Officers & Directors
C. Fraser Elliott, B.A., B. Comm., 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.
Dan Gagnon, P.Geo., Director, President & CEO
A professional Geologist, Mr. Gagnon, who is from and lives in Timmins, brings over 30 years of experience in geology and general management from a wide range of operations across Canada. His extensive responsibilities have included all aspects of the mining operations of a number of companies, including operations, milling, maintenance, engineering, mine geology, administration, health safety and environment and community relations, ensuring the effective and profitable use of available resources and facilities. Most recently, he was General Manager and then Vice President Operations with Harte Gold Corp, where he helped to optimize the operation at the Sugar Zone Mine in White River, Ontario. He was also Senior Vice President of Operations for Lakeshore Gold. Dan started his career in geology, ending after 13 years as Chief Geologist at Musselwhite Mine in Ontario. Over the following 17 years, he worked as General Manager at a number of Canadian operations, including TMAC Resources’ Hope Bay Project in Nunavut, Canada. Mr. Gagnon holds a Bachelor of Science with Specialization in Geology from the University of Ottawa.
Demin (Fleming) Huang, CFO & Corporate Secretary
Mr. Huang, CPA, CMA, has over 20 years of administration and corporate finance experience in different industries, including resource exploration. Prior to his current role, he held various management and accounting roles with multiple companies and has been involved in a variety of transactions in resource exploration and utility industries, including financings, acquisitions, joint ventures, mergers, and divestitures.
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.
Meirong Yuan, CPA, Director
Mr. Yuan has over 22 years of experience in corporate finance and has a Master’s 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.
Douglas Cater, Director
Mr. Cater is a professional geologist who has worked extensively across Canada and internationally for more than 35 years, with a particular focus on the Timmins gold camp. He has held positions with both senior and intermediate gold producers, including Barrick, Placer Dome and Kinross. His most recent executive position was Vice President, Exploration (Canada) with Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd. Mr. Cater is also a director of Sierra Metals Inc., Mayfair Gold Corp., and Exploits Discovery Corp. He is a graduate of the ICD- Rotman Directors Education Program.
Xuejun Guo, Director
Mr. Guo, a professional engineer, has worked in the mining industry for over 30 years. He worked on the front line of production, which helped him gain unique experience and insight into the management of mining operations. He has worked as a mine site executive, a Company Director, and a site manager of Chifeng Jilong gold mining co Ltd. He is also familiar with managing human resources and finance departments.