Board of Directors

Jonathan Challis

Chairman and Director
Mr. Challis is a mining engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the operation, management, financing and analysis of mining projects around the world. He served as President and Director of Shore Gold Inc. (diamond exploration) from 1999 to December 2003; President, COO and Director of Cornerstone Capital Resources Inc. (gold exploration) from January 2004 to January 2005; President and Director of Solex Resources Corporation (uranium exploration) from January 2004 to May 2010.  Mr. Challis holds an honors degree in Mineral Exploitation from University College, Cardiff and an MBA from Cranfield University.

William C. (Bill) Howald

President, Chief Executive Officer, Director and Founder
Mr. Howald is a co-founder of Rye Patch Gold with 22 years in the international gold exploration and mining industry gained primarily in Nevada, Mexico, and Central and South America. Prior to joining Rye Patch, he was General Manager of Exploration, United States and Latin America, for Placer Dome Inc. During his tenure at Placer Dome, Mr. Howald was an integral part of the teams that delivered over 80Mozs of gold resources to the Placer portfolio. A number of these resources are now being mined, including Pipeline, Turquoise Ridge and Bald Mountain Mines in Nevada, and Puren in Chile. Others, such as Pueblo Viejo in the Dominican Republic, Donlin Creek in Alaska and Cortez Hills in Nevada, are in the feasibility stage and are heading for production decisions.

Charles C. Russell

Mr. Russell has 50 years of experience in the mining industry including VP Mining & Technology for Ivanhoe Capital Corp., General Manager for Ashanti Gold Fields in Ghana and General Manager for National Iron Ore Co. in Liberia. Although he retired in 1996, he is currently an independent Director of Golden Reign Resources Ltd. Mr. Russell has a Fellow Institution of Materials, Mining and Metallurgy (FIMMM) from Camborne School of Mines in Cornwall, UK.

Timothy C. (Tim) Baker

Mr. Baker has over 35 years’ experience with mining companies in management and operations at globally focused mid-tier and senior mining companies. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Golden Star Resources, and a director on the Antofagasta PLC and Sherritt International boards. He previously served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Kinross Gold Corp. Prior to joining Kinross in 2006, Mr. Baker was Executive General Manager of Placer Dome Chile. He has previously managed mining operations in Chile, Tanzania, Venezuela and the USA, and held production and geological roles in Kenya, Liberia and Canada. Mr. Baker has a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from Edinburgh University and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

John Mansanti

Mr. Mansanti has almost 40 years of experience in the management of mining operations and projects, with over 30 of those years in operations and project management in precious and base metals, primarily in Nevada. His experience spans all levels of site and corporate operations, from exploration through product sales, including project permitting and compliance. While working in Nevada he was also active in the Nevada Mining Association (NMA) and served as the 2006 president of the association. Mr. Mansanti is a graduate of the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology with degrees in Chemistry and Mineral Processing Engineering.  He has published multiple technical papers and a chapter on potash processing, and is an active member of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) and is the 2017 SME President.

Bernard Poznanski

Corporate Secretary
Mr. Poznanski has been a partner of Koffman Kalef LLP, Business Lawyers, since its inception in April 1993, and has acted as counsel for a wide variety of companies listed on the TSX, the former Canadian Venture Exchange (now the TSX Venture Exchange), the American Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. His practice areas are focused on advising mining and technology companies in connection with corporate finance and corporate/commercial matters and international projects.