Richard J. Mazur
President, CEO & Director
Mr. Richard Mazur, P. Geo, MBA is a geoscientist who has held positions in the international exploration and mining industry for over 35 years as a project geologist, financial analyst and senior executive on uranium, gold, base metals, coal and industrial minerals projects. Mr. Mazur worked over a ten year period (1974-1984) as a uranium exploration geologist in Saskatchewan, Nunavut, Yukon, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces for Pan Ocean Oil Ltd. Currently he is also a Director of Alto Ventures Ltd, Impact Silver Corp. and Midnight Sun Mining Corp.
Mr. Mazur graduated with a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Toronto in 1975 and obtained an MBA from Queen’s University in 1985.
Mr. Balme is an active participant in a number of overseas resource ventures, both public and private. Mr. Balme is the Managing Director of Carter Capital Ltd. and A.M.C. Limited, two private UK investment funds. He identifies early stage opportunities in the resource sector and arranges financings to advance projects to the public market. Mr. Balme is also a Director of Ortac Resources plc, which has an option to earn a 100% interest in the Kremnica Gold project in Slovakia.
Dr. Howard Haugom
Dr. Haugom is a partner at Burkehill Capital Corp, a Vancouver based private equity firm, co-owner of Quilts Etc., a national linen retail chain, and serves as an independent board member of other public companies. He has taught extensively at Simon Fraser University, worked in both the private (Canadian Pacific) and public sectors (BC Treasury Board) as an Economist, and has been a consultant to the gold resource sector. Dr. Haugom holds Economic degrees specializing in international trade/finance and resource economics from the University of Victoria - BA and MA, 1984) and a PhD (1991) from Simon Fraser University.
Mr. Cowan is associate counsel with the law firm of Lang Michener LLP in Vancouver and has practised in the area of securities and corporate finance for over 15 years. He represents numerous public and private companies in the mining and technology sectors and is also a director of Alto Ventures Ltd. and Gulfsands Petroleum plc.
Mr. Larry Okada is a member of both the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Washington State Certified Public Accountants Association with over 32 years experience providing financial management services to publicly traded companies, with emphasis on junior mineral exploration companies. He holds a B.A. in Economics and was in public practice with his own firm of Staley, Okada and Partners and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Mr. Okada will act as Chairman of Forum’s Audit Committee.
Michael A. Steeves, CFA
Mr. Steeves has been involved in the mining industry for over 40 years. He is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of Zazu Metals Corporation, which is developing a large zinc-lead-silver deposit near the Red Dog mine in Northern Alaska. Prior to joining Zazu Metals, Mike was Vice President of Investor Relations for Glamis Gold, and also served as Director of Investor Relations for Coeur D’Alene Mines, Homestake Mining and Pegasus Gold. Mr. Steeves also worked as a mining analyst for many years with a number of Canadian Investment firms and as a geologist for senior mining companies in Canada and the United States. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology and a Master of Science Degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.