Directors & Management
D. Grenville Thomas, P.Eng
Gren Thomas has been involved in the mining industry for over 50 years. During this time he has built up a multifaceted track record of discovery, most notably the world–class Diavik mine and the Thor Lake rare metals deposit both in the Northwest Territories. He was the founder (and has held positions as Chairman, President and Director) of Toronto-based Aber Resources Ltd. (now Dominion Diamond Corporation). Mr. Thomas is currently the Chairman of North Arrow Minerals Inc., Strongbow Exploration Ltd. and Helio Resources Ltd.
Mr. Thomas is a graduate of University College, Cardiff, Wales obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering in 1964. Mr. Thomas’s discoveries in advancing Canada's diamond industry have won him many honours, including the PDAC's Prospector of the Year Award for 1999. In January of 2009, Mr. Thomas was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.
President, CEO and Director
Gareth Thomas has 15 years experience in the mining exploration industry. He has worked with numerous public companies in project management, business development and property acquisitions. Mr. Thomas has been instrumental in building the Company and its dominant land package on the Spences Bridge Gold Belt.
Mr. Thomas is the Managing Director of Anglo Celtic Exploration Ltd., a private venture capital company, and is the co-founder of Westhaven Ventures Inc. Mr. Thomas holds an undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of British Columbia.
Shaun Pollard, BCOM, MBA, CMT
Shaun Pollard is a founding partner at Meridian Resource Capital International Ltd, a mining focused advisory firm, where he is responsible for providing corporate finance, capital markets and marketing solutions to both public and privately held resource companies. He has assisted explorers through to producers in raising capital and awareness through an established, international network of accredited investors. Mr. Pollard also acts as the Chief Investing Officer for Meridian’s investment vehicle which actively invests in commodity and index derivatives and accomplished public companies.
Mr. Pollard is a Chartered Market Technician and a member of the Market Technicians Association. He obtained his Bachelors of Commerce degree from Royal Roads University and, more recently, his Masters of Business Administration from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.
Victor A. Tanaka, BSC. Geology
Vic Tanaka has over 45 years experience as a geologist and exploration manager with junior and senior companies. During his career he has participated in several mineral discoveries in Canada's Arctic and Saskatchewan. He has held senior positions with Freeport McMoran Gold Co., Aber Resources Ltd., Asamera Inc., Cominco Ltd., Canarc Resources and Fjordland Exploration Inc.
Mr. Tanaka is also a director of Fjordland Exploration Inc., Impact Minerals Ltd. and Consolidated Woodjam Copper Corp., all companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange.
Hannah Mcdonald, LLB
Hannah McDonald's practice focuses on the economic development of First Nations across Canada, with the protection of Aboriginal rights and title interests, environmental conservation, and culture and tradition. She advises on land and resource issues including land claims, the negotiation and implementation of resource sharing agreements, Aboriginal rights and title, matters under the Indian Act, First Nation governance issues and various corporate matters. Ms. McDonald is a member of the Metis Nation of B.C., with her family originating from the Esketemc First Nation.
Ms. McDonald graduated from the University of British Columbia Law School and holds an undergraduate degree in Communications from Simon Fraser University.
E.A. (Ed) Balon, P.Geo.
Throughout his career, Ed Balon has co-discovered several important deposits. Some of these include Gayna River zinc-lead, Northwest Territories; Logan zinc-silver-tin, Yukon Territory; Midway (Silvertip) silver-lead-zinc, northern British Columbia; and the Elk/Siwash high grade gold veins in southern British Columbia. Mr. Balon is widely recognized for identifying the Spences Bridge epithermal gold belt in southern British Columbia, where Westhaven's Shovelnose gold project is located.
Mr. Balon graduated with a Diploma in Mining Engineering Technology from Northern College-Haileybury School of Mines, Ontario in 1970. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC).
In November 2014, Ed Balon was inducted into the Yukon Prospectors' Association "Hall of Fame" in recognition of significant discoveries made during the 1970's. This includes leading the team that discovered the Logan Deposit (13.08 Mt @5.1% zinc & 23.7g/t silver) northwest of Watson Lake in 1979.