About Invest Yukon
Founded in 2009, Yukon Mining Alliance (“YMA”), the globally recognized Invest Yukon brand – is a strategic industry alliance of Yukon’s leading exploration, development, and mining companies, focused on creating innovative capital attraction initiatives to promote Yukon’s competitive advantages as a top mineral investment jurisdiction, its member companies and their Yukon-based projects. YMA’s initiatives include international investment focused conferences, events, and campaigns in the North American, European, and global financial markets.
Yukon’s rich mineral industry is rooted in the famous 1896 Klondike Gold Rush, and in the largely underexplored geological potential in gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, tungsten, and PGM’s.
As a geopolitical stable first-world region with advanced northern infrastructure, Yukon stands apart in its partnership and commitment to advancing a progressive, modern mining jurisdiction, founded in ESG principles.
Yukon Mining Alliance collaborates with industry, organizations, and governments to connect investors with Invest Yukon globally.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Brandon Macdonald | President and CEO | Fireweed Zinc Corp.
Mr. Macdonald is a professional geologist with a diverse experience base including exploration geology worldwide and investment banking. In recent years he has focused his efforts in exploration and development as a principal of and consultant to various junior mining companies. In the past he was in the City of London where he worked in structuring financings and risk management at Macquarie Bank. In 2007 Mr. Macdonald graduated with an MBA (with Distinction) from Oxford. He completed his B.Sc. in Geology from UBC in 2000. Mr. Macdonald has a long history of mining exploration work in Yukon, including zinc projects, and originally hails from Ross River, near the Macmillan Pass Project site. He is a Professional Geologist registered with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC).
Tara Christie | President & CEO | Banyan Gold Corp
Ms. Christie has over 20 years of experience in the exploration and mining business. She became the President and CEO of Banyan in 2016. Prior to that, she was the President of privately owned Gimlex Gold Mines Ltd. (2006-2016), one the Yukon’s largest placer mining operations and was involved in consulting for exploration, mining, environmental assessment, government, community and First Nation relations, including working with First Nation development corporations. She currently serves on the Boards of Western Copper and Gold and Osisko Green Acquisition. Ms. Christie has been a board member of Constantine Metals, Klondike Gold, PDAC, AMEBC and other industry associations and was a founding board member of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board (2004-2016). She is active in non-profits and charities, including being President of a charity “Every Student, Every Day” that works to improve attendance in Yukon schools. Ms. Christie has B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of British Columbia and is a registered professional engineer in BC and Yukon.
Dr. Paul West-Sells | President and CEO | Western Copper and Gold Corp.
Dr. West-Sells has over 25 years’ experience in the mining industry. After obtaining his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Metallurgical Engineering, he worked with BHP, Placer Dome, and Barrick in increasingly senior roles in Research and Development and Project Development. Dr. West-Sells has worked for Western Copper and gold since 2006, where he has held a number of technical and executive positions, and is now the President and CEO overseeing the day to day operations of the company. Dr. West-Sells sits on the Yukon Minerals Advisory Board, the Board of the Yukon Mining Alliance and is also on the Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining Governing Council.
JOHN McCONNELL | President, Director & CEO | Victoria Gold Corp.
John has more than 35 years of mining experience, mostly spent in Canada’s northern territories. Previously, he was President and CEO of Western Keltic Mines until it was acquired by Sherwood Copper. During his career he was Vice President, Northwest Territories Projects for De Beers Canada where he was primarily responsible for the permitting and development of the Snap Lake Diamond Mine. His experience also includes 12 years with Breakwater Resources Ltd / Nanisivik Mines Ltd in operations at the Nanisivik Zinc and Lead Mine on the northern tip of Baffin Island, and he spent six years with Strathcona Mineral Services Ltd. where his work included engineering, feasibility studies and project development. John is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines, with a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering. He is also a Director of public companies; Hudson Resources Inc., Abacus Mining & Exploration Corp. A strong advocate for the mining industry, he is also a director of industry organizations; Klondike Placer Miners’ Association (KPMA), and the Mining Association of Canada (MAC).
W. Douglas Eaton | President, CEO and Director | Strategic Metals Ltd.
Doug Eaton obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta in 1971 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of British Columbia in 1980. He has been with Archer, Cathro & Associates (1981) Limited since 1971 and has been a principal of that consulting firm since 1981. He has exceptional knowledge of Yukon geology and has contributed to several important discoveries. Mr. Eaton has served as a director and officer of numerous public companies on the TSX Venture Exchange since the mid-1980s but is now highly focused on Strategic.
David D’Onofrio | CEO & Director | White Gold Corp.
David has over a decade of experience in corporate finance and capital markets with a focus on the natural resource sector. As an executive with the PowerOne Group he has developed a depth of knowledge in representing, advising, and assisting emerging companies in accessing capital, advising on mergers and acquisitions and managing their businesses. David is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has also served in a variety of executive roles and director positions to a wide array of private and public enterprises.