The Team

  • David B. Jackson - Chief Executive Officer, Director Mr. Jackson possesses over 35 years' experience with private and public corporations in marketing, senior management and corporate finance internationally.

    Mr. Jackson has provided advisory services to a wide range of companies in Canada and abroad. He has founded and co-founded a number of private and publicly traded companies in the real estate, technology and resource sectors. Mr. Jackson has 5 years of experience as a senior officer and director of two gold and base metals exploration companies. He has extensive contacts in many countries.
  • Alex Panko - Director Alex has over 25 years' experience delivering a wide range of debt, equity and related financing products, largely focused on the natural resources sector. As a senior Mining Finance professional, Alex either headed up or held senior positions in the Mining Finance teams of several leading global investment banks, and was directly responsible for numerous mining "deals of the year". He has visited more than 40 countries in the course of advising on, arranging, structuring and participating in some US$14 billion of finance for mining and resource companies.

    Since leaving the banking sector, approximately 5 years ago, Alex has continued, in an independent capacity, to advise and help raise a variety of debt and equity products for resource companies. He also helped found three new companies, two of which focused on gold exploration and development in the Philippines and Australia respectively.
  • Jeffrey Benavides - Director & CFO, Ascot - Financial Director, Veritas Group Mr. Benavides is a CA (license number 28620) resident in Costa Rica and manages all accounts payables, receivables, payroll, cost Controls, systems for purchasing and inventory controls.

    His responsibilities include preparation of all management accounts for Ascot Mining, Veritas Mining, Veritas Gold and other subsidiaries as might be constituted. He is the liaison to Costa Rican tax authorities and the Company's auditors both in Costa Rica and the UK. He qualified in 2005 and prior to joining the Group he was an accounting supervisor for Sykes Enterprises Inc (symbol SYKE) a large services company of 2500+ employees based in Costa Rica. Mr. Benavides also holds a software engineering degree.
  • Andrew von Kursell - Director Mr. von Kursell, P. Eng., is experienced in international mining industry with proven success in the initiation, negotiation, planning, and management of major projects.

    Mr. von Kursell has extensive experience with regulatory agencies and in dealing with investors and financial institutions.
  • Milo Filgas - Director Mr. Filgas is a mechanical engineer with lifelong worldwide experience in shaft sinking, mine development and operation.

    He is owner and operator of R.F.Fry (Western) Ltd. a mine contracting company engaged in all aspects of mining.
  • Graham May - Corporate Secretary Mr. May operates the London corporate office for the Company, ensuring compliance with all corporate governance matters. He is a qualified lawyer, admitted as a solicitor in 1979 following a law degree at Cambridge University and two years of articles with a Manchester firm of solicitors. Fully conversant with all areas of law, with an initial background in commercial property transactions in London, his international experience included 7 years practising as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands in the areas of banking, insurance, trusts and mutual funds.

    Since 1989 he has acted as a lawyer and manager in the U.K. financial services industry, first with currency fund managers, Gaiacorp U.K., and then as Managing Director of that groups London subsidiary, renamed Titan Capital Management, where he was instrumental in developing the worldwide investment management business. He jointly established Millers Associates to develop the business of advising plcs and private companies in all aspects of accounting and corporate /company secretarial procedures. He is also currently a practicing consultant solicitor with City-based Paul Roberts Solicitors.
  • Dr. Stewart A. Jackson - Competent Person Dr. Stewart Jackson, PhD, P. Geol., P. Geo., during the past forty years has been involved in the mining industry as a mining professional with experience in the exploration and development of mineral deposits and management of public companies. Dr. Jackson has been involved in multiple mineral discoveries and evaluations.

    During the 1970s, Dr. Jackson was instrumental in the exploration and development by Cominco American Incorporation (now Teck-Cominco) of the Red Dog zinc-lead deposits in western Alaksa. Currently, Red Dog produces over 10% of the world production of zinc from the Red Dog zinc resource field. Subsequently, Dr. Jackson was the exploration manager for Houston Oil and Minerals Corporation during the discovery and development of the Manhattan, South Mccoy and Borealis gold deposits in the State of Nevada. During the 1980s, Dr. Jackson, through his public company, Crown Resource Corporation, made multiple discoveries of gold in the Republic District of the State of Washington totaling to date approximately 4,500,000 ounces and which continues to be currently produced by Kinross Gold Corporation. Subsequent, Dr. Jackson was instrumental in the advancement of the Turnagain nickel sulphide deposit of northern British Columbia, Canada, held by Hard Creek Nickel Corporation, from the state of being a prospect to the biollion tonne resource category. During the 2000s, Dr. Jackson has been involved in the delineation of a major uranium, molybdenum, nickel and vanadium resource in Sweden on properties held by Continental Precious Minerals Inc. These properties contain a significant uranium resource exceeding 440,000,000 pounds of uranium oxide, over 7,000,000,000 pounds of vanadium, over 900,000,000 pounds of molybdenum and over 800,000,000 pounds of nickel with current drilling continuing to expand the resource.

    Dr. Jackson has authorized and co-authored a number of scientific publications, is a member of several scientific and professional organizations, and holds a Professional Geologist ( P. Geol.) Registration in the Province of Alberta, Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Science degree in Stratigraphy and Mineral Deposits from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D in Stratigraphy and Economic Geology from the University of Alberta.
  • George R. Rawsthorne - Metallurgical Consultant Mr. Rawsthorne, P. Eng., has over thirty-five years of experience in the metallurgical and chemical fields including management of operations, engineering projects and feasibility studies. He is well experienced in commissioning, start-up and optimizing aspects in an operating environment, as well as chemical and metallurgical plant operations.

    His international experience in North America, South America, Russia and Indonesia has provided him with first hand knowledge of the industry under varied conditions. Mr. Rawsthorne is a graduate of Queens University in Chemical Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in British Columbia.
  • Michael Sanguinetti - Consultant Mr. Sanguinetti, P. Eng., through his wholly owned company, Sanguinetti Engineering Ltd., provides hands on management and technical expertise for mining projects.

    He is well experienced in Canada, The United States, Mexico, Venezuela, Bolivia and Peru.
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