Christopher C. Dundas, B.Comm., MBA
Chairman & CEO, Director
Christopher Dundas is currently Chairman & CEO, and Director of Duluth Metals Limited. Having received a B.Commerce (Honours) at Queen's in 1972 and an M.B.A.from the University of California at Berkeley in 1973, he joined Murray & Company in 1973 to open up their Montreal office. Since that time, he was involved in major debt and equity financings in both the domestic and international markets. In addition to real estate finance, he helped to diversify Murray & Company into other areas of corporate financing including manufacturing, infrastructure and privatizations. In 1978, he became the President of Murray & Company's Quebec subsidiary and in 1985 he became a Director of the national company and a member of the management committee. Mr.Dundas has been instrumental in the start-up, organization, development and financing of Duluth. In the mining industry, Mr. Dundas was a Director of Wallbridge Mining Company Limited from 2003 to 2009. Mr. Dundas is a Director of Twin Metals Minnesota LLC.
Vern Baker, Mining Eng., MBA
Vern Baker grew up in Reno, Nevada and has a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the University of Nevada. He later attained a MBA degree from Stanford University. Mr. Baker is a highly experienced mining executive with a focus on underground operations. Vern has broad experience in mining having previously been the General Manager of such significant mining operations as the Goldstrike mine in Nevada (Barrick Gold Corporation), the Homestake mine in South Dakota (Homestake Gold), the Hemlo mine in Ontario (a joint-venture operation of Teck and Barrick) and the Stillwater mine in Montana (Stillwater). Most recently, Mr. Baker has been VP Operations for FNX Mining in Sudbury.
Kelly J. Osborne, Mining Eng.
Kelly Osborne is a mining executive with over twenty-eight years of industry experience in the United States and Indonesia with major US based mining companies including Freeport-McMoRan, Vulcan Materials and Stillwater Mining Company. Prior to his appointment to Duluth Metals, Mr. Osborne was Senior Vice-President, Underground Operations (Indonesia) with Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, and prior to that from 2006 to 2010, Vice-President, Underground Operations (Indonesia).
Marvin E. Dee, CPA
Marvin Dee is a highly experienced Minnesota financial executive well versed in domestic and international finance, treasury and tax, SEC/SOX accounting with a background in an operating multi-plant, multi-national manufacturing TQM environment. Prior to joining Duluth Metals, Mr. Dee was CFO and COO with Spectrum Plastics Group in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. Dee has over 30 years of experience in Minnesota, previously with Hawkins Inc., Nath Companies, Tricord Systems Inc., Nordic Track Inc., Illbruck/USA Inc., as well as Ernst& Young and McGladrey & Pullen. Mr. Dee graduated from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants.
H. James Blake, Q. C., LL.M
Jim Blake is a senior law partner of McLean & Kerr LLP and received his LL.M. in Business Law from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University in 1970. Jim Blake was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1980. Mr. Blake's principal focus of practice is corporate and commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and securities and corporate finance predominantly within the mining industry. Mr. Blake has written and lectured on directors' and officers' liability, legal and fiduciary duties of corporate directors, officers and corporate managers, Limited Liability Companies, Interest Act compliance, secured lending transactions, letters of credit and developments in corporate law. He is a past Chair of the Business Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association and a member of the Corporate Law Subcommittee thereof, is past Chair of the Natural Resources & Energy Section of the Ontario Bar Association and chaired the Ontario Bar Association Committee on modernization of Ontario's Mining Act. Mr. Blake has been the Corporate Secretary of the Corporation since January 2006.
Dean Peterson, Ph.D. Geology
Senior Vice President, Exploration
Dr. Peterson is a pre-eminent authority on Duluth Complex mineralization as he was Senior Research Associate at the Natural Resources Research Insitute of the University of Minnesota Duluth's ("UMD") and co-director of the recently formed Precambrian Research Center at UMD. He has over 20 years' experience in mineral exploration, geological consulting, and developing economic geology research programs. As an industry geologist and consultant, he has experience with a variety of deposit types including; Archean lode Au deposits; epithermal Au; VMS deposits; Duluth Complex Cu-Ni-PGE deposits; high-grade Cu-PGE veins beneath the Sudbury Igneous Complex; and Cu-Au-Mo porphyry deposits. His research interests include economic geology, geological mapping, Precambrian geology, mineral potential modeling, and three-dimensional modeling of ore systems. Dr. Peterson has worked extensively in the National Science Foundation's initiative to develop a Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) in the United States, first as a Principal Investigator for the University of Minnesota's proposal for the Soudan Mine, and then collaborating with the DUSEL teams associated with the Homestake and Henderson mines.
Mark A. Cowan, B.A., J.D.
Mark D. Cowan is the principal of Cowan Strategies, a Washington based firm concentrating in public policy, global business and trade. Prior to that, he was Senior Executive Vice-President, International Business, at Cassidy & Associates, a Washington based international government relations and consulting firm and prior to that he was a partner at the Washington based law firm, Patton Boggs LLP.. He served as president of Columbus Public Affairs and as Chief Executive Officer of Newmyer Associates, a public affairs and strategic intelligence firm. He was vice chairman of Cassidy & Associates and a founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Jefferson Group. Mr. Cowan also served at Gray & Company and Hill & Knowlton Public Relations, counseling numerous domestic and international clients. In addition, Mr. Cowan has held presidential and political appointments in Ronald W. Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush administrations. Mr. Cowan serves as a director of Suntrak Solar, is a trustee of The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and is a director or advisor to a number of institutions and other organizations.
James J. Jackson, C.A., C.P.A.
James J. Jackson, a retired executive and resident of the USA, joined the Board on March 22, 2007. Mr. Jackson was previously Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of MobiFon S.A., a leading cellular telephone provider in Romania and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vodafone Group PLC. On May 31, 2005, Vodafone Group plc purchased MobiFon from Telesystem Wireless International Inc. Mr. Jackson served in numerous senior financial roles from 1997, including MobiFon's Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Jackson was Vice-Chairman, Finance, for Quadrant Amroq Bottling Co. Ltd., a venture capital firm holding the franchise for Pepsi Cola in Romania. Prior to that, he worked for fifteen years at Alcan Aluminium Ltd. Mr. Jackson is currently a member of the supervisory council of Bite Lithuania, a mobile telephone company and previously a Director, Vice-Chairman and Audit Committee Chair of Neo Materials Technologies Inc. Mr. Jackson is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and is a registered Certified Public Accountant in the United States. He is a certified director as a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors and currently serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and lead independent Director on the Duluth Board and is a member of the Board of Directors of Twin Metals. Mr. Jackson is also a director of Miocene Metals Limited (a mineral exploration company). Mr. Jackson became a director of Molycorp, Inc. on March 5, 2014.
Lieutenant General John Sattler (USMC Ret.)
General Sattler brings 37 plus years of Marine Corps experience in leadership, command and staff positions, interagency coordination, strategic planning, congressional liaison, strategic communication and team building to Duluth Metals. General Sattler served as the Director of Strategic Plans and Policy (J5) to the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff from September 2006 until his retirement in August 2008. Prior to this, from 2004 to 2006, he was the Commanding General of the First Marine Expeditionary Force and Commander, Marine Corps Forces Central Command. During this period, he commanded all forces in Iraq within the Al Anbar Provence. During 2003-04, he commanded the initial Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and established the Headquarters in the Country of Djibouti. In addition, General Sattler has served three years as an acquisition officer and four years as the Marine Corps Congressional Liaison Officer to the House of Representatives. General Sattler has a B.Sc. Degree in Economics from the United States Naval Academy in 1971 and also graduated from the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Thomas F. Pugsley, M.Sc. Mining Eng.
Thomas Pugsley held senior management positions with Falconbridge Limited from 1977 onwards and retired from Falconbridge in 2004. Mr. Pugsley managed Falconbridge's interest in the US$1.8 billion Collahuasi Copper Project in Chile. He was also responsible for the implementation of Falconbridge's $600 million Raglan Project located in Nunavik Quebec as well as the design, planning and development of Falconbridge's US$3 billion Koniambo Ferronickel Project in New Caledonia. Prior to Falconbridge, Mr. Pugsley was Senior Mining Engineer and Mine Superintendent for Cominco's Black Angel Mine in Greenland. Mr. Pugsley and the Falconbridge team were awarded the PDAC Developers Award in 2000 for development of the Raglan and Collahuasi mines.
Barry Simmons, B.Sc., P. Eng.
Barry D. Simmons is a geological consultant and independent director with over 45 years of senior management responsibility in the mining industry. He has been Regional Vice President for Teck Cominco Limited, a former Director and past Chairman of the Exploration Division of Camiro (a national research organization sponsored by the Canadian mining industry) and a former Director and past Chairman of the Education Committee of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC). In addition, Mr. Simmons was a member of the Minister's Advisory Board for the Ontario Geological Survey. He is a Professional Engineer and a graduate of Carleton University with an Honours B.Sc. in Geology. He has served as an independent director and/or advisory board member with three TSX-listed companies (including Duluth) as well as Vismand Exploration Inc., a privately funded mining company. Mr. Simmons has been recognized as an expert on mining issues by the Supreme Court of British Columbia as well as the Superior Court of Justice - Ontario.
Alar Soever, B.Sc., P.Geo
Alar Soever is a Professional Geologist (Ontario) with over 30 years experience in the mining industry. He has been involved in a wide range of projects both in Canada and overseas. Mr. Soever was the President of Wallbridge from 2003 until September 19, 2011 and CEO until April 25, 2012 and is the Executive Chairman and a director of Wallbridge. He was involved on the Minnesota property as a consultant to Wallbridge during 2001-2002 during the initial evaluation of the Maturi Extension Project and played a key role in the spin-out of this property to Duluth. Before joining Wallbridge, he worked both as an independent consultant and then subsequently as Senior Geologist with the consulting firm of Watts, Griffis, and McOuat Limited. Mr. Soever is also a director and the Executive Chairman of Miocene Metals Limited (a mineral exploration company).