Douglas Goss, B.Comm., LLB.
Doug Goss is a barrister and solicitor practicing primarily in the fields of corporate and securities law. He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta in 1981, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta in 1984. He was a partner with Bryan & Company from July 1987 to July 1997 and has been counsel with Bryan & Company since that time. He has also been General Counsel to Premium Brands Inc. since March 1999, and its Corporate Secretary since September 1999.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Downs began his career in the mineral exploration industry over 20 years ago with Archer, Cathro & Associates (1981) Limited, a consulting geological engineering firm focused in Yukon. Mr. Downs held a number of positions within Archer, Cathro ranging from prospecting to managing early and advanced stage exploration programs. Mr. Downs transitioned his field experience into marketing and communications for a number of junior resource companies before focusing on business development including financing and property transactions. In 2007, Mr. Downs was appointed CEO of ATAC Resources Ltd. and in 2015 he was made President. Since that time, ATAC has successfully advanced its project generator model to solely focus on its flagship Rackla Gold Project, which hosts Canada’s first Carlin-type gold district. Mr. Downs is also a director of Trifecta Gold Ltd.
Robert Carne, M.Sc., P.Geo.
Chairman of the Technical Committee and Director (2)(3)
Rob Carne is a Professional Geoscientist registered in British Columbia. He obtained a Bachelor of Science (Geology) degree from the University of British Columbia in 1974, and a Master of Science (Geology) degree from the University of British Columbia in 1979. He has been a geologist with Archer, Cathro & Associates (1981) Limited since 1977 and a principal from 1981 to 2002. Rob has been actively involved in mineral exploration, principally in the Yukon since 1972, and he has authored or co-authored a number of technical papers on Yukon mineral deposits. He has served as a director and officer of numerous public companies on the TSX Venture Exchange since the mid-1980’s.
Julia Lane, B.Sc., P.Geo.
Vice President, Exploration
Ms. Lane has worked in mineral exploration, predominately in the Yukon, since 2006 and been involved in advancing ATAC’s flagship Rackla Gold Project since 2009. Ms. Lane was appointed Vice President of Exploration for ATAC in 2015 and has been a partner in Archer, Cathro & Associates (1981) Limited since 2012. Ms. Lane is responsible for conceiving and directing all of ATAC’s exploration programs and has managed programs consisting of over 130 people and up to 6 diamond drill rigs during her tenure with ATAC.
Since 2011, Ms. Lane has spoken at various conferences in Canada and the United States discussing ATAC’s discoveries of Carlin-type gold mineralization at the Rackla Gold Project and the characteristics which define it. Ms. Lane attended the University of British Columbia and received a Bachelor of Science degree in geology and is a Professional Geologist registered in British Columbia.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Talbot brings over 25 years of experience in the mineral exploration industry as both a lawyer and an exploration geologist. As a geologist he has worked with both junior and major resource companies. As a lawyer, he has practiced exclusively in the areas of mining and securities law in private practice and as in-house counsel with BHP Billiton World Exploration Inc. Mr. Talbot is also the President and Chief Executive Officer of Arcus Development Group Inc., a TSX-Venture Exchange company operating in the Yukon.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Donaldson is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of accounting, auditing and tax experience. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He is the managing partner of a local Chartered Accountant office and has extensive experience in public company audits, and in accounting and tax planning for mineral exploration based companies.
Don Poirier, B.Sc.
Mr. Poirier worked as an exploration geologist before becoming a well-known sell-side mining analyst at several Canadian investment firms over a 20 year period. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Corporate Development for Hecla Mining Company and was an integral part of the team responsible for Hecla’s acquisition of Aurizon Mines Ltd. in 2013. Mr. Poirier has a geology degree from the University of Toronto.
Bruce Youngman, B.Sc.
Mr. Youngman has over 30 years of experience in the minerals industry. From 2008 to 2010, he was president and chief operating officer of Canplats Resources, during which time the four-million-ounce Camino Rojo deposit in Mexico was outlined and the company was acquired by Goldcorp for $300-million. He was previously vice-president and director of Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. from 2001 to 2004, and was its president and director from 1994 to 2001. He was also closely involved in the acquisition and expansion of the Pebble gold-copper-porphyry project in Alaska. Mr. Youngman graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of British Columbia. He is currently the Chairman and Director of Strategic Metals Ltd. and Silver Range Resources Ltd. and a director of Rockhaven Resources Ltd.
Glenn Yeadon, B.Comm., LLB.
Secretary and Director(1)(2)
Glenn Yeadon is a barrister and solicitor practicing primarily in the field of securities law. He has been a partner with Tupper Jonsson & Yeadon or an associate of the firm (through a personal law corporation controlled by him) from 1983 to the present. He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia in 1975, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia in 1976.
Bruce Kenway, C.A.
Bruce Kenway was appointed to the ATAC board in June 2004. Mr. Kenway is one of four founding members of Kenway Mack Slusarchuk Stewart LLP, a chartered accounting firm that provides a wide range of audit, accounting, tax, management consulting and accounting technology to a diverse client base. Since 1994, Mr. Kenway has sat on the board of Hawker Resources Inc., an oil and gas company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. He is also one of a group of founders of three junior capital pool companies and has held positions as a director and officer of those companies.
William Wengzynowski, P.Eng
Mr. Wengzynowski is a registered professional engineer in British Columbia and holds a bachelor of applied sciences degree in geological engineering from the University of British Columbia. He spent most of his professional career in Yukon mineral exploration with the geological consulting firm of Archer, Cathro & Associates (1981) Limited where he started with the company in 1983 and was President from 2000 to 2011. He was part of the team that led ATAC to the discovery of the Tiger Gold Deposit and then Carlin-type mineralization at the Rackla Gold Project. He is a two-time recipient of the Yukon Prospector of the Year Award, once in 2000 and again in 2011. He was also co-recipient of the H.H. Spud Huestis Award for excellence in prospecting in exploration in 2013 for the discovery and development of the Rackla Gold Belt in which ATAC’s Rackla Gold Project is located.
Ed Cope, M.Sc.
Prior to his retirement at the end of 2016, Mr. Cope spent 21 years with Barrick Gold Corporation. At the time of his retirement, Mr. Cope was Barrick’s Vice President of Exploration for North America. During his tenure with Barrick, Mr. Cope helped build and guide the technical teams responsible for defining some of Barrick’s largest gold deposits within the Carlin and Cortez trends in Nevada. Most notably, Mr. Cope and his team were co-recipients of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s “Thayer Lindsley International Mineral Discovery of the Year” award for the discovery of the +10 million ounce Goldrush deposit on the Cortez Trend which is scheduled to be Barrick’s next producing mine in Nevada in 2021. Mr. Cope holds a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Windsor and a M.S. in Economic Geology from Colorado State University. He is a member of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG), the Society of Mining Engineers (SME), the Geological Society of Nevada (GSN) and the American Exploration and Mining Association (AEMA).
Manager, Corporate Communications
Vanessa Pickering has 12 years of junior mineral exploration company experience with a focus on marketing and communications. Before joining ATAC, she managed corporate communications for Laurentian Goldfields Ltd. and for StrataGold Corporation prior to that. Ms. Pickering has worked closely with public company board and management teams to secure analyst coverage, assist with equity financings and implement internal procedures to ensure open and transparent communications between public companies and their shareholders. She has also worked with Catana Consulting and Equity Exploration Consultants Ltd. providing community and First Nations relations to a variety of mineral exploration companies.
(1) Member of the Audit Committee
(2) Member of the Corporate Governance and Compensation Committee
(3) Member of the Technical Committee