John A. Clarke, Ph.D

John Clarke brings considerable experience in mineral exploration, corporate acquisition and development in the gold mining sector in Africa. Dr. Clarke has held roles as Vice-Chairman and CEO of Nevsun Resources and, prior to joining Nevsun, he was Executive Director of Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited of Ghana. He joined Ashanti in 1982 and contributed to establishing Ashanti's gold exploration program throughout sub-Saharan Africa. He is the Director of several companies which have exploration and development activities in Africa. Dr.Clarke holds a B.Sc. in metallurgy from University College Cardiff, a Ph.D. in metallurgy from Cambridge University and an MBA from Middlesex Polytechnic. Mr. Clarke joined the Board on June 17, 2009.

Jed Richardson
President, CEO and Director

Jed Richardson worked at RBC Capital Markets as a Research Associate and at Cormark/Sprott Securities as a Research Analyst. He also worked as a Mining Engineer for Alcan Aluminum after graduating from the University of Toronto. He holds a B.A.Sc in Mineral and Geological Engineering. More recently, he served as the Vice-President of Corporate Development of Amazon Mining (TSX-V: AMZ), a UK-registered company, with potash and gold interests in Brazil. Mr. Richardson, who is based in Toronto, brings considerable expertise to the Management and Board, particularly with his experience in capital markets and his background in the exploration and production of fertilizer. Mr. Richardson joined Great Quest's Board on April 7, 2010 and was appointed President & CEO of the Company on May 13, 2013.

Mr Bruce McKean 

Mr. McKean has over forty years of governmental, NGO and industry experience in the development of sustainability, stewardship and social responsibility for governments and the mining and metals industries. He is Vice-Chair of the board of Cuso International, a Canada-based economic and social development NGO with volunteers in 21 developing countries and Canada. Mr. McKean is a former Chair of Shopify Inc, a leading e-commerce platform for over 600,000 businesses.

Gordon Peeling

Gordon Peeling was the President of the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) from 1997 to 2011 and brings more than 30 years of mining experience in both the public and private sectors. Prior to MAC, he served as Vice President at the International Council on Metals and the Environment and Director General at both the Mineral Commodities Branch and Mineral Strategy Branch at Natural Resources Canada. Gordon has a B.Sc. (Geology) degree from Queen's University and an M.Sc. (Geology) and a B.A. (Economics) from Carleton University. Mr. Peeling joined the Board on May 16, 2011.

Salma Seetaroo 
CEO INCajou, Director

A former investment banker and lawyer, Ms. Seetaroo combines restructuring, M&A and debt raising skills with hands-on execution on the African continent as well as private and public company expertise. She is currently a non-executive director of Algold Resources Inc, a Canadian listed gold company, and a member of Cass Business School’s Global Advisory Board. Until recently, Ms Seetaroo ran Gold and General Limited, an investment holding that controls Zimbabwe’s largest gold producer and led the acquisition and turn-around of a distressed fibre optic business in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Prior to this, she founded Medea Capital Partners, a successful FCA regulated resource advisory business in London and was an investment banker at Société Générale focused on mining finance. Ms Seetaroo initially trained as a lawyer at Norton Rose and holds an executive MBA from Cass Business School.

David Shaw

Since completing his doctorate 30 years ago, David Shaw has worked both in the technical and financial communities within the resource industry. Seven years were spent with Chevron Resources in Calgary and Vancouver, employed initially as an in-house structural consultant on both metal and hydrocarbon exploration programs and then as a member of a hydrocarbon project financial evaluation team. Upon leaving Chevron, he initiated and developed the Resource Research Group at Charlton Securities Ltd., Calgary before assuming the position of Senior Mining Analyst, Corporate Finance, at Yorkton Securities Inc. in Vancouver. Throughout David's career, he has built strong relationships with European financial institutions and the global mining community with valuable experience in West Africa. Mr. Shaw joined the Board on December 16, 2010.

(Committee Members and Chairman)

  • Audit Committee: John A. Clarke (Chair) / Gordon Peeling / David A. Shaw

  • Nominating, Compensation and Governance: John A. Clarke (Chair) / Gordon Peeling / David A. Shaw

  • Environmental, Health & Safety and Social Responsibility: Gordon Peeling (Chair) / John A. Clarke / David A.Shaw