Management & Leadership

Derek White

President & CEO

Derek White has over 30 years of experience in the mining and metals industry. He holds an undergraduate degree in Geological Engineering from the University of British Columbia and is also a Chartered Accountant. Prior to joining Ascot Resources Ltd. Mr. White, was the Principal of Traxys Capital Partners LLP, a private equity firm specializing in the mining and minerals sectors. Mr. White was President and CEO of KGHM International Ltd. from 2012 to 2015, and also held the positions of Executive Vice President, Business Development and Chief Financial Officer of Quadra FNX Mining Ltd. from 2004 to 2012. Mr. White has held executive positions with International Vision Direct Ltd., BHP-Billiton Plc, Billiton International Metals BV and Impala Platinum Ltd., in Vancouver, Toronto, London, The Hague, and Johannesburg. Mr. White is also an ICSA Accredited Director.

John Kiernan


John Kiernan is a Mining Engineer with over 30 years of mine operating, engineering, consulting, corporate and financial experience, including a cumulative four years as an underground miner and operating foreman. He was most recently VP Project Development for Magellan Minerals (acquired by Anfield Gold Corp), and is also a director of Kapuskasing Gold Ltd. Previously he was Manager Project Evaluation for QuadraFNX/ KGHM International, Mining Analyst for PI Financial Corp and VP Mining/Mine Manager for Roca Mines Inc. In the period from 1987 to 2006, Mr. Kiernan held various senior engineering positions with Strathcona Mineral Services, Inco Ltd., Wardrop and AMEC. Mr. Kiernan has a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University, and an MBA from Laurentian, and is Ascot Resources’ qualified person.

Carol Li


Carol Li is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with over 20 years of financial and executive management experience. Prior to joining Ascot Resources Limited in November 2017, Ms. Li spent eight years at Quadra Mining Ltd./Quadra FNX Mining Ltd. as Corporate Controller and then five years at its successor KGHM International Ltd. as Vice President, Finance. She was a key member in the leadership team that transitioned the company from one mine junior producer to a multi-national company with six operating mines and three development projects. Before joining Quadra Mining, Ms. Li held various senior financial roles at Cartier Partners Securities and FPC Investment Inc. Ascot owns 12% of StrikePoint Gold, Ms. Li, serves as Ascot's representative on the StrikePoint (TSXV:SKP) board of directors.

Kristina Howe

VP, Investor Relations

Kristina Howe is experienced communications, media & investor relations professional with a broad range of experience in mergers and acquisitions, both within the mining sector and investment banking.  Prior to joining Ascot Resources Limited in November 2017, Ms. Howe consulted to Traxys Capital Partners LLP, a private equity firm specializing in the mining and minerals sectors. From 2009-2015, Ms. Howe worked for Quadra Mining Ltd./Quadra FNX Mining Ltd. in Business Development and Investor Relations and was involved in a number of significant transactions during that period, including the merger with FNX in 2010 and the takeover of Quadra FNX by KGHM Polska Miedź SA in 2012. Ms. Howe has also worked for numerous investment banks, including Goldman Sachs in the U.K. and Citigroup in Melbourne, Australia. Ms. Howe has a B.A. from Carleton University.

Lars Beggerow

VP Geoscience & Exploration

Lars Beggerow is a geologist with over 20 years experience in minerals exploration and development. Mr. Beggerow started his career in BHP's exploration group working on a large number of base metal and precious metal projects in Europe, North- and South America, Asia and Australia in successively more senior roles. In 2005 Mr. Beggerow was appointed chief geologist by Far West Mining and guided the technical team during the development of the Santo Domingo IOCG deposit in Chile from discovery to pre-feasibility and eventual successful sale of the company to Capstone Mining in 2011. After a short stint with Capstone, Mr. Beggerow provided consulting services to the mining and financial industry until joining Ascot Resources in October 2017. Mr. Beggerow holds a diploma in geology and paleontology from the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany.

Dianna Stoopnikoff

VP Environmental and Regulatory Affairs

Dianna Stoopnikoff has over 20 years of experience in EHS regulatory compliance, permitting projects, and relationship building.  Prior to joining Ascot in 2016, Ms. Stoopnikoff held leadership roles at Fortune Minerals, Abacus Mining/KGHM International, Nova Gold and New Gold.  Ms. Stoopnikoff has an environmental sciences degree in chemistry from BCIT.

Jody Harris

Corporate Secretary

Jody Harris has over 20 years' experience as a Corporate Secretary in the mining industry. Prior to joining Ascot, Ms. Harris was the Corporate Secretary of MAG Silver Corp. and was involved in raising over $300 million in equity financings during her 11-year tenure. Ms. Harris is an Accredited Director (Acc.Dir) and a Chartered Secretary, both designations obtained from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA).

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