Patrick J. Cruickshank, MBA, CFM
President & CEO - Director
Since 2013, Mr. Cruickshank has been active as President and CEO of Cogonov Inc. where he successfully raised over 2 million dollars and negotiated 2 joint ventures on 3 of Cogonov’s Iron Oxide Copper Gold (IOCG) projects in Nova Scotia in a challenging economic environment. Prior to that Mr. Cruickshank has a highly extensive background in the financial industry. He has over 15 years working in the securities industry with Merrill Lynch, Citigroup Smith Barney and several other National Securities firms and was Founder of Commonwealth Advisors LLC in the United States. A former NFLPA Advisor for 10 years assisting HNW Individuals & Professional Athletes manage & protect their Wealth. For the past 5 years Mr. Cruickshank has been instrumental in the Private Equity space in the US & Canada. Most recently, Energy & Mining Resource companies, both in Canada & Texas. Mr. Cruickshank earned his MBA from the Highly Decorated York University Schulich School of Business. Mr. Cruickshank is a former Professional Soccer Player, Canadian National / Olympic Team Player, decorated US D-1 NCAA player, Former US Division 1 University Coach & USA Olympic Development State & Regional Staff Coach, Mr. Cruickshank now enjoys coaching his 5 children to learn the “Beautiful Game”.
Mr. Lynch graduated in 1981 from St. Francis Xavier University with a joint honours degree in Economics and BBA. Prior to becoming a director with International PBX Ventures in 2012, Mr. Lynch had been CEO of privately held Nevada-focused Relief Gold. He also had been a director and later CEO of TSX-listed Firstgold Corp. He assumed the CEO position after the company had run into financial difficulty bringing its Relief Canyon mine into production. He arranged a sale of 51% of the company for a total capital injection of $26.5 million from Northwest Non-Ferrous Metals, one of China’s largest mining engineering and consulting groups. From 2005 to 2008 Mr. Lynch was a partner with Kingsmill Capital Partners, a financial advisory firm specializing in advising public and private early stage growth companies. Prior to joining Kingsmill Capital he spent 15 years operating startup companies in industrial products, oil and gas and media.
Gary Lohman, P.Geo.
VP Exploration & Director
Mr. Lohman is a Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Cogonov Inc. and has has over 30 years of experience in both precious and base metal exploration within the Americas as well as management experience within and outside of the mining industry. He is skilled in most geological, geochemical and geophysical exploration techniques in a wide variety of settings and terrains. Mr. Lohman is also the Founder of Santa Rosa Mining Corp. and former President and Chief Executive Officer of Canuc Resources Corporation. He has worked as a consultant for several mining companies including NWM Mining Corporation, US Silver Corporation and Virgin Metals Inc. While with Virgin Metals Inc. he was responsible for the definition drilling programs on the Los Verdes porphyry molybdenum-copper project. His experience also includes evaluations and/or research conducted on bonanza grade and bulk tonnage gold-silver properties in Mexico, California and Ecuador.
Dan was announced as CFO of the Company on June 11, 2014. In addition to acting as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Crandall is a Manager at Marrelli Support Services Inc., providing CFO, accounting, regulatory compliance, and management advisory services to numerous issuers on the TSX, TSX-Venture and other Canadian and US exchanges. Previously, he was a Manager at Collins Barrow Toronto LLP, a public accounting firm where he worked for over five years. Mr. Crandall holds a CPA, CA, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Accounting degree from Brock University.
Thomas R Comfort, B. Sc. Eng., MBA
After graduating from University of Texas with BSME, Tom was commissioned in the United States Navy and served 6 years. His specialty was as a Nuclear Propulsion Officer where he finished his career on the USS Carl Vinson. After leaving the Navy, Tom moved back to Austin and completed his MBA @ The University of Texas - Austin. For the past 10+ years Tom has excelled at Dell Computers running the Americas in Environmental Asset Recovery. His main focus now is Private Equity opportunities in alternative assets.
Greg McKenzie, LL.B, MBA
Greg is a senior investment banker with 20 years of experience in financing, M&A, financial advisory, valuation, and strategic advice primarily to mid-cap companies. His transactions are valued in excess of $18 billion. Mr. McKenzie has worked in New York and Toronto and has held positions with Morgan Stanley, CIBC World Markets, Haywood Securities and Salman Partners. While at these firms, Greg advised managements and boards of companies in various sectors including: metals & mining, industrials, consumer products, technology and healthcare. Mr. McKenzie was also called to the bar in New York and Ontario and practiced law with a leading Canadian securities and M&A law firm.
Peter Kent, J.D., LLM
Fomerly with the TecSyn Group of Companies where he was Vice President general Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Peter brings over 25 years of business experience regarding complex business and legal affairs. In addition to his time at Tecsyn Peter also was a corporate commercial lawyer at Bassel Sullivan a Toronto based boutique law firm.
Ian Pirie, MSc, P.Geo.
Up until his recent retirement, Ian worked for Inmet Mining Corporation and its predecessor companies for over 31 years. During his tenure with Inmet, he held various positions including General Manager, Latin America (based in Chile), where he was responsible for the acquisition and development of the Antamina project up to the beginning of the construction phase. Most recently he was Vice President, Projects for Inmet during which time he was responsible for the development of Cobre Las Cruces in Spain and the Cobre Panama project in Panama. Mr. Pirie is a Professional Geoscientist registered in Ontario and British Columbia.
Chris Hodgson, PhD, P.ENG (BC)
Technical Committee - Geological Consultant Chile
Formerly VP Exploration, Chris has been retained as our Geological Consultant in Chile. Chris has had an outstanding career first at Amax Exploration where he rose to Chief Geologist, then at Canamax Resources where he rose to VP Exploration, followed by successful tours as Exploration Manager at Canada Tungsten and Minera Inmet in Chile and most recently as VP Exploration for a Canadian junior mining company exploring an historic silver district in central Mexico. Chris speaks fluent Spanish and has worked in Chile for more than twenty years. One of his highlights in Chile was his recognition of the Santo Domingo IOCG (iron oxide-copper-gold) deposit, subsequently developed by Farwest Resources and ultimately sold for $700 million to Capstone Mining.
Dr Tony Belperio, Ph.D., B.Sc, IMM, F.Aus.
Technical Committee - Geological Consultant Chile
Dr Belperio is the Executive Director & Exploration Director of Highly recognized Minotaur Exploration Australia. Dr Belperio served as Minotaur’s Chief Geologist from 1996 – 2007 and was instrumental in the discovery of Prominent Hill IOCG, in Southeast Australia. He has received the University of Adelaide’s Tate Memorial Medal, The Geological Society of Australia’s Stillwell Award and AMEC Prospector of the Year Award. Currently, Dr Belperio & Minotaur recently announced their Cloncurry Cu-Au discovery and JV with Oz Minerals.