Board of Directors
James C. (Jim) O'Rourke, P. ENG.
James C. O’Rourke graduated in 1964 with a B.A.Sc. degree in Mining Engineering from the University of British Columbia. He gained valuable mine development and operating experience while involved in the start–up phase of five major mines over 14 years with Placer Development Limited. Jim has more than 30 years of hands–on experience in mine evaluations, financing development, marketing and operations in Canada, the United States, South America and the Philippines. As President of Princeton Mining Corporation (1987–1997), he was responsible for the acquisition of the Similco open pit copper mine; the evaluation, financing and development of the Cassiar underground block cave mine; and the acquisition, evaluation, financing and development the Huckleberry open pit copper mine in northern BC. The Huckleberry project was completed on schedule at its budgeted cost of $140 million.
Currently, Jim is President of Orclann Investments Inc., a private investment company, Chairman of Compliance Energy Corporation, Former President of Huckleberry Mines Limited and a director of numerous public and private companies in mining and property development. Jim has served as a director of the Mining Association of Canada (1987–1990), the Vancouver Board of Trade (1990) and Chairman (1992) and Director (1987–Present) of the British Columbia Mining Association. Jim was the 2011 recipient of the Order of British Columbia, the recipient of the Mining Person of the Year award for British Columbia in 2010, and the 2005 recipient of the Edgar A. Scholz Medal for Excellence In Mine Development in British Columbia and the Yukon.
Rodney A. (Rod) Shier, CA
Rod graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1986 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and earned his Chartered Accountant designation in 1989 while articling at the international accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers where he also worked overseas for two years. Mr. Shier has over fifteen years experience as a corporate officer and director to a number of publicly–traded mining companies, and has experience in raising over $500 million in debt and equity financing transactions. Mr. Shier’s responsibilities include all aspects of the Company’s financial operations, controls and financial disclosure, as well as maintaining the Company’s corporate records, coordinating Board and management meetings and providing support to other members of the senior management team and the Board, in addition to overseeing all aspects of the Company’s investor relations activities. Rod is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia.
John Tapics, P.Eng.
Mr. Tapics graduated in 1975 with a B.Sc degree in mining engineering from Queen's University and has over 25 years of mine planning and operation experience. Since November 2005, Mr. Tapics has been President & Chief Executive Officer of Compliance Energy Corporation, a mining company. Mr. Tapics became a director of Compliance Energy Corporation in April 2006. From October 2001 to February 2005, Mr. Tapics held the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Electric System Operator and the Balancing Pool of Alberta, statutory corporations responsible for operating the electrical system of Alberta and managing certain pooled purchase arrangements on behalf of Albertans.
Marin Katusa, BSc.
With a background in Mathematics, Mr. Katusa left teaching secondary and post–secondary mathematics to pursue portfolio management within the resource sector. He is regularly interviewed on national and local television channels in North America such as the Business News Network (BNN) and many other radio and newspapers for his opinions and insights regarding the resource sector. A regular part of his due diligence process for Casey Research includes property tours, which has resulted in him visiting hundreds of mining and exploration projects all around the world. He has been a director of Copper Mountain Mining since early 2007. Mr. Katusa is a citizen and resident of Canada.
Allan Cloke is a senior executive with over thirty years experience in the mining service and supply industry. Prior to joining the board of Copper Mountain Mining he was President and CEO of Transwest Dynequip Ltd. (TDL), the leading Komatsu Mining distributor in Western Canada, employing 300 and generating sales of $130 million. In addition to providing service to the majority of metal and coal mines in British Columbia, TDL, under the direction of Mr. Cloke, became the major supplier of mining trucks, cable shovels, hydraulic shovels and dragline parts and service to the Alberta oil sands. He has extensive expertise in equipment selection, purchase and performance in large–scale open pit materials handling.
Carl L. Renzoni, BSc. (Hons)
Mr. Renzoni is a retired investment banker who worked at BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. from June 1969 and more recently as a Managing Director up until his retirement in November 2001. Mr. Renzoni brings over 30 years of experience in the securities business specializing in the mining industry and has extensive knowledge of all aspects of corporate finance including mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Renzoni was a director of: Meridian Gold Inc until its takeover by Yamana Gold Inc in October 2007 and was a Director of Peru Copper until its takeover by the Aluminum Corporation of China for $840 million in June 2007. Mr. Renzoni is a Director of Yamana Gold Inc since October 2007 and a Director of International Molybdenum since May 2005. Mr. Renzoni received an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in 1963. Mr. Renzoni is a citizen and resident of Canada.
Bruce Aunger, CA
Mr. Aunger is a Chartered Accountant and senior executive with proven leadership, team building skills with a track record of success. Mr. Aunger is Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice–President of Madison Venture Corporation and has been since 1988. Mr. Aunger serves as Secretary of Glacier Media, Inc. and GVIC Communications Corp. He was employed by Arthur Andersen, Chartered Accountants, for 11 years and served as a partner for 7 years. He has many years experience in the accounting, financial, taxation and financing fields. Mr. Aunger has been an Independent Director of Glacier Media, Inc. since April 28, 2000. Mr. Aunger obtained a BA degree in Commerce from Simon Fraser University.
Robert J. (BOB) Young, BSc. Geo
Bob graduated in 1962 with a B.A Sc. degree in geological engineering from the University of British Columbia. He joined Placer Development in 1960 and spent 32 years with that company. His first 17 years with Placer were spent doing mine geology, both underground and open pit, as well as gaining experience in mine operations and evaluation. He then left mine operations and went into exploration, working mostly on target evaluations and as a project manager in South America, Africa and Southeast Asia. Bob left Placer in 1992 to join Teck Corporation as manager of its South American office in Santiago, Chile. Four years later, he returned to Teck's Vancouver off ice to work on international evaluations until his retirement in June 1999.
Roman Shlanka, PhD Geo., B Com.
Roman received his Doctorate in geology from Stanford University and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. He is a Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada and a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Roman is an international mineral explorationist with more than 40 years experience in the mining industry. He has been successful in identifying and developing major deposits around the world and was the PDAC's 2006 co–receiver of the Viola Macmillan Developer's Award.
From 1969 to 1990, Roman was with the Placer organization, working in a variety of capacities, including General Manager of Exploration for Placer Development Ltd. and Vice President for Exploration for Placer Dome Inc. Roman was also associated with Sutton Resources Ltd. as Vice Chairman (1993–1995) and Chairman (1995–1999) until the company was acquired by Barrick Gold Corp. He was also Chairman of Canico Resource Corp., which was developing one of the worlds major nickel deposit when it was acquired by CVRD in 2005. Currently, Roman is Chairman of Polaris Minerals Corporation (T.PLS), International Barytex Resources Ltd. (V.IBX), Kobex Resources Ltd. (V.KBX) and Pacific Imperial Mines (V.PPM).