Board of Directors
Mike Sylvestre (M.Sc., P.Eng.) – Chairman
For most of his career, Mr. Sylvestre worked with Inco Ltd. where he most recently held senior management positions domestically and internationally. Most notably, he was the CEO Vale Inco, New Caledonia, President Vale Inco, Manitoba Operations and Vice President of Operations PT Inco, Indonesia. Mr. Sylvestre brings over 35 years of mining experience to Prophecy.
Mr. Sylvestre holds a M.Sc. and a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from McGill University and Queen’s University, respectively. He is also a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario and the Canadian Institute of Mining.
Wesley J. Hall (ICD.D)
Wesley Hall is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) with nearly 20 years’ experience in Corporate Governance and Shareholder Communications. Mr. Hall founded Kingsdale Shareholder Services Inc. (2003) and Kingsdale Communications Inc. (2009) with the aim of providing clients with an effective and comprehensive mechanism for communicating with shareholders and managing Investor Relations. For his extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to his businesses and communities, he was honoured with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 Award in the Financial Services category in Ontario.
Prior to forming Kingsdale, Mr. Hall was Vice President, National Sales for Georgeson Shareholder Communications Canada, Inc. and prior thereto, a Senior Manager for a major Canadian Transfer Agent.
Mr. Hall was a founding board member and the longest serving President of the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS), an organization he continues to be involved with and support along with other corporate governance and investor relations organizations. He is also currently the Chairman of Difference Capital Funding Inc.
Greg Johnson (P.Geo.)
Mr. Johnson has over 25 years of experience in the exploration and development of large scale projects in the mining industry and, through his global network of contacts, has been involved in raising over $650 million in project financing. Previously President and Chief Executive Officer at South American Silver Corp., he led the significant advancement and expansion of two development stage projects – a period in which the company’s market capitalization increased from $20 million to a peak of $350 million. A co-founder and executive at NovaGold Resources Inc., Mr. Johnson was a key member of the executive team that led NovaGold Resources Inc. from a $50-million market capitalization to more than $2-billion and oversaw the expansion of the company’s resource base to over 30 million ounces of gold.
Over his 12 years with NovaGold Resources Inc., Mr. Johnson played a prominent role in the acquisition and advancement of three world-class deposits, including the completion of three feasibility studies. Mr. Johnson began his career with Placer Dome Inc. (now Barrick Gold Corporation), where he held various senior roles in domestic and international exploration in projects from early discovery stage to feasibility and operations in Alaska, Canada, Africa, Australia and Russia. He holds an honours degree in Geology from Western Washington University.
Myron Manternach (B.Sc., MBA)
Mr. Manternach is President of Castle Grove Capital, LLC, a consulting firm based in Brooklyn, NY. Mr. Manternach provides strategic and financial advice to corporations and investment funds, primarily in the mining and metals industry. Mr. Manternach also serves Managing Director of ACA Associates, a consulting firm specializing in the transportation industry. He has an extensive background in capital management including holding the position of Managing Director with Octavian Advisors, Vice President with Robeco Investment Management, Senior Analyst with EagleRock Capital and Vice President of investment banking with JPMorgan. Mr. Manternach holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering with Distinction from Iowa State University.
Jeffrey R. Mason (CA, ICD.D)
Mr. Mason is a Chartered Accountant and has his Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) designation with 25 years of public mineral company experience in exploration, development, construction and operation for PGM, gold, copper, nickel, lead, zinc, and diamond projects in Canada, USA, Mexico, China, Brazil, and South Africa. In September 2004 he was awarded the BC Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Natural Resources Category). He has expertise in exploration, construction and operations reporting, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and regulatory reporting, including 15 years as a Principal with, and Chief Financial Officer of, Hunter Dickinson Inc., and in addition, as Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Secretary and director for 15 public companies listed on the TSX, TSXV, AMEX and NASDAQ.
As Chief Financial Officer of Taseko Mines Limited, he was instrumental in the acquisition of the Gibraltar Cu-Mo mine in British Columbia and moving it from a dormant project into the second largest open pit Copper mine operating in Canada. He negotiated the purchase of the Xietongmen Cu-Au Project in China on behalf of Continental Minerals Corporation and set up a joint venture arrangement with Jinchuan Group Limited, one of China’s largest nickel producers. Jinchuan Group Limited subsequently acquired Continental Minerals Corporation for $431 million. Mr. Mason’s wide experience also includes a number years on the Casino Project (now owned by Western Copper and Gold Corp.) in the Yukon and PGM’s in the Republic of South Africa with Atlatsa Resources Corporation.
Mr. Mason began his career and traditional training with Deloitte LLP as a Chartered Accountant, followed by Homestake Mining Company (merged with Barrick Gold Corporation) in mineral exploration, construction and operations reporting.