Board of Directors & Committee Members

Honorable Stockwell Day, PC, ICD.D

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Hon. Stockwell Day, as a public official was elected and re-elected 9 times over 25 years at the provincial and federal levels in Canada. His federal portfolios included: Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition, Minister of Public Safety, Minister of International Trade, Minister for the Asia Pacific and President of the Treasury Board. At the provincial level in Alberta he held the portfolios of Minister of Labour, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister of Social Services, and Minister of Finance.

Post politics he has served on a broad variety of boards and associations, nationally and internationally and advises a diverse range of clients in the public and private sectors through his international consulting agency.

Desmond Balakrishnan


Chairman, Audit and Corporate Governance Committee

Des is senior partner with McMillan LLP, one of Canada’s largest law firms.  Des, specializes in commercial law, capital and investment management expertise, has extensive experience with public and private companies and acts as a director of various entities. His expertise includes audit oversight, governance, regulatory and corporate matters.

Based in Vancouver, Des advises mining and resource companies on capital raising, strategic alternatives and general counsel. He is a director at Northern Dynasty, North America’s largest undeveloped mineral resource company.

Matthew Cicci, CFA


Member, Audit and Corporate Governance Committee

Matthew is Senior Managing Director with Cannacord Genuity, one of Canada’s largest client-focused financial services and wealth management firms. Matt has extensive experience with public companies across multiple industries. His expertise includes financial analysis, capital markets and governance.

Based in Vancouver, Matt advices clients on investment advice, estate planning strategies and company specific recommendations with a focus on TSX venture listed mining and resource focused industries.

Gordon Flatt


Chairman, Office of the President

Member, Science and Technology Advisory Committee (“STAC”)

Gord, Bermuda based, is a CPA, CA Bermuda,1986, and a CA Barbados, 1991. Gord has extensive operating and investing experience in public and private companies with specific expertise in energy, real estate and financial services. He has worked in the resource and energy business for more than 40 years; his family has been in the oil business originating in Virden, Manitoba, since 1897. (Gramma Grace Mary Williamson Flatt – 1897 – 1986).

Gord arranged the sale of Canada’s largest limestone operation to a U.K. firm, managed the operations for one of Canada’s largest forestry companies, and is the largest shareholder of Northern Dynasty, a vast mineral resource in Alaska. He co-founded EnerCap which bought mid-stream assets from energy companies and co-founded Waterous Energy Fund, the largest private equity energy fund in North America.

Gord is completing post-graduate education at University of Oxford (U.K), SAÏD Business School, with a focus on Artificial Intelligence.

Gord is a Managing Partner and Chief Investment Strategist with Strategem Capital.

Dickson Gould


Dickson completed his BSc Ag Economics from the Department of Agriculture, University of Manitoba and holds a Professional Agrologist designation.  For over 35 years he has been actively involved in agriculture and has extensive experience in the swine sector. He is the President of The Progressive Group of Companies Inc. based in Niverville, Manitoba. Through his entrepreneurial attitude he has grown successful businesses including Winkler Meats Inc. which through its federally inspected facility produces branded retail lines of processed meats and Valley Lea Farms Berkshire sired pork.

Currently, he serves as the Chair of the Manitoba Protein Consortium, a director of Saskatchewan Pork, a director of Canada Pork International, and a director of Swine Innovation Porc.

His interests include conservation, innovation, animal care, and producing branded food products with attributes.

Graydon Flatt

Chairman, Science and Technology Advisory Committee (“STAC”)

Following schooling in Bermuda and the UK, Graydon completed his undergraduate degree in physics (summa cum laude) at the University of California, Los Angeles. During this time he worked on research in solid-state physics at UCLA and quantum computing at the Institute for Quantum Computing (Waterloo, Canada). He then received master’s degrees from the University of Cambridge (UK) in applied math and theoretical physics and from Columbia University in applied physics. He is currently working on his PhD degree at Columbia, focusing on optical physics and photonics research.

As Chairman of STAC, Graydon’s role is to enlighten management on emerging scientific and technological advancements, potentially highlighting investment opportunities.

John Waterer, PhD. PAg.

Member, Science and Technology Advisory Committee (“STAC”)

Dr. Waterer completed his PhD in Nitrogen and Protein production in Plant-based proteins from the Department of Agriculture, University of Manitoba. He is based in Winnipeg and has worked with several global food production and agriculture companies and has consulted for many of the world’s largest food source companies.

Current areas of interest and expertise include global food challenges, sustainable crop production and value added crop production. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Waterer continues to spend more than half his time in the field.

Dr. Waterer’s role is to bring an academic-based rigor review of the company’s strategic goals and investment decisions. STAC reports directly to The Office of the President.