Board of Directors
Rudi P. Fronk – Chairman
Mr. Fronk, a graduate of Columbia University from which he holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering and a Master of Science in Mineral Economics, has over 30 years of experience in the gold sector primarily as a senior officer and director of publically traded gold exploration companies.
Mr. Fronk was appointed to the Board in January 2017 and serves as the Boards Non-Executive Chairman. In 1999, Mr. Fronk co-founded Seabridge Gold Inc. (“Seabridge Gold”), a US$500 million market cap company with gold reserves exceeding 45 million ounces and one of the world’s largest resource bases of gold and copper. He currently serves as Chairman and as the Company’s CEO, a position he has held since inception. In addition to his extensive experience with Seabridge Gold, Mr. Fronk has held senior management positions with Greenstone Resources, Columbia Resources, Behre Dolbear & Company, Riverside Associates, Phibro-Salomon, Amax and DRX.
Glen Van Treek
Mr. Van Treek has over 25 years of progressive global experience in all stages of mineral exploration has been a director of Paramount Gold Nevada Corp. since February 2015. Prior to joining Paramount in January 2011, he held various senior positions at Teck Resources Ltd. for ten years and most recently he managed the production geology, resource modeling and exploration programs at Teck’s Quebrada Blanca mine in Chile. Prior to his experience at Teck, Mr. Van Treek held positions with Placer Dome and other junior exploration companies.
Mr. Smith is a financial executive and corporate director with over 30 years of experience in a variety of industries, including: heavy equipment and engine sales and service; mining; alternative energy; and public accounting. His extensive international experience spans a wide array of industries with a particular emphasis on mining.
Mr. Smith has been a director of Paramount Gold Nevada Corp. since June 2015 and served as Chairman of the Board from June 2015 through January 2017. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the following companies: Nevsun Resources Ltd., a leading mid-tier producing base metals company; Dominion Diamond Corporation, an NYSE and TSX listed Canadian diamond mining company; and Collingwood School, a co-educational university prep school. From 2009 to 2014, Mr. Smith acted as executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Finning International Inc., the world’s largest Caterpillar equipment dealer. He was Vice President & CFO of Ballard Power Systems Inc., a global leader in fuel cell technology for six years from 2002 to 2008. Mr. Smith spent 16 years with Placer Dome Inc. and Barrick Gold Corporation, one of the world’s largest gold miners, in a number of roles including VP & CFO of the US, Latin Americas, and Canadian Divisions, overseeing multiple mining operations.
He is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the Financial Executive Institute, and a graduate from California State University with a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration and Accounting. Additionally he has completed the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors.
John Carden, Ph.D
Dr. Carden has more than 35 years in experience in exploration management, teaching and research and has been a director of Paramount Gold Nevada Corp. since February 2015 and a director of Paramount Gold and Silver Corp. from September 2006 through the completion of the merger with Coeur Mining, Inc. in April 2015. Since 2001 he has been a geologic consultant and a director of a number of junior resource companies each which were TSX Venture Exchange listed companies. Dr. Carden worked as a senior exploration geologist for Exxon Minerals, Atlas Precious Metals, Tenneco, and Echo Bay Mines and later was Director of U.S. Exploration from 1992 until 1998 for Echo Bay Mines. From 2010 to the present, Dr. Carden has acted as a geologic consultant to Otis Gold Corp. He is a Licensed Professional Geologist in the State of Washington. Dr. Carden received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in geology From Kent State University in Ohio, and his doctorate in geology from the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska in 1978.
Mr. Reynolds has over 25 years of mineral industry and public accounting experience and has been a director of Paramount Gold Nevada Corp. since February 2015 and a director of Paramount Gold and Silver Corp. from December 2009 through April 2015 when the merger with Coeur Mining, Inc. was completed. Since May 2011, he has been the Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Seabridge Gold Inc., a TSX and NYSE MKT listed corporation. From October 2007 to April 2011, he served as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Norsemont Mining Inc. and, prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, CFO and Secretary of Southern Era Diamonds Inc. He has held various finance and accounting positions at Southern Platinum Corp., TVX Gold Inc., Inmet Mining Corporation and Price Waterhouse, now PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Reynolds also served as a director of Arizona Star Resource Corp. Mr. Reynolds is a CPA, CGA and holds a B.A. (Economics) from McGill University. Mr. Reynolds has extensive experience with the mineral industry, finance and accounting, and we believe he is qualified to serve on our board of directors. Mr. Reynolds serves as Chairman of our Audit Committee.
Mr. Gonzalez-Urien currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Seabridge Gold since January 2006 and as a consulting geologist for Seabridge since March 2003, and has been a director of Paramount Gold Nevada Corp. since February 2015 and a director of Paramount Gold and Silver Corp. from March 2009 through the merger with Coeur Mining, Inc. in April 2015. He is an exploration geologist with over 30 years of experience in the mining industry. From 1989 through 2001 Mr. Gonzalez-Urien held various executive positions with Placer Dome Inc. including senior vice president of the parent company and president of Placer Dome Exploration Inc. During this period he was charged with responsibility for Placer Dome’s worldwide exploration activities. Prior to Placer Dome, Mr. Gonzalez-Urien held senior positions with BHP-Utah Inc. and Noranda. He holds a degree in geology from the University of Santiago, Chile, followed by post graduate studies in geology at the University of California, Berkley.
An environmental engineer, with a Masters of Business Administration from Queens University and is a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101. He has over 20 years of extensive international experience spanning the operational, technical and financial aspects of the environmental consulting industry managing complex environmental and social impact projects. From 2012 through to the present, he has served as managing director of Environmental Resources Management Canada Ltd., a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, and social consulting services with an emphasis on the mining and oil and gas sectors. Prior to that, from 1998 through 2009, Mr. Pelletier served as a Project Manager for Rescan Environmental Services Ltd. (“Rescan”), managing project and technical development. In 2010, he became President and Chief Operating Officer for Rescan and remained in this role through 2012.