Management | Board of Directors
President, CEO & Director
Dustin has been president and CEO of Anaconda Mining, a Toronto Stock Exchange listed company, since September 2010, and has been a director since November 2009. Under his guidance, Anaconda has expanded its land package ten-fold at its flag ship asset on the Ming’s Bight Peninsula in Newfoundland, acquired a second project in Newfoundland, eliminated all interest-bearing debt of the company and built a sustainable, profitable operation. Prior to joining the Anaconda team, Dustin served as CFO of Elgin Mining Inc. (formerly known as Phoenix Coal Inc., a TSX-listed resource company) where he was integral in the growth of the organization from a private enterprise to a publicly-listed company from August 2006 to November 2010; as vice-president of MHI Energy Partners (an energy-focussed private equity fund) from 2005 to 2006, and; as a Principal at New York City’s Waller Capital Corporation (a boutique investment bank focussed on mergers and acquisitions) from 1997 to 2005. Dustin was also a founding member and director of North American Limestone Corporation (a private developer and operator of limestone quarries in the United States). Dustin earned a BSBA in Accounting and International Business from Georgetown University and a MBA from the Columbia Business School. He is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the state of Kentucky.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Dufour brings an extensive background in the mining sector with a depth of experience in capital markets and finance, including debt structuring, royalty arrangements and corporate transactions, as well as strong experience with financial management and reporting, corporate governance and risk management. Most recently Mr. Dufour was Chief Financial Officer of Newmarket Gold, a TSX-listed mid-tier Australian gold producer which produced over 220,000 ounces of gold annually. Mr. Dufour was part of the team that executed the transformational merger between Newmarket Gold and Kirkland Lake Gold, creating a new 500,000+ ounce gold producer in 2017. Prior to his appointment as Chief Financial Officer at Newmarket Gold in 2015, Mr. Dufour was Chief Financial Officer of Crocodile Gold. In 2015, Mr. Dufour also led the merger between Newmarket Gold and Crocodile Gold. Mr. Dufour joined Crocodile Gold in June 2012 as Director of Finance, and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in April 2013. Mr. Dufour previously worked with Northgate Minerals Corporation as Corporate Controller, and subsequently was promoted to Group Financial Controller for Northgate’s Australian subsidiaries, until its acquisition by AuRico Gold.
Chief Operating Officer
Gordana is the Chief Operating Officer of Anaconda Mining and is responsible for managing all operational aspects of the company and plays an integral role in tactical matters such as permitting and mine development of the Point Rousse and the Goldboro Project. Prior to her promotion, she was the Vice President of Technical Services and was directly responsible for overseeing the mining and geology departments at the Point Rousse Project in Newfoundland. In addition to a focus on delivering long- and short-term planning and geological support of the mining operation, she is also heavily involved in strategic planning and project expansion evaluations. With a Master’s Degree in Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mining Engineering from the Yugoslavia (Belgrade) Faculty of Mining and Geological Engineering, combined with more than twenty years of experience in mining base metals, coal and gold, Ms. Slepcev brings invaluable industry expertise to the project. In addition to Anaconda Mining, she has held senior roles at Labrador Iron Mines Holdings, Agrium Inc. and Western Coal Corp. Gordana is a registered professional engineer in the provinces of Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia.
Vice President, Exploration
Mr. McNeill joined Anaconda in the summer of 2014. Formerly, he served as Principal Geologist with Paladin Energy Ltd. from 2011 to 2013 and Vice President – Exploration for Aurora Energy Resources Ltd. from 2009 until 2011 where he was focused on the development of the Michelin Project in Labrador, as well as working on uranium projects in Australia and a gold project in Nevada. Prior to that, Mr. McNeill was Exploration Manager for Mega Uranium Ltd. and worked as a consultant to a variety of gold and uranium exploration companies including Rubicon Minerals Inc. and Monster Copper Ltd. Mr. McNeill has an expertise in structural controls on mineralization and project development and as an entrepreneur, developed several grass roots exploration projects, which subsequently lead to new discoveries. Mr. McNeill is a Professional Geologist registered in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Vice President, Innovation & Development
Allan Cramm is the Vice President, Innovation and Development focusing on key strategic projects to maximize the company’s assets. He also is part of the development team for new mines and operations. Prior to his promotion, Allan was the General Manager of Anaconda’s Point Rousse Project in Baie Verte, Newfoundland and Labrador. He was responsible for the overall operation of the project including permitting, construction, production and special projects. Allan has been involved in various management and supervisory roles associated with mining for the past 25 years (both open pit and underground) including Project Coordinator/General Manager of two underground mines in Newfoundland, Nugget Pond and Hammerdown, that used a central-processing facility. He has a high regard for environmental protection with some associated projects having been recognized provincially and nationally for their attention to environmental stewardship.
Vice President, Public Relations
Lynn Hammond has been the Vice President Public Relations for Anaconda Mining since December 2015, responsible for media, public and government relations. Her career experience consists of senior roles in public service including Director of Communications for Newfoundland and Labrador government departments of Municipal Affairs, Fire and Emergency Services, Education and Post-Secondary Education. She also held senior positions in the Communications Branch of Executive Council and the Office of the Premier. Through her career she has earned the reputation of a “fixer” often taking on some of government’s most challenging communications activities.
Management | Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Prior to joining the Board of Anaconda Mining, Mr. Fitzgerald was the Chairman, CEO and Director of Orex Exploration. Previously Mr. Fitzgerald co-founded Stope Capital Advisors, Inc. where he undertook merchant banking transactions in the mining, energy and agriculture sectors. Mr. Fitzgerald has more than 25 years of investment banking experience in which he sourced and executed a wide variety of complex transactions across multiple industries. Mr. Fitzgerald served as the Interim-CEO of Harvest Wind Limited, a development stage wind turbine manufacturer based in Oregon and as a Board member and/or adviser to Boston Poly Corporation, Epcylon Technologies, DayStar Technologies, Hesat Acquisition Corp., iSense Corporation and Trustwater PLC. Mr. Fitzgerald received a B.A. with Distinction from Bowdoin College, a MSc. (Econ) from The London School of Economics and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Fitzgerald is a Canadian and British citizen and lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Mr. Lawrick is a Co-Founder of Raven Hill Partners, a Toronto-based merchant bank. Mr. Lawrick has extensive executive management experience in the mining and mineral exploration sector. Mr. Lawrick has held several positions in the private investment sector, most recently as Managing Partner of Thorsen-Fordyce Merchant Capital Inc., a private Toronto-based merchant bank focused principally on the mineral industry. Previously, he held the position of President of Colorado Minerals Inc. from its inception in October 2005 to its merger with Anaconda Corp. in April 2007. Mr. Lawrick has served as an officer and/or director of several private and public mining and mineral exploration companies, including Volta Resources Inc. (TSX listed gold exploration company), Franconia Minerals Corporation (TSX listed mineral exploration company), Brionor Resources (formerly Normabec Mining Resources Ltd TSXV mineral exploration company), and Serengeti Resources Inc (TSXV listed mineral exploration company).
Maruf Raza is a Partner at MNP LLP. Mr. Raza has over 10 years of experience in professional practice, and has specialized in providing assistance to companies in the public markets and in helping private companies become public either through direct IPOs or through reverse mergers. A significant portion of his practice is in the mining and oil and gas sectors, ranging from exploration stage to production. As one of Collins Barrows IFRS thought leaders, he has assisted a number of mining companies in the US and Canada with their IFRS convergence process. He is currently a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants’ IFRS Discussion Group and is on the Ontario Securities Commission’s Financial Reporting Advisory Committee as well as its Small Business Advisory Committee. Mr. Raza has also spoken on behalf of the Toronto Stock Exchange as part of its US road show.
Michael Byron has more than 26 years of domestic and international experience in research, field work, and senior management in gold, base metal, magmatic nickel and PGE, REEs and uranium, diamond, and gemstone exploration, spanning employment within the mineral exploration industry, government, and educational institutions. He is a professional geoscientist registered in Ontario and the Northwest Territories, and holds advanced degrees in Geology including a PhD from Carleton University of Ottawa, Ontario. Prior to Merc International Minerals, where he is currently the Chief Geologist, Dr. Byron served as Vice President of Exploration at Lake Shore Gold Corp. and Aurora Platinum Corp. where he was instrumental in advancing both companies from initial startups to successful enterprises culminating in the sale of Aurora Platinum to FNX Mining Company Inc. and the resource expansion at Lake Shore that eventually led to the development of its Timmins West Gold Mine.
Jacques Levesque has been a chartered accountant and income tax specialist since 1971. From 1975 to 1988, he was an associate and the director of the income tax department of Maheu Noiseux, Abitibi-Temiscamingue. Since 1988, he has been acting as an independent chartered accountant and income tax specialist. Mr. Levesque was a director of Orex from December 1991 to October 2007 and served as President from March 1993 to October 2007. In December 2009, he rejoined the board of directors of the Company and became its Chief Financial Officer.
Kevin Bullock is a registered Professional Mining Engineer in the province of Ontario. Kevin was Volta Resources Inc.’s President and CEO and was the founding President and CEO of Goldcrest (a Volta predecessor company) since its inception in 2002. Kevin was instrumental in the growth of Volta from a shell company through to the ultimate sale of the company to B2Gold at the end of 2013. Kevin has over 25 years of experience, at senior levels, in mining exploration, mine development and mine operations. Throughout his career, Kevin has been involved in projects from inception through exploration to development and production.