Founder and Chairman
Mr. Clausen is currently President and Chief Executive Officer for Brio Gold Inc. and former President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Augusta Resource Corporation, which was acquired for over $550 million in 2014. Mr. Clausen has over 30 years of executive and operations experience in the mining industry with several major global and domestic mining companies. He has held senior operations and project development positions before moving into executive roles where he was responsible for executing corporate growth strategies including development and operations for several large precious metal, base metal, and coal producing companies. He holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Mining Engineering from Queens University.
Robert B. Blakestad
Mr. Blakestad was Senior Vice President, Exploration and Chief Geologist for Golden Minerals Company from March, 2009 until his retirement on February 29, 2012. He served as Vice President, Exploration of Apex Silver Mines Limited from November 2004 to March 2009. Prior to joining Apex Silver Mines Limited, Mr. Blakestad served as Chief Executive Officer of International Taurus Resources from May 1998 until November 2004. He was Vice President Exploration for Amax Gold from 1996 to 1998 and Exploration Manager for Cyprus Amax Minerals Company from 1990 until 1996. He held various positions at Homestake Mining Company from 1979 until 1990, beginning as a Senior Geologist and rising to the position of Manager, U.S. Reconnaissance. Mr. Blakestad holds a B.S. in Mining Engineering from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and an M.S. in Geology from the University of Colorado. He is a member of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers and of the Society of Economic Geologists. He holds professional certifications from the State of Washington and the Province of Nova Scotia.
Ms. Wong brings over 10 years’ experience in finance and investor relations. She is currently Vice President of Corporate Development for Brio Gold Inc. and was formerly Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for both Augusta Resource Corporation and Ventana Gold Corporation, prior to their acquisition. Previous to these roles, Ms. Wong served as Director of Investor Relations at Yamana Gold Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in finance from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia and is a CFA charterholder.
Ms. Brodie is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and is a member in good standing of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. She worked for more than nine years with KPMG, including the last six spent in London, England where she worked with FTSE 15 companies including BHP Billiton plc and Diageo plc as well as participated in a number of AIM listings for resources companies. Ms. Brodie has also been involved in several publications in the natural resource sector including co-authoring KPMG’s 2006 global mining survey. Ms. Brodie most recently served as the CFO for Plata Latina Minerals.
Founder and Special Adviser
Dr. Clarke has over 35 years of international silver and gold exploration experience. His achievements include numerous silver deposit discoveries in Mexico, including the San Antonio mine and the Santa Rita project. Most recently, he held the role of Vice President of Exploration for Augusta Resource Corporation, and previous to that held senior positions at Cyprus Minerals and Ma’aden. He has a PhD from the University of Arizona with a dissertation on major Mexican silver-gold deposit formation.