• Thomas Ullrich

    Chief Executive Officer, Director

    Thomas Ullrich

    Mr. Ullrich has over 30 years of experience in mineral exploration and geoscience. Before joining Aston Bay in 2016, Mr. Ullrich was Chief Geologist North America for Antofagasta Minerals plc, investigating the region’s copper potential through extensive property evaluations and management of drill programs in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Prior to that, he was Senior Geologist for Almaden Minerals, where he managed the drill program for the team’s discovery of the Ixtaca Ag-Au deposit in Mexico. Mr. Ullrich also established the Ar-Ar geochronology lab at the University of British Columbia and studied the Candelaria Cu-Au mine, Chile, while at Queen’s University. Mr. Ullrich is an independent director for Aurania Resource Ltd. and is also on the Technical Advisory Board for American West Metals Limited.

  • Sofia Harquail

    IR and Corporate Development

    Sofia Harquail

    Ms. Harquail has over 10 years of experience in both the private and public sectors of the mining industry. Before joining Aston Bay in 2017, Ms. Harquail worked as a consultant for the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and for exempt market dealer Red Cloud Financial Services Inc. Ms. Harquail holds an M.A. from the University of Uppsala in Sweden and received her CPIR designation from the CIRI/Ivey Investor Relations Program. She also sits on the board of the Young Mining Professionals Toronto and is CSC Certified.

  • Dwight Walker

    Chief Financial Officer

    Dwight Walker

    Mr. Walker has over 30 years’ experience in finance and administration, including the most recent 10 years within the mining sector. He has served as the Chief Financial Officer of several public companies.  Mr. Walker is the former CFO of ECU Silver Mining Inc., an emerging Mexico-based silver producer that had 500 employees and two operating mills, and part of the team that sold the company through a plan of arrangement transaction at a value in excess of $300 million.

    Mr. Walker is a CPA, CGA and holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo.

  • Michael Dufresne

    Consultant, Primary Geologist and QP, Director

    Mr. Dufresne is the President of Apex Geoscience, an ~60-person geological consultancy. With over 25 years of professional experience in all aspects of project generation, geological interpretation and project management ranging from grassroots exploration projects to feasibility-stage projects. Mr. Dufresne has extensive experience with a wide range of commodities and types of deposits as well as involvement in a number of scientific government studies. Mr. Dufresne has conducted property audits across North America and Australia and authored independent technical reports. His client list has included senior and junior mining companies, and government geological surveys. Mr. Dufresne is a Professional Geologist with the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (since 1989). He is also a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Geological Association of Canada, and Association of Exploration Geochemists. Mr. Dufresne obtained his M.Sc. in Economic Geology from the University of Alberta, and a B.Sc. in Geology with a minor in Chemistry, from UNC-Wilmington. Mr. Dufresne acts as Qualified Person for the Storm Project. 

Technical Advisors

  • Donald R. Taylor

    Advisor, Virginia Properties (United States)

    Donald R. Taylor

    Mr. Donald Taylor has 30 years of mineral exploration experience with precious and base metals on five continents, taking projects from exploration to mine development. Mr. Taylor is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Titan Mining Corp. He is the recipient of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's 2018 Thayer Lindsley Award for the 2014 discovery of the Taylor lead-zinc-silver deposit in Arizona. Mr. Taylor has worked extensively for large and small cap companies, including Arizona Mining, BHP Minerals, Bear Creek Mining, American Copper and Nickel, Doe Run Resources and Westmont Mining Company. He is a Licensed Professional Geologist in several eastern and western states and a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Taylor has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Southeast Missouri State University and a Master of Science degree from the University of Missouri at Rolla.

  • Elaine Ellingham

    Technical Advisor

    Elaine Ellingham

    Ms. Elaine Ellingham M.Sc., MBA, PGeo, is a geologist with over 35 years’ experience with major and junior mining companies in exploration, business development, investor relations and senior executive roles. She spent eight years with the Toronto Stock Exchange serving in various capacities and has held directorships over the past ten years for several junior explorers through to mid-tier producers, where she has been a major contributor to strategic direction including hands-on with management in several situations. This included serving as a Director of Richmont Mines for eight years, six as lead director, as well as stepping in as interim CEO in 2014, and through to its recent take-over by Alamos Gold. She is currently an active director on the boards of Alamos Gold, Almaden Minerals Ltd., Blue Thunder Mining Corporation, 79North Inc., and the Prospectors and Developers Association.

  • Lamont Leatherman

    Technical Advisor

    Mr. Lamont Leatherman is an exploration geologist with over 25 years of experience. Mr. Leatherman is the former project geologist for BHP Minerals and Noranda and was Senior Geologist at Jack’s Fork Exploration.

  • Alan King

    Technical Advisor

    Alan received a B.Sc. in geology from the University of Toronto in 1976 and an M.Sc. in geophysics from Macquarie University in 1989. From 1976 to 1990 he worked as a geophysicist in exploration and resource development in Canada and Australasia. From 1990 to 2012 he was employed by Inco /Vale as a senior geophysicist and then as Manager of Geophysics with responsibility for global exploration. As Chief Geophysicist for Vale Global Exploration Alan worked on geophysical applications for base metals, iron, manganese, coal and fertilizers (potash and phosphate) as well as target generation using regional and global data sets. Alan is currently working as a consultant with his own company Geoscience North