Board of Directors

Keith Henderson

President, CEO & Director

Mr. Henderson has 25 years’ global experience in the mineral exploration industry throughout Africa, Europe, and North and South America. He was educated in Europe, graduating with B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. in geology and has extensive experience in multiple mineral deposit types and commodities.  Keith worked with Anglo American Exploration in Europe and North America, leading a number of exploration projects and ultimately, he was appointed project manager for Anglo Coal as the company made its first entry into Canada. In 2007, Keith joined Cardero Resource Corp. as Executive Vice-President, where he played a critical role in advancing the Pampa de Pongo through a positive scoping study and ultimate sale for US$100 million cash.  He was formerly President & CEO at Dorato Resources and is currently President & CEO at Velocity Minerals focused on gold exploration in Bulgaria.  Keith serves on the board of several public companies.

David Cass


Mr. Cass is a geologist with over 25 years of international experience in mineral exploration and mining for precious and base metals, with most of this experience focused in Latin America.  Mr. Cass spent 15 years of his career with major international mining company Anglo American plc, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in jurisdictions, including South and Central America, Mexico, Canada, Turkey, Iran and Eastern Europe.  Mr. Cass’ time at Anglo also includes four years as Senior Geologist in Peru, and six years as Exploration Manager for North America, where he was responsible for Anglo's exploration programs throughout Canada, Central America, Mexico, mainland USA and Alaska.  More recently, Mr. Cass has worked in executive roles for several junior exploration companies exploring in Canada, Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Guatemala, Ecuador and Peru.  Currently, Mr. Cass is Vice President of Exploration for Bluestone Resources Inc. and is a board and audit committee member for several junior companies.  Mr. Cass is a practicing member (P.Geo.) of the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia and Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists.  

Ryan King


Mr. King brings an established approach to business in the natural resource sector, with specific and targeted applications for delivering shareholder value in the mining industry.  Mr. King has over 15 years of experience in increasingly senior capacities in capital markets in the resource sector and was responsible for leading the investor relations activities for Newmarket Gold, as the company completed a $2 billion transformational merger with Kirkland Lake Gold.  Before joining Newmarket Gold, Mr. King was involved in starting Terrane Metals which acquired the Mount Milligan Copper-Gold Project in British Columbia.  From 2006 through to 2010, Mr. King was involved in financing, corporate development, all investor relation activities and assisting with the acquisition of Terrane Metals in 2010 by Thompson Creek for $800 million.  During his career, Mr. King has assisted in raising $250 million for previous companies.  Mr. King holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Royal Roads University in British Columbia, Canada.  He currently sits on the board of Pinecrest Resources, Edgewater Exploration and is the Vice President of Calibre Mining.

Robert Kopple


Mr. Kopple is an experienced investor, businessman, and lawyer.  He is involved in a broad range of corporate financing activities with public companies.  He is an experienced lawyer, and a senior partner in a law firm based in Los Angeles specializing in estate planning, tax law, and business transactions.  He is an experienced investor with diverse interests in real estate, and a several operating companies in mining, health care and technology.  He is a significant investor in Centenera Mining.

Hendrik van Alphen


Mr. Van Alphen has been in the mining business for over 36 years, first as an exploration drilling contractor, then as President of Pacific Rim Mining Corp. Mr. Van Alphen laid the foundation for Pacific Rim becoming a successful South American-based resource company and was instrumental in the company’s entrance into South America. He has been a director of Cardero Resource Corp. (“Cardero”) since 1999, was the Chief Executive Officer of Cardero from May 14, 2001 to November 9, 2011, President of Cardero from April 10, 2000 to June 1, 2011, Managing Director of Cardero from November 9, 2011 to March 19, 2013 and Chief Executive Officer and President of Cardero again from March 19, 2013 to August 15, 2017. He is currently CEO and a Director of Wealth Minerals Ltd and is presently also a director of Blackrock Gold Corp., Ethos Gold Corp., Gelum Capital Ltd. (formerly Jagercor Energy Corp.) and Centenera Mining Corporation, all public natural resource companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (“TSXV”).

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