Harold (Roy) Shipes Mining and Metallurgical Engineer – President and CEO
Mr. Shipes is a metallurgical and mining engineer with over 40 years mining experience in global base and precious metals production, engineering, and project development management. As VP and GM of Operations of Southern Peru Copper Corp., Mr. Shipes was instrumental in conceptualizing and managing construction through start-up of the Cuajone smelter expansion, doubling throughput. As General Manager and CEO of Ok Tedi Mining Inc. he managed the expansion of the Company’s gold plant from 12,000 tpd to 35,000 tpd successfully in 18 months. Mr. Shipes owned the engineering firm Western States Engineering and designed, constructed and/or commissioned six solvent extraction/electro-winning plants for copper recovery.
Nick Demare Interim CFO
Mr. DeMare, holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of British Columbia and is a member in good standing of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. Since May, 1991, Mr. DeMare has been the President of Chase Management Ltd., a private company which provides a broad range of administrative, management and financial services to private and public companies engaged in mineral exploration and development, gold and silver production, oil and gas exploration and production and venture capital. Mr. DeMare currently serves as an officer and director of other public reporting companies.
Stewart A. Jackson PhD, PGeo – Geological Technical Director
Dr. Stewart A. Jackson, PhD., P.Geo., has over fifty-seven years of experience in the mining and oil and gas industries. He is a Qualified Person (QP) as defined under National Instrument 43-101 and will be the Qualified Person for Altair’s properties. He has been involved in the discovery and development of several major mineral discoveries including the Red Dog multi-billion dollar zinc-lead deposit in NW Alaska for Cominco; the Borealis, South McCoy and Manhattan gold deposits in Nevada for Houston Oil and Minerals. He founded Crown Resource Corporation which discovered in the State of Washington, USA, some 4.5 million ounces of gold. This deposit is currently in production by Kinross. During his career, Dr. Jackson has raised $150 million for the discovery and development of projects including gold, silver, diamonds, and base metal; nickel and uranium. He is the author of many industry publications, and one of his papers was awarded the Barlow Medal of the Canadian Institution of Mining and Metallurgy. Dr. Jackson is a member of several professional and scientific organizations.
Zahir (Zip) Dhanani Manager Of Business Development, Assistant To The President, And Chairman Advisory Board
Mr. Dhanani has over 20 years’ experience in the Canadian mining industry with extensive background in strategic planning, venture capital, capital structure, capital markets, business development, acquisitions and divestments. He has been active in the private equity arena since 1993, having invested and raised early-round funding in mining (precious and industrial mineral exploration), oil and gas(upstream), and technology (Internet / information, clean) sectors. He has served as an officer, director and financier of a variety of resource and technology companies, with industry experience in industrial minerals and real estate development. Mr. Dhanani has held various senior level executive positions in a number of Public Companies and is currently a Director of Terraco Gold Corp.
Selim Berisha Chief Geologist – Kosovo
Selim Berisha is a professional geologist resident in Kosovo. He is Chief Geologist of Altair for Kosovo and has been leading the company’s exploration program since its inception in 2016. Selim has over ten years of experience in Kosovo and has worked as geologist on a variety of exploration projects in the country for companies including, Fichtner, Iliria Mining, Thyssen Schautbau, Avrupa Minerals and Peshter Mining. He was also involved in the development of the Geochemical Survey for Kosovo by the Independent Commission for Mines and Minerals. Selim has a Masters Degree in Geology from the University of Prishtina, Kosovo.
Robert J. Naso BSc, MBA – Director
A businessman who has been involved in the mining sector for the past 8 years and has experience in construction, day to day operations, project management, contract negotiation and consulting. Mr. Naso brings several years’ experience in senior management in the mining sector and negotiating with foreign governments successfully in winning tenders in this sector. Mr. Naso also sits on several public companies boards and is instrumental in integrating new development abroad. Mr. Naso spent 2 years in Turkey working as a business consultant based in Istanbul.
Aylin Cecen Aksu MD, PHD – Independent Director
Dr. Aksu is a mining consultant presently living in Turkey. Dr. Aksu has, over the last six years, been a consultant and adviser to several Canadian and Chinese mining companies looking to source mining projects in Turkey and the Balkans. Dr. Aksu introduced Altair to the Crepulje project in Kosovo.
Jeffrey Steiner Independent Director
Mr. Jeffrey Steiner is a senior executive, board director and lawyer involved in real estate, the film & TV industry, the mining sector and early-stage angel investment. He leads New Franchise Media Inc., which was formed to create film & television productions based on the best-selling novels of Jeffrey Archer. Mr. Steiner is also a member of the board of directors of Export Development Canada which had net income of C$925 million in 2015. He is also Co-Chair of the newly formed joint Canada-United Arab Emirates Business Council.
Bruce Reid Independent Director
Mr. Reid is currently the President of Idaho Champion Gold Mines Ltd, a private Gold Exploration Corporation and is also currently the Executive Chairman of Satori Resources a publicly traded Canadian Mining Development Company. He was the CEO, President and Executive Chairman of Carlisle Goldfields, which he founded and financed since 2009. Over the past six years Mr. Reid raised over $30 million while the Company discovered over 5 million ounces of Gold on the Company’s Lynn Lake, Manitoba Project. Carlisle Goldfields was purchased by Alamos Gold in a $75 million takeover in 2016. Prior to that from 2005-2008 Mr. Reid was one of the Founders, President and CEO of U.S. Silver Corp. where he raised over $75 million to modernize and renovate the Galena Sliver Mine in Idaho and return the asset back to profitability. He has an Honours B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Toronto and a Finance degree from the University of Windsor.