Board of Directors
Mark J. Morabito, B.A., J.D.
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Morabito has over 17 years’ experience in public markets with a strong focus on junior mining with extensive experience in capital-raising and corporate development. Mr. Morabito founded and has been the principal driving force behind a number of successful resource development companies including Alderon Iron Ore Corporation, Jet Metal Corp, Excelsior Mining Corp and others. He led the team that struck an off-take agreement between Alderon and Hebei, China’s largest steel producer, worth over $400 million. He is also the founder of King & Bay West, which specializes in identifying, funding, developing and managing resource-based opportunities, with a special interest in the junior mining sector. Mr. Morabito has a BA from Simon Fraser University and completed his J.D. at the University of Western Ontario.
Stephen Twyerould, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer and President
Mr. Twyerould has over 29 years of experience in the exploration and mining industry, 17 of which were spent with WMC Resources Ltd. He managed WMC's gold geology group comprising 50 geologists across three operational sites, greenfields exploration and offshore development sites. He has extensive corporate, operations and exploration experience, covering a wide range of commodities both within Australia and offshore. Mr. Twyerould has a proven track record of discovery and definition of world-class ore bodies. In addition, he has expertise in unlocking geological potential to deliver operational improvements and business growth. He helped take Reliance Mining (now Consolidated Resources, CSM-AU) from a market capitalization of AUS$3 million to AUS$100 million in 4 years. Mr. Twyerould received a doctorate in Geology and Geochemistry from the University of Oregon in 1997 and a BSc (Hons) in Geology from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 1984.
Lord Robin Renwick
Lord Renwick has led a long and distinguished career as a diplomat having entered the British Foreign Service in 1963. Following postings in Dakar, New Delhi, Paris, Rhodesia, and Washington, he served as British ambassador to South Africa from 1987-91. He then served as British ambassador to the United States from 1991-95. In 1997 he became a member of the House of Lords.
Lord Renwick was Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, JP Morgan Europe from 2000-2014 and Vice Chairman of JP Morgan Cazenove from 2005-2014. He is also Deputy Chairman of Fleming Family & Partners (FF&P). He currently serves as a Director of Compagnie Financiere Richemont, Kazakhmys plc. He has served on the Boards of Fluor Ltd, British Airways, BHP Billiton, Fluor Corporation, SABMiller plc, GEM Diamonds, Harmony Gold Mining Co Ltd, Canal Plus, Liberty International and as a Trustee of ‘The Economist’. He has advised on a number of IPOs on the London Stock Exchange, including Billiton, South African Breweries, Xstrata plc, Kazakhmys and Ferrexpo. Lord Renwick has agreed to Chair Excelsior’s Corporate Governance Committee.
Mr. Haworth was nominated to the Board of Directors by Greenstone Resources, a private equity fund specialising in the mining and metals sector. The Greenstone team has over 80 years of experience in the sector covering all aspects of mining project development.
Mr. Kolbe is a veteran Republican member of the US House of Representatives for Arizona’s 8th congressional district, having retired after serving 11 terms from 1985 to 2007. Excelsior’s Gunnison Copper Project is located in Arizona’s 8th congressional district. During his tenure as congressman, Mr. Kolbe served as chair of the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs of the House Appropriations Committee. He was also instrumental in the drafting and passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). After retiring from office, President Barack Obama appointed Mr. Kolbe to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations in September of 2010. Currently Mr. Kolbe is a fellow at the German Marshall Fund, as well as a consultant for McLarty Associates, a strategic advisory and advocacy firm, offering high-level strategic consultancy services to a broad spectrum to U.S. and multinational companies.
Mr. Lynn recently retired from his position as Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at both UniSource Energy Corporation and Tucson Electric Power Company (TEP). Mr. Lynn joined UniSource Energy and TEP in 2000. Prior to that, he spent sixteen years as CEO and owner-partner at Nordensson Lynn & Associates, Inc., one of Arizona’s leading marketing and communications firms based in Tucson. Active in his community, Mr. Lynn currently serves as Chairman of the Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board, as well as Chairman of the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Advisory Board.
Mr. Kinley spent 26 years as an executive for Layne Christensen Company specializing in engineered drilling and resource development projects and for the past five years formed his own specialized exploration group. Kinley is currently CEO of Manx Energy and independent developing 140,000 acres of heavy oil in Canada: he is a director and senior advisor of Adria Energy Ltd (ADL TSX-V) developing oil offshore Israel; a founder and director of Eco Atlantic Oil and Gas (EOG TSX-V), exploring for oil offshore Namibia and is the President and CEO of Kinley Exploration LLP.
Jay Sujir, L.L.B.
Mr. Sujir is a securities and natural resource lawyer, who has considerable experience in advising and assisting public companies. He obtained his B.A. from the University of Victoria in 1981 and obtained his L.L.B. in 1985. He has been a lawyer in the law firm of Anfield Sujir Kennedy & Durno and its predecessor since August 1986 and has been a partner of that firm since 1991.