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Erdene’s Board of Directors have extensive experience in the mining and financial industries. They provide a strong base for the strategic management in the company.
The Board is comprised of seven directors, six of whom are "independent" within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. An independent director is defined to be a director who has no direct or indirect relationship with Erdene which could, in the view of the Board, be reasonably expected to interfere with the exercise of a member's independent judgement. The six independent directors are Anna Biolik, William Burton, John Byrne, Layton Croft, David Mosher and Philip Webster.
Peter C. Akerley is one of the founders and principals of the Erdene group of companies and has held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer and Director of Erdene Resource Development Corp. (TSX listed) since March 2003.
He has over 25 years of experience in mineral exploration, corporate financing, project development and management of publicly listed resource companies. Mr. Akerley is a geologist who has worked extensively in foreign jurisdictions throughout his career, predominately in North and South America and Asia, with a focus on Mongolia over the past 20 years. Mr. Akerley has a BSc (1988) from Saint Mary's University in Halifax, specializing in geology. He is also chairman of Morien Resources Corp. and a director of Barisan Gold Corp, both listed on the TSX-V.
Member of Pre-Clearance and Technical Committees.
J. C. (Chris) Cowan was appointed Chairman of the Board in June 2015. Mr. Cowan was formally Vice President Asia and served as Co- Managing Director of Erdene Mongol XXK, a wholly owned Mongolian subsidiary. He has been a director of the company from February 2003. Mr. Cowan has acted as a minerals consultant, providing services to exploration and mining companies world-wide since 1990. He previously spent 28 years with Falconbridge Limited in a variety of senior management and board positions including President and Director of New Pascalis Mines Ltd. from 1984 to 1990; Vice-President and Director of New Quebec Raglan Mines Ltd., between 1981 and 1990; Chairman of the Board of Indusmin Ltd., from 1984 to 1990; President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of United Keno Hill Mines Ltd., between 1981 and 1990; and President of Wesfrob Mining Division, from 1981 to 1983. Mr. Cowan has also been responsible for the technical direction of Falconbridge's worldwide surface and mining exploration as well as exploration manager in Southeast Asia and Chief Geologist for Sudbury Operations. Mr. Cowan, holds a Masters of Science degree (Geology), and is a member of the Professional Engineer Society of Ontario. He has over 50 years of experience in the mining industry.
Member of Pre-Clearance and Technical Committees
Dr. Biolik has over 30 years of public and private sector experience and is one of the foremost Canadian experts on Central Asian business and diplomacy. From 2010 to 2012, Dr. Biolik occupied the position of Regional Director, Pacific Region, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. In 2012, Dr. Biolik retired from the federal public service. Since 2014, she has been working as independent consultant and Vice-President and Chief Executive Officer of Allam Advisory Group, a global business strategy and commercial diplomacy consulting firm. She was Canada's first resident Ambassador in Mongolia where she opened a full-fledged Canadian Embassy in 2008. Dr. Biolik previously served as Ambassador of Canada to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan as well as Consul General of Canada in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. She also served as Senior Advisor for international relations and parliamentary affairs to the Governor General of Canada and as European Marketing Manager for Canada Post, Senior Manager at Investment Partnerships Canada and Director of the International Business Opportunities Centre. Dr. Biolik has extensive expertise in international commerce and has worked closely with Canadian companies in emerging markets. Dr. Biolik currently serves as external member of the Program and Research Council at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC and as Canadian Board Director to the North America-Mongolia Business Council. Dr. Biolik is also a member of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Montreal and is fluent in English, French, Russian and Polish.
William B. Burton has been a director since February 2003. Mr. Burton was President and Chief Executive Officer of MagIndustries Corp., a TSX listed resource company, from 1997 to 2010. Mr. Burton was previously Vice-President of Exploration for International Pursuit Corporation, evaluating gold properties in Asia, including Mongolia, and was President of Mongolian Goldfields Corporation from 1996 to 1997. Mr. Burton is also a director of Adex Mining since 2007 (New Brunswick mining project). Mr. Burton has more than 40 years of experience in exploration and operating junior resource companies
Member of the Audit, Compensation and Technical Committees
John Byrne has been a director since August 2004. Mr. Byrne is President of Petroleum Corporation of Canada Exploration Limited (“Petrex”) since 1997 and brings more than 30 years of investment banking and corporate finance experience to Erdene. Pretrex helped establish and finance Enerplus Energy Services Ltd. For which Mr. Byrne served as its Vice Chairman (1986-2000). Mr. Byrne has also served in senior executive roles with Levesque Beaubien Geoffrion Inc. (now National Bank Financial), A.E. Ames & Company/Dominion Securities Ames and The First Boston Corporation. Mr. Byrne holds a B.A. from McGill University and an LL.B from the University of Toronto Law School. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Member of the Audit and Governance and Disclosure Policy Committees
Layton Croft was appointed director of the Board in June 2015. Mr. Croft is a senior corporate executive with diversified management and extensive Mongolia focused resource industry expertise with more than 12 years in senior roles with several Mongolia and Asia focused companies, including Oyu Tolgoi, as Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibility (Mongolia), where he had responsibility for communications, social performance and stakeholder engagement for the Oyu Tolgoi project; SouthGobi Energy Resources, as Vice President, External Affairs and Corporate Citizenship (Hong Kong), where he oversaw investor and public relations, government affairs, and corporate social responsibility; The Asia Foundation as Resident Representative (Mongolia); and most recently Peabody Energy, as Vice President, External Relations – Asia (Singapore). Having lived and worked in Mongolia for a total of 15 years beginning in 1994, Mr. Croft brings deep knowledge of the Mongolia corporate, political and socio-cultural environments. He played a central role in strengthening relational and reputational elements of the companies he has worked with in Mongolia and the Asia-Pacific region, including success in building and protecting the social and political licences to operate at national, regional and local levels. A U.S. native, Layton has lived and worked internationally for more than 22 years in corporate and public-sector roles in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. He holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA from the School for International Training in Vermont, and an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Massachusetts.
Mr. Mosher is a mining executive with over thirty-five years of international experience. From 1992 to 2008, David was President and CEO of High River Gold Mines Ltd., a TSX listed company involved in the exploration, development and production of gold in Canada, Africa and Russia. In that role, he negotiated the acquisition of two producing Russian gold mines, completed mining investment agreements with the government of Burkina Faso, raised over $300 million to support the company’s growth, and supervised the development of two open pit gold mines (the Taparko gold mine in Burkina Faso, and the Berezitovy gold mine in Russia). He has served on many boards including Cambior Inc. and earlier in his career was project manager for Pancontinental Mining Limited, where he and his team discovered and outlined the largest uranium deposit in the world at that time (the Jabiluka deposits in northern Australia).
Over the past decade, Mr. Mosher has been active in the restructuring and refinancing of a number of junior resource companies, both private and public, and currently serves as a director of several mining and exploration companies, including Pancontinental Uranium Corporation (TSX-V) and Pelangio Exploration Inc. (TSX-V). Mr. Mosher received his B.Sc. degree in geology from Acadia University.
Philip Webster has been a director of the company since June 2006. Mr. Webster was a director of Kaoclay Resources from December 1997 to June 2006. Since 1998 Mr. Webster's principal occupation has been as President of Imperial Windsor Group Inc., a private investment holding company. From 1984 to 1990 he was an adjunct professor at McGill’s School of Architecture and a designer with Anderson Architects. From 1977 to 1981 he was Executive Assistant to the President of Imperial Trust Company. Mr. Webster is presently also a director of Advanced Primary Minerals (TSX Venture Exchange listed) and Imperial Windsor Group Inc., Kinmont Canada Inc., Wuswig Inc., Autoparc Stanley Inc. and Webridge Donnaconna Inc., all private companies. He is a Trustee of the R. Howard Webster Foundation, the Zeller’s Family Foundation and the Constance Lethbridge Foundation. He is a Trustee and former Chairman of Stanstead College and President of its Red and White Foundation. He has an A.B. (Hon.) degree from Princeton University and a Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.
Member of the Corporate Governance and Disclosure Policy Committee