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Meet the outstanding

Executive Team

Tyler Ruks, PhD

Tyler Ruks has been involved with mineral exploration and related research since 2000, most recently as President of Seven Devils Exploration Ltd. and Chief Geologist and co-founder of West Cirque Resources, which was acquired by Robert Friedland’s Kaizen Discovery in 2014. His work in the junior mining sector has focused on porphyry copper-gold exploration, and resulted in multi-million dollar funding partnerships with several major mining companies and trading houses, including Freeport McMoRan, ITOCHU, and Antofogasta. On the technical side, he has experience with a variety of mineral deposit types, ranging from porphyry through epithermal, sediment- and volcanic-hosted environments. He completed his BSc (Hon.) at the University of Victoria in 2002, his MSc (Geology) at Laurentian University in 2004, and his PhD (Geology) at the University of British Columbia in 2015.

Nigel Luckman, BASc, PGeo
Chief Operating Officer

Nigel has worked in the mineral exploration industry since 1988 with a number of companies including Reliance Geological, Southwestern Resources, Canabrava Diamonds, as VP Corporate Development for Paget Resources, Chief Operating Officer for West Cirque Resources and Senior Geologist with Kaizen Discovery. He has varied expertise in project management, placer mining, permitting, logistics, software development, geophysical interpretation, data management and resource modelling and has worked throughout North and South America. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with B.A.Sc. in geological engineering and is a Professional Geoscientist with APEGBC.

John Meekison, CPA, CMA
Chief Financial Officer,
Corporate Secretary

John Meekison is a career Chief Financial Officer and investment banker. In addition to ArcWest, he currently serves as CFO of Exro Technologies Inc. Previously, Mr. Meekison was Director of Capital Markets at Evans & Evans Inc., a financial advisory firm and the Chief Financial Officer and a founder of iCo Therapeutics Inc. a pharmaceutical development company. In addition to approximately 13 years of public and private company CFO experience, Mr. Meekison has over 15 years’ experience raising equity capital for public and private companies as an investment banker at firms in Vancouver and Toronto.

Mr. Meekison received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (Certified Management Accountant) and Professional Logistician.

Jeff Kyba, BSc, PGeo
Vice President Exploration

Jeff has been active in the mineral and petroleum industry since he was old enough to listen. He grew up in BC’s south-central interior and routinely accompanied his geologist father on traverse for work and play. Prospecting, exploring and overall fascination with the natural world led to a degree in Earth and Ocean Science from the University of Victoria in 2007.  His various field appointments over the past 18 years have spanned junior and mid-tier exploration companies as well as the BC Geological Survey and the BC Ministry of Mines. Jeff’s career thus far has taken him throughout British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Australia. His experience spans grassroots exploration to deposit delineation for precious and base metals. Prior to his appointment at AWX he served five years as the Regional Geologist for the BC Government responsible for regional oversight of all exploration and mining projects in northwestern BC as well as contributions to BC Geological Surveys annual Geological Fieldwork. Jeff’s most significant contribution to the exploration community may be the “Red Line” map initially presented at the 2013 Society of Economic Geology conference in Whistler which indicates almost all significant copper-gold deposits in northern BC are located with 2 km of the Hazelton-Stuhini contact, an active concept in current use by multiple companies today.

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Board of Directors

Tyler Ruks, PhD

Michael Smyth

Michael Smyth is President of WDS Capital, a BC based strategic and financial advisory firm. Mike has worked with various small to mid-sized public and private companies enhancing their business models, providing capital raising advice and improving financial performance. He brings over thirty years of public company and fund management experience with a significant portion in mining. He started his career working for two large Canadian banks in their capital markets divisions, followed by VP Treasurer roles at Lac Minerals and Bell Canada. Mike continues to use his extensive experience supporting technology, agricultural and mineral exploration companies in their growth plans.

Greg Beischer, BSc, CPG

Greg Beischer is a geologist and mining engineering technologist, and a seasoned and skilled explorer of BC’s northwestern terrain known as the Golden Triangle. Beischer is the current President and a Director of Millrock Resources Inc. He was previously with Vale (formally Inco Limited) and the Bristol Bay Native Corporation. He is a certified professional geologist (#10505) with the American Institute of Professional Geologists. He is also the past President of the Alaska Miners Association, and serves on the Alaska Minerals Commission.

Nigel Luckman

Tony Barresi

Tony Barresi, Ph.D., P.Geo., is the President and a director of QuestEx Gold & Copper Ltd. and was previously President & CEO of Triumph Gold Corp. For over fifteen years he has been conducting researching related to, and exploring for, mineral deposits in the Canadian Cordillera. In 2006 he was awarded the Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award by the Prospectors and Developers Association of for his Ph.D., which focused on the interplay between island-arc evolution and metallogenies in northwestern British Columbia.

Colin O'Leary

Colin O’Leary, the Principal of O’Leary & Associates Ltd., has spent the past ten+ years working with businesses, non-profits, public entities and social enterprises of all sizes, across all industries, to overcome a variety of challenges. He has won numerous provincial, national and international awards for projects, program development and implementation, is one of only a handful of individuals in BC that hold professional designation in Economic Development and is an International Association of Public Participation certified practitioner.

Colin has earned his Master of Business Administration from the Sauder School of business. Recently he was recognized by Development Counsellors International, a New York-based firm, as a Top 40 Under 40 Rising Star
celebrating the top new leaders in the economic development industry globally.

Peter Lekich

Mr. Lekich has more than ten years of experience in a variety of finance roles and is currently Vice President of Investor Relations at Galiano Gold, a junior producer with operations in Ghana. Prior to that he was Manager of Investor Relations for Eldorado Gold, a mid-cap gold producer with operations in Turkey, Canada and Greece. In both of these roles he led the investor relations function and developed strategies to engage the investment community. Prior to this Peter worked in a variety of project finance, asset management and investor relations roles at Alterra Power, a developer and operator of renewable power projects. Peter has a B.A.SC in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the Sauder School of Business.

Technical Advisory Board

John Bradford, MSc, PGeo
Technical Advisor

John brings over 30 years of mineral exploration experience, most recently as VP Exploration for West Cirque Resources and Seven Devils Exploration Ltd. He has an MSc(Geology) from the University of British Columbia (1988) and is a Professional Geoscientist (APEGBC, 1993). He has worked for a variety of public and private companies in senior management roles. His geological expertise ranges from project generation and evaluations to project management. He has worked throughout the Canadian Cordillera as well as Nevada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Ecuador.

David Broughton, PhD
Technical Advisor

David was Executive Vice-President Exploration with Ivanplats Ltd (now Ivanhoe Mines) from January 2008 through October 2016. Prior to joining Ivanhoe Mines he was Exploration Manager, Sediment-Hosted Copper Deposits for Phelps Dodge Exploration Corp./Freeport Exploration. Upon retirement from Ivanhoe in October 2016 David became Senior Advisor, Exploration and Geology for Ivanhoe and also consults for a number of Canadian ventures. David holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Waterloo and a Ph.D. from the Colorado School of Mines. While with Ivanhoe, David was co-leader of the Kamoa Discovery team that was the 2015 recipient of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) prestigious Thayer Lindsley Award for International Mineral Discovery, and co-recipient of AME BC’s 2016 Colin Spence Award for Excellence in Mineral Exploration, for the discovery of the Platreef deposit. He was recently awarded the Des Pretorius Memorial Award from the Geological Society of South Africa for lifetime achievement in economic geology.