Board of Directors

Sharon Dowdall, BA, LLB – Chairman of the Board, Director and Chair of Compensation & Governance Committee and Member of the Audit Committee

Ms. Dowdall is currently a director of the Company.  Ms. Dowdall is a graduate of the University of Calgary (B.A. Honours Economics,1974) and Osgoode Hall, York University (LLB, 1977).   During her 20-year tenure with Franco-Nevada, Ms. Dowdall served in various capacities, including Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary and Vice President, Special Projects of Franco-Nevada Corporation.  Prior to joining Franco-Nevada, Ms. Dowdall was a partner at Smith Lyons LLP. Ms. Dowdall has been retired since 2012. During the last five years she has served as a member of the boards of Novagold Resources Inc. and Foran Mining Corporation and she continues to serve on the board of Novagold Resources Inc.  Ms. Dowdall devotes approximately 5% of her time to the business of the Corporation.


Leni Keough, HBSc, P. Geo. – President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Ms. Keough began her career with Lacana Mining Corporation working in various technical capacities on multijurisdictional Canadian gold and base metal exploration projects.  Subsequent employment in the 1980s with Royex Corporation and Corona Corporation led to her involvement in the early stages of the diamond exploration boom in Canada.  She has been responsible for the planning and implementation of a number of successful diamond programs, including that which led to the first reported identification and drilling of kimberlite in the Prince Albert, Saskatchewan area where Rio Tinto and Star Diamond now continue exploration and development of the Star Orion Deposit.  Subsequently, she planned and implemented Corona Corporation’s diamond exploration sampling programs in the Northwest Territories (“NWT”) in the late 1980s and 1990 which led to the discovery of key indicator minerals and microdiamonds in the Lac de Gras region.  These results led to staking and the eventual development of the Diavik Diamond Mine by Aber Resources.

She is a founding principal of Olivut Resources Ltd. and has been responsible for the exploration programs undertaken by the Company in Canada and abroad.  Under her guidance, Olivut has identified a new kimberlite province in the relatively unexplored Deh Cho region of the NWT where Olivut has made 29 kimberlite discoveries.

Although she has been actively involved in field work throughout her career, she has also been responsible for raising equity capital to advance projects.  She spearheaded a partnership with the LIND Partners of New York to obtain approval from Canadian Regulators for an innovative new investment structure to help junior companies finance projects.  Exploration and mining companies have subsequently used this funding structure in Canada to obtain financings to advance projects.

Ms. Keough was involved in the early stages of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (“PDAC”) successful Mining Matters program raising the necessary financing to support the initiative.  She is a past director of the PDAC where she sat on numerous committees, and she was appointed as a member of the Northwest Territory Mining Industry Advisory Board.  Ms. Keough is a member of the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines Board of Directors.


Craig Reith, HBA, CPA, CA – Director and Chair of Audit Committee and Member of Compensation & Governance Committee

Mr. Reith is currently a director of the Company.   Mr. Reith is a graduate of the Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario, London.  He subsequently received his Chartered Accountant designation while working with KPMG.  Until January 2008 he was Vice President Finance and Treasurer at the Corporate Head Office of Four Seasons Hotels Inc. where he had been employed for over 20 years in various financial capacities. Mr. Reith devotes approximately 5% of his time to the business of the Company.