as a corporate securities lawyer specializing in corporate finance matters for small cap companies. Most of Mr. Peterson’s practice focuses on junior natural resource companies, and he has extensive experience with all aspects of prospectus financings, private placements, mergers and acquisitions in the junior public markets. Companies he has worked with are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange.


Marco Gagnon, P.Geo

Executive Vice President

Mr. Gagnon, a graduate in geology from Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, has over 25 years of experience as professional geologist, mining officer and director in exploration and in mine operation in Eastern Canada; half of which has been with precious and base metals producers such as Barrick Gold Inc. and Inmet Mining Corp. During his career, he discovered and/or outlined 4Moz of gold with Adventure Gold Inc., Inmet Mining Corp. and Vior Inc. As President and CEO, he successfully started Adventure Gold Inc. in 2007 and Focus Metals Inc. in 2010. He has raised approximately $25M in financing for public companies since 2004. He is currently a Board Member of Arianne Phosphate Inc. and a former president of the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association.


Jamie Horvat, Dipl.T., Honours B.Comm., M.Sc

Director

Mr. Horvat brings a wealth of experience in asset management having managed a range of mandates spanning over two decades, including Resources and Alternative Investments across Global and North American marketplaces. He also managed various institutional mandates for clients based in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America. Most recently, he was with a U.K. based asset manager, running a multi-billion-pound Global Thematic Portfolio. Currently he serves as Chief Investment Officer of Oberon Capital Corporation, an exempt market dealer (EMD) and charity flow through advisory firm located in Toronto, Ontario.  He is also an independent director of Troilus Gold Corp. Jamie has been acknowledged for his achievements, winning numerous awards for investment performance throughout his career. Jamie holds a M.Sc. in Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), as well as an Honours B.Com. from McMaster University and a diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Mohawk College in Canada.


Aleksandra Bukacheva, CFA

Director

Ms. Bukacheva is a capital markets and finance professional focused on the metals and mining industry. She is currently a member of the board of directors of Montage Gold Corp. and was previously an independent director at Battle North Gold Corporation before it was acquired by Evolution Mining Limited. Prior to that she was Executive Vice President, Corporate Development of Element 29 Resources Inc., a junior explorer focused on copper resource development in Peru, as well as a director of Gippsland Prospecting Pty. Ltd., a private Australian company which was sold to Battery Minerals Limited in October 2020. Sasha brings with her a wealth of capital markets and finance experience. Ms. Bukacheva was previously a top-ranked Equity Research Analyst for BMO Capital Markets and spent seven years in investment research (2010-2016), with coverage of more than 40 mining companies. Ms. Bukacheva received her Master of Science (MSc.) at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2005. She also achieved a Certificate in Mining Studies at the University of British Columbia in 2016 and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.