Technical Committee and Advisors

Robert McLeod


Technical Advisor Member of the Technical Committee

Mr. McLeod is a professional geoscientist with over 25 years of experience in mineral exploration and mining, working for a variety of major and junior mining and exploration companies. He was most recently president and CEO of IDM Mining Ltd., that recently combined with Ascot Resources Ltd. Born and raised in Stewart, B.C., he is a third-generation miner and explorer with significant exploration and development experience. Previously, he was a founder and vice-president of exploration of Underworld Resources that was acquired by Kinross Gold Corp. for $140-million after an initial resource estimate of over 1.4 million ounces gold at the White Gold deposit in the Yukon. He is a highly technical, creative and innovative exploration geologist with an ability to advance and monetize the full potential of projects to the advantage of shareholders. He is a graduate of geology from the University of British Columbia, with an MSc in mineral exploration from Queen's University. He is an active volunteer in the mining industry, as vice-chair of AME-BC, and as a director of the Britannia Mine Museum.

Kurt Allen

Technical Committee

Kurt Allen has over 25 years' experience in the mineral exploration and mining industry, with emphasis on volcanic and sediment hosed epithermal gold-silver deposits. Kurt holds a B.Sc. in geology from Boise State University and a M.Sc. in geology from Idaho State University, and is currently the Director - New Projects for Hecla Mining Company. He has worked for Hecla since 1991 holding various positions, including Senior Mine Geologist, Chief Geologist, Manager of Exploration at Hecla's Rosebud deposit and operation from 1995 - 2000, and District Geologist, Chief Geologist, Exploration Manager, and General Manager at Hecla's San Sebastian deposit in Durango, Mexico from 2000 - 2010. While at San Sebastian, Kurt managed the exploration group responsible for the discovery of the high-grade Ag-Cu-Pb-Zn Hugh Zone. Prior to joining Hecla, Kurt also worked for CoCa Mines Inc. and Geodome Resources Limited.

Don Birak

Technical Committee

Don Birak is a geologist with over 37 years of experience in the minerals industry. He served as Senior Vice President of Exploration for Coeur Mining, Inc. (“Coeur”) from 2004 to October 2013. Previous to his time at Coeur, he served as Vice President of Exploration with AngloGold North America, Independence Mining Company, and Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting. In 2001, Mr. Birak was co‐recipient of the ‘Bill Dennis Prospector of the Year’ award given by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. Mr. Birak received his Master of Science in Geology from Bowling Green State University, in Ohio. Mr. Birak is a Registered Member of SME and a Fellow of the Australian IMM.

Ryan Weymark

Technical Advisor, Engineering

Ryan Weymark, P. Eng. is a Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) with experience in mining, heavy civil and infrastructure projects. Ryan has experience working on projects as a consultant, contractor and owner's representative at various stages, including technical due-diligence, economic studies (pre-feasibility to feasibility), permitting (provincial and federal) and construction. Mr. Weymark is currently Principal of Weymark Consulting, providing project management and advisory services to the resource sector, including Teck Alaska Corporation, NexGen Energy Ltd., Coeur Mining Inc. and Imperial Metals Corp. Mr. Weymark was Vice President - Project Development for IDM Mining, until the acquisition by Ascot in March 2019. Prior to joining IDM Mining, Mr. Weymark was a Project Manager with Ledcor Contractors Ltd. in the Heavy Civil and Mining Division. Prior to Ledcor, Ryan worked for Teck Resources Ltd. in various project and operational roles, including Mine Construction Project Manager for the Line Creek Phase II Expansion Project and Project Engineer for the Quintette Coal Operations Project. Prior to Teck, Mr. Weymark worked for SNC-Lavalin Inc. in the Mining & Metallurgy Division on various feasibility and pre-feasibility studies. Mr. Weymark holds a B.A.Sc from the University of British Columbia in Mining and Mineral Processing and is a registered Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.

Jodie Gibson

Technical Advisor, Geology

Mr. Gibson, P.Geo. is an exploration geologist with over 14 years of mineral exploration experience throughout the North American cordillera from Alaska to Mexico, including syngenetic and epigenetic precious and base metal systems. He was the project manager of the Underworld Resources Inc. exploration team that discovered and defined the Golden Saddle and Arc deposits. These assets were subsequently sold to Kinross in 2010 for $139-million. Mr. Gibson was served as vice-president of exploration for White Gold Corp where he supervised over $30-million in exploration activities over the previous three years, with highlights including expansion of the Golden Saddle and Arc deposits and five new discoveries across the White Gold district, including the high-grade Vertigo discovery on the JP Ross property. Mr. Gibson holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a master of science degree from Indiana State University and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. Mr. Gibson is currently vice-president of exploration for K2 Gold, a Discovery Group Company.