J. Paul Farquharson, B.B.A.
President & CEO, Director
Mr. Farquharson is President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Company. He was previously Chief Financial Officer and has been with eCobalt (previously Formation Metals Inc.) for over 25 years. He was integral in the success of numerous financings totaling over $200M for the Company. He has made valuable contributions to corporate development and strategic acquisitions for eCobalt and its subsidiaries. He possesses extensive in-house experience with the numerous aspects of the mining industry, including corporate management, administration, compliance, and capital markets.
Scott Hean, ICD.D
Director & Chair
Appointed to the Board in March 2014 and to Chair in June 2017, Scott Hean has over 35 years of experience in junior mining exploration finance, international banking and international finance. He retired in December 2015 as CFO of Quaterra Resources after 9 years of service. He served for 10 years as a board member of Sabina Gold and Silver (SBB on TSX) where he was Chair of the Compensation Committee as well as a member of the Audit Committee. SBB has a burgeoning gold and silver property in Nunavut, Canada. He has also been a Board member on numerous early stage mining explorations companies traded on the TSX-V. Hean served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director with Bank of Montreal, responsible for natural resources sector financings in North America. Previously, he served with J.P. Morgan of New York, primarily financing junior exploration and producing oil and gas companies. He has a B. A. from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, a Master of Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business, London, Ontario and an accreditation as an ICD.D, the Institute of Corporate Directors, Director from the Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto.
Robert Metka, B.Sc., Eng., M.B.A.
Robert Metka has over 23 years of mineral production and engineering experience as V.P. of Projects for Noranda Minerals and V.P. and General Manager of CEZinc. He is presently a Principal of Hatch, the world’s largest international mining engineering company.
Gregory Hahn, CPG, B.A, M.S.
Appointed to the Board in May 2013, Gregory Hahn has over 35 years of mining industry experience and is currently the Interim CEO, President and COO of Canamex Resources Corp. He has served on the board of numerous companies including Marathon PGM Corp. and Metalline Mining where he was Director and Interim President & CEO. Hahn was also former District and Senior Geologist and Chief Mine Geologist with Noranda (now Xstrata) on the Blackbird Project, located adjacent to the Company’s 100-percent owned ICP.
David Christie, P.Geo.
Appointed to the Board in March 2014, David Christie has 29 years of experience in the resource sector. In April 2015, Christie was appointed President and CEO of Eagle Hill Exploration Corp. He also continues in his roles as Vice President with Goodman & Company, Investment Counsel and Dundee Resources Limited, wholly owned subsidiaries of Dundee Corporation. He is a Director of Eagle Hill Exploration Corp, True North Nickel (a private company) and Condor Precious Metals Inc. (a private company). Prior to joining Goodman and Company, Christie was a highly ranked gold and precious minerals equity research analyst at two bank-owned dealers. He also has extensive experience in the North American mining industry working as a professional geologist exploring for gold, base metals, uranium and platinum group metals including underground experience. Since joining the Dundee organization in 2011, Christie has taken on a merchant banking and investment management role. Christie is a member of the PDAC convention planning committee. He received a Bachelor of Science in Geology from McMaster University in 1986, is a Professional Geoscientist with APGO and NAPEG, and a fellow of the Geological Association of Canada.
David Smith, M.Sc., P.Eng., C.Dir.
Mr. Smith is the Senior Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Agnico Eagle Mines Limited and has held this position since 2012. Previously he held the position of Senior Vice-President, Strategic Planning and Investor Relations. Prior to joining Agnico’s investor relations team in 2005, Mr. Smith was a mining analyst and also held a variety of mining engineering positions, in both Canada and abroad. Mr. Smith is a Chartered Director, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Denver Gold Group and an alternate Director of the World Gold Council. He has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston and the University of Arizona, respectively. Mr. Smith is also a Professional Engineer.
Cecil D. Andrus
Emeritus Governor Cecil Andrus serves as advisor to the company’s Board of Directors after retiring his seat on the Board in January 2013. He is a previous four-term Idaho Governor, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior and former counsel to Gallatin Public Affairs, a northwest based public affairs firm. He is chairman of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University. Governor Andrus is known for his strong environmental stance on mining and believes the Idaho Cobalt Project to be an environmentally conscious mining operation.
eCobalt regrets to announce the passing of Governor Andrus on August 24, 2017. His obituary can be read here.