Steven Dean - Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Director
Steven Dean is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, a Member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia. He has extensive experience internationally in mining, including as President of Teck Cominco Limited (now Teck Resources Ltd.). Teck is Canada's largest diversified resource company, is the largest producer of metallurgical coal in North America and a major producer of copper, zinc, and energy from 13 mines in Canada, United States, Chile and Peru.
Prior to joining Teck, Mr. Dean was a founding member of management of the Normandy Poseidon Group, (which became Normandy Mining) which was the largest Australian gold producer and a significant producer of base metals and industrial minerals until its acquisition by Newmont Mining in 2002, as well as co-founder of PacMin Mining Corporation which became a subsidiary of Teck Corporation in 1999. He was also a co-founder and former chairman of Amerigo Resources Ltd.
Mr. Dean is the former Chairman and a director of Sierra Metals Inc.. (TSX:SMT), and Chairman of Oceanic Iron Ore Corp. (TSX-V:FEO).
Maryse Belanger - President, Chief Operating Officer & Director
Ms. Bélanger brings over 30 years of experience with senior gold companies globally with strengths in studies, technical services and operational excellence and efficiency. She was most recently the CEO and Managing Director of Mirabela Nickel Ltd. where she has been responsible for the turnaround and cost cutting success at that company's Santa Rita mine in Brazil during a period of extremely low metal prices. From 2011 to 2014, Ms. Bélanger was a senior executive with Goldcorp ultimately as Senior Vice President, Technical Services where she oversaw the global geology, mine planning and design, metallurgy, hydrology, tailings dam and geotechnical engineering functions. During her career, Ms. Bélanger has also gained considerable expertise providing oversight and project management support for some of the mining industry's key strategic acquisitions. Prior to joining Goldcorp, Ms. Bélanger was Director, Technical Services for Kinross Gold Corporation for Brazil and Chile. Ms. Bélanger holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and a graduate certificate in Geostatistics. She is also fluent in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. She has been an active board member at Mirabela, True Gold, CEEC International Ltd and a member of Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology. Ms. Bélanger will be responsible for the overall operational and technical management of the Company's assets as well as take a lead role alongside the Chairman and CEO of the Company in executing the Company's business plan and strategy, including the identification of new strategic acquisition opportunities for Atlantic.
Chris Batalha - Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Batalha manages Atlantic Gold’s financial responsibilities including financial planning, management of financial risk and financial reporting. He began his Atlantic Gold tenure as corporate controller and was promoted to CFO and Corporate Secretary in 2014. Mr. Batalha is a Certified Professional Accountant with over seven years experience in accounting, finance, corporate governance and M&A with a number of mining exploration and development companies in the gold and iron ore space. Mr. Batalha also spent five years with PricewaterhouseCoopers and holds his CPA and CA designations.
Tom Ellard - VP Business Integration & People
Mr. Ellard is responsible for leading Atlantic Gold’s Safety, Human Resources, Security, Information Technology and Communications Departments. Before joining Atlantic Gold in January of 2017, he spent the previous 16 years as a management consultant (12 years concentrated in the mining sector). His experience in gold mining includes time spent with Goldcorp Inc. where he focused on strategic projects and initiatives and also as a project manager in Barrick Gold Corporation’s global business process improvement team. Mr. Ellard holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree from the Royal Military College of Canada.
Alastair Tiver - VP Mine Development
Mr. Tiver, is a mining engineer with 27 years of international mining experience who joined the Company in October 2015. He has been involved in all phases of mine operation, planning, permitting and mine development both in base and precious metals. He has consulted numerous projects worldwide and has a strong technical background in resource and reserve estimation. For the past 10 years he has been involved in project development within Canada and has held senior management roles in a number of companies including BCMetals, Copper Mountain Mining Corporation and Yellowhead Mining Inc. Mr Tiver holds a Master's in Business Administration, is a professional engineer registered in the province of British Columbia and a member of the Australasian Institute of mining and Metallurgy.
Tony Woodfine - General Manager
Mr. Woodfine brings over 20 years’ experience with base and precious metals in open pit mines. He has experience with all phases of open pit mining including; permitting (open to closure), short-term and long-term planning, mine efficiency studies, NI 43-101 report writing and tailings dam construction. Mr. Woodfine also has experience designing and implementing safety programs, managing mobile maintenance and project managing multimillion dollar budgets. He has a proven record for turning around safety performance and for bringing projects on time and within or under budget. Mr. Woodfine has previously worked for Northgate Minerals Corporation, Vale NL, and Baffinland Iron Ore with five years as Mine Manager and two as General Manager. He has completed three successful mine startups taking those mines from ground breaking into stable production.
Sally Goodman - Chief Geoscientist
Dr. Goodman leads Atlantic Gold’s geoscientific data collection and compilations. She is a structural geologist with over 30 years international experience, including 12 years as Principal Structural Geologist with SRK Consulting, and most recently five years in Corporate Technical Services and Exploration with Goldcorp Inc. Dr. Goodman has expertise in a wide range of commodities and geological terrains and has applied her geological skills at all stages of the mining cycle. Dr. Goodman has a BSc Geological Sciences from Leeds University, MSc Mineral Exploration and a PhD Economic Geology from the Royal School of Mines.
Doug Currie – General Manager, Exploration
Mr. Currie manages all of Atlantic Gold’s exploration activities in Nova Scotia. He is a geologist with more than 40 years of senior exploration management, corporate and executive experience on projects spanning 26 countries and 5 continents. Prior to joining Atlantic Gold, Mr. Currie held senior executive roles with Advanced Explorations Inc. and within the Forbes & Manhattan Group, where he was President & CEO of Pitchblack Resources Ltd, and Executive Vice-President, Exploration & Development and a Director of Valencia Ventures Inc. He is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick and a Chartered Professional Member of the Australian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy.
Neil Schofield - Consulting Resource Geologist
25+ year career as a mineral resource consultant. Developed resource models and grade control systems experience with the Sunrise Dam, Hemlo, Kevitsa, Ernest Henry and Cannington mines. Mr. Schofield has co-authored several technical papers on sampling and mineral resource estimation, published mainly by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.