All the talents are in place to acquire, expand and advance gold assets to feasibility
Rudi P. Fronk, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Jay S. Layman, Director, President and Chief Operating Officer
William E. Threlkeld, Senior Vice President, Exploration
Peter Williams, Senior Vice President, Technical Services
Christopher J. Reynolds, Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
R. Brent Murphy, Vice President,
C. Bruce Scott, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Secretary
A. Frederick Banfield, Director
D. Scott Barr, Director
Thomas C. Dawson, Director
Louis J. Fox, Director
Eliseo Gonzalez-Urien, Director
Richard C. Kraus, Director
Rudi P. Fronk, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, has over 30 years experience in the gold business, primarily as a senior officer and director of publicly traded companies. From 1999 until June 2012, Mr. Fronk served as President and CEO of Seabridge Gold. Prior to Seabridge, Mr. Fronk held senior management positions with Greenstone Resources, Columbia Resources, Behre Dolbear & Company, Riverside Associates, Phibro-Salomon, Amax, and DRX. Mr. Fronk is a graduate of Columbia University from which he holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering and a Master of Science in Mineral Economics.
Jay S. Layman, Director, President and Chief Operating Officer as Chief Operating Officer since February 2011, Mr. Layman has been responsible for designing and managing the technical programs required to advance Seabridge's two main assets KSM and Courageous Lake towards feasibility and advising the Board of Directors on the best strategy for unlocking shareholder value in these assets.
Mr. Layman has an unusually broad range of technical expertise which makes him uniquely qualified for his role. Most recently, he was Vice President Solutions and Innovation for Newmont Mining Company where he was responsible for managing Global Technical Services and launching a Global Innovation Department. Functions reporting to him included Mining Engineering, Metallurgy and Process, Geostatistics and Reserves, Economic Geology, Project Engineering, Renewable Energy and Global Exploration, Technology and Solutions. During his employment at Newmont, he was responsible for managing numerous Feasibility Studies and his career includes experience in Business Development, Operations, Finance and B2B Supply Chain connectivity.
In his wide–ranging career, Mr. Layman has lived in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Indonesia and Australia and has additional work experience in Russia, Singapore, China and Peru. He has worked in both underground and open pit operations containing gold, copper, silver, lead and zinc metals. His education includes Bachelors Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Finance from Washington State University and an MBA from Eastern Washington University.
William E. Threlkeld, Senior Vice President, Exploration, is acknowledged as one of North America's outstanding geologists. For the past 11 years, Mr. Threlkeld has served as Senior Vice President of Seabridge Gold where he has designed and executed exploration and resource delineation programs which have defined more than 45 million ounces of measured and indicated gold resources. His successes include the discovery and definition of the Mitchell and Iron Cap deposits which have made the KSM project in British Columbia the largest gold reserve in Canada.
Mr. Threlkeld began his career at Noranda Exploration Inc. but achieved his greatest recognition at Placer Dome Inc. From 1991 to 1997, as Exploration Manager and Vice President, he was responsible for all of Placer Dome's exploration activity and investment in Latin America, directing programs that resulted in the discovery and delineation of Las Cristinas, Venezuela (9.7 million ounces), Cerro Crucitas, Costa Rica (2.3 million ounces) and Mulatos, Mexico (2.0 million ounces). From 1997 to 2000, he was Vice President, Exploration for Greenstone Resources Ltd. responsible for resource delineation on three Central American gold deposits and development of an organization and strategy to identify new mineral investments. Mr. Threlkeld obtained his MSc in Economic Geology from the University of Western Ontario.
Peter Williams, Senior Vice President, Technical Services, is responsible for managing the engineering of Seabridge's two main projects KSM and Courageous Lake. Peter brings more than 30 years of experience in mine engineering, design, strategic analysis and start-up. Most recently Mr. Williams was Group Executive, Mine Engineering at Newmont Mining Corporation. Functions reporting to him as Group Executive were: Geotechnical Engineering; Surface and Ground Water Hydrology (associated with stability); Technical and Scientific Software development; Underground and Open Pit Mine Engineering; and Mining Innovation. Peter has lived and worked on projects and operations in Australia, Nevada, Indonesia, South America, Ghana and Denver.
Christopher J. Reynolds, Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, has over 20 years of mining industry and public accounting experience. Mr. Reynolds previously served as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Norsemont Mining Inc. and held various finance and accounting positions at SouthernEra Diamonds Inc., Southern Platinum Corp., TVX Gold Inc., Inmet Mining Corporation and Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). He is currently a director of Paramount Gold and Silver Corp. Mr. Reynolds holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, in Economics, from McGill University and has been a Certified General Accountant since 1994.
R. Brent Murphy, Vice President, Environmental Affairs, leads the environmental permitting process for the Company's key projects — Courageous Lake, NWT and the KSM project located in northwestern British Columbia. Mr. Murphy is responsible for developing and managing Seabridge's environmental programs and community engagement strategies. He also represents the Company in its communication with federal, provincial and municipal regulatory authorities and Treaty and First Nations who have an acknowledged interest in the Company's projects.
Mr. Murphy is a former exploration geologist who holds a M.Sc. in Geology from Acadia University. He has acted as a permitting advisor to both the federal and territorial governments. Prior to joining Seabridge Gold, he was the Chief Environmental Officer for the EKATI Diamond Mine in the NWT. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Murphy has developed effective working relationships with federal, provincial and territorial agencies and with aboriginal peoples and organizations, resulting in the successful permitting of several North American–based mining projects.
C. Bruce Scott, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Secretary, has practiced law in the areas of corporate finance and securities, corporate and mining since 1993 and has been counsel to Seabridge Gold since 1999. In private practice, Mr. Scott has worked predominantly for publicly listed mineral resource companies in the exploration and development stages and has worked on prospectus offerings and private placement financings and mergers and numerous property purchase, property option and joint venture transactions.
Mr. Scott was a partner at DuMoulin Black LLP from 1998 – 2011 and, before joining DuMoulin Black LLP, worked in a large full-service Vancouver-based firm that is now part of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Mr. Scott served as a member of the British Columbia Securities Commission Securities Law Advisory Committee from 2004-2007. Mr. Scott received his LL.B. from the University of Toronto and a B.A. (hons) in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
A. Frederick Banfield, Director as Founder and Chairman of Mintec, Inc., Mr. Banfield was one of the original developers of MineSight, recognized as the pre-eminent reserves modeling and mine design software system with more than 400 installations worldwide. Mr. Banfield graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with the degree Engineer of Mines and has over 40 years of experience in ore body modeling, geostatistics, mine design, and mine scheduling. He has also been an independent reserves auditor and mine planning advisor to some of the world's leading mining organizations with respect to projects in the United States, Canada, Africa, Australia and Latin America. In 2007 he was awarded by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration the Daniel C. Jackling award which is presented for significant contributions to technical progress in mining, geology, and geophysics.
D. Scott Barr, Director, brings 45 years of mining related experience to the Seabridge board, predominately in technical, project management and operational roles, with 32 years focused on gold with an emphasis on refractory gold processes. Following education at the Mackay School of Mines and the University of Idaho in Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, he has worked with Newmont Mining, Freeport McMoran, Minorco (now Anglo Gold Ashanti), and most recently Golden Star Resources in global gold mine development and operations in various site and corporate management roles. Prior to the gold focus, Mr. Barr has been involved in nickel, cobalt, copper, lead, zinc, and borate operations or development.
Thomas C. Dawson, Director, serves as Chairman of the Company's Audit and Nomination Committees. He received his B.Comm. from Loyola College (now Concordia University) in Montreal in 1959 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1961. He retired as a senior audit and accounting partner with 40 years of experience at Deloitte & Touche LLP, Chartered Accountants and has remained active as an independent director in the mining sector. In addition to Seabridge, Mr. Dawson is currently a director of Water Furnace Renewable Energy Inc. and three structured investment funds managed by Scotia Managed Companies.
Louis J. Fox, Director, has more than 25 years experience in precious metals trading, merchanting and merchant banking activities. From 1984 to 1999 Mr. Fox was a Senior Vice President of Gerald Metals, Inc. in Stamford, Connecticut. Gerald Metals is an internationally recognized commodity trading, refining and merchant banking firm with offices throughout the world. At Gerald Metals, Mr. Fox was the head of the company's worldwide precious metals group. Prior to Gerald Metals, from 1974 to 1981, Mr. Fox was a Vice President of J. Aron & Co., regarded as one of the world's premier precious metals trading firms. Following the acquisition of J. Aron & Co. by Goldman Sachs in 1981, Mr. Fox was a Vice President of Goldman Sachs through 1984. Mr. Fox holds a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and a J.D. from the Boston University Law School.
Eliseo Gonzalez-Urien, Director With over 30 years of experience, Mr. Gonzalez-Urien is one of the most highly regarded exploration geologists in the mining industry. From 1989 through 2001 Mr. Gonzalez-Urien held various executive positions with Placer Dome Inc. including Senior Vice President of the parent company and President of Placer Dome Exploration Inc. During this period he was charged with ultimate responsibility for Placer Dome´s worldwide exploration activities. Prior to Placer Dome, Mr. Gonzalez-Urien held senior positions with BHP-Utah Inc. and Noranda. He holds a degree in Geology from the University of Santiago, Chile, followed by post graduate studies in Geology at the University of California, Berkeley.
Richard C. Kraus, Director is an accomplished business leader with a broad range of experience as an investor, board director, senior executive and business consultant across multiple industries with an emphasis on mining and natural resources. From 1981-1997 he served in various senior executive roles (including CEO, COO and CFO) of Echo Bay Mines, a major gold mining company that was acquired by Kinross Gold Corporation in 2003. Mr. Kraus is currently Executive Chairman of The RMH Group, Inc., a privately owned engineering consulting firm with more than 100 employees. He is a graduate of LaSalle University in Business Administration and is also a Certified Public Accountant.