Board of Directors

Gregory Clarkes

Chair of the Board of Directors

Mr. Clarkes is an experienced financier with over 30 years’ experience in raising capital for private and public companies in the resource, industrial, entertainment and technology sectors. He has been a senior officer, director and major shareholder of many private and publicly listed companies. Mr. Clarkes provides leadership and direction leveraging his extensive capital markets, M&A and strategic planning experience. He was the founder, director, and significant shareholder of a 41 million-tonne nickel reserve company sold to HudBay Minerals Inc. in 2008 for $460 million.

Larry Van Hatten

Lead Director

Mr. Van Hatten became a partner of Ernst & Young LLP in May 2005, leading its Vancouver assurance practice until announcing his retirement in June 2010. Prior to May 2005, Mr. Van Hatten was the managing partner of Ellis Foster, Chartered Accountants, a Vancouver-based firm that merged into Ernst & Young LLP in May 2005. Mr. Van Hatten’s practice focused on advisory services to the investment community.Mr. Van Hatten also served on the board of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, which he chaired from 1996 to 1999. Mr. Van Hatten received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1975 and his Fellow Chartered Accountant designation in 2009. In 2010, he completed the academic requirements for the Directors Education Program.

Bob Rennie


As founder and executive director of Rennie Group, Mr. Rennie has redefined the business of real estate, offering specialized national and international marketing, data gathering intelligence information and technology services for over 40 years. Mr. Rennie is often recognized for his leadership in developing new and innovative strategies in risk management and marketing. Mr. Rennie brings strong social and philanthropic guidance to the Board. Mr. Rennie is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond and Golden Jubilee awards, the Order of British Columbia and has a Doctorate from Emily Carr University.

Catherine Banat


Ms. Banat is a financial services executive with more than three decades of leadership experience in capital markets innovation, strategy, ESG, and risk oversight. She has held positions at Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Lehman Brothers, the New York City Retirement System, RBC Global Asset Management and Paloma Partners. Ms. Barat earned an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, a BSc in Economics from Wharton School, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jose Salinas


Jose Luis Salinas Lanfranco is a Peruvian, British and Panamanian businessman. Mr. Salinas specializes in de-risking large-scale industrial and infrastructure projects be it through traditional tools such as contractual development, insurance; or through innovative mechanisms such as corporate engineering, financial vehicles, and layering; with the goal to deliver robust asset and financial protections. Mr. Salinas also has extensive business and corporate experience be it as an owner, shareholder, board director, advisor or consultant in a diverse range of public and private operations from mining to the energy and nuclear industries. Mr. Salinas speaks fluent English, Spanish and Portuguese. Mr. Salinas studied Law at Pontificia Universidad Catolica and holds two postgraduate degrees.

Brad White


Mr. White is a distinguished investment executive, with over 30 years of research and portfolio management experience. As the Co-founder of Salida Capital, a $1B+ alternative asset manager, Mr. White’s funds generated compound annual returns of over 30% until his departure to co-found EdgeHill Partners, a Toronto-based alternative asset management firm. Mr. White is currently an advisor of Blue Deer Capital Partners, a firm providing advisory services to mission-driven entrepreneurs across a variety of sectors. Mr. White is a CFA® charterholder and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is also the benefactor of both the Embley Park Foundation, a private philanthropic organization, and the White Trading Lab at the Memorial University Business School.