John Rucci, President & CEO

Chairman of the Board and CEO John Rucci brings over 35 years of experience running public companies in the mining and oil & gas industries. Mr, Rucci has been directly involved in the full circle of discovery to production of two successful gold mines. From 1996 to 1997 he was director of Fort Point Resources Ltd., a public oil and gas company trading on the Vancouver Stock Exchange. From 1996 to 2001, he was chairman of the board for United Tex-Sol Mines Inc., a publicly traded gold exploration company. From 2001 to 2013, Sienna Gold Inc. (name now changed to Peruvian Precious Metals PPX on TSX Venture Exchange).

Brent Willis, Bsc.Eng, COO

COO of Voyageur Industrial Minerals Ltd, Mr. Willis has over 30 years of experience successfully leading, managing and advancing complex Canadian and international projects in the mining industry. Brent started his career working in the energy service sector as a drilling fluid engineer and manager in the Western Canadian sedimentary basin with Dynamic Drilling Fluids Ltd. Career highlights include advancing the Jubilee Barite Mining Operation from discovery to production as President and chairman of the board at Tiger Ridge Resources Ltd. Advancing  the Payback Barite Mine from discovery to production as president and chairman of the  board with Blackfire Exploration Ltd, a public company. Brent was also President of an R&D company Hydrotech Dynamics Ltd that  developed patented technology in  the  solids control business. Brent has effectively been managing companies with teams as large as of 120 employees and dealt with many complicated issues related to environmental, negotiations, indigenous relations, unions, permitting, logistics, HR, social, government, regulatory, audits, public reporting and legal issues. Brent has experience in public financing, negotiated and has signed contracts and JV deals in excess of US$200 million dollars. In addition to his full cycle involvement in bringing two barite mines into production, Mr. Willis is also responsible for co-discovering a large polymetallic ore deposit in Mexico and operating an import business moving barite from China to North America.

Gordon Forbes, CFO, CA

Mr. Forbes was appointed CFO in November 2014. Mr. Forbes spent 30 years with a major accounting firm, and retired as a senior tax partner. Mr. Forbes has since acted as a valued consultant to various public companies. Mr. Forbes obtained his C.A. in 1968.

Brad Willis, Vice President Exploration

Mr. Willis is a mining engineer and has over 30 years’ experience in the exploration and mining industry. Mr. Willis has created three Canadian exploration companies focusing on barite exploration and mining. He has managed the exploration and discovery of multiple exploration projects in both North and South America. He has coordinated projects from grassroots exploration to underground and surface mine production. Mr. Willis is credited with being the team leader that discovered the barite deposits that are currently owned by Voyageur. He supervised all the prospecting, exploration, drilling and underground mining on these barite properties.

Steven R. Livingston, Vice President Finance & Business Development

Appointed Vice President in 2015. Mr. Livingston brings 20+ years of finance experience in the Canadian Securities and Investment Banking industries. Mr. Livingston participated as lead, co-lead or syndicate member in over 65 transactions worth over $95 million in retail investor financings. Mr. Livingston started his finance career at Laurentian Fund Management Inc. in 1989.


John M. Rucci, President & CEO, Chairman of the Board

Mr. Rucci graduated from University of Calgary in 1977 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. During the past 33 years Mr. Rucci has been involved with numerous public and private companies. He has been involved in many start-up companies, providing deals and consulting services to these ventures. From 1996 to 1997 he was director of Fort Point Resources Ltd., a public oil and gas company trading on the Vancouver Stock Exchange. From 1996 to 2001, he was Chairman of the Board for United Tex-Sol Mines Inc., a publicly traded gold exploration company. From 2001 to 2013, Sienna Gold Inc. ( name now changed to Peruvian Precious Metals PPX on TSX Venture Exchange).

Richard Skeith, Senior Partner, Norton Rose Canada, Director

Mr. Skeith has over 30 years experience as a solicitor advising a variety of private and public corporations. In addition, he has been or is currently a director or officer of a number of public and private companies in the oil and gas exploration and development and services sectors, in mining, biotechnology, real estate and telecommunications. Mr. Skeith is a director of the Corporation.

Andrew S Burgess, Chairman Audit Committee, Director

Mr. Burgess has a B. Comm (Hons) degree from the University of Manitoba and is a Chartered Accountant (Alberta) and Certified Public Accountant (Illinois). He has been Director and Officer in several listed mineral exploration and mining companies including Consolidated Brinco Ltd., Western Canadian Mining Corporation, Sulphurets Gold Corporation, Dominion Explorers Inc., Ecstall Mining Corporation, United Tex-Sol Mines Ltd., Sienna Gold Corporation and Spectrum Mining Corporation. These companies have been involved in the mining of asbestos and coal and the exploration for Cu, Au, Pb, Ag and REE. Projects include the Quinsam coal mine, the Kerr/Sulphurets Cu/Au porphyry deposit, the Croinor Au deposit, the Akie sedex hosted Pb-Zn deposit, the Clavos Au deposit, and the Wicheeda REE deposit.

Charles Littlejohn, Director

Mr. Littlejohn graduated from the Western University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and solid background in chemistry,  physics and geology. He has considerable experience in PGMs in Ontario and gold/silver deposits both in Canada and  in South America. After several years of post-graduate research, Mr. Littlejohn joined the oil and gas industry and was  made a full member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 1984. He was encouraged by his company to study law and  now holds a J.D. degree (cum laude) from the Southern California Institute of Law, with an acute interest in International  Law. He also studied law at the University of London (England). He has taught courses in International Law, Contracts and  Fiduciary Law. For the past 26 years, he has managed a small privately held hedge fund. In past years, he was a co-  founder of a mutual fund management company and has served as a director of two public-traded mining companies, viz.,  Sienna Gold, Inc and Peruvian Precious Metals Corp.

Declan B. Livesey, P. Eng., PhD., Director

Independent Engineering Consultant (PhD Mining Wales, 1974). Dr Livesey has over 30 years experience in the mining and oil and gas industries. He has held a number of management positions within major resource companies including VP Operations and Engineering with a major US corporation.

Joe Scarlet, Drilling Fluids Engineer, Director

Mr. Scarlet is former Senior Executive Sales, Drilling Services Secure Energy Services and New West Drilling Fluids.