Joseph Ovsenek

President & CEO, Chairman

Prior to joining CTEC, Mr. Ovsenek was President and CEO of Pretium Resources Inc. where he led the advance of the high-grade gold Brucejack Mine which has been operating profitably since commercial start-up in 2017. Mr. Ovsenek began his nine-year tenure at Pretium in 2011 as Chief Development Officer and led the financing of the company from exploration stage to operations and was subsequently appointed President in 2015 and President and CEO in 2017. Prior to Pretium he served for 15 years in senior management roles for Silver Standard Resources Inc., lastly as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development responsible for the sale of the Brucejack and Snowfield assets to the newly created Pretium Resources Inc. Mr. Ovsenek holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto. Mr. Ovsenek is a registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.

Neville Dastoor


Mr. Neville Dastoor, P.Eng., MBA, CFA has over 20 years of technical and finance experience including over 15 years in mining finance.  Mr. Dastoor is a co-founder, Director and Corporate Secretary of CTEC.

Mr. Dastoor is currently a Principal with INFOR Financial, an independent investment bank that offers advice on mergers and acquisitions, capital raises and corporate restructurings. Mr. Dastoor’s focus is on the mining sector. From 2004-2016, he was part of the mining team at Canaccord Genuity in Toronto and Vancouver where he was most recently a senior partner in the mining investment banking group. While there, Mr. Dastoor successfully advised clients on transactions ranging from M&A and restructurings to IPOs, RTOs and financings. Prior to joining the investment banking team at Canaccord Genuity, Mr. Dastoor was in mining equity research where he covered many of the Canadian listed precious metals producers. From 2008-2013, Mr. Dastoor served on the TSX Venture Exchange Local Advisory Committee. Prior to joining Canaccord Genuity, Mr. Dastoor worked as a structural engineer in Toronto.

Mr. Dastoor holds a B.Sc. (Civil Engineering) from Queen’s University and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. He also holds a Professional Engineering designation and is a CFA charterholder.

Julian Kemp


Mr. Julian Kemp, BBA, CPA, CA C.Dir. has over 25 years of experience in the mining industry, mostly serving in senior financial and administrative management roles. 

His experience has been focused on restructuring and transforming exploration and development companies into producers. Mr. Kemp has guided various junior mining companies with precious metals, base metals and coal operations in North America and internationally as well as mining engineering and contracting companies. Mr. Kemp was Interim President and CEO of Rubicon Minerals Corporation between April and December 2016, leading the successful implementation of a restructuring transaction. Formerly, he was the Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Fortune Minerals Limited, a position he held from 2004 to 2013. He is currently Chairman and Director of Rubicon Minerals Corporation and a Director of Marathon Gold Corp. Mr. Kemp has also previously served as a Director for a number of public companies such as Claim Post Resources Inc. and Goldgroup Mining Inc. (formerly Sierra Minerals Inc.).

Mr. Kemp is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. In addition, Mr. Kemp obtained the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation from The Directors College (a joint venture of McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada) in 2012.

John Sullivan


Mr. John Sullivan, B.Sc., P.Geo. has over 40 years of experience as a senior economic geologist managing precious and base metal exploration projects at all stages of development. Mr. Sullivan is a Director of CTEC.

He has directed major exploration programs, managed field offices and evaluated projects in Canada, Europe, Africa and Latin America.  He has also worked as a mine geologist and helped to successfully bring a new mine in Manitoba into production. Mr. Sullivan was most recently VP Exploration of Excellon Resources Inc. (2007 – 2016), where he led the exploration team in Mexico which successfully tripled the mineral resource of the high-grade Ag, Pb, Zn Platosa.  While with Excellon he was also a key player in the evaluation and successful acquisition of two junior companies.

Mr. Sullivan previously led teams which discovered five small Cu, Zn VMS zones in Canada and a Zn deposit in Ireland. Mr. Sullivan’s experience has been gained largely in North America, however, he spent five years living and working offshore, four of which were spent evaluating new advanced opportunities, including large producing assets, as leader of a small team operating throughout Europe, Turkey, Iran and northern Africa.  He also spent a year in Chile managing an advanced Au, Cu porphyry project through a preliminary economic evaluation.

He has worked for Hudson Bay Mining, Noranda, Watts, Griffis and McOuat, and Excellon. Mr. Sullivan holds a B.Sc. from Queen’s University.

Ron MacDonald


Mr. MacDonald is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant who specialized in corporate taxation with a career of 36 years at Deloitte LLP until his retirement in 2018 as Partner in Charge of the Vancouver Global Employer Services Group. Mr. MacDonald taught tax at universities as well as the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants In-depth Tax Program. He is a Retired Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia and holds Bachelor of Science and Licentiate of Accounting degrees from the University of British Columbia.

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