Management & Directors

  • Chris Wright

    Mr. Wright adds significant depth to the board with over 28 years in the investment industry. He is currently the Founding Partner, President & Director of Windermere Capital (Canada) Inc, an investment firm and portfolio adviser to two private investment funds - the Navigator Fund and the Breakaway Strategic Resource Fund that are both significant shareholders of Defiance. Prior to Windermere, Mr. Wright held senior positions with RBC Dominion Securities and Solium Capital.Since 2002, he has worked with leading hedge funds and managers throughout North America to develop proprietary and customized investment solutions for institutional and high net worth investors. Mr. Wright is a Registered Portfolio Manager and a graduate of Bishop’s University.

  • George Cavey
    Vice President, Exploration

    OreQuest was formed in 1982 by George Cavey. Mr. George Cavey is a senior consulting geologist and the former Vice President for Orko Silver, and part of the team who discovered the 264 million ounce La Preciosa silver deposit in Mexico. Orko Silver was acquired by Coeur Mining in April 2013 for $380 million. With over 45 years of experience, he has been the President of OreQuest Consultants since 1982. He is past President of the Canadian Council of Professional Geoscientists and was the recipient of the 2004 C.J. Westerman Memorial Award – British Columbia’s highest recognition award for a professional geoscientist for his outstanding and professional contributions. Mr. Cavey was also the recipient of the 2010 Canadian Professional Geoscientist Award – the highest recognition award for a professional geoscientist in Canada. He is a former member of the Canadian Securities Administrators Mining Technical Monitoring and Advisory Committee.

  • Douglas Cavey
    Vice President of Corporate Development

    Mr. Douglas Cavey has over a decade of experience in mineral project management, venture market fundamentals, corporate and business development, and long term project development strategies Mr. Cavey has been involved in international mineral project asset identification and evaluation, acquisition due diligence, business development, and management across base and precious metal projects in North and South America, Turkey, Serbia, and Scandinavia, including many locations in Mexico. Mr. Douglas Cavey is a diversified project development expert and the current VP of Business Development for OreQuest Consultants Ltd.

  • Jennifer Roskowski
    Principal Geologist

    Ms. Jennifer Roskowski is a highly skilled geologist and geochemist with over a decade of experience in the mining industry where her focus has been mineral exploration and mineral project development. Ms. Roskowski has a deep scientific understanding of mineral system genesis and fundamental analytical science. Her expertise at evaluating and synthesizing large exploration datasets and conducting district-scale exploration target delineation has proven invaluable in the advancement of both the San Acacio and Tepal projects

  • Paul Smith

    Mr. Smith, MA in Metallurgy and the Science of Materials graduated from Oxford University. He spent most of his 36 year career in the non-ferrous mining and smelting industry working with Rio Tinto Zinc, Pasminco, Mount Isa Mines and Pechiney World Trade in the UK and internationally. Most recently he was a founding shareholder and Finance Director of Ocean Partners Holdings Limited, a global trader of copper, zinc and lead concentrates. He left Ocean Partners in May 2012 to pursue investment opportunities and charitable activities.

  • James Bergin

    Mr. Bergin is an accomplished and seasoned executive with over 29 years of experience in financial markets and business building. Mr. Bergin is currently the CIO and President of Hillhead Capital Inc. and brings a wealth of global expertise due to his extensive experience on Wall Street working with premier institutions including Credit Suisse, Barclays Capital and Toronto Dominion Bank. Mr. Bergin also served on the Endowment Committee for the Family and Children’s Agency in Connecticut and is a member of the New York Dean’s Advisory Counsel for Wilfrid Laurier University, of which he is a graduate.

  • Dunham Craig

    Mr. Craig graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Degree in Geology in 1988. Upon graduation, he served as a project geologist for Cominco Exploration Ltd. and later consulted for Cominco and Kennecott Canada Inc. Subsequently, as the vice president of exploration and corporate development for Wheaton River Minerals in 1993, he was responsible for the discovery of three mineral deposits at Wheaton River’s highly profitable Golden Bear mine and for participating in the project through bankable feasibility and bank financing. He later directed the acquisition of the Bellavista Gold Project in Costa Rica and oversaw its design through bankable feasibility. From 2002 to 2005, he was a member of the management team of Glencairn Gold Inc. that acquired and developed two operating mines in Central America. Mr. Craig was previously President and CEO of Valoro from 2006-2018.

  • Ronald E. Sowerby

    Mr. Sowerby, CA is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia. Mr. Sowerby was Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer of TCG International Inc. (formerly Trans Canada Glass Ltd.) of Burnaby, B.C. from January 1970 until June, 2007. Trans Canada Glass Ltd. was a public company (TSX-V) during the years 1969 until 1996 when it became private. Mr. Sowerby was Corporate Secretary of Glentel Inc. (TSX) until June, 2007 and currently a director of Glentel Inc. (since August, 1989) which subsequently was purchased by Bell Inc.for $594 million in May 2015.