Freeman Smith, BSc, P.Geo, President, CEO, DirectorFreeman Smith was appointed President and CEO of Rogue in July, 2012. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Smith held the position of Executive Vice President since November, 2011, with further hands-on experience having worked as a consultant to the Company since 2010. Mr. Smith played a crucial role in identifying the core assets of the company as it was rebranded into an iron ore explorer and also assisted in the initial financing in June 2011.
Freeman has held various senior officer and director roles in TSX-V trading companies for the past seven years. Freeman is a professional geologist who has consulted to mineral exploration companies and geotechnical engineering firms throughout North America for the past 20 years. Mr. Smith holds a degree in geology from the University of British Columbia, 1991.
Stephen de Jong, BComm, DirectorStephen de Jong was President and CEO of Rogue Iron Ore for two years until July, 2012. Mr. de Jong led the restructuring and rebranding of Rogue into an iron ore explorer and raised the initial funds needed, in June 2011, to start drilling at the Radio Hill historical iron ore deposit. Mr. de Jong continues to support company management on product marketing and strategic initiatives.
Prior to joining Rogue, Mr. de Jong worked as a consultant advising management of TSXV exploration companies on their business and corporate development strategies. He is also an independent director of Integra Gold Corp. Mr. de Jong holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Royal Roads University.
Roger Walsh, Corporate DevelopmentMr. Walsh has extensive experience and relationships in the international mining and exploration sector and has worked with a wide range of companies on the acquisition, divestment, and joint venturing of mineral properties in numerous jurisdictions.
Prior to joining Rogue Iron Ore on February 1, 2012, Mr. Walsh was most recently Vice President Corporate Development for Aurizon Mines and prior to that held a similar Corporate Development role at Jinshan Gold Mines Inc. Prior to joining Jinshan Mr. Walsh spent two years as VP Corporate Development for Ivanhoe Mines Ltd.
Prior to joining Ivanhoe, Mr. Walsh was a founding partner of a corporate advisory firm providing acquisition, divestment and strategic advisory services to the international mining sector.
Trygve Hoy, PhD, P.Eng., DirectorTrygve Hoy has been a director since 2010 and brings extensive knowledge and experience to both of the Company's exploration and management teams. He joined the British Columbia Department of Mines in 1974 and spent 28 years there as a research economic geologist, mainly concentrating on deposits and their setting in the southeastern part of the BC. Dr. Hoy has published numerous research papers and many geological maps covering the more highly prospective exploration belts of the province. Dr. Hoy has won several industry awards, including the Provincial Medal and Julian Boldy awards. He has been an exploration consultant since 2002 and has also worked in the Canadian Arctic Islands, British Columbia, Ontario, Mexico, Argentina and Chile.
Dr. Hoy is a Professional Engineer a member of the Society of Economic Geologists. He received his BSc in Geology from the University of British Columbia, his MSc (Geology) from Carleton University, Ottawa, and his Doctorate of Geology from Queens University, Ontario.
Kevin Montgomery, MSc, P.Geo, Project Coordinator - ExplorationMr. Montgomery has over 26 years of experience in mineral exploration, including 2 years of underground exploration. He has an extensive background in gold, nickel, base metal and diamond exploration. He has been a Senior Consulting Geologist for the company since 2007 and was instrumental in the discovery of the W4 Langmuir nickel deposit. His exploration experience in Northern Ontario and Quebec includes work with Sudbury Contact Mines Limited, Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited, Placer Dome Inc. and Gold Fields Canadian Mining Limited. In the late 1990s, he was part of the team that discovered the Victoria Creek gold deposit in Northeast Ontario.
Mr. Montgomery has a Bachelor of Science Geological degree from Queen's University and a Master's of Science, Applied Mineral Exploration degree from McGill University.
Larry Johnson, BSc, CFOLarry Johnson graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.Sc. (Geology) and became a Chartered Accountant in 1975. He has been involved in mineral exploration as a field geologist and project manager across North America for diamonds and both precious and base metals. He has been employed as a Chief Financial Officer for several junior resource companies and is currently the CFO for four publicly trading TSX-V listed companies.
Peter Campbell, P.Eng, DirectorFor the past six years, Mr. Campbell has worked as a senior mining analyst with Jennings Capital, focusing primarily on iron ore, copper and gold in the Abitibi region of Ontario.
He has spent over 30 years in the mining industry and is a native of Timmins, Ontario, where Rogue has focused its activities. Prior to working as an analyst, he spent 19 years with Falconbridge, in both nickel operations in Sudbury and with the exploration department in Toronto, where he rose to exploration manager.
Interestingly for Rogue, early in his career he also worked as a mine engineer in Kirkland Lake at the Adams Iron Mine (managed by Cleveland Cliffs) located 160 km east of Radio Hill.
John de Jong, DirectorJohn de Jong is the CEO and President of Integra Gold Corp, an active junior exploration gold Company in Val d'Or, Quebec. He has also worked as project manager for an operating mine in southern BC and several exploration projects across Canada.
Prior to working with public companies he had a twenty-five year career in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in senior management. Mr. de Jong has also managed political campaigns for candidates of the British Columbia Legislature, owned his own business, and acted as the Canadian director for the FIRS, an American youth outreach camping organization with facilities in Canada and the US. He remains active on a number of non-profit boards and committees and is the former secretary for Cerebral Palsy Sports BC.
George Hudak, Ph.D., PGeo, AdvisorGeorge Hudak, is an Associate Director, Precambrian Research Center, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth and has for over 25 years' experience investigating base metal and precious metal mineral depoists in Neoarchean-age Precambrian volcanic belts across Minnesota and Ontario. Prior to arriving at NRRI in 2009, Dr. Hudak spent eleven years as an Assistant/Associate Professor of Geology at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he focused his government- and minerals industry-funded research on volcanic- and structurally-associated precious and base metal mineral deposits within Precambrian terranes across North America.
Dr. Hudak has extensive experience as a field mapper, and has logged over one million feet of diamond drill core associated with Precambrian volcanic hosted mineral deposits in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ontario. Dr. Hudak is an internationally recognized expert on the relationships between volcanic processes and the genesis of volcanic-associated hydrothermal mineral deposits, in particular, volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits.
Dr. Hudak currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Institute on Lake Superior Geology, the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Center for Mineral Resource Education, and is a Mentor for the Society of Economic Geologists. He is a Registered Professional Geologist in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and holds a Prospector's License in Ontario.
Diana Mark, Corporate SecretaryDiana Mark has been involved in the mineral exploration industry for over 25 years. She is responsible for ensuring compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements and plays a major role in corporate governance initiatives, land management and land acquisition. She's currently the corporate secretary for two junior exploration companies.