Mr. Akerley has 30 years of experience in mineral exploration, corporate financing, project development and management of publicly listed resource companies. He is one of the founders and principals of the Corporation and has held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer since March 2003.
He is a geologist who has worked extensively in foreign jurisdictions throughout his career, predominately in North and South America and Asia, with a recent focus on Mongolia, where he has led the technical team through the confirmation of a major molybdenum and copper deposit, the discovery and definition of the Altan Nar gold deposit and recent discovery of the Bayan Khundii gold project. He has extensive experience in corporate mergers and acquisitions, joint venture arrangements, asset purchase and sales, and financings, leading the Corporation and its subsidiaries through more than 20 such business arrangements since taking the Corporation public in 2004. Mr. Akerley is past-chairman of the TSX-V listed Morien Resources Corp. where he was responsible for leading the creation of the company as a spin-out of assets from Erdene and the subsequent sale of the Donkin Coal and Black Point Aggregate projects, converting those interests into royalty interests. He also served on the Board and Special Committee of Temex Resources Corporation (TSX-V) advising on the sale of the company to Lake Shore Gold Corp (Tahoe Resources Inc). He also pioneered the company’s involvement as the founding and lead sponsor of the very successful Catapult leadership program in Nova Scotia. Mr. Akerley has a BSc (1988) from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, specializing in geology, and has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors Audit Committee Effectiveness course in December 2012.