Board of Directors

Rick Zimmer


Rick Zimmer is the Chairman of Ascot and a corporate director and is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Far West Mining Ltd., which was acquired by Capstone in 2011. Prior to Far West, Mr. Zimmer worked for Teck Corporation, Teck-Cominco and Teck-Pogo Inc. from 1992 to 2007. He served in various engineering and operating roles, including from 1998 to 2007, as Vice President and Project Manager for Teck-Pogo on the design and construction of the Pogo Mine near Fairbanks, Alaska. Before joining Teck, Mr. Zimmer was employed with Bow Valley Industries as Senior Staff Engineer responsible for evaluation of new mining ventures and the operation of its coal mining division. Mr. Zimmer has over 40 years of experience in the mining industry and has a B.Sc. degree, B.Eng., MBA and is a P.Eng. in the Province of British Columbia.  Mr. Zimmer is also a director of Capstone Mining Corp. and Alexco Resources Corp.

Bill Bennett


Mr. Bennett has a BA from the University of Guelph and a law degree from Queen’s University. He was elected for the first time in 2001. Mr. Bennett is known across Canada for his knowledge of the mining industry in BC. He led the BC government’s efforts over many years to restore BC’s competitiveness for exploration investment, including having improved the BC Ministry of Energy & Mines permitting process and helping to launch BC’s First Nations mine revenue sharing program. There are few people in Canada who have such a strong combined knowledge of government processes, of the mining industry and of First Nations. Mr. Bennett also sits on the Board of Directors of Kutcho Copper Corp. and Eagle Plains Resources Ltd.

Ken Carter


Ken Carter graduated from UBC (1970) BSc Geology. From 1970 to 1988 he worked for Cominco Ltd in North America, Europe and the Middle East. From 1988 to 1991 he was director of Canadian Exploration for Echo Bay Mines Ltd. Since 1991 he has been involved with a number of junior mining companies in a management / director capacity. He retired in 2009 and now serves Ascot as an independent director.

Robert Evans


Bob Evans obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1974. From 1979 to 1986 he worked in the junior exploration business in Calgary in both oil and gas and mining. Since 1986 he has been in Vancouver, in the junior mining exploration sector. He has been a director / CFO of a number of junior companies, including Stikine Resources Ltd, but now works exclusively with Ascot.

Greg Gibson


Greg Gibson is President and CEO of Sprott Mining and Jerritt Canyon Gold LLC. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the mining industry as a miner, mine manager, director, CEO and President. Mr. Gibson’s experience has focused on gold and copper mines primarily in Canada, US, and Australia. He successfully led Trelawney Mining and Exploration as President, CEO and director from an early explorer to the $608 million sale to IAMGOLD in 2012. Mr. Gibson is Chairman and CEO of Metanor Resources Inc. as well as a director of Sprott Mining Inc., Jerritt Canyon Canada, Latin American Minerals, Resource Capital Gold Corp. and Novo Resources Corp.

Don Njegovan


Don Njegovan has been the Vice President, New Business Development at Osisko Mining Inc. since February 2016. He was a director of St. Andrew Goldfields until it was acquired by Kirkland Lake Gold in 2016 and is currently on the Board of Directors of Sable Resources Ltd. He was formerly Managing Director of Global Mining at Scotiabank from August 2010 to June 2014. Prior to that, he was an investment banker at Toll Cross Securities Inc. from June 2005 to July 2010. Mr. Njegovan, has over 20 years of experience in the Mining Industry starting work underground in 1989 for Hudson Bay Mining & Smelting Co., Ltd. Mr. Njegovan holds a Bachelor of Science Mining Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba.

James Stypula


James Stypula is a businessman with over 30 years’ experience and a former investment advisor and financier of mineral exploration and development companies in North and South America. Mr. Stypula was the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Magellan Minerals Ltd after its merger with Chapleau Resources where he served as CEO and Director. He was also one of the founding directors of Far West Mining Ltd. Mr. Stypula has acted on numerous board committees and has a wealth of business experience related to the mining industry, especially with respect to the small cap gold sector.

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