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.


Yungang Wu, P.Geo., Chair of Technical Committee

Professional geologist with 30 years of experience in both Canadian and international mineral exploration, resource estimating and mining.  He is a member of the professional geoscientists of Ontario and holds a Master’s Degree in Mineral Deposits from Jilin University, China.


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 Yuanhui, CPA, Director

Mr .Yuanhui 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.Yuanhui 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.


Gilbert Lawson, P.Eng., Director

Mr. Lawson has over 34 years of experience in large scale gold mine design/build/operations in Canada/Ontario as well as technical studies, health and safety, government relations, community and First Nations relations, and permitting/environment.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Mining Engineering Degree from McGill University in 1986 and is a registered professional engineer in Ontario.

He has served as Chief Engineer and Mine Manager at Placer Dome’s Musselwhite Mine, as well as Mining Manager and Business Development Manager at Placer Dome’s Campbell Mine.  He has also held the position of Mine General Manager at DeBeers’ Snap Lake Mine and then returned to Goldcorp Inc.’s Musselwhite Mine as General Manager.  Most recently, Mr. Lawson was VP Operational Support, then VP Geology and Mine Planning for Goldcorp Inc., and then went on to be COO of TMAC Resources Inc.  Mr. Lawson is also an Independent Director of Great Bear Resources Ltd.