Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr.
Chairman of the Board, Director
Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr. is one of the world's leading experts in nuclear non-proliferation. Amb. Graham has served under four successive U.S. Presidents as a senior U.S. diplomat involved in the negotiation of every major international arms control and non-proliferation agreement for the past 35 years. This includes the SALT, START, ABM, INF, NPT, CFE and CTBT Treaties. Amb. Graham has served with the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and as the Special Representative of the President of the United States for Arms Control, Non-Proliferation, and Disarmament, in which role he successfully led U.S. government efforts to achieve the permanent extension of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Chairman of the Company since June 2011; Director of the Company (2007-present); appointed as a member of the International Advisory Board for the nuclear program of the United Arab Emirates in December, 2009; Chairman of the Board of Mexco Energy Corporation (July 1997-present); Executive Chairman of Lightbridge Corporation (formerly Thorium Power, Ltd.)(2006-present).
Peter G. Dasler, P.Geo.
President and CEO, Director
Recognizing the favorable upturn of the uranium cycle in early 2004, Mr. Dasler positioned CanAlaska Uranium (then CanAlaska Ventures Ltd.) to become a significant presence in the field of Canadian uranium exploration by staking mineral claims in the most favorable districts of Canada's Athabasca Basin, home to the world's largest-richest uranium mines. He has since assembled an expert geological team that has enabled CanAlaska to carry out over $50 million in exploration and advance multiple uranium projects towards discovery.
Mr. Dasler possesses a comprehensive mineral exploration and public company management background, having worked for over 20 years in Canada as an executive and consulting geologist for companies engaged in the exploration for gold, copper, platinum, nickel, molybdenum, lead and zinc. Previously, he held the position of Mine Manager and Production Manager of the 10 mil. ton per annum Taharoa Ironsand Mine in his native New Zealand.
Mr. Dasler holds Bachelor's (1974) and Master's (1981) degrees in Geology from Canterbury University, New Zealand and is Qualified and Registered as a Professional Geologist in British Columbia, and acts as a "Qualified Person" under the definition used in National Instrument 43 101.
Dr. Karl Schimann, P.Geo
Vice President, Exploration
(Member of Audit Committee and Corporate Governance Committee)
Dr. Schimann possesses extensive experience in mineral exploration, spanning a career in exploration geology of over 30 years and across three continents. He has participated in significant discoveries for uranium and base metals and has also led various exploration and mining initiatives for gold and diamonds.
Between 1977 and 1997, Dr. Schimann was employed by French uranium giant AREVA (previously COGEMA) as a Senior Geologist and Project Manager, where he was a key member of the team that undertook the discovery and development of the massive Cigar Lake uranium mine. In total, he spent twenty years with AREVA, ten of which were based in Canada's Athabasca Basin, home to the world's largest-richest uranium mines. Dr. Schimann joined CanAlaska in late-2004, returning to Canada to immerse himself in a fresh challenge towards the discovery of yet another world-class uranium mine. He directs a top-flight team of international geophysicists and geologists.
Dr. Schimann graduated from the L'Université de Montreal in Geology (1968), obtained a Doctorat de spécialité in Geology from L'Université de Nancy (1971), and was conferred his Ph.D. in Geology by the University of Alberta (1978). He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. and acts as a "Qualified Person" under the definition used in National Instrument 43 101.
Cory Belyk, P.Geo
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Belyk is a geologist with nearly 30 years of experience in exploration and mining operations, project evaluation and business development. His depth of experience is a result of work on a global scale including Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and Australia.
Mr. Belyk was previously employed by COGEMA (now Orano), Uranerz Exploration and Mining Ltd, and Cameco Corporation in the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan. His recent focus was on global activities related to Cameco's project evaluation, business development, and international exploration activity with direct oversight and accountability for offices in Mongolia and Australia. Mr. Belyk was a member of Cameco's exploration management team during the recent Fox Lake and West McArthur uranium discoveries.
Mr. Belyk holds a Bachelor's (1994) degree in Geology from the University of Saskatchewan and a Certificate in Negotiation from Harvard Law School (2014). He is a registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan.
Jean Luc Roy
(Member of Corp. Governance, Nominating and Compensation Committees)
Mr. Roy is an independent Director of the Company (2007 – present). He has over 20 years experience in the mining industry. The majority of his experience has been in Africa for companies such as International Gold Resources, Ashanti Goldfields Inc., Senafo, and First Quantum Minerals. Mr. Roy has managed projects from exploration through to production in three different countries. As Managing Director for First Quantum Minerals, Jean Luc played a crucial role in securing extensive land positions and by successfully placing a mining operation into production in the Democratic Republic of Congo during a period of major unrest in the country. Mr. Roy is presently a resident of Burkina Faso where is COO of Ampella Mining Ltd an Australian listed company focused on gold exploration in West Africa with their flagship property Batie West.
Independent Director of the Company (2007-present); road maintenance supervisor for Athabasca Development Corporation (2009-present); mill training foreman and a mill process operator for Cameco Corporation; past Chief of the Fond Du Lac Denesuline First Nation (/2005--2007).
Mr. Fern has lived in Fond du Lac all of his life, he is a traditional land user and still hunts and fish for food in the area. He is active in community development, and works with local committees. Mr. Fern has been involved in environmental monitoring in the Northern Athabasca area and is involved with various business interest in the Fond du Lac area.
Honorable Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Ms. Townsend has a long history of accomplishments in the public and private sectors. She is a Director at The Rock Creek Group, a Washington, D.C. based investment advisor founded by the former treasurer of the World Bank. She was the State of Maryland's first woman Lieutenant Governor. She had responsibility for a multibillion-dollar budget and oversight of major cabinet departments. Before her 1995 election, Ms. Townsend served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the United States. She led the planning to put 100,000 police officers into communities and she ignited the Police Corps, a program to give college scholarships to young people who pledge to work as police officers for four years after graduating. Earlier in her career, Ms. Townsend served as the founder and director of the Maryland Student Service Alliance. Ms. Townsend is an honors graduate of Harvard University, and earned her law degree from the University of New Mexico. While there she contributed a Law Review article on the rehabilitation of uranium mine sites. She has received 12 honorary degrees. A member of the bar in Maryland, Connecticut and Massachusetts, she is also a certified broker-dealer and author.
Chief Financial Officer
Harry Chan has over 20 years of experience working in several different industries ranging from public practice, sports entertainment, wholesale distribution and telecommunications. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and received his Certified General Accountant designation in BC in 1996.