Mike Weeks – Executive Chairman
Mr. Weeks has 25 years experience in project management of power generation and petroleum-related industries. Mike spent over 14 years negotiating with foreign governments in developing and implementing natural resource concessions. During that time, Mike was instrumental in the implementation of training programs for local labour force development, professional accreditation, and made significant strides in self-sustaining community growth and enhancement in developing countries. He has an engineering background and holds a First Class Power Engineering Certificate. Mike has managed large projects in Canada, Africa and Europe, constructing and managing several large production facilities in North Africa. Mike was, and continues as a founding director of a petroleum training company as well as holding directorship in a financial service company.
Stephen Burega – Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Burega has spent the past 10 years intimately involved in the launch and management of a number of natural resource companies. Previous to that he worked in the fields of finance, communications, and government relations for 12 years. He brings experience spanning both national and international projects, private and public sectors. Mr. Burega has also held senior management roles for a variety of both publicly traded and private natural resource companies, and has been active on a number of boards for both profit and not-for-profit organizations. He previously served as Angkor’s VP Corporate Development.
John-Paul Dau – President
Mr. Dau, now based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, brings 10 years experience managing various projects in the land development business and 5 years of working in the venture capital business working with private and publicly traded companies. He is a co-founder of Innova Capital, a Calgary-based venture capital firm that specializes in raising international money for development projects. Mr. Dau’s specialties are project management, financing and development. Mr. Dau is one of the founders of Prairie Pacific Mining Corp and lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Dennis Ouellette, B.Sc., P.Geo. – VP Exploration
Mr. Ouellette is a member of The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA # 104257) and is Angkor’s Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 (“NI 43-101”). He has recently worked as a consulting geologist designing and managing exploration programs in Alberta, Yukon and British Columbia and assisting in the execution of exploration programs in the USA and Guatemala. During his career Dennis worked in a variety of roles, including VP for Northern Tiger which merged with Golden Predator which is now exploring the 3 Aces project in the Yukon, and senior Exploration Geologist, Project Geologist and Field Assistant for companies such as United Keno Hill Mines (Yukon), Falconbridge (Newfoundland) and Goldquest Exploration (Goldcorp – Red Lake, Ontario). From 1999 to 2002 Mr. Ouellette also worked at the Cabinet and Caucus Offices for the Yukon Government, providing executive assistance and advice to the Ministers of several departments, and in the 1990s as a Staff Geologist in the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Yukon Region. From 1994 to 1996 Dennis served as the Manager of the Yukon Chamber of Mines.
Stephen Lautens, BA, JD – VP Corporate Affairs & General Counsel
Mr. Lautens has a wide range of experience in communications, investor relations and business development as part of executive management teams of both private and public companies. He was VP Corporate Communications of Inter-Citic Minerals Inc., a TSX-listed gold exploration company with a large project in western China, before it was sold in a friendly takeover to a major Chinese mining company. Prior to that, Mr. Lautens was Executive VP of a company developing a technology project in China. He also served as VP Business Development of The Workflow Automation Corporation, a private Canadian software company sold to BEA Systems Inc. (now Oracle). Mr. Lautens is a lawyer and had his own law practice in Toronto for ten years. He wrote a weekly column for major newspapers for almost 20 years and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for significant service to Canada. He is a Governor of the National Newspaper Awards and has served as president of a number of not-for-profit organizations.
Delayne Weeks – Social Development Consultant
Delayne Weeks has over 20 years of experience participating in international community development projects. She has acted as the Community Development Coordinator on projects over the world including Africa, South America, Canada and Cambodia. Delayne focuses on implementing long-lasting projects that are sustainable by promoting community ownership of all projects. She has a degree in Business Education, a diploma (honors) in Horticulture, and has also owned and operated several private companies in financial services, equipment leasing, landscape architecture, and petroleum services. She consulted for several years to provide Economic Development and Small Business Training to entrepreneurs.
Grant T. Smith, CPA, CA – Chief Financial Officer
Grant Smith’s management background extends over 20 years with diverse operations and organizations, including Johnsen Archer and PriceWaterhouse Coopers. He is a Chartered Accountant and has over a decade of experience in the accounting field. Mr. Smith is the senior partner with Clearline Chartered Accountants, a firm of chartered accountants with offices in Vancouver, North Vancouver and White Rock. He serves as the CFO for several public companies on TSX Venture Exchange with operations in Canada, the USA, and Mexico. Mr. Smith also has extensive experience serving private companies in various industries as well as not-for-profit organizations. He is very active in his community, supporting both the arts and social services by serving on various Boards. He is currently the treasurer of the Honour House Society. He holds a BFA (1984) from York University and received his designation as a CA in 2005.