BGM’s Management and Board of Directors bring to the company a depth of combined mining industry experience from Greenfields Exploration through to mine closure and reclamation. Their goal is to develop current resources more efficiently and effectively than ever, while simultaneously working towards building additional high-grade ounces and mines across the Cariboo district.
President & CEO
Mr. Chris Lodder has 25 years’ experience working on and managing Greenfields and Brownfields exploration with major and junior mining companies worldwide with the majority of his career focused in the Americas. Mr. Lodder is the President of Talisker Exploration Services Inc., an Ontario based Mining and exploration services company founded by Mr. Lodder in 2010, whose principal clients are Osisko Gold Royalties and their associated companies. From 1999 to 2010 he was South American Exploration Manager and later the Americas Exploration Manager for AngloGold Ashanti. He is widely recognized as the person responsible for the proposal, execution and management of AngloGold Ashanti’s successful Greenfields exploration program in Colombia, with the discoveries of the La Colosa and Gramalote deposits. Mr. Lodder’s team also discovered the La Rescatada Project now known as the Andres Mine in Peru.
Mr. Tinajero has over 20 years of business experience, having supported a broad range of industries, including mining, manufacturing and technology. During this same period, he has served as CFO and Vice President of Finance of several medium sized public companies across Canada. He holds a degree in Business Administration and an MBA, and is also a Member of the Canadian Institute of Certified Management Accountants, the Certified Practicing Accountants of Australia and he is a Certified member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Luc Lessard is a mining engineer with more than 25 years of experience designing, building and operating mines. He was previously Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Malartic Partnership (owned jointly by Agnico Eagle and Yamana), and prior to that was the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Engineering and Construction for Osisko Mining Corporation where he was responsible for the design, construction and commissioning of the world class Canadian Malartic gold mine. Prior to Osisko, Mr. Lessard was Vice President of Engineering and Construction for IAMGOLD and General Manager, Projects for Cambior Inc. During his career, Mr. Lessard has worked on 11 open pit and underground mine builds. Today, Mr. Lessard is the President, CEO and Director of Falco Resources, Senior Vice-President, Technical Services of Osisko Gold Royalties, and sits on the Board of Directors of Highland Copper and Bowmore Exploration.
Paul F. Geddes, P.Geo. (APEGBC Licence 42267), has more than 20 years exploration and development experience in Canada and the United States, with a strong background in delineating structurally complex gold deposits and building mineable resources in a cost-effective and timely manner. Mr. Geddes has held various roles with major and junior mining companies, including Noranda Mining and Exploration Ltd., Teck Exploration Ltd., INCO Technical Services Ltd., and North American Palladium Ltd. Most recently, he oversaw the nearly thousand-fold increase in global gold resources for Rainy River Resources Ltd.’s operations west of Fort Frances, Ontario, prior to the company’s takeover by New Gold in October 2013. Mr. Geddes is the Qualified Person (QP) for BGM in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
VP Environment and Sustainability
Chris Pharness is an environmental professional with over 20 years of environmental and resource management experience in northern British Columbia, and has been with BGM since 2013. Chris’ breadth of experience includes mining, forestry, oil and gas and large scale construction projects, with extensive involvement in fish and wildlife management based research and project management. Much of Chris’ work and personal history have allowed him to build close relationships with First Nations, local communities and regulatory agencies in BC. “My goal is to foster trust in BGM’s relationships through honest dialogue, transparency and delivery on commitments”.
Lisa McCormack is a professional law clerk, specializing in securities and corporate law. She has served as Corporate Secretary of several public companies, including Trelawney Mining and Exploration Inc., Superior Copper Corporation, MAG Copper Limited and as Vice-President, Legal of Northern Gold Mining. Ms. McCormack is currently Corporate Secretary of Kerr Mines Inc., Mainstream Minerals Corporation and a Director of Airesurf Network Holdings Inc. She has over 19 years of experience working for various securities and corporate finance law firms in Toronto and assisting public issuers within the mining industry. Ms. McCormack successfully completed the Osgoode Hall Law School - Certificate in Mining Law Program in 2012