Mr. Wagner is a professional geologist with over 30 years of mineral exploration and corporate development experience. He has worked in North/South America and Africa, been directly involved in a number of M&A transactions and been instrumental in raising several hundred million dollars. Mr. Wagner became President of Sydney Resource Corp. in 2005 and helped steer the successful merger with Band Ore Resources to form West Timmins Mining Inc. He then served as President, CEO and Qualified Person for West Timmins through the discovery of the high-grade Thunder Creek and 144 gold deposits – part of the Timmins West Mine Complex in Timmins, Ontario. Mr. Wagner then oversaw the acquisition of West Timmins by Lake Shore Gold in an all-share deal valued at $424 million which was completed in 2009.
Mr. Wagner founded Canadian explorer Balmoral Resources Ltd. and served as its President and CEO through a series of gold and base metal discoveries culminating in its 2020 acquisition by Wallbridge Mining Company Ltd. in an all-share deal valued on closing at $160 million. He was also a founding director of Falco Resources (acquired by the Osisko Group in 2017), NewCastle Gold (acquired by Equinox Gold in 2017) and TSX-V listed VR Resources, where he continues to serve as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Wagner also currently acts in an advisory capacity for Nova Royalty Corp., Ely Gold Royalties, KORE Mining and Gambier Gold, all Canadian-listed companies.
Mr. Gil Lawson is a registered professional mining engineer in Ontario and Nunavut and has over 34 years of experience in the mining business, primarily with gold operations. He has managed two start-up operations, Newmont’s Musselwhite Mine in Ontario and De Beers Canada’s Snap Lake Mine in the Northwest Territories and was most recently COO for TMAC Resources Inc.’s start-up Hope Bay Project in Nunavut. Mr. Lawson has also worked in the Timmins and Red Lake, Ontario gold mining districts – similar to Gatling’s Larder gold project, which sits on the Cadillac-Larder fault, in the heart of the Abitibi greenstone belt. His core expertise lies in gold mining operations management, engineering and technical studies, project management and exploration. Gil joined the board of directors of Great Bear Resources in March 2021.