President, Chief Executive Officer, Director
Akiko Levinson has over 20 years of experience in the market and has extensive experience in mining finance and ‘end-to-end’ rare earth mineral investment. Ms. Levinson was previously the President and a director of Gold Canyon Resources Inc. and is currently a director of Novo Resources Corp, a company listed on the TSX-Venture Exchange.
Dr. Quinton Hennigh
Dr. Quinton Hennigh is an economic geologist with more than 25 years of exploration experience with major gold mining firms including Homestake Mining, Newcrest Mining and Newmont Mining. Currently, Dr. Hennigh is CEO and director of Novo Resources Corp. and director of TriStar Gold, Inc., Precipitate Gold Corp and NV Gold Corp. Dr. Hennigh was previously a director and Technical Advisor to Gold Canyon Resources Inc., where he helped refocus exploration at the company’s Springpole Gold Project in the Red Lake area of Ontario. Dr. Hennigh obtained a Ph.D. in Geology/Geochemistry from the Colorado School of Mines.
Mr. Kevin Box has worked as a Geographic Information Systems Analyst specializing in mineral exploration for over 14 years. Mr. Box is currently the GIS and Research Manager for Novo Resources Corp. His expertise in utilizing GIS techniques to analyze geological data played a significant role in the discoveries of the Beatons Creek gold deposit in Western Australia (Novo Resources Corp), the Springpole gold deposit near Red Lake, Ontario (Gold Canyon Resources Inc.), and the Rattlesnake Hills gold deposit in Wyoming (Evolving Gold Corp). Mr. Box has a B.Sc. in Business Administration from Colorado State University and a M.Sc. in Geographic Information Systems from Penn State University. Mr. Box is a veteran of the US Army where he worked in Logistics and Management.
Mr. Douglas Buchanan, Q.C. is Senior Counsel and Co-Head of North American Infrastructure at Norton Rose Fulbright in New York and Vancouver. Mr. Buchanan has extensive experience in the area of mergers and acquisition, project development and project finance, with emphasis on the natural resource and infrastructure sectors. His personal and business connections to Japan go back more than forty years.
Chief Financial Officer
Lisa Sharp, CPA, CGA, has over 20 years of senior management experience in a variety of industries including mining, environmental technology and remediation, and for the past 15 years has focused on public companies listed on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange and AMEX.
Mr. Hidetoshi Takaoka is a geologist with more than 40 years
exploration and mining experience. Mr.
Takaoka spent the majority of his time with Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. Ltd.
(SMM) where he was instrumental in the discovery of the world class Pogo Mine
in Alaska. Subsequently, he spent several years evaluating many projects
worldwide, many that lead to multiple discoveries. He was awarded the Japan
Mining Industry Association Award for the discovery of Pogo.