Since 1993, Chesapeake’s management team has a successful track record working in the Americas. The strength of the Company is the ability of its people to recognize prospective geologic settings, generate quality projects and finance their exploration and development. The team’s strategic vision and initiative rewarded Francisco Gold Corp.’s shareholders with the grassroots discoveries of El Sauzal and Marlin – two multi-million ounce gold deposits which became mines with robust economics.
With the acquisition of Alderley Gold Corp., Chesapeake is focusing on progressing the world class Metates project towards production as a sulphide heap leach operation.
Chief Executive Officer & Director
Alan Pangbourne has over 35 years of experience in global mining operations and most recently was the President and CEO of Guyana Goldfields Inc. through to its sale to Zijin Mining Group Co., Ltd. in August 2020. Previously, Mr. Pangbourne was Chief Operating Officer of SSR Mining Inc.; Vice President Projects South America for Kinross Gold Corporation; and held increasingly senior roles at BHP Billiton Ltd., including President and Chief Operating Officer of Nickel Americas, Projects Director for BHP’s Uranium Division, which includes the Olympic Dam Expansion, and Project Manager for BHP’s Spence copper project in Chile. He was also General Manager at an engineering company that specialized in gold heap leach & carbon-in-pulp plants. Mr. Pangbourne holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Extractive Metallurgy) and a Graduate Diploma in Mineral Processing from the Western Australian School of Mines.
P. Randy Reifel
President & Director
Randy Reifel has been a senior executive in the exploration business for 36 years. During this period he has distinguished himself as a successful, strategic entrepreneur within the industry. Prior to establishing Chesapeake, Mr. Reifel was president of two exploration companies focused in Latin America, Carson Gold Corp. and Francisco Gold Corp. Mr. Reifel’s early recognition of the Kilometer 88 gold district in Venezuela led to Carson Gold being acquired in 1993. With Francisco Gold, Mr. Reifel played a primary role in the creation, development and financing of the El Sauzal and Marlin gold discoveries and the sale in 2002 to Glamis Gold Ltd. for $390 million. Mr. Reifel holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Masters of Science in Business Administration. Prior to the Newmont-Goldcorp merger, Mr. Reifel was a director of Goldcorp for 13 years.
Vice President Strategy & Corporate Development
Taje Dhatt co-founded Alderley Gold Corp. and has a decade of experience in mergers and acquisitions, advisory and corporate finance matters. Previously, Mr. Dhatt was an investment banker with BMO Capital Markets Inc. and Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd., where he mostly focused in the mining sector advising companies on complex transactions relating to acquisitions, sales, mergers, joint ventures, and capital raising activities. Mr. Dhatt holds a B.B.A. from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
Gary A. Parkison
Vice President Development
Gary Parkison is a professional geologist with over 40 years experience in the exploration and development of base and precious metal deposits in the Americas. Mr. Parkison has held senior level positions with Westmont Mining, Cambior Inc. and Constellation Copper as well as various consulting positions before joining Chesapeake as Metates Project Manager in 2008. Mr. Parkison has several mineral discoveries to his credit and has led the evaluation of numerous large scale projects from scoping level through feasibility study. Mr. Parkison holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters degree in Geology from the University of California and is a fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists as well as a member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.
Vice President Exploration
Alberto Galicia is a geologist with 25 years of experience in mineral exploration in Mexico and Central America and also in associated ESG management. In 1996, Mr. Galicia joined the Francisco Gold Corp team and two years later co-discovered the Marlin gold deposit in Guatemala. Mr. Galicia graduated as a Geological Engineer from the “Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala” in 1993, He is a registered Professional Geoscientist (P. Geo. / APEGBC) and is a member of the Society of Economic Geologists.
Erick J. Underwood
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Underwood has over 25 years of experience in corporate development, business planning & analysis, treasury and accounting for the mining industry. Mr. Underwood’s previous roles include Finance Director at Cia. Minera Zafranal SA (a Teck Resources Ltd. and Mitsubishi Materials Corporation joint venture and Chief Financial Officer of AQM Copper Inc., a formerly TSX-V listed company and prior owner and operator of Zafranal where he contributed to the development of the project and subsequent sale of AQM Copper Inc. to Teck Resources Ltd. During his career, Mr. Underwood played key roles in securing approval for investment projects such as Highland Valley Copper $475M mine extension and mill modernization, Antamina $1.3 billion 130ktpd expansion and Spence $950M greenfield project. He holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management of University of Toronto, a Graduate Diploma in Management from McGill University, a B. Comm. from McGill University, as well as the CPA, CMA professional designations from CPA Ontario.
Bernie Poznanski is one of the founding partners of Koffman Kalef, a firm specializing in business law, and is head of their securities and mining law group. Mr. Poznanski has acted for a wide variety of companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, the London AIM Market, and the Paris Nouveau Marché. He has particular expertise in dealing with mining and technology companies and advising companies with international projects. Mr. Poznanski has a B.Sc. degree from the University of Guelph, an LLB. degree from the University of Ottawa and an LLM. degree from McGill University.