Rui Feng, PH.D., Geology
Dr. Rui Feng has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Silvercorp Metals Inc. since 2003. Silvercorp is China's largest primary silver producer and is listed on the TSX and NYSE American.
Dr. Feng has worked for decades in the mineral resources industry as a geologist as well as an executive. He is an entrepreneur with extensive experience and a track record in the successful exploration and acquisition mineral properties in China, and then turning them into profitable operations. Dr. Feng was the founder of several successful publicly-listed companies in Canada over the last decades which made significant discoveries of mineral resources in China.
Dr. Feng obtained his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Geology in China, and his Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Saskatchewan in 1992. He was awarded a Post Doctoral fellowship from the National Engineering and Science Council of Canada from April 1992 to April 1993 to work as Research Scientist at the University of Montreal. From October 1993 to October 1994, Dr. Feng worked for the Institute of Sedimentary and Petroleum Geology of the Geological Survey of Canada in Calgary as research scientist. Dr. Feng is a Director of the Canada China Business Council - BC Chapter Board, and Vice President of Canada China Business Association.
The Honourable Jack Austin, P.C., Q.C., B.A., LL.B., LL.M., Doc: Soc. Sci. (Hon)
Chairman of the Board and Director
The Honourable Jack Austin has over 40 years of experience in law, business, public service and politics. Mr. Austin has had a diversified career and has expertise in cross-cultural communications and business development. He has been a barrister and solicitor in the Province of British Columbia since 1958, practiced law for over 20 years and served as legal counsel to various corporations.
Mr. Austin served as a senator in the Senate of Canada, representing British Columbia from August 1975 to March 2007. Mr. Austin served in the Cabinets of each of Prime Minister Trudeau and Prime Minister Martin.
Since May 2008, Mr. Austin has served as a director and Chairman of New Pacific. Mr. Austin was a director and Chairman of Naikun Wind Energy Group Inc. from April 1989 to December 2003 and a director of Allied Pacific Properties & Hotels Inc. from May 1996 to December 2003. Mr. Austin was also a director of Act 360 Solutions Ltd. from May 2003 to December 2003, a director of China Education Resources Inc. from July 2000 to December 2003 and director and President of Austpro Energy Corporation from November 1990 to December 2003. Each of these companies was listed on the TSX Venture Exchange.
Mr. Austin obtained a degree in Economics (B.A.) in 1954 and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree in 1955 from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in 1957 from the Harvard Law School in International Trade Law.
Mr. McCluskey is President and Chief Executive Officer of Alamos Gold Inc., formed through a merger between AuRico Gold and Alamos Gold in 2015.
He originally co-founded Alamos with mining hall of famer Chester Millar in 2003. Mr. McCluskey also founded Grayd Resource Corporation in 1996 and was President and CEO until 2003. He has a wealth of experience in finance and mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. McCluskey was named Ontario's 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year, based on a judging panel's assessment of financial performance, vision, leadership, innovation, personal integrity and influence, social responsibility, and entrepreneurial spirit.
Greg Hawkins, BSc., Geology, MSc., Mineral Economics
Greg Hawkins has been involved in the Mining Exploration and Investment industry since 1969. He has been variously responsible for the identification and/or delineation of 10 mineral deposits (Gilt Edge, Andacolla, Kubi Village, Tabakoto, Twangiza, Namoya, Skukum Creek, Goddell Gulley, Kobada and Harper Creek) in Canada, USA, Chile, Ghana, Mali and Zaire (DRC). In acting as Founding Project Consultant and/or Founding Director of seven public and private Exploration/Development ventures (Brohm Mining Inc., Dayton Mining Inc., Nevsun Resources Ltd., Banro Resource Corp., Tagish Lake Gold Corp., African Gold Group Inc. and Yellowhead Mining Inc.) he has participated in or been responsible for the definition of at least one reserve in every case with four cases that have resulted in production in the USA, Chile, Ghana and Mali. He has lived in Canada, Nigeria and Ghana while pursuing his career.
In 1990 he started CME, an international full service consultancy and contracting network which included Spectral International Geophysics, Eagle Drilling and ATS Inc. The Network has served over 100 clients in 17 countries and has employed over 3000 people. He is the author and presenter of a number of exploration papers on exploration, exploration philosophy and mineral economics since 1979. In 2004 he was awarded the Frank Woodside Past Presidents Award by the British Columbia and Yukon Chamber of Mines in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the mining industry. He holds a BSc in Geology from the University of Alberta and an MSc in Mineral Economics from McGill University.
David Kong, CA, CPA (Illinois), ICD.D
Mr. Kong was born in Malaysia where he completed his high school education. He earned his Bachelor degree in Business Administration in Taiwan and spent two years working in Singapore. Mr. Kong immigrated to Canada in the mid 1970’s where he studied marketing in the University of British Columbia’s MBA program. Mr. Kong then earned his Chartered Accountant designation in British Columbia in 1978 and his U.S. CPA (Illinois) designation in 2002. From 1981 to 2004, he was a partner of Ellis Foster Chartered Accountants, the largest independent accounting firm in British Columbia. Ellis Foster merged with Ernst & Young LLP in 2005 and retained Mr. Kong as a partner of Ernst & Young LLP from 2005 to 2010 where he led its Chinese market practice in Canada and focused on serving Canadian public companies doing business in China and Chinese public companies listed on the North American stock exchanges. During his over 30 years of public accounting/auditing career, Mr. Kong focused mainly in mining companies listed on the North American exchanges. Currently, Mr. Kong is a director of Silvercorp Metals Inc., Hana Mining Ltd., IDM International Limited, Uranium Energy Corp., and Brazil Resources Inc. Mr. Kong is a certified director (ICD.D) of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Mr. Wafforn is a mining engineer who brings with him more than 35 years of experience in the mining industry. He has been at Pan American Silver since early 2004, and is currently Senior Vice President, Technical Services and Process Optimization where he is involved in the technical aspects of the feasibility, development and successful operation of that company 's mines in addition to leading the safety department. Prior to joining Pan American Silver, Mr. Wafforn spent 15 years working with Barrick and its predecessor Homestake at different underground mines and was Manager of Mine Engineering for Barrick 's global operations. He holds a B.Sc Mining Honours from Camborne School of Mines in England and is registered as a P.Eng in British Columbia.