Board of Directors

Jeff Kennedy

Chairman and Director

Mr. Kennedy was appointed to the Board in 2019 and has been Chairman of the Corporation since March 2020. Prior to joining the Board, Mr. Kennedy served as the Managing Director Equity Capital Markets and Operations at Cormark Securities Inc. With over 30 years of experience, Mr. Kennedy also served as the CFO of Cormark Securities Inc. where he was responsible for financial oversight, controls and governance of operations. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and completed his Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University.

Vernon Baker

CEO and Director

Mr. Baker was appointed Chief Executive Officer in August 2019 and as a Director of the Corporation in January 2024. Mr. Baker brings over 36 years of mining industry experience. He has extensive management and operations expertise at globally focused mid-tier and senior mining companies. Most recently, he was General Manager at Goldcorp’s Cerro Negro Mine in Argentina, overseeing 3,000 tonnes per day of high-grade production and implementing programs to reduce costs, grow production and development, and leading strong safety improvement to achieve an AIFR of 0.28 in 2017. Previously, Mr. Baker held management and senior leadership roles with various mining companies including President at Duluth Metals Limited, Vice President of Operations at FNX Mining, General Manager at Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc., and General Manager of Hemlo Operations, a Joint Venture of Teck Cominco and Barrick Gold.

Benjamin Guenther (4)


Mr. Guenther was appointed as a Director of the Corporation on November 7, 2017. He is a Mining Engineer with a wide range of management, executive, consulting, and board experience and has over 40 years of experience in the global mining industry. Mr. Guenther worked for AngloGold Ashanti in management and executive positions before starting Platoro Mine Consulting LLC working as a consultant. Mr. Guenther’s prior board experience includes International Tower Hill Mines Ltd, Trans-Siberian Gold, Zoloto Taiga, and Semos. He served on the board of the National Mining Association and as Chairman of the Nevada Mining Association.  He was also the Interim CEO for Jaguar Mining Inc. in 2018-19. Mr. Guenther graduated from the Colorado School of Mines.

Luís Ricardo Miraglia (3)


Mr. Miraglia was appointed as a Director of the Corporation in September 2012. Mr. Miraglia is a native of Minas Gerais, Brazil and is a Senior Partner at Azevedo Sette Advogados law firm with 25 years of experience specializing in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, infrastructure projects and mining law. Mr. Miraglia is a member of the Corporate Law Committee of the Brazilian Bar Association, Chapter of Minas Gerais, and has advised numerous boards of privately and publicly held companies, both in Brazil and abroad, in connection to Brazilian Law. He holds a degree (Juris Doctorate equivalent) from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

Mary-Lynn Oke (1)


Ms. Oke was appointed as a Director and Chairperson of the Corporation's Audit and Risk Committee in August 2021. Ms. Oke brings over 25 years of business experience built through a career which has included tax, finance, corporate, and senior leadership roles. Ms. Oke was previously with Hudbay Minerals Inc. where she was the Vice President, Finance and the Chief Financial Officer of the Manitoba Business Unit. Ms. Oke brings deep experience in financial reporting, business acquisitions and divestitures, tax, treasury, capital structuring, supply chain management, and organizational redesign. Ms. Oke currently provides senior financial and advisory services to organizations assisting them to improve the efficiency and productivity of their businesses. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Shastri Ramnath


Ms. Ramnath was appointed as a Director of the Corporation in June 2020. Ms. Ramnath is the President and CEO of Exiro Minerals Corp., a private mineral exploration company and the Non-Executive Chair of Orix Geoscience Corp., a geological consulting firm that she co-founded and co-owns. She is a professional geoscientist and entrepreneur with over 25 years of global experience and has worked in various technical and leadership roles, including FNX Mining, where she was a key member of the exploration and resource team, and subsequently with Bridgeport Ventures, a publicly-listed company, where she was the President and CEO. Ms. Ramnath received a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of Manitoba, a Master of Science in exploration geology from Rhodes University (South Africa), and an Executive MBA from Athabasca University.

Thomas S. Weng (2)


Mr. Weng was appointed as a Director of the Corporation in April 2016. He has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector. Mr. Weng is currently Co-Founding Partner with Alta Capital Partners, a provider of financial advisory services. From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Weng was a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank and Head of Equity Capital Markets for Metals and Mining throughout the Americas and Latin America, across all industry segments. Prior to 2007, Mr. Weng held various senior positions at Pacific Partners, Morgan Stanley and Bear Stearns. Mr. Weng graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

Board Committees

1.   Audit & Risk CommitteeMary-Lynn Oke
2.Corporate Governance & Compensation CommitteeThomas Weng
3.Finance & Corporate Development CommitteeLuis Miraglia
4.Safety, Environmental, Technical Reserves CommitteeBenjamin Guenther