Management & BOARD
The man behind the vision for Spark Energy Minerals is a mining veteran familiar with developing world-class mining companies and leading the teams that build them. Spark Energy Minerals represents the collective efforts of this outstanding group of mining entrepreneurs.
Peter Wilson has acted as the lead ﬁnancier for public and private companies raising an aggregate of over $300 million of equity and debt financing during the last 20 years. Peter is familiar with the mining and energy sectors having worked in major resource districts in Canada, the United States, and Africa.
As president of Hana Mining Ltd based in Vancouver, Canada, he orchestrated the creation and discovery of a major copper/silver district in Botswana, Africa. The resultant mineral discovery catapulted Hana Mining from a junior company to an eventual market capitalization of over $580 million.
Mr. Foster is a consultant providing accounting and financial management services for both public and private companies across a broad spectrum of industries.
Mr. Foster is the current Chief Financial Officer for DGTL Holdings Inc, former Chief Financial Officer for Perpetua Resources Corp, former Controller for the Ivanhoe Group’s Global Mining Management Corporation and Peregrine Diamonds Ltd, former Controller for Roca Mines Inc and former accountant at Canadian Forest Products Ltd.
Mr. Foster is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada).
Mario Drolet has more than 25 years of experience in financial markets and has worked on the floor of the Montreal Exchange on his way up from apprentice to chief trader in derivatives for a large Canadian institution – CIBC Wood Gundy. Since 2007, he is the founder of MI3 Communications Financieres, a Montreal-based new-age financial communications company geared for today’s fast-paced global economy. MI3’s services were developed to leverage trading and market experience to provide Investor & public relations, market-making activities, and market intelligence to Canadian public companies.
Mario has worked with over 250 small, mid and large-cap public companies on different levels.
Mr. Hodgson has an extensive career in the capital markets and public companies, serving in leadership roles in private industry most recently as CFO at Trait Biosciences Inc.,an emerging biotechnology leader in the cannabis industry, as well as in public service roles as a public policy and political advisor and Chair of Vancouver Community College. Eugene’s experience includes First Nations negotiations, corporate, corporate, public and financial strategy.
Prior to Trait, he was CFO/Director of Sea Breeze Power Corp., and an investment banker at Corpfinance International Inc., specializing in infrastructure debt and equity financing. He is the former CFO/Director of Timmins Gold Corp(NYSE) and President of Fabled Copper Corp. He is currently a Director of Dixie Gold Inc., Red Lake Gold Inc., Rover Metals Inc., ESG Global Impact Capital Inc.,and Forbidden Distilling Corp.
Mr. Hodgson is also currently the CFO/Corporate Secretary of Tevano Systems Holdings Corp. and Critical Infrastructure Technologies Ltd. where he is also a Director.
Eugene is a graduate of the University of Calgary with a BA in Political Science.
Mr. Thomas has had an extensive career in the resource and mining sectors over four decades including mining in Canada, Africa and South America, and the petroleum sector in Asia. Over the past 16 years, he has acted more closely as analyst, advisor, and consultant to several investment bankers with a focus on IPOs of new businesses, mainly on the Canadian Stock Exchange and Frankfurt Börse Exchange.
Mr. Thomas has been a director and/or a senior management member of Kerr McGee Canada, Kerr McGee UK, and Kerr McGee China (now part of Anadarko Petroleum). He was also CFO of the successful mining interest Hana Mining Ltd. in Botswana, Africa during its exploration phase.
William Thomas graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto, Canada and gained his Chartered Accountants (CA) designation in 1977.
Mr. Tims is a seasoned exploration geologist with more than 30 years of experience. He has worked in the gold camps of Geraldton, Kirkland Lake-Timmins, and Red Lake including 8 years with Rainy River Resources in northwestern Ontario. Mr. Tims has led and managed a number of successful exploration projects including platinum exploration in the far north of Ontario, kimberlite (diamond) exploration in the Timiskaming structural zone, and volcanogenic massive sulphide exploration in the Abitibi and Wabigoon greenstone belts.
Andrew recently worked for the Ontario Geological Survey as the Regional Land-Use Geologist, Mineral Deposits Compilation Geoscientist for northwestern Ontario, and as a Mineral Exploration and Development Consultant dealing with Exploration Plan and Permit applications.
Brian Hambleton-Jones is professional geologist with 30 years experience in the South African nuclear industry.
He was founder of URAMIN listed on AIM in London, Nu Energy Corp, Resource Capital Group Cameroon Ltd, both listed on the TSX in Toronto. Brian has been CEO of companies in southern Africa covering shale gas, hydrogen production, the environment.
Brian brings wide knowledge of African geological exploration for various commodities including copper, uranium, diamonds, nickel, silver, lithium, shale gas as well as the nuclear fuel cycle, environmental and ecological issues, business management and the private sector.
Paulina McGroarty has 25 years’ experience in finance and capital markets and has successfully led teams and promoted NASDAQ and Singapore Stock Exchanges, working closely with CEOs and CFOs of publicly quoted and private companies.
Paulina has first-hand experience with media, strategy, banking regulation, and private banking environments.
Bill Fleming is a seasoned executive and has 25 years of corporate business and board experience with publicly traded and private international companies.
Bill is currently President & CEO of Halucenex Life Sciences Inc., Executive Chairman of Mountain Lake Minerals, and was recently President of Mernova Medicinal Inc., which sold to Switzerland based Cresco Pharma Limited.
Paul Smith (P.Geo.) initially assumed the role of President & CEO of Mountain Lake Minerals in 2012 after the successful plan of arrangement between Mountain Lake Resources and Marathon Gold. He spent 33 years with the Mineral Resources Section of the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources as a Senior Research Gold Geologist and finally as Liaison Geologist for the Mineral Resources Branch.
In 2008, Paul joined Acadian Mining Corp and was instrumental in the cleanup and sale of the ScoZinc Zn-Pb mine at Gays River.
Paul is professional geologist with an MSc in structural geology from Acadia University.