Meet The Board of Directors
Mr. Laviolette has over 15 years of experience in mining and capital markets; worked as a production and exploration geologist in Northern Ontario (Timmins, Kirkland Lake and Red Lake), Norway and Ghana. Later worked as a mining analyst with Pinetree Capital. Founder, Director and Executive Chairman of EarthLabs Inc. (formerly GoldSpot Discoveries Corp.) (TSX.V: SPOT); Co-Founder, Director and President of New Found Gold Corp. (TSX. V: NFG); and serves as a Director for Xtra-Gold Resources Corp. (TSE: XTG) and Radio Fuels Energy Corp. (CNSX: CAKE).
Founder, President, CEO & Director
Danièle Spethmann, P.Geo.
Ms. Spethmann has over 30+ years’ experience in northern Ontario, Canada and internationally in Latin American and Botswana including senior geologist and principal on two projects with significant discoveries (Choco 10 - Carolina Zone and Fruta del Norte) in Venezuela and in Ecuador. Companies she has worked with include IAMGOLD, African Copper, Aurelian Resources and Bolivar Goldfields. Ms. Spethmann studied geology at the University of Ottawa and recently completed the Mining Management Certificate at Ryerson University. She is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists Ontario, committee member of the Toronto Geological Discussion Group and WIM Toronto.
Gary Nassif, P.Geo.
Mr. Nassif is a professional geologist with 25+ years’ experience in gold, base-metal and diamond exploration in Canada, United States and sub-Saharan Africa. He is the former Senior Vice President of Jerritt Canyon Gold, previously privately owned by Sprott Mining Inc. and recently acquired by First Majestic Silver Corp. He is also President & CEO of Argentum Silver Corp., a TSX-V listed explorer, and a director of Inventus Mining. He was previously Manager of Exploration Services for Kerr Mines, Northern Gold Mining, and Trelawney Mining & Exploration prior to its sale to IAMGOLD for $608 million in 2012. He holds an M.Sc. in Geology (McGill University), a B.Sc. in Geology (Concordia University) and a Certificate in Mining Law from Osgoode Hall.
Steve Burleton MBA, CFA, ICD.d.
Mr. Burleton has +25 years’ experience in capital markets, the investment banking industry, corporate development and strategy. He was most recently the President and CEO of GT Gold, and prior to this, VP of Business Development at Richmont Mines Inc. which was acquired in 2017 by Alamos Gold Inc. for US$770 million. Steve has worked extensively in the Canadian investment banking industry, including positions of Managing Director of Investment Banking at Wellington West Capital Markets Inc. and at Scotia Capital Inc. Steve is a CFA charter holder, has an MBA from York University and holds an ICD.d designation from the Rotman School of Management.
Christina McCarthy is a geologist with over 15 years of experience in the resource capital markets. Ms. McCarthy is the former President and CEO of Paycore Minerals Inc., recently acquired by i-80 Gold Corp for $90 million. She previously held the position of Vice President of Corporate Development for New Oroperu Resources Inc., which was acquired by Anacortes Mining Corp. in 2021. Ms. McCarthy served as Director of Corporate Development for McEwen Mining from 2014 to 2019. She spent the past 15 years in various roles, including management and board roles, equity research at Euro Pacific, and Institutional Sales at Haywood Securities, as well as building an exempt market dealer focusing on resources. Prior to entering the resource capital markets, she worked for a junior exploration company managing exploration programs on multiple projects throughout Norway and Sweden. Ms. McCarthy was also influential in building and supporting one of the leading resource IPOs in August 2020, New Found Gold Corp., while briefly serving as the CEO of Palisades
Vincent Dubé-Bourgeois is Co-Founder and President of EarthLabs Inc. and a board member at Harfang Exploration Inc. Under his leadership, EarthLabs Inc. sold the ExplorTech Division, including GoldSpot Discoveries, to ALS Limited for $30 million. In 2015, at the Integra Gold Rush Challenge, Mr. Dubé-Bourgeois combined his machine learning and geology expertise to lead his team successfully to a share of the $1 million prize. Mr. Dubé-Bourgeois was previously with the Ontario Geological Survey and Noront Resources Ltd. He holds a BSc in Geology from the University of Ottawa and started postgraduate studies at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique. He is recognized for innovative contributions to data science and geoscience, particularly in mineral exploration.