Directors and Management

Akiko Levinson

President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Ms. Akiko Levinson has over 20 years of experience in the junior mining market including 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

Director and Technical Advisor

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 President and Chairman 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.

Douglas Buchanan


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.

Kevin Box


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.

Haruo Harada

Director and President of Irving Japan

Mr. Haruo Harada graduated from Kagoshima University with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Science and has over 30 years experience in mineral exploration around the globe. Over the past three years, he has worked closely with management of Irving through his role as Director of Mitsui Mineral Development Engineering Co., Ltd., Irving’s lead contract engineering firm in Japan.

Lisa Sharp

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. 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.

Hidetoshi Takaoka

Technical Advisor and Chief Mining Engineer, Irving Japan

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.

Toshiyuki Goto

General Manager, Omu Office and Omui Mine Site, Irving Japan

Mr. Toshiyuki Goto is a mining engineer with 25 years experience in operations and development of Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. Ltd.’s Hishikari gold mine, the largest gold mine in Japan.

Dr. Takeshi Uemoto

Omu Project Manager, Irving Japan

Dr. Takeshi Uemoto holds a B.Sc and M.Sc. from Hiroshima University and a Ph.D. from the University of Western Australia. Dr. Uemoto has worked as senior exploration geologist for Gold Fields Australasia at its St. Ives and Agnew gold mines in Australia and prior to that as senior geologist for Mitsubishi Materials Corporation exploring for geothermal resources in Japan.