Richard J. Mazur
President, CEO & Director
Mr. Richard Mazur is a corporate executive and geoscientist with over 40 years of Canadian and international experience in the exploration and mining industry as a project geologist, financial analyst, and senior executive on uranium, gold, base metals, and industrial minerals projects. Mr. Mazur founded Forum in 2004. He is also a Director of Big Ridge Gold Corp., 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 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 Lymington Underwriting, 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 AIS Resources, a TSX.V exploration company.
Mr. Cowan is semi-retired, having previously been a partner in the law firm McMillan LLP until 2020. He currently provides in-house legal services to Forum as well as advising a select group of companies on securities and corporate law matters. He also serves as an independent director for a number of TSX.V listed companies, primarily in the mining sector.
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 also serves 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.
Paul Dennison worked for 27 years in the front-end of three leading investment banks: Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch & Deutsche Bank. His main focus was capital markets origination, underwriting, sales, and trading in all regions outside the Americas. Thereafter, Paul managed his own asset management company for 12 years, which was licensed in Singapore, Switzerland, and the United States. Presently, Paul is based in Zurich and Singapore with his own firm, specializing as an introducing broker, sourcing international investment capital for clients.
Janet Meiklejohn, MBA, CPA (Ca), is the Managing Principal of Emerald Capital, which provides strategic consulting services, including corporate governance, finance, and marketing to emerging growth companies. A former Institutional Equity Sales VP focused on the mining sector with leading Canadian investment banks including Desjardins Securities, National Bank, Salman Partners, and Macquarie Capital from 1997 to 2015, Janet also grew up in Saskatchewan and has maintained a long standing interest in the developement of the province’s uranium industry. Janet is Vice President Finance and Investor Relations with the Very Good Food Company, a leading plant-based food technology company based in British Columbia, and was recently appointed Chief Financial Officer of Empress Royalty Corp.