Board of Directors
Glenn J. Mullan, B.Sc. (Geology)
Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Mullan holds a B.Sc. (Geology) from Concordia University and has 30 years of experience in the mining and mineral exploration industries. Mr. Mullan is the President, C.E.O., and Chairman of Golden Valley Mines Ltd., and has been since forming the Company in August 2000. He was also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Canadian Royalties from July 1998 to November 2009 and is currently the Chairman Emeritus.
As an independent prospector, Mr. Mullan has assembled and acquired many mining prospects ranging from grass-roots ventures through advanced-stage projects. Mr. Mullan was instrumental in assembling the properties which form today Canadian Royalties’ Nunavik Nickel Project and has been instrumental in assembling many of the properties comprising the portfolio now explored by Golden Valley Mines, including in the Republic of Sierra Leone.
As part of the Company’s efforts to improve its Corporate Governance practices, Mr. Mullan recently completed the Directors’ Education Program (DEP), offered through the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University.
Robert D. Smith
Mr. Smith has been a majority owner of Québec Major Junior Hockey League’s Halifax Mooseheads since September 2003, prior to which he was the General Manager of the Phoenix Coyotes Hockey Club from 1996 to 2001. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in business and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota.
Blair F. Morton
Mr. Morton was the Chairman of the Board of Ross Finlay 2000 Inc., a mining contracting company located in Val-d'Or, Québec and specializing in underground mining development and related services until February 2010 when he retired. Mr. Morton was employed by Ross Finlay beginning in 1967 and was its President from 1984 to 1997. Mr. Morton is also the President of Gestion Blair F. Morton Ltéé, a private investment company.
C. Jens Zinke, B.A., Ph.D. (Geophysics), B.Sc., M.S. (Mining Engineering, Geology & Geophysics)
Mr. Zinke has a background in Geophysics as well as in Investment Banking and Investment Management. He is currently employed as Vice-President Business Development at Canadian Royalties, where his responsibilities include the assessment of business development opportunities and financing options. Mr. Zinke holds a M.S. (Mining Engineering & Geophysics) and a Ph.D. (Geophysics), and has related work experience from projects in Russia, South Africa, Norway, Germany, and in the USA. Mr. Zinke gained his financial experience from working as an Investment Banker with Kodiak Capital, as an Investment Analyst with Cannell Capital Management, and as an Investment Manager of Protea Ventures LLC, a private equity fund.
Joseph Groia, B.A., J.D.
Mr. Groia received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Toronto. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1981. Joseph Groia is a principal at Groia & Company Professional Corporation, a litigation boutique that concentrates its practice on corporate and securities litigation. He practices securities litigation, acting as counsel for clients in a wide range of civil, quasi-criminal, criminal and administrative law securities cases. In 1985 he joined the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) as Associate General Counsel responsible for litigation matters. From October 1987 until March 1990 he was the OSC’s Director of Enforcement. He joined Heenan Blaikie in 1990, to practice corporate and securities litigation as a partner until he started Groia & Company on January 1, 2000. Mr.Groia has been ranked as one of Canada’s 500 Leading Lawyers in Lexpert Magazine since 2000. His cases have included Asbestos Corp., Atlas Cold Storage, Philip Services, YBM Magnex, the Glamis-Goldcorp arrangement and Canadian Tire. In 2007, Mr. Groia and Pamela Hardie published Canada’s first textbook on securities litigation: "Securities Litigation and Enforcement". Mr. Groia’s most noteworthy professional accomplishment was his leadership of the team that successfully defended Mr. John Felderhof in the 10 year OSC prosecution of charges arising out of the collapse of Bre-X Minerals Ltd.
Chad Williams, P. Eng
Mr. Williams is the former CEO, President and Director of Victoria Gold Corp. where he raised $110 million in seven financings, completed 2 corporate mergers, and increased market value up to 20-fold in a four year period. Mr. Williams has extensive experience in mining, finance, and management. He is also the Director of several emerging mining companies and was the Founder of Agilith Capital Inc. as well as Westwind Capital Inc. (now Stifel Nicolaus Canada Inc.). Mr. Williams is the former Head of Mining Investment Banking at Blackmont Capital Inc. and was also a top-ranked mining analyst at TD Bank and UBS. He holds both a BEng and an MBA from McGill University.