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Barry R. Cooper BSc, MBA
Oakville, Ontario

Age 64
Director since 2015

Member of Audit Committee
Chairman of the Special Advisory


Mr. Cooper is a retired Mining Analyst, specializing in precious metals companies. From 1996 to 2013, he was variously Director, Executive Director and Managing Director of CIBC Mining Equities Research. He achieved Brendon Woods first place ranking for 2011 and 2012, following second place rankings in 2008-2010 and third place rankings in 2005-2007 within a peer group of over 50 precious metals analysts in North America. Prior to that, he worked as a geologist.


Glenn C. Fox BSc (Agr), MSc, PhD
Rockwood, Ontario

Age 62
Director since 2015

Lead Director and Chair of Corporate Governance Committee


Dr. Fox is an agricultural and natural resource economist. He has been a member of the faculty and researcher in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph since 1985. In 2010, Mr. Fox was named a Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society. He was named a senior research fellow of the Fraser Institute in 2013. He is a past editor of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics and also of Current Agricultural, Food and Rural Issues, both published by the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society. He is currently the Research Program Director of the Agricultural Policy and Rural Development Research program in the University of Guelph partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. His teaching and research includes the economics of property rights and environmental stewardship, renewable energy policy, Austrian economics and the ethics of sound money, environmental law and economic methodology. He serves on the Boards of the Canadian Justice Review Board, the Canadian Constitution Foundation and the Energy Probe Research Foundation.

Bruce D. Heagle BA, MBA, ICD.D
Ancaster, Ontario

Age: 59 Director since 2011

Chair of Audit Committee and member of Corporate Governance Committee


Mr. Heagle has an MBA from the Richard Ivey Business School and over 20 years of senior management experience. Since 1991, Mr. Heagle has been President of NSBL International (private capital investments). He has been a director of the Bakery Council of Canada and Chairman of the Board of Governors as well as Chairman of the Finance Committee of Hillfield Strathallan College.

Michael A. Parente CPA, CMA, CFP
Hamilton, Ontario

Age: 60
Director since 1992

Member of Corporate Governance Committee

Mr. Parente is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and Certified Financial Planner in Canada. He has been President of M.A.P. Consulting and Financial Services since February, 2009. Prior to that, he was the Director of Finance for First Ontario Credit Union from March, 2004 to January, 2009. From February, 1990 to August, 2002, Mr. Parente was Vice-President Finance of Central Fund. Previously, for over 15 years prior to 2004, he was Chief Financial Officer, Compliance Officer, President and Investment Counsel & Portfolio Manager (ICPM) for a mutual fund management company.

Jason A. Schwandt P. Eng, MBA
Burlington, Ontario

Age 44
Director since 2015

Member of Audit Committee

Mr. Schwandt holds an Electrical Engineering and Management degree and an MBA (Management of Innovation) from McMaster University. He is currently President of J.A. Schwandt Inc. and was formerly an owner and Vice President of Techcentive Services Inc., a tax and corporate cost reduction consultancy. Prior to that, Mr. Schwandt was employed for over 10 years in various management roles in engineering, program office, operations and corporate strategy at Celestica Inc., a global contract electronics manufacturer and former manufacturing arm of IBM.

Dale R. Spackman, Q. C.
Director and Vice-Chairman
Calgary, Alberta

Age: 62
Director since 1990


Mr. Spackman holds a science degree from the University of Calgary and a law degree from the University of Alberta. He has been a partner of Parlee McLaws LLP, an Alberta law firm, since 1986 where his practice concentrates on aviation, banking and finance and corporate and commercial law.

He previously served as a Bencher (Director) of The Law Society of Alberta and member of its Executive Committee and is a past Chair of, among others, its Audit, Finance and Governance Committees and is a past director and chair of the Governance Committee of the Calgary Minor Soccer Association. Since July 1, 2014, Mr. Spackman has been on the Advisory Board, Corporate Secretary and a member of the Audit Committee of the Alberta Lawyers Insurance Exchange, a reciprocal insurance exchange that provides insurance products, including mandatory professional liability and trust safety insurance, to Alberta lawyers.


J. C. Stefan Spicer
Director, Chairman, President
and Chief Executive Officer
Lynden, Ontario

Age: 51
Director since 1995


Mr. Spicer is also a Director and Chairman of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee of Maverix Metals Inc.

He has in excess of 30 years of investment industry experience.


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