Our Team

Darin Labrenz P.Geo.
President, CEO & Director

Mr. Labrenz is a registered professional geologist with over 25 years of experience in the mineral exploration industry. Most recently, Mr. Labrenz was Vice President Business Development for Terrane Metals Corp., a BC based development company that was acquired by Thompson Creek Metals in 2010. Prior to Terrane, Mr. Labrenz was employed by the Placer Dome group, where he was responsible for the design and supervision of exploration programs, management of geological activities at both underground and open pit mining operations, as well as technical support and geological management of several feasibility studies and economic evaluations. Mr. Labrenz has significant experience in the Red Lake Camp, including former Chief Geologist at the Campbell Mine.

Sean Tetzlaff CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary

Sean Tetzlaff is an experienced financial professional with over 20 years of experience in the mining industry. Recently he served as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Blue Gold Mining, which merged with Riverstone Resources in 2012 to become True Gold Mining. He also served as CFO, VP Finance and Corporate Secretary of Fronteer Gold from 2005 to 2011. During this time, he had oversight of financial, legal, and contractual matters for all of Fronteer Gold operations and international subsidiaries. He was responsible for the successful execution of numerous equity investments, asset divestitures, and merger and acquisitions transactions including the sale of Fronteer to Newmont for $2.3 billion in 2011. Mr. Tetzlaff also served as CFO of Aurora Energy Resources from 2006 to 2008, helping the company grow from initial public offering through to the advancement of one of the world's largest undeveloped uranium deposits. Mr. Tetzlaff has a tax background, having worked with KPMG LLP from 2000 to 2004.

Phil Smerchanski M.Econ.Geol., P.Geo
Vice President, Exploration

Mr. Smerchanski is a registered professional geologist and has more than fifteen years of exploration experience with Falconbridge, Inco, and Anglo American, and as a senior consultant to mid-tier and major mining companies. Mr. Smerchanski has developed base and precious metals expertise through field experience on ore systems across North America, and the Southern Hemisphere. In Red Lake, he has recently consulted to Goldcorp as a technical advisor on their high grade generative exploration team, including targeting at the new HG Young discovery. He is committed to resource discovery and evaluation through the integration of multidisciplinary geoscience datasets and experts. 

Ken Donner P.Eng, MBA, PMP
Vice President, Operations

Mr. Donner is a registered professional engineer with over 30 years of experience in the development, construction and operation of mines. He has worked across Canada, in far eastern Russia, Greenland, New Zealand and the United States. Much of Mr. Donner’s career has focused on high grade deposits leading to an extensive knowledge in the management and operation of such underground mines. Most recently, he was Construction Manager with AMEC on Newmont’s Leeville #3 Vent Shaft project, which was delivered on time and under budget. Previous experience includes Homestake’s Snip mine, Bema’s Julietta mine, De Beers’ Snap Lake mine and Oceana Gold’s Frasers mine. Mr. Donner holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management from University of Victoria, an MBA specializing in Technology/Engineering Management from Bellevue City University and a Geological Engineering degree from University of Windsor.

Christopher Lee MSc, PGeo
Chief Geoscientist

Mr. Lee is a registered professional geologist with over 25 years of experience in mineral exploration and resource evaluation. He specializes in structural analysis of ore deposits for application to grade control, resource estimation and generation of predictive exploration models. Mr. Lee spent seven years with SRK providing specialist structural geology guidance for projects located globally, across a variety of commodities and at all stages from exploration through to development and production. He has significant experience in the Red Lake district, including the Goldcorp Challenge where he placed as a semi-finalist. Most recently, Mr. Lee was Chief Geoscientist at True Gold Mining and Fronteer Gold where he was the Qualified Person responsible for resource modeling, estimation and growth of over 14 million ounces of gold in mining assets located in Burkina Faso, Turkey and Nevada.