Directors & Management

Todd Keast, P.Geo.
Director, President and CEO

Todd Keast is a Professional Geoscientist with over 25 years of experience as an exploration geologist.  He has been employed by companies throughout Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba exploring for gold, volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS), nickel-copper sulphide, diamonds and industrial minerals. 

Todd previously served as the Exploration Manager for Canadian Royalties Inc. where he led the exploration programs and discovery of the Ungava TK nickel-copper sulphide zone in Northern Quebec, resulting in the discovery of five nickel-copper deposits. Todd also held the position of Vice President of Exploration for Canadian Arrow Mines Ltd. where he reinterpreted and drilled-off the Kenbridge Nickel Deposit, defining a shallow portion of the deposit suitable to open pit extraction.  He was instrumental in the development of the exploration programs which led to the discovery of the Hart Nickel Deposit near Timmins, slated for commercial production in 2013.  In addition, Todd was part of the exploration group who discovered and defined the Mishi Pit gold deposit near Wawa which was brought into production by Wesdome Gold Mines in June 2012.   He conducted the initial phases of exploration for Tom Obradovich on the Matachewan Consolidated and Young Davidson Gold Mine in Northwestern Ontario, currently in production by Aurico Gold. 

Todd holds a B.Sc. Geology (Hons), 1986, from the University of Manitoba and is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.

Carmelo Marrelli, CA, CGA
Chief Financial Officer

Carmelo Marrelli is the Principal of Marrelli Support Services Inc., delivering accounting, regulatory compliance and investment based services to numerous issuers on the TSX and TSX-Venture exchanges for over twenty years. With his value based service approach well known within the Canadian junior mining industry, Carmelo offers a diverse skill set to his clients. Carmelo is a Chartered Accountant (CA), a Certified General Accountant (CGA), and an Associate (ACIS) of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA). He also has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto. Carmelo also acts as Chief Financial Officer to a number of reporting issuers on the TSX and TSX Venture exchanges.


Garett MacDonald

Mr. Macdonald is a mining engineer with 17 years of experience. He holds a B.Eng. from Laurentian University, an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and is a Professional Engineer registered in the province of Ontario. Mr. Macdonald's experience has included large open pit & underground mining operations, civil construction and project evaluations for firms such as Suncor Energy, Placer Dome and Rainy River Resources. He is currently Project Director for the New Gold's Rainy River Project.

Ron Arnold

Ron Arnold is the President of Dalron Construction Limited, a position he has held since 1969, and has served as a director of junior resource issuers on both the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange, including Titanium Corporation, Independent Nickel Corp., and Duncan Park Holdings Corporation.

Wayne Whymark

Wayne Whymark has been involved in mineral exploration for over 30 years, most recently serving as a director of Independent Nickel Corp.  Mr. Whymark worked with Newmont Mining Co. and Falconbridge Copper between 1978 and 1981, subsequent to which he served as an officer/director of a number of junior exploration companies. Mr. Whymark was Vice-President, Exploration of Fort Knox Gold Resources Inc. between 1988 and 1996, and was the founding President of Wallbridge Mining Company Limited between 1996 and 2002.

Pat Pope, P. Geo.
Consulting Geologist

Pat Pope is a Professional Geologist with over 25 years of exploration experience on gold, nickel-copper sulphide and volcanogenic massive  sulphide (VMS) base metal projects in Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba. He has extensive experience in geological mapping, surface and underground diamond drill planning and supervision and geological interpretation. Pat has spent much of his career working on gold deposits and at gold mines including the Clavos deposit (Sage Gold Inc.), Timmins West deposit (Lake Shore Gold Corp.), Dingman deposit (Opawica Explorations Inc.), Detour Lake deposit (Pelangio Mines Inc.), Hoyle Pond and Dome mines (Placer Dome Limited), Fuller, Buffalo Ankerite, Paymaster and Preston deposits (Placer Dome Limited) and the Springpole Lake deposit (Santa Fe Canadian Mining Limited and Gold Fields Canadian Mining Limited).

He holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Geology from Queen’s University (1982) and a Master of Science-Applied degree in Mineral Exploration from McGill University (1985). He is registered as a Professional Geoscientist with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario and as a Professional Geologist with the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.

Mike Roberts, P. Geo.
Consulting Geologist

Mike Roberts is a consulting geologist with 25 years of exploration and mining experience.  He has been involved in the implementation and supervision of numerous projects from grassroots prospecting to pre-feasibility and feasibility projects.

Mike has worked on a number of Canada’s premier gold deposits, including Hemlo, Musselwhite, Eagle River and Detour Lake, all located in Northern Ontario. He has worked with some of the world’s best professionals and has contributed to the discovery and delineation of numerous gold resources and reserves.

Mike holds a B.Sc. (Geology) from Lake Superior State University (1993) and also attended Sault College of Applied Arts (1989) where he trained as a Geological Engineering Technician.  He is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.

Tamara Taras
Consulting Geologist

Tamara Taras graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences (Honours) in 2010 from the University of Manitoba.  She gained valuable exploration experience while pursuing her degree working for several junior exploration companies in Northwestern Ontario.  Tamara worked with Canadian Arrow Mines Ltd.  in 2007 and 2008, where she focused on delineating the Kenbridge Nickel Deposit.  Tamara joined Manitou Gold Inc.  in 2009 and immediately began work in the historical Gold Rock District on the company’s  Kenwest Project.  Since 2009, Tamara has been a key member of the exploration team and has been a part of all exploration projects carried out by the company.  She was a part of the exploration team that discovered the extremely high grade intersection of 53.7 kg/t Au over 0.55m on the Kenwest Project and was also part of the  team that discovered significant gold mineralization in drill intersections on the Gaffney Extension Project.  

Tamara is a registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba as a Geologist-in-Training, and is currently working towards her P.Geo. designation.