Jack C. Lee has over 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He is currently Lead Director of the Corporation and serves as Chairman of Alaris Royalty Corp., Ithaca Energy Inc. and Gryphon Petroleum Corp. He was previously Chairman of Canetic Resources Trust and President and Chief Executive Officer of Acclaim Energy Inc. ("Acclaim"), a predecessor of Canetic. Prior thereto, Mr. Lee was President and Chief Executive Officer of Danoil Energy Ltd., a predecessor of Acclaim. Mr. Lee has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Commerce and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Eric Sprott has over 40 years of experience in the investment industry and has managed client funds for 37 years. Mr. Sprott entered the investment industry as a research analyst at Merrill Lynch Canada, Inc. In 1981, he founded Sprott Securities Limited (a predecessor to Sprott Securities Inc., now Cormark). After establishing Sprott Asset Management Inc. in December 2001 as a separate entity, he divested his entire stake in Sprott Securities Inc. to its employees. Mr. Sprott’s investment abilities are demonstrated by the track record of the Sprott Hedge Fund L.P., Sprott Hedge Fund L.P. II, Sprott Offshore Fund, Sprott Canadian Equity Fund, Sprott Energy Fund and Sprott's Managed Accounts. From 2008 until September 2010, Mr. Sprott served as Chief Executive Officer of Sprott, before stepping down to focus on his roles as Chairman and Chief Investment Officer.
Ron Dewhurst has held a number of Board positions, including directorships at Australian United Investment Company, IOOF Holdings Ltd, Orchard Petroleum Ltd, Rhinomed Ltd, One Vue Holdings, The National Gallery of Victoria and The Breast Cancer Network of Australia. Over the course of his career, Mr. Dewhurst has held many senior leadership roles in the US and Australia, most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Head of Global Investment Managers for Legg Mason Inc. Prior to joining Legg Mason, Mr. Dewhurst’s previous roles included terms as Chief Executive Officer of ANZ McCaughan Ltd., Managing Director at IOOF Holdings Ltd, and Head of Americas for JP Morgan Asset Management.
Peter Grosskopf assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Sprott in September 2010. Mr. Grosskopf has over 24 years of experience in the financial services industry and an extensive background as an advisor and underwriter to companies in a wide variety of sectors. In addition to his role at Sprott, he also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Sprott Resource Lending Corp. and President of Sprott Consulting. Prior to joining Sprott, he was President of Cormark Securities Inc. Over the course of his career, Mr. Grosskopf has established a track record of successfully building and growing businesses. Prior to joining Cormark, Mr. Grosskopf was one of the co-founders of Newcrest Capital Inc., which was acquired by the TD Bank Financial Group in 2000. Mr. Grosskopf is a CFA® charterholder and earned an Honours Degree in Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration, both from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Sharon Ranson is President of The Ranson Group, a company offering executive coaching and consulting services. Ms. Ranson is also a director of Echelon Financial Holdings (TSX: EFH), Continental Bank of Canada, Borrowell Inc. and the Advisory Board for the Smith School of Business, Queen’s University. Prior to founding her current business, she spent over 20 years in capital markets where she was a top-ranked Financial Services Analyst and a Senior Portfolio Manager. She is a CPA, CA and holds the ICD.D designation. Ms. Ranson graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce and holds an MBA from York University.
James T. Roddy has held a number of senior positions and directorships with companies in various industries. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer and Director of Ontario Bus Industries Inc. in 1994 and from 1989 to 1993 was President and Chief Operating Officer and Director of Slater Industries Inc. From 1985 to 1989, he held various positions with Campeau Corporation, including President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer and Director, and served in the roles of Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Director of Peoples Jewellers Limited between 1967 and 1984. Mr. Roddy has also held directorships with numerous public and not-for-profit corporations. James received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1967.
Rick Rule is the founder of Global Resource Investments, Ltd. He began his career in the securities business in 1974, and has been principally involved in natural resource security investments ever since. He is a leading American retail broker specializing in mining, energy, water utilities, forest products and agriculture. His research and brokerage capabilities are frequently recommended by distinguished financial newsletter writers such as Bob Bishop, Doug Casey, Adrian Day, Richard Maybury, Paul Van Eeden, Mark Skousen, Jack Pugsley and others.
Rosemary Zigrossi is a Consultant to, and former Director at, Promontory Financial Group Canada. In this role, Ms. Zigrossi advises clients in the asset management and banking industries in the area of risk management, regulatory compliance and governance. Prior to joining Promontory, Ms. Zigrossi was at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan ("OTPP") for almost two decades where she held various roles including Vice President, Asset Mix and Risk; Vice President, Venture Capital, a program she initiated; and Controller, responsible for building the Investment Finance department. She has extensive experience with investments in venture-capital-backed companies and private equity and has served as a member of the Board of Directors for companies in various industries, including information technology, communications, healthcare and life sciences, and renewable energy. Prior to joining OTPP, Ms. Zigrossi was an Assistant Vice President at J.P. Morgan (Canada). Ms. Zigrossi serves on the boards of the Business Development Bank, Russell Investments Corporate Class Inc. and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. She is a member of the Investment Committee of Sustainable Development Technology Corporation and is the past governor of Trent University. Ms. Zigrossi is a Chartered Accountant and CFA charter holder. She holds the ICD.D designation, graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce and attended the Harvard Business School's Program for Management Development.
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