Our technical advisory team consists of world-class geoscientists who are experts in their fields.
DARIN WAGNER, P.GEO
Mr. Wagner is a Professional Geologist (B.C., Ont.) with over 30 years of mineral exploration and corporate development experience. During that time, he has been directly involved in a number of M&A transactions in the mineral exploration sector and has raised several hundred million dollars for mineral exploration globally.
After a decade with major Canadian miners Cominco and Noranda, Mr. Wagner became Vice President, Exploration for New Millennium Metals Corp. which was merged with Platinum Group Metals Ltd. in 2002. Mr. Wagner served as Exploration Manager for Platinum Group Metals through the acquisition, discovery and initial delineation of the Maseve PGE mine in South Africa.
Mr. Wagner became President of Sydney Resource Corp. in 2005 and steered the successful merger with Band Ore Resources to form West Timmins Mining Inc. He then served as President, CEO and Qualified Person for West Timmins through the discovery of the high-grade Thunder Creek and 144 gold deposits – which form part of the Timmins West Mine Complex in Timmins, Ontario. He oversaw the acquisition of West Timmins by Lake Shore Gold in an all-share deal valued at $424 million which was completed in 2009.
He then founded Canadian explorer Balmoral Resources Ltd. and served as its President and CEO through a series of gold and base metal discoveries culminating in its 2020 acquisition by Wallbridge Mining Company Ltd. in an all-share deal valued on closing, at $160 million. Balmoral’s primary assets were located along the Sunday Lake deformation zone adjacent to the producing Detour Lake gold mine and along trend from Gambier’s Detour West property.
Mr. Wagner was also a founding director of Falco Resources (acquired by the Osisko Group in 2017), NewCastle Gold (acquired by Equinox Gold in 2017) and TSXV listed VR Resources, where he continues to serve as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Wagner also currently acts in an advisory capacity for Nova Royalty Corp., Ely Gold Royalties and KORE Mining, all Canadian-listed companies.
LEE GROAT, B.SC., PH.D.
Dr. Groat graduated from Queen’s University with a B.Sc. (Honours, Geology) in 1982 and from the University of Manitoba with a Ph.D. in 1988. From 1988 to 1989 he was a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at Cambridge University. Professor Groat has been a faculty member at the University of British Columbia since 1989. His main research interests are the economic geology (including strategic elements) and the crystal chemistry of minerals. He has published more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
From 2001 to 2006 Dr. Groat was Editor of American Mineralogist. He is the former Co-Editor (2012) and present Editor (2013-present) of The Canadian Mineralogist. In 2003 Dr. Groat was elected a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America, and in 2009 the new mineral groatite, NaCaMn2+2(PO4)[PO3(OH)]2, was named in his honour. In 2019 he was awarded the Leonard G. Berry Medal for distinguished service to the Mineralogical Association of Canada.
Since 2007, Professor Groat has been Director of Integrated Sciences at UBC, a program for the top students in science that allows them to customize their degrees. Professor Groat is an Independent Director of multiple companies in the exploration and technology spheres and a partner in a private consulting company.
Mining Engineer and seasoned mining executive, Paul spent his early professional career in both open pit and underground operations in Africa and Canada. After gaining extensive financial contacts as a mining analyst with a major brokerage, he served as chairman of a provincial mining corporation with operations producing tantalum, and base and precious metals.
ANTHONY N. MARIANO, PH.D.
Dr. Anthony N. Mariano is a mineral exploration geologist with over 50 years of experience in the field and in the laboratory with major emphasis on the REEs, Nb, and Ta. His strength is in economic evaluation and ranking of deposits containing these commodities.
TONY MARIANO JR.
His early professional career was in grass roots mineral exploration concentrating on rare earths, gold and platinum group occurrences in the Americas and Africa. After nearly two decades as a senior environmental consultant managing downstream/midstream environmental liability for several major petroleum company clients, he has returned to mineral exploration to support his father’s consultancy in rare earth exploration and evaluation worldwide.