Management & Officers

Darin Wagner

President, CEO & Director

Mr. Wagner is a Professional Geologist with 25 years of exploration and corporate development experience. Mr. Wagner spent the first 10 years of his career with two of Canada’s largest and most successful exploration and mining companies (Noranda (now Glencore) and Cominco (now Teck)) as a project geologist and manager in North and South America.

In 1999 Mr. Wagner became Vice-President, Exploration for New Millennium Metals Corp. which was successfully merged with Platinum Group Metals Ltd. in 2002. Mr. Wagner served as Exploration Manager for TSX-listed Platinum Group Metals through the acquisition, discovery, and early phase of delineation of the multi-million ounce West Bushveld PGE deposit in South Africa.

Mr. Wagner became President of Sydney Resource Corp. in September 2005 and helped engineer the successful merger between Sydney and Band Ore Resources to form West Timmins Mining Inc. in 2006. He then served as a President, CEO, Director, and Qualified Person for West Timmins Mining through the discovery of the high-grade Thunder Creek gold deposit in Timmins, Ontario and the acquisition of West Timmins by Lake Shore Gold in an all share deal valued at $424 million, which was completed in November of 2009.

Mr. Wagner and the Balmoral team have been twice recognized as Explorers of the Year in Quebec for Balmoral’s Martiniere Gold and Grasset Nickel discoveries. Mr. Wagner and the team at Platinum Group Metals were awarded the NWOPA Explorer of the Year Award in 2004 for the Seagull Pt-Pd discovery near Thunder Bay, Ontario. In addition to his duties with Balmoral Mr. Wagner currently serves on the Board of Directors of Palamina Corp, was a co-founder Falco Resources, and a founding director of NewCastle Gold.


Peggy Wu

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Wu has served as an advisor to the Company on financial matters since 2011. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant with strong working knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards, Canadian and US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and public company reporting requirements. She is currently the CFO for Indico Resources Ltd. and Corvus Gold Inc., resource based companies listed on the TSXV and TSX. Ms. Wu’s previous experience includes acting as Financial Reporting Specialist for a number of resource based companies including Balmoral. As well, she served as Supervisor at Smythe Ratcliffe LLP, Chartered Accountants from 2007 to 2010, where she oversaw all aspects of financial reporting for several publicly traded companies.


Frances Petryshen

Corporate Secretary

Ms. Petryshen brings over 25 years of management experience with a specialization in corporate compliance and governance for public, private and not-for-profit organizations. She has been a Director and Officer of several public and private companies. Ms. Petryshen is an Accredited Director (“Acc.Dir.”) and a Fellow with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (“FCIS”) where she currently serves as Director of the British Columbia branch of the Institute.


Richard Mann

Vice President, Exploration

Mr. Mann has over 16 years experience in the mineral exploration industry and has served with Balmoral Resources as V.P. Exploration and Exploration Manager since initiation of Quebec exploration in early 2011. Prior to his work at Balmoral he held positions for Barrick Gold Corporation, where he was led exploration efforts on and around the world-class Porgera gold deposit in Papua New Guinea and Barrick Gold’s Canadian project development and exploration team. He has also held exploration positions in Canada with Cominco Ltd. and the Hope Bay/Miramar joint venture. During his career Mr. Mann has gained extensive experience exploring for a wide range of base and precious metal mineral deposit styles in active mine to extremely remote grassroots environments. Mr. Mann is responsible for day to day management of Balmoral’s exploration programs and is part of Balmoral’s project evaluations team.


John Foulkes

Vice President, Corporate Development

Mr. Foulkes has over 20 years of experience as both a successful explorer and manager of corporate development and investor relations programs for Canadian and US public companies. During this time he has helped raise over $120M for mineral exploration and development projects around the world.

Mr. Foulkes’ most recent corporate activities included managing the corporate development and investor relations programs of Candente Copper, Platinum Group Metals, and MAG Silver. He also served as the Manager of Corporate Development, and was actively involved in the investor relations programs for West Timmins Mining prior to their 2009 acquisition by Lakeshore Gold.

Before his corporate roles, Mr. Foulkes had a notable seven year career in mineral exploration, including leading the teams that discovered the Jericho and Gahcho Kué diamond mines in the Canadian Arctic. He holds Bachelor degrees in Geology and Education from the University of British Columbia.