Principals & Executives of Discovery Group
John is a professional geologist, prospector and entrepreneur with over 35 years of experience in the mining industry. In 2008 he was awarded the Spud Huestis award for his contributions to mineral exploration in British Columbia and Yukon.
He has been involved in several notable discoveries including the 5 million oz Coffee Gold deposit in Yukon, Three Bluffs gold deposit in the Committee Bay greenstone belt and the Aviat/Churchill diamond districts of Nunavut. He has been involved in over a billion dollars in M&A activity and has generated over $500 million in direct and indirect mineral expenditures throughout Canada, Latin America and Australia.
John was the founder and co-founder of several notable companies including Hunter Exploration, Kaminak Gold Corp., Stornoway Diamond Corp., Northern Empire Resources Corp., Bluestone Resources Inc. and Fireweed Zinc Corp.
John acts as Executive Chairman to Bluestone Resources Inc., Fireweed Zinc Ltd. and K2 Gold Corp. and Strategic Advisor to Great Bear Resources, Genesis Metals Corp., Dunnedin Ventures Inc., ValOre Metals Corp. and Ethos Gold Corp.
Jim is a principal of Discovery Group and has been actively involved in marketing and corporate development activities for the group companies since 2002. Jim has 22 years of industry experience, including capital raises, acquisitions, joint-ventures, spin-outs, RTOs, and IPOs. He is the Chairman and CEO of Valore Metals Corp. and was a driving force behind more than $60 million in equity financings for ValOre that lead to multiple discoveries and a 200% increase in mineral resources at ValOre’s Angilak uranium project.
Jim was a long-standing and active director of Kaminak Gold Corp. (acquired by Goldcorp.) and founding director of Northern Empire Resources Corp. (acquired by Coeur Mining). In 2007, Jim founded Corsa Capital Ltd. Corsa’s 2008 IPO lead to a 2010 transaction which created a leading U.S. metallurgical coal producer with a C$250M market capitalization.
Jim is the Chairman and CEO of ValOre Metals Corp., a director of Bluestone Resources Inc. and Strategic Advisor to Great Bear Resources Ltd., Genesis Metals Corp., Dunnedin Ventures Inc., Ethos Gold Corp.
Darren is a highly regarded mining executive with a broad range of international experience. He was most recently Executive Vice President & Head of Corporate Development for OceanaGold Corporation responsible for overseeing the capital markets as well as the mergers and acquisitions strategy. Over the past ten years at OceanaGold, Darren’s various responsibilities have also included oversight of project teams managing exploration, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and community engagement programs as well as extensive government relations activities.
Claudia was formerly General Manager at Rio Tinto working extensively with Rio Tinto’s diamond operations in Canada and Australia. She also held the position of EVP Business Development for Sandstorm Gold, Director of Silver One Resources and former director of Kennady Diamonds, leading the $176m sale of the company to Mountain Province as chair of the special committee of the board.
Craig is a mining engineer with over 30 years of operations, consulting, and investment banking experience. This includes work on feasibility studies for numerous mining projects worldwide, investment banking/due diligence roles in over 200 institutional mining equity financings, and significant experience advising management and boards on both friendly and hostile transactions.
Brandon is a professional geologist with a diverse experience base including exploration geology worldwide and investment banking. In recent years he has focused his efforts in exploration and development as a principal of and consultant to various junior mining companies. In the past he was in the City of London where he worked in structuring financings and risk management at Macquarie Bank. Brandon has a long history of mining exploration work in Yukon, including zinc projects, and originally hails from Ross River, near Fireweed’s Macmillan Pass Project site.
Jeff has nineteen years of experience in the capital markets and mineral exploration sector. He is responsible for the company’s corporate development, marketing, and financing. Jeff was a Director of Northern Empire Resources Corp. which was acquired by Coeur Mining for $117 million for the Sterling Gold project in October 2018. He was also a Director and VP of Underworld Resources which discovered the 1.6 million oz White Gold deposit in west-central Yukon and was subsequently acquired by Kinross Gold for $138 million in June 2010.
Chris is a structural and economic geologist and mining entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience with both producers and exploration companies. He is the founder of Dunnedin Ventures Inc. and Great Bear Resources Ltd. He operates an independent geological consulting practice, evaluating exploration and mining properties for acquisition purposes. Chris was formerly a geologist with Imperial Metals Inc.
Steve has been in the mining and exploration business for 30 years and has held positions such as Institutional Mining Analyst for Yorkton Securities, CEO of several successful junior companies including Brazil Resources Inc. and Fortress Minerals Ltd. and was Global Head of Business Development for the BHP Billiton Exploration Group (2005-2008). In recent years he has developed varied business interests in third world jurisdictions while maintaining a keen interest in the Canadian Resource sector through investment and opportunity recognition.