- Board of Directors
Rudi P. Fronk - Chairman
Mr. Fronk, a graduate of Columbia University from which he holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering and a Master of Science in Mineral Economics, has over 35 years of experience in the gold sector primarily as a senior officer and director of publicly traded gold exploration/development companies.
Mr. Fronk was appointed to the Board in January 2017 and serves as the Boards Non-Executive Chairman. In 1999, Mr. Fronk co-founded Seabridge Gold Inc. (“Seabridge Gold”), a US$1.5 billion market cap company with proven and probable gold reserves exceeding 45 million ounces and one of the world’s largest resource bases of gold and copper. He currently serves as Chairman and as the Company’s CEO, a position he has held since inception.
Rachel Goldman, CDI.D
Prior to joining Paramount, Ms. Goldman spent 20 years in capital markets with Canadian based boutique and bank owned firms, and most recently as Managing Director Institutional Equity Sales for Desjardins Securities. Over those years she developed strong working relationships with institutional investors throughout Canada, the US and the UK, and helped to connect numerous public companies to key investment decision makers and improve their market profile. Ms. Goldman holds Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in Finance from Concordia University.
Glen Van Treek
Mr. Van Treek is the President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Paramount Gold Nevada Corp. and been with the Company since February 2015. He was formerly the president, the Chief Operating Officer and V.P. Exploration of Paramount Gold and Silver Corp. and served in this role from January 2011 through the April 2015 merger with Coeur Mining, Inc. He has over 30 years of progressive global experience in all stages of mineral exploration and operations in multiple jurisdictions including: many in south America, Mexico, US, Canada, and West Africa. Prior to joining Paramount, for ten years he held various senior positions at Teck Resources Ltd. and most recently he managed the production geology, resource modeling and exploration programs at Teck’s Quebrada Blanca mine in Chile. Prior to his experience at Teck, Mr. Van Treek held positions with Placer Dome and other junior exploration companies. He is a graduate geologist from the University of Chile, which is host to the oldest and most respected geology department in the Country.
John Carden, Ph.D
Dr. Carden has more than 35 years in experience in exploration management, teaching, research and has taught undergraduate geology courses at Western Colorado University. He has been a director of Paramount Gold Nevada Corp. since February 2015 a director of Paramount Gold and Silver Corp. from September 2006 through the completion of the merger with Coeur Mining, Inc. in April 2015. Since 2001 he has been a geologic consultant and a director of several junior resource companies each which were TSX Venture Exchange listed companies. Dr. Carden worked as a senior exploration geologist for Exxon Minerals, Atlas Precious Metals, Tenneco, and Echo Bay Mines and later was Director of U.S. Exploration from 1992 until 1998 for Echo Bay Mines. From 2010 to the present, Dr. Carden has acted as a geologic consultant to Otis Gold Corp. He is a Licensed Geologist in the State of Washington. Dr. Carden received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in geology From Kent State University in Ohio, and his doctorate in geology from the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska.
Mr. Gonzalez-Urien currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Seabridge Gold since January 2006 and as a consulting geologist for Seabridge since March 2003, and has been a director of Paramount Gold Nevada Corp. since February 2015 and a director of Paramount Gold and Silver Corp. from March 2009 through the merger with Coeur Mining, Inc. in April 2015. He is an exploration geologist with over 30 years of experience in the mining industry. From 1989 through 2001 Mr. Gonzalez-Urien held various executive positions with Placer Dome Inc. including senior vice president of the parent company and president of Placer Dome Exploration Inc. During this period he was charged with responsibility for Placer Dome’s worldwide exploration activities. Prior to Placer Dome, Mr. Gonzalez-Urien held senior positions with BHP-Utah Inc. and Noranda. He holds a degree in geology from the University of Santiago, Chile, followed by post graduate studies in geology at the University of California, Berkley.
An environmental engineer, with a Master of Business Administration from Queens University, Mr. Pelletier has over 20 years of international experience spanning operational, technical, and financial aspects of the environmental consulting industry. Pierre has served as the Managing Director of Environmental Resources Management Canada Ltd., a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, and social consulting services with an emphasis on the mining and oil and gas sectors. Prior to that, Mr. Pelletier managed the day-to-day operations of Rescan Environmental Services Ltd. as the President and Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Reynolds has over 30 years of mineral industry and public accounting experience and has been a director of Paramount Gold Nevada Corp. since February 2015 and a director of Paramount Gold and Silver Corp. from December 2009 through April 2015 when the merger with Coeur Mining, Inc. was completed. Since May 2011, he has been the Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Seabridge Gold Inc., a TSX and NYSE listed corporation. From October 2007 to April 2011, he served as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Norsemont Mining Inc. and, prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, CFO and Secretary of SouthernEra Diamonds Inc. He has held various finance and accounting positions at Southern Platinum Corp., TVX Gold Inc., Inmet Mining Corporation and Price Waterhouse, now PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Reynolds also serves as a director of Mayfair Gold Corp. and previously served as a director of Arizona Star Resource Corp. Mr. Reynolds is a CPA, CGA and holds a B.A. (Economics) from McGill University. Mr. Reynolds has extensive experience with the mineral industry, finance, and accounting, and we believe he is qualified to serve on our board of directors. Mr. Reynolds serves as a director of Mayfair Gold Corp. and also served as a director of Arizona Star Resource Corp. Mr. Reynolds serves as chairman of our audit committee.
Samantha Espley, P.Eng., M.A.Sc., FCAE
Samantha is a highly experienced mining engineer with involvement in advanced-stage exploration, preliminary economic assessments, prefeasibility and feasibility studies, construction, technical services and operations of open pits and underground mines, and in processing and metallurgy. She is passionate about safety & health, Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG), and diversity & inclusion. She advocates for mining transformation and created The Whole Mine™ approach as a roadmap for building future mines, today. She works with technical experts, community leaders, advocates, government, and other stakeholders, all with a keen focus on integrating innovations and solutions to achieve sustainability of the industry. She supports industry on boards of directors, bringing valued leadership and experience to the teams and businesses.
Samantha is the past president of Canadian Institute of Mining and an executive mining advisor for Stantec leading transformation in engineering and mine design.