Key Personnel - The New Stratabound
Margaret Kent, Chairman of the Board
Margaret “Peggy” Kent has spent almost 40 years in the resource industry, becoming a leader in the financing and development of new projects and taking on development projects that major companies had passed on. Her education includes a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Nevada and an M.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering from the Mackay School of Mines and Geology at the University of Nevada. After beginning her career at Duval Corporation’s copper operations in Arizona, she has been the chairman and CEO of a number of publically traded resource companies and has been responsible for the development and operation of seven mining operations, and 2,200 employees, with the largest being the $500 million dollar Kemess project in Central British Columbia, Canada.
Ms. Kent has founded four publicly traded companies and several private companies. Over her career she has raised over $1.5 billion of capital in the equity and public and private debt markets for the acquisition and development of mining projects. Ms. Kent has completed several mergers and acquisitions, including a simultaneous merger of five TSX-listed companies to form Royal Oak Mines. As a part of the Royal Oak Mines formation, she acquired the Canadian Pamour and Giant gold mines out of soft receivership of the Australian owner. After acquiring the assets and forming Royal Oak Mines, she implemented an operating turnaround that increased production and decreased costs. While Chairman, President and CEO of Royal Oak she conceived and launched a $2.2 billion takeover bid for Lac Minerals and arranged a $600 million standby debt facility.
As Chairman, President and CEO of Century Mining Corporation she acquired the Sigma-Lamaque Complex (historical gold production of 9 million ounces) out of a receivership and restructured the senior secured debt, as well as all other classes of creditors. In 2009 she restructured Century Mining Corporation by arranging and closing the first pre-paid gold facility with Deutsche Bank in conjunction with a large equity placement, in order to put the Lamaque mine back into operation.
As Executive Chair of Tamerlane Ventures Inc. Ms. Kent raised $20 million to finance the engineering, permitting and feasibility study for the Pine Point lead-zinc project, bringing the project shovel-ready.
Ms. Kent has represented governments that have bailed out businesses by acting as a government representative on the boards of the troubled companies. She has worked extensively with Provincial and local governments to create jobs and provide technical advice. She has also been a member of the boards of directors of some of Canada’s leading resource and chemical companies, including multibillion dollar Talisman Energy ( oil and gas), multibillion dollar TransCanada Corporation (gas transmission), Nova Chemicals (plastics and chemicals), and a number of mining companies.
With her strong technical back ground she has been a proponent of new process development and has been the co- author of a number of technical patents. For a 6-year period she owned and operated her own research and development facility, Witteck Development Inc., with a 25 ton per day pilot facility providing chemical and metallurgical service to businesses throughout North America. She has extensive experience with specialty metals both from the process side and the marketing side. Ms. Kent has provided process development expertise for the Strange Lake zirconium yttrium deposit and for the Thor Lake beryllium-rare earth deposit.
She is the recipient of several industry awards including Northern Miner’s "Miner of the Year" in 1991, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s Viola MacMillan Developers Award in 1993, Canadian Financial Post's "Newsmaker of the Year" in 1994, Canada’s top woman CEOs in 1997 and IBM top 50 women in the world in 1998, and the YWCA Woman of distinction award.
Terrence H. Byberg, President, CEO, and a Director
Mr. Byberg has 43 years of international mining experience in Canada, USA, Mexico, Greece, Australia and the Philippines, with extensive public company experience in the areas of management, production and operations.
He has been:
• Founder and Vice President of Mining for Chieftain Metals, Inc. from 2009 to 2012 where he helped facilitate the negotiation and acquisition of the Tulsequa Chief Mine.
• Founder, President and CEO of Silver Eagle Mines, Inc. from 2003 to 2009 where he optioned a past-producing mine property in Mexico and raised in excess of $50M.
• President and Chief Operating Officer of Philippine Gold from 1997 to 1999 where he controlled the various stages of exploration, feasibility and permitting for eight separate properties throughout the Philippines.
• General Manager for Exall Resources from 1996 to 1997 where he commenced operations from ground zero and achieved a production rate of 600 tonnes per day, of gold ore, within one year; ahead of schedule and under budget.
• General Manager for TVX in Northern Quebec and Greece from 1993 to 1996 and for Royal Oak in Yellowknife, NWT from 1991 to 1993.
Since 2012, and at various points in his career, Mr. Byberg has served as an Independent Mining Consultant providing management and mining services to firms worldwide.
Mr. Byberg began his career, in 1972, with the Dome Group in Red Lake where, during a 17 year period, he worked as a Surveyor and Ventilation Engineer, Miner, Shift Boss, Training and Safety Superintendent, Assistant Mine Superintendent and Mine Superintendent. Still within the Dome Group he transferred to Detour Lake Mine, based in Timmins Ontario, where he was the Production Superintendent from 1988 thru 1990.
Mr. Byberg is a Graduate of the Haileybury School of Mines.
Richard Meschke, Chief Financial Officer
Richard Meschke has nearly forty years of experience in financial, legal, corporate development and commercial roles within the mining and engineering industries, initially with major companies and more recently in the junior mining sector.
Beginning in 2006, Meschke was chief financial officer and vice president, legal and corporate development for Century Mining Corporation with operations in Quebec and Peru, and has held similar responsibilities with other junior companies Tamerlane Ventures Inc. and Module Resources Inc. (now New Carolin Gold Corp.) While with Century he completed a $60 million financial restructuring of the company utilizing debt financing (prepaid forward gold sale with Deutsche Bank), private placements of equity including bringing in a new controlling shareholder, and flow-through share issuances.
During the initial 20 years of his career with AMAX Inc. and its successor, Cyprus Amax Minerals Company, Meschke held executive positions in the energy and base and precious metals groups and at corporate headquarters.
Meschke’s accomplishments include financial planning, reporting and analysis, completing more than $.5 billion in acquisitions and divestitures, and negotiating and managing long-term sales contracts representing in excess of $300 million in annual revenues.
Meschke’s experience also includes five years with AMEC plc, the engineering and construction services company, where in commercial management roles he evaluated, negotiated, managed and monitored the financial performance of contracts for the design and construction of energy, industrial and mining projects.
Meschke has also managed fuel procurement and contracts for an electric utility, Carolina Power and Light, which is now part of Duke Energy. Meschke’s education includes a law degree and an MBA with concentration in finance.
Michael Page, FAusIMM, Vice President Exploration and a Director
Michael Page is also the President of Exploration Services Int'l, a 22 year old consulting company that focuses on metals exploration and mining. He was CEO Maple Minerals Corp., now owned by Trevali Mining Corp, which owns the Caribou mine and mill near Bathurst, New Brunswick. He was previously Vice President of MC Intergeo, which manages the mining assets of Mikhail Prokhorov, one of the world's wealthiest men. Formerly Mr. Page was Director for Geological Exploration at MMC Norilsk Nickel, the world's largest producer of nickel and palladium and one of the leading producers of platinum and copper. Previously he was Vice President of the Ivanhoe Mines group of companies in China and Southern Africa, and Exploration Manager for Golden Shamrock Mines in West Africa and Australia. Before that, he was Chief Geologist Americas with Australian mining giant WMC, and was involved in the exploration of the Olympic Dam uranium-copper-gold-silver ore body, the world's largest uranium deposit. As a consultant, his clients have included WMC Resources, BHP Billiton, Gold Fields, and Rio Tinto.
R M (Mike) Robb, P.E., Director
Mr. Robb has 46 years of international mining experience, with extensive experience in the areas of management, design, construction and operations.
He was VP of Development for Silver Standard Resources from 2005 to 2007 where his responsibilities included the design and construction of the Minas Parquitas mine in Argentina.
From 2001 to 2003 he was VP of Mina Magestral (Queenstake), where he was responsible for the construction and initial operation of the company’s first producing mine and served as Director of Operations (Mexico) for Eldorado Gold from 1995 to 1997 where he directed the doubling of gold production at the La Colorado mine and the opening of a new mine.
Since 2007, Mr. Robb has been an Independent Consulting Engineer providing management and mining engineering services to firms worldwide.
He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. He is also a Member of the PE Exam Committee of the Society of Mining Engineers, author of nine technical papers, and co-author of one patent and one reference book.
Mr. Robb is a Retired Colonel USMC Reserve, a Viet Nam veteran and a Graduate of the University of Idaho.
Peter N. Calder, Ph.D., P. Eng., Director
Dr. Calder is a former Mine Superintendent at the Iron Ore Company's Carol Lake Project in Labrador.
He is a Professional Engineer and President of Peter N. Calder and Associates Limited, where he has been consulting with mining companies worldwide for more than 50 years.
During the 1980's he was Mine Stability consultant at Algoma Steels large underground iron ore mine near Wawa ON.
In 2002 he led a study to develop a new short and long term mine plan for CODELCO'S Chuquicamata mine in Chile.
Dr. Calder is Emeritus Professor, Department of Mining Engineering at Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, where he joined the faculty in 1970 and was Head of that department from 1980 to 1990, teaching courses on open pit and underground mine design, and rock mechanics.
Stan J. Stricker, P.Geol., Advisor
Founding Stratabound in 1986, Stan Stricker was President and a Director until 2015.
He is a geologist experienced in minerals and petroleum exploration, small mine development, wellsite geology, corporate administration and financing, and project consulting, for Cominco Ltd., Union Oil Co. of Canada Ltd. (Unocal), Petro-Canada Exploration Inc., and a number of junior mining and petroleum companies, both private and public. He has been directly involved in the acquisition, exploration and development of all Stratabound properties. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta, the Society of Economic Geologists, and several other professional organizations.
Lindsay Bottomer, P.Geo., FAIMM, Advisor
Lindsay Bottomer is a Vancouver-based geological consultant with over 40 years experience in worldwide mineral exploration and mine development. He is an independent director of Entree Gold Inc., which in partnership with Rio Tinto and the Government of Mongolia is developing the Oyu Tolgoi porphyry copper-gold deposits in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia. He previously held senior exploration and management positions with Aberfoyle Exploration (Cominco Australia), Prime Explorations (Pezim Group) and Echo Bay Mines, and has been directly involved with significant projects at the acquisition, exploration, and/or development stages, including the Eskay Creek gold-silver deposits and the Blackwater gold deposit, both in British Columbia.
James Garber, P.Geo., Advisor
Mr. Garber has significant exploration experience primarily in Canada as well as USA, Mexico, and Argentina. He graduated from the University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, in 1973 with a B.Sc. (Honours Geology) and has been a practising geologist for over 35 years, initially with government and followed by major and junior exploration companies including Phillips Petroleum Company – Strategic Minerals Division, Noranda Exploration Company, Hemlo Gold and Battle Mountain Gold. Most recently Mr. Garber advanced from Senior Geologist to Director/Exploration Manager, Canada for Landore Resources Inc. / Landore Resources Canada Inc. from 2004 to 2009. From January 2009 to December 2010 he was an Independent Consultant engaged primarily with Frist Nation engagement for Mining Companies and from 2010 to 2012 was Manager of Exploration for Metalcorp Limited. Mr. Garber’s experience primarily involves exploration for gold and ranges to include exploration for uranium, nickel, platinum group metals, base metals, iron, and lithium. He was personally involved with the discovery and delineation of the Glimmer gold deposit (now the Black Fox Mine of Primero Mining Corp.), the Pike River gold deposit (now part of Primero Mining Company’s Grey Fox Deposit), the Junior Lake project VW nickel deposit (NI 43-101 compliant resource) and the initial evaluation of the Lamaune iron deposit for Landore. He also served as Director and Qualified Person for Northcore Resources Inc. from April 2013 to October 2013. Mr. Garber has been associated with Silver Stream Mining Corp since November 2013.
Michael P. Gross, M.S., P.Geo., Advisor
Mr. Gross is a senior mining and exploration professional with over 40 years of experience in exploration, mine operations, mine management, exploration, corporate management, due diligence, green field start-ups, turnarounds, team building, financing and acquisitions.
Since 2009, Mr. Gross has served as a Mining and Management Consultant to mining firms throughout North America.
At United Silver Corporation, he served as Chief Operating Officer designing a new mine plan and supervising completion of a Preliminary Economic Analysis with positive economics.
At Northern Gold Mining Inc., he served as Vice President Exploration leading the development of over a million ounces of gold in the measured and indicated categories plus approximately 800,000 ounces of gold in the inferred category.
As Chief Consultant to United Mine Services, he developed a mine plan that was used as the basis for an IPO.
From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Gross served as VP Exploration for Freegold Ventures Limited where his responsibilities included designing and implementing exploration programs that resulted in the discovery of high-grade and bulk-tonnage gold mineralization. Since 2009, Mr. Gross has continued to serve as an insider and Administrator of Freegold.
From 2005 to 2006, he was VP Exploration for Nayarit Gold where he re-vitalized the company’s grass roots gold exploration activities on a 10,000 hectare concession in Mexico and identified a new gold/silver target.
From 2001 to 2005, he was Chief Operating Officer of Regis Resources where he led a development–stage, private company through the completion of permitting, construction, development and startup of Canada’s only vermiculite mine located near Buckhorn, Ontario.
From 1996 to 2000, he was VP Operations for Exall Resources Limited where he managed all operational aspects of a junior exploration company during its transition from a gold exploration company into a gold producer.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Gross worked for Atlas Corporation as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President. He served as VP Operations for Royal Oak Mines and starting as a mine geologist, worked his way from first line supervisor to Mine Manager to Manager Metal Mining Division for Hecla Mining Company.
Mr. Gross is a Registered Professional Geologist in the State of Idaho and the Province of Ontario, Canada, and is a Registered Member of SME. He is the recipient of numerous professional recognitions including: the Idaho Mining Association 1982 Award for “Outstanding Service to Idaho’s Mining Industry in Wildlife Conservation Policy and Legislation”.
Mr. Gross has a Master of Science in Economic Geology from the University of Arizona and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and served in the Military in the USN Submarine Service.