Management & Directors

Management

Walter Berukoff | Chief Executive Officer | Chairman of the Board
Tony Young, CA | Chief Financial Officer
Stephen Mann, P.Geo | Managing Director | Director
Hamish Greig | VP, Corporate Secretary

Independent Directors

Richard Meli, CA
Kevin Puil, CFA
David Tretbar, P. Geo

Technical Team

Dr. Quinton Hennigh
Stephen Mann, P. Geo
Darren Holden, P. Geo
Kevin Li, P. Eng

Management & directors

Walter H. Berukoff | Chief Executive Officer | Chairman of the Board

Mr. Walter H. Berukoff is the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lion One Metals Limited. Mr. Berukoff was the founder and C.E.O of Miramar Mining Corporation, Northern Orion Resources, and La Mancha Resources, and has operated or commissioned gold mines in seven countries. Mr. Berukoff is also Managing Director of Red Lion Management, a merchant banking company, and has raised over $1 billion for global mining and real estate projects.

Stephen Mann, P.Geo | Managing Director | Director

Mr. Stephen Mann was appointed the Managing Director of Lion One in December 2013, having been appointed to the board of directors in October 2012. Mr. Mann is a geologist with over thirty years industry experience in mineral exploration and development. Mr. Mann graduated from Adelaide University with Honours in 1981 and subsequently worked in mineral exploration for companies such as Utah Development Company, BHP Minerals Ltd., and Newcrest Mining Limited. From 1994 until 2006 Mr. Mann worked as an Exploration Manager and later Managing Director of Cogema Australia Pty Ltd/AREVA, focused on exploration and mining for gold and uranium. At Cogema/AREVA, Mr. Mann is credited with the discovery, development, and initiation of mining on the White Foil and Frogs Leg gold deposits. Mr. Mann was also managing director of Perth, WA-based Avocet Resources Limited, focused on gold, uranium, and iron ore exploration in Australia and Argentina from 2006 until its merger with Lion One in June 2013.

Tony Young, CA | Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Tony Young has over 20 years’ experience in financial roles for mining companies operating in both Canada and Latin America.  Mr. Young was most recently the Director of Finance at Red Eagle Mining Corporation, where he guided the company’s transition from mine development to production, including the construction of a 1,200 tonne per day processing plant at the San Ramon gold mine in Colombia.  Mr. Young was also the Corporate Controller for Luna Gold Corp. (Equinox Gold), an 80,000 ounce per year gold producer with a 6,000 tonne per day processing plant at the Aurizona gold mine in Brazil.  Mr. Young was previously Senior Manager at KPMG LLP providing assurance and tax services to mining and resource-based companies in Canada.  Mr. Young is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Public Accountant (Illinois) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.

Hamish Greig | Vice President | Corporate Secretary

Mr. Greig joined the Company in 2010 prior to the merger between American Eagle Resources and X-Tal Minerals Corp.and was appointed VP Investor Relations in November 2011, and Director in June 2012. Directly and indirectly Mr. Greig has raised over $50 million in public equity financings and has experience in various public market roles including investor relations, corporate finance, and administration.

Independent Directors & Audit Committee

Richard Meli, CA

Mr. Richard Meli is a director of Lion One, having been a director of its predecessor company since 2004. He is an independent businessman and a former senior executive at Rio Tinto (1996-1999) where he managed the company’s global mergers and acquisitions, and President of Rio Tinto subsidiary Luzenac America (1999-2001). From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Meli was an independent consultant to the mining and oil and gas industries and was President of La Mancha Resources (2004-2006). Mr. Meli worked for Kennecott Corp., then one of the world’s largest copper producers, from 1980 until it was acquired by Rio Tinto in 1989. At Kennecott, Mr. Meli served in a number of planning, analysis and financial management positions, including, lastly as Senior Vice President. Mr. Meli began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly known as Price Waterhouse & Co.) in 1971, spending eight years in the firm’s New York office, becoming a CPA and reaching the level of Audit Manager. He earned a B.S. in Economics in 1969 and an M.S. in Accounting in 1971, both from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Kevin Puil, CFA

Kevin Puil is a Chartered Financial Analyst with over 15 years’ experience in investment management. From 1996 to 2005 he was a financial advisor with Goepel McDermid (Raymond James), and a partner at Bolder Investment Partners in Vancouver, BC. From 2008 to 2013 he was a portfolio manager at Malcolm Gissen & Associates and Senior Analyst at the Encompass Fund in San Francisco, focusing on natural resources. He holds a degree in economics from the University of Victoria (and the University of British Columbia) and obtained the CFA designation in 2003.

David Tretbar, P. Geo

Mr. David Tretbar joined the Lion One board in June 2020. Since 2010 he has held the position of Vice President of Exploration and Mineral Resources for Summit Mining International, a 100% -owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation of Japan. His duties with Summit include new business development, technical evaluations, and providing exploration and operations support to Sumitomo’s global mineral program. Previously Mr. Tretbar worked as Chief Geologist at Minera San Cristóbal Mine in Bolivia, Senior Exploration Geologist for Alamos Gold at the Mulatos Mine in Mexico, Mill Manager of the Ashdown Molybdenum Mine in Nevada, and as Process Mineralogist for Barrick Gold at the Goldstrike Operation in Nevada. He spent many years working as an underground mine geologist at various Nevada gold mines.

Mr. Tretbar holds a Bachelor of Science from Northern Arizona University and a Master’s of Science in Geochemistry from the Mackay School on Mines, University of Nevada, Reno. He is a Registered Professional Geologist in the state of Arizona and Certified Professional Geologist through the American Institute of Professional Geologists.

Technical Team

Stephen Mann, P. Geo

 Mr. Stephen Mann was appointed the Managing Director of Lion One in December 2013, having been appointed to the board of directors in October 2012. Mr. Mann is a geologist with over thirty years industry experience in mineral exploration and development. Mr. Mann graduated from Adelaide University with Honours in 1981 and subsequently worked in mineral exploration for companies such as Utah Development Company, BHP Minerals Ltd., and Newcrest Mining Limited. From 1994 until 2006 Mr. Mann worked as an Exploration Manager and later Managing Director of Cogema Australia Pty Ltd/AREVA, focused on exploration and mining for gold and uranium. At Cogema/AREVA, Mr. Mann is credited with the discovery, development, and initiation of mining on the White Foil and Frogs Leg gold deposits. Mr. Mann was also managing director of Perth, WA-based Avocet Resources Limited, focused on gold, uranium, and iron ore exploration in Australia and Argentina from 2006 until its merger with Lion One in June 2013.

Dr. Quinton Hennigh

Dr. Quinton Hennigh was appointed as Technical Advisor for the Tuvatu Gold Project March 2019. Dr. Hennigh is an internationally-renown economic geologist, with over 25 years of exploration experience and expertise with major gold mining companies such as Homestake Mining Company, Newcrest Mining Limited, and Newmont Mining Corporation where he last served as senior research geologist in 2007. He has since made a number of significant gold discoveries for Canadian exploration companies such as the 5 million oz. Springpole alkaline gold deposit near Red Lake, Ontario, for Gold Canyon Resources, and the Rattlesnake Hills gold project for Evolving Gold. He is currently Chairman and President of Novo Resources Corporation, which he helped start in 2010.

Dr. Hennigh holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Missouri, and M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in geology and geochemistry from the Colorado School of Mines. He is a member of the Society of Economic Geologists, the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America and the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.

Darren Holden, P. Geo

Darren Holden is a geology graduate of the University of Otago (NZ) & The University of Western Australia. He has worked in both mining and mineral exploration environments all over the world and is a recognised leader where he brings passion, verve and creativity to mineral exploration. Darren is a specialist in hard rock mineral exploration including epithermal and mesothermal gold & silver, porphyry copper gold, base+precious metal, base metal vms,  mafic hosted nickel-copper-pge, sedex style. Corporately Darren is well connected in Australian and North American financing scenes and is a noted presenter and speaker and has helped raise over $100M for the mineral exploration industry.

Kevin Li, P. Eng

Mr. Li joined Lion One in 2017 after serving three years at Pretium Resources Inc., as the Project Controls Manager for the Brucejack gold project in northern British Columbia. Mr. Li’s career spans over 30 years with extensive experience in heavy industrial and construction project management. Mr. Li’s previous experience includes positions as the Project Manager at Monument Mining for the construction of the Selinsing gold mine expansion in Malaysia, Senior Project Scheduler at SNC-Lavalin for Barrick Gold’s Pueblo Viejo gold mine in the Dominican Republic and SaskPower’s Yellowhead power plant in Saskatchewan, Project Controls Manager at Fluor Canada on the Sulfolix Copper Mine in Chile, and over 13 years as the Civil and Structural Engineer and Project Manager at China’s Dongfang Electric Corporation.