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Our Team

The track record of the Board, management, and scientists at Liberty Gold includes:

  • Adding more than $6 billion in shareholder and transaction value over the past
    decade.
  • Advancing and/or developing 2 of the world’s 7 new heap leach gold mines, Karma and Long Canyon, which both went into production in 2016.
  • Prior to joining Liberty Gold, these individual contributed to six gold mines operating in operation today.

This group of highly disciplined and creative gold mining professionals has demonstrated an uncommon ability to make big discoveries in places overlooked or abandoned by others – and to leverage these elusive ‘sweet spots’ on the mining continuum into uncommon value creation and returns for shareholders. It’s in their DNA. Today, the leadership group is fully committed and vested. Because it’s not what you say. It’s what you do.

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Jason Attew
B.Sc. (Hons), MBA President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mr Attew is a mining industry veteran who has dedicated over 25 years to the mining sector. Most recently he was the President and CEO of Gold Standard Ventures until its acquisition by Orla Mining in August 2022. Previously he served as the Chief Financial Officer at Goldcorp Inc. where, in addition to leading the finance and investor relations operations, he was responsible for Goldcorp’s corporate development and strategy culminating in the US$32 billion merger with Newmont Mining.

Mr Attew has extensive capital markets experience from his time in investment banking with the BMO Global Metals and Mining Group where he was at the forefront of structuring and raising significant growth capital as well as advising on both formative and transformational mergers and acquisitions for corporations that have become industry leaders over the past two decades and is also on the board of Evolution Mining.

Mr Attew obtained a Bachelor of Science (Hon) from the University of British Columbia as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University.

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Darin Smith
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development

Mr. Smith is a mining finance professional with over twenty years of experience in financial analysis and corporate strategy within the mining sector.

Prior to joining Liberty Gold in November 2022, he most recently served as Senior Vice President Corporate Development at Kirkland Lake Gold where he led the review and execution of external growth initiatives up until its merger with Agnico Eagle Mines. Mr. Smith began his career as an investment banker at BMO Capital Markets where he spent 10 years in the Global Metals and Mining Group in both their Toronto and London offices advising clients globally on mergers and acquisitions and capital raisings across commodities.

Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mining Engineering and a Master of Management Analytics, both from Queen's University.

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Moira Smith
B.Sc. Ph.D., P.Geo. Vice President, Exploration and Geoscience

Formerly Chief Geologist, Nevada for Fronteer Gold, Dr. Smith was instrumental in the successful advancement of Long Canyon, Fronteer Gold’s flagship project. She developed an understanding of the geology and controls on mineralization at Long Canyon, and built the geological model for ongoing exploration and resource growth.

Fronteer Gold, she managed exploration programs for Teck on several high-profile, advanced-stage projects (now operating mines) throughout the Americas, including the 5.5 million ounce Pogo gold deposit in Alaska; the 1.5 billion tonne Petaquilla (Cobre Panama) Cu-Mo-Au porphyry deposit in Panama; and the 3.5 million ounce El Limon gold deposit in Mexico.Dr. Smith has a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Arizona and is a P.Geo. (British Columbia). She has held board or executive positions with numerous industry associations and is currently president-elect of the Society of Economic Geologists and recent winner of the Colin Spence award from the Association for Mineral Exploration of B.C. Dr. Smith is a director of Discovery Metals Corp.

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Jon Gilligan
B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geology, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Jonathan Gilligan is a senior mining executive with over 35-years of multi-commodity, international experience across technical services, capital projects, open pit mine construction and operations. Prior to joining Liberty Gold, he held senior technical and projects roles with both Torex Gold Resources Inc., SSR Mining Inc., and BHP. Dr. Gilligan has been instrumental in advancing many mining operations around the world including the Marigold open-pit heap leach operation, Nevada, USA; Chinchillas open pit mine, Argentina; Olympic Dam Expansion Project, South Australia; Escondida Mine, Chile; Escondida Norte open pit copper mine, Chile, and many more.

Dr. Gilligan holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geology from University College London, UK and obtained a Ph.D. in gold mineralization in Archean rocks from the University of Southampton, UK.

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Peter Shabestari
B.Sc., P. Geol., Vice President of Operations - Great Basin Manager, Officer USA Operations

Mr. Shabestari was a member of the Fronteer Long Canyon Team, and manages the Goldstrike and Black Pine Projects for Liberty Gold. He is focused on the advancement of our projects through development and de-risking, including oversight of engineering, metallurgical, hydrological and geotechnical studies, as well as community and stakeholder liaison.

Mr. Shabestari is a Utah native, and has worked in mineral exploration in the Great Basin and around the world for over 25 years.

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Joanna Bailey
B.Sc. Ph.D., CA (ICAS) Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary

Dr. Bailey is a Chartered Accountant (ICAS) with over 10 years of experience in accounting and financial reporting in Canada and the UK. After completing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, UK, Dr. Bailey joined PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC in 2004 specializing in statutory reporting audits across a variety of industries including mining, retail, production and services.

In 2009, Dr. Bailey joined the accounting team at Fronteer Gold and was the Corporate Controller at Liberty Gold since its inception in 2011. Dr. Bailey is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.