is the CEO and Chairman of Vela Minerals. Mr. Chebry was previouslythe CEO and Chairman of Graphite One Resources Inc. (TSXV:GPH). Chebry was previously involved in the following mineral exploration companies: Director and CFO of Happy Creek Minerals Ltd. (TSXV:HPY) and Director of North Country Gold Corp. (TSXV:NCG), formerly known as CBR Gold Corp., (TSXV:CBG), from inception and served as President and founder of its predecessor company Arta Enterprises Inc. Mr. Chebry is the past Chief Financial Officer of Kaminak Gold Corporation (TSXV:KAM) and Kivalliq Energy Corporation(TSXV:KIV). Mr. Chebry is the past Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance and Director of both Olympia Trust Company and Olympia Financial Group Inc. (TSXV:OLY). Mr. Chebry has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta and is a Certified Management Accountant.
Mr. Derrick Strickland, P.Geo., MBA
is the President and a Director of Vela Minerals and is a Geological Consultant with more than 25 years of industry experience. Mr. Strickland is a Director and advisor to several junior exploration companies. He is currently a Director at Shoshoni Gold Ltd, Pan American Fertilizer Corp.; Tajiri Resources Corp., Winrock Resources Inc. This experience includes President/Director and management of exploration projects in remote locations, instituting quality assurance programs, providing geological technical expertise and leadership to resource companies at the board level. His international geological experience encompasses a wide range of commodities – gold, uranium, diamonds, potash and copper, in addition to other specialty minerals and deposit types. Mr. Strickland has exposure to geological and cultural environments in China, Mongolia, Pakistan, Africa, North America, South America and European jurisdictions.
Mr. Dale Hansen, MA, CMA
is Chief Financial Officer and a Director of Vela Minerals. Mr. Hansen has over 20 years experience in the bitumen mining and oil & gas industry and has worked for a number of Canadian and International based Energy Resource companies including Suncor Energy and Koch Exploration. Mr. Hansen is the past Chief Financial Officer of Graphite One Resources (TSXV-GPH), Argonaut Exploration Inc (TSXV-AGA) and Happy Creek Minerals Ltd. (TSXV-HPY). Mr. Hansen has a proven track record at all levels of management in the Resource Industry and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). Mr. Hansen also holds a master’s degree in leadership from Royal Roads university.
John McCaffrey, B.Comm., CA
is a Director of Vela Minerals. Mr. McCaffrey has provided financial consulting services to a group of mining companies as well as providing corporate governance consulting services to companies in Calgary and South America. He is past Chief Financial Officer of Altiplano Minerals Ltd. (TSXV-APL). He is a Chartered Accountant with over 14 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. During his tenure at Suncor Energy, John spent six years in Fort McMurray, Alberta in the roles of Financial Accounting Manager and Expenditure Accounting and Controls Manager gaining valuable exposure to the Oil Sands mining industry. Mr. McCaffrey also spent five years working for Suncor in Calgary, Alberta as the Assistant Controller in the areas of Natural Gas & Renewable Energy and In‐Situ Energy.
Kent Douglas Britton, B.A. Economics
is a Director of Vela Minerals. Mr Britton is also a partner of Stoney Mountain Waste Management Ltd. providing environmental, waste management and site remediation services to companies operating in the Canadian Oil Sands region. Mr Britton has a record of executive achievement at Walton International Group, one of North America’s leading real estate investment groups, serving as Chief Operating officer, Asia responsible for operations with USD 180+ million in sales, 30,000 clients, 1,100 staff and 6 offices spanning 4 countries. Mr Britton also has extensive experience as an investor relations professional having spent 10 years working for Canadian companies including Canmine Resources Corp (TSX-CMR) and Swancorp Equities Inc. and was also a founding partner in Brisco Capital Partners, an investor relations firm. Mr Britton has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Calgary and has passed level 2 of the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) program.
Braden Fletcher, BSc.
is a Director of Vela Minerals. Mr Fletcher is also a Director of LX Ventures (TSXV: LXV) and also serves as Director, Strategic Energy of Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital. Mr Fletcher started his investment banking career with Canaccord Genuity, moving to lead Byron (“Byron”) Capital Markets Vancouver office as Managing Director. After leaving Byron, Mr. Fletcher founded Sea to Sky Equities, a boutique growth equity advisory practice. He has assisted a wide range of corporate clients ranging from resource issuers to technology, sustainability, and diversified industrial issuers worldwide. Mr. Fletcher has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Queen’s University.