About Invest Yukon
Yukon Mining Alliance – the globally recognized Invest Yukon brand – is a strategic alliance of Yukon’s leaders in exploration and mining who, in partnership with the Government of Yukon, connect investors with Yukon’s competitive advantages through innovative capital attraction initiatives.
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.
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.
CLYNTON R. NAUMAN | Chairman and CEO | Alexco Resource Corp.
TREASURER / SECRETARY
Mr. Nauman brings over 35 years of diversified experience in the mineral industry, ranging from exploration and business development to operations and business management in the precious metals, base metals and coal sectors. Mr. Nauman is also currently the CEO of Asset Liability Management Group, and was General Manager of Kennecott Minerals from 1993-1998 and the President and CEO of Viceroy Resource Corporation from 1998-2002. Mr. Nauman holds a B.Sc. in geology.
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.
Chris Stewart | President & CEO | Minto Explorations
Christopher Stewart is a Professional Engineer with over 29 years of management, operational and technical experience in the mining industry. Chris has worked for the first 14 years of his career with DMC Mining building, expanding and operating various mine operations across Canada and the USA and for the past 15 years, he has worked for several mining companies. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University.Prior to joining Minto Exploration, Chris was President & COO for McEwen Mining, a precious metals producer with operations in Canada, USA, Mexico and Argentina. Prior to that he held various senior roles including President & CEO for Treasury Metals, Vice President of Operations for Kirkland Lake Gold, President & CEO of Liberty Mines, BHP Billiton, Lake Shore Gold Corporation and DMC Mining Services.