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Our Team

The fundamental characteristic of this company is strength. Strength in management, strength in assets, strength in proven success, strength in the team’s ability to raise large amounts of capital, make decisions and execute quickly on opportunities.

Luke Alexander, President & CEO

  • Luke Alexander

    Luke Alexander

    President, CEO & Director

    Luke Alexander brings extensive resource sector experience, knowledge and contacts to Newcore, particularly in West Africa. He has raised billions of dollars and structured deals for major mining companies while advising some of the world’s top institutional investment funds. Mr. Alexander began his investment banking career in the private client group at BMO Nesbitt Burns in Toronto, then started up an equity trading desk for Toronto Dominion in London before doing the same for National Bank. In 2008, he became senior partner at GMP Securities in London. Throughout his investment banking career, he helped fund many major resource projects in West Africa. In 2018, Mr. Alexander founded Park Road Capital, a Vancouver-based, natural resource focused consulting company where he continued to leverage his relationships in London.

    Kristian Dagsaan

    Kristian Dagsaan

    CFO

    Mr. Dagsaan is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with over ten years of experience in financial reporting, auditing, equity financings, and regulatory compliance. He is currently the Corporate Secretary and Treasurer for Calibre Mining Corp., a TSX-listed gold mining and exploration company with two 100% owned operating gold mines in Nicaragua. Mr. Dagsaan articled with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 2005 to 2007 where he worked primarily in the firm's mining practice. Mr. Dagsaan earned an undergraduate business degree from Vancouver Island University.

    Greg Smith

    Greg Smith

    VP Exploration

    Mr. Smith, P.Geo. is an exploration geologist with more than 30 years of experience. He has worked for both junior and senior mining companies in various parts of the world which has included the management of multi-million-dollar work programs that have been successful in outlining more than 10 million ounces of gold. Greg brings a broad range of experience from the evaluation of grass roots properties to supervision of advanced projects including resource and reserve estimation, oversight of geological and technical activities for active underground and open pit mining operations including grade control, QA/QC programs and NI43-101 compliance, and advanced technical and economic studies including Preliminary Assessments (Scoping Studies), Prefeasibility, and Feasibility Studies.

    Mal Karwowska

    Mal Karwowska

    Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations

    Mal Karwowska has over ten years of experience in the mining sector, spanning both corporate development and investor relations roles within publicly listed mining companies, as well as corporate finance and principal investing. She spent the first five years of her career at National Bank Financial as a member of the investment banking team, focused on the metals and mining sector. Her prior principal investing roles include Investment Manager at Pacific Road Capital Management, a mining-focused private equity investment firm with approximately US$800 million under management, and Senior Investment Research Analyst at Boston-based Liberty Metals & Mining Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of Liberty Mutual Insurance. Ms. Karwowska’s prior corporate experience includes Business Development Director at Oxygen Capital Corp., where she worked closely with the management team on the sale of True Gold Mining Inc. to Endeavour Mining Corporation in the spring of 2016. Prior to joining Newcore Gold she served as VP, Corporate Development at First Mining Gold Corp. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Accounting from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

    Daniel Wilson

    Daniel Wilson

    Country Manager, Ghana

    Mr. Wilson has worked in the mineral exploration field for over 26 years. He provides extensive experience managing field exploration and drilling programs in Africa. Mr. Wilson has previously held senior positions with Ashanti Gold Fields and Red Back Mining. During his time at Red Back, Mr. Wilson supervised various field exploration programs including the exploration work carried out by Red Back on the Enchi Gold Project during 2005-2006. Mr. Wilson also worked as a Supervising Geologist at Coffey Mining during 2007-2009, where he managed various exploration programs in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso and Mali. From 2010 to present, Mr. Wilson has managed Newcore's Enchi Project.

  • Doug Forster

    Doug Forster

    Chairman

    Mr. Forster has been involved in the mining industry and capital markets for over 35 years, having acted as geologist, founder, director, senior executive and financier.   Mr. Forster was Founder, President & CEO of Newmarket Gold Inc. which operated three gold mines in Australia with annual production of over 225,000 oz/year. Newmarket was acquired by Kirkland Lake Gold in a $1 billion transaction in 2016.  Doug has extensive experience and a proven track record in mergers and acquisitions, public company management, mine operations, resource project development and equity and debt financing.  For over three decades Mr. Forster has been creating wealth for North American and International investors through natural resource discovery, exploration, and operations.  Mr. Forster holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc in geological sciences from the University of British Columbia and is a Member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.

    Blayne Johnson

    Blayne Johnson

    Lead Director

    Blayne Johnson is currently Founder and Chairman Director of Calibre Mining Corp a multi asset gold producer and Chairman of Featherstone Capital. Recently Blayne Johnson was Founder, Director and Executive VP of Newmarket Gold Inc. which operated three gold mines in Australia with annual production of over 225,000 oz/year. Newmarket was acquired by Kirkland Lake Gold in November, 2016 for $1 Billion. The Company had a market capitalization of approximately $10 million prior to purchasing the gold mines in Australia and that market value grew to $1 billion in approximately 14 months. Blayne has been a respected member of the investment community for over 30 years and has extensive experience in Capital Markets, financial structuring, mergers & acquisitions. During his tenure as Vice President at First Marathon Securities the firm participated in over $5 Billion of equity financings for junior resource companies. Mr. Johnson was also involved as a Founder of Terrane Metals that was purchased by Thompson Creek in 2010 for $650 million.

    Omaya Elguindi

    Director

    Omaya Elguindi has been a member of the North American technology business sector for 20+ years. She has been a founder, senior executive, and director of numerous innovative companies that went on to be successfully bought out. Omaya continues to advise investors on tech opportunities and is currently the co-founder, President and CEO of Ekaria LLP, a company that manages the retail rewards program for American Express USA.

    Edward Farrauto

    Edward Farrauto

    Director

    During the past twenty five years Mr. Farrauto has been involved in public companies in the capacity of chief financial officer and director. Mr. Farrauto has completed several reverse takeovers involving companies in the mineral, oil and gas, entertainment and technology sectors including Terrane Metals Corp., MBAC Fertilizer Corp., Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., Radiant Communications Corp, Newmarket Gold Inc. and most recently Kirkland Gold Inc. Mr. Farrauto has been involved in the listing of six capital pool companies, Newcore Resources Ltd., Edgewater Exploration Ltd., Mammoth Resources Corp., Gainey Capital Corp., Raystar Capital Ltd. and Castle Bay Enterprises Ltd. and successful in completing qualifying transactions for all the companies.

    Douglas J. Hurst

    Douglas J. Hurst

    Director

    Mr. Hurst has over 30 years of experience in the mining and natural resource industries, having acted as geologist, consultant, mining analyst, senior executive and board member. Mr. Hurst was previously a mining analyst with several Canadian Brokerage firms. Doug was a founding executive of International Royalty Corp., which was acquired by Royal Gold for $700-million in 2010. He was also one of the founders of Newmarket Gold Inc., which was acquired by Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd. for $1.0-billion in 2016. Mr. Hurst was the Executive Chairman of Northern Empire which was acquired by Coeur Mining for $ 117 million in 2018. In addition, Mr. Hurst holds a bachelor of science in geology from McMaster University.

    Ryan King

    Ryan King

    Director

    Ryan King brings an established approach to business in the natural resource sector, with specific and targeted applications for delivering shareholder value in the mining industry. Ryan has over 15 years of experience in increasingly senior capacities in capital markets in the resource sector and was responsible for leading the investor relations activities for Newmarket Gold, as the company completed a $2 billion transformational merger with Kirkland Lake Gold. Before joining Newmarket Gold, Ryan was involved in starting Terrane Metals which acquired the Mount Milligan Copper-Gold Project in British Columbia. From 2006 through to 2010 Mr. King was involved in financing, corporate development, all investor relation activities and assistance with the acquisition of Terrane Metals in 2010 by Thompson Creek for $800 million. During his career, Ryan has assisted in raising $250 million for previous companies. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Royal Roads University in British Columbia, Canada, he currently sits on the board of Newcore Resources, Edgewater Exploration and is the Vice President of Calibre Mining.

    George Salamis

    George Salamis

    Director

    Mr. Salamis has previously held senior management positions with well-established mining & mining exploration companies, most notably Placer Dome Inc. and Cameco Corporation, in addition to his successful formation and management of several junior mining companies listed in Europe and North America. Mr. Salamis has over 20 years' experience directing the exploration, development and mining operations of a number of gold, base metal and coal projects in many different regions of the world. In recent years, he has also played an integral role, both executive and non-executive, in several large M&A transactions valued at over $US 1 billion and significant financing initiatives, raising over $US 800 million in equity financing for various resource companies. Mr. Salamis holds a degree in Geology from the Universite de Montreal - Ecole Polytechniqu

    Mike Vint

    Mike Vint

    Director

    Mr. Vint is Associate Director of Mining with Endeavour Financial, a leading financial advisor in the natural resources sector providing advice in project financing, structured finance and mergers and acquisitions. Mike brings to the Newcore board extensive experience in mine operations and construction for precious and base metals as well as corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Vint has spent the majority of his career working in mining operations across the United States and Canada, he then transitioned to the Research department of CIBC World Markets covering the gold sector. Mike was a director of Newmarket Gold Inc. which was recently purchased for $1.0 billion by Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd. Mr. Vint is a registered professional engineer in the Province of British Columbia and received his Mining Engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines.

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