Greg Johnson (P.Geo.) – President and Chief Executive Officer
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.
John Sagman (P.Eng., PMP) – Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Appointed to Prophecy Platinum in fall 2012, John Sagman holds a degree in Mining and Mineral Process Engineering from the University of British Columbia and has over thirty years of mining experience including the design, development, commissioning and management of both open pit and underground mining projects. Mr. Sagman formerly held the position of Vice President of Technical Services with Capstone Mining Corp. where he oversaw reserve estimates, prefeasibility studies, mining methods, equipment selection and drove the ongoing improvement of technical processes. John lead Phase V of Prefeasibility studies at the Minto copper-gold mine; an open pit mine that produced 37 million pounds of copper in 2011 and is located approximately 150km from the Wellgreen deposit.
Mr. Sagman has an extensive background of related project management success with major mining operations, including Vale’s Totten Ni-Cu-PGM mine as well as Xstrata Nickel’s Craig, Fraser, Lockerby, Strathcona and SMRQ Raglan projects.
Mr. Sagman received his Project Management Professional designation in 2010 and is licensed with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.
Jeffrey R. Mason (CA, ICD.D) - Chief Financial Officer
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.
Rob Bruggeman (MBA, CFA) – VP Corporate Development
Rob Bruggeman has worked in the brokerage industry in Toronto for over a decade. He was a small cap equity research analyst at a brokerage firm from 2000 to 2005, a desk analyst and proprietary trader in the Institutional Equities division of a large Canadian financial institution from 2005 to 2010 and, most recently, led the Institutional Equity Sales & Trading group at a boutique brokerage firm with a strong focus on small cap mining companies. Prior to joining the brokerage industry in 2000, Mr. Bruggeman worked for a Canadian telecom company where he held a variety of roles, including Corporate Development. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering and Management degree from McMaster University, an MBA in Strategy & Finance from the Schulich School of Business and is a CFA charter holder.
Neil Froc (P.Eng.) – Project Manager
Neil Froc holds a geological engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan and has over 25 years’ experience in the resource and urban development sector, primarily in British Columbia. Mr. Froc is a registered Professional Engineer and has been involved in various stages of precious metals, base metals and industrial mineral exploration since 1980. Formerly Executive Vice President with Hard Creek Nickel Corp., he brings directly relevant expertise that includes project management on a very large western Canadian nickel deposit that also hosts copper, PGE’s and cobalt, as well as the management of engineering scoping studies for the development of a very large (31.4 Mtpa) open pit nickel-cobalt mining project.
In addition to resource estimation/modelling, quality assurance/control and project resource development, Mr. Froc has significant proven expertise in technical and socio-economic project development, technical 43-101 compliant reporting, First Nations engagement and oversight of field activities.
Samir Devendra Patel (LL.B.) - Corporate Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Appointed to Wellgreen Platinum in fall 2012, Samir Patel holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Nottingham in the UK and is a member of the British Columbia Bar. Prior to joining Wellgreen, Mr. Patel spent three years as an associate in the Securities & Capital Markets Group in the Vancouver office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, a leading, full-service, national law firm. He has extensive legal experience in the area of securities and corporate law, particularly in relation to M&A transactions, continuous disclosure requirements, and equity and debt financings.