Darren Koningen, P.Eng

Director, President & CEO

Darren Koningen is a professional engineer (metallurgy) with over 25 years of international mining experience.

Mr. Koningen formerly acted as President & CEO of of NWM Mining Corporation after being asked by lenders to restructure the company in 2012 due to pending bankruptcy. He led a new management team to fix operational issues, prepare new production plan for a ramp-up to +60,000 oz/yr and complete resource expansion. NWM quickly became cash flow positive, re-paid all debt and project was ultimately sold in 2015. 

Mr. Koningen also acted as VP Project Development at GoWest Gold Ltd., and before that, was a founding member of Castle Gold Corp and acted as VP Operations and VP Engineering. Prior to Castle Gold, Mr. Koningen was employed as a Senior Process Engineer (mining and metallurgy) with Kvaerner Engineering. Roles included process development, engineering and cost analysis, construction, and commissioning. Mr. Koningen's broad international experience in metallurgy process design and operations has allowed him to make significant contributions to bringing two operating and profitable gold mines into production in the past 5 years.

Mr. Koningen obtained his Bachelor of Applied Science, Mineral Process Engineering from Queens University in 1990

Doug Ramshaw, B.Sc. A.R.S.M.
Director & President

Doug Ramshaw is a senior executive and corporate director with more than 20 years of experience in the mineral resource sector. His work has focused on mineral project evaluation, M&A, and business development strategies supporting corporate growth.

Mr. Ramshaw previously worked as a mining analyst for an independent brokerage firm in London, U.K., and has served in various executive capacities for a number of publicly listed junior resource companies. He remains an independent Director of several companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. 

Chester Millar


Chester Millar serves as an Investment Advisor of H. Morgan & Company. Mr. Millar has vast experience in executive roles with public mining companies, and has previously been the Chairman of each of Eldorado Gold Corporation, Glamis Gold Ltd., Alamos Gold Inc. and Castle Gold Corporation.

Mr. Miller was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame. Mr. Millar is a Professional Engineer. He has a degree in Geological Engineering from University of British Columbia. 

Ruben Padilla, PhD


Mr. Padilla has 25 years of experience working on target generation, project evaluations, mining geology, and management of exploration programs with various companies mostly focused on the Americas. He holds a geological engineering degree from the University of Chihuahua in Mexico and Masters and PhD degrees from the University of Arizona. 

Currently, Mr. Padilla is a chief geologist at Talisker Exploration Services Inc., an Ontario based mining and exploration services company co-founded by Mr. Padilla in 2010, whose principal clients are Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd. and their associated companies.

Mr. Padilla worked and completed important research at the La Escondida deposit in Chile where he identified a blind target related with a younger porphyry event today known as the Escondida Este deposit. With AngloGold Ashanti, he acted as exploration country manager in Peru and in Colombia and as Chief Geologist for the Americas exploration group. He was part of the team that discovered the Colosa and Gramalote deposits in Colombia.  

Bruce Durham, P.Geo


Bruce has been involved in the mineral exploration business for more than 40 years, most of which have been directly in the junior exploration industry. Much of his career has been spent searching for gold deposits in eastern Canada, although at various times he has been involved in mineral exploration programs for diamond, asbestos, base metals, uranium and molybdenum.

Mr. Durham has worked throughout the Americas and has also taken part in programs in Africa and Korea. He has been involved in many contracting and consulting positions and has held a number of corporate positions with other companies exploring portfolios of projects across Canada. Bruce’s career has seen him directly involved in a number of successful exploration programs that resulted in several new mines being built, including two of the three Hemlo, Ontario gold mines. Another project led to significant discoveries that have been developed by a Chinese entity as Quebec’s newest nickel copper PGE mine.

Mr. Durham is currently the President and CEO of Nevada Zinc Corporation (“NZN”­-TSX-V), and a Director of Norvista Capital Corporation(“NVV”­-TSX-V) and Rockcliff Copper Corporation ("RCU"-TSX-V).