Management, Directors, & Advisors

Mr. Peter Bernier

President, CEO & Board Chairman

Mr. Peter Bernier has more than 40 years of experience in mineral exploration and project management. Most notably, Mr. Bernier jointly received the 2011 H.H. "Spud" Huestis Award from the Association of Mineral Exploration of British Columbia for Excellence in Prospecting and Mineral Exploration. As the Founder, President, and CEO of Richfield Ventures Corp. Mr. Bernier was responsible for building and managing the Richfield team that discovered the Blackwater Deposit in 2009 (11.7M Oz of Gold - currently owned by Artemis Gold). Under his leadership Richfield became a publicly traded company on the TSX Venture Exchange where Pete strategically obtained financing and personally oversaw investor relations until Richfield was acquired in June 2011 for a value of over $500 Million (CDN).

Mr. James Hedalen, BSc, MBA

Chief Operating Officer, Director

Mr. James Hedalen began with the Prosper Gold Team prior to the qualifiying transaction in 2013. His executive functions include aspect of financing, program planning, corporate operations, project development, GIS, database management, and compliance. Prior to this Mr. Hedalen was a  member of Teck resource corporate development team and spent 6 years as a GIS analyst. Educated with a B.Sc from the University of Calgary and a post-graduate advanced diploma (GIS) from the BC Insitute of Technology, and an MBA (finance) from the University of British Columbia & IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. 

Mr. Rory Ritchie, BSc, P.Geo

Vice President Exploration

Mr. Rory Ritchie has been actively engaged in mineral exploration in Canada and the United States since 2007. He has significant experience in orogenic gold systems in Ontario, Canada and porphyry copper ± gold deposits in the Canadian Cordillera. He led an exploration team to the discovery and delineation of a 1.2 Moz gold resource in Red Lake, ON, in 2011. Rory earned a H.B.Sc in Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario and completed Earth Science studies at Simon Fraser University. Mr. Ritchie is a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101. 

Mr. Jim Miller-Tait, P.Geo


Mr. Jim Miller-Tait has over 30 years of continuous exploration, development, underground, and open pit production experience. He is currently the President of Sikanni Mine Development Ltd., his own geological consulting company, which he founded in 1996. Mr. Miller-Tait is also the present VP Exploration for Imperial Metals. His experience includes Chief Geologist for the Oniva Group, and VP Exploration for Selkirk Metals. He has worked extensively in North America, Bolivia and Mexico on grass root exploration to full-production open pit and underground operations. His experience covers gold, base metals and diamond operations in a multitude of geological settings including vein, skarn, volcanogenic massive sulphide, carbonate-hosted, Sedex, kimberlite, and porphyries.

Mr. Jason Hynes, BSc, MBA


Mr. Jason Hynes has more than 15 years of business development, corporate finance and M&A experience in the mining industry. He has been with Royal Gold Inc. since 2013, where he currently holds the title of Vice President, Business Development & Strategy.  Prior roles include seven years in the mining investment banking group of National Bank of Canada where he advised companies on mergers, acquisitions and financings, including acting as advisor to Richfield Ventures in the 2011 transaction with New Gold.  Mr. Hynes holds a B.A.Sc. (Electrical Engineering) from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Mr. Wes Carson, BASc., P.Eng


Mr. Wes Carson, BASc., P.Eng., has over 20 years of experience in the mining industry. Currently he is Vice President, Mining Operations at Wheaton Precious Metals and has held a variety of leadership roles in operations, project development and engineering with both junior and major mining companies including multiple M&A integrations.  Prior to joining Wheaton, Mr. Carson was the Vice President – Project Development with Sabina Gold and Silver, he also worked with Terrane Metals and Thompson Creek Metals as Vice President and General Manager for the Mt. Milligan project in Central BC.  Prior to this he worked for Cominco, Teck, Placer Dome and Barrick in a variety of operating roles in both North America and Africa.  Wes received his Bachelor of Applied Science, Mining and Mineral Process Engineering at the University of British Columbia, and is registered Professional Engineer in the province of British Columbia.

Ms. Sharon Lee, BSc, CPA


Ms. Sharon Lee has over 17 years' experience in financial administration and accounting. She has had successful careers in accounting and management in both the public and private sectors overseeing all aspects of financial reporting. Prior to joining Prosper Gold Corp. Ms. Lee was Senior Manager at Smythe Ratcliffe LLP in Vancouver, BC. She has been the accountant for the Prosper Gold Corp. since October 2013 and was the senior manager for the audits of both Richfield Ventures Corp. and Prosper Gold Corp. Ms. Lee is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and has a B.Sc. (Mathematics) from the University of Alberta.

Mr. Douglas Cater, P.Geo


Mr. Douglas Cater is a professional geologist with more than 35 years of experience in the exploration and mining of precious metals including project management of exploration programs and mining projects. Mr. Cater retired from his position as Vice-President Exploration of Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd. (2016 – 2019), and prior to that he was Vice President Exploration of St Andrew Goldfields Ltd. (2012 – 2015). He has also been the Project Manager for Sabina Gold & Silver Corporation’s Back River Gold project (2009-2012) and the Exploration Manager for Dundee Precious Metals Inc. from August 2005 to June 2009. 

Dr. Dirk Tempelman-Kluit, Ph.D., P.Geo


Dr. Dirk Tempelman-Kluit has more than 45 years experience working in both British Columbia and the Yukon. Dr. Tempelman-Kluit was previously a director of the Geological Survey of Canada's Cordilleran Division. More recently, held the position of VP of Exploration and a Director of Richfield Ventures Corp from 2004 to 2011. Dr. Tempelman-Kluit, the co-recipient the 2011 H.H. "Spud" Huestis Award and highly respected research geologist, recognized the existence of extensive hydrothermal alteration in drill core photographs which indicated the potential for significant gold mineralization on Richfield Blackwater property. In March 2011, Richfield announced an initial indicated and inferred resource estimate of 4.2 million ounces, due to Dr. Tempelman-Kluit's foresight on the Blackwater property.

Mr. Thomas J. Obradovich


Mr. Thomas J. Obradovich has over 35 years experience in mining exploration, development, and financing. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Continental Exploration Corp.; was a key individual behind Aurelian Resources (acquired by Kinross Gold Mines for $1.2 billion in 2008), which discovered the Fruta Del Norte gold deposit in Ecuador; a co-founder of Canadian Royalties Inc., which discovered and developed the Raglan south nickel belt; acquired most of the Matachewan gold camp by an RTO of Young-Davidson Mines Ltd. which was subsequently acquired by Northgate Minerals in 2005; and serves on the board of Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. Previously, Tom was a Director and a member of the Special Committee at Dalradian Resources, which was privatized by Orion Mine Finance for over $550 million.