Officers & Directors
C. Fraser Elliott, B.A., B. Comm., Executive Chairman
Since 1987, Mr. Elliott has been the President of CFE Financial Inc., a private investment banking company. From January 1, 2005, Mr. Elliott was Chief Financial Officer of Tangarine Payment Solutions Corp. a public company, which he listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. He arranged the successful sale of the business in March 2009. From 1998 to 1999, he was VP – Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Vital Retirement Living Inc., a public company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. He has been a director of VRL since 1998. He is presently a director of one other public company, Sylogist Inc., listed on the TSX Venture exchange.
Mr. Elliott holds a degree in B.A. (Economics) from the University of Western Ontario and B. Comm. (Accounting) from the University of Windsor.
Gregory James Romain, President & CEO, Executive Director
Mr. Romain has been involved in the mining and mineral processing industry for over 25 years and has guided Gowest from being involved purely in exploration towards becoming a development and mining firm with producing assets. He has been the President and CEO since 2008 and has overseen the early stages of consolidation and transition.
Prior to Gowest, Mr. Romain was President and CEO of a Canadian manufacturing company that sold products exclusively to the global mining industry. Mr. Romain took that company public as an income trust in 2005 and, with the regulation changes to the income trust sector, sold the company to a private equity group in 2007.
Janet O’Donnell, CFO & Secretary
Mrs. O’Donnell is a career accounting professional with over 25 years of experience.
Mrs. O’Donnell most recently was CFO of a gold producer whose operations were focused in Mexico, where her responsibilities included overseeing the company’s financial operations in three countries and managing cash flows from sales of gold from two mines. Prior to that, she was the CFO of a Canadian manufacturing company that sold products exclusively to the mining industry. Mrs. O’Donnell was an integral part of the team that took the company public as an income trust in 2005 and then sold it to a private equity group in 2007.
John Frostiak, P.Eng, Director & Chairman of the Compensation Committee
Mr. Frostiak is a registered professional engineer in the province of Ontario, a life member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum and a member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Inc. He retired in 2012 as Corporate Project Manager for Barrick Gold Corporation (“Barrick”) where he was responsible for the Kabanga Ni project (Xstrata Ni is the operator), the Barrick Development System, and Project Risk Analysis. He was involved in several project studies and led the development of the process plant and surface facilities for the Pierina mine in Peru, the Bulyanhulu mine in Tanzania, and the Cowal mine in Australia. Prior to joining Barrick, he spent eight years at the Campbell Mine, now part of the Red Lake gold mine complex – Canada’s largest gold mining operation – where, as Mill Superintendent, he managed the process selection, engineering, design, and construction of the autoclave and other modernisation projects. Mr. Frostiak has been a director of Colossus Minerals Inc. since 2007 and was appointed Chairman of the Board in October 2012.
Larry Phillips, Director & Chairman of the Governance Committee
Mr. Phillips was most recently the Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs with IAMGOLD Corporation. Mr. Phillips was one of the original founders of IAMGOLD and served as an officer and Director of the company from 1990 until the company became a public listed company in March 1996 when he held the title of Vice President, Corporate Development. He was primarily responsible for negotiating mining rights acquisitions, government mining Conventions and major joint venture arrangements with other major mining companies. He has worked directly with the CEO and Chairman on all aspects of corporate development and been involved in a number of equity financings for the Company.
Peter Quintiliani, Director & Chairman of the Audit Committee
Mr. Quintiliani was appointed as Director of Gowest Gold Ltd., with effect from May 9, 2012. Mr. Quintiliani was most recently the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Corporate Development and Strategy for Katz Group Canada Ltd. and has over 35 years’ experience in corporate finance.
Mr. Quintiliani is a CPA, Chartered Accountant and holds a B.A. (Economics) from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor.
Yungang Wu, Director & Chairman of the Technical Committee
Mr. Wu is a professional geologist with 25 years of experience in international mineral exploration, resource estimating and mining. He is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario and holds a Master’s Degree in Mineral Deposits from Jilin University, China. He is currently a director of Eastern Iron Limited (ASX:EFE) and New Era Minerals Inc. (TSXV:NEM).
Meirong Yuan, CPA, Director
Mr .Yuan has over 22 years of experience in corporate finance and has a Master Degree in accounting from Beijing business school .He is a chartered public accountant in People’s Republic Of China. Mr.Yuan held the position of Chief Financial Officer of Wonder Auto Technology Inc. from 2006 to 2011 and has been Vice President Of Fortune Futures Holding Limited since January 2014.